Requisitioned Auxiliary – Veraston





Official Number:                      124318

Laid down:

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

Launched:                              21 September 1906

Pennant No:                           Y 3.???

Into Service:                           22 February 1918

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                     31 October 1950 broken up


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:


21 September 1906 launched by Wm. Gray & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 739 named Veraston for Merchiston Steamship Co Ltd.,(W Scott & Co Ltd., Managers), West Hartlepool

22 September 1906 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …


22 9 1906 Lloyds List Veraston 1

22 9 1906 Lloyds List Veraston 2


October 1906 completed

14 August 1916 at at 58°09N  07°07E stopped and boarded by HMS PATUCA – allowed to proceed

1917 purchased by General Trading Co Ltd., (Kaye, Son & Co, Managers) Douglas (London) – name unchanged

18 June 1917 arrived at Sierra Leone

22 February 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Collier – name unchanged – until 1918

10 October 1920 between Aden to Suez passed HMS ARK ROYAL

1920 purchased by Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd., London and converted to a case-oil carrier and renamed Volsella

1948 purchased by Hung Ziang Shing Steam Navigation Co Ltd., Shanghai – name unchanged

31 October 1950 arrived Hong Kong for demolition by Hong Knong Chiap Hua Manufactory Co