Requisitioned Auxiliary – Immingham





Immingham painting

 Painting of SS Immingham in 1906
by Thomas Jaques Somerscales – part of the Hull Maritime Museum


ss Immingham before her refit in 1911


Official Number:                     125042  

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Swan, Hunter & Wigham, Richardson, Wallsend

Pennant No:                            Y.8.50

Launched:                               8 May 1906

Into Service:                            October 1914

Out of service:                         6 June 1915

Fate:                                      Sunk 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

8 May 1906 launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham, Richardson, Wallsend as Yard Nr 769 named IMMINGHAM for the Great Central Railway Co, Grimsby.

September 1906 completed with 2 funnels and carried 74 x 1st Class, 24 x 2nd Class and  300 x Emigrant Class passengers on her owners‘ Grimsby – Rotterdam service.

May 1911 re-engined by Earle’s Co Ltd, Hull with a T 3 cyl  engine.398 nhp. Speed:  13 knots. Single screw. Fore funnel removed.

October 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an Accommodation Ship, name unchanged

1915 used as a Military Prison at Rouen, France staffed by the Military Police Staff Corp

March 1915 was moved to Mudros as part of the Dardanelles Force for the Gallipoli Campaign

12 April 1915 commenced service as a Stores Carrier

6 June 1915 while steaming blacked out at night between Mudros and Imbros she was in collision with the Great Western Railway Co vessel REINDEER and sank off Lemnos. Replacement damages of £45,000 were awarded by the Admiralty despite the owners seeking £100,000. Fireman/Trimmer Thomas Vause was drowned