Requisitioned Auxiliary – Ramillies


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Official Number:                       98425

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Builder:                                   Wm Gray & Co, West Hartlepool

Launched:                               24 August 1892

Into Service:                            3 August 1914

Out of service:                         30 August  1916

Fate:                                      21 July 1917 sunk by gunfire

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:

24 August 1892 launched by Wm Gray & Co, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr 445 named RAMILLIES for Ramillies SS Co Ltd  (John Cory & Sons Ltd, Managers) Cardiff    

October 1892 completed

5 August 1899 in the St Laurence River while on a voyage from Montreal to London was in collision with the ss Turret Court

26 September 1899 passed Barry Island from London

9 December 1899 arrived at Table Bay, South Africa from Cardiff

25 April 1900 sailed Barry for St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands

27 June 1900 in the Admiralty Division of the High Court assisted by Trinity Masters and before Sir Francis Jeune, President proceedings were brought against the ss Turret Court. The defence produced by the owners of the Turret Court was that the collision was caused by a latent defect in the steering gear causing it to shear. It was claimed nothing could have been done to prevent the collision. The Court found for the owners of the Ramillies 

3 January 1902 at Savenn Apprentice Sydney Laing discharged dead from meningitis

22 November 1903 at Constantinople Stewardess Ellen Jane Jenkins discharged dead from dysentry

13 January 1906 at 17.34N 22.30W Fireman John Price discharged dead having committed suicide by jumping overboard and drowning

6 October 1907 at Falmouth 2nd Engineer Officer James Soutar discharged dead with pneumonia

3 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Mine Carrier, name unchanged

30 August 1916 returned to her owners.

21 July 1917 was captured by the German U-58 in the Atlantic 120 miles WNW of Tory Island and was sunk by gunfire in position 55.24 N 11.08 W while on passage from Troon to Huelva with a cargo of coal.