Nordenfelt2 

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NORDENFELT_1089

 

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Official Number                               181861

                                                                       
Class:                                            GATLING CLASS Armament Stores Carrier 

Pennant No:                                   A135

Laid down:
Builder:                                          Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew
Launched:                                      30 November 1945
Into Service:                                   14 March 1946
Out of service:                

Fate:                                              Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Information: - One of a group of five coasters which were not normally classed as RFA’s They are included here as the ancestors of the more modern ammunition ships These five ships were designed by the Director of Naval Construction to the requirements of the Naval Armament Department. They were designed for Pacific Operations to carry ammunition from larger ships offshore which were of too deep a draught to go close inshore to the coastal areas or small harbours and had their bottoms strengthened to permit grounding when loaded if required. This was a 1943 plan connected with a future invasion of Japan. As there was no requirement to carry large naval guns they were provided with two cargo holds. The order for them was placed in October 1944 and none of them was completed before the end of hostilities, which meant that only one of them (GATLING) was needed to proceed to the Far east to assist in the rehabilitation of Singapore. GATLING and NORDENFELT were completed to mercantile standards and were registered and classed with Lloyds Register and were run on National Maritime Board conditions, while the other three were on “Yard Craft” Dockyard agreements and were completed with naval style accommodation.

 

 

30 November 1945 launched by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew as Yard Nr 1089 named NORDENFELT

14 March 1946 completed to mercantile standards

9 May 1947 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

7 October 1947 sailed Liverpool for Plymouth

30 October 1947 when off Dungeness transmitted an SOS call. Tugs from Dover attended. Towed to Portsmouth by the Admiralty Tug Foremost 32

 NAV Nordenfelt press cutting

Press report from the Dover Express & East Kent News of 31 October 1947

31 October 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 March 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

16 May 1948 arrived Workington having sailed from Plymouth

1 August 1948 sailed Belfast for Plymouth

15 February 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

10 June 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

30 March 1950 Captain J K Pearce appointed as Master

27 April 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

19 May 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

3 August 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

26 January 1951 Mr H Osborne appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 January 1964 grounded off Alderney during a sleet storm but was refloated

September 1971 on disposal list at Devonport

11 February 1977 arrived Pembroke Dock for demolition

 

Notes:

 

  1. Based at Naval Armaments Depots Plymouth and Priddy's Hard between 1946 to 1959

 

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