RFA Attendant August 1953

Attendant in August 1953
when under the ownership of Hemsley Bell taken by P A Vicary (above)

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Subsequent name:                

Official Number:                        136700  

Class:                                      FIRST 1000t ATTENDANT CLASS Coastal Oiler

Pennant No:                             N97 / X15 / X02

Laid down:                               7 October 1912
Builder:                                    Chatham Dockyard
Launched:                                5 July 1913 - No. 8 slip
Into Service:                             August 1914

Out of service:                          Sold 1935
Fate:                                         Chartered back during World War 2

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  On the outbreak of WW1, the Admiralty embarked on a programme of tanker construction for the fledgling RFA Service and there were 4 ships in this Class, all of which were little more than powered barges. The early Swedish diesel engines in 2 of them gave endless trouble  and ultimately, 3 of the Class were sold off at the end of the War as part of the Government Disposal Scheme. In April 1940, approval was given to build six 1500 ton Fleet Attendant  Tankers, of which two were intended to replace two of this Class and the rest to replace larger Fleet Attendant Tankers for freighting duties, but eventually to replace the other 1000 tonners. As designed they were to have been 3200tons full load displacement, 263 ft (o.a.) x 38.5 ft x 16 ft, with steam engines developing 1200 ihp giving a speed of 10 knots with 2000 miles endurance. Cargo was to have been 1500 tons of fuel oil, 100 tons of diesel oil and 50 tons of petrol. There were no slips available in the U.K. for building and building capacity was sought in Canada but shipyards there could not cope either. In May 1940 the idea was abandoned

 

 

5 July 1913 launched by H.M. Dockyard, Chatham as Yard Nr: N/A named ATTENDANT

1 December 1913 Lieutenant William Gregory RNR appointed as Master

9 July 1914 when just 10 minutes into her trials, she was rammed by the Fleet Coaling Service collier FRANCES DUNCAN

Frances Duncan

Collier FRANCES DUNCAN

28 August 1914 completed and registered in Admiralty ownership

September 1914 the Admiralty commenced censorship of mail from ships at the start of World War 1. Stamps showing an item had been censored were applied to the outside of the envelope

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3 September 1914 at South Queensferry with HM TB 36 alongside to be refuelled

1914 to 1919 on Dockyard fuelling service

21 January 1915 at Rosyth alongside HMS PRINCESS ROYAL to refuel her - issued 235 tons of FFO

15 February 1915 at Rosyth alongside HMS PRINCESS ROYAL to refuel her - issued 518 tons of FFO

HMS Princess Royal

HMS PRINCESS ROYAL

3 April 1915 at Grangemouth Leading Stoker David Clements discharged dead - drowned

24 April 1915 at Rosyth alongside HMS PRINCESS ROYAL to refuel her - issued 130 tons of FFO

19 May 1915 at Queensferry alongside HMS LIVERPOOL refuelling her with 41 tons of FFO. The Requisitioned Auxiliary collier TRANSPORTER also alongside the warship delivering 349 tons of bunker coal

3 July 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS PHAETON to refuel her

HMS phaeton

HMS PHAETON

6 July 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS PHAETON to refuel her - issued 39 tons of FFO

19 July 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS PHAETON to refuel her

4 August 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS PHAETON to refuel her and Engineer Lieutenant Archibald R Hindle RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. Was transferred to RFA RAPIDOL on 4 June 1917

9 August 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS PHAETON to refuel her

23 August 1915 Lieutenant William E Rousell RNR appointed in command

ROUSELL WILLIAM ERNEST

Lieutenant William E Rousell RNR

9 November 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS LIVERPOOL refuelling her - 45 tons of FFO supplied

1 January 1916 Lieutenant William H Harvey RNR appointed in command

1 September 1916 Lieutenant Edward Gattey RNR appointed in command

10 October 1916 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS FEARLESS refuelling her - 66 tons of FFO supplied

HMS Fearless 1912

HMS FEARLESS

22 November 1916 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS FEARLESS refuelling her - 170 tons of FFO supplied

23 December 1916 at Gutter Sound alongside HMS FEARLESS refuelling her - 69 tons of FFO supplied

14 January 1917 at Gutter Sound alongside HMS FEARLESS refuelling her - 64 tons of FFO supplied

23 January 1917 at Gutter Sound alongside HMS FEARLESS refuelling her - 25 tons of FFO supplied

11 May 1917 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS FEARLESS refuelling her - 60 tons of FFO supplied

2 June 1917 Engineer Lieutenant William G Wiltshire RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO William George WILTSHIRE

Engineer Lieutenant William G Wiltshire RNR

8 August 1917 Stoker Ed Downs logged as deserted. He had signed on on 3 September 1916

11 May 1918 Lieutenant  Lockhart D McKirdy RNR appointed in command

3 June 1918 2nd Officer Alfred J Malvisi RFA  appeared before a court martial charged with being absent without leave. Pleaded guilty to the charge and was adjudged to be severely reprimanded

MALVISI

2nd Officer Alfred J Malvisi

10 August 1918 2nd Officer P H Warrall released to join the Royal Air Force. He had signed on on 24 June 1918

27 August 1918 Stoker John W Harding logged as deserted. He had signed on on 11 March 1918

5 September 1918 Leading Stoker J F Smith logged as deserted. He had signed on on 3 September 1916

21 October 1918 at Rosyth alongside HMS GALATEA refuelling her

6 November 1918 at Rosyth Dockyard secured alongside HMS CARADOC to refuel her - supplied 100 tons FFO

11 November 1918 at Rosyth Dockyard secured alongside HMS CARADOC to refuel her - supplied 186 tons FFO

Caradoc HMS

HMS CARADOC

13 March 1919 at Rosyth Dockyard alongside HMS CAMBRIAN refuelling her - supplied 630 tons FFO

7 April 1919 at Rosyth Dockyard alongside HMS CASTOR refuelling her

8 April 1919 Trimmer A Waterman MMR 877915 logged as deserted. He had signed on on 1 January 1919

16 April 1919 at Rosyth Dockyard alongside HMS CASTOR refuelling her

18 April 1919 Captain John P Ballard RFA appointed as Master

16 May 1919 Scullion E Byrne MMR 927483 logged as deserted. He had signed on on 1 April 1919

21 August 1919 Mr G Alderson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 October 1919 at at Allesund, Norway HMS MANTIS came alongside to  refuel - received 50 tons of FFO

9 October 1919 at Allesund, Norway HM Monitor M33 came alongside to refuel - received 33 tons of FFO

15 October 1919 at Allesund, Norway HM Monitor M31 came alongside to  refuel

26 February 1920 at Charlestown, Fife moored alongside RFA CELEROL providing 90 tons FFO as bunkers

June 1920 Captain F J Richardson RFA appointed as Master. He had previously been the Chief Officer of RFA LIMOL

8 December 1920 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

9 December 1920 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

28 December 1920 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

29 December 1920 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

31 December 1920 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

7 January 1921 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

12 January 1921 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

30 March 1921 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

3 May 1921 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

4 May 1921 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

1921 - 1923 was on a Yard Craft Agreement at Rosyth Dockyard

5 May 1922 sailed Grangemouth for Rosyth

1929 - 1934 in reserve at Rosyth

21 May 1935 offered for sale by tender by the Admiralty in the Times of this day

28 June 1935 sold as lies at Rosyth, by competitive tender, to P & W McClellan Ltd, Bo’ness for demolition, but was resold by them to Hemsley, Bell & Co Ltd (H. L. R. Bell, Manager) Southampton for further trading under the same name. She was mainly used on the Thames and on the South Coast as a bunkering ship

1 August 1935 removed from Rosyth

1939 chartered by the Admiralty and based mainly at Scapa Flow

4 October 1939 at Devonport alongside HMS EMERALD refuelling her with 866 tons of FFO

1 January 1941 mined off Sheerness but made port for repairs

13 February 1942 sailed Methil in convoy EN 46/2 to Oban arriving 16 February 1942

30 January 1943 at Scapa Flow Fireman H Forsyth and Sailor G Geddes absent without leave for 2 days - both logged and find £1.00 each

12 February 1943 at West Weddell Sound, Scapa Flow in collision with ss Beltoy and suffered damage

31 March 1943 at Lyness Cook/Steward R Boag logged as deserting the ship

27 April 1943 Captain John McFadyen RFA awarded a commendation - details published in the London Gazette of this day

24 May 1943 at Lyness Fireman/Greaser J Rose logged for being absent without leave - fined 10/- and one days pay

9 July 1943 at Leith Fireman/Greaser J Rose logged for desertion

10 July 1943 at Leith Fireman F J Duncan logged for desertion

3 September 1944 at Plymouth alongside HMS BELLONA supplying 120 tons of FFO

HMS Bellona 1943 IWM A 19851

HMS BELLONA
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11 September 1944 at Plymouth alongside HMS BELLONA supplying 240 tons of FFO

16 September 1944 at Plymouth alongside HMS BELLONA supplying 900 tons of FFO

27 July 1945 returned to her owners

1948 chartered by British Mexican Petroleum Co Ltd, London

8 October 1964 arrived Queensborough for breaking up by Lacmots Ltd

Attendant2

Attendant3

Attendant at the ship breakers
Both images courtesy of Bill Rice
with thanks

19 November 1964 register closed

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