Requisitioned Auxiliary – Uganda (1)

 

UGANDA 1

 

UGANDA 1 

 

Official Number:                       108721

Laid down:

Builder:                                   A Stephen & Son, Linthouse, Glasgow

Pennant No:                            A 66 / E 02 / Y 3.1669

Launched:                               8 March 1898

Into Service:                            20 October 1914

Out of service:                         27 May 1918

Fate:                                      Torpedoed  27 May 1918 sinking on 29 May 1918

 

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:

 

8 March 1898 launched by A Stephen & Son, Glasgow as Yard Nr: 375 named Uganda for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd., Glasgow

10 March 1898 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …

 

10 3 1898 Lloyds List Uganda

 

12 May 1898 completed

27 November 1898 passed Dunnet Head when on passage from Pensacola to Aberdeen

16 January 1899 arrived Gravesend from Buenos Aires

19 May 1899 arrived Antwerp from La Plata

10 July 1899 arrived at Malta

1899 conducted 1st Boer War voyage

18 July 1900 sailed Hong Kong with a portion of the 1st Bengal Lancers and a section of 42nd Native Field Hospital on board

May 1902 transported the Punjabis Calcutta – China for the Peking Garrison

1904 Captain J Black and fourteen officers awarded the Sea Transport Medal with the ‘South Africa’ and/or the ‘China’ Clasp for service on the Uganda during either or both conflicts

Sea Transport Medal

8 March 1904 sailed London for Calcutta with six passengers, Captain I W Livingstone was the ships Master

31 December 1905 arrived at Suez from Calcutta

2 January 1906 arrived at Port Said

14 January 1906 sailed Marseilles for London

31 March 1906 arrived at Brisbane

20 October 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Indian Expeditionary Force Transport – name unchanged – until 2 January 1915

18 May 1915 re-deployed as an Australian Expeditionary Force Transport until 4 February 1916

12 February 1916 re-deployed on Imperial Service until 19 February 1916

17 June 1916 attacked by an unknown submarine in the Mediterranean while acting as an Ambulance Transport

5 December 1916 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport until 12 January 1917

13 January 1917 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from Australia until 26 June 1917

27 June 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 7 August 1917

8 August 1917 re-deployed with the Commercial Branch (Military a/c) carrying nitrate from Chile until 30 November 1917

1 December 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying hay between Marseilles and Egypt until 10 February 1918

11 February 1918 re-deployed as a Transport carrying rice from Burma until …

27 May 1918 torpedoed and damaged by German submarine UB-49 (Hans von Mellenthin) in the Mediterranean 90 miles NE Algiers in position 38.16N 03.30E while on passage from Genoa to Gibraltar in ballast. She was taken in tow but …

29 May 1918 sank 40 miles of Algiers