Requisitioned Auxiliary – Prudentia

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Official Number:                        96611

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Jarrow

Launched:                               4 June 1889

Pennant No:                             

Into Service:                           31 October 1914

Out of service:                        12 January 1916

Fate:                                     Dragged her anchor and sunk 12 January 1916



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:


4 June 1889 launched by Palmer’s Shipbuilding & Iron CO Ltd., Jarrow as Yard No: 615 named Prudentia for Petroleum Transport & Storage Co (Alfred Suart & C0. Managers) London

July 1889 completed

6 February 1891 at the Marine Office, South Shields a Marine enquiry was held into the alleged drunkeness of the 2nd Engineer Officer F W Patterson. The allegation was found proved and the accused’s certificate was suspended for three months

5 October 1891 loaded bunkers from Tyne Dock and sailed for Philadelphia

27 May 1892 sailed the River Tyne

11 December 1892 at Rouen Hospital Able Seaman John Carr discharged dead from typhoid

22 April 1895 while anchored in fog off Dungeness was struck by barquentine Mary Isabel from Grimsby which caused damage to both vessels

24 April 1895 returned to South Shields for repairs to her starboard quarter as a result of the coillision off Dungeness

4 January 1896 while attempting to enter Sunderland Harbour in fog ran aground on the Rocker. Was refloated the next day

10 November 1896 while on passage from Philadelphia to Rouen put into Falmouth this day with engine defects

25 May 1897 at the River Gironde, France Fireman T Kliche discharged dead from accidental drowning while bathing

29 June 1898 at Pulo Sembilam, Sumatra Able Seaman Kong Chin Ay discharged dead from drowning

19?? purchased by Lennard’s Carrying Co Ltd., (J M Lennard & Sons Ltd. Managers) Middlesborough – name unchanged

1 December 1900 cleared for sailing from Singapore for Hong Kong

4 July 1905 at 49.49N 02.07W Fireman Mickel Angelo Greck discharged dead having disappeared believed drowned

22 February 1907 at sea Chief Engineer Officer Edward Loughran discharged dead – heart disease

5 June 1908 berthed at Tanjong Pagar

13 June 1908 cleared for sailing from Tanjong Pagar for Durban

11 August 1908 at Campana Fireman Chi Wong May discharged dead following an explosion onboard

31 October 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler – name unchanged

12 January 1916 dragged her anchor in a gale and was holed by the propeller of SS HERMIONE which was lying alongside in Gutter Sound between the islands of Fara and Flotta in Scapa Flow and sank. There were no casualties