Requisitioned Auxiliary – Tringa





Official Number:                     128310

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Swan, Hunter & Wigham, Richardson, Low walker, Newcastle

Launched:                               15 September 1913

Into Service:                            4 December 1914

Out of service:                         24 June 1915

Fate:                                         Sunk 26 November 1915


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 September 1913 launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham, Richardson, Low Walker, Newcastle as Yard Nr: 918 named TRINGA for Cork SS Co Ltd, Cork

October 1913 completed

13 August 1914 off Portland while on passage from Southampton to Cork challenged by HMS CAESAR – allowed to proceed





4 December 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Carrier, name unchanged. Lieutenant Jas Carol Badger RNR appointed in command and Engineer John Thwaite Edwards RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 December 1914 commissioned as HMS Tringa

24 June 1915 returned to her owners

17 August 1915 Able Seaman G Knutsson discharged dead – he is buried in Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Turkey in Grave K38


Knutsson G

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project


29 August 1915 at Kephalo Bay alongside HMS ARK ROYAL embarking stores into the sea plane carrier

5 September 1915 at Mudros received surplus seaplanes and parts from the aircraft carrier HMS BEN-MY-CHREE for return to the UK


HMS Ben my Chree 1915



18 September 1915 at Kephalo Bay alongside HMS ARK ROYAL embarking stores into the sea plane carrier

1 November 1915 in collision with Torpedo Boat 96 five miles east of Gibraltar. The TB 96 sank with the loss of two officers and nine ratings TB 96 was part of the Gibraltar Local Defence Flotilla

26 November 1915 captured and sunk by gunfire from the German U-33 (Kapitänleutnant Konrad Gansser) 30 miles NE x N of Galita Island, Tunisia while on passage from Malta – Gibraltar in ballast with the loss of 3 lives (the ships Master and two Stewards) each is remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial. Survivors were in the lifeboats for around 20 hours before being rescued