Requisitioned Auxiliary – Silverlip




Official Number:                      136646

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Low Walker 

Launched:                              12 December 1913

Into Service:                            15 June 1915

Pennant No:                            Y7.75

Out of service:                         11 February 1919

Fate:                                      returned to the French Government


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 December 1913 launched by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd., Low Walker as Yard Nr: 852 named San Isidoro for Eagle Oil Transport Co Ltd., London

13 December 1913 the Sunderland Daily Echo newspaper reported …

13 12 1913 Sunderland Daily Echo San Isidoro


March 1914 completed

1914 purchased by the French Government for service as a naval oiler and renamed Dordogne

1915 returned to the Admiralty for service as an oiler and renamed Silverlip under the management of Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd., London

15 June 1915 to 11 February 1919 served as RN Oiler No: 75

25 March 1916 in the North Atlantic at 30°14N 19°04W stopped and boarded by HMS SUTLEJ and allowed to proceed





21 October 1917 missed by a torpedo NW of Scotland

1919 returned to the French Government and name reverted to Dordogne

18 June 1940 scuttled in Brest Roads to avoid capture by the Germans