San Cipriano

 

 

 San Cipriano

 

Official Number:                     165480

Builder:                                 Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Scotstoun

Launched:                              27 April 1937

Into Service:                           1939

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                     1954 broken up

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

Career Data:

 

27 April 1937 launched by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Scotstoun as Yard Nr: 45 named SAN CIPRIANO for Eagle Oil & Shipping Co Ltd, London

22 June 1937 succesfully ran builders trials in the Firth of Clyde at Skelmorlie - completed

23 June 1937 sailed Greenock

11 July 1937 arrived at Coatzacoalcos, Mexico from the River Clyde

14 August 1937 arrived Liverpool from Curacao

23 August 1937 sailed for Curacao in ballast

1 October 1937 berthed at Avonmouth from Tampico

9 October 1937 sailed Liverpool

26 November 1937 passed Dunnet Head when on passage to Tampico

14 January 1938 at Liverpool

18 February 1938 on passage to Aruba

20 February 1938 berthed at Aruba

4 March 1938 on passage to Porto Mexico

1939 requisitioned by the Admiralty for service as an Escort Oiler and did valuable service on the Russian Convoys

10 September 1939 berthed at Jamaica

26 September 1939 sailed Kingston, Jamaica in convoy KJ2 to Avonmouth arriving on 19 October 1939

2 November 1939 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

5 November 1939 sailed Milford Haven joining escorted convoy OB30 until dispersal on 9 November 1939 at 48.07N 22.09W and then independently to Trinidad arriving on 23 November 1939

25 November 1939 sailed Trinidad independently to Halifax

10 December 1939 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HXF12 for Dunkirk returning to Halifax arriving 19 December 1939

29 December 1939 sailed Halifax independently to Southampton arriving on 2 January 1940

23 January 1940 sailing independently arrived at Aruba

25 January 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Halifax arriving 6 February 1940

7 February 1940 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX19 to Liverpool arriving 22 February 1940

26 February 1940 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OB99 until dispersal on 1 March 1940 and then independently to Curacao arriving 14 March 1940

16 March 1940 sailed Curacao independently to Las Piedras arrving the same day

17 March 1940 sailed Las Piedras independently to Halifax arriving 26 March 1940

29 March 1940 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX31 to Liverpool arriving 12 April 1940. RFA OLEANDER also sailed in this convoy (for Devonport)

15 April 1940 sailed Liverpool independently to Ardrossan arriving the next day

16 April 1940 sailed Ardrossan independently to the Clyde arriving the next day

25 April 1940 sailed the Clyde and joined escorted convoy OB136 until dispersal on 28 April 1940 then independenly to Curacao arriving 12 May 1940

12 May 1940 sailed independently to Bermuda arriving 23 May 1940

23 May 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX45 which joined escorted convoy HX45 from Halifax on 29 May 1940 then sailing to Brest arriving 7 June 1940

12 June 1940 sailed Brest in French convoy 49B to Casablanca arriving 19 June 1940

19 June 1940 sailed Gibraltar escorted to Oran arriving 20 June 1940

23 June 1940 sailed Gibraltar independently to Trinidad arriving 6 July 1940

12 July 1940 sailed Trinidad independently to Aruba arriving 15 July 1940

21 July 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Curacao arriving the next day

24 July 1940 sailed Curacao independently to Bermuda arriving 30 July 1940

30 July 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX62 which joined escorted convoy HX62 to Liverpool on 4 August 1940 and arriving 15 August 1940

18 August 1940 sailed Liverpool independently to Adrossan arriving 22 August 1940

24 August 1940 sailed Adrossan independently to the Clyde arriving the same day

25 August 1940 sailed the Clyde and joined escorted convoy OB203 from Liverpool until dispersal on 28 August 1940 and then independently to Mobile, Alabama arriving 12 September 1940

12 September 1940 sailed Mobile, Alabama independently to Corpus Christi arriving 29 September 1940

1 October 1940 sailed Corpus Christi independently to Curacao arriving 10 October 1940

27 October 1940 sailed Curacao independently but returned the following day

29 October 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Bermuda arriving 3 November 1940

8 November 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX87 joing escorted convoy HX87 from Halifax to Liverpool on 13 November 1940 and arrived 26 November 1940

4 December 1940 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OB254 to Belfast Lough arriving 6 December 1940

22 January 1941 sailed Belfast Lough joining escorted convoy OB277 from Liverpool until dispersal on 27 January 1941 then independently to Curacao arriving 13 February 1941

16 February 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Bermuda arriving 21 February 1941

 

4 January 1943 Carpenter George Whyte awarded the British Empire Medal - Civil Division in the New Years Honours List 1943. Details published in the London Gazette of this day

10 January 1943 at the Kola Inlet bombed by enemy aircraft with three of the crew being killed. Two merchant seaman and a DEMS Gunner. The two Merchant Seaman are remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial and the DEMS Gunner is remembered with pride on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

S. Cipriano CWWG

 

15 June 1943 Bombadier Stanley G Devereau, Royal Artillery and Able Seaman Harold Metcalfe, Royal Navy D/JX166814 both awarded Mentions in Despatches for services when the ship was bombed and damaged at Kola Inlet and during North Russia Convoy JW53 in March 1943. Details published in the London Gazette on this day

20 July 1943 Captain Godfrey W Highley appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Civil Division Additional Chief Officer George W Clark, Second Officer Thomas R Bowlerwell, Third Engineer Alfred G H Bland and Junior Engineer Officer Henry Sless each appointed as Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Civil Division. Apprentice Colin Fookes awarded the George Medal. Senior Chief Officer Albert N Rylett, Chief Engineer Officer David McMinn, Radio Officer John E Thompson and Chief Steward John Dodds each awarded a Commendation. for services when the ship was bombed and damaged at Kola Inlet and during North Russia Convoy JW53 in March 1943. Details published in the London Gazette on this day. Captain Godfrey W Highley and Apprentice Colin Fookes were also each awarded the Lloyds Bravery Medal - these awards were ungazetted.

4 January 1944 Chief Steward John Dodds was awarded the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) in the New Years Honours List 1944. Details were published in the London Gazette of this day

11 April 1944 Second Engineer James Maxwell was granted permission to wear the Soviet Medal for Valour for the carriage of armaments to the Soviet Union.  Details were published in the London Gazette of this day

15 June 1945 Chief Officer Joseph F G Clark appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) Civil Division in the Birthday Honours List 1945. Details were published in the London Gazette of this day

1945 returned to her owners, name unchanged

24 March 1947 at Rotterdam Boatswain George Gannett discharged dead - burns and the effects of gas

16 December 1954 arrived Briton Ferry for demolition by T.W. Ward Ltd 

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