Requisitioned Auxiliary – Tonawanda

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Official Number:                     102107

Pennant No:                          Y 7.91

Laid down:

Builder:                                 Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd., Low Walker

Launched:                             15 June 1893

Into Service:                          14 August 1915

Out of service:                       1918

Fate:                                    Broken up 1925


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:


15 June 1893 launched by Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd., Low Walker as Yard Nr: 606 named Lucigen for H E Moss & co’s Tankers Ltd., (H E Moss & Co, Managers), Liverpool

August 1893 completed

April 1901 purchased by Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd., (J Hamilton, Manager) London and renamed Tonawanda

6 March 1903 arrived at Liverpool for Manchester from Batum

6 April 1903 arrived at Philadelphia from Manchester

25 October 1914 at sea at 49.00N 07.03W while on passage between London and New York challenged by HMS VENUS – allowed to proceed

14 August 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Oiler – name unchanged

2 June 1917 torpedoed and damaged by German submarine UC-21 while on passage from Dover to Maryport, 10 miles W of Beachy Head in ballast but managed to reach port without any casualties

7 November 1920 arrived at Liverpool from Philadelphia

7 April 1921 arrived at New York from Amsterdam

1925 reported broken up