Madioen 01

Madioen 01

 

Official Number:                    140134

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                    Bonn & Mees, Rotterdam

Launched:                               1913

Pennant No:                            Y 3.????

Into Service:                            1918

Out of service:                         1918

Fate:                                          Bombed and sunk in 1941

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  One of several ships requisitioned by the Admiralty for service during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

 

5 September 1913 launched by Bonn & Mees, Rotterdam as Yard Nr: 257 named Madioen for N V Rotterdamsche Lloyd (W. Ruys & Zoen, Managers) Rotterdam

30 October 1913 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel

29 March 1914 when on passage from Batavia for Rotterdam passed Dover

17 August 1914 when on passage from Batavia for Rotterdam passed Beachy Head

12 October 1914 when on passage from Rotterdam to Batavia passed Beachy Head

16 October 1914 when on passage from Rotterdam to Batavia passed Peniche

1 March 1915 in the Red Sea came to the attention of the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS EMPRESS OF JAPAN - followed. Allowed to proceed

5 September 1915 when on passage from Sydney, Cape Breton arrived at Port Natal

22 April 1916 sailed Gibraltar for Rotterdam

3 May 1916 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

25 May 1916 at 57.16N 18.63W stopped and boarded by the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS HILARY. Was flying the correct flag of the day and was allowed to proceed. Intercepted by Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS ORCOMA - was flying the correct flag of the day and allowed to proceed

26 May 1916 at 57.21N 18.53W sighted by the Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS PATIA - had previously been boarded by HMS HILARY the previous day thus allowed to proceed

11 July 1916 sailed Barbados for Java

4 September 1916 at 06.02S 106.55.5E stopped and boarded by HMS CORNWALL when on passage from Batavia to Samarang - general cargo - allowed to proceed

10 October 1916 at 05.59.5S 106.55E stopped and boarded by HMS CORNWALL when on passage from Batavia to Cheribon - general cargo - allowed to proceed

April 1918 came under the auspices of the Shipping Controller, London under management of British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd., and was requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier - name unchanged - on a Singapore / Fremantle service

25 May 1918 re-deployed as a Trasport with the Commerical Branch carrying wheat and wool between Australia / Italy until 16 August 1918

17 August 1918 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from the United States until 27 November 1918

22 October 1918 in an escorted convoy from New York to London. Convoy guarded by three American destroyers and HMS BAYANO - an Armed Merchant Cruiser

28 November 1918 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from Canada

11 March 1919 on passage to Barry with crew from ss Princessgracht. In communication with HMS CENTAUR

27 December 1929 when on passage from Batavia to New York via Port Sudan radioed she was aground on the Mesmarie Reef with No: 1 hold with 18 feet of water therein. The ships pumps were unable to control the water in the hold and the Master feared that by being towed off the reef the ship would sink by the head

1935a sold to Ditta Luigi Pittaluga Vapori, Genoa and renamed Verbania

1935b sold to Giuseppe Bozzo Armamenti e Trasporti Marittimi, Genoa and renamed Nita. Mangers later became A Lauro, Naples

7 August 1941 bombed and sunk by the Royal Airforce in the Mediterranean in position 35.15N 12.17E when on passage from Naples to Tripoli carrying cased petrol

 

 

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