Official Number:                     115738             

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Scott & Co., Cartsdyke Yard, Greenock

Launched:                             14 November 1902

Pennant No:                          6281 / F. 1086 / Y3.1710

Into Service:                           26 June 1916

Out of service:                        30 November 1917

Fate:                                     Torpedoed & sunk


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:


14 November 1902 launched by Scott & Co., Cartsdyke East Yard, Greenock as Yard Nr: 379 named Nore for Clyde Shipping Co Ltd., (Wm. Cuthbert, Manager), Glasgow

26 December 1902 registered as Kalibia for the above owners but on charter to Anchor Line Ltd., Glasgow

31 December 1902 completed

19 November 1909 sailed Port Said for New York

23 February 1915 attacked - further details unknown at this time

25 April 1915 passed Gibraltar sailing east

6 May 1915 arrived at Port Said from the River Tyne

28 March 1916 arrived at Las Palmas when on passage from Rangoon & Port Natal for Liverpool

26 June 1916 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying nitrate - name unchanged - until 8 September 1916

9 September 1916 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying remounts until 8 December 1916

9 December 1916 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying wheat and horses from the United States to the UK until 22 January 1917

23 January 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying stores from Canada until 2 June 1917

3 June 1917 re-deployed as an Expeditionary Force Transport carrying wheat and horses from Canada until 17 August 1917

9 July 1917 sailed Sydney, Cape Breton with 16 other ships in convoy and escorted by HMS HIGHFLYER

HMS Highflyer


19 July 1917 together with ss Picton rejoined convoy

18 August 1917 re-deployed as a collier until 28 September 1917

29 September 1917 re-deployed on French Government service as a Transport carrying steel billets from the United States

8 November 1917 sailed Hampton Roads, VA in a convoy carrying steel billets for France but fell further and further astern to avoind structural damage owning to bad weather and the nature of her cargo. Put into Falmouth and sailed in a convoy from Mounts Bay to Brest when lost

30 November 1917 torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine UB-80 (Max Viebeg) in the English Channel 29 miles SW of the Lizard in position 49.31N 05.32W with the loss of 25 lives. There were 19 survivors 

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