Requisitioned Auxiliary – Leander


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Official Number:                       120484

Pennant Nr:                     Y 3.363 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Wm. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool

Launched:                               8 December 1904

Into Service:                            6 October 1914

Out of service:                         WW1

Fate:                                      17 November 1945 scuttled



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:


8 December 1904 launched by Wm. Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 694 named Leander for Leander Steamship Co Ltd., London

January 1905 completed

25 Novembber 1905 when at anchor off Margate, Kent near Black Deep Light was run into by the steamer Tactician. The ship went aground. The forehold was full of water and the aft-end main hold had 18″ of water therein. Later towed up river by two tugs

6 October 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier until 18 June 1915

16 October 1914 at Kirkwall from New York

19 October 1915 arrived at Newport News from Bordeaux

25 January 1916 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force ship until 27 March 1916

20 July 1916 re-deployed as a French Government ship carrying steel between UK and France until 10 May 1917

11 May 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force ship carrying cross-channel forage

1918 purchased by Sheaf Steam Shipping Ltd., Newcastle and renamed Sheaf Dart

1929 purchased by Reden A/B Vigor (H Levander, Manager) Gothenburg and renamed Vigor

1931 purchased by A/B Svenska Handelsbanken, Gothenburg – name unchanged

1932 purchased by A/B Vinda (B Ingelsson, Manager) Helsingborg – name unchanged

1937 purchased by Lexgau, Scharbau & Co, Emden and renamed Ostfriesland

1939 owners become Johs Fritzen & Sohn vom Lexgau, Scharbau & Co, Emden and renamed Theda Fritzen

17 November 1945 scuttled in the Skagerrak with hazardous munitions