Requisitioned Auxiliary – Madame Brooke


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Official Number:                      135551

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                   Bonn & Mees, Rotterdam

Launched:                              16 January 1914

Pennant No:                           Y 3. ???? / C 8120

Into Service:                           15 June 1917

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                      Foundered 28 March 1951


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

Career Data:


16 January 1914 launched by J Fullerton & Co., Paisley as Yard Nr: 231 named Broadgreen for West Lancashire Steamship Co Ltd., Liverpool

20 February 1914 completed

1917 sold to T G Beatley & Son, London – name unchanged

15 June 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier serving the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Co – name unchanged until 24 July 1917

25 July 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 3 August 1917

1918 renamed Madame Brooke by her owners

23 February 1918 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport on Belgian Government Service carrying stores

18 January 1919 arrived Blyth from Antwerp

29 January 1919 arrived the River Wear from Honfleur

12 March 1920 sailed from Blyth

23 September 1920 arrived the River Tyne and berthed at Tyne Dock from Wisbech

15 November 1921 offered for sale by auction at the Baltic Exchange, London. The ship was lying at Cardiff

1922 sold to Onesimus Dorey & Sons, Gurnsey and renamed Broadgreen

1934 sold to Monroe Bros. Ltd., (Monrow Brothers, Managers) Liverpool and renamed Kylegorm

1936 owners became Kyle Shipping Co Ltd., (same managers), Liverpool – name unchanged

1937 sold to Walton Steamship Co Ltd (F L Dawson & Co Ltd., Managers) Liverpool – name unchanged

1946 sold to Cia. Maritima “Laguna” Soc. Anon, Panama and renamed Semiramis

28 March 1951 foundered in the Mediterranean off Mersa Matruh in position 31.48N 28.40E when on passage from Alexandria to Benghazi with a cargo of sugar and a general cargo with the loss of one life