Requisitioned Auxiliary – Valegarth

 

Corbeach

Corbeach

as ss Corbeach

Official Number:                            135490

Laid down:

Builder:                                         Sir Raylton, Dixon & Co Ltd., Middlesborough

Pennant No:                         Y 3.10 / Y 2.32

Launched:                                     8 July 1913

Into Service:                                  31 July 1914

Out of service:                               27 December 1918

Fate:                                            Wrecked 15 May 1937

 

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 July 1913 launched by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd., Middlesborough as Yard Nr: 583 named Valegarth for Rea Shipping Co Ltd., (R & J H Rea, Managers) Liverpool

10 July 1913 the Western Mail newspaper reported …

 

10 7 1913 Western Mail Valegarth

 

August 1913 completed

12 August 1913 arrived at the River Tyne

11 January 1914 arrived at Burntisland from Southampton in ballast

24 February 1914 arrived at Penarth Dock in ballast

20 April 1914 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head sailing north

3 June 1914 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

4 June 1914 arrived at Penarth Dock in ballast from Southampton

31 July 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 27 December 1914

1 December 1914 at Cromarty alongside HMS LEVIATHAN supplying 630 tons of bunker coal

2 December 1914 cast off from HMS LEVIATHAN

 

HMS Leviathan

HMS LEVIATHAN

 

28 December 1914 re-deployed as an ammunition carrier – name unchanged – until 27 December 1918

24 July 1915 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

13 March 1919 arrived at Blyth from the River Tyne

30 June 1919 at Sunderland cleared to sail with a cargo of 2,200 tons of coal for London

1920 transferred to Wm. Cory & Son Ltd., London and renamed Corbeach

10 December 1924 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

11 December 1924 sailed Plymouth for Penarth

3 October 1927 at sea Fireman Joshua Robertson Symm discharged dead – fell overboard and presumed drowned

26 June 1929 arrived at the River Wear

27 June 1929 sailed from the River Wear having loaded a cargo of coal

30 November 1934 passed Flamborough Head sailing south bound

1935 purchased by Angelus Shipping Co Ltd., London and renamed Beatsea

15 May 1937 wrecked in the Bay of Biscay 1 mile NW of Les Pierres Moires Lighthouse, Ile Molena while on passage from Alicante, Spain to Gdynia with a cargo of oranges