Requisitioned Auxiliary – Vestra

No Image



Official Number:                     90916

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith

Pennant No:                  Y 3.447

Launched:                               18 January 1897

Into Service:                            17 November 1914

Out of service:                         6 February 1917

Fate:                                         Torpedoed and sunk 6 February 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:


18 January 1897 launched by Ramage & Ferguson Ltd., Leith as Yard Nr: 147 named Vestra for J T Salvesen & Co Ltd., Grangemouth

February 1897 completed

25 December 1897 sailed Gravesend to Rotterdam

19 January 1899 arrived Gibraltar

27 January 1899 sailed Falmouth for Ipswich

15 April 1904 arrived Gravesend from Barcelona

4 July 1905 arrived Gravesend from Oxelosund

19 April 1911 at Stockholm 2nd Mate Edward McCallum discharged dead from natural causes

5 March 1913 arrived at Gravesend from Valencia

23 February 1914 arrived at Gravesend from Valencia

17 November 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 7 May 1916

6 February 1917 torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-35 (Rudolf Gebeschus) in the North Sea 5 miles NE Hartlepool in position 54.46N 01.07W on passage from the River Tyne to Rouen with a cargo of coal with the loss of 2 lives