Requisitioned Auxiliary – Jaffa

 

 Jaffa 

 

Official Number:                      106749

Laid down:

Builder:                                  J Scott & Co., Kingholm

Launched:                              2 June 1897

Pennant No:                           Y 5.2

Into Service:                           9 September 1914

Out of service:                        2 February 1918

Fate:                                     2 February 1918 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:

 

2 June 1897 launched by J Scott & Co., Kinghorn as Yard Nr: 99 named Jaffa for Bailey & Leetham, Hull

14 June 1897 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel

1 February 1899 sailed London for Morocco, the Canary Islands and Maderia with 4 passengers. Captain J W Taylor was the ship’s Master

2 March 1899 sailed London for Morocco, the Canary Islands and Maderia with 13 passengers. Captain J W Taylor was the ship’s Master

30 March 1899 sailed London for Morocco, the Canary Islands and Maderia with 9 passengers. Captain J W Taylor was the ship’s Master

26 April 1899 sailed London for Gibraltar, Rabat, Morocco, the Canary Islands and Maderia with 9 passengers. Captain J W Taylor was the ships Master

1903 owners acquired by Wilson Line Ltd., (T Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd., Managers) Hull – name unchanged

17 March 1903 sailed Gravesend

2 December 1910 went aground on the island of Dago while on passage from London to Reval with a cargo of general goods. The forehold was full of water. some of the cargo had been jettisoned. Source Lloyds Casualty report. Two salvage steamers towed the ship into Reval 

9 September 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Frozen Meat Ship – name unchanged

18 October 1916 off Netley, Southampton Water Mate James T Hume discharged dead from injuries sustained when he fell down the hold

2 February 1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-30 in the English Channel 3 miles S x E of the Owers Light Vessel while on passage from Boulogne to Southampton in ballast with the loss of 10 lives. All 10 who died are remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial

 

Jaffa at Tower Hill

Courtesy of Brian Watson