Requisitioned Auxiliary – Yarborough


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Official Number:                         113572

Laid down:

Builder:                                      Wm Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool

Pennant Number:                Y3.1063 / Y.8.130

Launched:                                  29 June 1900

Into Service:                               8 February 1916

Out of service:                            24 September 1919

Fate:                                         Mined and sunk 17 March 1945



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:


29 June 1900 launched by Wm Gray & Co Ltd., Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 612 named Yarborough for Hull Steamship Co Ltd., Hull

5 July 1900 Lloyds List newspaper reported –


5 7 1900 Lloyds List YARBOROUGH

August 1900 completed

20 October 1900 sailed Gravesend for Barry

24 July 1901 arrived at Penarth from Rotterdam

15 April 1902 arrived at Newport, Wales from Rotterdam

25 October 1902 sailed the River Tyne for Portland, Maine

5 January 1903 at 45th mile post on the River Danube Fireman Hassom Hursem discharged dead – drowned

25 October 1903 arrived at Aden

26 January 1906 at the British Hospital, Buenos Aires Able Seaman M Hansen discharged dead – natural causes

30 June 1907 at the Egyptian Hospital, Alexandria Fireman Thomas Price discharged dead – murdered – found stabbed in the heart

1910 purchased by Glasgow Navigation Co Ltd., Glasgow, name unchanged

28 July 1910 at Quebec Fireman & Trimmer William Williams discharged dead – typhoid

3 November 1914 at 60°8N 3°5W stopped by HMS ENDYMION while on passage from Cardiff to Archangel with a cargo of coal – allowed to proceed


HMS Endymion



19 January 1916 at Sea Steward Robert Alleyne discharged dead – natural causes

8 February 1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 22 April 1916

13 January 1917 re-deployed as a Collier until 5 February 1917

6 February 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport for one voyage to Algiers and Salonika with a cargo of straw

February 1917 re-deployed as a Collier until 15 August 1917

16 August 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying stores from Liverpool to the Mediterranean and supplying a ferry service between Egypt to Salonika

1918 purchased by Letricheux Line Ltd., Swansea – name unchanged

1 November 1918 at Alexandria

23 December 1918 at Alexandria

1919 purchased by Comborough Shipping Co Ltd., Swansea – name unchanged

24 September 1919 returned to her owners – name unchanged

13 February 1922 at Hospital Galatz Wireless Operator John Stewart Lean discharged dead – pneumonia

29 August 1922 at Barry Dock Fireman & Trimmer John Carroll discharged dead – drowned

12 April 1923 at 51°30N 2°16E Able Seaman Edward Axelson discharged dead – natural causes

1924 purchased by St Just Steamship Co Ltd., Swansea – name unchanged

1924 purchased by Saijiro Yamamoto, Mikage and renamed Saisho Maru

1929 purchased by Sho. Yamamoto, Mikage – name unchanged

1933 purchased by Kasakabe Kisen K. K., Mikage and renamed Bansei Maru

17 March 1945 struck a mine and sank in position 31°19N 121°45E