Requisitioned Auxiliary – Terek


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Official Number:                        110150

Pennant No:                             Y 7.250

Signal Letters:                          RFSN

Laid down:

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

Launched:                                 24 May 1899

Into Service:                              3 February 1918

Out of service:                           30 March 1941

Fate:                                        Torpedoed and Sunk 30 March 1941



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:


24 May 1899 launched by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd., Deptford Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 569 named TEREK for Petroleum Steamship Co Ltd., (Lane & MacAndrew Ltd., Manager)., London

June 1899 completed

14 July 1899 passed Constantinople

12 September 1899 at 35.10N 17.14E Carpenter C Nordvall discharged dead from natural causes

15 July 1915 at sea Fireman John Boyle discharged dead from heart failure

9 October 1915 at Newport News Able Seaman Charles Lunn discharged dead having drowned and 3rd Pumpman Carl Wagner Svendean discharged dead also having drowned

10 October 1915 reported in the Richmond Times Despatch, Richmond VA that on 9 October 1915 more than 50 crew members of the British ships Bervindale and Terek and the Norwegian ship Maricopa rioted, apparently while under the influence of drink, and as a result two crew members (details above) were drowned, several others seriously injured and four were in jail charged with mutiny with possible charges of murder being considered. It was alleged that the dead men were either pushed or fell from the pier during the riot. It was further alleged that the crew members of the Terek demanded their wages – this was refused and so the sailors rushed the ship. The officers escaped injury by barricading themselves in their cabins until they were rescued by the Police.

12 June 1916 arrived at Belfast

24 August 1916 at sea while on passage from Hull to Texas in ballast stopped by HMS PATIA, boarded, identity confirmed and allowed to proceed

10 May 1917 at sea Able Seaman James McLean discharged dead following an accident

June 1917 purchased by British Tanker Co Ltd., London and renamed BRITISH DUKE

2 December 1917 sighted by HMS LORD MINTO which was engaged on the South Goodwin patrol as she passed being escorted by HMS’s PITFOUR and LOROONE





18 January 1918 at sea at 45.02°N 51.20°E joined a convoy escorted by HMS CUMBERLAND

HMS Cumberland


3 February 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Oiler – name unchanged

7 October 1918 sailed from Queenstown to Dublin under the escort of USS Balch (DD50) and HMS BLUEBELL

11 December 1918 arrived at Bermuda from Liverpool

13 January 1919 sailed Norfolk, Virginia

1 February 1919 arrived at Foynes from Port Arthur

6 December 1919 sailed Port Arthur

4 January 1920 arrived at Plymouth from Port Arthur

10 February 1920 arrived at Southampton from Newport News

10 June 1920 sailed Port Arthur for Liverpool

6 July 1920 arrived at Dartmouth

8 December 1928 the Scotsman newspaper reported that …

Scotsman 8 12 1928 Court Case


 10 March 1930 purchased by Soc. Anon Di Nav “Corrado”, Genoa and renamed LAURA CORRADO

9 August 1930 sailed Grangemouth for Antwerp

10 November 1930 sailed Grangemouth for Oslo

13 December 1930 sailed Grangemouth for Copenhagen

22 January 1931 arrived at Grangemouth from Antwerp in ballast

27 April 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

5 June 1931 arrived at Kings Dock, Swansea from Saltend

14 November 1935 arrived Suez from Massowah

13 August 1937 arrived at Suez from Mogadiscio

11 October 1937 sailed Bahrein for Trieste

27 October 1937 arrived at Suez

12 February 1938 sailed Port Arthur, Yexas for Spanish Morocco

30 March 1941 torpedoed by a British Submarine in the Mediterranean in position 38.45°N 12.20°E and sunk by gunfire