Requisitioned Auxiliary – Teakwood


Indradeo 01



Official Number:                     115315

Pennant No:                            Y 7.8

Laid down:

Builder:                                     Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Deptford Yard, Sunderland

Launched:                                8 July 1902

Into Service:                             25 November 1913

Out of service:                         29 April 1917

Fate:                                          29 April 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:

8 July 1902 launched by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd., Deptford Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 592 as a cargo ship named Indradeo for Falls Line SS Co. Ltd., Liverpool

August 1902 completed

29 August 1902 sailed Sunderland for New York

15 November 1902 arrived at Aden

10 July 1903 arrived at Aden

30 July 1903 arrived at Singapore

23 November 1903 sailed Port Said for New York

12 August 1904 sailed Algoa Bay for Newcastle, NSW

14 October 1904 arrived at Itoito from Newcastle, New South Wales

7 July 1906 arrived at Suva, Fiji this day when on passage from Port Townsend to Sydney, NSW via San Franciso with a cargo of 1,050 mules and 3 million feet of lumber

28 August 1906 the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper reported …


28 8 1906 Sydney Morning Herald Indradeo


23 January 1907 arrived at Hong Kong

15 June 1907 Lloyds List reported –


15.06.07 Lloyds List Teakwood


28 August 1907 arrived at Colombo

7 March 1908 at Kennsington Dry Dock, Philadelphia 1st Mate J A Weech discharged dead from an overdose of laudanum

31 May 1909 at sea at 20°40S 00°40W Fireman Sk Amain Balla discharged dead from beri beri

20 June 1909 at Natal Government Hospital, Durban Seacunny Abdoomon Sulleyman discharged dead from a heart attack

17 September 1909 at Yloflo, Philippine Islands Deck Lascar Hossian Ebram discharged dead from beri beri

16 July 1912 at unknown location Fireman A Ojanen discharged dead from tuberculosis

28 March 1913 arrived Las Palmas

10 April 1913 arrived at Dover

25 November 1913 requisitioned by the Admiralty – pre war charter

23 June 1914 sailed Immingham for New York

1914 purchased by Teakwood SS Co Ltd (John I Jacobs & Co Ltd., Managers) Swansea and was fitted with cylindrical tanks in her holds and renamed Teakwood

1914 purchased by Oil & Molasses Tankers Ltd., (John I Jacobs & Co Ltd., Managers) London – name unchanged

5 August 1914 at Queensferry with HMS TB36 alongside for refuelling

30 October 1914 in the English Channel challenged by HMS CAESAR and allowed to proceed





10 April 1915 at Chesapeak Bay boarded by HMS SUFFOLK





1 July 1916 at 56°48N 12°23W boarded by HMS GLOUCESTERSHIRE, an Armed Merchant Cruiser, and allowed to proceed

HMS Gloucestershire


14 July 1916 at 59°01N 08°08W challenged by HMS MOLDOVIA while being escorted by the armed trawlers Sea Lion and Gwrth and allowed to proceed

17 February 1917 at 59°31N 07°59N challenged by HMS EBRO while being escorted by HM Trawlers NORTHWARD and LYSANDER and allowed to proceed

28 April 1917 torpedoed and sunk by the Austro-Hungarian submarine U-14 in the Mediterranean 26 miles SWxW of Sapienza Island in position 36°39N 21°10E while on passage from Messina to Port Said in ballast. One casualty – Fireman and Trimmer Julius Inane drowned on 3 May 1917 at Pireaus