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Official Number:                     133135                                                                                      
Class:                                   INNIS CLASS Water Carrier

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Builder:                                  A Jeffrey & Co Ltd, Alloa
Launched:                              20 May 1913
Into Service:                          14 August 1915

Out of service:
Fate:                                     Wrecked

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

19 July 1920 sold commercially

Background Data:   There was originally a Class of eighteen vessels with the INNIS prefix to their names, and the first twelve vessels were ordered in 1912, followed shortly afterwards by orders for a further six vessels. Only six of the Class saw Admiralty service as Water Carriers during WW1

20 May 1913 launched by A. Jeffrey & Co, Alloa as Yard Nr: 7 named  INNISINVER for Coasting Motor Shipping Co Ltd (John M. Paton, Manager) Glasgow

9 July 1913 registered as above

11 July 1913 sailed Granton for Inverness with a cargo of coal

25 September 1914 sailed Ardrossan from Minard with a cargo of coal

1915 the ships crew list shows -

Donald McMillan; rank/rating, Master; year of birth, 1882; place of birth, Banavie; previous ship, same
 
John Campbell; rank/rating, Mate; year of birth, 1890; place of birth, Argyllshire; previous ship, Lady Tennant of Glasgow
John Claderwood; rank/rating, Motorman; year of birth, 1893; place of birth, Glasgow; previous ship, Katrina of Greenock
William Cook; rank/rating, Motorman; year of birth, 1892; place of birth, Kildonan Arran; previous ship, Katrina of Greenock
William Stephen; rank/rating, Able Seaman; year of birth, 1884; place of birth, Annagassan, County Louth; previous ship, Abbot of Newry
Malcolm Blair; rank/rating, Mate; year of birth, 1870; place of birth, Lochgilphead; previous ship, Pearl
Archibald Macdonald; rank/rating, Mate; year of birth, 1879; place of birth, Tiree; previous ship, Letitia of Glasgow
Alexander Maccallum; rank/rating, Able Seaman; year of birth, 1882; place of birth, Ardrishaig; previous ship, Griffon of Glasgow

14 August 1915 purchased by the Admiralty for service as a Water Carrier, name unchanged

29 November 1915 the Director of Transport allocated this ship to Harwich with a master, a mate, two enginemen and three deckhands

4th December 1916 Sub-Lieutenant Charles R Cooper RNR appointed in command

19 July 1920 purchased for £3,800 by Stick-Diesel Oil Engines Ltd on behalf of Alexander Fergusson, London name unchanged

26 July 1920 registered in the ownership of Alexander Fergusson, London name unchanged

26 September 1925 when on passage from Cork to Liverpool in a gale the engine failed and the Master - Captain Gruzelier - and the crew had to be rescued by the New Brighton Life Boat

11 November 1925 purchased by John Hornsby and Sons (Shipbreakers) Ltd, Bradford name unchanged

26 March 1926 purchased by Henry S. Pulsford, Parkstone name unchanged

11 September 1926 owner became Honor Pulsford, Parkstone name unchanged

7 November 1927 berthed at Dover with a cargo of sugar

4 February 1929 sailed Plymouth for Southampton

23 December 1929 arrived Plymouth from Poole

6 January 1930 sailed Plymouth for Par

27 June 1930 passed St Catherines Point

9 September 1930 sank off Portland Bill, Dorset after striking a submerged object while on passage from Par to Boulogne with a cargo of china clay. Her 4 crew escaped in the ship’s boat

7 May 1931 register closed

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