Requisitioned Auxiliary – Innisfallen






Official Number:                        152222 

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast

Pennant No:                            

Launched:                                4 March 1930

Into Service:                             1939

Out of service:                          21 December 1940

Fate:                                       Mined & Sunk 21 December 1940


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:


4 March 1930 launched by Harland & Wolff, Belfast as Yard Nr: 870 named Innisfallen for City of Cork Steam Packet Co Ltd., Cork

14 June 1930 completed

19 June 1930 the Daily Herald newspaper reported –

Innisfallen Daily Herald 19 6 1930

1936 transferred to British & Irish Steam Packet Co (1936) Ltd., Cork – name unchanged

10 February 1936 sailed Cork for Fishguard

14 February 1937 when the ss Castilian, bound from Alexandria to Liverpool, grounded on the Smalls off the Pembrokeshire coast the Innisfallen stood by until the Castilian could be refloated the next day

1939 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Transport – name unchanged

21 December 1940 mined and sank off Canada Dock entry, Liverpool while on passage from Liverpool to Dublin with the loss of 4 of the crew. The remainer of her crew and 148 passengers were rescued



The Coast Lines Group was originally formed in 1913 and consisted of a large group of Companies which were brought together in subsequent years. Transfers of ships between the constituent members were quite common after 1920 and Coast Lines retained all the previous Company names. Some of these were as follows with year of acquisition; British & Irish Steam Packet Co Ltd in 1917; City of Dublin Steamship Co Ltd, City of Cork Steamship Co Ltd and Belfast Steamship Co Ltd in 1918/19; Burns & Laird Lines Ltd in 1922; British Channel Islands Shipping Co Ltd in 1937 and Tyne-Tees Steamship Co Ltd in 1943