Previous name: 
Subsequent name:                      ROAM  

Official Number:                          105148                     

Class:                                         X Craft Motor Lighter / Tanker

Pennant No:                               X42

Laid down:                             
Builder:                                      Osbourne Graham         
Launched:                                  1915
Into Service:                          
Out of service:                            December 1920
Fate:                                           26 October 1926 sank 

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  Was originally launched as one of a large number of X Craft built during WW1 which was converted into a tanker

 

 

1915 launched by Osbourne Graham & Co, North Hylton, Sunderland as Yard Nr 193 as an X Craft lighter named X 42

1915  completed as a tanker and renamed LOBSTER

12 July 1918 at Rosyth alongside HMS TALBOT refuelling her with 19 tons of FFO

HMS Talbot cruiser

HMS TALBOT

6 August 1918 at Rosyth alongside HMS TALBOT refuelling her with 6 tons of FFO

28 August 1918 at Rosyth alongside HMS TALBOT refuelling her with 15 tons of FFO

2 September 1918 at Rosyth alongside HMS TALBOT refuelling her with 10 tons of FFO

3 November 1918 at Rosyth HMS TALBOT alongside discharged 36 tons of FFO into the tanker

11 January 1919 at Rosyth alongside HMS TORCH refuelling her with 15 tons of FFO

17 January 1919 at Rosyth alongside HMS TORCH refuelling her with 12 tons of FFO

1919 served in Northern Russia

22 July 1919 Able Seaman Frederick Thomas FITZGIBBONS, MMR, 998936 discharged dead - drowned. He is remembered with pride on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

5 August 1919 Engineer William Johnston discharged dead - buried Ust-Pinega Cemetery and remembered at the Archangel Allied Cemetery

26 August 1919 Boatswain Frederick T Cork MMR 998921 and Ordinary Seaman Edwin W Booth MMR 998901 both discharged dead - both buried at Semenovka (Bereznik) Cemetery Extension and remembered at Archangel Allied Cemetery

3 September 1919 Engineer Sub Lieutenant James Ferguson RNR appeared before a Court Martial charged with firstly, being drunk on board ship and secondly, committing an act to the prejudice of good order and naval discipline in striking a 2nd Engineer Officer MMR. The charges were proved and he was adjudged to be dismissed his ship and severely reprimanded   

6 October 1919 Lieutenant John Anthony Martin RNR discharged dead - accidentally drowned at Murmansk - he is remembered with pride on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He is also remembered with pride on the Waiotemarama Memorial, Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand and the Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand

John Anthony Martin

Waiotemarama Memorial, Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand
image taken by G A Fortune 2008
 

December 1920 sold to F. H. Connor, London name unchanged

May 1921 purchased by F.T. Everard & Sons Ltd, Greenhithe and renamed ROAM

26 October 1926 foundered off the North East Goodwins on passage from London for Bruges with a cargo tar. 2nd Engineer Officer Thomas Woolley discharged dead - missing believed drowned

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