Requisitioned Auxiliary – Madrono






Official Number:                     140293

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                    Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Jarrow

Pennant No:                           Y 7.164

Launched:                              11 November 1916

Into Service:                           13 September 1917

Out of service:                        WW1

Fate:                                         7 May 1944 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:


11 November 1916 launched by Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Jarrow as Yard Nr: 846 named Madrono for H E Moss & Co. London (as Nominees)

April 1917 completed

13 September 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler – name unchanged

26 June 1918 when out of station in an escorted convoy of 23 ships between Halifax and the UK approached by HMS DUKE OF EDINBURGH. Regained station in the convoy

1919 owners became A/S Tankfart IV (W. Wihelmsen, Manager) Tonsberg – name unchanged

1929 purchased by Skibs Akt. Ges. Madrono (H Borge, Manager) Tonsberg – name unchanged

1939 purchased by A/S Norsk Rutefart (A.I. Langfelt & Co., Managers) Kristiansand – name unchanged

26 January 1939 sailed the River Wear for Rouen, France via Flushing

13 June 1940 with 33 other ships formed escorted convoy OG33 at sea for Gibraltar which arrived there on 19 June 1940

10 July 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX57 to join Convoy HX57 on 15 July 1940

12 December 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX96 to join Convoy HX96 on 18 December 1940

7 August 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in unescorted Convoy BB58 for Milford Haven arriving the next day

4 July 1942 captured by the German auxiliary cruiser Thor in position 29°S 70°E while on passage from Melbourne to Abadan in ballast and was taken to Japan by a prize crew. Owners became Waried Tankschiff-Reederei GmbH, Hamberg and was renamed Rossbach

7 May 1944 torpedoed and sunk by the American submarine USS Burrfish in position 33°14N 134°40E when south of Muroto Zaki, Shikoku