Natal Transport

Natal Transport

 

Official Number:                    127459

Builder:                                    Northumberland Shipbuilding Co, Howden-on-Tyne

Pennant No:                  Y 3.264

Launched:                              9 May 1910

Into Service:                           6 August 1914

Out of service:                        4 September 1915

Fate:                                        4 September 1915 captured & 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:

 

9 May 1910 launched by Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Howden-on-Tyne as Yard Nr: 173 named Natal Transport for Empire Transport Co Ltd., (Houlder Bros & Co Ltd., Managers), London

June 1910 completed

23 March 1911 sailed Durban for Ocean Island

30 December 1911 arrived at Monte Video from Barry

5 May 1914 arrived at Durban from Albany, Australia

6 May 1914 sailed Durban for Hamburg, Germany

6 August 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Expeditionary Force Transport - name unchanged - until 20 August 1914

26 August 1914 re-deployed as a Collier until 17 October 1914

5 September 1914 when off the Tagus River challenged by the Cruiser HMS ARGONAUT and allowed to proceed

12 May 1915 arrived at Hull from Bahia Blanca

1 June 1915 re-deployed as a Collier until 13 July 1915

4 September 1915 captured and sunk by gunfire by the German submarine U-34 (Claus Rücker) in the Mediterranean 40 miles W of Gavdo Island near Crete when on passage from Bombay to Liverpool carrying a general cargo

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