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Official Number:                      139556

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Builder:                                  Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. of Hong Kong Ltd.

Launched:                              1916

Pennant No:                           Y3.????

Into Service:                           16 April 1917

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                     24 June 1960 scrapped

 

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:

 

1916 launched by Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Co. of Hong Kong Ltd., Hong Hong as Yard Nr:157 named Kajang for Straits Steamship Co Ltd., Singapore

June 1916 completed

16 April 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier - name unchanged - until 29 May 1917

30 May 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying Eastern timber and was then transferred to the Liner section on 9 August 1917

10 September 1917 stopped by boarded by HMS TOPAZE which was on the Perim Patrol

16 October 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport for the Director Royal Indian Marine, Bombay

15 December 1917 stopped and boarded by HMS SAPPHIRE a 3rd class cruiser - allowed to proceed

26 September 1919 arrived at Fremantle from an Indian port

28 January 1920 the Dundee Evening Telegraph reported that the Kajang which had grounded near Taganak, Borneo was badly damaged. The forehold was flooded and the ship was now lying at Sandakan discharging. The newspaper advised it readers that the ship would be beached for repairs

6 January 1936 sailed Sandakan for Kudat

16 April 1936 arrived at Sandakan

5 October 1937 in collision near Singapore with a Japanese fishing boat. Rescued the 30 crew of the fisthing boat

2 May 1942 sailed Colombo in escorted convoy C.14 until it dispersed on 5 May 1942 at 07.07N 70.38E

5 January 1943 sailed Freetown for Bathurst escorted by HMS's FANDANGO and BUTSER

13 January 1943 sailed Bathurst for Freetown escorted by HMS BREDON with HM ML's 278 and 1072

15 January 1943 arrived at Freetown with escort

19 January 1943 sailed Freetown in escorted convoy ST53 to Takoradi arriving 23 January 1943

11 March 1943 sailed Bathurst for Freetown being escorted by HM ML's 279 & 302

13 March 1943 arrived at Freetown with escort

1 April 1943 sailed Takoradi for Half  Assini, Gold Coast escorted by HM ML 1042

11 May 1943 Chief Engineer Officer Thomas Purdie Young discharged dead. He is buried in Ikoyi No: 2 Cemetery, Lagos, Nigeria in grave No: 383

21 May 1943 sailed Takoradi in escorted convoy TS41 to Freetown arriving 27 May 1943

25 July 1943 sailed Freetown in escorted convoy ST73 to Takoradi arriving 28 July 1943

31 August 1943 sailed Takoradi in escorted convoy TS63 to Freetown arriving 5 September 1943

14 September 1944 sailed Freetown in escorted convoy FSD11 to Bathurst arriving 17 September 1944

12 April 1945 sailed Freetown in escorted convoy ST90 to Lagos arriving 18 April 1945

24 June 1960 arrived at Singapore for demolition by Hong Huat

 

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