Requisitioned Auxiliary – Lotusmere


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Official Number:                       125438

Pennant Nr:                     Y 3.698

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Wm Doxford & Sons, Pallion Yard, Sunderland

Launched:                               21 January 1908

Into Service:                            30 December 1915

Out of service:                         2 October 1916

Fate:                                      2 October 1916 captured & 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 January 1908 launched by Wm Doxford & Sons, Pallion Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 392 named Lotusmere for Alnmere Steamship Co Ltd., Newcastle

February 1908 completed

1913 acquired by Irismere Steam Shipping Co Ltd., (B J Sutherland & Co Ltd., Managers) Newcastle – name unchanged

30 December 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier – name unchanged – until 20 March 1916

21 March 1916 re-deployed as a Sugar Transport until 7 June 1916 carrying cargos from Cuba

8 June 1916 re-deployed as a collier until 14 July 1916

13 September 1916 re-deployed as a Collier to Northern Russia for the Russian Government

24 September 1916 at 62.14N 14.35W sighted and challenged by HMS ALSATIAN – all found correct and allowed to proceed

2 October 1916 captured by German Submarine U-48 then torpedoed and sunkin the Artic 48 miles NNE Teriberski Light House in position 69.58N 35.50E while on passage from Barry to Archangel with a cargo of coal