Requisitioned Auxiliary – Madame Midas


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Official Number:                     124458

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                  Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co., Campbeltown

Launched:                              5 March 1909

Pennant No:                           Y 3.2011

Into Service:                           6 February 1918

Out of service:                        23 March 1918

Fate:                                     Torpedoed and sunk


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of several ships requisitioned by the Admiralty for service during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:


5 March 1909 launched by Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co, Campbeltown as Yard Nr: 84 named Duva for J T Salvesen & Co Grangemouth

April 1909 completed

6 January 1912 sailed the River Tyne

11 April 1912 sailed Blyth for Leith

3 October 1912 arrived at the River Tyne from Dundee

21 June 1913 sailed Stockholm for Rafso

15 May 1914 arrived at Grangemouth from Hernosand

1916 purchased by T G Beatley & Son, Grangemouth – name unchanged

23 June 1916 arrived and berthed at Shields, River Tyne

28 June 1916 The Scotsman newspaper reported …

Scotsman Press Cutting 28 6 16


1918 renamed as Madame Midas by her owners

6 February 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier until …

23 March 1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-55 (Ralph Wenninger) in the Atlantic 38 miles S x W ¾ W the Lizard in position 49°27N 05°28W on passage from Cardiff to La Rochelle with a cargo of coal