by William Lionel Wyllie

The RFA operated three PET class tankers. They each entered service in 1918 as Water or Sprit carriers and served in the fleet until after WW2

Petrella or Petrobus

 

A Tide Class Tanker

by Jim Rae

A Tide Class Tanker

by kind permission of the artist

 

H.M. Ambulance Transport Panama 

later to become RFA Maine (3) 

by W Jeneway 

H.M. Ambulance Transport Panama by W Jeneway later to become RFA Maine (3)

Image courtesy of the British Mercantile Marine Memorial Collection

 

HM Rescue Tug Samsonia in 1944

before entering RFA Service

by Stephen Bone

 

HM Rescue Tug Samsonia in 1944 by Stephen Bone before entering RFA Service

Image courtesy of the Imperial War Museum © Crown Copyright acknowledged

 

 HMAS Westralia II by Phil Short

after RFA service as RFA Appleleaf (3)

HMAS Westralia II by Phil Short after RFA service as RFA Appleleaf (3)

Image courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy - with grateful thanks

 

HMS Belfast moving alongside a 

Wave Class tanker to refuel

by Jim Rae

 

Belfast 2550

by kind permission of the artist

 

 

 HMS Manica

by Herbert Hillier

Manica_1915xx

HMS Manica - the RFA's first aircraft carrier at Kephalos Bay, Imbros, 1915 

Copyright IWM

 Manica Painting

HMS Ringdove off Africa

by Jim Rae

HMS Ringdove later became the salvage vessel RFA Melita in 1915

Ringdove 2500 

by kind permission of the artist

 

HMS Thrush in 1892 

before entering RFA Service

by W Fred Mitchell

HMS Thrush in 1892 by W Fred Mitchell before entering RFA Service

 

MV Hudson Cavalier

before entering RFA Service as RFA Appleleaf (3)

artist J Cobb

 

MV Hudson Cavalier artist J Cobb before entering RFA Service as RFA Appleleaf (3)

 

 

RFA Appleleaf (3)

artist Nick Barwis

 

 

RFA-APPLELEAF

© Jacks Taxi acknowledged artwork used with the consent of the artist 

 

 

NAV Bison

by Norman H Dale

NAV Bison entered the Naval Ordanance service in 1903 as a naval armanents ship.  She was sold out of service in 1947 

NAV Bison

From the Collection of Explosion: Museum of Naval Firepower

 

NAV Isleford

  

by Norman H Dale

NAV Isleford entered the Naval Ordanance service in 1913 as a naval armanents ship.  She was stranded and sank with the loss of all hands in 1942

NAV Isleford 

From the Collection of Explosion: Museum of Naval Firepower

 

NAV Upnor

by Norman H Dale

NAV Upnor entered the Naval Ordanance service in 1899 as a naval armanents ship.  She was sold out of service in 1951

NAV Upnor

From the Collection of Explosion: Museum of Naval Firepower

 

PAS Freshener at Gibraltar

by Cornelis Bolding

PAS Freshener was an RFA from 1942 to 1946

RFa Freshener

this picture is displayed at the Marine Museum, Den Helder

 

RFA Argus

by Ross Watton

 RFA Argus entered RFA Service as a Aviation Support and Primary Casualty Reception Ship in 1988. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet.

Argus at Plymouth

© www.rosswatton.com artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

RFA Argus

by Nick Barwis

 RFA Argus was purchased by the MOD in 1988 having been converted into an aviation training ship by Harland & Wolff, Belfast. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet

RFA-Argus 97

© Jacks Taxi acknowledged artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

RFA Argus

by Graham Hill

rfa-argus_on_board

by kind permission of Mark Littlejohn of The Colours Call Online Military Art Gallery

 

RFA Argus 

 

Argus unknown painting

by an unknown artist

 

RFA Bacchus (2)

 by Ossie Jones

RFA Bacchus

 

 RFA Black Ranger

by Jim Rae

RFA Black Ranger

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Black Ranger

by Jim Rae

RFA Black Ranger

by kind permission of the artist

RFA Black Ranger

by Jim Rae

RFA Black Ranger

by kind permission of the artist

RFA Black Rover

by Edgar Hodges

RFA Black Rover entered RFA Service as a Rover Class Small Fleet Tanker on 22 August 1974. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet

Black Rover in bar ver 2

The painting is currently displayed on RFA Black Rover

 

 RFA Black Rover

by Tim Walker

RFA Black Rover is a Rover Class small fleet tanker which entered
service in 1974 and she is still serving in the RFA Fleet

Tim-Walker-Black-Rover

by kind permission of the artist

 

 

 RFA Black Rover

by Nic Barwis

RFA Black Rover is a Rover Class small fleet tanker which entered
service in 1974 and she is still serving in the RFA Fleet

RFA-BLACK-ROVER

© Jacks Taxi acknowledged artwork used with the consent of the artist

RFA Diligence and HMS Southampton

in 1987

by Louis Roskell

RFA Diligence is a Forward Repair Ship
which enteredservice 1984. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet

Diligence edited

 

RFA Diligence

by Nick Barwis

 RFA Diligence was purchased by the MOD in 1983 and converted into a forward repair ship. She is still in the RFA Fleet but currently laid up.

RFA-DILIGENCE 99

© Jacks Taxi acknowledged - artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

 RFA Eddyfirth and RFA Brown Ranger

by Jim Rae

RFA Eddyfirth and RFA Brown Ranger

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Engadine

by Nick Barwis

 RFA Engadine entered RFA service in 1967 as a helicopter support ship.  She remained in service until 1990 before being replaced by RFA Argus

RFA-ENGERDINE 55

© Jacks Taxi acknowledged artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

RFA Fort Grange

by Tim Walker

RFA Fort Grange is a store ship which entered service in 1978.
In June 2000 her name was changed to RFA Fort Rosalie and
she is still serving in the RFA Fleet
 

Fort Grange

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Fort Victoria

by Ross Watton

 RFA Fort Victoria entered RFA Service as a  Fort Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ship in 1988. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet.

FVictoria

© www.rosswatton.com artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

RFA Fort Victoria 

artist Derek Pam 

RFA Fort Victoria artist Derek Pam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RFA Fort Victoria 

artist Edgar Hodges

SP7 7278

images taken by Captain Shaun Jones OBE RFA

where it is displayed onboard RFA Fort Victoria

 

RFA Gold Rover

by Edgar Hodges

RFA Gold Rover entered RFA Service as a Rover Class Small Fleet Tanker in 1974. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet

 GORV

The painting is currently displayed on RFA Gold Rover.

Image taken by Captain Shaun Jones OBE RFA

 

RFA Gold Rover

and the Shackleton Memorial at South Georgia

by Michael Dunn 

RFA Gold Rover is a Rover Class small fleet tanker 
which enteredservice in 1974. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet

Gold Rover

 RFA Gold Rover

by Jim Rae

RFA Gold Rover

by kind permission of the artist

RFA Kharki

by Peter Hogan

RFA Kharki was purchased by the Admiralty in 1900. She was converted to an oil tanker in 1906 and as such was one of the very first RFA oilers

 Kharki

© MOD acknowledged

 

RFA Lyme Bay

by Ross Watton

 RFA Lyme Bay entered RFA Service as a Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (Auxiliary) Ship in 2007. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet.

LymeB 

© www.rosswatton.com artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

 RFA Maine (4)

by Jim Rae

RFA Maine

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Mounts Bay 

by Edgar Hodges

RFA Mounts Bay

by kind permission of Rick Taylor

 

RFA Olmeda RAS's HMS Broadsword

by Jim Rae

RFA Olmeda RAS's HMS Broadsword

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Olmeda

Olmeda 035

 

RFA Olna (3)

by Tim Walker

RFA Olna (3) served in Operation Corporate in 1982 and received
a Falkland Islands 1982 Battle Honour

Olna3 in San Carlos

by kind permission of the artist 

RFA Olna (3)

by Jim Rae

RFA Olna (3)

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Pearleaf (2)

by Tim Walker

RFA Pearleaf (2) served as a Leaf Class support tanker between 1960 and 1986

Pearleaf 2 

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Resource (2)

by Tim Walker

RFA Resource (2) was a Regent Class Armanent store ship which entered
service in 1967. She left the Service in 1997
 
 

Tim-Walker-Resource

by kind permission of the artist

 

 RFA Resurgent

by Tim Walker

RFA Resurgent was a Retainer Class Armaments/Victualling Stores Issuing Ship
which enteredservice in 1951. She left the Service in 1981

Tim Walker Resurgent 2 

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Sir GALAHAD (1)

by John Hamilton

RFA Sir Galahad (1) was a SIR LANCELOT CLASS Landing Ship Logistics which entered RFA service in January 1970 and was sunk as a war grave on 25 June 1982 after suffering major damage from an air attack on 8 June 1982 during Operation Corporate. 48 members of the crew and embarked troops were killed

Sir Gal 1 - John Hamilton

published with the permission of the owner

The owners web site is www.croomeantiques.com

 

RFA Sir Galahad (2)

by Katherine Bryan-Merret

RFA Sir Galahad (2) was a Landing Ship Logistics
which enteredservice in 1987. She left the Service in 2007
 

Sir Galahad 2

The artist's web site is at www.katherinebryan-merrett.com

 

RFA Stromness

by Tim Walker

RFA Stromness was a Ness Class stores support ship which entered
service in 1967. She left the Service in 1983 on being sold to the 
United States Military Sealift Command
 
 
Tim-Walker-Stromness
 
 
 
by kind permission of the artist
 
 
 

 RFA Tidespool

by Jim Rae

RFA Tidespool

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Tidereach

 

by Tim Walker

RFA Tidereach was a Tide Class Fleet Replenishment Tanker
which enteredservice in 1955. She left the Service in 1979

Tim Walker Tidereach

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Tidespring (1)

by Tim Walker

RFA Tidespring (1) was an Improved Tide Class Fleet Replenishment Tanker
which enteredservice in 1963. She left the Service in 1992

Tim Walker TSpring 3

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Tidespring

by Lukman Sinclair

RFA Tidespring

Image courtesy of the artist and sinclairfineart.co.uk - with grateful thanks

 RFA Wave Baron

by Jim Rae

RFA Wave Baron

by kind permission of the artist

 

RFA Wave Baron

 by Ossie Jones

RFA Wave Baron

RFA Wave Chief

by Jim Rae

 

conducting a stern RAS with H M Royal Yacht Britannia off South Georgia in 1957

HMS Protector is in the background

Antarctic

by kind permission of the artist

 

 RFA Wave Chief with HMAS Bataan

by Frank Norton

 

RFA Wave Chief with HMAS Bataan

© Australian War Memorial

RFA Wave Knight (2)

by Ross Watton

 RFA Wave Knight (2) entered RFA Service as a Wave Class Large Fleet Tanker in 2003. She is still serving in the RFA Fleet. The painting depicts RFA Wave Knight (2) refuelling HMS Westminster

 WKnight and Westminster

© www.rosswatton.com artwork used with the consent of the artist

 

RFA Wave Laird

RAS's with HMS Scorpion

artist unreadable

RFA Wave Laird RAS's with HMS Scorpion

Artistic licence appears to have been applied to the full

 

RMS Dunottar Castle artist unknown

later to become RFA Caribbean

RFA Caribbean

from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs Division

 

 RSS Discovery II

by a member of the crew

Painting of the RRS Discovery 11

kindly donated by Sally E Douglas and the Eric Douglas Antarctic Collection

 

 SS Lake Erie 

before entering RFA Service as RFA Aspenleaf

 

 artist unknown

SS Lake Erie artist unknown before entering RFA Service as RFA Aspenleaf

 

Tug Turmoil 

when out of RFA Service 

 artist unknown

Tug Turmoil artist unknown when out of RFA Service

 

HMS Campanula RASing with a Wave Class Tanker

by Jim Rae

HMS Campanula RASing with a Wave Class Tanker

by kind permission of the artist

 

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