RFA Freshpool



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Official Number:                     168463

Class:                                    FRESH CLASS Water Carrier

Pennant No:                          X99

Laid down:                             26 November 1942

Builder:                                  Lytham Shipbuilding, Lytham
Launched:                             11 March 1943
Into Service:                          3 July 1943
Out of service:
Fate:                                     Sunk


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Background Data:   There were 14 vessels in this Class, designed by H.M. Dockyard, Devonport to the order of the RFA. The design was based on that of the earlier BLOSSOMand FOUNTAIN CLASSES but with an additional salvage and fire-fighting capability. They were originally operated by the Director of Victualling and were maintained at RN bases in the U.K. and Mediterranean where they were employed principally in replenishing warships’ freshwater supplies and also, from time to time, in fire fighting and salvage work. A total of 236 tons of fresh water could be carried in 6 tanks. Most of them saw only limited service under the RFA ensign, manned by RFA crews working under Board of Trade (Home Trade) Agreements, before being transferred to the control of the Captains of the Dockyards on Yard Craft Agreements. In 1959 they were brought under the authority of the newly-formed Port Auxiliary Service which in turn became the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service. Originally all coal-fired, 4 of the Class were converted to oil-burning in 1961


11 March 1943 Launched by Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Lytham as Yard Nr 872 named  FRESHPOOL for the Admiralty (Director of Stores)

26 June 1943 Mr C Forbes appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

3 July 1943 completed and was taken over by the RFA

4 January 1944 Captain David Cook RFA appointed as Master

5 May 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 December 1944 sailed Southend in convoy TBC3 to Milford Haven arriving 13 December 1944

30 May 1946 ceased to be classed as an RFA and was taken over by the Director of Fuelling

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

1950 to 1971 based at Greenock

14 June 1955 used to test and commission a new slipway at Stornaway

14 January 1957 in refit at James Watt Dock, Greenock

August 1968 In collision with the British tug THUNDERER on the River Clyde after suffering a steering gear failure

1971 to 1975 based at Portland as a target

1975 sunk as a target off Portland


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