Requisitioned Auxiliary – Vectis

 

Official Number:                       133530  

Laid down:

Builder:                                       J Crown & Sons Ltd., Monkswearmouth

Pennant No:                    Y 2.23

Launched:                                  7 April 1913

Into Service:                               21 November 1914

Out of service:                            July 1918

Fate:                                             Mined and sunk 2  September 1942

 

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:

 

7 April 1913 launched by J Crown & Sons Ltd, Monkswearmouth as Yard Nr: 150 named Vectis for John George Hill Steam Shipping Co Ltd., Newcastle

8 April 1913 the Sunderland Daily Echo newspaper reported …

 

8 4 1913 Sunderland Daily Echo Vectis

 

April 1913 completed

21 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Armaments Carrier and renamed Wight

July 1918 returned to her owners and her name reverted to Vectis

7 August 1919 sailed Portsmouth for Rosyth

1920 owners now Hill Steam Shipping Co Ltd., Newcastle – name unchanged

22 November 1920 at Blyth Able Seaman J Dale discharged dead. After an inquest death found to have been through natural causes

24 February 1922 arrived Blyth from Dartmouth

28 February 1922 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head steaming south

25 September 1927 passed Dover when on passage from Dartmouth

30 September 1927 arrived Sunderland from Dartmouth

30 September 1925 arrived at Cardiff from Plymouth

18 December 1928 arrived at Plymouth

12 January 1929 arrived at Plymouth

5 February 1934 passed Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head steaming north

8 March 1934 passed Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head steaming north

14 April 1934 passed Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head steaming north

1 November 1934 passed Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head steaming north

1935 purchased by Peet Raas, Tallin and renamed Keri

1940 seized by German Forces and renamed Bitsch

 July 1941 acquired by the German Navy and renamed Sperrbrecher 64

August 1941 renamed Sperrbrecher 164

2 September 1942 struck a mine off Schiermonnikoog and sank in position 53.35N 10E