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Image courtesy of Iziko Museums, John H. Marsh Maritime Research Centre
RFA Rapidol arriving at Cape Town 12 May 1941

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Subsequent name:                    Louise Moller,   Mount Cameron

Official Number:                        140322                                                                  

Class:                                      SECOND 2000t BELGOL CLASS Tanker

Pennant No:                             X 59 / X 58 / B 517 / A 258

Laid down:
Builder:                                    William Gray & Company, Hartlepool
Launched:                                23 April 1917
Into Service:                             28 August 1917
Out of service:                          4 March 1946
Fate:                                       Broken up

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  There were ten ships in this Class, all Admiralty designed of which five 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

 

23 April 1917 launched by Wm Gray & Co Ltd, West Hartlepool as Yard Nr: 886 named RAPIDOL

 4 June 1917 Engineer Lieutenant Archibald R Hinde RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. Discharged ashore sick on 11 July 1917 and resigned from the Royal Naval Reserve on 11 October 1917

11 July 1917 Engineer Lieutenant John Birnie RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer - transferred from RFA MONTENOL - he was demobilised on 28 December 1919

12 July 1917 Lieutenant James D Ashworth RNR appointed in command transferred to HMS Crescent on 20 November 1917

Capt J D Ashworth

Lieutenant James D Ashworth RNR 

28 August 1917 completed

28 August 1917 Fireman W Frackleton logged as deserting from the ship. He had signed on on the 21 August 1917

18 September 1917 at Rosyth alongside HMS GALATEA refuelling her while she was anchored on D3 berth

HMS Galatea 1914

HMS GALATEA

25 September 1917 at Rosyth alongside HMS GALATEA refuelling her

8 November 1917 Able Seaman W Millar logged as deserting from the ship. He had signed on on the 21 August 1917

22 November 1917 at Rosyth alongside HMS GALATEA refuelling her

7 December 1917 at Rosyth alongside HMS GALATEA refuelling her

9 January 1918 Lieutenant Hermann R Elsby RNR appointed in Command on transfer from RFA Trefoil

18 January 1918 Able Seaman Signaller George H Constable discharged having been sentenced to 3 years penal servitude at Edinburgh Prison

AB Signalman George H CONSTABLE

AB Signalman George H Constable

28 March 1918 Greaser A Tolmie logged as deserting from the ship. He had signed on on the 21 August 1917

15 July 1918 Fireman Chas Cassidy, MMR 918600 discharged dead. He had signed on on 21 August 1917. He was buried in North Ormesby (St. Joseph's) Roman Catholic Cemetery, Yorkshire.

 

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Courtesy of and © The War Graves Photographic Project

 

9 August 1918 Fireman J Winn MMR 968732 signed on. He was a deserter from 16th Warwickshire Regiment. This fact was discovered on 22 February 1919 when he was discharged in custody to RFA Sunhill where he deserted

13 August 1918 the Police Gazette of this day listed among those who were wanted for Deserting or being Absentees from H M Services - Bosun H Payne MMR

20 August 1918 the Police Gazette of this day listed among those who were wanted for Deserting or being Absentees from H M Services - Ordinary Seaman Felix T Foster MMR and Ordinary Seaman William Pine MMR 

6 September 1918 on the River Tyne HMS SPARROWHAWK alongside to be refuelled receiving 50 tons of FFO

11 October 1918 on the River Tyne HMS SPARROWHAWK alongside to be refuelled

2 January 1919 at Rosyth HMS VINDICTIVE alongside to be refuelled

2 May 1919 arrived at Kaffa Bay

2 June 1919 Assistant Steward William Vernon Fairclough MMR 981329 discharged to H.M. Prison Malta. Reason and duration not shown.

4 August 1919 at Sevastopol HM Monitor M29 alongsde to be refuelled with 17 tons of fuel oil

HMS M29

HMS M29

17 August 1919 at Tendra Bay HM Monitor M29 alongsde to be refuelled and 3rd Officer Edward Lawrence Mandell RFA discharged dead. He had signed on on the 3 December 1918.  He was buried in Haidar Pasha Cemetery, Istanbul, Turkey in grave I F 20

 

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In Memoriam Card for 3rd Officer Mandell from Leith Birnie

 

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Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

9 September 1919 arrived at Sevastopol

10 September 1919 refuelled a Greek destroyer "Pantheon" at Sevastopol alongside

11 September 1919 sailed Sevastopol to Odessa

21 September 1919 refuelled HM Monitor M29 at Yalta alongside

1 October 1919 arrived at Smyma and berthed alongside HMS CENTAUR to refuel her. Later sailed Smyma

24 October 1919 Mr W Howell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

15 November 1919 Captain George H Franklin RD RFA (Commander RNR) appointed as Master

2 December 1919 at Port Said - bunkering from RFA DREDGOL

3 December 1919 sailed Port Said to Alexandria

4 December 1919 arrived at Alexandria. Refuelled HMS Swallow - provided 48 tons FFO. Refuelled HMS BENBOW - provided 680 tons FFO

5 December 1919 loaded spare propeller from HMS CAESAR stowed on the gun platform - sailed to Port Said

6 December 1919 arrived at Port Said from Alexandria. Captain George H Franklin RD RFA (Commander RNR) arrived on the ship and took command from Lieutenant Hermann R Elsby RNR who left the ship

9 December 1919 alongside RFA DREDGOL. Received 304 tons of bunkers and 146 tons of FFO to No 1 tank. Sailed - transit of Suez Canal

10 December 1919 sailed Suez to Abadan

14 December 1919 the FFO in No 1 tank used to top up the ships bunkers

15 December 1919 signalled the Perim Lloyds Signal Station

24 December 1919 berthed Abadan to load. Chief Officer F Samson RFA discharged sick to Abadan Hospital

26 December 1919 at Outer Bar, Abadan

27 December 1919 sailed Abadan to Bombay

2 January 1920 arrived at Bombay moored to the South Troopship buoy. 4th Engineer E Jones RFA discharged sick to the Military Hospital

4 January 1920 entered the Bombay Dockyard

6 January 1920 while taking out 'tail end' shaft, spar in use as a derrick carried away . Shaft landed heavily on rail and stove in bulwarks in after end, starboard side. No serious damage

7 January 1920 sailed Bombay to Colombo arriving on 11 January 1920

13 January 1920 at Colombo moved alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - supplied 485 tons FFO

14 January 1920 sailed Colombo to Trincomalee arriving 15 January 1920

15 January 1920 at Trincomalee alongside HMS CAROLINE refuelling her with FFO then to anchorage

HMS Caroline

HMS CAROLINE

16 January 1920 sailed Trincomalee to Colombo arriving on 17 January 1920

18 January 1920 entered dry dock at Colombo Dockyard

20 January 1920 dry dock flooded up. Ship moved to berth in Dockyard

28 January 1920 at Colombo Dockyard alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 340 tons FFO

11 February 1920 at Colombo Dockyard alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 300 tons FFO

16 February 1920 crew replaced with RIM Ratings

22 February 1920 sailed Bombay for Abadan arriving 28 February 1920

29 February 1920 loading cargo at Abadan

1 March 1920 sailed Abadan for Bombay arriving 7 March 1920

27 March 1920 Captain Frederick W Rae RFA appointed as Master

1 April 1920 alongside HMS COMUS at Bombay to refuel her - supplied 425 tons of FFO

2 April 1920 sailed Bombay to COLOMBO arriving 6 April 1920

12 April 1920 at Colombo alongside HMS CAROLINE refuelling her then sailed COLOMBO to Bombay arriving 16 April 1920

20 April 1920 HMS COLOMBO and HMS MOTH alongside for refueling

21 April 1920 at Bombay moored alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her - 300 tons of FFO and then sailed to Abadan arriving 27 April 1920

1 May 1920 at Abadan - loaded 1,600 tons FFO

5 May 1920 at Shat al Arab - loaded remainder of fuel - full load of 2,088 tons

6 May 1920 sailed Shat al Arab for Colombo. Ship not answering to wheel - defect in steering - starboard anchor let go. Steering repaired. Ship sailed 2 hours late. 

15 May 1920 on buoys at Colombo

14 June 1920 at Colombo berthed alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her - 517 tons FFO - then to Admiralty berth

23 June 1920 at Colombo moored alongside RFA WAR NIZAM to load fuel and stores then to breakwater berth

6 August 1920 at Colombo alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her

10 August 1920 at Colombo alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her - supplied 291 tons of FFO 

11 August 1920 and 12 August 1920 at Colombo with divers from HMS COMUS examining her keel

16 August 1920 Mr Ernest K Horsley RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Ernest K Horsley

Chief Engineer Officer Ernest K Horsley RFA

16 August 1920 to 30 August 1920 at Colombo divers from HMS CAROLINE inspected the keel of Rapidol

16 September 1920 sailed from Colombo for Trincomalee

18 September 1920 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 739 tons FFO supplied

28 September 1920 at Trincomalee divers from HMS CAROLINE continued working on Radidol's keel

8 October 1920 off Trincomalee was the target for a cruiser training torpedo attack

11 October 1920 off Trincomalee took HMS COMUS in tow and RASed astern between 1340 and 1700hrs transfered 68 tons of FFO. Also towed HMS CAROLINE and transferred 58 tons of FFO

22 October 1920 at Trincomalee a working party from HMS CAROLINE on board repairing the taget

27 October 1920 at Trincomalee alongside HMS CAROLINE refuelling her with 160 tons of FFO

29 October 1920 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS refuelling her - 504 tons FFO supplied

22 November 1920 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 128 tons FFO supplied

8 January 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 277 tons FFO supplied

11 and 12 January 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS MALAYA refuelling her

14 February 1921 off Trincomalee subject to training torpedo attack from HMS CAROLINE. One torpedo recovered a second torpedo was lost

20 February 1921 Captain William F Clay RFA appointed as Master

Captain William Frederick Clay

Captain William F Clay RFA

25 February 1921 at Bombay alongside HMS MALAYA refuelling her

8 April 1921 at Bombay alongside HMS CAROLINE refuelling her

5 May 1921 sailed Trincomalee Harbour towing a target

9 May 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 440 tons FFO supplied

12 May 1921 off Trincomalee towing a target for HMS CAROLINE to fire at

20 May, 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her 

28 May 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 219 tons FFO supplied

6 June 1921 at Colombo alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 138 tons FFO supplied

22 June 1921 at Colombo alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her

11 July 1921 at Colombo alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her

28 July 1921 berthed at Mauritius alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 627 tons FFO supplied

31 July 1921 berthed at Mauritius alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her

1 August 1921 sailed Port Louis, Mauritius for Colombo

10 August 1921 at Colombo alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 290 tons FFO supplied

11 August 1921 at Colombo alongside HMS CAROLINE to refuel her

12 August 1921 at Colombo alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 253 tons FFO supplied

23 August 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 457 tons FFO supplied

9 September 1921 at Trincomalee alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 287 tons FFO supplied

13 September 1921 at Madras

22 September 1921 off Trincomalee HMS CAROLINE in tow and RASed astern transfered 50 tons FFO

10 October 1921 off Trincomalee took HMS COMUS in tow and RASed astern between 0810 and 1145hrs transfered 121 tons of FFO. Returned to harbour, berthed alongside HMS COMUS and supplied a further 314 tons of FFO

22 November 1921 at Bombay alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her - 444 tons FFO supplied

24 November 1921 at Bombay alongside HMS RENOWN to refuel her

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HMS RENOWN

9 January 1922 at Bombay alongside HMS RENOWN to refuel her - 699 tons of FFO supplied

24 February 1922 at Colombo alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her

28 February 1922 dressed overall in Colombo Harbour on the occasion of the wedding of Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V and Queen Mary and Viscount Lascelles, later the 6th Earl of Harewood. Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was one of the bridesmaids

23 March 1922 at Colombo alongside HMS COMUS to refuel her

24 March 1922 arrived at Trincomali and anchored

29 March 1922 and 30 March 1922 off Trincomali towed a target for HMS COLOMBO's sub-calibre firing exercise

5 April 1922 berthed alongside HMS COLOMBO

20 May 1922 at the Military Hospital, Bombay Captain William Frederick Clay RFA discharged dead from natural causes

28 May 1922 at Trincomalee alongside HMS RENOWN to refuel her

6 June 1922 at Colombo alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

 

HMS Cairo

HMS CAIRO

15 June 1922 between Colombo and Trincomalee was the training target of a night attack by HMS CAIRO

4 July 1922 at Colombo as oiler to the East Indies Squadron

14 July 1922 at Colombo alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

17 July 1922 at Colombo alongside HMS COLOMBO to refuel her

21 July 1922 at Colombo received returned stores from HMS COLOMBO

24 July 1922 09:00hrs sailed from Colombo

20 August 1922 berthed at Colombo

2 September 1922 off Trincomalee towed target for HMS COLOMBO

6 September 1922 off Trincomalee towed target for HMS COLOMBO's sub-calibre target practice

3 October 1922 arrived at Trincomalee and anchored

5 October 1922 off Trincomalee took HMS CAIRO in tow to RAS with her. Oil transferred over 2 hours 40 minutes. Also towed HMS COLOMBO to RAS with her - 215 tons of FFO supplied

11 October 1922 off Trincomalee towed target for HMS COLOMBO's sub-calibre target practice

13 October 1922 off Trincomalee two runs towing target for HMS COLOMBO's 6" target practice

19 October 1922 at sea off Trincomalee with HMS's CAIRO, COLOMBO and SOUTHAMPTON. Towed a target which was attacked by the cruisers

23 October 1922 at Trincomalee alongside HMS's CAIRO and COLOMBO to refuel them. Supplied 382 tons of FFO to HMS COLOMBO

14 November 1922 arrived at Colombo

18 November 1922 at Colombo alongside HMS COLOMBO to refuel her with FFO

5 January 1923 Mr Alexander D Scott RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Alexander D Scott

Chief Engineer Officer Alexander D Scott RFA

5 February 1923 off Trincomalee served as a target for two of HMS CAIRO's torpedo firing trials

10 February 1923 sailed Trincomalee to Colombo arriving the next day

17 February 1923 sailed Colombo

26 February 1923 berthed at Colombo

6 March 1923 sailed Colombo

20 March 1923 and 21 March 1923 off Trincomalee towing a target which HMS COLOMBO fired on

22 March 1923 at Trincomalee berthed alongside HMS COLOMBO embarking stores from the cruiser

24 March 1923 at Colombo alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

16 April 1923 at Mahe, Seychelles with HMS COLOMBO alongside her

HMS Colombo

HMS COLOMBO

20 April 1923 berthed at Port Louis, Mauritius

21 April 1923 at Port Louis, Mauritius alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

30 July 1923 at Colombo berthed alongside HMS COLOMBO

17 August 1923 at Colombo alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

30 August 1923 at Colombo alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

6 September 1923 at Colombo alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

12 September 1923 sailed Colombo with HMS COLOMBO

17 September 1923 at Trincomalee with working party onboard from HMS CAIRO painting a target

18 September 1923 at Trincomalee with working party onboard from HMS COLOMBO

28 September 1923 at Trincomalee berthed alongside HMS COLOMBO

3 October 1923 at sea of Trincomalee towing a target for HMS COLOMBO to carry out a 6" full calibre shoot

21 October 1923 sailed Trincomalee

6 November 1923 sailed Colombo

14 November 1923 at Bombay berthed alongside HMS COLOMBO on B2 Buoy

27 November 1923 at Bombay berthed alongside HMS COLOMBO

15 January 1924 arrived at Colombo with 11 ratings for HMS COLOMBO

27 January 1924 at Trincomalee alongside HMS DUNEDIN and refuelled her

19 January 1924 sailed Colombo

20 May 1924 at the Military Hospital, Bombay Captain William Frederick Clay RFA discharged dead from natural causes

Press Cutting Western Morn News 9 July 1924

Press Cutting from the Western Morning News
of 9 July 1924 with errors

17 July 1924 Captain Charles L Cutsforth RFA appointed as Master until 14 November 1926 when he became Master of RFA Slavol

Charles L Cutsforth

Captain Charles L Cutsforth RFA

21 September 1924 at Trincomalee, Ceylon Oilman Ebrahim Mahomed Jaffer discharged dead from natural causes

13 November 1924 Mr George T Beed RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO George T Beed

Chief Engineer Officer George T Beed RFA

8 February 1925 at the General Hospital, Colombo Butler Nasmeuth Noronha discharged dead from natural causes

28 August 1925 sailed Colombo to Trincomalee to refuel HMS HERMES

5 January 1927 berthed on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty at Portsmouth Harbour

7 January 1927 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth the next day

27 January 1927 in No: 13 Dock at Portsmouth Harbour

5 December 1927 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth the next day

20 January 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour 

11 February 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

1 March 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 March 1928 passed the Lloyds SIgnal Station on the Lizard sailing westwards

5 April 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 April 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 May 1928 Captain Stanley G Kent RFA appointed as Master

11 May 1928 Mr John H Collings RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. In post until 3 August 1928

CEO John COLLINGS

Chief Engineer Officer John H Collings RFA

 

19 May 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

22 May 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

2 June 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 June 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 June 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 June 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 July 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 July 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

2 August 1928 Mr George C Dunning RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Chief Engineer Officer George C Dunning RFA

 

15 September 1928 at 36.59N 9.08W Greaser Edwin Charles Howell discharged dead - found missing from the ship at sea - presumed drowned. Previously he had sailed on RFA SERBOL

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Greaser Edwin Charles Howell - lost at sea

 

16 July 1929 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa as Station Oiler

26 June 1930 sailed Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

18 July 1930 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

21 August 1930 sailed Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

15 September 1930 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

13 December 1930 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

25 June 1931 sailed Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

8 July 1931 Captain Reginald J Harland RFA appointed as Master and Mr Sydney J M Esson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 HARLAND REGINALD JOHN

Captain Reginald J Harland RFA

ESSON SYDNEYJAMESMUNRO

Chief Engineer Officer Sydney J M Esson RFA

30 July 1931 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

7 September 1931 sailed Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

9 September 1931 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

26 September 1931 sailed Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

6 October 1931 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

July 1933 laid up at Simonstown, South Africa then at Rosyth until 1935

24 May 1934 Mr G A Calvert RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

24 March 1937 Mr Matthew Blair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 August 1938 at Simonstown

24 August 1939 Captain Albert  E Curtain RFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Master

25 August 1939 docked at Selborne Graving Dock, Simonstown Dockyard

9 September 1939 undocked from Selbourne Graving Dock, Simonstown Dockyard

27 December 1939 at Simonstown alongside HMS NORFOLK refuelling her

21 February 1940 Mr J Cook RFA appointed as Chief Engineering Officer

29 February 1940 sailed from Simontown Dockyard for gunnery and target towing exercises in False Bay returning to Simonstown on completion

12 March 1940 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard

13 March 1940 as station oiler and with rigid economy in the use of water at Simontown being exercised Rapidol distilled water for her own use, the use of locally based minesweepers and HM Tug St Dogmael

14 March 1940 berthed at Simontown Dockyard and docked at Selborne Graving Dock

15 March 1940 undocked from Selbourne Graving Dock, Simonstown Dockyard

16 March 1940 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard

4 April 1940 at 21.27hrs sailed Cape Town having refuelled HM Transport Queen Mary with 6,498 tons of FFO

5 April 1940 berthed at Simontown Dockyard

6 April 1940 boiler cleaning at Simonstown Dockyard

15 April 1940 sailed from Simonstown Dockyard for Freetown

28 April 1940 arrived at Freetown

29 March 1941 arrived at St. Helena from Freetown while on passage to Simonstown Dockyard

8 April 1941 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard

1 May 1941 sailed Simonstown Dockyard

11 May 1941 sailed Simontown Dockyard for Cape Town at 1530hrs

12 May 1941 arrived at Cape Town at 0540hrs to dock

4 June 1941 sailed Cape Town for St. Helena and Freetown (source Admiralty War Diary for this day)

27 June 1941 in the London Gazette of this day on page 3737 Captain Albert Edward Curtain RFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR) was appointed an Officer of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

30 August 1941 sailed Freetown in company of the cruiser HMS DUNEDIN and rendezvoused with the battle cruiser HMS REPULSE (source Admiralty War Diary for this date)

5 September 1941 RAS'ed with HMS DUNEDIN

6 September 1941 in an extraordinary incident, HMS DUNEDIN and Rapidol almost collide. Only Dunedin's engines slammed astern avert a disaster

7 September 1941 signalled HMAS NESTOR that she had insufficient FFO to refuel both her and HMS REPULSE. HMAS NESTOR diverted on 8 September 1941 to Bathurst to refuel (source HMAS NESTOR's Report of Proceedings)

15 September 1941 arrived at Freetown in convoy WS11S which she had joined at sea on 8 September 1941

3 October 1941 2nd Engineer Officer Andrew Nicol Porteous RFA and 4th Engineer Officer Cecil Douglas Buchanan RFA both awarded the Polar Medal in Bronze for (in the case of Porteous) services onboard the RRS DISCOVERY and RRS DISCOVERY II during 1925 to 1939 and (in the case of Buchanan) services onboard the RRS DISCOVERY II and RRS WILLIAM SCORESBY also during 1925 to 1939. Awards published in the London Gazette of this day - page 5786 and in AFO4830/1941

6 November 1941 sailed Freetown in convoy SL92 (a convoy from Freetown to Liverpool). On 13 November 1941 joined convoy OS10 a convoy from Liverpool to Freetown arriving Freetown 18 November 1941

19 November 1941 equipped for fuelling escorts, she sailed Freetown with her own escort of  the corvette  HMS BERGAMOT to join Convoy SL93, transferring to Convoy OS11 with the Freetown Escort Force for the passage back to Freetown - source Admiralty War Diary of this day - page 863

18 January 1942 sailed escorted by HMS JASMINE from Bathurst on orders of C in C South Atlantic 

22 January 1942 off Cape Verde Islands while being escorted by HMS JASMINE to refuel HMS RESOLUTION but due to the sea state this was not possible. The vessels moved to south in the lee of Sal Island. The sea state was still unsuitable until the next day when the battleship was refuelled

25 January 1942 refuelled HMAS NORMAN alongside

3 February 1942 arrived off Jamestown, St Helena to refuel three ships before departing the next day

23 February 1942 at Mordeira Bay, Sal Island Cape Verde Islands alongside HMS RESOLUTION to refuel her. HMS VANSITTART followed and was refuelled at the same location on the same date

11 July 1942 at Freetown 3rd Engineer Officer John Alexander Manners discharged dead - drowned

27 July 1942 sailed Freetown escorted by HMS SNOWDROP to St. Helena arriving on 8 August 1942

6 August 1942 refuelled escorts of convoy WS21 near position E (10.10S 8.22W) then HMS SNOWDROP escorted RAPIDOL to position X (6.00S 9.35W) then to position A (7.50N 14.06W) where they were joined by HMS BOREAS. HMS VIMY from Freetown joined at position X. Both HMS's BOREAS and VIMY topped up with fuel and were then detached to join HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and HMS MAYALA at about 7.00S on 10 August 1942. HMS SNOWDROP continued escorting Rapidol to Freetown though position A eventually returned to Freetown on 19 August 1942. Source Admiralty War Diary of 6 August 1942 page 346 

14 September 1942 sailed Freetown in convoy SL 122 arriving the Clyde 5 October 1942

28 October 1942 Captain Robert H Venning RFA appointed as Master and Mr John H Dawe RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO John H Dawe

Chief Engineer Office John H Dawe RFA

7 January 1943 at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow Tindal Sk Abdooraman Malkd Joffer discharged dead - cancer of the larynx and lung

26 January 1943 at Belfast while berthing alongside HMS UNICORN to refuel her badly bent both No: 2 Cutters gantries and damaged the tankers starboard wing of her bridge

7 March 1943 Mr Graham W Martin RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Graham Withy Martin

Chief Engineer Officer Graham W Martin RFA

28 March 1943 arrived Reykjavik in convoy UR68 which had sailed from Loch Ewe

29 March 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS HOWE refuelling her

7 April 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS HOWE refuelling her

13 April 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS HOWE refuelling her

14 April 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS HOWE refuelling her

22 April 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS HOWE refuelling her

27 April 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS HOWE refuelling her

3 May 1943 at Reykjavik harbour, Iceland - USS Stansbury (DMS8) alongside refuelling - received 50,251 gallons of FFO. Dragged anchor, ran aground on Engey Island but was refloated

8 May 1943 at Havlfjord, Iceland alongside HMS ANSON refuelling her with 382 tons FFO

11 May 1943 at Havlfjord, Iceland alongside HMS ANSON refuelling her

30 May 1943 escorted by HMS Ships LLANDUDNO, BEAUMARIS, ARDROSSAN, and PETERHEAD sailed Hvalfiord for Akureyri. C in C Home Fleet had advised that the Royal Navy required 8,000 tons of FFO plus an operational margin of 2,000 tons to be available at Akureyri between 2 to 11 June 1943

1 June 1943 1943 RAPIDOL and escort arrived Akureyri

20 July 1943 at Havlfjord, Iceland alongside HMS ANSON refuelling her with 678 tons FFO

30 July 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS LONDON refuelling her

5 August 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside HMS LONDON refuelling her

25 November 1943 at Hvalfjord, Iceland alongside USS Forest (DD461) refuelling her - she received 81,480 gallons of fuel oil

20 February 1944 in Operation FX- the passage of Arctic Convoy JW 57 from Loch Ewe to Northern Russia, which consisted of 40 freighters, 2 tankers doubling as oilers, a rescue ship, 3 Russian-manned coastal minesweepers and 3 Patrol Craft being delivered to their new owners

2 March 1944 at Leith

9 March 1944 sailed Reyjavik in convoy RU111 arriving Loch Ewe on 12 March 1944 - escorted by HMT QUADRILLE and HMT COTILLION

3 May 1944 in Belfast Lough with USS Forest (DD461) alongside being refuelled

11 June 1944 sailed the Solent in convoy RTM6 arriving Seine Bay on 12 June 1944

15 June 1944 berthed at Portmouth Harbour and then sailing later in the day to sea

22 June 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 June 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour escorted by USS Thompson (DD305) for duty off Utah beach, Normandy

30 June 1944 in Mulberry A, off Omaha Beach, Normandy USS Cormorant (ATO133) alongside to refuel. Also USS ATR-13 alongside to refuel supplied to her 39,497 gallons of fuel oil

2 July 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 July 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

5 July 1944 arrived Seine Bay in convoy ECM 22 which had sailed from Falmouth

11 July 1944 during Operation Neptune sailed to Portsmouth Harbour carrying 320 survivors from LST 508 - 210 stretcher cases and 86 walking (source Admiralty War diary of this day)

12 July 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

14 July 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 August 1944 in Cherbourg Harbour with USS Maloy (DE791) alongside being refuelled. Suffered damage to port side which was repaired at Plymouth between 16 and 23 August 1944.

2 August 1944 at Seine Bay alongside USS Chimo (ACM-1) refuelling her 17,250 gallons of fuel oil supplied

5 September 1944 sailed the Solent in convoy EPM53

16 September 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FBC84 to Portsmouth Harbour arriving 17 September 1944

21 September 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 November 1944 Mr William H MacFarlane RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 CEO Wm H MacFarlane

Chief Engineer Officer William H MacFarlane RFA

8 November 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 December 1944 Captain William R Parker RFA appointed as Master

17 February 1945 sailed Liverpool in convoy OS111KM which also contained RFA SERBOL and then convoy KMS85G arriving Gibraltar 25 February 1945

25 February 1945 sailed Gibraltar independently to Port Said arriving 4 March 1945

12 March 1945 sailed Suez independently to Aden arriving 17 March 1945

18 March 1945 sailed Aden independently to Colombo arriving on 25 March 1945

9 April 1945 sailed Colombo

1 May 1945 sailed Colombo independently arriving Darwin 14 May 1945

19 May 1945 sailed Darwin 1945 arriving Port Moresby 23 May 1945

23 May 1945 sailed Port Moresby independently arriving Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands 27 May 1945

31 May 1945 the Officer in Charge of the Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands return of RFA ships at the base together with Rapidol were RFA's ARNDALE, BACCHUS (2), BROWN RANGER, CEDARDALE, GREEN RANGER, WAVE EMPEROR, WAVE KING & WAVE MONARCH

30 June 1945 the Officer in Charge of the Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands return of RFA ships at the base together with Rapidol were RFA's BACCHUS (2), BROWN RANGER, GREEN RANGER and WAVE MONARCH

7 July 1945 at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands with HMAS PIRIE alongside to refuel

8 July 1945 at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands with HMAS BENDIGO alongside to refuel

August 1945 was attached to the British Pacific Fleet along with numerous other RFA’s and was finally based at Hong Kong

12 August 1945 at Manus Naval Base, Admiralty Islands with HMAS's LAUNCESTON and BENDIGO alongside to refuel

30 August 1945 sailed Manus escorted by HMAS's GAWLER, LAUNCESTON and TAMWORTH to Hong Kong from 'Position Cootie'

4 September 1945 RASed with HMAS's GAWLER and LAUNCESTON using the buoyant hose method off Hong Kong

5 September 1945 refuelled HMAS TAMWORTH alongside while at anchor off Basilan Island

9 September 1945 arrived at Hong Kong

From 19 September 1945 to 3 April 1948 in port at Hong Kong

6 November 1946 Captain Rowland K Hill RFA appointed as Master

Captain Rowland Kelsey Hill OBE

Captain Rowland K Hill RFA

9 November 1946 Mr C Scott DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1948 sold out of service to Moller & Co, Hong Kong 

22 July 1949 suffered weather damage while on way to Osaka.

1 August 1949 while berthing struck the quay.

28 October 1949 under RN escort entered the Yangste Estuary and ran the Shanghai sea blockade maintained by a Nationalist gunboat to deliver ½ million gallons of diesel oil for Caltex. She claimed to the gun boat that she was RFA Black Ranger

1950 renamed LOUISE MOLLER by her owners

1 June 1950 at San Carlos, Phillipine Islands Quartermaster Lam Kok Sui discharged dead - heart attack

1951 owners became Mount Line Ltd with Mollers as Managers and she was renamed  MOUNT CAMERON and was engaged in running the Chinese Blockade in the Formosa Straits to Communist China

17 December 1951 alongside in Singapore Harbour

23 January 1952 alongside in Singapore Harbour

7 June 1952 alongside in Singapore Harbour

12 July 1952 alongside in Singapore Harbour

4 December 1952 alongside in Singapore Harbour

11 March 1953 anchored in the Inner Roads, Singapore

26 March 1953 alongside in Singapore Harbour

10 July 1953 anchored in the Inner Roads, Singapore

2 September 1953 anchored in the Outer Roads, Singapore

26 February 1954 at Hong Kong Captain Robert Cook discharged dead - natural causes

3 October 1955 arrived Hong Kong for demolition by Chip Hua

 

Notes:

Was part of the British Pacific Fleet Train - hence the B-pennant number

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