SS Esturia (1910)

Esturia was a 2,143 gross register ton oiler, built by Armstrong Whitworth & Company, Walker in 1910. She operated as an oil tanker for the Burmah Oil Company, before being chartered by the Royal Australian Navy on 11 September 1914, during the First World War, as an oiler and stores ship. She served as the destroyer depot ship for HMAS Swan, Huon, and Torrens in Australian and Malayan waters. After being dispatched to Port Said, Egypt with the destroyers, she was transferred to the Admiralty.

History
Name:
  • Esturia (1910-1928)
  • Loukia (1928-1937)
Builder: Armstrong Whitworth & Company, Walker[1]
Yard number: 826
Launched: 23 Aug 1910
Completed: Oct 1910
Identification: UK Official Number: 129151
Fate: Sank after hitting a mine in 1937
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,143 GRT
Length: 275 feet (84 m)[2]
Beam: 39 feet (12 m)
Draught: 28.8 feet (8.8 m)

After serving with the Admiralty, she was sold in 1918 to Shell Tankers UK,[3] who operated her until 1928 when she was sold to the Greek company Mavris Bros Piraeus and renamed Loukia.

Fate

Loukia was lost on 4 March 1937, during a storm, after hitting a mine off Cape San Sebastian, Catalonia, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War. Loukia exploded, killing 22 of the 23 crew.[4]

Notes

  1. "SS Esturia (1910)". www.tynebuiltships.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  2. "Lloyd's Register 1930-31" (PDF). plimsollshipdata. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  3. "Esturia". Helder Line. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  4. "Mine sinks tanker". Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 6 March 1937, p.17. Retrieved 12 April 2012.

References

  • Gillett, Ross (1986). Australia's navy : past, present & future. Brookvale, NSW: Child & Henry. ISBN 0-86777-178-X.
  • Odgers, George (1982). The Royal Australian Navy : an illustrated history. Brookvale, NSW: Child & Henry. ISBN 0-86777-240-9.

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