Requisitioned Auxiliary – Peshawur




Official Number:                     121223

Laid down:

Builder:                                 W B Thompson & Co Ltd., Dundee

Pennant No:                          Y.9.1 / E 8210

Launched:                             9 March 1905

Into Service:                          3 August 1914

Out of service:                       9 October 1917

Fate:                                    9 October 1917 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:


9 March 1905 launched by Barclay Curle & Co., Whiteinch as Yard Nr: 452 named Peshawur for Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., London

9 March 1905 the Lloyds List newspaper reported –


9 03 1905 Lloyds List Pershawur


30 April 1905 completed for her owner’s Far East and Australian service. Cost £106,061

3 May 1905 passed Beachy Head sailing east bound from Glasgow

28 May 1905 passed Beachy Head sailing west bound from London

27 June 1906 at Shanghai, China 2nd Engineer Officer Alexander Miller discharged dead – accidentally drowned

18 October 1906 arrived at Aden from London

13 November 1906 arrived at Hong Kong

20 November 1906 arrived at Shanghai, China

6 January 1907 berthed at Brisbane

11 January 1907 sailed Brisbane to Sydney, NSW and for London, Captain E Spicer (Commander RNR) was the Master

10 January 1907 sailed Brisbane

12 January 1907 berthed at Sydney, NSW from Brisbane

29 January 1907 sailed Sydney, NSW for London

4 March 1907 arrived at Suez

19 June 1907 arrived Yokohama

25 December 1908 berthed at Melbourne from Yokohama and Penang

16 February 1909 arrived at Colombo, Ceylon

16 April 1909 sailed London for Calcutta with three passengers. Captain C F Lockstone was the ship’s Master

1910 transferred to Lunds Blue Anchor Branch Line – name unchanged

23 April 1910 berthed at Melbourne

2 March 1910 sailed London for Australian ports with one passenger. Captain C F Lockstone was the ship’s Master

29 February 1912 sailed London for Yokohama with one passenger. Captain E W Bruce was the ship’s Master

12 July 1912 berthed at London from Yokohama and Port Said with two passengers – one of whom was a DBS

24 August 1912 sailed London for Sydney, NSW with one passenger. Captain E W Bruce was the ship’s Master

19 September 1912 berthed at Colombo, Ceylon

7 October 1912 berthed at Adelaide – while berthing grounded but was pulled clear by tugs

26 July 1913 berthed at London Docks from Yokohama, Bangkok, and Marseilles with six passengers – five of whom were DBS

20 October 1913 berthed at Melbourne

6 January 1914 berthed at the London docks

27 April 1914 berthed at Melbourne

3 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a stores carrier – name unchanged – until 1 May 1915

August 1914 Commander Francis E Andrews RD RNR appointed as Commanding Officer

22 April 1915 Stoker Arthur Brentley RNR discharged dead

3 May 1915 became an Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – transporting stores from Canada

2 November 1915 Seaman S Malbrook discharged dead – he is buried in Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Harve, France in grave Div 14 Grave 4

1916 was damaged by a drifting steamer at Newport

9 October 1917 whilst inbound from Montreal and Sydney, Nova Scotia serving as an HM Transport she was torpedoed twice by the German submarine U96 and sank 1 mile off the South Rock Lighthouse, near Ballyquintin Point, Co. Down, Northern Ireland with the loss of 13 of the 125 persons aboard. The survivors were picked up by the Patrol Yacht Albion 11