Requisitioned Auxiliary – Laristan


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Official Number:                      1132053

Pennant Nr:                    Y 3.310

Laid down:

Builder:                                     Short Bros Ltd, Pallion Yard, Sunderland

Launched:                               29 January 1910

Into Service:                             11 August 1914

Out of service:                         4 September 1916

Fate:                                          4 September 1916 captured 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:


21 September 1910 launched by Short Bros Ltd, Pallion Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 3665 named Laristan for Hindustan Steam Shipping Co Ltd., (Common Brothers, Managers), Newcastle

22 September 1910 the Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette reported …


22.9.1910 Sunderland Daily Echo Shipping Gazette


October 1910 completed

10 September 1914 requistioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 29 September 1914

15 October 1914 while on passage to Gibraltar in contact with HMS VENGEANCE

6 February 1915 alongside HMS JEDD suppling oil

23 February 1915 off the Dardenelles alongside HMS VENGEANCE supplying 360 tons of bunker coal





1 April 1915 re-deployed as a Miscellaneous Vessel (Non Commissioned) until 22 January 1916

29 July 1915 at Rabbit Island berthed alongside HMS BEN-MY-CHREE with stores


HMS Ben my Chree 1915



9 April 1916 re-deployed as a Collier until 17 July 1916

30 May 1916 Captain Edwin Senior mentioned in despatches for Good Work while employed on transport duites at the Dardenelles

19 July 1916 arrived at Port Said

4 September 1916 captured and sunk by torpedo by the German submarine U-38 in the Mediterranean 30 miles W of the island of Gozo in position 36°00N 13°00E while on passage from Karachi to Hull carrying wheat and barley. Her Master was taken prisoner.