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Official Number:                    136276

Laid down:

Builder:                                    D & W Henderson & Co, Meadowside Yard, Glasgow

Launched:                              12 February 1914

Pennant No:                           Y3. 1545

Into Service:                            7 April 1917

Out of service:                        1919

Fate:                                         11 November 1944 bombed & 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:


12 February 1914 launched by D & W Henderson & Co., Meadowside Yard, Glasgow as Yard Nr: 488 named Kalimba for Glasgow Navigation Co Ltd., (Maclay & McIntyre, Managers), Glasgow

March 1914 completed

20 April 1914 arrived Port Said from Newport, Monmouthshire

4 May 1914 arrived at Bombay

4 February 1915 passed the Lloyds Signal station on the Lizard sailing east

6 February 1915 passed Dungeness 

7 April 1917 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier - name unchanged - until 8 May 1917

9 May 1917 re-deployed with the Commercial Branch (Military a/c) as a Transport carrying nitrate from Chile until 30 August 1917 when transfered to the Liner section

1919 owners now Glasgow United SHipping Co Ltd., (Maclay & McIntyre, Managers), Glasgow - name unchanged

1936 sold to Georges V Meeus, Antwerp - name unchanged

1938 sold to Shoko Shosen K K (Taiyo Kaiun K K, Managers), Hachidate and renamed Tensho Maru

11 November 1944 bombed and sunk by USN aircraft off the NW tip of Luzon in position 19.07N 120.42E. An alternative source gives the position as being off the W coast of Leyte in position 10.50N  124.53E



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