RFA War Sudra

 

 


Subsequent name:                 Germaine 

Official Number:                     144527     

Class:                                    WAR CLASS Freighting Tanker

Pennant No:                           Y7.342 / X95

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Palmers, Hebburn

Launched:                              18 March 1920
Into Service:                           1921
Out of service:                         Sold 1951
Fate:                                       Broken up

 

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.

 

18 March 1920 launched at Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company Ltd., Hebburn on Tyne

20 3 1920 Press Report The Times War Sudra

Press report from The Times newspaper of 20 March 1920

 

1920 placed under the managment of the British Tanker Company Limited by the Shipping Controller

4 June 1920 arrived at Port Said from Hull

27 July 1920 arrived Port Said for Malta

28 August 1920 arrived Suez from Abadan

29 August 1920 sailed Port Said for Malta

18 September 1920 arrived at Port Said from Malta for Abadan

25 October 1920 arrived at Suez from Abadan

21 November 1920 arrived at Port Said from Malta

26 December 1920 arrived at Suez from Abadan

1921 taken over by the Admiralty but remained under commercial management

4 January 1921 berthed at Gibraltar from Port Said to discharge cargo

16 January 1921 sailed Gibraltar for Port Arthur, Texas

8 February 1921 sailed Port Arthur for Devonport

27 February 1921 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

27 March 1921 arrived at Port Arthur from Devonport

28 March 1921 sailed Port Arthur for Devonport

22 April 1921 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 May 1921 arrived at Port Author from Portsmouth

21 May 1921 sailed Port arthur for Glasgow

4 July 1921 arrived Port Said while on passage from Killingholme for Abadan

12 July 1921 at Basra Chief Steward Jas Joseph Tobin discharged dead from heat stroke

Jas Tobin

Chief Steward Jas J Tobin

27 August 1921 sailed from Portsmouth for Port Arthur, Texas

15 September 1921 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Portsmouth

19 September 1921 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Bermuda

26 September 1921 arrived at Bermuda from Port Arthur, Texas

25 October 1921 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

22 December 1921 sailed from Rosyth for Port Arthur, Texas

16 January 1922 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Rosyth

19 January 1922 in collision with tug Clark. Reported in the records of the US Congress. Location of accident not known.

21 January 1922 sailed Port Arthur for Devonport

15 February 1922 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

18 February 1922 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 March 1922 sailed from Southampton for Port Arthur, Texas

24 March 1922 in collision with steamship Dirigo at Port Arthur, Texas after arrival. Reported in the records of the US Congress

26 March 1922 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Devonport

3 April 1922 grounded off Limekilns, Rosyth. The Master, Captain Henry G A Timmis RD RFA (Commander RNR Retd), held to be at fault

Caprt Henry G A TIMMIS

Captain Henry G A Timmis RD RFA

19 April 1922 reported to North Foreland Radio that while on passage from Port Arthur, Texas to Devonport the ship had developed a serious leak and her port bunker rivets were loose

23 May 1922 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 June 1922 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

22 June 1922 at Sheerness

22 July 1922 at Sheerness

22 December 1922 at Sheerness

10 January 1923 at Sheerness

1 February 1923 when on passage from Sheerness to Port Arthur was in contact with Lands End Radio

18 March 1923 sailed Port Arthur, Texas

20 April 1923 at Tampico

14 May 1923 sailed Gibraltar

20 June 1923 sailed Tampico for Devonport

28 July 1923 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

9 August 1923 arrived Port Said from Falmouth while on passage to Abadan

23 August 1923 arrived at Abadan from Falmouth

27 October 1923 sailed Singapore for Abadan

29 January 1924 at Trincomalee alongside HMS REPULSE refuelling her

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HMS REPULSE

30 January 1924 at Trincomalee alongside HMS HOOD refuelling her - transferred 2,700 tons of FFO

HMS Hood

HMS HOOD

16 February 1924 sailed Abadan for Simonstown Dockyard, South AFrica

9 March 1924 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa to discharge cargo into the new Navy Fuel Depot

13 March 1924 sailed Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa for Trinidad

25 April 1924 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

24 August 1924 while on passage from Bueno Ayres to Trinidad arrived at Montevideo

22 September 1924 sailed Trinidad for the Admiralty Oil Fuel Depot at Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde

12 October 1924 at Old Kilpatrick Oil Fuel Depot, River Clyde

21 October 1924 took on charge an E Dent & Co Marine Chronometer No 55145 which had been purchased by the Admiralty in March 1910 and had not previously been issued. Landed off charge on 29 June 1927 at Hong Kong

22 October 1924 passed Gibraltar

31 October 1924 arrived at Port Said while on passage from Old Kilpatrick, River Clyde to Abadan

17 November 1924 sailed Abadan for Singapore

16 January 1925 berthed at Singapore from Abadan

20 January 1925 sailed Singapore for Abadan

11 February 1925 sailed Abadan

24 March 1925 sailed Abadan

6 May 1925 sailed Abadan

28 June 1925 sailed Abadan

8 July 1925 at Aden

16 July 1925 at Abadan

5 August 1925 at Singapore

24 August 1925 at Bombay

5 October 1925 arrived at Malta

12 October 1925 at Port Said

3 November 1925 at Abadan

25 January 1926 at Malta. Captain George E Patterson RFA was Master

Captain George E Patterson

Captain George E Patterson RFA

7 July 1926 berthed at the Oil Wharf, Keppel Harbour, Singapore

21 February 1927 sailed Trinidad

27 March 1927 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

28 March 1927 berthed at Swansea

1 April 1927 sailed Swansea for the Persian Gulf

20 April 1927 when on passage to Abadan passed Perim

14 June 1927 berthed at the Oil Wharf, Keppel Harbour, Singapore

2 July 1927 at Singapore

22 August 1927 arrived at Port Said from Malta

10 November 1927 berthed at the Oil Wharf, Keppel Harbour, Singapore from Abadan 

11 November 1927 sailed from the Oil Wharf, Keppel Harbour, Singapore for Hong Kong

1 December 1927 at Singapore

5 April 1929 berthed at Gibraltar from Port Said to discharge cargo

16 May 1929 berthed at Singapore from Abadan

3 May 1930 arrived at Port Said for Abadan

10 June 1930 at Abadan Lascar Tang Ah Hiong discharged dead from malaria and chronic opium poisoning

18 July 1930 sailed Abadan

3 August 1930 sailed Aden for Abadan

28 October 1930 arrived at Port Said from Malta

10 November 1930 arrived at Abadan

11 November 1930 sailed Abadan for Devonport

20 November 1930 passed Perim

24 November 1930 at Suez

8 December 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour on the Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

16 December 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

22 January 1931 arrived at Abadan from Portsmouth

23 Janbuary 1931 sailed Abadan

4 February 1931 passed Permin when on passage to Gibraltar

12 February 1931 sailed from Port Said for Gibraltar

11 March 1931 at the British Hospital, Port Said Sailor Ting Ah Chai discharged dead from meningitis

17 March 1931 passed Perim when on passage to Abadan

20 April 1931 sailed Port Said for Malta

24 April 1931 arrived at Malta

13 May 1931 arrived at Port Said from Malta

1 June 1931 sailed Abadan for Singapore

21 August 1931 at Portland

31 August 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

26 September 1931 at Portsmouth - ashore - Quarter Master Ah Hock discharged dead - natural causes

23 October 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

16 November 1931 Fireman Chai Foi discharged dead

15 October 1931 Captain J Davies RFA appointed as Master

22 December 1931 berthed at Malta

31 December 1931 arrived at Port Said

4 January 1932 sailed Suez for Abadan

23 January 1932 arrived at Abadan to load

19 February 1932 berthed at Malta

1 March 1932 arrived Port Said

22 March 1932 arrived at Abadan from Malta

24 March 1932 sailed from ABadan for Malta

17 April 1932 berthed at Malta

2 May 1932 passed Perim for Abadan

20 May 1932 berthed at Colombo, Ceylon

2 June 1932 sailed Colombo, Ceylon for Abadan

14 June 1932 berthed at Abadan to load

25 June 1932 sailed Abadan for Hong Kong

7 July 1932 at Singapore

18 July 1932 arrived at Hong Kong

16 August 1932 arrived at Hong Kong

25 August 1932 arrived at Wei Hai Wei

2 November 1932 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 December 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour for Abadan

26 December 1932 arrived at Port Said from Portsmouth

4 January 1933 passed Perim for Abadan

16 March 1933 sailed Abadan for Malta

3 April 1933 arrived at Suez

19 April 1933 sailed Suez for Abadan

10 May 1933 sailed from Abadan for Malta

29 May 1933 arrived at Suez

30 May 1933 sailed from Port Said for Malta

15 July 1933 arrived at Suez from Abadan sailing from Port Said for Malta the next day

6 August 1933 arrived at Port Said from Constanza

12 August 1933 at the British Hospital, Port Said Fireman Lam Chuen discharged dead after suffering a heart attack. He had been admitted to the hospital on 7 July 1933

5 October 1933 arrived at Port Said when on passage for Abadan

10 October 1933 when on passage to Abadan passed Perim

23 October 1933 sailed Abadan

6 November 1933 arrived at Port Said when on passage to Devonport

16 November 1933 passed Gibraltar

20 November 1933 radioed she was 150 nmiles SW of Lands End while on passage to Devonport

22 November 1933 Fireman Low Pow appeared before Plymouth Police Court charged possession of 1½ ozs of raw opium. The drug had been found concealed in tins of grease in the engine room tunnel. He pleaded Guilty and was fined £10 or 1 months imprisonment 

23 November 1933 at Devonport the ship was again searched by a Customs rummage crew who discovered sticks of prepared opium and two smoking pipes. 

25 November 1933 Greaser Chow Yow appeared before Plymouth Police Court charged with offences of possession with intent to supply stemming from the above discovery. He was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment with hard labour and recommended for deportation

 War Sudra press 1933 - 2

Press report from Western Morning News of 25 November 1933

28 January 1934 sailed Port Said for Abadan

6 April 1934 sailed Abadan for Malta

23 May 1934 sailed Abadan for Gibraltar

24 August 1934 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

5 October 1934 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

22 October 1934 from Portsmouth passed Perim

12 December 1934 for Devonport from Abadan arrived Suez this day

28 December 1934 arrived at Plymouth Sound

6 January 1935 sailed from Falmouth for Trinidad

28 February 1935 arrived at Killingholme

4 March 1935 passed Dungeness sailing west

5 March 1935 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour from Killingholme

9 March 1935 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 April 1935 from Abadan left Port Said for Gibraltar

8 May 1935 berthed at Gibraltar

26 June 1935 from Abadan arrived at Malta

5 July 1935 from Malta arrived at Port Said

24 July 1935 sailed Abadan

30 September 1935 arrived Plymouth Sound from Gibraltar

2 December 1935 from Rosyth arrived at Port Said

12 December 1935 arrived at Abadan

4 January 1936 arrived at Suez from Abadan

14 January 1936 past Perim sailing east

3 March 1936 arrived at Abadan from Singapore

5 March 1936 sailed from Abadan for Port Said

19 March 1936 arrived at Suez

30 March 1936 at the British Hospital, Port Said Fireman Ah Cheong discharged dead after suffering a heart attack

8 April 1936 sailed Port Said for Abadan

16 April 1936 passed Perim sailing east

23 April 1936 arrived at Abadan

4 May 1936 passed Perim when on passge from Abadan tp Suez

5 July 1936 from Port Said arrived at Alexandria

19 July 1936 berthed at Malta from Alexandria

21 July 1936 sailed Malta to Haifa

2 August 1936 from Haifa berthed at Malta

6 September 1936 at Haifa Seaman See Ah Tin discharged dead while suffering from heart failure. He is buried in Haifa (Jaffa Road) Cemetery, Israel.

 

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Grave refurbished by the CWGC

 

16 August 1936 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta from Haifa landing 7,827 drums of fuel oil and 18 packages of Naval stores

21 October 1936 from Abadan berthed at Falmouth

2 November 1936 arrived at Port Said from Falmouth

2 December 1936 arrived at Suez from Abadan

8 December 1936 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta from Abadan and Port Said

23 December 1936 a stowaway - Toni Camilleri from Hamrun, Malta - was discovered onboard RFA War Hindoo after that ship had last sailed from Malta. On arrival at Port Said he was handed over to the Master of RFA War Sudra and returned to the island. He appeared before the Police Court, pleaded guilty, and was fined £5 by the Magistrate

1937 transferred to Admiralty management and manning as an RFA

14 January 1937 arrived Suez

13 February 1937 sailed Abadan for Gibraltar

10 March 1937 berthed at Gibraltar from Abadan and Port Said to discharge cargo

9 April 1937 sailed Port Said for Abadan

13 June 1937 sailed Abadan for Malta and Gibraltar

4 July 1937 sailed Port Said for Malta

20 August 1937 berthed at Glasgow from Trinidad and Captain Benjamin N Beasley RFA appointed as Master and Mr William S Ritchie RFA (Engineer Lieutenant Commander RNR (retd)) appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

Captain Benjamin N Beasley      CEO RITCHIE WILLIAM STORMONT

     Captain Benjamin N Beasley RFA     Chief Engineer William S Ritchie RFA

19 October 1937 sailed Aden for Abadan

5 March 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Abadan to discharge cargo

17 March 1938 sailed Gibraltar

30 July 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Abadan to discharge cargo

23 August 1938 at the Colonial Hospital, Gibraltar Donkeyman Leong Sow discharged dead - cardiac failure

1 September 1938 at the Colonial Hospital, Gibraltar Sailor Koh Chong Kong discharged dead - lung cancer

11 December 1938 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta from Port Said

14 December 1938 sailed Grand Harbour, Malta

27 April 1939 passed Gibraltar sailing west

June 1939 Captain Stanley C Kernick RFA appointed as Master

5 June 1939 arrived at Plymouth from Trinidad

16 June 1939 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

7 July 1939 together with RFA War Pathan joined 15 other ships laid up in the Gareloch

14 August 1939 Chief Officer Frederick L Finch RFA appointed in command until 29 August 1939

21 August 1939 Mr Frederick O Brims RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer until 30 August 1939

29 August 1939 Captain John Gow RFA appointed as Master

 John Gow

Captain John Gow RFA

31 August 1939 Mr George T Beed RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO George T Beed

Chief Engineer Officer George T Beed RFA

2 December 1939 at 0520hrs alongside HMS HOOD at anchor in the Firth of Clyde refuelling her - cast of at 13.00hrs the same day. RFA PRESTOL was alongside on the other side of HMS HOOD at the same time

11 December 1939 at 13.20hrs alongside HMS HOOD at anchor in the Firth of Clyde refuelling her

18 December 1939 at Greenock at 0850hrs alongside HMS HOOD at anchor on her port side refuelling her

25 December 1939 and 26 December 1939 at Greenock alongside HMS BERWICK refuelling her with 2,922 tons of FFO

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HMS BERWICK

6 January 1940 at Greenock at 1135hrs alongside HMS HOOD at anchor on her port side refuelling her - cast of 7 January 1940 at 0945hrs

14 January 1940 at Greenock at 1400hrs alongside HMS HOOD at anchor on her port side refuelling her - cast of at 1610hrs the same day

25 January 1940 at Greenock alongside HMS WARSPITE refuelling her with 2,087 tons of FFO

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HMS WARSPITE

26 May 1940 at Greenock alongside HMS ARK ROYAL refuelling her

27 May 1940 cast off from HMS ARK ROYAL

22 July 1940 to 28 April 1942 used as an anchored fuel depot ship variously at Tail of  Bank, Scapa and at Reykjavik, Iceland.

26 August 1940 in collision with the French sloop FS SAVORGNAN DE BRAZZA

September 1940 Mr D H Evans RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

30 September 1940 Captain A Edwards RFA as Master

14 January 1941 at Greenock with HMAS NIZAM alongside being refuelled

HMAS NIZAM

HMAS NIZAM

27 June 1941 sailed the Clyde in convoy WN146 to Loch Ewe. RFA BACCHUS (2) also sailed in this convoy. The ships arriving on the 29 June 1941 and Methil on 3 July 1941

5 July 1941 Captain Edward M Rae RFA appointed as Master

Captain Edward M Rae

Captain Edward M Rae RFA

17 July 1941 sailed Scapa Flow escorted by the destroyer HMS HEYTHROP

20 July 1941 arrived Seidisfjord, Faroe Islands

22 July 1941 was involved as an oiler in Operation EF (attacks by British carrier borne aircraft on German shipping in the waters adjacent to Kirkenes (Norway) and Petsamo (Finland). Was based at Seidisfiord,  Faroes. Replenished the RN destroyers and RFA BLACK RANGER. RFA ALDERSDALE also involved.

28 August 1941 at Seidisfiord with fuel available on board awaiting HMS's SHROPSHIRE, ARGUS, SOMALI, MATABELE and PUNJABI - HM ships notified by Admiralty Signal copied in the Admiralty War Diary

10 September 1941 at Seidisfiord refuelled HMS's SHROPSHIRE and ARGUS. HMS SHROPSHIRE provided War Sudra with necessary supplies (Source Admiralty War Diary of this date reporting a signal from C in C Home Fleet)

20 December 1941 sailed in convoy RU1 from Reykjavik, Iceland to the Clyde arriving on 26 December 1941

22 February 1942 sailed Oban in Convoy WN249 arriving Scapa Flow the next day

10 April 1942 at Scapa Flow USS Plunkett (DD431) berthed alongside to refuel

USs Plunkett

USS Plunkett (DD431)

15 April 1942 at Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow - USS Plunkett (DD431) berthed alongside to discharge her oil prior to the destroyer entered dry dock

16 April 1942 at 8.33am at Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow -  USS Plunkett (DD431) moved from alongside to the dry dock for repairs

19 April 1942 at Scapa Flow USS Plunkett (DD431) returned alongside to refuel after floating out from the dry dock

20 April 1942 at Scapa Flow USS Plunkett (DD431) cast off 

22 April 1942 at Scapa Flow USS Plunkett (DD431) berthed alongside to refuel

28 July 1942 sailed from Scapa Flow escorted by HMS's OAKLEY, PRESTON NORTH END and TIREE to south of Aukerry

3 August 1942 Captain David A Rees RFA appointed as Master. USS Rodman (DD456) alongside to refuel - received 9.399 gallons of fuel oil. USS Emmons (DD457) alongside to refuel

Capt David Arthur Rees

Captain David A Rees RFA

8 September 1942 Mr T McGregor RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 February 1943 arrived the Tyne for repairs sailed on 5 March 1943

13 March 1943 sailed Methil in Convoy EN204 arriving Scapa Flow the next day

26 April 1943 in collision with RFA PRESTOL

26 May 1943 at Scapa Flow USS Ellyson (DD454) alongside to refuel

30 October 1943 at Gutter Sound, Scapa Flow USS Corry (DD817) and USS Forrest (DD461) alongside to refuel. The anchor of USS Corry pierced the hull of USS Forrest at frame #26 port side with a gash 47" long and 21" wide tearing transverse watertight bulkhead from #25

27 March 1944 sailed Kirkwall to Methil in convoy WN562 arriving the next day

28 March 1944 sailed Methil to Scapa Flow in convoy EN364 arriving the next day

30 March 1944 Mr Charles J Falconer RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 September 1944 arrived Leith for repairs - completed 17 October 1944

22 October 1944 back at Leith for more repairs - sailed 10 November 1944

3 July 1945 Captain Emil E Sigwart RFA (Temporary Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Master

Captain E Sigwart

Captain Emil E Sigwart RFA

8 August 1945 berthed at Grangemouth in ballast

9 August 1945 sailed Grangemouth having loaded a cargo of FFO

12 August 1945 berthed at Grangemouth in ballast

26 August 1945 berthed at Grangemouth in ballast and Captain William G Gilmore RFA appointed as Master

Captain William Gilmore

Captain William G Gilmore RFA

27 August 1945 sailed Grangemouth

12 September 1945 berthed at Grangemouth

14 September 1945 sailed Grangemouth

17 September 1945 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head sailing south

3 April 1946 Mr Graham W Martin RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Graham Withy Martin

Chief Engineer Officer Graham W Martin RFA

4 April 1946 sailed Gravesend to Melbourne

28 April 1946 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on St Catherine's Point

1946 became a floating storage depot ship at Hong Kong

18 October 1947 at Hong Kong with HMAS BATAAN alongside being refuelled

1947 transferred to MOT for disposal

1948 purchased by Union Maritime & Shipping Co Ltd (Oak Shipping Co. London - Managers)

19 March 1948 at 18.47N 113.12E Chinese Sailor's Boy Dick Ko Kwai discharged dead - fell over the side and drowned

1951 name changed to Germaine by Cia Maritima Iguana, Panama

December 1954 arrived for breaking up at Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht, Holland by Arie Rijsdijk Boss en Zonen.

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