On the 8th June 1982, at the height of the
On the 8th June 1982, at the height of the Falklands conflict RFA Sir Tristram was in San Carlos Water with her sister ship RFA Sir Galahad when Argentinean Skyhawk jets attacked both ships.
RFA Sir Tristram before the
RFA Sir Galahad was struck by three bombs, one of which entered an open hatchway on the foredeck and exploded on the tank deck causing massive damage and loss of life, a second bomb exploded in the ships galley killing one of the Chinese ratings, whilst the third bomb entered the engine room killing Third Engineer Officer Andy Morris. The ship caught fire and was abandoned by her crew and passengers, these fires burned for over a week and it was eventually decided that the ship should be sunk as a war grave to the five RFA crew members and 55 Army casualties who lost their life in the attack.
At the time of the attack on Sir Galahad, RFA Sir Tristram was anchored a short distance away and she too was attacked by the Argentinean aircraft and two bombs entered the ship, the first passed through the hull whilst the second destroyed the ships after accommodation and killed two members of the crew.
The ship was caught fire and was abandoned, eventually the fire was extinguished but the hulk was not re-boarded and it was not until after hostilities had ceased that the hulk was refloated and towed into
In 1984 a small group of RFA personnel were sent to the Falklands to prepare the Sir Tristram for passage back to the
At the present moment Sir Tristram is being fitted out to serve as a training ship, and hopefully she will be with us for many years to come.
Bomb exit hole on Sir Tristram
under a winch by the stern ramp
Blast damage to the starboard side bulkhead
aft of the doorway to the crew’s accommodation
Looking forward down the starboard side,
the view is from the Officer’s bar
The flight deck and after
accommodation has been removed
The engine room and an
undamaged main engine
Sir Tristram approaching
Dan Lifter, stern first
Sir Tristram loaded aboard
Dan Lifter ready to leave the Falklands
Sir Tristram on the MV Dan Lifter
Sir Tristram entering the
on her way to be rebuilt at Wallsend
Sir Tristram in dry dock at Wallsend
A hole on the port side
caused by an exiting UXB
Sir Tristram in dry dock
showing one of her new propellers
Sir Tristram’s new mast
being lowered into position
The new machinery control room
The new officer’s bar
The new ship
The newly re-built Sir Tristram
Back to work for RFA Sir Tristram
With grateful thanks to Jim Ramsey for donating these images for the HistoricalRFA web site.