Requisitioned Auxiliary – Venus

 

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Official Number:                       120642

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Builder:                                  Wm. Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool

Launched:                              31 October 1905

Pennant No:                           Y 3.358

Into Service:                          5 October 1914

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                     17 February 1944 bombed & sunk

 

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Background Data One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

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30 October 1905 launched by Wm. Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 714 named Venus for Cornhill Steamship Co Ltd., (Harris & Dixon Ltd.,Managers) London

December 1905 completed

1913 purchased by Leander Steamship Co Ltd., (Scaramanga Bros., Managers) London – name unchanged

5 October 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Collier – name unchanged – until 15 March, 1915 (actual requisition date was 8 December 1914)

August 1916 Petersen & Co appointed as Managers

9 November 1916 re-deployed as a collier until 30 December 1916and was then temporarily released

13 April 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 16 May 1917

17 May 1917 re-deployed as a transport carrying wheat from the United States until 11 August 1917

12 August 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 9 September 1917

10 September 1917 re-deployed as a collier to Northern Russia for the Russian Government a/c until 14 January 1918

15 January 1918 re-deployed as a collier 1920 purchased by Thompson Steam Shipping Co Ltd., London – name unchanged

1921 purchased by S Nakamura, Kinoye and renamed Unkai Maru No 6

1927 owners restyled as Nakamura Gumi Ltd., Kinoye – name unchanged

1937 owners again restyled as Nakamura Kisen K.K., Kinoye – name unchanged

17 February 1944 bombed and sunk by USN aircraft in position 07.25N 151.45E