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Official Number:                    139629

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Builder:                                   Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd, Stockton

Launched:                              12 February 1918

Pennant No:                           Y 3.2191

Into Service:                           17 April 1918

Out of service:                        1918

Fate:                                         Torpedoed and Sank  13 September 1942

 

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:

 

12 February 1918 launched by Craig, Taylor & Co Ltd., Stockton as Yard Nr: 191 named Maindy Dene for Maindy Shipping Co Ltd., (Jenkins, Richards & Evans Ltd., Managers), Cardiff

April 1918 completed

17 April 1918 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a collier - name unchanged - until 25 May 1918

26 May 1918 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from the United States until 13 August 1918

14 August 1918 re-deployed as a Transport carrying wheat from Canada until 18 October 1918

19 October 1918 re-deployed as a Collier

11 June 1920 arrived at Charleston from Hull

1922 sold to Dawson Line Ltd., (F S Dawson, Manager), Cardiff and renamed Lady Brenda

1934 transfered to New Era Shipping Co Ltd., (F S Dawson, Manager), Cardiff - name unchanged

1934 sold to Baltic Shipping Co, Leningrad and renamed Sukhona

28 September 1941 sailed Archangel in escorted convoy QP1 to Scapa Flow arriving 10 October 1941 with a cargo of timber. RFA BLACK RANGER also sailed in this convoy

12 October 1941made a distress call when seven miles north of the Orkneys - the destroyer HMS ECLIPSE sailed to offer assistance

16 October 1941 sailed Kirkwall in unescorted convoy WN193 to Methil arriving the next day

3 November 1941 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN1 to Loch Ewe arriving 5 November 1941 and then joined escorted convoy ON33 detaching to Reykjavik and arriving 11 November 1941

17 November 1941 sailed Hvalfjord in escorted convoy PQ4 to Archangel arriving 28 November 1941

28 December 1941 sailed Archangel in escorted convoy QP4 which dispersed on 9 January 1942

6 February 1942 sailed Kirkwall in unescorted convoy WN241 to Methil arriving the next day

15 March 1942 sailed Methil in escorted convoy EN59 to Loch Ewe arriving 18 March 1942

26 March 1942 sailed Oban in escorted convoy PQ14 broke down and arrived at Akureyri on 13 April 1942

25 April 1942 sailed Akureyri in tow to Reykjavik, Iceland arriving 29 April 1942

1 May 1942 sailed Reykjavik, Iceland in tow to Sunderland arriving 10 May 1942

3 July 1942 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN106 to Loch Ewe arriving 5 July 1942 and joining escorted convoy UR32 to Reykjavik, Iceland arriving 16 July 1942

7 September 1942 sailed Reykjavik, Iceland in escorted convoy PQ18 for Archangel. RFA's BLACK RANGER, GREY RANGER and RFA OLIGARCH (as Spitzbergen oiler) were also in this convoy

13 September 1942 sunk by aerial torpedo from German torpedo bomber aircraft NW Bear Island in position 76.10N 10.00E when on passage from Leith via Reykjavik to Murmansk as part of Convoy PQ18. Her crew abandoned ship and were picked up by Motor Minesweeper 90

 

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