Requisitioned Auxiliary – Redbreast

 Redbreast

 

 Redbreast

 

Official Number:                    128216

Laid down:

Builder:                                    A & J Inglis, Pointhouse

Launched:                              18 April 1908

Into Service:                           17 July 1915

Out of service:                        15 July 1917

Fate:                                         15 July July 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:

18 April 1908 launched by A & J Inglis, Pointhouse as Yard Nr: 285 named REDBREAST for G & J Burns Ltd, Glasgow

20 April 1908 the Greenock Telegraph reported –

 

20 4 1908 Greenock Telegraph Redbreast

 

August 1908 completed

5 October 1908 arrived Glasgow from Belfast sailing the same day back to Belfast

30 December 1908 arrived at Glasgow from Belfast

5 May 1909 arrived Glasgow from Belfast sailing the same day back to Belfast

19 September 1909 at Oban Seaman Kenneth Campbell discharged dead having drowned

30 September 1909 arrived at Glasgow from Belfast

23 November 1911 sailed Glasgow

28 January 1912 berthed at Aberdeen from Belfast to discharge

17 July 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Fleet Messenger, name unchanged. Also acted as a Q ship in the Mediterranean

20 August 1915 Greaser James Jamison MMR discharged dead. His name is honoured with pride on the Plymouth Naval Memorial on panel 9

29 September 1915 at Port Mudros

6 October 1915 at Sulva Bay

7 October 1915 sailed from Sulva Bay

13 October 1915 at Sulva Bay

31 May 1916 Lieutenant Richard T Montgomery RNR received a Mention for good work while employed on Transport duties at the Dardanelles

2 August 1916 sailed Port Mudros returning to port the same day

1 October 1916 sailed Port Muros to Stavros. On arrival berthed alongside HMS GRAFTON

6 October 1916 at Port Mudros alongside RFA RELIANCE to have her gun removed.

7 October 1916 sailed Port Mudros

15 October 1916 sailed Port Mudros

17 October 1916 to 19 October 1916 berthed at Port Mudros alongside RFA RELIANCE to have her gun refitted after it had been overhaulled

5 November 1916 at Stavros Point

6 November 1916 alongside HMS ARK ROYAL supplying Aviation Stores

24 January 1917 at Salamis alongside HMS EXMOUTH

25 January 1917 sailed Salamis

29 January 1917 at Port Mudros

30 January 1917 arrived at Salamis berthed alongside HMS EXMOUTH unloading Naval Stores

31 January 1917 cast off from HMS EXMOUTH

1 February 1917 arrived at Salamis. Lieutenant Pallister RN, Sub Lieutenants Donovan and Cameron RN transfered for passage to Mudros. Sailed

6 February 1917 arrived at Salamis

8 February 1917 HMS EXMOUTH discharged 12 ratings and 1 prisoner to REDBREAST which then sailed

13 February 1917 arrived at Salamis and berthed alongside HMS EXMOUTH. Later sailed Salamis

20 February 1917 arrived at Salamis and berthed alongside HMS EXMOUTH

21 February 1917 changed mooring and later sailed

27 February 1917 arrived at Salamis

28 February 1917 changed mooring

1 March 1917 sailed Salamis

6 March 1917 arrived at Salamis

8 March 1917 sailed Salamis

13 March 1917 arrived at Salamis

8 April 1917 at Syra

9 April 1917 at Syra received four ratings from HMS COLNE for passage to Mudros

14 April 1917 sailed Port Mudros

23 April 1917 at Syra

2 May 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

12 May 1917 arrived Port Mudros, sailing the same day

14 May 1917 sailed from Syra

16 May 1917 arrived Port Mudros

19 May 1917 sailed Port Mudros

30 May 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

2 June 1917 sailed Port Mudros

28 June 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

1 July 1917 sailed Port Mudros

11 July 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

15 July 1917 she was torpedoed and sunk by UC-38 in the Aegean Sea while on passage from Skros to the Doro
Channel . Forty two members of the crew were killed and they are remembered with pride on the
Plymouth, Portsmouth and Chatham Naval memorials