Requisitioned Auxiliary – Perth

Perth

 

Official Number:                    123346

Laid down:

Builder:                                 Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd., Dundee

Launched:                             15 February 1915

Pennant No:                          M 1 23 / M 1 17

Into Service:                          28 July 1915 and 14 October 1940

Out of service:                       18 September 1919 and 21 May 1945

Fate:                                     8 November 1962 broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 for service as an Armed Boarding Steamer and during WW2 for service as an Accommodation ship

 

Career Data:

15 February 1915 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd., Dundee as Yard Nr: 240 named PERTH for Dundee, Perth and London Steamship Co., Dundee

July 1915 fitted out at Camperdown Dock, Dundee

25 July 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Armed Boarding Steamer and commissioned as HMS PERTH

23 October 1915 Stoker James Parkes MMR discharged dead. He is buried in Ardrossan Cemetery in grave SE45

16 November 1915 sailed Dundee for trials anchoring off Dundee at the end of the trials

17 November 1915 sailed Dundee for Devonport

21 November 1915 anchored in Plymouth Sound later berthing in Devonport Dockyard

25 November 1915 at Devonport loading bunker coal

26 November 1915 sailed Devonport for Gibraltar

30 November 1915 dropped anchor in Gibraltar Bay

1 December 1915 berthed on the North Arm of the Dockyard loading 162 tons of bunker coal

2 December 1915 sailed Gibraltar for Malta

5 December 1915 arrived at Grand Harbour, Malta and berthed stern to the Quay. Loaded 100 tons of bunker coal

6 December 1915 sailed Grand Harbour, Malta for Port Said

9 December 1915 arrived at Port Said. Commenced loading bunker coal

10 December 1915 at Port Said – completed loading 140 tons of bunker coal. Placed sand bags around the bridge to protect officers and crew

11 December 1915 sailed Port Said and transitted Suez Canal

12 December 1915 cleared Suez Canal and anchored at Suez. Sailed Suez for Aden

17 December 1915 berthed on buoys in Aden Harbour

19 December 1915 at Aden loaded 190 tons of bunker coal and 53 tons of fresh water

20 December 1915 sailed Aden for Perim. On arrival entered Perim Harbour and anchored

21 December 1915 at Perim Harbour discharging Naval Stores for other ships into a lighter

22 December 1915 sailed Perim Harbour and took up the Perim patrol

29 December 1915 entered Perim Harbour and anchored

30 December 1915 sailed Perim Harbour taking up Perim patrol

1 January 1916 at Perim Harbour

2 January 1916 at Perim Harbour loaded bunker coal and sailed to take up the Perim Patrol

29 January 1916 Stoker Ali Ghalib discharged dead. He is remembered with pride on the Bombay 1914 – 1918 Memorial, Mumbai

18 September 1919 decommissioned, refitted and returned to her owners as PERTH

14 October 1940 requisitioned as an Accommodation ship for dockyard workers at Rosyth who were engaged on finishing work on the battleship HMS KING GEORGE V

5 May 1941 on completion of the above she was allocated for service as a Convoy Rescue Ship

19 December 1944 sailed the River Clyde in escorted convoy ON273 to Halifax arriving on 2 January 1945

10 January 1945 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX331 to the River Clyde arriving on 22 January 1945

14 February 1945 sailed the River Clyde in escorted convoy ONS42 to Halifax arriving on 5 March 1945

11 March 1945 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX343 to the River Clyde arriving on 24 March 1945

11 April 1945 sailed the River Clyde in escorted convoy ONS47 to Halifax arriving on 30 April 1945

7 May 1945 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy SC175 to the River Clyde on completion of her war time service arriving 21 May 1945 and was returned to her owners – name unchanged

13 June 1945 sailed the River Clyde independently to Dundee arriving 15 June 1945

19 October 1946 sailed Dundee for London

1946 purchased by the Falkland Islands Co Ltd., London and renamed LAFONIA

1950 purchased by Lloyds Mediterranean and renamed VALFIORITA

1960 purchased by Carlo Lolli-Ghetti & C SpA, Venice – name unchanged

8 November 1962 arrived Porto Nogaro for demolition by A Bertelli