Requisitioned Auxiliary – Lena




Official Number:                       119957

Pennant Nr:                     Y 3.1019

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton

Launched:                               12 September 1904

Into Service:                            2 February 1916

Out of service:                         14 April 1917

Fate:                                      14 April 1917 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:


12 September 1904 launched by Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton as Yard Nr: 107 named Lena for Lena Steamship Co Ltd., Cardiff

October 1904 completed

2 February 1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier – name unchanged

1916 purchased by Whitfield Steamship Co Ltd., (James, Muers & Co, Managers), Cardiff – name unchanged

1 March 1916 re-deployed as a Sugar carrier until 10 May 1916

8 September 1916 re-deployed as a Collier for the Russian Government until 18 November 1916

19 November 1916 re-deployed as a Collier until 14 April 1917

23 April 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-61 in the Atlantic SW of Scilly Isles in position 48.45N 08.30W while on passage from Huelva to Bristol carrying Government Stores with the loss of 25 lives