Requisitioned Auxiliary – Reapwell


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Official Number:                      112668

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Builder:                                  William Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool

Launched:                               18 December 1899

Pennant No:                            Y 3.428

Into Service:                             2 November 1914

Out of service:                         27 November 1916

Fate:                                      27 November 1916 torpedoed and sunk


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Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:


18 December 1899 launched by William Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool as Yard Nr. 604 named Shirely for Mitre Shipping Co Ltd.,  (Houlder, Middleton & Co., Managers) London

February 1900 completed

1913 purchased by Reapwell Steamship Co Ltd., London and renamed Reapwell

2 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Collier – name unchanged – until 13 March 1915. Actual requisitioned date was 13 January 1915

1915 owners became Maritime Investments Ltd., (H E Moss & Co., Managers) Liverpool – name unchanged

30 June 1916 re-deployed as a collier to Northern Russia for the Russian Government a/c until 19 October 1916

17 July 1916 at 62 12.N 11 40.W stopped and boarded by HMS OTWAY – checked and allowed to proceed

20 October 1916 re-deployed as a Collier until …

27 November 1916 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-39 (Walter Fortstmann) in the Mediterranean NW of Alexandria in position 33.37N 27.35E while on passage from Cardiff to Malta and Port Said carrying coal and general cargo. Her MAster was taken prisoner