Requisitioned Auxiliary – Northfield


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Official Number:                      114672

Laid down:

Builder:                                  J.L. Thompson & Sons Ltd, North Sands, Sunderland

Pennant No:                           Y 3.54

Launched:                              1901

Into Service:                           1914

Out of service:                        3 March 1918

Fate:                                     1918 Torpedoed and sunk


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:

18 April 1901 launched by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay as Yard Nr: 133 named Northfield for Northfield Steamship Co Ltd., London

May 1901 completed

1903 purchased by Field Line (Cardiff) Ltd., Cardiff – name unchanged

1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged

1915 purchased by Keep Steamship & Lighterage Co Ltd., London – name unchange

1918 owner became Harry Keep, London – name unchanged

3 March 1918 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-60 in the Bristol Channel 25 miles SW of Lundy Island while on passage from Glasgow to Plymouth carrying a cargo of coal with the loss of 15 lives