Requisitioned Auxiliary – Lucent

 

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Official Number:                       81453 

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Builder:                                   Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd., Middlesborough

Pennant No:                            Y 3.1103 & Y 8.64

Launched:                               12 May 1879

Into Service:                            5 February 1916

Out of service:                         12 February 1917

Fate:                                      12 February 1917 captured and sunk by gun fire

 

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Background Data:  One of a group of additional ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the RFA

Career Data:

 

12 May 1879 launched by Bartram & Haswell, South Dock, Sunderland as Yard No: 104 named Lucent for Westoll Line (James Westoll, Manager) Sunderland

May 1879 completed

9 June 1879 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

3 February 1915 passed through the Folkstone ‘Gate’ steaming west. Noted as such by HMS LORD MINTO

 

HMS LORD MINTO

HMS LORD MINTO

 

15 February 1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a stores carrier – name unchanged

17 March 1916 re-deployed as a collier – name unchanged

12 February 1917 captured by the German submarine U-66 and sunk by gunfire off the Lizard Point in position 50°20N 04°43W while on passage from Cardiff to St. Malo with a cargo of coal