Official Number:                     135829

Pennant No:                          Y 7.71

Laid down:

Builder:                                 Flensburger Schiffsbau Ges, Flensburg

Launched:                             2 June 1908

Into Service:                          1914

Out of service:                       1918

Fate:                                     Grounded and wrecked 23 November 1932


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:

2 June 1908 launched by Flensburger Schiffsbau Ges, Flensburg as Yard Nr: 277 named Niagara for Deutsche-Amerikanischae Petroleum Ges, Hamburg

July 1908 completed

1913 transferred to Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, London and renamed Tuscarora

20 May 1913 arrived at Tientsin from San Francisco

1914 transferred to Tank Storage & Carriage Co Ltd., London and renamed Tecumseh by her owners and was

7 April 1915 requisitioned for Admiralty service as an Oiler - name unchanged - until 16 December 1916

1916 transferred to Standard Transportation Co Ltd., Hong Kong - name unchanged

21 July 1916 at 7am arrived at Bermuda

22 July 1916 sailed Bermuda

14 September 1916 while on passage from Bermuda to Kirkwall examined by HMS PATIA and alllowed to proceed

11 February 1917 redeployed by the Admiralty as an oiler until 24 March 1917

9 September 1917 further redeployed by the Admiralty as an oiler until 9 April 1918

17 December 1917 at sea at 15.31N 19.46W sighted by HMS KILDONAN CASTLE and also HMS MARMORA

9 April 1918 returned to her owners - name unchanged

29 April 1919 berthed at Hong Kong from San Franscisco

20 March 1924 arrived at Port Said when on passage from Sabine, Texas to Calcutta

23 November 1932 ran aground and was wrecked on Inhaca Point, Lourenco Marques while on passage from Tandjong Oeban to Lourenco Marques carrying a cargo of petrol

9 December 1932 a Marine Enquiry was held at Lourenco Marques concerning the stranding of the vessel on 23 November 1932. The finding of the Court did not involve any suspension of certificates and the Master was represented by a legal representative of the Merchant Service Guild


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