DAGO

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Official Number:                      113645

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd., Dundee

Launched:                              11 April 1902

Pennant No:                           Y 5.3

Into Service:                           3 August 1914

Out of service:                        WW1

Fate:                                       1942 bombed and sunk

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 & WW2  to augment the ships of the RFA

 

Career Data:

11 April 1902 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd., Dundee as Yard Nr: 163 named Dago for T Wilson Sons & Co Ltd., Hull

May 1902 completed

Dago GA plan

ss Dago

General arrangement plan
courtesy of Dundee City Archives
from a report by Jorge Russo
 

26 July 1906 berthed at Riga

23 December 1906 sailed Castellon for Hull

1909 lengthened

12 April 1910 berthed at Hull from Riga

27 November 1912 at Riga 1st Engineer Walter Kynman discharged dead from heart failure

11 April 1914 arrived Glasgow from Riga

3 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Frozen Meat Ship - name unchanged

22 August 1914 at Tenedos supplying provisions to HMS BLENHEIM

HMS Blenheim

HMS BLENHEIM

7 September 1914 at the Dardanelles HMS DEFENCE drew fresh provisions

3 October 1914 at Tenedos supplying meat and vegetables to HMS BLENHEIM

10 December 1914 off Tenedos Island a Sailor from the French Warship Charlemagene Manuel Imbert discharged dead from syphilis

15 December 1914 at Malta Donkeyman Frederick Norfolk discharged dead having drowned

9 March 1915 at Port Mudros berthed alongside HMS BLENHEIM

3 October 1915 at Hospital in Malta Chief Engineer Officer Walter Rowan discharged dead from heart failure

6 May 1916 arrived at Port Mudros

9 May 1915 at Kephalo Anchorage stopped by HMS AMETHYST and hands drew fresh provisions

19 June 1915 at Port Mudros 

29 & 30 May 1916 at Port Mudros a working party from HMS EXMOUTH employed onboard

7 February 1917 at Port Mudros

18 February 1917 at Port Mudros hands from HMS ARK ROYAL drawing provisions

3 April 1917 at Port Mudros hands from HMS ARK ROYAL drawing provisions

16 May 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

24 June 1917 sailed Port Mudros

27 June 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

5 August 1917 sailed Port Mudros

1917 owners became Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd., Hull - name unchanged

5 September 1917 sailed Port Mudros

30 September 1917 arrived Port Mudros

31 October 1917 sailed Port Mudros

3 November 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

9 December 1917 arrived Port Mudros

13 December 1917 at Port Mudros hands from HMS ARK ROYAL drawing canteen stores

10 February 1918 sailed Port Mudros

13 February 1918 arrived at Port Mudros

14 March 1918 at Port Mudros seaman from HMS ARK ROYAL drawing canteen stores

18 March 1918 arrived at Port Mudros

4 April 1918 sailed Port Mudros

7 April 1918 arrived at Port Mudros

12 & 13 October 1920 at Copenhagen a working party from HMS DUNEDIN deployed onboard

29 November 1921 sailed Carthagena for Hull

22 January 1922 berthed at Valencia

30 August 1924 sailed Riga for London

13 April 1933 sailed Hull

5 June 1933 berthed at Victoria Dock, Hull

7 October 1939 sailed Southend in escorted convoy OA16G which on 11 October 1939 reformed as unescorted convoy OG2 at sea to Gibraltar arriving 17 October 1939 and thence onward to Malta

3 November 1939 sailed Port Said in escorted convoy HG7 to Liverpool arriving on 22 November 1939 with a cargo of fruit

13 December 1939 joined in a formed escorted convoy OG10 at sea to Gibraltar arriving 18 December 1939

24 January 1940 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG16 to Liverpool arriving 3 February 1940. RFA ALDERSDALE also sailed in this convoy

3 March 1940 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy OA103GF which reformed at sea into escorted convoy OG21F to Gibraltar arriving 11 March 1940. This second convoy also contained RFA's CEDARDALE and SCOTTISH AMERICAN

5 April 1940 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG25 to Liverpool arriving on 15 April 1940

28 April 1940 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy OA138GF which reformed at sea into escorted convoy OG28F to Gibraltar arriving on 6 May 1940

8 June 1940 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG33 to Liverpool with a cargo of cotton and onions arriving 18 June 1940

20 July 1940 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy FN227 to Methil arriving 22 July 1940

26 July 1940 sailed Methil in escorted convoy OA190 for Gibraltar. The convoy dispersed on 29 July 1940

3 August 1940 sailed from the Clyde and joined in escorted convoy OG40 for Gibraltar arriving 14 August 1940

19 September 1940 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG44 to Liverpool arriving 4 October 1940

7 October 1940 sailed the Clyde in apparently unescorted convoy WN21F to Methil arriving 11 October 1940

12 October 1940 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy FS307 to Southend arriving 14 October 1940

6 November 1940 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy FN328 to Hull arriving 8 November 1940

16 November 1940 sailed Hull and joined unescorted convoy FN335 to Methil from Southend and arriving the next day

18 November 1940 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN28/1 to Oban arriving on 22 November 1940

10 December 1940 sailed Oban and joined escorted convoy OG47 from Liverpool to Gibraltar arriving 25 December 1940

6 February 1941 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG53 to Liverpool with a cargo of oranges arriving 24 February 1941

17 March 1941 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OG56 but returned to port

28 March 1941 sailed the Clyde joining escorted convoy OG57 to Gibraltar arriving 11 APril 1941

25 May 1941 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG63 to Liverpool arriving 9 June 1941

24 June 1941 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OG66 to Gibraltar arriving 8 July 1942. There were 43 ships and 21 escorts in this convoy

28 July 1941 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG69 to Liverpool arriving 11 August 1941. There were 14 ships and 17 escorts in this convoy

19 August 1941 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OG72 to Gibraltar arriving 1 September 1942. There were 14 ships and 13 escorts in this convoy

31 August 1941 at Sea 3rd Mate William Arnold discharged dead having drowned

William Arnold

3rd Mate William Arnold

2 October 1941 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG74 for Liverpool arriving 18 October 1941

23 February 1942 sailed Liverpool and joined escorted convoy OG80 to Gibraltar arriving 8 March 1942

8 March 1942 sailed Gibraltar independently to Lisbon arriving the next day

15 March 1942 sailed Lisbon independently for Leixoes (Oporto) when at 18:30hs when about to pass Cape Carvoeiro 3.5 miles SW of Peniche was attacked by a German Focke-Wulf 200 Condor aircraft in position 39.19N 26.30W with machine gun fire and three bombs and was sunk. The aircraft operated from Bordeaux

2013 a Comparative Archaeographical examination by Jorge Russo and his team of two wrecks in the location where ss Dago had been sunk identified that the ss Dago was just inshore

Dago location map 2

Location map of the two wrecks with ss Dago identified
Courtesy of Jorge Russo

Dago as now

SS Dago's wreck 1:100 scale model with bathymetry
model and image by Jorge Russo

 

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