Requisitioned Auxiliary – Irthington


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Official Number:                      106419 

Laid down:

Builder:                                     J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland

Pennant No:                             Y3.373

Launched:                               1897

Into Service:                            1916

Out of service:                         1917

Fate:                                          torpedoed and 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:


13 July 1897 launched by J L Thompson & Sons Ltd., North Sands, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 348 named Indianic for Atlantic Steam Shipping Co Ltd., (T G Greenwell, Manager), Sunderland

20 July 1897 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …


20 7 1897 Lloyds List Indianic


September 1897 completed

1906 purchased by Steamship “Irthington” Co Ltd. (Maclay & McIntye, Managers) Glasgow and renamed Irthington

23 January 1907 when on passage from St Lucia to Pensacola tail end shaft broke and propellor lost. Towed into Key West by British Steamer Gloxinia

18 April 1907 sailed Cardiff for Pernambuco

9 May 1907 arrived at Pernambuco

30 October 1914 in the North sea checked by HMS CRESCENT and allowed to proceed





1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged

23 September 1917 torpedoed and sunk by the German Submarine UC53 (Kurt Albrecht) in the Mediterranean 3 miles ENE Cape Vaticano, Gulf of Gioja while on passage from Napes to Messina in ballast



  1. her pennant Nr: had previously been allocated to ss Karma which had been sunk