Requisitioned Auxiliary – Majestic







Official Number:                    118812

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                    Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co., West Hartlepool

Launched:                              1904

Pennant No:                           Y 3.797

Signal Letters:                        VQFJ

Into Service:                           1915

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                         Grounded & Sunk 1951


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:

1904   launched by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Co., Harbour Dock, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 136 named MAJESTIC for W.H. Cockerline & Co, Hull

8 April 1904  register opened at Hull as Nr: 22/1904 in the Register Book

April 1904  completed

12 April 1904 the Shields Daily Gazette reported …


12 4 1904 Shields Daily Gazette Majestic


10 July 1915 requisitioned for service as a Collier until 2 October 1915

3 October 1915   served as a Collier to Northern Russia for the Russian Government a/c until 5 November 1915

6 November 1915 served as a Transport carrying timber for the Office of Works until 22 March 1916

23 March 1916  with the Commercial Branch as a Transport carrying ore until 5 May 1916

6 May 1916  served as a Collier to Northern Russia for the Russian Government a/c until 6 September 1917  

7 September 1917  served as a Collier until 14 October 1918

1938  sold to C. Sigalas Sons, Piraeus and renamed TASSIA

11 April 1939 berthed at Dundee from Alexandria

June 1942  acquired by the U.S. War Shipping Administration, Panama  and renamed COCKEREL

13 October 1942 sailed New York in unescorted convoy NK506 to Key  West arriving 20 October 1942

17 November 1942 sailed Havana, Cuba in escorted convoy CK310 to Key West arriving the same day

18 September 1943 sailed New York in unescorted convoy NK566 to Key  West

30 December 1943 sailed Key West in unescorted convoy KG679 to Guantanamo arriving 2 January 1944

May 1946  owners became Cadio Cia de Nav S.A (C. Sigalas Sons, Managers) Panama name unchanged

20 May 1951 developed a leak and was beached on Carallones Rocks, Vigo Bay  where she later sank  while on passage from Casablanca to Brunsbuttel carrying phosphate