Requisitioned Auxiliary – Mira



Mira 01


Official Number:                      114414

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                  Swan & Hunter, Wallsend

Launched:                              2 October 1901

Into Service:                           WW1

Out of service:                        11 October 1917

Fate:                                      Mined and Sank


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:


2 October 1901 launched by Swan & Hunter, Wallsend as Yard Nr: 269 named Mira for Mira SS Co Ltd., (Stephens, Sutton & Stephens Ltd., managers) Newcastle

October 1901 completed

8 February 1902 sailed Philadelphia to the River Tyne

11 February 1902 arrived New Orleans

23 February 1903 at 49.26N 33.20W Able Seaman John Ross discharged dead – accidentally washed overboard

13 May 1904 at Cartengena Fireman Frederick Vowden discharged dead after an accidenta shore

12 December 1904 at Batoum Fireman James McCann discharged dead from suffication

17 December 1904 at Batoum Fireman Charles Leverick discharged dead from typhoid fever

3 December 1912 at 50.41N 30.20W Ships Cook Bernard de Goede discharged dead – disappeared at sea

WW1 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler – name unchanged

27 September 1914 off the Tagus River spoken to by HMS ARGONAUT

HMS Argonaut


11 October 1917 struck a mine which had been laid in the English Channel five days earlier by UC50 and sank 4 miles SW of Beachy Head in position 50.41N 00.09E while on passage from Port Arthur, Texas to Dover with a cargo of fuel oil. No casualties