Official Number:                     136642

Laid down:

Builder:                                 Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Dundee

Launched:                              24 April 1913 

Into Service:                           27 December 1914

Out of service:                       10 May 1917

Fate:                                     10 May 1917 caught fire and sank


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:


24 April 1913 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Dundee as Yard Nr: 232 named Sebastian for Sebastian Diesel Motor Boat Co. Ltd., London

February 1914 completed

27 December 1914 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an oiler - named unchanged - at a rate of hire of £1,000 per month until 7 February 1916

1916 re-engined

12 March 1917 in the Atlantic was being escorted by HMS JESSAMINE - the escort was handed over to HMS POPPY

10 May 1917 caught fire and sank in the Atlantic in position 40.28N 70.03W while on passage from New York to France with a cargo of petrol. No casualties 


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