Requisitioned Auxiliary – Kaiping


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Official Number:                     120589

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Jarrow

Launched:                              7 June 1905

Pennant No:                           B 8160 / Y3.1745

Into Service:                           20 March 1917

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                         27 April 1945 mined & 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:


7 June 1905 launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend-on-Tyne as Yard Nr: 745 as Kaiping for Chinese Engineering & Mining Co Ltd., ( A W Berry, Manager), London

May 1905 completed

25 December 1914 sailed Shatzukao Bay with the 36 Sikh Regiment reaching Hong Kong on 30 December 1914

20 March 1917 requisitioned for service as an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 26 April 1917

27 April 1917 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from the United States until 3 September 1917

4 September 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 13 November 1917

14 November 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying (1) grain from India & (2) barley from Algiers / Salonika

2 January 1919 arrived at Liverpool from Palermo

31 March 1919 sailed Liverpool for Newport and China

25 July 1927 arrived at Chingwangtao having grounded at Yungching. Double bottom balast tanks buckled in several places bottom dry with no sign of leaking. Surveyor advised it was not necessary to enter dry doc. Ship sailed to Shanghai with a full cargo

27 December 1941 bombed and sunk by a Japanese air strike in Manila Bay.  Was subsquently raised by Japanese sailors and placed in the service of the Japanese Government being renamed Kaiho Maru the following year

27 April 1945 struck a mine laid by the US Airforce at the western end of the Shimonoseki Strait a month earlier and sank in position 34.00N 130.50E