Requisitioned Auxiliary – Thames



Official Number:                     98056

Pennant No:                         

Laid down:

Builder:                                 Robert Napier & Sons, Govan East

Launched:                             10 December 1889

Into Service:                           August 1914

Out of service:                        WW1

Fate:                                     Sunk as a block ship


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships acquired by the Admiralty during WW1 for use as a Block Ship


Career Data:

10 December 1889 launched by Robert Napier & Sons, Govan East as Yard Nr: 418 named Thames for Royal Mail Steam Packet Co Ltd., London

4 March 1890 completed as a passenger vessel for her owner’s South American service. 221 x 1st Class, 32 x 2nd Class & 26 x 3rd Class passengers

24 April 1890 sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton to South American Ports

August 1914 purchased for demolition by Forth Shipbreaking Co but was resold to the Admirealty for use a block ship and was scuttled at Scapa Flow as part of No: 1 Barrier in Kirk Sound between Lamb Holm Island and the Mainland in position 58.53.30N 02.54W. Her stern section was later removed and her hull was cut down to Main Deck level