Requisitioned Auxiliary – Ricardo A Mestres

 

 

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Official Number:                      136686

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Builder:                                  Wm Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool

Pennant No:                            Y 7.114

Launched:                               27 March 1914

Into Service:                            2 September 1914

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                      24 December 1941 hit a mine & sank

 

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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:

 

27 March 1914 launched by Wm Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 839 named ANERLEY for Howard Houlder & Partners Ltd., London

June 1914 completed for Ricardo A Mestres for Consolidated Goldfields of South Africa Ltd., London

September 1914 owners became Ricardo A Mestres, London.

2 September 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler – name unchanged – until 14 October 1914 at a hire of £4,350 agreed lump sum – French account

8 December 1915 re-deployed as an oiler at a charge of 10sh per d w t

5 March 1916 at the entrance with Chesapeake Bay and in communication with HMS LEVIATHAAN

16 September 1916 and 17 September 1916 at Tail of Bank, Clyde alongside HMS AVENGER supplying 1,410 tons of FFO

AMC HMS Avenger

HMS AVENGER

 

21 October 1917 at the Folkstone Gate escorted by HMS LORD MINTO

 

HMS LORD MINTO

HMS LORD MINTO

 

8 February 1918 sighted by HMS TOPAZE, which was on the Perim patrol, sailing east

17 March 1918 passed Perim sailing south

9 April 1918 arrived at Aden

19 May 1918 boarded by HMS TOPAZE, which was on the Perim patrol, checked and allowed to proceed

12 June 1918 sighted by HMS TOPAZE, which was on the Perim patrol, sailing west bound

18 August 1918 boarded by HMS TOPAZE, which was on the Perim patrol, checked and allowed to proceed

1919 purchased by Bank Line Ltd., (A Weir & Co., Managers) Glasgow and renamed WYNERIC

28 November 1920 at Shirley Warden Hospital, Southampton Able Seaman Samuel Grundy discharged dead from natural causes

1937a purchased by Stevenson, Hardy & Co Ltd., London and renamed BRATTON

1937b purchased by Stanhope Steamship Co Ltd., (J A Billmeir & Co Ltd., Managers) London and renamed STANMOUNT

21 July 1938 at St George’s Hospital, Galata, Istanbul Fireman Joseph Farrugia discharged dead from a heart attack

29 September 1939 sailed the River Tyne independently to Liverpool arriving 3 October 1939

11 October 1939 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OB18 to Cardiff arriving 14 October 1939

9 December 1939 sailed Cardiff independently to Barry arriving 17 December 1939

3 January 1940 sailed Barry independently to Avonmouth arriving 6 January 1940

25 January 1940 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

2 February 1940 sailed Milford Haven independently to Swansea arriving the next day

16 February 1940 sailed Swansea independently to Milford Haven arriving the same day

21 February 1940 sailed Milford Haven joining unescorted convoy OB95 which reformed as convoy OG19 on the 23 February 1940 and then independently to Lisbon arriving 27 February 1940

24 December 1941 sank in position 52°39N 02°00.31E after hitting a mine while on passage from London to Grimsby carrying a cargo of cressote