SCHUYLKILL  

 

Official Number:                      148358

Laid down:

Builder:                                  Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd., Deptford Yard, Sunderland 

Launched:                              6 March 1928

Into Service:                            1939

Out of service:                         1945

Fate:                                      Broken up May 1947

 

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:

 

6 March 1928 launched by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd., Deptford Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 702 named Schuylkill for Anglo American Oil Co Ltd ( F J Wolfe, Manager), London

May 1928 completed

9 February 1930 sailed New Orleans for Avonmouth

28 February 1930 berthed at the Oil Jetty, Avonmouth

3 July 1930 when sailing from Baytown grounded and had to discharge 200 tons of her cargo to float again - source Lloyds casualty report 4/5 July 1930

1 December 1932 arrived Avonmouth

28 August 1935 arrived Liverpool

16 April 1936 sailed Eastham for Belfast

28 June 1937 at sea Fireman James Edward Rooney discharged dead from heart failure

27 July 1937 berthed at Ellesmere Port from Aruba with three DBS. Captain Charles Anderson was Master

1 July 1938 berthed at Ellesmere Port from Curacao with one DBS. Captain A W Hart was Master

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

4 October 1939 sailed Kingston, Jamaica in convoy KJ3 to Swansea arriving 27 October 1939

11 November 1939 sailed Swansea independently to Milford Haven arriving the same day

12 November 1939 sailed Milford Haven in escorted convoy OB34 until dispersal on the 18 November 1939 and then independently to Aruba arriving on 1 December 1939

4 December 1939 sailed Aruba independently to Halifax arriving 13 December 1939

20 December 1939 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX13 to Southend arriving 6 January 1940

12 January 1940 sailed Southend in escorted convoy OA71 until dispersal on 16 January 1940 and then independently to Baytown arriving 5 February 1940

7 February 1940 sailed Baytown independenty to Halifax

18 February 1940 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX21 to Southend with a cargo of petrol arriving 5 March 1940

17 April 1940 sailed Southend in escorted convoy OA131 until dispersal on 20 April 1940 and then independently to Baton Rouge arriving 11 May 1940

13 May 1940 sailed Baton Rouge independently to Bermuda arriving 21 May 1940

23 May 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX45 until 29 May 1940 thence at Halifax joining escorted convoy HX45 to Swansea with a cargo of AVGAS arriving 7 June 1940

9 June 1940 sailed Swansea independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

18 June 1940 sailed Milford Haven in escorted convoy OB169 until dispersal on 22 June 1940 and then independently to Aruba arriving on 4 July 1940

6 July 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Bermuda arriving 12 July 1940

14 July 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX58 joining on the 19 July 1940 escorted convoy HX58 to Liverpool with a cargo of AVGAS arriving 31 July 1940

15 August 1940 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OB198 until dispersal on the 18 August 1940 and then independently to Aruba arriving 31 August 1940

2 September 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Bermuda arriving 8 September 1940

12 September 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX73 joining on the 17 September 1940 escorted convoy HX73 to Belfast Lough with a cargo of AVGAS arriving 27 September 1940

6 October 1940 sailed Belfast Lough independently to Avonmouth arriving 11 October 1940

19 October 1940 sailed Avonmouth independently to Cardiff arriving 21 October 1940

3 November 1940 sailed Cardiff independently to Swansea arriving the next day

8 November 1940 at Swansea Hospital Assistant Engineer William Morrison discharged dead from a fractured skull. Taken from the ship to hospital on 6 November 1940

14 November 1940 sailed Swansea independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

17 November 1940 sailed Milford Haven joining escorted convoy OB245 until dispersal on 22 November 1940 and then independently to Aruba arriving 11 December 1940

12 December 1940 sailed Aruba independently to Bermuda

20 December 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX98 joining escorted convoy HX 98 on 25 December 1940 to Sydney, Cape Breton with a cargo of parafin arriving 29 December 1940

2 January 1941 sailed Sydney, Cape Breton in escorted convoy HX 98/1 to Belfast Lough arriving 15 January 1941

27 January 1941 sailed Belfast Lough independently to Liverpool arriving the next day

31 January 1941 sailed Liverpool independently to Avonmouth arriving 3 February 1941

9 February 1941 sailed Avonmouth independently to the River Clyde arriving 12 February 1941

21 February 1941 sailed the River Clyde in escorted convoy OB289 until dispersal on 24 February 1941 and then independently to Aruba arriving on 15 March 1941

20 March 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Halifax arriving 29 March 1941

6 April 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX119A to the River Clyde arriving 21 April 1941 with a cargo of petrol

12 May 1941 sailed the River Clyde and joined in escorted convoy OB321 until dispersal on 17 May 1941 and then independently to New York arriving 25 May 1941

5 June 1941 sailed New York independently to Halifax arriving 8 June 1941

10 June 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX132 to the River Clyde arriving 28 June 1941 with a cargo of pool oil

7 July 1941 sailed the River Clyde and joined in escorted convoy OB343 until dispersal on 21 July 1941 at 46°N 55°W and then independently to New York arriving 25 July 1941

22 August 1941 sailed New York independently to Halifax arriving 25 August 1941

29 August 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX147 to Belfast Lough arriving 12 September 1941 with a cargo of petrol

13 September 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in unescorted convoy BB75 to Barry, Wales arriving 15 September 1941

21 September 1941 sailed Barry, Wales independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

24 September 1941 sailed Milford Haven joining in escorted convoy ON20 until dispersal on 9 October 1941 and then independently to New York arriving on 14 October 1941

17 October 1941 sailed New York independently to Trinidad arriving 26 October 1941

29 October 1941 sailed Trinidad independently to Halifax arriving 8 November 1941

15 November 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX160 to Belfast Lough arriving 29 November 1941 with a cargo of petrol

2 December 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in escorted convoy BB107 to Avonmouth arriving 6 December 1941

9 December 1941 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving 12 December 1941

12 December 1941 sailed Milford Haven joining in escorted convoy ON46 for Key West but returned arriving Belfast Lough the next day

19 December 1941 sailed Belfast Lough joining in escorted convoy ON48 until dispersal on 31 December 1941 at 43°59N 54°56W and then independently to Key West arriving 9 January 1942

9 January 1942 sailed Key West independently to Galveston arriving 12 January 1942 and then on to Texas City arriving 14 January 1942

20 November 1945 sailed Hamburg independently to the River Tyne arrive 22 November 1945

6 April 1947 wrecked at Charlestown, Fife when she was torn from her moorings in a storm and blown across the River Forth

May 1947 was refloated and arrived Bo'ness for demolition by P & W McLellan Ltd

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