RFA Belgol

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Lower image taken at Hong Kong on 2 December 1925 - note the ensign is at half mast due to the death of Queen Alexandra who had died on 20 November 1925 and whose funeral had taken place on 28 November 1925.  This image was very kindly donated by Andrew Gourlay from the collection of Captain Charles Noel OBE RFA. Captain Noel was the Master of the Belgol on the date this image was taken.

 

Official Number:                    140377

Class:                                     SECOND 2000t BELGOL CLASS Tanker

Pennant No:                            X06 / X 106 / A 106

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Irvine, Middleton, West Hartlepool
Launched:                               23 April 1917
Into Service:                            October 1917 
Out of service:                        1958
Fate:                                       Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  There were ten ships in this Class, all Admiralty designed of which five were named after Allied countries while the other five were given names indicating power or speed, all with the OL suffix. Three of them, RFA’s FRANCOL, MONTENOL and SERBOL had upright funnels with a single tall mast close by, while the remainder had a raking funnel and two raking masts. During WW2 the mainmast was removed from these.

 

 

23 April 1917 launched by Irvine Shipbuilding & Drydock Co, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 578 named BELGOL

1 September 1917 Engineer Lieutenant James A Brown RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

19 October 1917 completed at a cost of £183,757

17 October 1917 Lieutenant A D Davies RNR appointed in Command

4 November 1917 Bosun A McDonald logged as deserted from the ship. He had signed on the ship on the 22 September 1917

13 December 1917 Able Seaman H May logged as deserted from the ship. He had signed on the ship on the 27 September 1917

26 January 1918 Fireman W Canon and Fireman G Marshall both logged as deserted from the ship. They had both signed on the ship on the 27 September 1917

27 November 1918 Greaser F Hallett MMR 589058 discharged dead. He had signed on on 22 September 1917. Buried in St Sever's Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France

 

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Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

27 November 1918 Stoker L Vanner logged as deserted from the ship. He had signed on the ship on the 16 November 1918

December 1918 supported the RN Squadron sent to the Baltic during the Russian Civil War on  Operation Red Trek which secured the establishment of the independent states of Estonia and Latvia along with RFA’s BACCHUS (1), PRESTOL and SLAVOL

3 May 1919 at Solombola, Russia HMS CICALA alongside to be refuelled - 33 tons of FFO issued

HMS Cicala

HMS CICALA

4 May 1919 Chief Cook Walter Tenson MMR 37360 discharged dead. He had signed on on 27 November 1918. He was buried in the Archangel Allied Cemetery, Russian Federation.

24 May 1919 at Archangel HMS CICALA came alongside to be refuelled - 47 tons FFO 

12 June 1919 at Archangel HM Monitor M33 berthed alongside to be refuelled - 30 tons FFO 

13 June 1919 ar Archangel HM Monitor M31 berthed alongside to be refuelled

14 August 1919 at Murmansk berthed alongside HMS EREBUS  to refuel her - 160 tons FFO supplied

 

HMS EREBUS

HMS EREBUS

 

22 September 1919 at Murmansk HM Monitor M24 came alongside to be refuelled - 1,000 gallons 

28 September 1919 at Murmansk HMS MANTIS berthed alongside to refuel - 35 tons of FFO issued

6 October 1919 at Murmansk HM Monitor M31 berthed alongside to be refuelled

9 October 1919 at Murmansk HM Monitor M23 berthed alongside to be refuelled

18 February 1920 berthed at Portmouth Harbour

20 February 1920 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

12 June 1920 at Greenock alongside HMS COVENTRY refuelling her

 

 HMSCoventry

HMS Coventry

 

29 September 1920 RFA PRESTOL was engaged with Royal Naval Ships in the Baltic when she was involved in a collision with a merchant ship. The PRESTOL had to return to the UK for repairs and RFA BELGOL sailed from the Clyde to take her place in the Baltic

7 January 1921 Mr Edward B Morton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer - re-signed fresh articles 17 February 1921. He had previously served on RFA PHILOL

 

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Chief Engineer Officer Edward B Morton RFA

 

1 March 1921 arrived at Plymouth

28 November 1921 arrived Plymouth Sound from Queentown escorting RFA DAPPER - source Western Morning News of 30 November 1921

24 February 1922 sailed Immingham for Gibraltar

9 May 1922 at Constantinople with HMS TORCH alongside being refuelled - supplied her with 174 tons of FFO

HMS TORCH

HMS TORCH

22 May 1922  at Constantinople with HMS TORCH alongside being refuelled

31 May 1922 at Constantinople with HMS TORCH alongside being refuelled - supplied her with 21 tons of FFO

27 January 1923 sailed the River Tyne

19 December 1923 Mr Frederick C Pavitt RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 December 1923 Captain Charles H Noel RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Charles H Noel RFA

 

11 February 1924 at Singapore berthed alongside HMS DUNEDIN to refuel her

19 February 1924 at Singapore berthed alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

23 February 1924 to 3 March 1924 berthed on the Oil Wharf, Kepple Harbour, Singapore

 

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RFA Belgol alongside HMS Hawkins (Flagship) at Singapore in March 1924. This image was very kindly donated by Andrew Gourlay from the collection of Captain Charles Noel OBE RFA. Captain Noel was the Master of the Belgol on the date this image was taken.

 

 

11 March 1924 at Singapore alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

2 April 1924 at Singapore alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

11 April 1924 at Singapore alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

12 April 1924 at Singapore slipped berth from alongside HMS HAWKINS

18 April 1924 arrived at Hong Kong

25 August 1924 arrived at Teneriffe from Rosyth

4 June 1925 Mr M N Carlyle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 April 1926 Captain William Whiteley RFA appointed as Master

 

Capt William Whiteley

Captain William Whiteley RFA

 

10 September 1926 at 23.03N 117.00E Fireman Alexander Watts discharged dead - apoplexy

23 August 1927 at Wei Hai Wei

18 October 1928 Captain Eric Parker RFA appointed as Master

Captain Eric Parker

Captain Eric Parker RFA

 

23 November 1928 Mr Frederick E Langer RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

CEO Frederick LANGER

Chief Engineer Officer Frederick E Langer RFA

 

31 December 1928 at Hong Kong

December 1929 Captain Eric Parker RFA transfered to RFA PEARLEAF (1) at Hong Kong when her Master was hospialised and that ship was due to sail. Chief Officer William McEver RFA took over command as Acting Master until 29 December 1929 when RFA PEARLEAF (1) returned to the Colony.

13 February 1931 Mr Alexander B McIntyre RFA (Engineer Lieutenant RNR) appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

Alex Bain McIntyre photo

Chief Engineer Officer Alexander B McIntyre RFA

29 October 1931 Captain Walter C T Barns RFA appointed as Master

9 July 1932 thirteen survivors of a wrecked fishing junk No 728 from a small village close to Swatow, China were picked up at sea by Belgol while she was enroute from Wei-hai-wei to Hong Kong. The junk had been caught in a squall and capsized at 22.39N 119.9E

10 November 1932 Mr Matthew Blair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

15 June 1933 at sea at 22.54.30N 116.38E Cook Chai Ah SAN discharged dead - natural causes - apparently heart failure. Buried at sea

16 November 1934 arrived at Plymouth from Aden

27 November 1934 Captain Eric Parker RFA appointed as Master and Mr W Maybray RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1935 in reserve at Rosyth

21 February 1935 Captain John P Tugwood DSC RD RFA appointed as Master

 

Captain TUGWOOD JOHN PERCIVAL

Captain John P Tugwood DSC RD RFA

 

1 February 1936 has paravanes fitted and the Admiralty write to the Grangemouth Dock Company who under took the work

 

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Courtesy Falkirk Council Archives

 

18 July 1936 sailed Malta

22 July 1936 berthed at Gibraltar

29 July 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Santa Cruz de Teneriffe

26 October 1938 arrived at Plymouth Sound from Pembroke Dock

14 December 1938 sailed Devonport for Rosyth

27 December 1938 Greaser William John Clarke appeared before Dunfermline Police Court charged with being drunk in the street and causing damage to his cell at Kirkgate, Dunfirmline on 20 December 1938

 

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Press Cutting Evening Telegraph 27 December 1938

 

7 March 1939 at Rosyth. Mr Robert A Higgie RFA appointed as Termporary Chief Engineer Officer

 

CEO Robert A Higgie

Temporary Chief Engineer Officer Robert A Higgie RFA

5 June 1939 sailed Grangemouth to Rosyth

29 July 1939 Mr Thomas W Robinson RFA appointed as Temporary CHief Engineer Officer

5 August 1939 at Invergordon alongside HMS ROYAL OAK refuelling her

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HMS ROYAL OAK

1 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS's ROYAL OAK and  ROYAL SOVEREIGN refuelling them. RFA PETRONELL moored was alongside both supplying fresh water

7 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN refuelling her

17 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EFFINGHAM refuelling her

HMS Effingham D98 in 1925

HMS EFFINGHAM

20 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EDINBURGH refuelling her 

28 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EMERALD refuelling her - supplied 1,391 tons of FFO

8 October 1939 grounded south of Scapa Flow while attempting to go alongside the cruiser HMS DUNEDIN

29 February 1940 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NORFOLK refuelling her similtaneously with RFA MONTENOL also refuelling the heavy cruiser

24 March 1940 sailed Greenock with RFA WAR PINDARI to Scapa Flow escorted by HMS's ESKIMO and PUNJABI. RFA PETROBUS joined this convoy from Stornaway.

25 March 1940 arrived at Scapa Flow with RFA WAR PINDARI both being escorted by HMS ESKIMO.  BELGOL remained at Scapa Flow until 31 August 1940

28 March 1940 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS WARSPITE refuelling her with 1,524 tons of FFO

HMS WARSPITE in 1937

HMS WARSPITE

19 June 1940 Mr Frederick O Brims RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer until 27 July 1940

 

 Frederick O Brims

Chief Engineer Officer Frederick O Brims RFA

 

2 July 1940 Captain Stanley C Kernick RFA appointed as Master

27 August 1940 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BARHAM to refuel her

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HMS BARHAM

3 September 1940 sailed Scapa Flow to the River Clyde - remained on the Clyde until 3 December 1940

10 September 1940 Mr W E Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

3 December 1940 refit until 26 December 1940 - on the River Clyde

2 February 1941 sailed the Clyde to Scapa Flow - remained at Scapa Flow until 17 August 1941

11 March 1941 Captain Edwards Mills RFA appointed as Master

27 March 1941 in collision with the cruiser HMS CURACOA at Scapa Flow

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HMS CURACOA

10 April 1941 Mr John H Dawe RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO John H Dawe

Chief Engineer Officer John H Dawe RFA

29 May 1941 undertook Trough Method trials of OAS with RFA CELEROL and destroyers

6 June 1941 undertook OAS trials with the destroyer HMS INGLEFIELD

22 June 1941 Captain Raymond V Boodle RFA appointed as Master

 

    Raymond Boodle

Captain Raymond V Boodle RFA

 

17 August 1941 sailed Scapa Flow to the River Clyde

3 November 1941 refit on the Clyde until 11 November 1941

24 November 1941 at Tail of Bank

7 December 1941 sailed in Convoy ON044 from Greenock to Iceland - arriving on 11 December 1941

27 May 1942 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside USS Tuscaloosa to refuel her

27 July 1942 sailed in Convoy RU33 from Iceland detached from the convoy to the Clyde arriving 1 August 1942

7 August 1942 repairs commenced on the Clyde - completed 3 September 1942

17 December 1942 sailed Loch Ewe in Convoy WN373 to Methil arriving 19 December 1942

3 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  together with RFA BLUE RANGER to refuel her - the two RFA's supplied 2,300 tons of FFO to her combined

5 January 1943 sailed Loch Ewe in Convoy UR 60 for Reykjavik but returned to harbour

13 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON to refuel her - supplied 441 tons of FFO to her

25 January 1943 sailed Loch Ewe in convoy UR60 to Iceland but returned 

7 February 1943 arrived at Reykjavik Harbour, Iceland in convoy UR61 to relieve RFA CELEROL - but ran aground and caused minor damaged to her tanks

15 February 1943 damage to her tanks caused by the grounding repaired - source Admiralty War Diary

22 February 1943 relieved RFA CELEROL for fuelling operations in Iceland

3 March 1943 grounded and damaged. On being refloated found to be holed

5 March 1943 orders given that Belgol was to return to the UK for necessary repairs to make her sea worthy

6 March 1943 temporary repairs were undertaken

17 March 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS ANSON to refuel her - supplied 500 tons of FFO to her. In the Admiralty War diary of this day it was reported that grave doubts exisited as to the adviseability of attempting to dock BELGOL in AFD 17 owing to lack of stability when the vessel is lightened sufficiently for lifting by the dock

18 March 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside USS Vulcan to refuel her. Also moored alongside USS Chateau Thierry (AP31) to refuel her. In mooring alongside this second US ship on her starboard side the port bow hit the US ships lifeboat 9B crushing in the side and opening the seams - supplied 79,930 gallons of FFO

USS Chateau Thierry

USS Chateau Thierry (AP31)

20 March 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland still alongside USS Vulcan refueling her with RFA FRESHBROOK supply fresh water

4 April 1943 sailed Loch Ewe in Convoy WN 411to Methil arriving 6 April 1943. RFA SCOTTISH AMERICAN was also in this convoy

23 April 1943 Mr W E Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 April 1943 damaged at Sunderland by bombs dropped in an air raid.

8 May 1943 repairs completed

13 May 1943 Captain Ernest V Blyth RFA appointed as Master

 

Captain Ernest V Blyth

Captain Ernest V Blyth RFA

 

24 May 1943 hit by German bombs while at Sunderland.  All midships accommodation gutted and no: 4 tank pierced. Chief Engineer and two other crew members injured and hospitalised. Source - the Admiralty War Diary

3 September 1943 Captain James Jolly RFA appointed as Master

24 October 1943 sailed in Convoy EN298 from Methil arriving at Milford Haven on 26 October 1943

5 November 1943 sailed Liverpool in Convoy OS 58KM which split. Belgol arrived at Gibraltar on 19 November 1943

19 November 1943 sailed in Convoy KMS032 from Gibraltar as Escort Oiler to Port Said arriving 30 November 1943

13 December 1943 sailed Aden in Convoy AP56 arriving at Bandar Abbas 20 December 1943

4 January 1944 sailed Colombo in Convoy JC 32 arriving at Trincomalee 7 January 1944

7 January 1944 at Trincomalee alongside HMS CEYLON refuelling her

HMS Ceylon

HMS CEYLON

12 March 1944 sailed Trincomalee to Addu Atoll escorted by HMAS CESSNOCK arriving 14 March 1944

6 April 1944 sailed Addu in Convoy  XC18 along with RFA BACCHUS (2) arriving at Colombo 9 April 1944

10 April 1944 sailed Colombo in Convoy JC44 arriving at Trincomalee 17 April 1944

9 September 1944 Captain Douglas B Snowdon RFA appointed as Master

28 September 1944 Mr Eric S Fielder RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 June 1945 Captain George S Perry RFA appointed as Master

 

 G S Perry

Captain George S Perry RFA

 

31 December 1945 at 16.20N 93.13E Fireman Sk Ahmed Aboobaker discharged dead having suffered from acute Brights Disease

19 January 1946 at Bombay General Servant Thomas Santana Mendes discharged dead from heart failure

27 June 1946 Chief Engineer Officer Edward Charles Harrison RFA discharged dead. He is buried in Lanteglos-by-Fowey (St Wyllow) Churchyard, Cornwall

12 December 1946 Captain Francis J King RFA appointed as Master

23 March 1947 at Singapore Quartermaster Sang Ah Cheng  discharged dead. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident ashore

27 October 1947 Mr T Dowling RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 August 1948 Captain Richard L Barber MID RD RFA (Commander RNR) appointed as Master

4 February 1949 Mr T W Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 April 1949 at Dunfermline Police Court Seamen Thomas A Grieve, David Meikle and George Brough admitted stealing various items from the ship when berthed in Rosyth Dockyard the previous day. Each seaman was fined £2

 

 Belgol Press Report 1949

Press Report from Evening Telegraph dated 13 April 1949

 

13 May 1949 at Invergordon alongside HMS SUPERB refuelling her

18 May 1949 Mr Oscar Goodwin RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 June 1949 at Portland alongside HMS SUPERB refuelling her

19 July 1949 Captain J Bottomley RFA appointed as Master

16 September 1949 at Old Kilpatrick Oil Fuel Depot

14 October 1949 at Greenock

23 October 1949 Donkey Greaser Alexander McDonald discharged dead at Greenock - drowned

31 October 1949 at Greenock

29 November 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

30 November 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

5 December 1949 berthed at Londonderry

11 December 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

30 December 1949 at Portsmouth Harbour moved from the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty to No 3 South Trot

11 January 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 January 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 January 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

30 January 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

28 February 1950 berthed at Immingham

21 July 1950 berthed at Immingham

25 July 1950 in dry dock at Immingham

1 August 1950 Mr T W Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 August 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

9 September 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Statation on the Lizard sailing east

28 September 1950 sailed Plymouth

29 September 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station at Spithead berthing at Portsmouth Harbour and sailing later on the same day to sea

6 October 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour and sailed later on the same day to sea

13 October 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour and sailed later on the same day to sea

25 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

13 March 1951 Captain G O W Evans RFA appointed as Master

25 September 1951 berthed at Portland Harbour with HMS RELENTLESS alongside

HMS RELENTLESS

HMS RELENTLESS

15 October 1951 berthed at Portland Harbour with HMS RELENTLESS alongside. The warship slipped the next day

29 December 1951 Mr Arthur L Barr RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Chief Engineer Officer Arthur L Barr RFA

 

4 February 1952 sailed River Tyne for Rosyth

12 March 1952 arrived River Tyne from Rosyth

16 April 1952 berthed at Wallsend Slipway, River Tyne

29 July 1952 Mr Harry G May RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 December 1952 Captain Alfred W Camamile DSC RFA appointed as Master

10 February 1953 placed in reserve at Devonport

28 February 1953 Lloyds Classification withdrawn

June 1958 handed over to BISCO for scrap

22 June 1958 arrived at Charlestown for breaking up by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd.

 

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