RFA WAR NIZAM 1943 HMS Vivien

RFA War Nizam with HMS Vivien berthed alongside
© Mike Day Collection

 
Subsequent name:                  Basinghall   

Official Number:                      142691

Class:                                     WAR CLASS Freighting Tanker - 5 cargo tanks

Pennant No:                           Y7.303 / X81

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Palmers, Jarrow
Launched:                               5 September 1918

Into Service:                            October 1918
Out of service:
Fate:                                       1949 Scrapped


Items of historic interest involving this ship: -


Background Data: To combat the alarming losses of British merchant ships during WW1, the New Ministries and Secretaries Act was passed in December 1916, which provided for the appointment of a Shipping Controller with very wide powers “to take such steps as he thinks best for providing and maintaining an efficient supply of shipping”. On 20 December 1916, the first meeting of the Merchant Shipbuilding Advisory Committee took place where it was decided that an extensive shipbuilding programme should be started, the ships to be of a simple design and as far as possible to be of a standard type as regards hulls and engines. These new vessels for the Government were given a standard nomenclature, the prefix to their names being WAR. Eight hundred and twenty one vessels were ordered from U.K. yards and abroad and four hundred and sixteen were completed to Government order, two hundred and seventy nine were sold and transferred to private owners before completion and the remainder were cancelled. Of the four hundred and sixteen completed to Government order, fifteen were transferred to Admiralty service as oilers. They were all modified versions of the A and B Class standard dry cargo ships, known as the Z Class. All had two large dry cargo holds, six of them had five cargo tanks and the remaining nine had seven cargo tanks, specially designed for the carriage of heavy fuel oil. Most of them were initially under commercial management.

 

 

28 October 1918 completed and placed under initial management of British Tanker Co Ltd, London

7 December 1918 sailed Grangemouth for Texas

31 December 1918 arrived at Port Arthur from Grangemouth

3 January 1919 sailed Port Arthur, Texas to Lough Swilly

23 January 1919 arrived at Greenock from Port Arthur

18 February 1919 sailed the Clyde for Port Arthur

7 March 1919 arrived at Port Arthur from the Clyde

10 March 1919 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Gibraltar

13 April 1919 arrived at Port Said from Gibraltar

16 July 1919 arrived at Suez

9 August 1919 arrived at Port Said from Gibraltar

14 November 1919 arrived at Suez from Abadan

6 December 1919 arrived Port Said

7 March 1920 arrived at Suez from Abadan

27 April 1920 arrived at Colombo from Suez

29 April 1920 and 30 April 1920 at Colombo alongside HMS CICALA to refuel her and HMS MOTH to refuel her also with 51½ tons of FFO

8 May 1920 at Trincomalee with HMS CAROLINE alongside to be refuelled - issued to her 550 tons of FFO

23 June 1920 at Colombo moored alongside RFA RAPIDOL to load fuel and stores to her

29 October 1920 berthed at Singapore from Constantinople, Turkey

30 October 1920 sailed Singapore for Aden

31 December 1920 alongside HMS MALAYA at Aden refuelling her

1921 transferred to Admiralty ownership but remained under commercial management

18 January 1921 sailed Abadan for Gibraltar

1 February 1921 arrived at Suez

12 February 1921 berthed at Gibraltar from Port Said to discharge cargo

18 February 1921 sailed Gibraltar for Port Arthur, Texas

12 March 1921 berthed at Port Arthur, Texas from Gibraltar

17 March 1921 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for the River Clyde

13 April 1921 arrived at Glasgow from Texas

15 April 1921 sailed Glasgow for Port Arthur, Texas

6 June 1921 arrived at Greenock from Port Arthur, Texas

13 June 1921 sailed Glasgow for Port Arthur, Texas

25 June 1921 arrived at Port Said while on passage from the Clyde for Abadan

17 August 1921 sailed Malta for Port Arthur, Texas

1 September 1921 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Malta

3 September 1921 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Devonport

18 September 1921 while on passage to Devonport radioed she was 730 n.mile west of Valentia

23 November 1921 sailed Port Victoria, Sheerness for Abadan

28 November 1921 berthed at Gibraltar from Port Victoria, Sheerness

16 December 1921 arrived at Aden sailing the same day for Abadan

25 December 1921 arrived at Abadan

12 January 1922 arrived at Suez when on passage from Abadan to Malta

8 February 1922 sailed Gibraltar for Trinidad

25 February 1922 sailed Trinidad for Devonport

15 March 1922 arrived at Portland from Trinidad

7 April 1922 sailed Plymouth for Abadan

6 July 1922 sailed Port Arthur

19 July 1922 sailed the Clyde

31 July 1922 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

2 August 1922 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 August 1922 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

14 August 1922 arrived at Plymouth from Glasgow

13 September 1922 at Plymouth

26 September 1922 sailed Plymouth to Gibraltar

1 October 1922 berthed at Gibraltar

17 October 1922 passed Perim when on passage from Plymouth to Abadan

4 December 1922 Fireman Walter James Pyne discharged dead. He is buried in Shell Green Cemetery, Turkey in Plot KL Row A Grave 2

Walter James Pyne 2 

Fireman Walter J Pyne

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Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project 

 

9 December 1922 arrived Port Said from Contantinople

14 December 1922 passed Perim when on passage to Abadan

5 January 1923 passed Perim when on passage from Abadan to Port Said

18 February 1923 passed Perim

26 February 1923 sailed Port Said for Gibraltar

17 March 1923 sailed Gibraltar for Trinidad

1 July 1923 at Gibraltar Greaser William Jenking discharged dead - death shown as 'accidental'

2 August 1923 sailed Trinidad for Devonport

30 August 1923 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

27 September 1923 sailed Tampico for Devonport

14 October 1923 while on passage to Devonport radioed she was 1,450 nmiles west of Land End

18 October 1923 arrived at Glasgow having sailed from Devonport

19 November 1923 Captain Percy Daniel RFA was Master

1 December 1923 grounded off Hull. The ship's Master held to blame owing to negligence. The Master and Chief Officer deemed not to be re-employed on Admiralty vessels

2 December 1923 put back into Hull following the grounding 

25 January 1924 Captain Robert O Putt RFA was Master

Captain Robert O Putt

Captain Robert O Putt RFA

30 January 1924 at Hull

31 January 1924 sailed Hull

24 February 1924 arrived New Orleans 

29 February 1924 berthed at Port Arthur to load

3 March 1924 sailed Port Arthur 

24 March 1924 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour to discharge

31 March 1924 sailed Devonport for Galveston

13 May 1924 berthed at Gibraltar - sailed the same day

30 May 1924 berthed Gibraltar 

1 June 1924 sailed Gibraltar for Port Arthur arriving 21 June 1924

22 June 1924 sailed Port Arthur to New York arriving 26 June 1924

12 July 1924 berthed at Gibraltar from Port Arthur sailing the same day for Spezia

24 July 1924 at Gibraltar

15 August 1924 berthed at Houston, Texas

18 August 1924 sailed Houston, Texas to New York 

8 September 1924 berthed at Gibraltar - sailed the same day

25 September 1924 at Port Said

8 October 1924 berthed at Abadan to load

13 October 1924 sailed Abadan to Port Said arriving on 27 October 1924

6 November 1924 berthed at Gibraltar 

23 November 1924 sailed Gibraltar to Trinidad arriving 7 December 1924

9 December 1924 sailed Trinidad

28 December 1924 radioed Lands End (LEFO)

4 January 1925 sailed the Clyde

27 January 1925 at Colon, Republic of Panama when on passage to Los Angles

13 August 1925 sailed Trinidad

23 September 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 December 1925 at Rotterdam

16 August 1926 sailed from Hull for Rio Janerio in ballast

27 January 1927 at Port Houston

14 March 1927 sailed Curacao for Gibraltar

25 April 1927 at Curacao

8 July 1927 when on passage to the Azores was 95 miles SE of Lands End

17 July 1927 passed Fayal when on passage to Curacao

17 August 1927 at Shellhaven

24 August 1927 sailed Hamburg for Chatham

30 September 1927 arrived St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands from Shellhaven

12 November 1927 one crew member admitted to the Seamans Hospital at Tilbury suffering from Enteric Fever

27 December 1927 sailed Trinidad for St Nazaire

15 March 1928 arrived Avonmouth berthing on the Pil Jetty in the Royal Edward Dock to discharge cargo

17 March 1928 sailed Avonmouth

22 November 1928 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

4 December 1928 sailed Devonport for Manchester

6 December 1928 arrived at Liverpool

1 April 1929 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

9 April 1929 in No: 12 Dock, Portsmouth Harbour

20 April 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 May 1929 berthed at Thameshaven

14 December 1929 in refit in Devonport

23 December 1929 included in a published list of RFA's at Devonport together with RFA's ELDEROL, ORANGELEAF (1), LIMOL and WAR HINDOO

31 December 1929 sailed Devonport

6 February 1930 before Plymouth Magistrates' Court Fireman William John Hennessey appeared summoned for failing to join War Nizam on 31 December 1930 and receiving and cashing an advance note. Fireman Hennessey pleaded Not Guilty to willfully missing his ship. The evidence produced showed that he had signed on the ship which was at the time in Devonport Dockyard. He further received an advance note for £4 10sh which was repayable four days after the ship had sailed. The advance note had then been chased ashore. After giving evidence in his own defence the Court dismissed the charge

21 March 1930 arrived Ardrossan from Curacao with a cargo of crude oil

31 March 1930 at 47.30N 22.22W Carpenter William Murray Bain discharged dead - missing at sea

4 May 1930 arrived at Ardrossan

8 May 1930 sailed Ardrossan for St Kitts & Nevis

16 June 1930 sailed Las Palmas for Barbados

25 July 1930 passed Perim when on passage to Malta

28 September 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 October 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

23 December 1930 at Sheerness

1 April 1931 at Sheerness

2 June 1931 sailed Singapore for Abadan

21 August 1931 sailed Aden for Abadan

10 July 1931 at Abadan Ships Cook William John Keys discharged dead having drowned while on shore leave. Previous sailed on RFA WAR SEPOY

12 August 1931 at the British Hospital, Port Said Greaser William Randall discharged dead - natural causes

15 February 1932 arrived at Port Said from Malta

16 February 1932 sailed Suez for Abadan

20 April 1932 sailed Suez for Abadan

9 May 1932 sailed Abadan for Singapore

2 June 1932 sailed Singapore for Abadan

26 June 1932 sailed Abadan for Devonport

9 July 1932 passed Perim while on passage to Devonport

1 August 1932 at Devonport

15 August 1932 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

13 September 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 September 1932 passed Gibraltar for Abadan

3 January 1933 sailed Port Said for Gibraltar

10 March 1933 at Palma Majorca

16 April 1933 at Abadan preparing to sail for Port Said

10 May 1933 at Constantza

21 May 1933 sailed Suez for Bombay

13 July 1933 sailed Abadan for Singapore

30 July 1933 berthed at Singapore from Abadan

3 August 1933 sailed Singapore for Abadan

23 November 1933 sailed Malta for Abadan

13 December 1933 arrived at Abadan from Devonport

15 December 1933 sailed Abadan for Malta

13 January 1934 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 January 1934 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 January 1934 arrived at Port Said when on passage to Abadan

24 May 1934 arrived Suez from Abadan

31 July 1934 arrived Port Said from Constantza

5 August 1934 sailed Port Said for Abadan

5 December 1934 arrived at Port Said

17 December 1934 sailed Port Said for Abadan

22 February 1935 sailed Port Said for Malta

9 March 1935 sailed Port Said for Abadan

25 March 1935 sailed Abadan

28 May 1935 berthed at Invergordon

7 June 1935 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

21 June 1935 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 July 1935 arrived at Port Said

24 August 1935 arrived Port Said from Malta

27 November 1935 at Suez

25 February 1936 sailed Falmouth for Trinidad

30 March 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Trinidad to discharge cargo

6 May 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Trinidad to discharge cargo

12 June 1936 berthed at Gibraltar from Trinidad to discharge cargo

31 July 1936 sailed Portland

24 August 1936 sailed Trinidad

9 September 1936 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 September 1936 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 October 1936 arrived Swansea from Trinidad

6 November 1936 sailed Swansea for Trinidad

16 December 1936 arrived at Swansea from Trinidad

21 December 1936 sailed Swansea for Trinidad

30 January 1937 arrived at Swansea from Trinidad

31 January 1937 transferred to Admiralty management and manning as an RFA at Swansea

1 February 1937 Captain W J Shipton RFA appointed as Master and Mr Arthur L Barr RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Chief Engineer Officer Arthur L Barr RFA

 12 February 1937 sailed Swansea for Trinidad

25 March 1937 arrived at Plymouth

28 March 1937 sailed Plymouth for Trinidad

5 May 1937 arrived at Swansea

5 June 1937 at the British Hospital at Port Said Fireman John Herbert Morgan discharged dead from TB. He had been discharged to the hospital from the ship on 22 May 1937

19 June 1937 sailed Aden for Abadan

15 February 1938 sailed Alexandria for Malta

25 April 1938 berthed at Malta from Port Said - reported in The Times of Malta of 26 April 1938

25 July 1938 berthed at Malta from Haifa - reported in The Times of Malta of 26 July 1938

20 October 1938 sailed Immingham for Rosyth in ballast

2 February 1939 at Leith Docks later sailing to Rosyth

3 March 1939 Mr William W Ridgway RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

9 June 1939 Captain Bertram Tunnard RFA appointed as Master

 

Bertram_Tunnard

Captain Bernard Tunnard RFA

 

3 August 1939 Captain Frederick M Harvey RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Frederick M Harvey RFA

 

September 1939 withdrawn from seagoing service at Rosyth and was laid up partly-manned

6 September 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

21 September 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

24 September 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

27 September 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

28 September 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

6 November 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

3 December 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

22 December 1939 at Rosyth alongside HMS GLASGOW refuelling her

10 January 1940 at Rosyth alongside HMS NORFOLK refuelling her

13 March 1940 at Rosyth alongside HMS's BERWICK and NORFOLK to refuel them

18 April 1940 HMS HASTY and destroyer HMS WHITLEY arrived at Scapa Flow escorting RFA War Nizam

23 April 1940 sailed Scapa Flow under the escort of HMS Vanoc for Sullom Voe to discharge and return to Scapa Flow under the same RN escort

5 May 1940 sailed Scapa Flow escorted by anti-submarine trawlers HMS WHITETHORN and HMS LE TIGER to Sullom Voe

25 May 1940 Captain Ernest V Blyth RFA appointed as Master

18 May 1940 escorted by anti-submarine trawlers HMS JUNIPER and HMS HAZEL, arrived at Scapa Flowfrom Sullom Voe.

16 September 1940 sailed in convoy FS 283 from Methil to Sheerness arriving on 19 September 1940

25 September 1940 sailed Sheerness as a 'Fire Ship' to attack Calais Harbour. Operation Lucid. Operation called off returned to harbour due to the MTB's being unable to cope with the bad weather and another one of the 'fire ships' breaking down.

3 October 1940 sailed again from Sheerness as a 'Fire Ship' to attach Calais Harbour. Operation called off returned to harbour due to bad weather

4 October 1940 sailed again from Sheerness as a 'Fire Ship' to attach Calais Harbour. Operation called off returned to harbour due to RAF diversionary flights being unable to take off due to bad weather

7 October 1940 sailed again from Sheerness as a 'Fire Ship' to attach Calais Harbour. Operation cancelled. A destroyer hit a mine and War Nizam broke down.

29 November 1940 sailed in convoy FN 346 from Southend to Sunderland arriving 1 December 1940

12 December 1940 Captain William H Green RFA appointed as Master

Captain WILLIAM HERBERT GREEN

Captain William H Green RFA

21 May 1941 Mr James Paton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 July 1941 in port at Chatham under going boiler repairs

14 August 1941 while in convoy EC60 was bombed by two aircraft dropping five 500/1000lbs bombs. Two bombs fell very near the port bow. Three fell on the starboard quarter. Damage was caused - the forehold was leaking, No 4 main tank was holed. Discharge pump and the windlass were knocked out of action. There was other minor damage - around 100 hits were suffered from gun fire from the aircraft.. The DEMS gunners shot back at the aircraft and one aircraft was believed to be shot down.

21 August 1941 under repair at Grimsby

11 November 1941 attacked by enemy aircraft off Aldeburgh and was damaged in position 52.19 N 01.59 E during which she used her defensive armament.

12 November 1941 berthed Killingholme

4 December 1941 Captain Robert  D Almond RFA appointed as Master. He remained in command until 29 January 1942

Captain Robert Almond

Captain Robert D Almond RFA

23 January 1942 berthed at the River Tyne

8 February 1942 involved in a collision with the Polish ss KATOWICE and was found to be unseaworthy with a twisted stem. Repairs were carried out by Mesrs Russell & Co,  Victoria Docks, London

9 March 1942 Captain Thomas Elder RFA appointed as Master

14 March 1942 sailed London to Grangemouth arriving 19 March 1941

21 March 1942 sailed Grangemouth to Sheerness

29 March 1942 sailed Sheerness to Grangemouth arriving 31 March 1942

2 April 1942 sailed Grangemouth to Rosyth Dockyard arrived the same day

22 May 1942 Mr Edward B Morton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO E B Morton

Chief Engineer Officer Edward B Morton RFA

9 September 1942 sailed in convoy EN 135 from Methil to at Hollyhead 11 September 1942

28 September 1942 in collision with HMS TYNEDALE

 HMS Tynedale

HMS TYNEDALE

20 November 1942 Captain J H Phillips RFA appointed as Master

2 January 1943 Mr Harold R Bullimore RFA (Engineer Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy (retd)) appointed Chief Engineer Officer

13 February 1943 arrived at Methil in convoy WN 394

25 February 1943 Captain Bertram Tunnard RFA appointed as Master

3 October 1943 rescued all the crew of HMT MEROR which was mined and sunk 1 mile south of H5 buoy - 12 miles east of Spurn Point - source Admiralty War Diary

10 November 1943 Mr Frederick O Brims RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer until 1 January 1944

8 January 1944 Mr Wilfred C Shortland RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 February 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 February 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

22 February 1944 suffered an air attack near Southend-on-Sea when the ship was bombed  - Able Seaman Ernest Eric Dalton was killed. He is buried at Haltemprice (Hessle) Cemetery Comp. 52. Plot 6. Grave 6. A second seaman was injured

E E Dalton

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

24 February 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

28 February 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 March 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 March 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 March 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 March 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

5 April 1944 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 April 1944 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 April 1944 Captain Frederick L Finch RFA appointed Master

21 August 1944 sailed the Solent in convoy FBC60 to Barry Docks arriving the next day

24 February 1945 the then Master Captain R Holden RFA wrote to the Editor of the Driffield Times, Yorkshire -

Driffield Times 24 2 1945

6 July 1945 berthed at Grangemouth in ballast

7 July 1945 sailed Grangemouth having loaded cargo

10 July 1945 berthed at Grangemouth in ballast

12 July 1945 sailed Grangemouth having loaded cargo

26 August 1945 Captain William H Green RFA appointed as Master

29 December 1945 Mr James Paton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

12 January 1946 Captain Herbert  A Shacklock RFA appointed as Master

Captain Herbert A Shacklock

Captain Herbert A Shacklock RFA

18 April 1946 sailed Granemouth to Crombie

24 April 1946 arrived at Grangemouth from Rosyth sailing later the same day after loading cargo for the River Tyne

7 June 1946 Chief Engineer Officer James Paton RFA appointed as an Additional Officer of the Military Division of the most excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) vide the London Gazette of this date - page 2882

10 June 1946 at Dover to discharge cargo

21 August 1946 Mr Charles J Falconer RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

2 October 1947 sailed Curacao for LEFO

21 October 1947 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

25 October 1947 from Falmouth arrived at Swansea

1947 purchased by Basinghall Steamship Co Ltd (P. Bauer, Manager) London ship renamed Basinghall

July 1949 after a period of lay-up on the Tyne, arrived Antwerp in tow for breaking up

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