Requisitioned Auxiliary – Vauxhall


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Official Number:                       112414

Laid down:

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

Pennant No:                    Y 3.1092

Launched:                               17 January 1900

Into Service:                            17 March 1916

Out of service:                         25 April 1917

Fate:                                      25 April 1917 torpedoed and sunk


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:


17 January 1900 launched by Irvine’s Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Harbour Dock, West Hartlepool named Vauxhall for West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co Ltd., (Julius E Guthe, Manager) West Hartlepool

March 1900 completed

8 March 1901 at 11º07N 75º17E Fireman Simba Abdula discharged dead from an opium overdose

22 June 1904 ashore at Cardiff Fireman Mohamed Abdl discharged dead from natural causes

1915 purchased by Lewis Trading Co Ltd., (T Lewis & Co, Managers) Cardiff – name unchanged

7 March 1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 18 July 1916

25 April 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-69 (Ernst Wilhelms) in the Atlantic 110 miles NW x W of the Fastnet Rock in position 51.45N 12.30W on passage from Sfax to Dublin with a cargo of phosphate rock with the loss of 2 lives