Requisitioned Auxiliary – Muritai






Official Number:                      129099

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast

Launched:                               28 April 1910

Into Service:                            3 August 1914

Out of service:                        12 February 1915

Fate:                                         Broken up October 1935 


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA


Career Data:


28 April 1910 launched by Workman, Clark & Co Ltd, Belfast as Yard Nr: 291 named MURITAI for Tyser & Co, London.

June 1910 completed

11 August 1910 berthed at Melbourne on her maiden voyage from London with Captain Felgate as Master

16 August 1910 berthed at Sydney, NSW

26 September 1910 at Breakwater Pier, Melbourne while loading cargo a bale of wool fell from a sling hitting William Davidson, a 20 year old wharf labourer breaking his left leg. Davidson was taken to hospital

10 February 1911 sailed Sydney, NSW for New Zealand ports

31 March 1911 sailed London for Sydney, NSW

4 May 1911 berthed at London from New Zealand ports

31 May 1911 sailed London for Australian and New Zealand ports with 5 passengers

13 July 1911 at Melbourne passenger B J McCure discharged dead – cause not shown in the Register of Deaths of Passengers

4 November 1911 berthed at Dunkirk from Australian ports

30 November 1911 sailed London for Australian and New Zealand ports with 5 passengers. Captain J Firth was the Master

10 January 1912 berthed at Melbourne from London

17 February 1912 berthed at Wanganui, New Zealand

16 July 1912 berthed at Wanganui, New Zealand

10 October 1912 sailed London for Australian and New Zealand ports with 7 passengers

19 February 1913 berthed at London from Wellington, New Zealand

29 June 1913 sailed Las Palmas

9 September 1913 sailed London for Australian and New Zealand ports with 1 passenger

1914 owners amalgamated with others and were restyled as Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd, London (later rename as Port Line Ltd), name unchanged

21 July 1914 berthed at London from Otago, New Zealand

3 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Carrier, name unchanged

7 January 1915 at Rosyth alongside HMS PRINCESS ROYAL supplying Naval Stores

12 February 1915 returned to her owners

16 June 1915 berthed at London from New Zealand ports

17 September 1915 sailed Panama while on passage from New York to Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

2 November 1915 at Miller’s Point, Sydney Harbour a Belgian Fireman August Duresq was stabbed in the throat by a Swedish Fireman Eric Stark with a combination knife and fork after certain comments had been passed which resulted in a fight. Stark appeared before the Water Police Court, Sydney where he was gaoled for one month

24 November 1915 berthed at Sydney, NSW

2 February 1916 berthed at London from Australian ports

19 September 1916 berthed at London from New Zealand ports

1916 renamed PORT VICTOR by her owners

25 October 1919 at Panama when on passage from Wellington, New Zealand to London

4 November 1919 sailed Newport News for London

19 November 1919 arrived at Gravesend

15 March 1922 sailed Hull for Antwerp

17 May 1922 the Western Daily Mail reported …

Western Daily Mail press cutting 17 5 22

11 October 1935 arrived Bo’ness for demolition by P & W MacLellan