RFA Fortol
RFA FORTOL

 

 

Official Number:                    140341

Class:                                     SECOND 2000t BELGOL CLASS Tanker

Pennant No:                           X58 / X26 / A126

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Builder:                                   McMillan, Dumbarton
Launched:                               21 May 1917
Into Service:                           31 August 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 5 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.

 

25 February 1917 Engineer Lieutenant Ernest K Horsley RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Ernest K Horsley

Engineer Lieutenant Ernest K Horsley RNR

21 May 1917 launched by A. Macmillan & Sons, Dumbarton as Yard Nr: 467 named FORTOL

1 August 1917 Lieutenant John C Hawick RNR appointed in command

HAWICK JOHN C

Lieutenant John C Hawick RNR

29 August 1917 Able Seaman Thomas Toole logged as deserting from the ship. He has signed on the ship on the 24 August 1917

12 September 1917  Fireman James Scharah and Pumpman William Stant both logged as deserting. Fireman Scharah had signed on on the 24 August 1917 and Pumpman Stant had signed on on the 26 August 1917

13 September 1917  Leading Fireman Thomas Kay and Leading Fireman Edward Styles both logged as deserting. Both had signed on on the 12 August 1917

14 September 1917 Signalman and Able Seaman C V Batchelor logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 15 August 1917

4 October 1917 Greaser James McKenna logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 14 September 1917

18 October 1917 Greaser Frank Holland logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 24 August 1917

3 November 1917 Bosun Charles Turbet logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 12 August 1917

TURBET CHARLESGLEN

Bosun Charles Turbet

11 November 1917 Greaser Thomas Coe logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 24 August 1917

27 December 1917 at Liverpool

8 January 1918 Lieutenant John C Hawick RNR appeared before Liverpool Magistrates' Court charged with pumping water minged with petroleum into Liverpool Docks on 27 December 1917. He was convicted and fined £5 with 10 guineas costs

 Fortol Press report 1918

Liverpool Echo press report of 8 January 1918

31 January 1918 Able Seaman George Ellison logged as deserting from the ship. He had signed on the ship on the 24 August 1917

2 February 1918 Fireman W Nash logged as deserting at Liverpool. He had signed on on the 12 November 1917

11 March 1918 Fireman Arthur Bright logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 10 February 1918.

12 April 1918 Fireman Jas Lyng logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 5 April 1918

23 August 1918 midstream in the River Mersey refuelling HMS ACHILLES alongside with 400 tons of FFO

HMS Achilles

HMS ACHILLES

25 October 1918 Able Seaman Edward Baldwin MMR 664763 logged as deserting while at Belfast. He had signed on on 5 February 1918

Ed BALDWIN

Able Seaman Edward Baldwin MMR 664763

1 November 1918 anchored at Tail of the Bank. Moved alongside RFA DREDGOL to load 256 tons of bunkers

4 November 1918 and 5 November 1918 moved from anchorage to alongside RFA DREDGOL at Greenock to load 2,200 tons of cargo. On completion moved alongside the wharf at Rothsay Basin. Cast off and moved up the River Clyde to Old Kilpatrick oil wharf

6 November 1918 discharged 2,200 tons of cargo. Sailed to the anchorage at Tail of the Bank and berthed alongside ss War Prophet to load cargo

war prophet

ss War Prophet

7 November 1918 completed loading 2,222 tons of FFO and cast off from ss War Prophet. Sailed up the Clyde to Old Kilpatrick oil wharf to discharge

8 November 1918 sailed down stream to anchor off Princes Pier

27 November 1918 sailed Glasgow down stream to Tail of the Bank

28 November 1918 sailed the River Clyde in ballast to sea

26 December 1918 at Old Kilpatrick oil wharf. Sailed down river to Tail of the Bank. ss War Rajput came alongside

27 December 1918 at Tail of the Bank with ss War Rajput alongside.

29 December 1918 at Tail of the Bank with ss War Prophet alongside. ss War Prophet cast off and ship moved up the Clyde to Old Kilpatrick oil wharf

30 December 1918 at Old Kilpatrick oil wharf

31 December 1918 alongside RFA DREDGOL. Cast off at 11:50hrs sailed up the Clyde to Old Kilpatrick oil wharf

11 February 1919 Fireman Alfred Reed MMR 918492 logged as deserting. He had signed on  on 7 December 1917

Alfred Reed

Fireman Alfred Reed MMR 918492

14 February 1919 3rd Officer J E J Holden RFA discharged dead. He died at Larbert Hospital, Stirlingshire, Scotland. He had signed on on the 26 February 1918

11 March 1919 berthed at Portsmouth

12 March 1919 sailed Portsmouth to sea

4 April 1919 sailed Sheerness

15 April 1919  Engineer Sub Lieutenant Frederick P Atkins RNR appeared before a court martial charged with (a) drunk on board ship and (b) Act to the prejudice of good order and naval discipline in drinking intoxicating liquors to such excess as to produce illness, by which he was unfitted for this discharge of his duty. The charges were adjudged to be not proved and he was acquitted. Engineer Sub Lieutenant Frederick P Atkins RNR had previously served on RFA Rapidol

24 April 1919 Greaser James Mahoney logged as deserting. He had signed on on the 27 February 1919

29 April 1919 arrived at Sheerness

21 June 1919 at Scapa Flow

1 November 1919 Able Seaman J W Mould MMR 1011631, Fireman D Mind MMR 1008152 and Fireman C E Rigby MMR 1008155 all logged as deserting while at Invergordon. Each had signed on on 23 August 1919

22 November 1919 Assistant Steward Harry Riley MMR 996773 logged as deserting while at Grangemouth. He had signed on on 23 August 1919

On an unknown date Ordinary Seaman William Bolton was logged as deserting. He was arrested and sent to Chatham Detention Quarters. He had signed on on 24 August 1917.

On an unknown date Fireman David McCulloch was logged as deserting. He had signed on on 24 September 1917

2 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - HMS TORBAY alongside to be refuelled - 115 tons FFO and 1 ton of culinary coal supplied. FS L'Auere alongside to be refuelled - 75 tons FFO supplied. Fresh and salt water pipes burst on the fore well deck 

4 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - HMS SERENE alongside to be refuelled - 50 tons FFO supplied

9 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - moved alongside HMS CALEDON and refuelled her - 210 tons of FFO supplied. Then moved to anchorage where HMS's TORQUOISE and STURDY came alonside to be refuelled. A total of 282 tons of FFO supplied to these two ships

10 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - FS Meuse alongside to be refuelled - 67 tons FFO supplied

12 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - HMS TENEDOS alongside to be refuelled - 112 tons FFO supplied

HMS Tenedos

HMS TENEDOS

18 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - HMS's TENEDOS and TYRIAN alongside to be refuelled - 159 tons FFO supplied

19 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - HMS TORQUOISE alongside for naval stores and 50 gallons of parafin

21 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - FS's Meurse and L'Anere alongside to be refuelled - a total of 130 tons FFO supplied

22 February 1920 at the outer harbour, Libau, in the Baltic while acting as the base oiler - HMS TOURMALINE alongside to be refuelled - 109 tons of FFO supplied

23 February 1920 in the Baltic issued 255 tons of FFO from No: 4 tank to the ships bunkers. Able Seamen Manson, Moore and Hill, Ordinary Seaman Miller and Signalman Hunter absent without leave ashore

25 February 1920 in the Baltic AB Manson, OS Miller and Signalman Hunter each fined 2 days pay. AB's Moore and Hill both fined 1 days pay

31 May 1920 berthed at Portsmouth

26 June 1920 Mr William D Hewitt RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 July 1920  berthed at Portsmouth sailing the same day to sea

1 September 1920 at anchor at Acapulco Bay

8 September 1920 at Acapulco transfered 223 tons of FFO from the ships cargo to her bunkers

9 September 1920 at Acapulco moored alongside HMS RENOWN while she was at anchor to refuel her - supplied 1,876 tons of FFO. Whilst alongside HMS RENOWN with a heavy ground swell two timber floats which were used as fenders on RENOWN were damaged.

hms Renown

HMS RENOWN

Fortol suffered damage also with several plates, rivets and frames distorted inside the buoyance tank on the starboard side, in No 5 tank and in the starboard bunker tank.

10 September 1920 sailed Acapulco Bay

15 September 1920 anchored off Balboa

16 September 1920 transitted the Panama Canal from Balboa to Cristobal. Anchored in Colon Bay

17 September 1920 moved from Colon Bay to the Oil Wharf in Colon Harbour

18 September 1920 alongside the Oil Wharf at Colon and loaded 100 tons of FFO for bunkers. Sailed for Trinidad

22 September 1920 anchored off Port of Spain, Trinidad

24 September 1920 anchored off Port of Spain, Trinidad cleaned starboard tanks

27 September 1920 anchored off Port of Spain, Trinidad starboard plates being repaired after damage being caused when alongside HMS RENOWN

29 September 1920 at Trinidad - oil barge alongside loaded 70 tons of FFO for bunkers

29 October 1920 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour from Trinidad

8 December 1920 at Portsmouth alongside HMS Malaya to refuel her

18 December 1920 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour for Queenstown in ballast

23 December 1920 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 January 1921 sailed Portsmouth Harbour returning the same day

21 January 1921 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

2 June 1921 at Rathmullen, Co Donegal, Ireland Leading Fireman Ernest Atkinson Turner discharged dead having been accidentally drowned

10 June 1921 the Derry Journal published a letter from the ship -

Derry Journal 10 June 1921

15 August 1921 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

14 October 1921 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

11 November 1921 at the RN Hospital Chatham 2nd Steward William John Thomas discharged dead - natural causes

13 March 1922 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

15 March 1922 sailed Grangemouth for Sheerness with a cargo of FFO

1 April 1922 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

2 April 1922 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

1 July 1922 arrived at Plymouth from Dover

14 July 1922 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour, sailing from the same later the same day

1 August 1922 berthed at Grangemouth from Devonport in ballast

10 August 1922 sailed Plymouth for Gibraltar

9 November 1922 berthed at Devonport

2 December 1922 at Plymouth Police Court Donkeyman George Rosam appeared and pleaded Guilty to stealing £3 4sh 1½d the property of Mess Steward Arthur Minas. The money was found in the possession of the accused by Police. He was sentenced to 2 months hard labour

 Fortol Theft report

Press report from Western Morning Mail 4 December 1922

9 January 1923 sailed from Devonport to assist RFA WAR KRISHNA which had reported she had lost her propellor some 600 miles out in the Atlantic

11 January 1923 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east towing RFA WAR KRISHNA

15 January 1923 RFA WAR KRISHNA arrived at Plymouth in tow of RFA FORTOL

16 January 1923 the Western Morning News published an image of RFA WAR KRISHNA with RFA FORTOL alongside

Press report 16 1 1923 W.Krishna Fortol

24 November 1923 at Devonport alongside HMS HOOD - Battle Cruiser - supplied 3,465 tons of FFO

HMS Hood

HMS HOOD

2 January 1924 sailed Devonport for Pembroke Dock

15 January 1924 sailed Plymouth

16 January 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

17 January 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

18 January 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour and sailed again later the same day

26 January 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 January 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

16 April 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

18 April 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

25 April 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

28 April 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

8 May 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

9 May 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 May 1924 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard saling east bound

23 May 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

26 May 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 June 1924 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east and arrived at Plymouth from Old Kilpatrick Oil Fuel Depot, River Clyde

13 June 1924 sailed Devonport for the River Clyde

10 July 1924 Captain Frank J Delamotte RFA appointed as Master

22 November 1924 arrived at Plymouth from Portland

13 December 1924 Mr G A Calvert RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 December 1924 together with RFA SCOTOL sailed Devonport for Milford Haven

21 May 1925 Captain Stanley G Kent RFA appointed as Master

1 January 1927 Captain Charles L Cutsforth RD RFA appointed as Master

Charles L Cutsforth

Captain Charles L Cutsforth RD RFA 

29 January 1927 to 4 February 1927 alongside the oil wharf in HM Dockyard, Singapore

In April 1927 RFA Fortol was operating with HMS MANTIS on the Yangtze River, China when they came under deliberate rifle fire when proceeding below Nanking. HMS MANTIS returned fire with machine guns. There were no casualties among the crew

Press Ci 16 April 1927

Report of 16 April 1927 from Yorkshire Post newspaper

1 June 1927 Captain William H Green RFA appointed as Master

Captain WILLIAM HERBERT GREEN

Captain William H Green RFA

22 June 1927 Mr Robert Blacklock RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 October 1929 alongside the oil wharf in HM Dockyard, Singapore

25 November 1929 at Gibraltar from Port Said with fuel oil cargo for the UK

10 December 1929 Captain John W Pegden RFA appointed as Master

19 December 1929 Mr J A Macintosh RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 January 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

28 February 1930 involved in a collision in the Bay of Gibraltar with the White Star liner Calgaric. Both ships suffered some damage

CALGARIC2

White Star liner Calgaric

3 March 1930 following the collision of the 28 February 1930 (see above) an enquiry was held in HM Dockyard Gibraltar. Pending the result of the enquiry the Chief Officer of the Fortol, Chief Officer Thomas G Bennett RFA, took command temporarily. The ship's Master - Captain John W Pegden RFA returned to England

4 March 1930 Captain Cecil R Rosen RFA appointed as Master

15 March 1930 arrived at Gibraltar in ballast from Palma

28 April 1930 in No: 3 Dock, Devonport Dockyard

23 August 1930 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

9 December 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

18 December 1930 Captain John B Hurst RFA appointed as Master

John B Hurst

Captain John B Hurst RFA

7 October 1930 Mr James Paton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 January 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

15 January 1931 arrived at Plymouth

17 January 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 January 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 February 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 February 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

2nd Eng Off James Glen on RFA Fortol

2nd Engineer Officer James Glen

 

13 February 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

17 February 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

23 February 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

24 February 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

28 February 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 March 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

11 March 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 April 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

2 May 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour and sailed to sea the next day

4 May 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

11 May 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 July 1931 berthed on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

8 September 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

25 September 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

2 October 1931 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

3 October 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

14 October 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 October 1931 moored on No: 5 buoy, Portsmouth Harbour

19 November 1931 Mr George C Dunning RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 November 1931 in No: 3 Basin Portsmouth Dockyard  together with RFA PRESTOL

18 December 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 December 1931 in reserve at Rosyth for next four years

1935 converted into a white oil carrier for service in the Gulf of Suez / Aden areas and then resumed black oil duties when RFA GREEN RANGER entered service

7 June 1935 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth in ballast

16 October 1935 Captain John P Tugwood DSC RD RFA appointed as Master

Captain TUGWOOD JOHN PERCIVAL

Captain John P Tugwood DSC RD RFA

23 October 1935 Mr Matthew Blair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 November 1935 re-entered service

3 January 1936 Captain Murray W Westlake RFA (Lieutenant RNR) appointed as Master

Murray Westlake

Captain Murray W Westlake RFA

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

10 February 1936 Captain Murray W Westlake RFA the ships Master promoted Lieutenant Commander RNR

2 August 1936 arrived Gibraltar from Suez to discharge her cargo

 

 

letter2

Courtesy Falkirk Council Archives

 

26 January 1937 RFA Fortol was in dry dock at Devonport when fire broke out under the vessel. Fire extinguished. No casualties or damage.

1 April 1938 again re-entered service

21 September 1938 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west under the tow of the tug Neptunia

20 April 1939 Mr T McGregor RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

19 May 1939 Captain Thomas Elder RFA appointed as Master

3 September 1939 in reserve at Devonport at outbreak of WW2

24 December 1939 sailed Mauritius with HMS GLOUCESTER and HMS EAGLE for the Seychelles. The RN ships formed part of Force I

13 March 1940 at Colombo, Ceylon

14 to 21 July 1940 in port at Mauritius

22 July 1941 Mr Frederick O Brims RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer to 26 July 1943

 

Frederick_O_Brims

Chief Engineer Officer Frederick O Brims RFA taken earlier in his sea going career

 

20 December 1941 Captain Herbert Walker Flint RFA appointed as Master

8 April 1942 sailed Freetown in convoy ST19 arriving Takoradi on 13 April 1942

May 1942 at Cape Town and Simonstown in refit through to July 1942

24 July 1942 at the E G Hospital, Cape Town Deck Bhandry Hassan Ahmed discharged dead with meningitis 

25 July 1942 under going repairs at Cape Town. Completed 2 August 1942

20 August 1942 at St. Helena HMS CATTERICK, an escort from convoy WS21 on passage south to Cape Town etc., came alongside to refuel in the lee of the Island

HMS Catterick

HMS CATTERICK

21 August 1942 at St. Helena HMS PETARD, also an escort from convoy WS21 on passage south to Cape Town etc., came alongside to refuel in the lee of the Island

26 August 1942 in the South Atlantic ss Beechwood was sunk by U130 - the Master was taken by the U-Boat. Thrity six members of the crew, five gunners and one stowaway were rescued by RFA FORTOL and landed at Freetown.

25 September 1942 after trials she was ordered to proceed to Freetown via Ascension Island

7 November 1942 at Connaught Hospital, Freetown Fireman Vallee Caramdeen discharged dead from cancer of the bladder

12 March 1943 sailed Freetown in convoy SL126 to St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands as the Escort Oiler

16 March 1943 arrived at Etienne escorted by HMS's BIRDLIP and BUTSER

17 March 1943 at Etienne refuelled HMS's SPEY and ROTHER and then sailed being escorted by the two warships

19 March 1943 while escorted by HMS BURDOCK left convoy SL126 to rendevous with convoy OS44

22 March 1943 berthed at St.Vincent, Cape Verde Islands and off loaded 1,216 tons of FFO

23 March 1943 sailed under the escort of HMS BUTSER St.Vincent, Cape Verde Islands for Freetown arriving on the 27 March 1943

31 March 1943 sailed Freetown under the escort of HMS BUTSER

20 April 1943 sailed Freetown in convoy SL 128 to Dakar arriving 30 April 1943

6 June 1943 on passage from Gibraltar to Freetown in Convoy RG 8

13 June 1943 sailed Freetown in convoy SL131 and r/v with convoy MKS15 to arrive Gibraltar 26 June 1943

17 June 1943 Mr J Hall RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

24 June 1943 arrived Gibraltar

29 June 1943 under going repairs at Gibraltar. Completed 30 June 1943 (?)

25 September 1943 acted as Escort oiler on convoy MKS 25 from Gibraltar to Liverpool.

29 November 1943 Captain William R Parker RFA appointed as Acting Master 

30 December 1943 under going repairs on the Clyde which were completed on 9 January 1944

18 April 1944 sailed from Reykjavik, Iceland in convoy RU 116 to Loch Ewe, in ballast, arriving on the 23 April 1944

31 May 1944 at Milford Haven outer harbour with USS Susan B Anthony (AP72) alongside to refuel. The USS Susan B Anthony was mined and sank off Omaha Beach on 7 June 1944 

USS Susan B Anthony

USS Susan B Anthony
image courtesy of NavSource online

28 August 1944 Mr George Bray RFA appointed as Acting Chief Engineer Officer

CEO George Bray in 1918

Acting Chief Engineer Officer George Bray (image taken in 1918)

 

13 December 1944 Captain Emil E Sigwart RFA (Temporary Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Master

Captain E Sigwart

Captain Emil E Sigwart RFA

7 May 1945 sailed from Scapa Flow with HMS QUEEN (Flagship) plus nine other RN ships to the Skaggerak to accept the surrender of the German Fleet on the 8 May 1945 (VE Day) - Operation Cleaver

12 July 1945 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

14 September 1945 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth the next day

22 September 1945 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 September 1945 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head sailing north

26 October 1945 at North Shields

16 November 1945 Mr James E Hawthorn RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

 Image of CEO James HAWTHORN

Chief Engineer Officer James E Hawthorn RFA

20 December 1945 sailed the River Tyne for Portsmouth 

14 January 1946 Captain Francis J King RFA appointed as Master

27 April 1946 at Rosyth

4 October 1946 Chief Engineer Officer James E Hawthorn RFA discharged dead

28 October 1946 at Rosyth

19 November 1946 at Dunfermline Police Court Fireman James R Robertson from RFA Fortol admitted a breach of the peace the previous day at a restaurant . He was fined £3

 Fortol Court hearing 1946

Press report from the Evening Telegraph 19 November 1946

22 December 1946 entered and berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

30 January 1947 Captain Emil E Sigwart RFA (Temporary Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Master

4 February 1947 Mr James Paton OBE RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

19 August 1947 off Charlestown while Fortol was receiving fuel oil from HMS CAMPAINIA  Able Seaman Joseph Smith and another crew member left the ship in a two seater canoe. They were then seen floating in the Forth AB Smith had died from accidental drowning - discharged dead. The other seaman was rescued and taken to hospital. There was no sign of the canoe

 Fortol - Eveng Teleg 20 Aug 1947

Press cutting from the Evening Telegraph of 20 August 1947

14 November 1947 Captain Cyril F Cunningham RFA appointed as Master

Captain Cyril Frederick Cunningham

Captain Cyril F Cunningham RFA

22 November 1947 Mr George G Stenhouse RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO -STENHOUSE GEORGE GILCHRIST

Chief Engineer George G Stenhouse RFA

21 September 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard under tow sailing west

19 April 1949 Donkeyman Greaser George Abbotts discharged dead at Port Edgar from a stroke

17 January 1950 laid up at Devonport

June 1958 sold to the British Iron and Steel Corporation for scrap

27 June 1958 sailed  Devonport in tow of the British tug MERCHANTMAN after handover to the breakers

6 August 1958 arrived for breaking up at Rosyth by Shipbreaking Industries Ltd..

 

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