Requisitioned Auxiliary – Vellore





Official Number:                       124184

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Russell & Co, Port Glasgow

Pennant No:                    Y 3.1471

Launched:                               25 April 1907

Into Service:                            21 February 1917

Out of service:                         25 March 1917

Fate:                                      Torpedoed and sunk 25  March 1917


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:


25 April 1907 launched by Russell & Co, Port Glasgow as Yard Nr: 564 named Vellore for “Vellore” Steamship Co Ltd., (Gow, Harrison & Co, Managers) Glasgow

May 1907 completed

10 December 1908 sailed Bombay for Philadelphia

1 September 1909 arrived at Suez

4 November 1912 arrived at Gravesend for Surrey Commercial Dock from Baltimore

6 January 1913 arrived at Hull from Philadelphia

28 February 1913 arrived Port Said from Cardiff

9 March 1913 sailed Suez

30 March 1913 arrived Rangoon from Cardiff

19 July 1913 passed Perim when on passage from Karachi to New York

25 July 1913 arrived Suez from Karachi

13 September 1913 arrived New York from Penarth

2 February 1914 passed Dover sailing Eastbound

7 March 1914 sailed Dundee for New York

24 March 1914 arrived New York from Dundee

7 August 1914 arrived at Philadelphia from Monte Video

20 October 1914 arrived at Norfolk from London

7 November 1914 Apprentice Norman H M’Hardy discharged dead when he was washed overboard and lost when the ship was on passage from Baltimore to Genoa

20 December 1914 arrived at New York from Genoa

1 October 1915 arrived Greenock

2 December 1915 sailed Greenock for Montevideo

21 February 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until …

25 March 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-63 (Otto Schultze) in the Mediterranean 21 miles NW x N of Alexandria in position 31.28N 29.37E on passage from the River Tyne and Malta to Alexandria with a cargo of coal. Her Master and Chief Engineer were taken prisoner