Requisitioned Auxiliary – Zimorodok






Official Number:                       119224 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Furness Withy & Co. Ltd., Middleton Yard, West Hartlepool

Pennant No:                            Y 3.2174

Launched:                               9 March 1906

Into Service:                            9 April 1918

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                      January 1932 broken up


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:


9 March 1906 launched by Furness Withy & Co. Ltd., Middleton Yard,  West Hartlepool as Yard No: 285 named Malvern Range for Neptune Steam Navigation Co Ltd., (F W Bolam, Manager) Newcastle

15 March 1906 the Lloyds List newspaper reported …


15 3 1906 Lloyds List Malvern Range


May 1906 completed

18 March 1908 arrived at Algiers sailing the same day for Hamburg

7 October 1908 passed Sagres

1910 managers became Furness, Withy & Co Ltd., West Hartlepool – name unchanged

1914 purchased by West Russian Steamship Co Ltd., St Petersburg and renamed Zimorodok

4 August 1915 while on passage from Cardiff to Archangel stopped and boarded by HMS HILDEBRAND – allowed to proceed

23 December 1917 hired by the Commercial Branch as a transport to carry timber from the Gulf of Mexico to France – name unchanged – to the 9 April 1918

10 April 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service from Russia as a collier – name unchanged – under the Management of Ellerman’s Wilson Line and later served as a transport carrying wheat from the Gulf of Mexico

1920 management ceased

3 April 1921 arrived at London from Maranzas, Chile

23 July 1921 sailed from Barry, Wales for Buenos Aires

15 August 1928 purchased by Constants (South Wales) Ltd., (Martin Constant, Manager) London – name unchanged

26 September 1928 purchased by Evangelos N Vassilikos, Syra and renamed Ermoupolis

29 September 1931 stranded at Lobeira, Argentina when on passage from Rosario to Sharpness with a cargo of grain

2 November 1931 was refloated and taken to Ferrol where she was declared a compromised total loss

January 1932 broken up by D Vincente Cenelmor at Ferrol