Requisitioned Auxiliary – Lorle


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Official Number:                       102744

Pennant Nr:                     Y 3.655

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co Ltd., West Hartlepool

Launched:                               March 1896

Into Service:                            30 April 1915

Out of service:                         11 June 1918

Fate:                                      11 June 1918 torpedoed & 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:


March 1896 completed by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry dock Co Ltd., Harbour Dock, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 97 named Lorle for Alexander Shipping Co Ltd., (Capper, Alexander & Co., Managers London

22 August, 1900 sailed Philadelphia with a cargo of American coal for Port Said via Algiers. Captain Graham was the ships Master (Source the New York Times of the 20 September 1900)

11 September 1900 arrived at Algiers

20 September 1900 arrived at Port Said from Philadelphia and Algiers with a cargo of American Coal 

31 January 1915 at 38.09N 09.06W sighted by and spoken to by HMS VICTORIAN and allowed to proceed

30 April 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 23 July 1915

12 March 1916 re-deployed as a collier until 10 April 1916

16 January 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 20 February 1917

2 May 1917 re-deployed as a Wheat carrier to bring maize from South Africa – duration of this deployment unknown. Subsequnrly re-deployed once more as a collier

11 June 1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-103 in the English CHannel 12 miles SSW the Lizard in position 49.47N 05.14W while on passage from Bilbao to Heysham with a cargo of iron ore with a loss of 19 lives