Requisitioned Auxiliary – Ramsgarth


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Official Number:                        128019

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd., Middlesborough

Launched:                                12 January 1910

Pennant No:                             Y 3.179

Into Service:                              7 August 1914

Out of service:                          28 November 1916

Fate:                                       28 November 1916 captured 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:


12 January 1910 launched by Sir Raylton & Co Ltd., Middlesborough as Yard Nr. 549 named Ramsgarth for Rea Shipping Co Ltd.,. (R & J H Rea Managers) Liverpool

13 January 1910 Lloyds List newspaper reported –


13 Jan 1910 Lloyds List Ramsgarth


February 1910 completed

28 February 1910 berthed at Penarth Dock, Cardiff

22 March 1910 sailed Penarth for Portsmouth

22 August 1911 arrived at Burntisland

20 September 1911 arrived at Penarth with the rescued crew of the Padstow ketch Pet which had foundered

9 November 1911 arrived at Liverpool from Bordeaux

10 March 1912 passed Prawle Point sailing east

18 May 1912 passed Prawle Point sailing west

15 July 1912 arrived on the River Tyne

27 June 1913 sailed the River Tyne for London

28 October 1913 sailed the River Tyne for Dartmouth

14 April 1914 passed Flamborough Head sailing north

7 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier – name unchanged – until 8 August 1916

12 August 1914 at sea at 50°04N 02°05W challenged by HMS SAPPHIRE and allowed to proceed

HMS Sapphire


15 August 1914 in Dover Harbour alongside HMS SAPPHIRE and supplied 62 tons of bunker coal

4 March 1915 at Queenstown alongside HMS VENUS and supplied 330 tons of bunker coal





7 March 1915 at Queenstown alongside HMS LANCASTER and supplied 500 tons of bunker coal

1916 purchased by South Metropolitan Gas Co., London – name unchanged

22 August 1916 in dry dock at Cardiff

28 November 1916 captured by German submarine UB-39 (Heinrich Kustner) in the English Channel and sunk with explosives 11 miles E x S from Owers Light Vessel while on passage from Cardiff to the Tyne in ballast. There were no casualties