Requisitioned Auxiliary – North Wales (1914)


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Official Number:                        122825

Laid down:

Builder:                                        J Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields

Pennant No:                               Y 3.253

Launched:                                  19 June 1905

Into Service:                                24 August 1914

Out of service:                            16 November 1914

Fate:                                             1914 captured and scuttled



Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


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


Career Data:

19 June 1905 launched by J Readhead & Sons Ltd., South Shields as Yard Nr: 386 named North Wales for North Wales Shipping Co Ltd., (H Roberts & Co, Managers), Newcastle

20 June 1905 the Shields Daily News newspaper reported …


20 6 1905 Shields Daily News North Wales


August 1905 completed

24 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged

19 October 1914 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands supplied HMS CANOPUS with 1,250 tons of bunker coal

16 November 1914 captured by the German light cruiser Dresden and scuttled with explosives 360 miles SW¼W from Valparaiso while on passage from Cardiff to Valparaiso carryling coal