Requisitioned Auxiliary – Inkosi

 

INKOSI 

Official Number:                     115582

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Hall, Russell & Co Ltd., Aberdeen

Launched:                               2 October 1902

Into Service:                            12 March 1915

Out of service:                        24 July 1916

Fate:                                        28 March 1918 torpedoed and later sunk by gun fire

 

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:

2 October 1902 launched by Hall, Russell & Co Ltd., Aberdeen as Yard Nr: 361 named Inkosi for John T. Rennie, Son & Co. Aberdeen

27 November 1902 ran trials and was handed over to her owners on completion. Carried 80 x 1st class & 50 2nd class passengers

11 December 1902 sailed London to Durban, South Africa with 49 passengers. Captain Chas Stuart was the ship’s Master

3 March 1903 sailed London to Las Palmas and Durban, South Africa with 49 passengers. Captain Chas Stuart was the ship’s Master

25 May 1903 sailed London to Durban, South Africa with 73 passengers. Captain Chas Stuart was the ship’s Master

1 June 1903 sailed Las Palmas for Natal

26 September 1903 sailed Natal for London

17 April 1905 sailed London for Natal. Captain J W Watling was Master

1905 became the first vessel in the South African services to be fitted with Marconi’s wireless telegraphy

15 November 1907 while on passage from Natal for London sailed Teneriffe this day

13 April 1908 at 23.17S 16.10E 2nd Saloon Pantryman W Fox discharged dead – pneumonia

December 1911 acquired for £38,199 by Charente Steamship Co Ltd (T & J Harrison Ltd, Manager) Liverpool – name unchanged

9 February 1912 while on passage from Natal for London sailed Teneriffe this day

2 August 1912 at Port Natal Able Seaman Patrick Boyle discharged dead having fallen from the main mast

15 January 1914 sailed London to Beira with 27 passengers. Captain W O Moore was the ship’s Master

25 April 1914 sailed London to Beira with 21 passengers. Captain W O Moore was the ship’s Master

1 August 1914 sailed London to Beira with 62 passengers. Captain W O Moore was the ship’s Master

21 November 1914 sailed London to Beira with 73 passengers. Captain W O Moore was the ship’s Master

12 March 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a stores carrier – name unchanged

12 June 1916 off Aden stopped and boarded by HMS BEN-MY-CHREE and allowed to proceed

HMS Ben my Chree 1915

HMS BEN-MY-CHREE

24 July 1916 was returned to her owners – name unchanged

27 March 1918 sailed Liverpool bound initially for Lamlash, Arran thence on to Pemambuco carrying 2,000t of coal and 300t of general cargo

28 March 1918 was torpedoed and damaged by the German submarine U96 in the North Channel approximately 14 miles from the Mull of Galloway with the loss of three lives – Fireman & Trimmer H Rowan, Fireman & Trimmer W Freckelton and Fireman & Trimmer J Hentford. The ship remained afloat and was eventually sunk by gunfire from the submarine. The forty seven survivors landed at the Isle of Whithorn. The three who died are remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial 

7 August 2004 the ship’s bell from her forecastle was recovered by divers 

Inkosi bell

Image courtesy of Newton Stewart Sub Aqua Club