Requisitioned Auxiliary – Norfolk Coast


Norfolk Coast 


Official Number:                     131290

Builder:                                  W Harkness & Son Ltd., Middlesborough

Pennant No:                   Y 8.6

Launched:                              3 September 1910

Into Service:                           11 September 1914

Out of service:                        29 October 1914

Fate:                                     18 June 1918 torpedoed and sunk


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

3 September 1910 launched by W Harkness & Son Ltd., Middlesbrough as Yard Nr: 182 named Norfolk Coast for F H Powell & Co., Liverpool

September 1910 completed

2 October 1910 berthed at Dover from Poole to discharge

7 February 1911 at Liverpool a mooring chain weighing between 3 & 4 tons for use at the Naval harbour at Dover was being loaded as cargo from a Manchester ship canal badge by derrick when the slings snapped and it fell on 3 men on the barge. Two were killed instantly and a third died later in hospital

11 February 1911 berthed at Dover to discharge the mooring chain which killed the three men at Liverpool. The chain was discharged to an Admiralty lighter

9 March 1911 berthed at Dover from Liverpool to discharge

4 August 1911 berthed at Dover from Newhaven to discharge

6 September 1911 berthed at Dover from Shoreham to discharge

27 November 1911 berthed at Dover from Liverpool to discharge

28 October 1912 entered Eastham Locks on the Manchester Ship Canal with a cargo of flints

27 December 1912 berthed at Liverpool from Dieppe

11 April 1913 berthed at Dover from Poole to discharge

17 July 1913 berthed at Dover from Poole to discharge

5 August 1913 sailed from Poole

21 August 1913 berthed at Dover from Portsmouth to discharge

18 September 1913 at Manchester

30 September 1913 owners became Powell, Bacon & Hough Lines, Liverpool – name unchanged

11 September 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Stores Carrier – name unchanged

26 October 1914 returned to her owners – name unchanged

18 June 1918 torpedoed and sunk by UB50 23 miles SE of Flamborough Head in position 53.40N 00.28E while on passage from Rouen to the River Tyne in ballast with the loss of eight lives.