Envoy

 

RFA Envoy

Jaunty

 

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Official Number:                       163014

Class:                                    ENVOY CLASS Tug

Pennant No:                            W165  /  B742  / A165

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Cochrane, Selby 
Launched:                               11 March 1944
Into Service:                            25 May 1944
Out of service:                         1965 
Fate:                                       Sold out of Service

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   There were 6 Admiralty-designed Fleet Tugs in this Class, 3 of which saw service as RFA’s. As completed they were armed with 1 x 12 pdr AA gun, 1 x 2 pdr AA , 2 x 20 mm AA and 4 x .303 machine guns. They had a bollard pull of 16 tons and  a complement of 33

 

11 March 1944 launched by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby as Yard Nr: 1281 named HMS ENVOY

25 May 1944 completed

13 June 1944 assisted USS Nelson (DD623) with starboard engine problems to change anchorage from Spithead to off Ryde Pier

24 June 1944 Admiralty War report of this day reported that HMS SCYLLA had been damaged by a mine and was towed to Spithead by HMRT's ENVOY and BRETON escorted by HMS ALBRIGHTON and a Polish warship

28 June 1944 sailed the Solent and joined convoy FTM21 to Southend arriving the next day

6 July 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FTM29 to Portsmouth arriving the next day towing Goree

7 August 1944 sailed the Solent in convoy FBC47 to Falmouth arriving the same day

31 August 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FBC69 to Plymouth arriving the next day

17 January 1945 sailed Oran in convoy GUS66 to Hampton Roads arriving 6 February 1945

11 April 1945 together with HMS SAMSONIA (later RFA SAMSONIA) assisting in the tow of AFD32 to Mersel Kebir. Called at Gibraltar this day to pick up charts and mail

30 April 1945 sailed Gibraltar in convoy MKS98G to Liverpool arriving 8 May 1945

3 July 1948 Captain J C Reid appointed as Master and Mr A Brown appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

22 September 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 September 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returned later in the day and sailed again from Portsmouth harbour

16 October 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 December 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

15 December 1948 sailed Plymouth towing HMS LAGOS to Glasgow 

16 December 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming westwards with tow

1949 under RFA conditions and renamed RFA ENVOY

22 January 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

28 January 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 January 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming westwards

13 February 1949 berthed at Avonmouth

1 April 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

7 April 1949 together wih RFA SAUCY towed HMS ARETHUSA from Falmouth to off Portsmouth for gamma ray tests

27 October 1949 the Glasgow steamer Yewpark was in difficulty 30 miles from the Lizard. ENVOY managed to get a line onboard and tow her to Falmouth

15 November 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming westwards

10 January 1950 F J Sullivan appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 January 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

29 March 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

18 April 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard steaming westwards

13 October 1950 arrived Liverpool

15 October 1950 arrived at Plymouth

24 October 1950 sailed Liverpool

25 October 1950 arrived at Plymouth

2 September 1951 sailed from Spithead this day with RFA's JAUNTY and SAUCY and with HMS DUKE OF YORK in tow to be laid up at the Gareloch

HMS duke of york

HMS DUKE OF YORK

7 September 1951 while arriving off the Gladstone Dock Liverpool with HMS DUKE OF YORK in tow the battle ship was in collision with the mv Royal Iris 60 people on the mv Royal Iris were injured

Press Report dundee Courier 8 9 51

29 April 1953 arrived at Devonport with HMS PETARD under tow from Chatham

1 May 1953 sailed Devonport with HMS PETARD under tow to Belfast arriving on 4 May 1953

1 September 1953 sailed Cardiff to provide assistance to HMS TIREE off the north Cornwall coast with a wire fouled around her propellor in stormy waters. HMS VIRAGO was diverted to also provide assistance

29 January 1954 sailed Portsmouth towing HMS STORK (a frigate in the reserve fleet) for Londonderry - she broke her tow in heavy weather. The tow was reconnected and she was taken into Liverpool on 8 February 1954 due to the continuing heavy seas

7 August 1954 before the Portsmouth Coroner (Mr P H Childs) an inquest was held touching on the death of Seaman Harold Joseph Corless, who while under the influence of drink had fallen from an insecure brow onto a catamaran below. He suffered a spinal fracture. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

February 1955 with RFA ENFORCER and Admiralty tug Superman towed the depot ship HMS MONTCLARE from the Clyde to Portsmouth for refit. She broke her tow and it was re-established with some difficulty after 12 hours.  The MONTCLARE and the tugs reached Portsmouth on the 7 February 1955

9 April 1955 Captain John R Hayward OBE RFA appointed as Master

HAYWARD JOHNROSSITER

Captain John R Hayward OBE RFA

28 April 1959 Captain R F Dunkley RFA appointed as Master

24 January 1960 berthed at Malta from Gibraltar

19 February 1960 reduced to Care and Maintenance at Devonport

25 November 1963 on the Disposal List Devonport

23 February 1965 offered for sale 'as lying' at HM Dockyard, Pembroke Dock in The Times of this day

28 April 1965 purchased for £19,000 by Loucas Matsa & Sons, Piraeus and renamed MATSAS

1968 renamed Georgios L. Matsas by her owners

1973 purchased for scrap by Oldscrap Landaris Carvoudakis, Perama

27 July 1973 breaking up commenced

22 March 2011 at Bonhams sale rooms, New Bond Street, London the ships bell was sold for £300 inclusive of buyers premium.

 

Envoy_Bell

 Notes:

  1. Was a member of the British Pacific Fleet - hence the B pennant number

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