22 March 1910 launched by J Crown & Sons Ltd, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland as Yard Nr 137 named SKIPJACK
for John George Hill Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle
 
April 1910 completed
 
7 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an ammo carrier and renamed SKIPTON.

 

 

 

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Official Number:                      129746

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Builder:                                  J Crown & Sons Ltd, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland

Launched:                              22 March 1910 

Into Service:                            7 August 1914

Out of service:                         1919

Fate:                                      19 May 1946 mined and sank

 

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Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

 

Career Data:

 

22 March 1910 launched by J Crown & Sons Ltd, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland as Yard Nr 137 named SKIPJACK

for John George Hill Steam Shipping Co Ltd, Newcastle

April 1910 completed

7 August 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an ammunition carrier and renamed SKIPTON

11 September 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS DONEGAL supplying ammunition

1919  returned to owners and name reverted to SKIPJACK

1920  owners restyled as Hill Steam, Shipping Co Ltd (Witherington & Everett, Managers) Newcastle

27 July 1936 at Great Yarmouth while moored at West Quay Gorleston was struck by the schooner Maisie Graham
and damaged. Skipjack was beached on Darbys Hard
 

1 October 1937 Seaman James Gilmour discharged dead. His body was found at Port Talbot Docks on 6 October 1937

15 February 1938 berthed at Hartlepool

27 June 1940 sailed Southend in convoy FN206 to the River Tyne arriving 29 June 1940

2 July 1940 sailed Sunderland in convoy FS210 to Southend arriving the next day

11 July 1940 sailed Southend in convoy FN219 to Blyth arriving 13 July 1940

15 July 1940 sailed the River Tyne in convoy FS222 to Southend arriving the next day

21 July 1940 sailed Blyth in convoy FS227 to Southend arriving the next day

1945 owners now J, Gasan ( G.O. Till, Managers) Newcastle

23 June 1945 Donkeyman George Pease BEM discharged dead. He is buried in South Shields (Harton) Cemetery
in Section R Grave 9904
 
Pease G
 
Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project 
 
19 May 1946 hit a mine while on passage from Ravenna to Ancona in ballast and sank in position 44.29 N
12.18.40 E Nine of the crew were killed and have no known grave but the sea. Six are remembered with pride on
the Tower Hill Memorial

 

Skipjack

Image courtesy of Brian Watson

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