Iberia 28


Official Number:                     81969 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   J Readhead & Sons Ltd., South Shields

Launched:                               24 April 1880

Into Service:                            1914

Out of service:                         end of WW1

Fate:                                        1914 sunk as a block ship


Items of historic interest involving this ship: -


Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships purchased by the Admiralty during WW1 for use as a Block Ship

Career Data:

24 April 1880 launched by J Readhead & sons Ltd., South Shields as Yard Nr: 159 named Saint Gothard for Cay, Hall & Co, South Shields

25 May 1880 signed her first crew at South Shields Mercantile Marine Office for Alexandria

May 1884 completed

1903 purchased by Iberian Steamship Co Ltd., (T J Whimster & Co., Managers), Liverpool and renamed Iberia

20 April 1904 berthed on River Tyne

4 July 1904 arrived at the River Tees

26 September 1904 passed Gibraltar sailing east

1912 purchased by Gartshore Steamship Co Ltd., (T J Whimster & Co., Managers), Liverpool and renamed Gartshore

23 January 1913 arrived at Glasgow from Valencia, Spain

5 February 1913 sailed Glasgow for Genoa, Italy

16 March 1913 sailed Burriana for Glasgow

27 August 1913 sailed Valencia, Spain for Glasgow

7 November 1913 berthed at Glasgow from Almeria, Spain

23 August 1914 at Hospital at Valencia, Spain Trimmer Archibald Allan discharged dead from Typhoid. Entered Hospital on 5 August 1914

2 October 1914 the Scotsman Newspaper published details this day of a writ issued by the Prize Court in the Admiralty Division of the High Court on 30 September 1914 ...

SCOTSMAN 2 10 1914 writ High Ct Gartmore

1914 purchased by the Admiralty for use as a Block Ship, name unchanged

1915 scuttled at Scapa Flow as part of Churchill No: 3 Barrier in East Weddel Sound between Burray & Glims Holm Islands in position 58.32N 02.54W




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