Spa 04
RFA Spa

RFA_Spa-03

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name: 

Official Number:                     168280                                                                          

Class:                                    SPA CLASS Water Carrier

Pennant No:                          X 92 / A192

Laid down:                             26 September 1940
Builder:                                  Phillip & Sons, Dartmouth
Launched:                             8 November 1941
Into Service:                          24 April 1942
Out of service:
Fate:                                     Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  There were 6 ships in this Class, all coal-fired and all built to an Admiralty design. Originally intended for service with the RFA, several of them were transferred to Dockyard Service later in their careers and came under what was then the Port Authority service which in turn became the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service. Some of them were also employed by the Army at times, in bases where fresh water supplies were difficult to obtain. RFA SPABECK was for some years employed as a carrier of hydrogen peroxide fuel for experimental submarine engines, being specially converted for this task by Vickers Ltd and was based at Barrow, manned by RFA crews when not laid up between experiments.

 

October 1939 ordered

8 November 1941 launched by Philip & Son Ltd, Dartmouth as Yard Nr: 937 named SPA

14 April 1942 Captain Arthur E Craze RFA appointed as Master

 

A_E_Craze

Captain Arthur E Craze RFA
courtesy of Graham Henshaw

 

24 April 1942 delivered at a cost of £84,450 including extras.

24 May 1942 sailed Loch Ewe in convoy WN287 arriving at Methil on 26 May 1942 ship detached for Scapa Flow

4 July 1942 in collision with the cruiser HMS PHOEBE

Phoebe 02

HMS PHOEBE

18 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water.

21 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water.

22 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water.

24 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water.

25 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water.

28 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water.

30 July 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

6 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

7 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

9 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

10 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

11 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

13 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

15 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

19 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water - RFA Black Ranger was alongside also refuelling her

22 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water. RFA Mixol was also alongside refuelling her

23 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

25 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

30 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water. RFA Mixol was also alongside refuelling her

31 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water.

3 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

5 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

6 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

8 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

9 September 1942 in collision with the battleship HMS HOWE

10 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

11 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

13 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

14 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

15 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

18 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water. RFA Distol was alongside also refuelling her

19 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

20 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

22 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

26 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

27 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK supplying her with fresh water

28 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK supplying her with fresh water

30 September 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK supplying her with fresh water

1 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

2 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

5 October 1942 in collision with the battleship HMS KING GEORGE Vat Scapa Flow

23 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

24 October 1942 at  Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

26 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

27 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

28 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS  HOWE supplying her with fresh water. RFA Petronell was alongside the battleship at the same time also supplying her with fresh water

1 November1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

3 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

5 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

9 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water along with RFA Petronel

10 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water along with RFA Fred Everard (a hired RFA)

21 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

22 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

23 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

25 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

28 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

29 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

30 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

2 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

3 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

4 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V  supplying her with fresh water

5 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

8 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

9 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

10 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

14 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

14 December 1942 Mr John Ismay RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

CEO ISMAY JOHN

Chief Engineer Officer John Ismay RFA

 

15 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

19 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

20 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

24 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

27 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

28 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water

20 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

24 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying her with 15 tons of fresh water

25 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying her with 75 tons of fresh water

27 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying her with 65 tons of fresh water

30 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying her with 50 tons of fresh water

22 February 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying her with 40 tons of fresh water

7 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying her with 30 tons of fresh water

3 April 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

HMS Anson

HMS ANSON

25 June 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

26 June 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

9 July 1943 Captain E E Lawrence RFA appointed as Master

4 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS CEYLON supplying her with fresh water

HMS Ceylon

HMS CEYLON

8 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

10 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water. RFA BLUE RANGER was also alongside supplying 692 tons of FFO

11 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

12 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

13 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

16 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

18 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

20 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

21 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

22 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

23 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

30 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

3 December 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

8 December 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

12 December 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

14 December 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

16 December 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

20 December 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

12 January 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 65 tons of fresh water

17 January 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

18 January 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

21 March 1944 Greaser Daniel O'Leary, aged 53, discharged dead - through natural causes. Buried at the Royal Naval Cemetry, Lyness, Scapa Flow. Grave - Plot O Row I Grave 11

OLEARY DANIEL

Greaser Daniel O'Leary RFA

 

O'Leary RFA Spa

 

17 August 1944 Captain David Cook RFA appointed as Master

20 August 1944 Captain John Walker RFA, aged 38, discharged dead. Buried at the Royal Naval Cemetry, Lyness, Scapa Flow. Grave - Plot H (North Border) Grave 8.

 

Walker RFA Spa

 

10 October 1944 at Lyness with Captain David Cook RFA as Master

13 October 1944 at Greenoch alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 36 tons of fresh water

23 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 24 tons of fresh water

24 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 55 tons of fresh water

26 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 45 tons of fresh water

25 May 1945 deployed on Fleet Attendance duties in the Firth of Forth

16 July 1945 Captain Evan O Morris RFA appointed as Master. Previously had been the Master of RFA Spabeck

Captain Evan Owen Morris

Captain Evan O Morris RFA
image taken in 1921

19 October 1945 at Rosyth

1 May 1946 berthed at Grangemouth from Rosyth sailing the same day having loaded a cargo of distilled water for Rosyth

27 July 1946 until 31 August 1946 at Harwich

18 November 1946 at Chatham

10 October 1949 at Greenock with Mr J A Johnstone RFA as Chief Engineer Officer

1 August 1970 on the Disposal List at Greenock and offered for sale in the Times of this day 'as lying'

21 September 1970 purchased by H.G. Pounds Shipowners and Shipbreakers Ltd, Portsmouth for scrap,  but resold to Irish breakers

9 October 1970 arrived Passage West, Cork, Eire for breaking up by Haulbowline Industries Ltd

 

Notes:

 

Her bell can be seen in the Chapel of St Nicholas, Langstone, Havant.

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