Albertville 02-01

 

Previous name:                          Eboe      Albertville
Subsequent name:                     Stella  

Official Number:                         118446                                                         

Class:                                        Store & ammunition ship  

Pennant No:                              T1.2 / Y8.125

Laid down:
Builder:                                     Sir Raylton Dixon

Launched:                                 9 May 1898

Into Service:                             19 October 1914 
Out of service:                           4 January 1920
Fate:                                        Sold out of service

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   Some official lists, marked as  “Lists of RFA’s” show vessels which spent some time as RFA’s during the First World War. These records are extremely sketchy and some of these vessels were “Yard Craft”, partially or wholly Dockyard manned, partly by RNR or Reserve Fleet personnel. Some of the Depot Ships staffed by skilled civilian Dockyard workers were for a time White Ensign. The Director of Stores was understood to be concerned with their manning and operationally they remained under Admiralty control

 

9 May 1898 launched by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough as Yard Nr:  449 named EBOE for Elder, Dempster & Co Ltd, Liverpool. After launching was transferred to Cie Belge Maritime du Congo, Antwerp

August 1898 completed as ALBERTVILLE with 112 x 1st Class and 75 x 2nd Class passengers

February 1899 arrived at Antwerp from the Congo during which voyage it was reported that eight members of the crew or passengers died from African Fever

3 April 1899 arrived the Congo from Antwerp

3 May 1899 sailed Accra, Gold Coast

4 August 1899 sailed the Carnary Islands

1 December 1899 sailed Antwerp for the Congo

1 March 1900 sailed Antwerp for the Congo

14 May 1900 berthed at Antwerp from the Congo

24 May 1900 sailed Antwerp for the Congo

2 June 1900 the Shields Gazette reported this day -

Shields Gazette 2 June 1900 Press report

19 June 1900 arrived at Cape Coast Castle

2 August 1900 sailed Grand Canary for Antwerp

7 June 1901 sailed Dover for the Congo

10 August 1901 berthed at Antwerp from the Congo

29 August 1901 sailed Antwerp for the Congo

2 November 1901 berthed at Antwerp from the Congo

3 January 1902 berthed at Antwerp from the Congo Free State

14 February 1902 sailed Southampton for the Cameroons

29 December 1903 sailed Southampton for Sierra Leone

1904 transferred to African Steamship Co (Elder, Dempster & Co Ltd., Managers) Liverpool and renamed ARO after a town 58 miles from Lagos, Nigeria

September 1904 sailed Liverpool for West African ports with 55 passengers

13 September 1904 at 43.34N 5.39W Able Seaman J Lavert discharged dead - missing at sea

1 January 1905 arrived at Sekondi from Liverpool

21 April 1905 at Calabar Hospital Trimmer Tommy Harding discharged dead - heart failure

23 May 1905 at Accra Able Seaman Stephen Hanion discharged dead - Bright's disease

23 September 1905 sailed Liverpool for West African ports with 45 passengers

13 June 1906 at 24.13N 16.18W Captain F R Ewart DSO discharged dead - natural causes

20 November 1906 passenger Edward Hoyle discharged dead - black water fever

11 December 1906 at Calabar passenger Ashong Opotey discharged dead - drowned

27 July 1907 sailed Liverpool for West African ports with 38 passengers. Captain E J Hughes was Master

7 October 1907 at 33.59N 13.23W passenger Thomas Oscar Warren discharged dead - black water fever

9 June 1908 at the Colonial Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone Ordinary Seaman James Heywood discharged dead - pneumonia

29 October 1908 at sea passenger John George Gerald Mewette discharged dead - black water fever

1 May 1909 sailed Liverpool for the Canary Islands and West African ports with 86 passengers. Captain R Minto was Master

12 June 1909 Lagos Roads passenger Alexander H McNeil discharged dead - black water fever

14 June 1909 at 5.38N 0.38W passenger Vernon B Boswell discharged dead - natural causes

13 July 1909 sailed Liverpool for West African ports with 60 passengers. Captain J Anderson was Master

15 February 1910 at Burutu Forcados, Nigeria Ordinary Seaman H Hart discharged dead - drowned

19 November 1910 at 10.32N 16.41W Apprentice Francis George Parsons discharged dead - drowned

20 April 1911 at Accra passenger Aji Mamamadie discharged dead - malaria

21 June 1911 sailed Liverpool for West African ports with 43 passengers. Captain Joseph Morgan was Master

3 January 1912 at 6.35N 11.25W Assistant Steward G Peart discharged dead - malaria

23 August 1912 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports

18 September 1912 off West Africa Surgeon J T Kilpatrick Thomson discharged dead - natural causes

4 November 1912 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports. Captain J Anderson was Master 

27 November 1912 sailed Liverpool for West African ports with 88 passengers

19 October 1914 purchased by Admiralty from Elder Dempster along with (later) SOBO and SOKOTO for £55,000 for conversion into a submarine depot ship

1915 to 1918 served at Rosyth

7 January 1915 Lieutenant Noel F Calrow RNR appointed in Command

4 December 1916 Engineer Commander Frederick Kelly RN appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 August 1918 became a troopship - name unchanged

6 October 1918 River Seine Fireman Henry Kane discharged dead - pneumonia. At Southampton Infirmary Fireman & Trimmer William Robertson & Able Seaman T Ross both discharged dead - natural causes - both entered hospital on 1 October 1918

12 October 1918 No: 3 Hospital, Rouen Chief Steward Francis Ernest Nye discharged dead - bronchitis - he entered the hospital 9 October 1918

 Francis E Nye

Chief Steward Francis Ernest Nye

19 June 1919 at Archangel HMS CICALA moored alongside to receive ammunition

11 August 1919 at Archangel HMS MANTIS berthed abreast

14 August 1919 and 15 August 1919 working party from HMS PEGASUS onboard

22 August 1919 store party from HMS PEGASUS onboard

1 September 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M33 berthed alongside 

6 September 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M31 alongside receiving provisions

10 September 1919 and 11 September 1919 at Archangel store party from HMS PEGASUS onboard

18 September 1919 at Archangel working party from HMS PEGASUS onboard

4 January 1920 sold for £40,000 to W.R. Davies, Liverpool - name unchanged

1921 purchased by Cie des Vapeur Francaise, Paris and renamed STELLA

1924 purchased by Soc Anon Les Affreteurs Reunis, Paris name unchanged

1925 owners company in liquidation

23 June 1925 sold to N. Angelo Bertorelli, Sampieradena for demolition at Genoa.

 

Notes:

 

1. Image above is of the SS Alberville before purchase by the Admiralty and being renamed RFA Aro

 

 

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