Requisitioned Auxiliary – Zafra

 

Zafra

 

Zafra 

 

Official Number:                       120618 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   R Craggs & Sons, Dent’s Wharf, Middlesborough

Pennant No:                            Y 3.577

Launched:                               13 September 1905

Into Service:                            13 March 1915

Out of service:                         8 April 1916

Fate:                                      8 April 1916 captured and sunk

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

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

Career Data:

 

13 September 1905 launched by R Craggs & Sons, Dent’s Wharf, Middlesborough as Yard No: 202 named Zafra for English & American Shipping Co Ltd., (C T Bowring & Co Ltd., Managers) London

18 October 1905 completed

12 August 1906 arrived at Philadelphia from Huelva, Spain

9 March 1909 arrived at Baltimore from Huelva, Spain

11 November 1909 sailed Brunswick for Bremen

26 June 1910 arrived at New York from Huelva, Spain

31 October 1910 arrived at Baltimore from Suelva, Spain

19 March 1911 arrived at Belfast from Baltimore

29 August 1913 arrived at New York from Huelva, Spain

1 January 1914 arrived at New York from Huelva, Spain

8 May 1914 arrived at Baltimore from Huelva, Spain

28 October 1914 at approximately 48.03N 38.09W passed by HMS GLORY

HMS Glory

HMS GLORY

13 March 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier – name unchanged – until 17 April 1915

18 April 1915 off pay voyage until 18 May 1915

19 May 1915 re-deployed as a collier until 13 June 1915

14 June 1915 re-deployed as a Sugar Transport until 8 October 1915

9 October 1915 re-deployed as a collier until 29 December 1915

30 December 1915 re-deployed as a Sugar Transport until 17 March 1916

18 March 1916 re-deployed as a collier until

8 April 1916 captured by German submarine U-34 (Claus Rucker) and sunk with explosives in the Mediterranean 44 miles N from Oran in position 36.26N 01.00E while on passage from Cardiff to Malta with a cargo of coal