Zaria

 

Official Number:                       118078

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Builder:                                   Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Port Glasgow

Pennant Number:              Y9.22

Launched:                               21 December 1903

Into Service:                            26 November 1914

Out of service:                         1919

Fate:                                      Broken up 3 December 1927

 

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:

 

21 December 1903 launched by Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co., Port Glasgow as Yard Nr: 257 named ZARIA for British & African Steam Navigation Co (Elder, Dempster & Co, Managers) Liverpool

March 1904 completed as a passenger / cargo vessel for 36 x 1st Class and 18 x 2nd Class passengers

16 March 1904 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with thirty one passengers

22 June 1904 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with three passengers

22 August 1904 sailed Lagos

21 December 1904 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with twenty nine passengers

25 March 1905 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with thirty one passengers

20 October 1905 sailed Liverpool for Kingston, Jamaica with ten passengers

3 January 1906 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with nineteen passengers

31 March 1906 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with 38 passengers

16 May 1906 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with fourteen passengers. Captain E Riddick was Master

11 August 1906 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with nineteen passengers

22 August 1906 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with nine passengers

28 November 1906 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with twenty three passengers

20 January 1905 at the Opobo River, Egwanga, Nigeria Able Seaman G Beagles discharged dead - drowned

16 February 1908 arrived at Sierra Leone from Liverpool

1910 lengthened 30 ft by her builders

22 August 1906 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with nine passengers

28 November 1906 sailed Liverpool for Grand Canaria and West African ports with 23 passengers

20 January 1905 at the Opobo River, Egwanga, Nigeria Able Seaman G Beagles discharged dead - drowned

16 February 1908 arrived at Sierra Leone from Liverpool

1910 lengthened 30 ft by her builders

26 November 1914 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as a Stores Carrier, name unchanged

10 December 1914 commissioned as HMS ZARIA with Captain Herbert Edward Purey-Cust CB RNR in command

2 February 1915 Deck Hand Peter Connell RNR discharged dead - drowned. He is buried in Fraserburgh (Kirkton) Cemetery in grave Free Ground 1772

Connell

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19 February 1915 Seaman Duncan Longmuir RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Ford Park Cemetery Pennycomequick (formerly Plymouth Old Cemetery) in Grave Church S 3.6

Longmuir D

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26 February 1915 at Hoy Sound an Able Seaman from HMS CRESENT transferred to her

April 1915  became an Auxiliary Patrol Ship Depot Ship, name unchanged

3 June 1915 Deck Hand Jeremiah Lawrence Thomson RNR serving on HMS Horatio discharged dead onboard from illness. He is buried in Sandwick, Cemetery, Sandwick, Shetland in plot 42, row 4 grave 1

3 July 1915 Sub Lieutenant J C Grierson RNVR discharged dead. He is buried in Lerwick New Cemetery, Shetland in grave 3rd Terrace slope 50

17 July 1915 at Scapa Flow Requisitioned Auxiliary Volturnus berthed alongside

22 July 1915 and 23 July 1915 at Scapa Flow RFA Industry (1) berthed alongside

25 July 1915 at Scapa Flow Requisitioned Auxiliary Volturnus berthed alongside

23 August 1915 17 July 1915 at Scapa Flow Requisitioned Auxiliary Volturnus berthed alongside

25 August 1915 and 26 August 1915 at Scapa Flow collier Cydonia berthed alongside and supplied 82 tons of bunker coal

29 August 1915 at Scapa Flow collier Foreland berthed alongside and supplied 58 tons of bunker coal

8 September 1915 at Scapa Flow Requisitioned Auxiliary Volturnus berthed alongside

17 September 1915 at Scapa Flow collier Red berthed alongside and supplied 62 tons of bunker coal

28 September 1915 moved berth from Scapa Flow to Longhope

20 October 1915 at Longhope collier Red berthed alongside and supplied 87 tons of bunker coal

26 October 1915 Trimmer Michael Foley discharged dead - natural causes - heart failure. He is buried in Osmondwall Cemetery, Orkney in Grave E93 - despite the spelling error by the CWGC in the name of his ship

Foley M

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29 October 1915 Trimmer William H Duff RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Wick Cemetery, Caithness in Grave N867A

2 Duff Zaria

4 November 1915 Commander Bertram W L Nicholson Royal Navy in command 

CaptNicholson 

Commander Bertram W L Nicholson Royal Navy
Courtesy of Cynthia (née Astley) and Alastair McCrae

16 November 1915 Second Hand John Henry Daniels Crane RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Grimsby (Scartho) Cemetery in Grave 41 B 21

Crane

 

23 April 1916 at Longhope HMS TENBY CASTLE made fast alongside

24 August 1916 at Glasgow - a shipwright from HMS PATUCE transferred to her

6 September 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 83 tons of bunker coal

20 September 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 100 tons of bunker coal

27 September 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 75 tons of bunker coal

6 October 1916 at Longhope Lieutenant Reginald H Ward RNR of HMT Cheysea (?) cautioned and logged by the Commanding Officer for being drunk onboard HMS Zaria

10 October 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 80 tons of bunker coal

11 October 1916 at Longhope while the ss Corncrake was swinging to the tide she was in collision with HMS Zaria causing no damage to either vessel

17 October 1916 at Longhope Storeship Volhynia berthed alongside

25 October 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 72 tons of bunker coal

25 October 1916 Trimmer D Johnson RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Aberdeen (Nellfield) Cemetery Grave 2 502A

15 December 1916 Chief Petty Officer C F Clarke Royal Navy discharged dead. He is buried in Worthing (Broadwater) Cemetery in Grave A9 3 22

31 October 1916 at Longhope collier Victor berthed alongside and delivered 101 tons of bunker coal

6 November 1916 at Longhope storeship Liberty berthed alongside

11 December 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 84 tons of bunker coal

22 December 1916 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 93 tons of bunker coal

5 January 1917 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 80 tons of bunker coal

22 September 1917 Petty Officer 2nd Class (Pensioner) H A James  Royal Navy discharged dead. He is buried in Bristol (Avon View) Cemetery, Gloucestershire in Grave PF11. Engineman Christopher Jeakins Royal Naval Reserve discharged dead. He is buried in Hull Western Cemetery in Grave 515.49690

26 September 1917 at Longhope Articles of War read to ship's company

30 December 1917 Stoker 1st Class Adam Porteous Royal Navy discharged dead. He is buried in Edinburgh (Seafield) Cemetery

Porteous

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30 May 1918 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 86 tons of bunker coal

18 June 1918 at Longhope the Article of War read to the ship's company and the ship's companies of tenders alongside by the Commodore

28 June 1918 at Longhope Assistant Paymaster N J Davis RNR absent without leave on 27 June 1918 - logged

8 July 1918 at Longhope the ship was placed in restricted quarantine owning to an epidemic of influenza

11 July 1918 at Longhope a collier berthed alongside and delivered 67 tons of bunker coal

17 July 1918 at Longhope ship released from restricted quarantine

29 October 1918 Second Hand Hugh McIntosh RNR diischarged dead. He is buried in Thurso (Mount Vernon) Cemetery, Caithness in grave F 48

MCINTOSH  H close

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12 November 1918 Second Hand Joseph Clark RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney in grave D48

Joseph Clark

14 November 1918 Deck Hand Murdo MacLeod RNR discharged dead having died from pneumonia in a Hospital Ship at Lyness. He is buried in Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney in grave D49

Murdo Macleod

29 November 1918 Engineman Isaac Main RNR discharged dead having died on HMHS Agadir at Scape Flow. He is buried in Nairn Cemetery, Nairnshire in Grave D1 45

Main-Isaac

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24 December 1918 Trimmer Henry Neal RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Hull (Holy Trinity, Hessle Road) Cemetery and is remembered on a Screen Wall in Hull Northern Cemetery

17 February 1919 Second Hand William Charles Kemp RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Kirkwall (St Olafs) Cemetery, Orkney in Grave 1 19

William Charles Kemp

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19 February 1919 Deck Hand A Geddes RNR discharged dead. He is buried in Buckie New Cemetery, Banffshire  in Grave D573

30 July 1919 returned to her owners

6 August 1919 sailed Liverpool to West African ports with 33 passengers

17 March 1920 sailed Liverpool to West African ports with 55 passengers

9 June 1920 sailed Liverpool to West African ports with 72 passengers

21 June 1920 berthed at Sierra Leone (exact location not shown)

14 August 1920 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with 74 passengers

23 October 1920 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with 54 passengers

10 December 1920 arrived at Las Palmas from Lagos, Nigeria

9 June 1921 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with 90 passengers and 1 DBS Seaman. Captain C J Williams was the Master

31 January 1922 berthed at Plymouth from West African ports with 25 passengers and 1 DBS Seaman

22 March 1922 sailed Port Hardcourt

19 July 1922 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with 79 passengers and 3 DBS Seaman

23 May 1924 arrived at Plymouth with one stowaway

14 December 1925 at Accra Roads passenger John Harold Carson discharged dead - heart attack

2 September 1926 at 23.20N 17.00W at sea Headman William Benjamin Bocknos discharged dead - malaria

5 September 1926 at 32.01N 14.55W at sea Trimmer Thomas George discharged dead - bubonic plague

18 September 1926 The Gloucester Journal reported that -

Zaria Plague

10 May 1927 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports with three passengers

31 March 1927 sailed Lagos

3 December 1927 arrived Stavanger after sale for £10,000 for demolition by Stavangr Skipshofhugnings Co.

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