Requisitioned Auxiliary – Thermidor






Official Number:                      114684

Pennant No:                           Y7.139 

Laid down:

Builder:                                  C S Swan & Hunter Ltd., Wallsend

Launched:                               22 April 1901

Into Service:                            1916

Out of service:                         1919

Fate:                                       1933 broken up


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:


22 April 1901 launched by C S Swan & Hunter Ltd., Wallsend as Yard Nr:260 named CATALONE for English & American Shipping Co Ltd., (C T Bowring & Co., Managers), London

15 June 1901 completed as a cargo ship after trials

3 July 1901 arrived at Quebec from the River Tyne

10 May 1904 arrived at Quebec

24 August 1904 grounded at Montreal while carrying a cargo of coal – had to lighten ship to refloat. Suffered no damage

20 May 1907 arrived at Quebec

18 December 1908 off Sandy Hook in thick fog while on passage to New York in collision with the British steamer Daghestan bound for Marseilles sinking the later vessel. No life lost on either ship

19 February 1909 arrived at Leith from Philadelphia

14 October 1909 arrived at Baltimore from Huelva

19 February 1911 arrived at Baltimore from Huelva

29 September 1913 arrived at Philadelphia from Huelva

11 November 1913 arrived at Liverpool from Charleston

7 April 1914 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

14 June 1914 at Curtis Bay, Baltimore Fireman and Trimmer Andrew Crombie discharged dead – drowned

25 August 1914 berthed at Trafford Wharf, Manchester

7 August 1915 the Newcastle Journal reported that –


1915 purchased by Plisson Steam Navigation Co Ltd., London and renamed THERMIDOR

26 January 1916 arrived at Port Talbot

26 June 1916 arrived at Port Talbot

11 July 1916 arrived at Glasgow

22 August 1916 arrived at the River Tyne for conversion by Smith’s Dock into an Oiler after being requisitioned for Admiralty service as such – name unchanged

25 March 1918 in convoy across the Atlantic from Hampton Roads escorted by HMS BERWICK

1919 purchased by Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd., London – name unchanged

9 January 1920 sailed from New Orleans

1 February 1920 arrived at Plymouth from New Orleans

21 March 1920 arrived at Galveston

14 May 1920 arrived at Galveston from Rotterdam

1920 renamed TROPHON by her owners

29 April 1922 at Amsterdam 2nd Cook George Cowley discharged dead – drowned

29 June 1923 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

8 September 1923 while on passage in the Houston Ship Canal from Tampico broke all the blades of her propeller. She was towed Houston

15 September 1923 sailed Tampico for LEFO

6 November 1923 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

19 December 1929 arrived at the River Tyne from Curacao

20 July 1932 arrived at Liverpool

5 March 1933 after being towed into Dover by the tug Lady Brassey with problems with her fuel pumps received assistance, loaded 15 tons of bunkers and sailed for Haverton Hill

8 March 1933 arrived Haverton Hill for demolition by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.