Requisitioned Auxiliary – John Hardie


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Official Number:                      121311

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Wm. Hamilton & Co., Glen Yard, Port Glasgow

Launched:                              1 March 1906

Pennant No:                           Y 7.648

Into Service:                           2 May 1915

Out of service:                        6 September 1915

Fate:                                     6 September 1915 captured & sunk by gunfire


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:


1 March 1906 launched by Wm Hamilton & Co, Glen Yard, Port Glasgow as Yard Nr: 184 named John Hardie for Corunna Sailingship Co Ltd., ( Hardie & Co., Managers), Glasgow

April 1906 completed

1908 pwners became Clutha Shipping Co Ltd., (same Managers) Glasgow – name unchanged

2 May 1915  requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Collier – name unchanged – until 2 June 1915

3 June 1915 re-deployed as a Transport carrying sugar from Java until …

6 September 1915 captured by German submarine U-33 (Konrad Gansser) and sunk by gunfire in the Atlantic 98 miles W x S Cape Finisterre in position 42.10N 11.15W while on passage from Java to Glasgow with a cargo of sugar with the loss of 1 life