Requisitioned Auxiliary – Rhio


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Official Number:                      115176

Laid down:

Builder:                                  R Thompson & Sons, Southwick, Sunderland

Launched:                              6 October 1903

Pennant No:                    Y 3.372

Into Service:                            6 October 1914

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                      14 March 1941 bombed 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:


6 October 1903 launched by R Thompson & Sons, Southwick, Sunderland as Yard Nr. 232 named Rhio for Orders & Handford Steamship Co Ltd.,. (Orders & Handford Managers) Newport, Monmouthshire

November 1903 completed

6 October 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged

1918 returned to her owners

1919 Managers became J Cory & Sons Ltd – name unchanged

9 June 1932 purchased by Brando O/Y Wirma, (A Wihuri, Manager) Helsinki for £2,300 and renamed Wirma

17 December 1940 purchased by Lovisa Ab (R Nordstrom & Co., Managers) Loviisa – name unchanged

18 February 1941 renamed Rainer by her owners

12 March 1941 sailed Enden for Stockholm with a cargo of coke

14 March 1941 bombed and sunk by British aircraft off the German north sea coast NE of Norderney Island in position 53.52N 06.57E. Her crew of 23 were rescued by the Swedish steamer Arete and were landed at Cuxhaven