Luminetta 

 

Official Number:                       169637 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Hebburn

Launched:                               15 August 1927

Into Service:                            1939

Out of service:                         1945

Fate:                                      11 June 1958 scrapped

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty to serve as an Escort Oiler during WW2

 

Career Data:

15 August 1927 launched by Palmer's Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd., Hebburn as Yard Nr: 964 named Luminetta for Astrakhan Steamship Co Ltd., (H E Moss & Co., Managers) Liverpool

September 1927 completed

1 April 1930 detained at Galveston, Texas on a charge of water pollution. Oil was discharged from the hold into the Gulf of Mexico

25 May 1930 passed Istanbul while on passage from Tuapse to Avonmouth

1 June 1930 passed Gibraltar while on passage from Tuapse to Avonmouth

22 July 1930 sailed Suez

7 January 1931 sailed Suez for Abadan

17 November 1931 at Constanza Hospital Sailor Sverre Ronning discharged dead from natural causes

15 December 1931 arrived Baltimore from Curacao

11 April 1932 arrived Curacao from Shell Haven

5 July 1936 sailed Suez for Abadan

2 September 1936 arrived at Port Said from Ipswich

3 September 1936 sailed Suez for Abadan

18 September 1936 sailed Abadan for LEFO

24 October 1936 sailed Preston for Aruba

19 December 1936 sailed Curacao for LEFO

7 January 1937 arrived Sheerness from Curacao

22 July 1937 arrived at Liverpool from Abadan

1939 - 1945 requisitioned for Admiralty service and served as an Escort Oiler - name unchanged

4 September 1939 at Curacao Able Seaman Frederick John Avent discharged dead from natural causes

4 October 1939 sailed Kingston, Jamaica in convoy KJ3 for Bordeaux, France

2 December 1939 sailed Southend in escorted convoy OA45G which was reformed at sea on the 5 December 1939 to convoy OG9 to Gibraltar arriving 11 December 1939

31 December 1939 sailed Gibraltar in escorted convoy HG13 to Dunkirk. RFA OLEANDER was also in this convoy

24 January 1940 sailed Brest in French convoy 23BF to Casablanca arriving 28 January 1940

2 March 1940 sailed Casablanca in unescorted convoy KS72 to Brest arriving 8 March 1940

14 March 1940 sailed Verdon in French convoy 40XS to Casablanca arriving 23 March 1940

16 April 1940 sailed Oran in convoy R20 joining convoy KS88 from Casablanca to Brest arriving 23 April 1940

30 April 1940 sailed Verdon in French convoy 54XS

30 May 1940 sailed Oran in French convoy R26 joining unescorted convoy 1K

29 July 1940 sailed Milford Haven joining escorted convoy OB191 until its dispersal on 2 August 1940 and then to Abadan. RFA OLWEN was also in this convoy

11 January 1943 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ONZ160 to New York arriving 4 February 1943. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

31 March 1943 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ONZ176 to New York arriving 20 April 1943. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

19 May 1943 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX240 to Liverpool arriving 4 June 1943 with a cargo of FFO. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

Luminetta RAS

Oiling at sea with FNS Renoncule astern on 15 July 1943 off Greenock
© IWM (A 18127)
 
Luminetta Depth Charge resupply
 
Depth Charge RAS with FNS Renoncule on 15 July 1943 off Greenock
© IWM (A 18131)

Luminetta Depth Charge awaiting a RAS

Depth Charge storage onboard
© IWM (A 18130)

7 August 1943 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX251 to Liverpool arriving 23 August 1943 with cargo of FFO. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

22 September 1943 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ONZ203 to New York arriving 10 October 1943. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

24 October 1943 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX263 to Liverpool arriving 8 November 1943 with a cargo of USN fuel. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

19 November 1943 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy ONZ212 to New York arriving 5 December 1943. Acted as an escort oiler during this convoy

9 November 1946 at 49.20N 12.06W Able Seaman Arthur Woodcock discharged dead after he dived overboard - presumed drowned

1952 purchased by Vivalet Shipping & Trading Co S.A. (A Romano, Manager) Panama and renamed Lumina

11 June 1958 arrived Hamburg for demolition by Eisen und Metall K.G. Lehr & Co

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