Crown of Galicia

 

 Crown of Galicia

 

Official Number:                       124139

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Alex. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse

Launched:                               17 September 1906

Into Service:                            3 August 1914

Out of service:                         23 January 1915

Fate:                                      Wrecked November 1942

 

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:

17 September 1906 launched by Alex. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse as Yard Nr: 416 named CROWN OF GALICIA for Crown SS Co Ltd (Prentice, Service & Henderson, Managers) Glasgow 

October 1906 completed

13 December 1907 berthed at Auckland, New Zealand

19 January 1909 sailed Glasgow to Barbados, Trinidad & Tobaggo and Demerara with seven passengers. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

17 April 1909 sailed Glasgow to Barbados, Trinidad & Tobaggo and Demerara with six passengers. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

7 November 1909 berthed at Brisbane, Australia

14 November 1909 one Chinese Seaman Cha Ah Ching from the ship was found missing. He had last been seen on board the day before. The Captain signed a bond of £100 plus £1 7s 6d the cost of a cable gram to the owners. The Seaman was not found and did not return on board and the owners agents paid the money due through the bond

16 November 1909 sailed Brisbane to Sydney, NSW with Captain Alexander S Halliday was Master

27 November 1909 sailed Melbourne, Australia

20 July 1910 sailed Greenock for Cuba

13 December 1910 arrived at at New York from Buenos Ayres

19 January 1911 the Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton, Queensland reported that -

Crown of Gal 1911

 

21 December 1911 arrived at San Francisco from London

16 July 1912 sailed Glasgow to San Pedro, San Francisco and Vancouver with one passenger. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

3 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Supply Ship, name unchanged

5 August 1914 at Portsmouth

8 August 1914 Lieutenant Alexander S Halliday RNR appointed in Command and Engineer Arthur Barrie RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. Ship commissioned the same day

30 September 1914 Steward Patrick John Cyril Mackin discharged dead - drowned. He is remembered with pride on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial

15 October 1914 arrived at Abrochos Rocks

16 October 1914 and 17 October 1914 at Abrochos Rocks provisioned HMS BRISTOL

HMS Bristol 1910

HMS BRISTOL

19 October 1914 at Abrochos Rocks provisioned HMS CORNWALL alongside

21 October 1914 at Abrochos Rocks provisioned HMS MACEDONIA (Armed Merchant Cruiser) and then sailed for the Falkland Islands

21 November 1914 arrived at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands and delivered 50 bags of mail to HMS CANOPUS

23 November 1914 moved berth to alongside HMS CANOPUS. Sailors from HMS CANOPUS onboard moving stores from the ship holds

24 November 1914 cast off from HMS CANOPUS and anchored

25 November 1914, 26 November 1914, 28 November 1914 and 30 November 1914 working party from HMS CANOPUS onboard

1 December 1914 & 2 December 1914 coaling party from HMS CANOPUS onboard

12 December 1914 received onboard one officer and 13 Royal Marines from HMS CANOPUS

13 December 1914 at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands received German prisoners (10 officers and 51 men) from HMS INVINCEABLE who had been discharged originally from HMS INFLEXIBLE after being captured at the Battle of the Falkland Islands

14 December 1914 sailed Port Stanley, Falkland Islands

23 January 1915 returned to her owners

30 January 1915 at Birkenhead

13 March 1915 at New Orleans Seaman M J Moss jumped ship - reported as a Deserter to the US authorities

7 June 1915 berthed at Barry Docks

20 November 1915 sailed Glasgow to Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobaggo and Demerara with two passengers. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

20 March 1916 sailed Glasgow to Barbados, Trinidad & Tobaggo and Demerara with six passengers. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

23 May 1916 berthed at London from Barbados. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master with two passengers

29 December 1916 sailed Glasgow to Dominica with one passenger. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

7 August 1918 berthed at London from West Indies. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master with one DBS

5 November 1918 in the North Atlantic in a convoy of 17 merchant ships

23 April 1919 berthed at London from Barbados. Captain Alexander S Halliday was the ships Master

2 July 1919 arrived Balboa from San Francisco

26 November 1919 transitted the Panama Canal

7 January 1920 arrived at San Francisco from Liverpool

May 1920 purchased by Charente SS Co Ltd (T & J Harrison, Managers) Liverpool for £216,911                                        

19 November 1920 renamed CENTURION by her owners

9 May 1925 suffered a serious fire at Liverpool

25 May 1925 purchased by Eftikhia SS Co Ltd (P. Wigham, Richardson, Manager) London and renamed Bito                              

25 July 1925 struck and seriously damaged by the German steamer SCHEER while lying at buoys at Rotterdam

19 October 1925 ran aground when outward bound from the River Plate

26 October 1925 was finally refloated and docked at Buenos Aires.

1926 purchased by Rickmers Rheederi Akt. Ges, Hamburg and renamed ETHA RICKMERS.

19 January 1933 in collision with the German steamer ELSTER 10 miles west of Borkum Lt Vessel and sustained bow damage.

1938 purchased by Moller Line Ltd, Shanghai and renamed GLADYS MOLLER

7 November 1942 wrecked on Baker Rocks on the east coast of Ceylon in position 07.55.50 N 81.35.30E while on passage from Safaga to Vizagapatnam and Calcutta with a cargo of salt. 

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