Wave Sovereign Unofficial Crest

RFA Wave Sovereign

RFA Wave Sovereign

RFA Wave Sovereign

 

Official Number:                    180813

Class:                                    WAVE CLASS  Replenishment  Oiler (modified)

Pennant No:                          X111 / A211

Laid down:                            10 May 1944
Builder:                                  Furness Shipbuilding Company
Launched:                             20 November 1945
Into Service:                          28 February 1946
Out of service:                       1966
Fate:                                       May 1967 broken up Singapore

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   A need for fast tankers to bring oil into the country had been envisaged early in the Second World War, but by the time the material had been collected and the Yards had space to build them, the need had largely passed and the original design of diesel-engined ships was abandoned. Instead, the standard 12000t Class being built were given sharper bows and sterns and turbine engines with water tube boilers. In all, 21 of this type were built and were offered to the Admiralty, who wanted faster tankers for the Pacific Fleet Train. The Admiralty took 20 of them (the final vessel being completed commercially for Oil and Molasses Tankers Ltd, London as BEECHWOOD) and renamed them with the WAVE nomenclature. Performance varied considerably from ship to ship and they underwent various modifications in their rigs for RAS work. The 8 best ones were finally given an extensive refit, with extra accommodation added to the Bridge Deck and extra turbo cargo pumps and derricks to make them more satisfactory for Fleet work. Initially expensive to run, they recouped some of their expensive repair bills by earning revenues from charter work after the Korean War. From this Class was evolved the TIDE CLASS oilers.

 

29 May 1943 ordered by the MoWT

1 November 1945 Mr Harold M Pearson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

20 November 1945 launched by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill as Yard Nr: 364 named WAVE SOVEREIGN. Captain Donald B C Ralph DSC* RFA appointed as Master

28 February 1946 completed

10 March 1946 arrived at Portland

14 March 1946 sailed Portland to Gibraltar

17 March 1946 sailed Gibraltar for Port Said and Abadan

23 March 1946 arrived at Port Said

30 March 1946 sailed Port Said

1 April 1946 sailed Suez for Aden

5 April 1946 sailed Aden

10 April 1946 arrived at Abadan

13 April 1946 sailed Abadan for Bombay arriving 18 April 1946

19 April 1946 sailed Bombay

22 April 1946 arrived Colombo

28 April 1946 sailed Colombo for Trincomalee arriving the next day

3 May 1946 sailed Trincomalee

7 May 1946 arrived Singapore

9 May 1946 sailed Singapore for Hong Kong arriving 13 May 1946

31 July 1946 sailed Hong Kong for Singapore

6 August 1946 sailed Singapore for Colombo

12 August 1946 arrived Colombo

18 August 1946 sailed Colombo for Trincomalee arriving the next day

23 August 1946 sailed Trincomalee

30 August 1946 arrived at Hong Kong

5 September 1946 sailed Hong Kong for Yokohama, Japan arriving 10 September 1946

25 September 1946 with HMS CAMPERDOWN, RFA FORT ROSALIE (1) and RFA FORT CONSTANTINE sailed Yokohama, Japan returning 29 September 1946

8 October 1946 at Yokohama, Japan HMAS BATAAN alongside being refuelled

 

HMAS Bataan

HMAS BATAAN

26 October 1946 sailed Yokohama for Kure, Japan arriving 28 October 1946

1 November 1946 sailed Kure, Japan for Hong Kong arriving 5 November 1946

12 November 1946 sailed Hong Kong for Singapore arriving 16 November 1946

19 November 1946 sailed Singapore for Colombo arriving 23 November 1946

26 November 1946 sailed Colombo for Abadan arriving 3 December 1946

4 December 1946 sailed Abadan to Suez arriving 13 December 1946

14 December 1946 transitted the Suez Canal and sailed from Port Said for Gibraltar arriving 20 December 1946

21 December 1946 sailed Gibraltar for Londonderry arriving 25 December 1946

5 January 1947 sailed Londonderry for Port Said

10 January 1947 passed Gibraltar sailing east

15 January 1947 arrived at Port Said

24 January 1947 transitted the Suez Canal and sailed Suez for Aden arriving 27 January 1947

28 January 1947 sailed Aden for Abadan arriving 3 February 1947

4 February 1947 sailed Abadan to Suez arriving 13 February 1947

14 February 1947 transitted the Suez Canal and sailed Port Said for Gibraltar

20 February 1947 arrived at Gibraltar

22 February 1947 sailed Gibraltar for Malta arriving 27 February 1947

1 March 1947 sailed Malta for Trieste

3 March 1947 arrived at Trieste

7 March 1947 sailed Trieste

11 March 1947 arrived Port Said and transitted the Suez Canal

12 March 1947 sailed Suez for Aden

16 March 1947 arrived at Aden sailing the same day

21 March 1947 arrived at Abadan

24 March 1947 sailed Abadan

30 March 1947 arrived Aden

31 March 1947 sailed Aden for Suez arriving 4 April 1947. Transitted the Suez Canal and sail from Port Said.

10 April 1947 arrived at Gibraltar sailing the next day

15 April 1947 arrived at Invergordon

17 April 1947 sailed Invergordon

18 April 1947 arrived at Rosyth

23 April 1947 sailed from Rosyth for Scapa Flow

26 sailed from Scapa Flow

28 April 1947 berthed at Stanlow

9 May 1947 sailed Stanlow for Swansea

10 May 1947 arrived at Swansea for refit

12 June 1947 Mr Ronald C Putt RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

Ch Eng R C Putt

Chief Engineer Officer Ronald C Putt RFA

 

9 August 1947 sailed Swansea for Milfor Haven arriving the same day

13 December 1947 in dock at Hull

15 December 1947 sailed Hull

10 January 1948 at Tilbury

27 January 1948 sailed Curacao for LEFO

11 March 1948 Mr Harry G May RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 March 1948 at Tilbury

20 September 1948 entered Portland Harbour

23 September 1948 sailed Portland Harbour

29 September 1948 in the North Atlantic joined deployment of HMS DUKE OF YORK and other RN ships enroute to Freetown. RASed with HMS JUTLAND at 35.24N 25.22W. Also RASed with HMS ALAMEIN - 300 tons FFO transfered - at 34.45N 25.00W

1 October 1948 in collision with HMS SLUYS during a replenishment - slight damage caused

3 October 1948 at sea 24.47N 38.53W Bosun Lok Pong Wing discharged dead from pneumonia

15 December 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

20 January 1949 sailed from 'D' Lock, Portsmouth Harbour to the Outer Spit Buoy

15 February 1949 sailed Abadan for LEFO

6 March 1949 berthed at Gibraltar

17 March 1949 sailed Abadan

26 March 1949 arrived at Port Said for LEFO

24 August 1949 Mr Charles Scott DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 October 1949 Captain Henry F Colbourne RFA appointed as Master

20 October 1949 berthed at Malta from Devonport

WSOV Malta 10 1949

RFA Wave Sovereign at Malta in October 1949

28 October 1949 arrived at Port Said

7 November 1949 arrived at Abadan 

10 April 1950 Two seaman Wong Kim Sze, aged 37 years and Yee Sing On, aged 35 appeared before Singapore Second Police Court charged with being found in possession of nine pounds of opium. The case was committed to the District Court with both being remanded on bail of $5,000 each.

25 June 1950 to 27 July 1953 saw service during the Korean War along with 18 other RFA’s and was awarded the Korea 1952-53 Battle Honour.

6 September 1950 arrived at Singapore

19 October 1950 arrived on the River Tyne from Sheerness

29 November 1950 Captain T G Hill RFA appointed as Master

27 June 1951 while on passage from Singapore to Abadan was diverted to Aden to load cargo after a dispute between the Persian Government and the British employees of the Anglo - Iranian Oil Company resulted in lo ships loading cargo at Abadan

24 July 1951 Captain Frank C Holt RFA appointed as Master and Mr W A Rowland RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

   Captain Frank Holt

Captain Frank C Holt RFA

 

17 September 1951 arrived in New York with a cargo of oil for the Royal Navy; the Master was served with Immigration papers detaining the non UK crew who were without adequate immigration papers to satisfy the US Immigration authorities. Some of  the crew were not detained by the Master and deserted thus entered the US illegally. Litigation against the Master resulted in a decision that the ship was a vessel of H.M. Government and was entitled to immunity from the jurisdiction of the US Courts

Between 1950 and 1953 was engaged in the Korean War with other RFA tankers and RFA Maine (4) - Hospital ship. Was later awarded the Korea 1952 - 1953 Battle Honour

22 January 1952 sailed the River Tyne for Curacao

1952 supported Operation Hurricane 1 - the first British test atomic bomb explosion at Monte Bello Islands off NW Australia  - along with RFA’s FORT BEAUHARNOIS, FORT CONSTANTINE, FORT ROSALIE (1), GOLD RANGER, WAVE PRINCE and WAVE RULER (1)

3 November 1952 at anchor off Taechong Do, Korea with HMAS ANZAC alongside being refuelled

HMAS Anzac

HMAS ANZAC

9 November 1952 at anchor off Taechong Do, Korea with HMAS ANZAC alongside being refuelled

17 December 1952 at anchor off Taechong Do, Korea with HMAS ANZAC alongside being refuelled

30 December 1952 at anchor off Taechong Do, Korea with HMAS ANZAC alongside being refuelled

24 February 1953 Mr J D B Payne RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

24 February 1953 at Falmouth Magistrates' Court three seaman from the ship appeared charged with an offence of stealing spirits - the press report is -

 

 Press report 24.2.53 Wav Sov Thefts

Press report from the Aberdeen Evening Express of the 24 February 1953

 

15 March 1953 Captain Donovan J S Newton MID RFA appointed as Master

15 June 1953 off Taechong Do refuelled HMAS CULGOA alongside

18 June 1953 off Taechong Do refuelled HMAS CULGOA alongside

26 June 1953 off Taechong Do refuelled HMAS CULGOA alongside

29 June 1953 off Taechong Do refuelled HMAS CULGOA alongside

27 July 1953 off Taechong Do refuelled HMAS CULGOA alongside

22 October 1953 off Taechong Do refuelled HMAS CULGOA alongside

26 October 1953 off Taechong Do RASed with HMAS CULGOA astern

7 December 1953 at Kure refuelled HMAS SYDNEY with FFO and AVGAS

13 December 1953 at Kure refuelled HMAS MURCHISON alongside

28 December 1953 at Kure refuelled HMAS MURCHISON alongside

9 April 1954 arrived on the River Tyne from Gibraltar

12 April 1954 Mr William J Brown OBE DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

8 September 1954 Mr D G Edgar RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

14 September 1954 Captain E Payne RFA appointed as Master

RFA WAVE SOVEREIGN fm EAGLE Sep 55 IWM A 33354

RFA Wave Sovereign RAS's with HMS Eagle
© IWM - A 33354
 

14 December 1955 Captain William F Curlett RFA appointed as Master

14 February 1956 berthed at Malta

1 September 1956 Able Seaman James Paterson appeared before a Colony Magistrate in Singapore and pleaded Guilty to being unlawfully absent from the Wave Sovereign. He was fined $15

3 October 1956 deployed for Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA’s

31 October 1956 in support of Operation Toreador in Task Force 324 - the Red Sea Group

25 July 1957 Mr G W H Neil RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 September 1957 Captain A H Mackenzie RFA appointed as Master

31 December 1957 sailed from Singapore to carry relief supplies to Trincomalee after Ceylon had been hit by a typhoon

22 January 1958 Seaman B Crow appeared before a court in Singapore and was sentenced to 6 weeks imprisonment for desertion - reported in the Straits Times of 23 January 1958

23 January 1958 Seaman J Brogan appeared before a Singapore Court and pleaded Guilty to absenting himself since 15 January 1958. He was sentenced to two months imprisonment and was ordered to be placed on the first ship to take him back home.

4 March 1958 Mr G Thompson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 May 1958 deployed for duties in support of Operation Grapple on Christmas Island with 103 tons 5cwt of cargo

22 August 1958 was present at the Operation  Grapple - the British H-bomb test at Christmas Island in the  Pacific Ocean - along with RFA FORT BEAUHARNOIS. 16 other RFA’s were also involved in this Operation at various times

 

Port_London_Christmas_Island

 

8 December 1958 Captain J W Cunningham RFA appointed as Master

14 December 1958 sailed Malta for Singapore - arrived 6 January 1959

23 June 1959 a Spanish stowaway - Antonio Lopez - who had stowed away on WAVE SOVEREIGN while she was at Barcelona was returned from Malta to Spain via Gibraltar on HMS FORTH

17 June 1959 berthed at Malta after taking part in exercise Sardex with units of the Royal Navy and RFA's FORT LANGLEY, FORT DUQUESNE and WAVE VICTOR

11 August 1959 sailed Malta to Cannes with HMS BIRMINGHAM

HMS BIRMINGHAM WW2

HMS BIRMINGHAM

28 September 1959 involved in a collision - no details currently known

19 October 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 31 October 1959

6 November 1959 Mr J A Swallow RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 November 1959 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 21 December 1959

15 January 1960 Captain C N Rennels RFA appointed as Master

29 March 1960 at Portsmouth

26 August 1960 at Portsmouth

27 October 1960 at Southampton

26 February 1961 RASed with HMAS's MELBOURNE and QUICKMATCH during Exercise Jet 1961

1 March 1961 RASed with HMAS MELBOURNE and other RAN and RNZN warships during Exercise Jet 1961

7 March 1961 RASed with HMAS MELBOURNE during Exercise Jet 1961

24 April 1961 RASed with HMAS MELBOURNE

8 June 1961 within Portland Harbour in collision with HMS KEPPEL

19 June 1961 sailed Portland Harbour

17 July 1961 Captain H W Lawford RFA appointed as Master

31 July 1961 Mr I M MacFarlane RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 December 1961at Tawau Hospital, North Borneo Fireman Lee San discharged dead from heat stroke

20 March 1962 Seaman Choi Choong Sam appeared before the Ninth Magistrates' Court, in Singapore having been found with $250 worth of raw opium strapped between his thighs. He was fined $1,000 or 4 months imprisonment.

22 May 1962 RFA Wave Sovereign, the cruiser HMS TIGER and the destroyers HMS CARYSFORT and HMS CAVALIER visited Inchon, Korea on a three day courtesy visit. The ships later visited Japan

20 June 1962 at sea at 21.22N 118.13E Pumpman Lai Chan discharged dead apparently from cardiac failure. Buried at sea

3 July 1962 at Singapore the Master and Officers held a cocktail party with various RN, RAN and RNZN Officers as guests

27 August 1962 Mr S P Awati RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

8 October 1962 Captain William R Town RFA appointed as Master

15 November 1962 with RFA WAVE RULER (1), RFA FORT CHARLOTTE and several RN units headed by HMS TIGER attended the Commonwealth Games at Perth Western Australia - ships of the RAN and RNZN were also present

2 December 1962 in company with RFA FORT CHARLOTTE, RN, RAN and RNZN ships in Exercise Dinkum 3 & 4 while on passage from Freemantle to Singapore

2 September 1963 Captain Ronald V Warren DSC RFA appointed as Master

 

Capt Ronald V Warren DSC

Captain Ronald V Warren DSC RFA

image kindly donated by Mrs Susan Henry

 

9 October 1963 was at North Shields

19 October 1963 sailed River Tyne to Devonport then Aden and then to Gan

1 November 1963 Mr E Burke RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

12 November 1963 covered at RAF Gan while the RFA Wave Victor (as a hulk) was away for refit until 14 February 1964

24 January 1964 crew member - Chang Pook - fell overboard in the middle of the Indian Ocean. He was rescued within five minutes by HMS DIANA

14 February 1964 RFA WAVE VICTOR returned to her duties at RAF Gan from refit releasing WAVE SOVEREIGN

6 March 1964 during Exercise Jet RAS'ed with HMAS YARRA

31 March 1964 Captain Walter Gibb MBE RFA appointed as Master

27 May 1964 at Subic Bay, Phillippines together with RFA's TIDESPRING (1), RETAINER, RELIANT (2), FORT ROSALIE (1) and FORT CHARLOTTE arrived and together with HMAS SUPPLY formed Task Group 490.7. RFA TIDEFLOW which should have joined the Task Group remained at Singapore due to a mechanical breakdown

26 July 1964 was at Singapore

8 September 1964 a planned visit to Australia by RFA WAVE SOVEREIGN and three RN ships was cancelled at short notice due to hightened tension between Malaysia and Indonesia .

13 October 1964 Mr D Meikle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 November 1964 while at anchor off Tawau refuelled HMAS IBIS alongside

14 November 1964 while at anchor at Wallace Bay refuelled HMAS IBIS alongside

16 November 1964 while at anchor off Tawau refuelled HMAS IBIS alongside

22 November 1964 while at anchor off Tawau refuelled HMAS IBIS alongside

January 1965 to 11 August 1965 provided support to Naval units operating patrols off East Malaysia , Singapore and in  the Malacca Straits during the Indonesian Confrontation, along with RFA’s GOLD  RANGER, EDDYROCK, FORT CHARLOTTE and TIDEREACH

26 January 1965 at Singapore Dockyard at No: 8 berth with HMAS IBIS alongside being refuelled

15 February 1965 RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

16 February 1965 in the Singapore Exercise Area RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

19 February 1965 in the Singapore Exercise Area RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

11 March 1965 together with RFA's FORT ROSALIE (1) and TIDFESURGE (1) joined in the Singapore Exercise area with HM Ships ALAX, LINCOLN, ZEST, BARROSA, CAESAR, CARYSFORT and WHITBY plus HMAS PARRAMATTA for exercises

26 March 1965 off Singapore RAS'ed with HMAS PARRAMATTA

27 March 1965 off Singapore RAS'ed with HMAS DERWENT

27 April 1965 off Pu Sialu refuelled and transferred stores to HMAS IBIS

30 May 1965 alongside at Singapore

2 June 1965 off Tanjong Tohor a member of the crew who had crushed his arm was transferred to HMS CHICHESTER for medical treatment. Later refuelled HMAS IBIS.

7 July 1965 off Singapore RAS'ed with HMAS PARRAMATTA

12 July 1965 Mr E S Brazier RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

15 July 1965 Captain J Gulesserian RFA appointed as Master

30 July 1965 suffered a minor collision with HMS EURYALUS

23 August 1965 refuelled HMAS IBIS in the Singapore Straits

27 August 1965 refuelled HMAS IBIS

3 September 1965 near Pulau Undan RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

14 September 1965 alongside at Singapore

22 November 1965 RAS'ed with HMAS DUCHESS

11 December 1965 refuelled HMAS IBIS in the Malacca Straits

13 December 1965 refuelled HMAS IBIS in the Malacca Straits

24 December 1965 refuelled HMAS IBIS in the Malacca Straits

6 January 1966 withdrawn from service, destored and laid up at Singapore

20 and 27 April 1967 advertised in the Times of these days for sale 'As lying' at HM Naval Base Singapore by the Ministry of Transport

May 1967 broken up at Singapore by local ship breakers

 

Notes

 

1. The ship crest (above) is an unofficlal crest and has not received MOD approval

 

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