RFA C614 after being sold out of Service and renamed Commodity


Previous name:
Subsequent name:                        COMMODITY

Official Number:                             168464

Class:                                            Coaling Lighter

Pennant No:                                   X114  /  A113

Laid down:
Builder:                                          Yarwood, Northwhich
Launched:                                      22 February 1943                        
Into Service:                                   July 1943
Out of service:                                1956
Fate:                                                Broken up 1969


Items of historic interest involving this ship: -


Background Data:  Naval Stores harbour craft were usually allocated a number bearing the prefix C. This descended from the days when the Coaling Officer operated the fuelling craft and many of these craft were operated by the Naval Stores Department under the Director of Stores (Navy) C numbers were allocated to craft such as dumb barges, coal lighters, dumb coal lighters, self-propelled diesel lighters, self-propelled stores lighters, launches and tugs of which a number were registered as RFA’s and wore the ‘green stripe’ that indicated the Naval Stores Department


24 February 1943 launched by W.J. Yarwood & Sons (1938) Ltd, Northwich as Yard Nr: 713 named C614 for the Naval Stores Department

July 1943 completed

22 June 1943 Captain Robert Smith RFA appointed Master

2 January 1944 Mr A A Brown RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 November 1944 at Ayr Chief Engineer A A Brown RFA discharged dead having been accidentally drowned

26 January 1945 Captain G N Stokoe RFA appointed Master

16 November 1945 Mr W H G Rogers RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 January 1948 arrived at the River Tyne from Chatham

1956 on the disposal list at Sheerness

May 1956 sold to F T Everard and Sons Limited and renamed COMMODITY

5 July 1956 notice of change of name given in The Times of this day to 'Commodity'

1957 rebuilt as a tanker - tonnages now 470 grt   225 nrt   570 dwt and dimensions now 166’03” x 28’03” x 10’05½”

May 1969 purchased by Belcon Shipping & Trading Co for breaking up

28 May 1969 arrived Bruges and resold to Jacques Bakker en Zonen

August 1969 demolition begun

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