RFA Bacchus (1)

RFA Bacchus 1

Bacchus

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:             Bacchus 11

Official Number:                   139059

Class:                                    Distilling Ship / Stores Ship

Pennant No:

Laid down:
Builder:                                  William Hamilton, Port Glasgow
Launched:                             10 May 1915
Into Service:                          July 1915

Out of service:                       1937
Fate:                                       Sunk as a target

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data: She was originally being built for commercial owners but was purchased by the Admiralty whilst still on the stocks and was originally classed as a Repair Ship. From 1923 until the outbreak of the Italo-Abyssinian Conflict she was on the Chatham-Gibraltar-Malta run with naval stores and a few Service Passengers as she had limited passenger accommodation. In 1935 when she was again required for service as a distilling ship , she was temporarily relieved on the Malta run by the chartered Currie Line ship ss RUTLAND. When BACCHUS (2) entered service, BACCHUS (1) was used as a bombing target before finally being sunk by gunfire

 

 

22 March 1915 purchased while building for intended service in Chinese Waters  for Indo-China Steam Navigation Co Ltd, Hong Kong by the Admiralty for use as a stores freighter and distilling ship

10 May 1915 launched by Wm Hamilton & Co Ltd, Glen Yard, Port Glasgow as Yard Nr: 229 named BACCHUS (1). Named after the Cup Bearer to the Gods

17 June 1915 Commander John E Edwards RD RNR appointed in command

July 1915 completed. Served in the Mediterranean as a Water Carrier

4 August 1915 Engineer Lieutenant Charles E Wrate RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

Charles_E_Wrate_CEO

Eng. Lieutenant Charles E Wrate RNR 
Chief Engineer Officer

 6 October 1915 at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli with a working party from HMS GLORY on board

17 October 1915 at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli with coaling party from HMS GLORY onboard

HMS Glory

HMS GLORY

27 November 1915 at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli with engineering working party from HMS GLORY onboard

30 November 1915 at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli with transport working party from HMS GLORY onboard. Divers from the battleship working on the hull of BACCHUS

21 December 1915 arrived at Mudros

7 January 1916 Lieutenant William Gregory RNR appointed in command

19 April 1916 at Mudros commissioned as a tender to the Depot Ship HMS BLENHEIM

HMS Blenheim

HMS BLENHEIM

21 April 1916 at Mudros - Wardroom Steward to HMS BLENHEIM having been charged with stealing and having spirits in his possession

22 April 1916 at Mudros Signalman F Dent logged for being drunk - sentenced to cell punishment on HMS BLENHEIM

23 April 1916 at Mudros Steward P Zampa absent from ship for 48 hours - logged as a deserter

24 April 1916 berthed alongside HMS BLENHEIM and loaded bunker coal

26 April 1916 at Mudos HMS ARNO alongside for 12 tons of water

28 April 1916 at Mudros working party from HMS BLENHEIM onboard

3 May 1916 sailed Mudros for Malta

6 May 1916 anchored at Marsa Sirocco, Malta entering Grand Harbour the next day to discharge

10 May 1916 into the Dockyard, Malta and entered dry dock for refit

15 May 1916 moved from dry dock to alongside for the refit to continue

18 May 1916 RNRT H Hogan arrested by Marine Escort for being drunk and disorderly

19 May 1916 at Malta loaded 200 tons of bunker coal

22 May 1916 sailed Malta for Mudros

25 May 1916 anchored in Mudros harbour

30 May 1916 Commander John E Edwards RD RNR was 'mentioned' for good services whilst employed on Transport duties at the Dardanelles

13 June 1916 to 15 June 1916 loaded 86 tons of bunker coal

16 June 1916 at Mudros - dragged her anchor and struck HMS STAUNCH, a destroyer,  causing damage

 HMS STAUNCH

HMS Staunch

26 June 1916 sailed Mudros to Malta

2 July 1916 at Malta Leading Seaman Robinson broke out of ship at 13.00hrs returned to the ship at 22.00hrs drunk

3 July 1916 at Malta RNRT W Glowman found drunk onboard

4 July 1916 at Malta Leading Seamen Robinson and Glowman sent to HMS EGMONT for punishment - Robinson disrated to Able Seaman. Glowman sentenced to 10 days cells. Engineer Sub Lieutenant Combe RNR absent from the ship without leave from 0700hrs 3 July1 1916 to 0500hrs 4 July 1916 - logged

7 July 1916 at Malta loaded 200 tons of bunker coal

13 July 1916 sailed Malta to Mudros

16 July 1916 entered Mudros Harbour

25 July 1916 at Mudros - Stoker Petty Officer May found drunk and in a state of collapse. Put off duty. Later placed under arrest

26 July 1916 at Mudros - Stoker Petty Officer May found drunk again

5 August 1916 Requisitioned Auxiliary OVERTON alongside to load naval stores

8 August 1916 sailed Mudros to Malta

11 August 1916 entered Grand Harbour, Malta

24 August 1916 at Malta loaded 170 tons of bunker coal

25 August 1916 sailed Grand Harbour Malta - anchored at Marsa Sirocco

26 August 1916 sailed Marsa Sirocco for Mudros arriving on 29 August 1916

23 September 1916 at Mudros loaded 200 tons of bunker coal

2 October 1916 sailed Mudros for Malta with HMS BASILISK in tow

 

 HMS BALILISK

HMS Basilisk

3 October 1916 towing hawser carried away. New hawser made fast.  Lieutenant John Ross Gorrie RNR appointed in command

7 October 1916 arrived at Malta - HMS Basilisk taken in tow by tug - entered and berthed in Grand Harbour

9 October 1916 Leading Seaman Norcliffe returned onboard from leave 15 hours late. Disrated to Able Seaman on 18 October 1916

17 October 1916 loaded 225 tons of bunker coal

22 October 1916 sailed Malta for Mudros arriving 25 October 1916

7 November 1916 Lieutenant John Ross Gorrie RNR arrived on board and took command

 

John_Ross_Gorrie

Lieutenant John Ross Gorrie RNR

 

22 November 1916 loaded 200 tons of bunker coal

30 November 1916 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to receive stores. Ordered to proceed to Port Said for Army service at Razegh as a distilling ship. Sailed Port Mudros to Suda Bay, Crete arriving on 2 December 1916

4 December 1916 sailed Suda Bay to Malta arriving on 7 December 1916

12 December 1916 at Malta loaded 274 tons of bunker coal

13 December 1916 entered dry dock

14 December 1916 out of dry dock - sailed Malta to Port Said arriving on 19 December 1916

20 December 1916 at Port Said loaded 594 tons of coal into No 2 hold - then transit the Canal to Suez

24 December 1916 moored at Sherm Rabigh, Saudi Arabia

2 January 1917 RFA Race Fisher alongside and loaded 33 tons of water

12 February 1917 sailed to Suez arriving on 15 February 1917

15 February 1917 transit Suez Canal northbound to Port Said arriving the next day - moored alongside

17 February 1917 sailed Port Said to Suda Bay, Crete arriving 19 February 1917

28 February 1917 at Suda Bay, Crete with HMS JED berthed alongside for Naval Stores

17 March 1917 and 18 March 1917 loaded 250 tons of bunker coal

19 March 1917 at Suda Bay, Crete with HMS JED alongside for Engineer's Stores

21 March 1917 at Suda Bay issued Naval Stores to HMS THESEUS

26 March 1917 at Suda Bay, Crete HM Submarine E25 alongside for water

31 March 1917 at Suda Bay, Crete HM Submarine E25 alongside for water

10 April 1917 at Suda Bay with a working party from HMS THESEUS on board

26 April 1917 to 28 April 1917 at Souda Bay, Crete loaded 256 tons of bunker coal from the collier ss Clan Macpherson

2 June 1917 at Suda Bay, Crete with HMS JED berthed alongside

28 June 1917 HM Submarine E21 alongside loading water

18 July 1917 and 19 July 1917 loaded 280 tons of bunker coal

20 August 1917 HM Submarine E21 alongside loading water

21 September 1917 hands from HMS PELORUS onboard drawing stores at Suda Bay, Crete

25 October 1917 dragged her anchor. Starboard anchor let go.

9 November 1917 at Suda Bay loaded 260 tons of bunker coal from the collier Kinwood

14 November 1917 sailed Suda Bay arriving at Milo the next day

24 November 1917 Stoker S White to HMS THESEUS to serve 7 days cell punishment

8 December 1917 Engineer Lieutenant Brown RD RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 December 1917 to 6 December 1917 loaded a total of 440 tons of bunker coal

15 January 1918 to 17 January 1918 loaded 470 tons of bunker coal

21 January 1918 at Milo HMS COLNE alongside for stores

11 January 1918 in high winds HMS FOLKSTONE came alongside with stores during which she dented plates on the starboard side abreast of the fore rigging

14 January 1918 in high winds HMS FOLKSTONE while coming alongside dented plates port side forward

14 January 1918 to 17 January 1918 loaded 470 tons of bunker coal

5 March 1918 at Milo Collier Sterndale alongside

6 March 1918 at Milo loaded 54 tons of bunker coal - collier Sterndale cast off

7 March 1918 sailed Milo in convoy to Malta

10 March 1918 arrived at Malta and berthed in Grand Harbour alongside ss Regent

11 March 1918 at Malta preparing to enter dry dock

13 March 1918 entered dry dock at Malta for repairs

18 March 1918 at Malta 3rd Officer H Morris logged for being absent from duty without leave

19 March 1918 dry dock flooded down - ship moved to a mooring alongside by tugs

21 March 1918 at Malta - loaded 616 tons of bunker coal

24 March 1918 sailed Malta to Corfu

4 April 1918 Lieutenant Charles James Cooper RNR (the ship's Chief Officer) logged for that he, on 8 February 1918, while under the influence of drink used insulting language to Lieutenant John Ross Gorrie RNR his Commanding Officer

Lieut Charles J Cooper image

Lieutenant Charles J Cooper RNR

8 April 1918 Engineer Lieutenant Charles E Wrate RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

19 June 1918 at Corfu ship placed into quarantine due to outbreak of influenza onboard

25 June 1918 at Corfu - loaded with 102 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

29 June 1918 at Corfu ship taken out of quarantine

1 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 115 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

2 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 108 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

3 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 127 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

4 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 75 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

8 July 1918 at Corfu MMR Stokers John Mozpalao, William Thomas Kite and Salvadore Greich each sentenced to 21 days detention for refusing duty

25 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 100 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

26 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 125 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

27 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 155 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

28 July 1918 at Corfu loaded with 62 tons of bunker coal from the collier Hillhouse

31 July 1918 Stoker Petty Officer Lewis Joseph Gulley discharged dead - he died with dysentry in the civil hospital on Corfu. He was buried in Corfu British Cemetery in Grave 25 on 2 August 1918

 

Gulley_LJ

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

16 August 1918 at Corfu loaded 146 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

17 August 1918 at Corfu loaded 120 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

18 August 1918 at Corfu loaded  60 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

19 August 1918 at Corfu loaded  95 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

9 September 1918 at Corfu loaded  84 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

10 September 1918 at Corfu loaded  104 tons of bunkering coal from the collier Northumbria

11 September 1918 at Corfu Requisitioned Auxiliary OVERTON alongside delivering naval stores. Also loaded with 133 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

12 September 1918 at Corfu loaded  134 tons of bunker coal from the collier Northumbria

7 October 1918 at Corfu loaded  115 tons of bunkering coal from the collier War Loch

War Loch

Collier ss War Loch

8 October 1918 at Corfu loaded  120 tons of bunkering coal from the collier War Loch

9 October 1918 at Corfu loaded  92 tons of bunkering coal from the collier War Loch

10 October 1918 off Corfu HM Trawler Pearl was in collision as she was coming alongside in a heavy swell causing damage to the ships stern

11 October 1918 off Corfu in a heavy swell as HM Trawler Princess Mary was casting off from the Bacchus she carried away the cleet on the forward davit of the starboard cutter

14 October 1918 off Corfu Stoker J Holmes sent to HMS LATONA under arrest

18 October 1918 berthed alongside HMS LATONA - discharging naval stores to her. Stoker Holmes returned onboard from HMS LATONA under open arrest. Ship moved to anchorage

20 October 1918 Stoker J Homes discharged for passage to Malta under escort. Ship moved alongside French Battleship Honneur to load 2 picket boats. Sailed Corfu

21 October 1918 anchored in Patras Roads

22 October 1918 anchored in Corinth Bay - dragged her anchor

23 October 1918 passed through the Corinth Canal

24 October 1918 anchored at Tribulic Bay (?)

25 October 1918 moored alongside HMS BLENHEIM at Mudros - issued 85 tons of water to HMS Blenheim

26 October 1918 loading naval stores from HMS BLENHEIM

27 October 1918 off loaded 2 picket boats and cast off from HMS BLENHEIM - anchored off 

31 October 1918 and 1 November 1918 at Mudros Requisitioned Auxiliary OVERTON alongside delivering naval stores

3 November 1918 at Mudos HMS Hope alongside to load depth charges. Water Boat Phiclo alongside to load 99 tons of water

4 November 1918 at Mudros HMS FURY alongside to load naval stores. Carmelo Debora MMR sentenced to 7 days cells and Franceso Gelai, Storer, MRNR sentenced to be deprived of a good conduct badge and 5 days cells. Water Boat Phillis alongside to load 109 tons of water

5 November 1918 at Mudros moved alongside collier Tregothnan and loaded 95 tons of bunker coal. HMS HOPE alongside and loaded depth charges

6 November 1918 at Mudros loaded 106 tons of bunker coal from the collier Tegothnan

7 November 1918 at Mudros loaded 110 tons of bunker coal from the collier Tegothnan. HMS HPRNEY alongside to discharge depth charges. Water Boat Phillis alongside to load 118 tons of water

8 November 1918 at Mudros loaded 97 tons of bunker coal from the collier Tegothnan

10 November 1918 sailed Mudros

11 November 1918 ship rolling bady - deck cargo carried away damaging rails on port fore deck

12 November 1918 passed through Dardenelles to Ismit - moored alongside HMS Blenheim

14 November 1918 moved to the anchorage. HMS PRINCE EDWARD alongside for 27 tons of fresh water. HMS HORNET alongside for naval stores

17 November 1918 at Ismit water boat Phido alongside and collected 114 tons of fresh water

18 November 1918 at Ismit water boat Phido alongside and collected 97 tons of fresh water

26 November 1918 at Ismit loaded 245 tons of bunker coal from the collier Teasbridge

27 November 1918 at Ismit loaded 250 tons of bunker coal from the collier Teasbridge

6 December 1918 at Ismit - HMS's RIFLEMAN, HOPE and FURY alongside for stores

8 December 1918 at Ismit - HMS's HORNET and FORRESTER alongside for stores

11 December 1918 sailed Ismit for Constantinople - anchored off Constantinople overnight

12 December 1918 berthed at Constantinople alongside HM Hospital Ship VALDIVA

13 December 1918 at Constantinople - moved to anchorage - various vessels alongside for water during the day - 53 tons of water issued

24 December 1918 at Constantinople the Chief Engineer Officer reported that the port engine condenser shell casing was fractured

30 December 1918 at Constantinople ships boat secured alongside Water Boat Phido was taken away by two officers (?)

31 December 1918 at Constantinople a general signal sent by the Flagship relative to the missing ships boat to trace same

2 January 1919 at Constantinople Junior Engineer Donald MacCallum logged for being ashore without permission for 36 hours

4 January 1919 at Constantinople while at anchor struck by ss Argenfels on the starboard quarter

10 January 1919 at Constantinople the collier Carisbrooke supplied 105 tons of bunker coal

11 January 1919 sailed Constantinople for Ismid arriving the same day. Anchored off the port

12 January 1919 at Ismid moored alongside the former Russian Battleship Volya loading her with a work party from HMS BLENHEIM with naval stores. The Battleship had been turned over to the Royal Navy by the German Navy on 24 November 1918 in accordance with the Armistice

14 January 1919 sailed Ismid to Constantinople and anchored

17 January 1919 sailed Constantinople to Mudros arriving on 19 January 1919

28 January 1919 at Mudros moved alongside the collier Huntsgulf and loaded 93 tons of bunker coal

29 January 1919 at Mudros alongside the collier Huntsgulf and loaded 47 tons of bunker coal. Sailed Muros to Malta arriving 2 February 1919

5 February 1919 at Malta loaded with 225 tons of bunker coal

15 February 1919 sailed Malta for Gibraltar arriving on 22 February 1919

22 February 1919 berthed on the South Mole. Loaded 190 tons of bunker coal

23 February 1919 loaded spare gear from HM Submarine E35

24 February 1919 sailed Gibraltar to Portsmouth arriving 2 March 1919 - anchored off discharging stores into a Drifter

4 March 1919 sailed Portsmouth for Plymouth

5 March 1919 arrived at Devonport moored alongside at No: 1 wharf

14 March 1919 at Devonport - crew discharged to Naval Barracks or sent on long leave, ship placed in Dockyard hands for refit

17 March 1919 at Devonport entered dry dock

8 April 1919 at Devonport moved out of dry dock

15 April 1919 at Devonport loaded 966 tons of fresh water

21 April 1919 berthed on No: 1 Jetty at Devonport

24 April 1919 allocated to the North Russian Expedition as a tender to the Depot Ship HMS CYCLOPS

25 April 1919 at Devonport loaded 350 tons of bunker coal

27 April 1919 at Devonport - Major W C Hammond RM, Lieutenant D H Fleet RNVR, Lieutenant W Burke RM, 2nd Lieutenant E A Moreton RM, 2nd Lieutenant W E Alford RM and 2nd Lieutenant S Simpson RM boarded for duties as Naval Stores Officers

29 April 1919 sailed Devonport for Murmansk arriving on 7 May 1919

8 May 1919 at Murmansk alongside the collier War Sky 

9 May 1919 at Murmansk loaded 92 tons of bunker coal from the the collier War Sky

10 May 1919 at Murmansk loaded 30 tons of bunker coal from the the collier War Sky - then sailed to Dvina River with HMS CYCLOPS and the Ice Breaker SVIATOGOR  - on 11 May 1919 all three were stuck hard and fast by ice estimated 12 ft thick and 183 miles from Archangel & 20 miles out from the nearest land. Two ice breakers were wirelessed for from Archangel to assist the "Sviatogor" in getting the three of them through the ice field

17 May 1919 while on passage from Murmansk to Archangel the ship suffered damage from ice - details in the ships log showed: -

 

Bacchus_log

 

The entry has been signed by Lieutenant John Ross Gorrie RNR, the Commanding Officer

 

12 June 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M33 came alongside to receive stores

20 June 1919 at Archangel divers and a working party from HMS PEGASUS came onboard

27 June 1919 at Archangel with HMS M23 alongside receiving stores and fresh water

10 July 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M24 came alongside to receive distilled water and lubricating oil

21 July 1919 to 25 July 1919 at Archangel a working party from HMS PEGASUS came on board each day

22 July 1919 at Archangel with HMS M23 alongside receiving water

26 July 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M24 came alongside to receive 810 gallons of water

4 August 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M24 came alongside to receive 3,050 gallons of water

10 August 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M24 came alongside to receive fresh water

11 August 1919 at Archangel HMS MANTIS came alongside to receive fresh water

14 August 1919 at Archangel HMS Monitor M23 came alongside to receive fresh water

16 August 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M24 came alongside to receive 2,200 gallons of water

21 August 1919 at Archangel a working party from HMS PEGASUS came onboard

27 August 1919 at Archangel HMS MANTIS came alongside to receive fresh water

2 September 1919 at anchor midstream off Archangel with alongside HMS Monitor M24 to provide her with fresh water

6 September 1919 at Archangel with HMS Monitor M23 alongside to receive fresh water

8 September 1919 at Archangel HMS MANTIS came alongside to receive fresh water

11 September 1919 supplied a further 32 tons of fresh water to HMS Monitor M24 at Archangel

17 September 1919 Greaser Clocker MMR sent to HMS CYCLOPS under escort. Greasers Donovan, Martin and Willis and Stoker Biles reported drunk and unfit for duty

19 September 1919 the four crew members above sent for trial by the SNO on HMS CYCLOPS. Greasers Martin and Clocker reduced to Fireman and dismissed their ship. Greasers Donovan reduced to Fireman. Stoker Biles sentenced to 3 days cells

20 September 1919 Greaser Willis reduced to Fireman and dismissed his ship

2 October 1919 sailed Murmansk for Lerwick

10 October 1919 arrived at Lerwick from Murmansk. Sailed the same day for Devonport

14 October 1919 arrived at Plymouth Sound from Lerwick and berthed at Devonport in Berth No 13

18 October 1919 at Devonport Stoker Frederick Balshan MMR reported onboard under arrest

24 October 1919 at Devonport on Berth No: 13. Struck on the starboard quarter by steam hopper DW22 denting plating very badly

1 December 1919 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 December 1919 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

1 January 1920 in a report to Their Lord Commissioners of the Admiralty -  Read Admiral Sir John F E Green KCMG CB, Senior Naval Officer, White Sea Fleet  'mentioned' Major W C Hammond RM for being in Charge of Naval Stores

23 January 1920 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 January 1920 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

20 March 1920 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 March 1920 sailed Portsmouth Harbourr

7 June 1920 berthed at Cork, Ireland with munitions. British Army soldiers unloaded the cargo after the refusal of local dockers

16 June 1920 the Secret Cabinet report of matters of Naval Interest for the week ending 12 June 1920 stated on page 9 -

Cabinet report dated June 1920 on Naval Inteligence

 

11 July 1920 arrived at Devonport from Queenstown, Ireland

1921 served in the Dardanelles Area

20 January 1921 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 January 1921 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

8 March 1921 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval Stores for UK ports

14 May 1921 berthed at Gibraltar from Leghorn with Government stores for UK ports

30 July 1921 Captain Frank J Delamotte RFA appointed as Master

8 December 1921 berthed at Gibraltar with Naval Stores from Chatham

16 February 1922 sailed Gibraltar for Malta

9 December 1922 sailed Malta

1922 to 1923 served Bombay then Trincomalee on the reactivation of the latter

13 January 1923 at sea a passenger Driller Martin Thomas from HM Dockyard Gibraltar was found missing from the ship - presumed drowned

20 January 1923 sailed Malta for Constantinople

14 July 1923 Captain Roger F Shotton MID RFA appointed as Master

7 October 1923 berthed at Trincomalee

8 to 13 October 1923 and 15 to 20 October 1923 at Trincomalee with stores party onboard from HMS's CAIRO and COLOMBO

HMS Cairo

HMS CAIRO

12 December 1923 sailed Colombo

17 January 1924 at Arthur Road, Hospital, Bombay Junior Engineer Officer Ronald William Boss discharged dead. He died from smallpox

8 March 1924 Mr F Campbell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

31 March 1924 arrived at Plymouth from Pembroke Dock

13 April 1925 at River Medway ships boat with eleven of the crew on board was struck by a motor lighter laden with beer. Six of the crew were drowned. For their names etc. see the 'Roll of Honour' for 1925. Inquests were held touching upon the deaths of these crew and verdicts of 'accidental death' were returned in each case by the jury. 3rd Officer Victor M Wakeley was buried in Whitworth Road Cemetery, Swindon in grave H197.  Stoker John Riddle was buried in the Naval Section of Gillingham Cemetery in Grave 482, Able Seaman Albert Edwards was buried in the Naval Section of Gillingham Cemetery in Grave 483 and Able Seaman Cyril Chinn was buried in the Naval Section of Gillingham Cemetery in Grave 484

23 April 1925 Captain John B Hurst RFA appointed as Master

John B Hurst

Captain John B Hurst RFA

30 April 1925 the body of Radio Officer Cyril Stonehouse RFA who drowned on 13 April 1925 (see above) recoverd from the River Medway

West Morn News 11-5-1925 Bacchus1

Press Cutting from Western Morning News 11 May 1925

25 September 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 September 1925 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

9 December 1925 Captain John P Tugwood DSC RD RFA appointed as Master

Captain TUGWOOD JOHN PERCIVAL

Captain John P Tugwood DSC RD RFA

26 January 1926 at Chatham Dockyard

11 February 1926 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

19 February 1926 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 June 1926 at Sheerness

1 November 1926 Captain J Martin-Smith DSC RFA (Temporary Lieut.Commander RNR (Retd)) appointed as Master

9 November 1927 Mr J B Russell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 December 1927 Captain Thomas Banbury RFA appointed as Master

1 January 1927 at Sheerness

25 January 1927 berthed at Malta

22 March 1928 Mr Leonard A Sharp RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 SHARP LEONARD ARMSTRONG

Chief Engineer Officer Leonard A Sharp RFA

28 April 1928 in collision with a Greek ship Ionnas Fafalios in the English Channel 20 miles south of St. Albans Head in thick fog. 12 of the Greek ships crew were killed and the Bacchus nearly foundered - later towed into Portland Harbour stern first by Admiralty tugs. Bacchus on voyage Chatham to Malta. Bacchus adjudged subsequently to blame for the accident in the Admiralty Division of the High Court.

29 June 1928 Captain Reginald C E Neyroud RFA appointed as Master

16 August 1928 sailed Gibraltar for Plymouth with one Gibraltar ape as part of the ships cargo

7 January 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

23 January 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for Chatham

13 February 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

2 March 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for Chatham

25 March 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

9 May 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

24 May 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for Chatham

12 June 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

25 June 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for Chatham

16 July 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham carrying Government stores for Malta

31 July 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta for Chatham

20 August 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

31 August 1929 sailed Malta for Gibraltar and Chatham

4 September 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta

16 September 1929 at Chatham Dockyard

24 September 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

3 October 1929 alongside at Malta

9 October 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for the UK

30 October 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with Naval stores for Malta

13 November 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for the UK sailing the next day

16 December 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta with Naval stores for the UK

22 January 1930 arrived Gibraltar from Chatham. Sailed the same day for Malta

14 February 1930 Captain William J Shipton RFA appointed as Master

Captain William J Shipton

Captain William J Shipton RFA

12 March 1930 passed Gibraltar enroute from Malta to the UK

17 March 1930 berthed at Chatham from Malta and Gibraltar

18 March 1930 Mr Edward B Morton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

E_B_Morton

Chief Engineer Officer Edward B Morton RFA

 

27 March 1930 sailed Chatham for Gibraltar

1 April 1930 arrived Gibraltar

6 April 1930 berthed at Malta

16 April 1930 arrived Gibraltar from Malta and sailed for Chatham

7 May 1930 arrived Gibraltar from Chatham and sailed for Malta

20 May 1930 arrived Gibraltar from Malta and sailed for Chatham

11 June 1930 arrived Gibraltar from Chatham and sailed for Malta

20 June 1930 sailed Malta

20 July 1930 berthed at Malta from Gibraltar

4 September 1930 off Gibraltar in collision with ss Sharristan - damage was reported to be slight when she arrived at Gibraltar

Press Cutting BAcchus 1

Press report from the Western Morning News 5 September 1930

6 May 1931 sailed Chatham for Gibraltar

17 May 1931 berthed at Malta from Gibraltar

22 May 1931 sailed Malta

14 August 1931 at Chatham Dockyard

23 November 1931 Captain Stanley G Kent RFA appointed as Master

31 December 1931 Mr Andrew H Ireland RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Andrew H IRELAND

Chief Engineer Officer Andrew H Ireland RFA

1 January 1932 at Sheerness

1 July 1932 at Sheerness

3 August 1932 berthed at Gibraltar

14 September 1932 off Ushant stood by when the Greek steamer Chloe's boilers blew up and the ship sank -

Portsmouth Even News 14 9 1932

Portsmouth Evening News of 14 September 1932

8 December 1932 at Malta

28 December 1932 Mr L H Taylor RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 April 1933 Captain Charles H Noel RFA appointed as Master

 

Charles_Noel_3_-_1943

Captain Charles H Noel RFA

 

29 September 1933 Mr Thomas W Robinson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 March 1934 Captain Donald  R McCutchan RFA appointed as Master

 

Donald_R_McCutchan2

Captain Donald R McCutchan RFA

 

11 October 1934 at Malta

23 October 1934 arrived at Devonport from Gibraltar sailing the same day for Chatham Dockyard

25 October 1934 at Chatham Dockyard

21 November 1934 at Chatham Dockyard

15 March 1935 at Chatham Dockyard

1935 to May 1936 was sent to Mersa Matruh to serve as a distilling ship for the Army on the outbreak of the Italo-Abyssinian Conflict.

24 May 1935 Captain Walter C T Barns RFA appointed as Master

May 1936 re-named as Bacchus II to free the original name for use on another ship (See RFA Bacchus 2 - below)

3 September 1936 arrived Gibraltar from Malta and sailed for Portsmouth and Chatham

15 October 1936 arrived Gibraltar from Chatham and sailed for Malta

4 November 1936 arrived Gibraltar from Malta and sailed with Naval Stores for Chatham

30 November 1936 arrived Gibraltar from Chatham and sailed with Naval Stores for Malta

15 December 1936 arrived Gibraltar from Malta and sailed with Naval Stores for Chatham

11 January 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with naval stores

18 January 1937 berthed at Malta from Gibraltar

25 January 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

22 February 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham with naval stores

10 March 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

8 April 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

23 April 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

21 June 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

6 July 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

28 July 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

11 August 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Portsmouth and Chatham with naval stores

18 August 1937 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

21 August 1937 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

9 September 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

15 September 1937 berthed at Malta from Gibraltar

25 September 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Sheerness and Chatham with naval stores

20 October 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

7 November 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

9 December 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

13 January 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

23 February 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

12 March 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

19 April 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

4 May 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

9 June 1938 as RFA Bacchus II berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

November 1938 used by the RAF as a target and damaged by bombing

15 November 1938 sunk as a target over the Hurd Deep off Alderney. Channel Islands  by gun fire from the cruiser HMS Dunedin.

 

 

 

 




 

 

RFA Bacchus (2)

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 Bacchus 2 - 1955 at Malta

 


Subsequent name:                       Pulau Ball

Official Number:                           164723

Class:                                            Stores Freighter

Pennant No:                                  X 03 / B 556 / A103

Laid down:                                    14 February 1936
Builder:                                         Caledon Shipbuilding

Launched:                                     15 June 1936
Into Service:                                  20 September 1936

Out of service:                               13 April 1962 laid up at Singapore

Fate:                                              14 August 1962 sold out of service

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  Of Admiralty design, she was built as a Stores Carrier to replace her namesake of 1915 (above), and maintained the regular 5 week run from Chatham - Gibraltar - Malta carrying essential naval, victualling and armament stores and on occasion limited numbers of Service passengers until the outbreak of WW2. During the War she served primarily as a Distilling Ship, reportedly with the distilling plant from HMS RESOLUTION and later served as a Naval Stores Issuing Ship. After the War she was reconverted into a Stores Freighter. In 1946, when the “overseas sea freight service” was recommenced, she began what was to become a regular U.K. - Mediterranean - Far East Run via the Suez Canal and Aden.

1 March 1935 Navy Estimates allow for a new Stores Freighter to be built 

17 December 1935 ordered

14 February 1936 laid down

10 July 1936 during construction by Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee an Apprentice - Albert McAuley (16) - employed by the ship builders was injured in an accident onboard. he suffered a broken arm and was conveyed to the Royal Infirmary

15 July 1936 launched by Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee as Yard Nr: 358 named BACCHUS (2) by Mrs W J Gick the wife of Mr W J Gick CB., CBE Director of Naval Stores

20 September 1936 completed. Replaced RFA BACCHUS (1) 

24 May 1937 Mr Percy E C Ogden RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 February 1938 Mr Harold R Bullimore RFA (Engineer Lieutenant Commander RN (Ret)) appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

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RFA Bacchus (2) sailing from Malta in March 1938
donated by Bill Rice with thanks
© Wright & Logan acknowledged

22 May 1938 Captain Robert T Duthie FRGS FRAS RFA appointed as Master

Captain Robert Duthie

Captain Robert T Duthie FRGS FRAS RFA

30 May 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

15 June 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

26 July 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

12 August 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

19 September 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

16 October 1938 berthed at Malta from Alexandria

2 November 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

4 November 1938 sailed Gibraltar for Chatham with naval stores

1 December 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Chatham while on passage to Malta with naval stores

12 December 1938 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta from Chatham

19 December 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta while on passage to Chatham with naval stores

January 1939 on passage from Malta to Alexandria with 2,400 tons of Naval and Victualling stores (plus trained staff) to open the new RN Stores Depot there

7 February 1939 Captain R G Edmonds RFA appointed as Master

15 March 1939 Mr Thomas Eggleston RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

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Chief Engineer Officer Thomas Eggleston RFA

3 September 1939 at Chatham on the outbreak of WW2

16 September 1939 while returning home from the Mediterranean, she fought and drove off a U-Boat whose torpedo missed in the Bay of Biscay at 170 miles SW of Fastnet 

October 1939 a Distilling Plant was added at Falmouth, reportedly from the battleship HMS RESOLUTION. Served at Scapa Flow and on the Clyde as a Distilling Ship

4 December 1939 alongside HMS SHARPSHOOTER (mine sweeper) at the Eastern Arm of Albert Harbour, Greenock

25 January 1940 alongside HMS SHARPSHOOTER at Campbeltown

3 February 1940 was damaged while going alongside the AMC CARINTHIA

  RMS Carinthia

                     RMS CARINTHIA before becoming an AMC                                 

16 February 1940 Captain Frederick S Harvey RFA appointed as Master

Captain Frederick S Harvey

Captain Frederick S Harvey RFA as an Apprentice

11 March 1940 sailed the Clyde together with RFA PRESTOL and BRITISH LADY to Scapa Flow escorted by HMS HASTY and HMS HOTSPUR arriving on 14 March 1940

17 March 1940 until 29 June 1941 at Scapa Flow

29 June 1941 sailed Scapa Flow to Methil Roads arriving the next day

30 June 1941 sailed Methil Roads to Leith Docks arriving 1 July 1941

5 August 1941 sailed Leith Docks to Rosyth returning to Leith Docks on 8 August 1941

9 August 1941 sailed Leith Docks to Methil Roads arriving 10 August 1941

11 August 1941 arrived at Scapa Flow

13 August 1941 until 17 February 1942 based at Scapa Flow

25 February 1942 sailed Lyness

28 February 1942 based at Liverpool.

13 March 1942 Director of Stores gave notice by signal that Bacchus was to sail to the Far East carrying Naval Stores 

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Signal copied to the Admiralty War Diary of 13 March 1942 page 159

18 March 1942 Captain Frederick S Harvey RFA appointed as Master

22 May 1942 sailed Liverpool in Convoy OS29 to Freetown arriving on the 11 June 1942

20 July 1942 sailed Durban in convoy CM30 to Aden arriving on 8 August 1942

13 August 1942 arrived Kilindini from Diego Suarez with the RFA EASEDALE

5 October 1942 arrived Colombo after experiencing engine problems in the Seychelles

9 November 1942 sailed Colombo in convoy MB17 to Bombay arriving 13 November 1942

10 April 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas in convoy PB35 to Bombay arriving 17 April 1943

29 April 1943 sailed Bombay independently to Mombasa arriving 9 May 1943

23 May 1943 sailed Mombasa independently to Durban arriving 2 June 1943

4 July 1943 sailed Durban in convoy DN50A dispersed and arrived at Kilindini on 12 July 1943

19 July 1943 due to shortage of facilities at Trincomalee to provide ships with distilled water C in C Eastern Fleet advised the Admiralty and F.O. Ceylon by signal that Bacchus would to be based at Trincomalee to supply distilled water

8 September 1943 with MC10, consisting of HMS MANELA and HMS RECORDER left Kilindini for Durban

3 October 1943 entered  the dry dock at Durban, South Africa

5 October 1943 undocked from the dry dock at Durban, South Africa - work incomplete

21 October 1943 docked again in the dry dock at Durban, South Africa

22 October 1943 undocked from the dry dock at Durban, South Africa - work now completed

16 November 1943 sailed Seychelles for Durban escorted by HMS Sondra

6 April 1944 sailed Addu Atoll in Convoy XC18 in company with RFA BELGOL

22 April 1944 sailed Trincomalee in unescorted convoy JC45 to Calcutta arriving 27 April 1944

21 AUgust 1944 sailed Colombo in unescorted convoy JC60 to Trincomalee arriving 23 August 1944

1944 to 1945 acted as a Distilling Ship in the Persian Gulf, then joined the British Pacific Fleet Train

30 January 1945 sailed Trincomalee, Ceylon to Freemantle, Australia arriving 15 February 1945

14 February 1945 Captain Walter L Holtam RFA appointed as Master

Captain W. L HOLTAM

Captain Walter L Holtam RFA

 

19 February 1945 sailed Freemantle to Sydney NSW arriving 27 February 1945

March 1945 took part in Operation Iceberg One - the British Pacific Fleet operations against Okinawa and outlying islands

3 March 1945 sailed Sydney NSW to Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands arriving 13 March 1945

19 March 1945 sailed Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands to Leyte under escort

28 March 1945 Mr W McKee RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

April 1945 was in Task Force 57 at Leyte, along with RFA BROWN RANGER, where she was used as a Water Carrier

13 April 1945 at Leyte Gulf with HMAS LAUNCESTON berthed alongside receiving fresh water

13 May 1945 sailed Leyte to Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands under the escort of HMAS's IPSWICH and PIRIE arriving on 21 May 1945

31 May 1945 in port at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands together with RFA's FORT DUNVEGAN, ARNDALE, BROWN RANGER, GREEN RANGER, CEDARDALE, RAPIDOL, WAVE EMPEROR, WAVE KING and WAVE MONARCH

30 June 1945 in port at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands together with RFA's FORT DUNVEGAN, BROWN RANGER, GREEN RANGER, RAPIDOL and WAVE MONARCH

July 1945 in an attempt to remedy the shortage of OAS equipment within the British Pacific Fleet, together with RFA BROWN RANGER was used as a carrier and issuing ship for the replacing of lost and damaged hoses.

12 July 1945 sailed Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands

31 July 1945 in port at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands together with RFA's FORT DUNVEGAN, BROWN RANGER, GREEN RANGER, RAPIDOL and WAVE MONARCH

3 August 1945 Eniwetok with HMAS BENDIGO alongside to receive fresh water supplies

12 August 1945 arrived Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands. RFA EAGLESDALE and RFA CEDARDALE arrived the same day

26 August 1945 at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands with HMAS BENDIGO alongside to load lubricating oil

30 August 1945 sailed Manus, Admiralty Islands. RFA's RAPIDOL, SALVESTOR, SALVICTOR and GREEN RANGER also all sailed this day

9 October 1945 sailed Hong Kong to Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands arriving 20 October 1945

22 October 1945 sailed Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands to Sydney NSW arriving 31 October 1945

16 February 1946 sailed Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong arriving 7 March 1946

1946 converted to a stores freighter at Hong Kong

10 October 1946 at Brisbane Quartermaster Kaka Dumsoo discharged dead - natural causes

December 1946 berthed at Brisbane

19 December 1946 the Brisbane Telegraph newspaper reported that -

Brisbane Tele Qns 19 Dec 1946

 

30 December 1946 Mr A J Daniel RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 January 1947 sailed Brisbane for Singapore

20 February 1947 berthed at Brisbane from Singapore

21 February 1947 the Brisbane Telegraph newspaper reported -

Bris Tele 21 Feb 1947 Press report

 

24 February 1947 berthed at Sydney, NSW from Brisbane

10 April 1947 sailed Sydney, NSW for the UK

14 July 1947 Captain Frank C Holt RFA appointed as Master

 Captain Frank Holt

Captain Frank C Holt RFA

1947 sailed to Mombassa and arrived Durban 14 October 1947.

18 November 1947 sailed Durban to Simonstown Dockyard

25 February 1949 sailed from from 41 berth Gibraltar

27 March 1949 Captain Cecil H Grainger MID RFA appointed as Master

16 January 1950 Mr R Blacklock RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 May 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 June 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 October 1950 Mr E S Fielder RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

17 November 1950 arrived at Malta from Devonport

23 July 1951 Captain Walter L Holtam RFA appointed as Master

23 August 1951 sailed Malta for Gibraltar and the UK

24 May 1952 Mr J Alexander RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

19 January 1953 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta

26 May 1953 Captain H R Davies RFA appointed as Master

6 October 1953 Mr F Campbell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 January 1954 Mr Harry G May RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 June 1954 Mr P Ryan RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 December 1954 sailed Chatham Dockyard

8 April 1955 berthed at Sheerness from Port Said with 2 passengers

12 April 1955 while entering the locks of Chatham Dockyard struck the catamarans apparently causing slight damage

2 May 1955 sailed Chatham for Singapore and Hong Kong with 4 passengers

26 September 1955 Captain R K McKenzie appointed as Master

14 November 1955 Mr Wilfred C Shortland RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 November 1955 sailed Chatham for Singapore with 6 passengers

20 February 1956 berthed at Portsmouth after voyage from Singapore and Malta with 9 passengers

14 April 1956 Mr J Alexander RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 May 1956 berthed at Portsmouth after voyage from Malta and Gibraltar with 12 passengers

21 June 1956 sailed Chatham for Ceylon and Hong Kong with 9 passengers

31 October 1956 was deployed on Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA‘s

28 February 1957 sailed Chatham for Singapore and Hong Kong with 7 passengers    

20 May 1957 Able Seaman Edward Binnington pleased guilty at a Singapore court to being asleep at the wheel when the ships course  deviated by 104 degrees

22 July 1957 Captain Dan de V Moulds RFA appointed as Master

2 August 1957 sailed Chatham for Singapore with 8 passengers

9 December 1957 Mr J G Yuill RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 February 1958 sailed Chatham to Singapore and Hong Kong with 7 passengers

10 November 1958 Captain C Alexander DSC RFA appointed as Master

24 November 1958 sailed Chatham to Singapore and Hong Kong with 8 passengers

22 April 1959 Mr J P Mair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 April 1959 sailed Chatham to Singapore and Hong Kong with 8 passengers

10 September 1959 sailed Chatham to Singapore with 8 passengers

January 1960 Captain Frank S Samson RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Frank Samson RFA

 

25 February 1960 sailed Chatham to Sheerness, Portland, Gibraltar and Singapore with 8 passengers

26 May 1960 Mr D F Gorrie RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 June 1960 Captain Patty Colfer RFA appointed as Master

13 September 1961 at Chatham

30 October 1961 at Chatham

3 January 1962 Mr W M Clements RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 February 1962 anchored in Gibraltar Bay and refuelled by RFA EDDYBEACH

February 1962 Captain Sam Dunlop MBE RFA appointed as Master

23 February 1962 at Chatham

14 March 1962 sailed Malta for Singapore

13 April 1962 laid up at Singapore

7 June 1962 advertised for sale 'as lying' at HM Dockyard, Singapore in The Times (London) on this date

14 August 1962 sold out of the Service and purchased by Chip Hwa Shipping & Trading Co Ltd, Singapore and renamed PULAU BALI

31 January 1964 anchored in the outer roads of Singapore Harbour

13 February 1964 anchored in the outer roads of Singapore Harbour

25 March 1964 anchored in the outer roads of Singapore Harbour

22 April 1964 anchored in the outer roads of Singapore Harbour. RFA FORT ROSALIE (1) was also anchored in the outer roads

12 August 1964 beached at Singapore prior to breaking up

 

 

RFA Bacchus (3)

 

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD 

RFA Bacchus 3

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                     Cherry Lanka

Official Number:                          304368

Class:                                         HEBE CLASS Stores Freighter

Pennant No:                               A404

Laid down:                                 18 April 1961

Builder:                                       Henry Robb, Leith
Launched:                                  4 June 1962
Into Service:                               8 November 1962

Out of Service:                            8 September 1981

Fate:                                          Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  The proposed charter of the 2 Admiralty-designed vessels in this Class was announced in September 1960 and they were built specifically for Admiralty sea freighting duties. They were designed to carry the greater proportion of their bulk cargo of naval stores in specially-designed containers by Chatham Dockyard which were known as chacons, thus setting a pattern of containerisation which was followed in ever-increasing steps in the commercial world. The 2 ships were built on tanker lines, with machinery spaces and superstructures aft, so leaving 3 large holds and tween decks forward, with No 3 tweendeck having 2 refrigerated spaces and facilities for 12 refrigerated containers. They initially maintained a U.K. - Gibraltar - Malta - Aden - Singapore service and after the closure of the Suez Canal in 1967 they went via the Cape of Good Hope, with frequent calls at Simonstown. Neither of them had any replenishment at sea capability  and when completed they were bare-boat chartered from their commercial owners for a period of 19 years.

 

4 June 1962  launched by Henry Robb Ltd, Leith as Yard Nr 483 named BACCHUS for British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London. Named after the God of Wine, son of Jupiter  and Semele. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs Osbourne, wife of the Director of Movements. 

18 August 1962 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

28 August 1962 Mr A M Henderson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 November 1962 commenced her maiden voyage from Chatham to Singapore

30 May 1963 Captain T H Macrow RFA appointed as Master

10 January 1964 Captain D J Coulthard RFA appointed as Master

1 October 1964 in the Indian Ocean near the entrance to the Gulf met HMS MOWHAWK and supplied ammunition

23 October 1964 Mr J Brett RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 February 1965 Captain W H Hiorns RFA appointed as Master

19 May 1965 sailed Malta for Singapore

27 July 1965 Mr J A Burt RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 March 1966 Captain R W Wilkinson RFA appointed as Master

17 October 1966 Mr R W Cann RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 January 1967 at Newcastle

6 April 1967 at Plymouth

6 July 1967 arrived at Singapore with a tandem cycle as part of the cargo donated by the Royal Naval Cycling Club in the UK to the Princess Elizabeth School for the Blind at Johore Bahku

13 July 1967 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

7 August 1967 at Chatham

16 August 1967 Mr J Brett RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 September 1967 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

23 September 1967 Captain E G May DSC RFA appointed as Master

24 November 1967 Mr J R Speed RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

2 January 1968 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

19 June 1968 Captain D R Thompson appointed as Master

29 May 1969 3rd Engineer Officer Walter R Eick RFA discharged dead at Chatham Dockyard - natural causes

29 April 1970 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

17 July 1970 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

9 November 1970 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

12 March 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

26 April 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

17 July 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

1 October 1971 P & O General Cargo Division, London were appointed her owners’ managers

28 November 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

13 October 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

5 December 1972 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

17 January 1973 owners became P & O Steam Navigation Co, London

9 October 1973 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

7 April 1974 to 31 October 1974  was in Operation Rheostat 1 - the Mine Warfare Task Group which was formed to give assistance to the Egyptian Government for the clearance of war debris from the Suez Canal after the 1967 Arab-Israeli War

2 December 1974 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

12 September 1975 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta with RN Units and RFA's LYNESS, OLNA (3), SIR GALAHAD (1) and SIR TRISTRAM after naval exercises

15 September 1975 sailed Malta for further naval exercises

7 February 1976 berthed at Immingham

19 July 1976 Humanitarian aid - she rescued the nine crew from the Greek motor vessel SEA WAVE which sank off Crete after her cargo had shifted.

28 July 1976 at 04.49hrs commenced towing the Swedish Methanol tanker THUNTANK 10, in ballast, from 43.00N 09.25W, the vicinity of Cape Torinana in NW Spain in thick fog to Vigo Bay under terms of Lloyds "No cure, No Pay" agreement. The Tug Rebel was in attendance but leaking badly. At 16.24hrs anchored in Vigo Harbour. Sailed from Vigo at 21.00hrs

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Swedish Methanol tanker THUNTANK 10

11 August 1977 berthed at Malta

29 November 1977 collided with mv FRONTIER whilst sailing from Limassol

17 April 1978 at Chatham

1 June 1978 at Chatham

22 July 1978 at Chatham

24 August 1978 at Chatham

30 March 1979 assisted with the closure of the base at Malta along with the destroyer HMS LONDON and RFA’s SIR LANCELOT, TARBATNESS and OLNA (3)

16 July 1979 to October 1979 In Operation Culex which was conducted following an influx of illegal immigrants in Hong Kong and carried two hovercraft out from the U.K

19 November 1980 at Chatham

January 1981 Captain David E Lawrence RFA in command

Capt David Lawrence

Captain David E Lawrence RFA

6 January 1981 at Plymouth

6 April 1981 at Immingham

21 May 1981 at Gibraltar

8 July 1981 at Chatham

8 September 1981 Destored at Chatham and withdrawn from RFA service 

1 October 1981 sailed Chatham for the Tyne for drydocking at the end of her charter period and was returned to her owners

27 October 1981 notice given this day in the Straits Times of application to change her name from Bacchus to Cherry Lanka being made to the Registrar of Shipping, Singapore

6 November 1981 purchased by Lion Shipping Co Pte Ltd (Lian Soon Agencies Pte Ltd. Managers) Singapore, part of the Madame Dolly Seah Group and was renamed Cherry Lanka

11 April 1984 berthed at SIngapore sailed the next day

4 August 1984 berthed at SIngapore sailed 7 August 1984

31 December 1985 arrived for breaking up at Gadani Beach by Goodluck Corporation 

 

 

 

Ships of the same name

 

Bacchus. A Cutter of 111bm, 68 x 20 ft and 10 guns built at Bermuda in 1806, she was captured by the French in 1808 in the West Indies.

Bacchus. A Sloop of 12 guns and 141 bm captured from the Dutch in 1807, she was broken up in 1812.

Battle Honours for this Vessel: MARTINIQUE 1809, GUAPALOUPE 1810.

Bacchus. A Brig-Sloop of the ‘Cruizer’ Class, 384 bm, 18 guns launched by Chatham Dockyard on the 17 April 1813.  The ship was towed to Harwich on 13 August 1829 to be used as a breakwater.

 

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