Kinterbury war time

 Kinterbury 2

 

Previous name:                        

Subsequent name:                  

Official Number:                     168421                                                              

Class:                                   Armament Stores Carrier

Pennant No:                          A 378

Laid down:                              
Builder:                                  Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth

Launched:                             14 November 1942
Into Service:                          4 March 1943
Out of service:                       30 August 1978

Fate:                                     Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data: One of a group of nine coasters which are not normally classed as RFA's, although some of them, on making deep sea voyages, had a proportion of RFA Officers among their complement. She is included here as one of the ancestors of the more modern ammunition ships.

 

24 April 1941 ordered

14 November 1942 launched by Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth as Yard Nr: 1040 and named Kinterbury

4 March 1943 completed at a cost of £91,532 and after the war was based at Priddy's Hard

NAV Kinterbury ships bell

26 July 1943 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN260/2 to Loch Ewe arriving the next day

31 August 1943 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN275/2 to Loch Ewe arriving 2 September 1943

13 November 1943 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN306/2 to Loch Ewe arriving 15 November 1943

23 December 1943 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN323/2 to Loch Ewe arriving 25 December 1943

27 February 1944 sailed Methil in unescorted convoy EN351/2 to Loch Ewe arriving the next day

6 June 1944 sailed Barry in unescorted convoy EBC3 to St Helens Roads

10 June 1944 sailed the Solent and joined escorted  convoy EBC5 to Seine Bay arriving the next day

10 July 1944 sailed Plymouth and joined escorted convoy EBC36 to Portsmouth arriving the next day

1945 based at Priddy's Hard, Portsmouth Harbour

31 December 1946 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

7 January 1947 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

6 June 1947 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

3 September 1947 sailed Granton for Plymouth

22 February 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

6 May 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

20 August 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westward

29 August 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

1 November 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

13 January 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

17 February 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westward

21 May 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

19 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastward

14 April 1951 at Newton Noyes Pier, Milford Haven Fireman Ronald Nancarrow discharged dead having drowned

2 May 1951 RFA FG certificated Masters loaned to replace HT certificated officers for Mediterranean freighting

1 August 1956 loading in the UK

6 August 1956 sailed UK for the Mediterranean for retention, if necessary, as an Armanents Store Carrier (from a Top Secret signal from the Admiralty to C in C Mediterranean copied to C in C East Indies & FOME)

March 1957 register closed

1959 converted with hold stowage and with derricks for handling missiles for the guided weapons trials ship HMS GIRDLENESS

 

Kinterbury 1959

 

21 August 1959 sailed Malta for Devonport

23 September 1959 sailed Malta for Gibraltar and the UK

11 June 1960 sailed Malta for Gibraltar

17 June 1965 sailed Malta for the UK

12 May 1966 sailed Malta for Gibraltar

15 July 1966 arrived at Malta from Suda Bay

7 January 1970 at Plymouth Sound alongside RFA REGENT - cargo work

15 August 1973 sailed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. The ship's Master was Captain Walter Prayle

16 August 1973 off Ushant stopped and boarded by an armed French Customs party. Allowed to proceed

30 August 1978 sold for scrap

November 1978 after a period of lay up in Portsmouth arrived at Sittingbourne, Kent for demolition by Liguria Maritime Ltd

 

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NAV Kinterbury awaiting demolition

 

Notes

 

1. was designed as a replacement for NAV UPNOR, and it was a requirement that she should be capable of carrying the largest guns used in the Navy, hence her exceptionally long 54' derricks

2. during WW2 she was mainly employed between the River Forth and Scapa Flow

3. after VE Day she carried large quantities of explosives to Heligoland for the destruction of the fortifications there

4. together with her sister NAV THROSK made three voyages to Malta after the loss of NAV BEDENHAM at Gibraltar and before RFA AMHERST was brought into service

5. took part in the Normany Invasion in 1944 

 

 

 

 
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HMAS_Kurumba

RAFA Kurumba

 

Previous name:                        

Subsequent name:                  Angeliki    Evangelos

Official Number:                      139178                                                              

Class:                                    Oiler

Pennant No:                           X36 / X55 / X64

Laid down:                             14 August 1914
Builder:                                  Swan Hunter WR, Wallsend on Tyne,

Launched:                             14 September 1916
Into Service:                          7 December 1916
Out of service:                       11 March 1919

Fate:                                     Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data: She had a very short life with the Admiralty before being taken over by the Australian Navy where she was not all that successful either

14 September 1916 launched by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend as Yard Nr 973 named KURUMBA to the order of the Australian Commonwealth Government

23 September 1916 Engineer Lieutenant William Richardson RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

18 November 1916 Lieutenant John Henry Jones RNR appointed in command

26 November 1916 under took builders trials

7 December 1916 completed at a cost of £141,000. Served as an RFA until 1919

18 January 1917 entered in the ships log book - 2nd Officer Magnus Cromarty cautioned severely and warned respecting his sobriety on 14 January 1917

28 January 1917 in collision with ss Unio suffering slight damage - no further details available

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ss Unio

5 March 1917 copy of minute from C in C Rosyth to Flag Captain and Fleet Coaling Officer - 2nd Officer of RFA Kurumba - "In view of the definite statement of the Senior Medical Officer, RN Hospital, Granton, a notation that this officer was drunk on shore on 17 February 1917 is to be made in the log book of the RFA Kurumba and he is to be cautioned that any further misconduct on his part will be severely dealt with.

9 March 1917 entered in the ships log book - In accordance with directions from C in C Rosyth per his minute on 5 March 1917 it is hereby noted that Mr Magnus Cromarty, 2nd Officer, was drunk on shore on 17 February 1917 and was personally cautioned on this date in my presence on HMS Columbine by the Fleet Coaling Officer - Commander Duncan RN and informed that any further misconduct on his part would be severely dealt with.

10 November 1917 Fireman Walter Gardner MMR 640188 logged as deserted

11 November 1917 Lieutenant Ernest G Enright RNR appointed in command until 15 April 1918 

 

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Lieutenant Ernest G Enright RNR

 

13 February 1918 in collision with USS Los Angeles - further details currently unknown

15 April 1918 Lieutenant John Henry Jones RNR appointed in command until 10 April 1919 when he was transferred to RFA Perthshire

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Lieutenant John H Jones RNR

3 September 1918 Fireman George Evans MMR 902043 logged as deserting the ship. He had signed on on 21 March 1918

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Fireman George Evans MMR 902043

9 October 1918 2nd Officer Henry C Horlock MMR appeared before a court martial charged with (a) wilful disobedience of lawful command and (b) improperly leave his ship. The charges were adjudged proved. He was adjudged to be dismissed his ship and to be severely reprimanded. The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty were pleased to annul sentence on the ground that it was not proved that the act which formed the subject of the first charge was an act to the prejudice of good order and naval discipline.

27 November 1918 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS TALBOT refuelling her also alongside HMS TORCH refuelling her with 64 tons of FFO.

9 December 1918 Fireman Albert Jones MMR 852697 and Trimmer Francis Keys MMR 951348 both logged as deserting the ship. Both had signed on on the 14 August 1918.

15 February 1919 Engineer Lieutenant William Joseph Martin Richardson RNR discharged dead. He had signed on on 1 October 1916. He is remembered on a screen wall in the City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery.

 

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Courtesy of and © The War Graves Photographic Project

 

11 March 1919 RFA Kurumba was handed over to the Royal Australian Navy and sailed for Australia in the middle of April 1919 from South Shields. Captain P Gibson being appointed as Master

 

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10 June 1919 arrived at Singapore and sailed on 12 June 1919 for Australia via Tarakai

16 July 1919 arrived at Sydney, NSW, Australia

26 September 1919 Captain Frederick C Plater RD RAFA (Acting Lieutenant Commander RANR) appointed as Master and Warrant Engineer Clarence K Brown RANR appointed as 1st Engineer. The ship sailed from Cockatoo Island for trials this day. She returned to her berth later the same day

1 October 1919 sailed from Sydney, NSW to Queensland ports

9 November 1919 berthed at Darwin

25 November 1919 arrived at Sydney, NSW

22 March 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

12 April 1920 while at Sea Scullion Stephen Gray discharged dead having disappered

30 May 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

6 September 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

30 October 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

11 December 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

21 December 1920 the ship's Master was promoted to substantive Lieutenant Commander RANR by the Royal Australian Navy

31 December 1920 the Auditor General of Australia reported that Captain Gibson had been given certain advances in cash by the High Commissioner for Australia in the UK but on examination by the Naval Office the accounts totalling £4,576/3/7d furnished in support of his expenditure, showed evidence of fraud. The net amount improperly vouched for was approximated £1,500. The Navy Office considered that a large number of claims were not actually paid by the Master being supported by forged vouchers. The Commonwealth Crown Solicitor expressed the opinion that if a prosecution for forgery were instituted it would probably be successful, but that it would cost £500 to extradite Captain Gibson who had returned to the United Kingdom. The Naval representative London had been instructed to accept without prejudice an amount of £500 offered by Captain Gibson's solicitor. It was also stated that the latter would be prepared to consider payment of a further amount when Captain Gibson's explanation had been considered by the Navy Department. Advise of the settlement of the matter was awaited by the Auditor-General at the time of the preparing of his report

31 March 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

17 June 1921 sailed Sydney, NSW for Borneo

20 July 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

29 July 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

4 September 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

19 December 1921 reported as being in reserve with eleven other ships of the Royal Australian Navy fleet

5 May 1922 Lieutenant Commander Frederick C Plater RD RANR appointed in command and Engineer Lieutenant RANR (Temporary) David Pemberton appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 May 1922 Australian Merchant Navy crew replaced with RAN sailors due to the Merchant Navy Crew's Union demanding too much pay for their members. Ship commissioned as a Royal Australian Naval vessel this day.

23 May 1922 berthed at Townsville to load 200 tons of coal for her bunkers before sailing to Borneo to load oil cargo

22 February 1923 entered refit at Cockatoo Dockyard

12 April 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

2 May 1923 berthed at Balik Papan to load

20 May 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

8 June 1923 Warrant Engineer Clarence K Brown RANR appointed as Chief Engineer

9 June 1923 a further union dispute over the supply of a new cook to the ship delayed her sailing for one week

11 June 1923 union dispute settled - she sailed Melbourne for Sydney, NSW with a cook provided by the Cooks Union

17 June 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

23 June 1923 sailed Sydney, NSW for Borneo to load

8 July 1923 arrived at Balik Papan

26 July 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

8 August 1923 Commander Frederick C Plater RD RANR appointed as Master. The Master had been promoted substantive Commander RANR by the Royal Australian Navy on the 1 July 1923

22 May 1925 sailed Sydney NSW for Tarakan to load

4 September 1925 arrived at Sydney, NSW from  Melbourne.

13 October 1925 broke her moorings at Garden Island, Sydney Harbour during stormy weather and drifted towards Point Piper. Tugs returned her to Garden Island. Her hull suffered minor paint damage

2 February 1926 arrived at Sydney, NSW

20 May 1926 position of 4th Engineer Officer vacant - position advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald

24 September 1926 reports that after signing off her crew the ship was to be laid up, as circulated in the Australian press this day, appear to be somewhat premature

22 February 1927 berthed at Sydney from Melbourne

20 April 1927 berthed at Melbourne to refuel HMS Renown

23 April 1927 sailed Melbourne for Sydney NSW

3 November 1927 Storekeeper Alfred Henry Stevens and Lamp Trimmer Robert Forbes both discharged dead after the sinking of the Sydney Harbour ferry Greycliffe

 

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The RAFA Ensign

 

6 January 1928 sailed Syndey NSW for Tarakan to refuel Royal Australian Naval ships. It was reported that she had been lying idle off Garden Island for some months

2 March 1928 passed Thursday Island

12 March 1928 sailed Sydney, NSW for Melbourne

21 April 1928 arrived at Brisbane

2 May 1928 sailed Sydney, NSW for Balik Papan

11 May 1928 stood by a grounded ship ss Hyacinthus on Thursday Island, Australia until the ship managed to float itself clear.

4 June 1928 arrived at Sydney, NSW to paid off into reserve at Cockatoo Island

14 June 1929 while in reserve converted to oil burning boilers

12 May 1931 Commonwealth Naval Orders reported that RAFA Kurumba's radio call sign was to be VJLY

9 May 1932 while in reserve brought forward for refit 

October 1933 Ship Keeper while in reserve at Sydney - Percy V Hugo RD (Retired Captain RANR (S))

28 December 1938 while in reserve brought forward for refit at Garden Island, Sydney

4 September 1939 brought forward from reserve - Captain Alfred H Turnley RAFA appointed in command

19 September 1939 sailed Sydney NSW to Darwin arriving 29 September 1939

7 October 1939 sailed Darwin to Freemantle

16 October 1939 at Freemantle berthed alongside HMAS SYDNEY to refuel her

25 October 1939 at Freemantle berthed alongside HMAS SYDNEY to refuel her

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RAFA Kurumba alongside believed in 1939

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RAFA Kurumba alongside behind the railway wagon at Fremantle

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RAFA Kurumba's crew sunbathing

(three images kindly donated by Eric Heath)

 

5 December 1939 refuelled HMAS SYDNEY alongside

6 December 1939 Captain Alfred Herbert Turnley RD RAFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR Rtd) discharged dead. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Melbourne

10 December 1939 refuelled HMAS SYDNEY alongside

23 January 1940 sailed Freemantle to Sydney arrived 3 February 1940

February 1940 Lieutenant Commander Andrew V Bunyan RANR appointed Acting in Command

2 March 1940 arrived at Sydney

7 March 1940 sailed Sydney to Melbourne arriving 9 March 1940

9 March 1940 sailed Melbourne to Fremantle arriving 16 March 1940

April 1940 Captain Jack T Mawrey RAFA (Lieutenant (Temp) RANR) appointed as Master

19 July 1940 sailed Freemantle to Sydney, NSW arriving 12 August 1940

12 August 1940 sailed Sydney, NSW to Melbourne arriving 14 August 1940

16 August 1940 to Freemantle arriving 21 August 1940

16 April 1941 sailed Freemantle with troops onboard

20 July 1941 sailed Melbourne to Sydney, NSW arriving 23 July 1941

30 July 1941 sailed Sydney, NSW to Freemantle arriving 9 August 1941

7 February 1942 sailed Freemantle to Melbourne arriving 14 February 1942

16 February 1942 sailed Melbourne to Sydney, NSW arrived 19 February 1942

March 1942 used by the United States Navy

31 March 1942 sailed Sydney, NSW to Brisbane arriving 3 April 1942

30 April 1942 sailed Brisbane to Hervey Bay with HMAS BINGERA

1 May 1942 Task Force 44 sailed from Sydney - HMAS AUSTRALIA and HMAS HOBART- they refueled from Kurumba at Hervey Bay on 2 May 1942 before joining US Force and took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea

2 May 1942 at Hervey Bay HMAS AUSTRALIA and USS Whipple (DD217) along side and refuelled

3 May 1942 streamed paravanes and returned to Brisbane with HMAS BINGERA

4 May 1942 sailed from Brisbane under escort

11 May 1942 Task Group 17.3 returning to Australia and refueled from Kurumba at Cid Harbour

14 May 1942 returned to Brisbane

30 May 1942 sailed Brisbane to Townsville arriving on 2 June 1942

2June 1942 at Townsville with HMAS SWAN alongside to refuel

9 June 1942 at Townsville with HMAS's CESSNOCK and BENDIGO alongside to refuel

10 June 1942 at Townsville with HMAS COLAC  alongside to refuel

12 June 1942 sailed Townsville under escort to Brisbane arriving 14 June 1942

9 July 1942 off Pile Light, Brisbane with HMAS HOBART and USS BAGLEY (DD386) alongside to refuel

14 July 1942 at Brisbane with HMAS HOBART berthed alongside

15 July 1942 sailed Brisbane to Townsville arriving 17 July 1942

18 July 1942 anchored in Townsville Roads with HMAS DELORAINE alongside to refuel

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HMAS DELORAINE

19 July 1942 at Townsville with HMAS CESSNOCK alongside to refuel. HMAS CESSNOCK slipped the following day

23 July 1942 at Townsville with HMAS KATOOMBA alongsideside to be refuelled. Then sailed gtom Townsville to Brisbane arriving 25 July 1942

6 August 1942 sailed Brisbane in convoy A1 to Cid Harbour arriving on 12 August 1942

25 August 1942 sailed Townsville to Brisbane arriving 27 August 1942

1 September 1942 at Cleveland Bay with HMAS KATOOMBA alongside to be refuelled

5 September 1942 sailed Townsville in convoy PQ3/1 to Port Moresby arriving on 8 September 1942

9 September 1942 sailed Port Moresby escorted by HMAS BENDIGO

14 September 1942 arrived at Brisbane sailing on 17 September 1942

17 September 1942 sailed Caloundra in convoy PQ3 to Sydney, NSW arriving 19 September 1942

29 September 1942 sailed Sydney,  NSW in convoy GP15/1 - on 1 October 1942 joined convoy BT18/1 to Darwin

8 October 1942 sailed Thursday Island under escort to Darwin arriving 11 Ocober 1942

12 October 1942 sailed Darwin to Thursday Island arriving 16 October 1942

16 October 1942 sailed Thursday Island (after 1 hour in port) to Townsville and then to Brisbane arriving 21 October 1942

25 October 1942 off the Pile Light, Brisbane with HMAS HOBART alongside to refuel - supplied 249 tons of FFO

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HMAS HOBART

26 October 1942 sailed Brisbane to Townsville arriving 30 October 1942

31 October 1942 in the Outer Harbour of Townsville with HMAS BROOME alongside to refuel

1 November 1942 at Cleveland Bay with HMAS BENDIGO alongside being refuelled

3 November 1942 sailed Townsville to Brisbane arriving 5 November 1942

7 November 1942 sailed Brisbane to Sydney, NSW arriving 10 November 1942

22 November 1942 sailed to Port Moresby arriving on 25 November 1942 escorted by HMAS's LITHGOW and WARREGO

29 November 1942 arrived at Milne Bay escorted by HMAS LITHGOW and then refuelled her alongside

30 November 1942 at Milne Bay HMAS BALLARAT secured alongside to refuel

10 December 1942 at Gili Gili, Milne Bay HMAS BROOME secured alongside to refuel

12 December 1942 at Milne Bay HMAS COLAC secured alongside to refuel

15 December 1942 at Gili Gili, Milne Bay HMAS's BALLARAT and COLAC secured alongside to refuel 

20 December 1942 at Gili Gili, Milne Bay HMAS's BALLARAT and COLAC and HMAS BROOME secured alongside to refuel

22 December 1942 being escorted to Brisbane via Townville by HMAS LITHGOW

13 February 1943 sailed Caloundra in convoy PG37A to Sydney, NSW arriving 15 February 1943

17 February 1943 sailed Sydney NSW in convoy GP39/1 to Townsville arriving 22 February 1943

24 February 1943 sailed Townsville in convoy TN41 to Port Moresby arriving 27 February 1943 with HMAS BOWEN as escort

28 February 1943 sailed Port Moresby to Townsville escorted by HMAS BOWEN

2 March 1943 sailed Townsville in convoy TS18/1 to Brisbane arriving 5 March 1943

6 March 1943 sailed Caloundra in convoy PG37A to Syndey NSW arriving 8 March 1943 during which her starboard tail shaft fractured

17 March 1943 sailed Sydney in convoy GP39/1 to Brisbane arriving 19 March 1943

19 March 1943 being escorted by HMAS LITHGOW

20 March 1943 sailed Caloundra in convoy BT46/1 to Townsville arriving 22 March 1943

26 March 1943 at Thursday Island alongside HMAS ECHULA refuelling her

27 March 1943 sailed Thursday Island in Convoy TD 16 to Darwin arriving 31 March 1943

1 April 1943 sailed Darwin in Convoy DT 16 to Thursday Island arriving 5 April 1943

16 April 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy  PG 45 to Sydney arriving 19 April 1943

21 April 1943 sailed Sydney in Convoy GP 47/1

22 April 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy BT 54/1

25 April 1943 sailed Moreton Bay, near Brisbane to Townsville, north Queensland in a convoy of 5 ships under escort of US Navy submarine chasers and within the Great Barrier Reef arriving 27 April 1943

5 May 1943  HMAS SWAN alongside being refuelled

8 May 1943 sailed Townsville in Convoy TS 29/1 to Brisbane arriving 12 May 1943

3 June 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy  PG 53 to Sydney arriving 6 June 1943. While on passage her starboard tail shaft fractured. Vessel initially stopped then made way at very slow speed (3kts) escorted by HMAS BUNDABERG. Eventually towed to port

22 June 1943 sailed Sydney in Convoy GP 56/1 to Brisbane arriving 25 June 1943

25 June 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy BV 71 to Townsville arriving and sailed 29 June 1943

2 July 1943 berthed Thursday Island (souce Admiralty War Diary)

11 July 1943 departed Thursday Island for Townsville (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

21 July 1943 sailed Gladstone in Convoy LQ 3 to Caloundra arriving 23 July 1943

12 August 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy QL 6A to Townsville arriving 15 August 1943

31 August 1943 on passage being escorted by HMAS STUART

4 September 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy QL 9B to Townsville arriving 8 September 1943

12 September 1943 sailed Thursday Island in Convoy TD32 to Darwin arriving 16 September 1943

17 September 1943 sailed Darwin in Convoy  DT32 to Thursday Island arriving 21 September 1943

3 October 1943 sailed Moreton Bay escorted by HMAS GEELONG as far as Lady Elliott Island

14 October 1943 at Cleveland Bay with HMAS AUSTRALIA and USS Bagley (DD386) alongside to refuel

19 October 1943 sailed Townsville

21 October 1943 sailed Gladstone in Convoy LQ 22 to Brisbane arriving 22 October 1943

20 November 1943 berthed at Dawin (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

17 November 1943 escorted by HMAS FREMANTLE sailed from Port Kennedy to Darwin arriving 20 November 1943

24 November 1943 slipped and sailed to Thursday Island still being escorted by HMAS FREMANTLE

28 November 1943 sailed Thursday Island for Townsville

2 December 1943 berthed at Townsville

25 December 1943 arrived at Townsville from Milne Bay (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

29 December 1943 at Gili Anchorage, New Guinea with USS Fulton (AS11) alongside to refuel - received 404,809 gallons of diesel oil

1 January 1944 at Gamadodo, Milne Bay, New Guinea with USS San Pablo (AVP30) alongside to refuel

21 February 1944 at Milne Bay, New Guinea with USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside to refuel

22 February 1944 and 23 February 1944 berthed at Milne Bay, New Guinea alongside USS Fulton (AS11) and refuelled her with 459,636 gallons of diesel

29 February 1944 arrived at Port Moresby (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

1 March 1944 at Port Moresby refuelled HMAS BARRARAT and then sailed escorted by HMAS BARRARAT to Cairns. Returned to Port Moresby when HMAS BARRARAT received orders that she was needed to search for a submarine reported sighted 12 miles off Port Moresby

4 March 1944 at Port Moresby refuelled HMAS BARRARAT and then sailed escorted by her to Euston Reef. HMAS BARRARAT then deployed on patrols at the entrance to Grafton Passage. Kurumba sailed independently to Cairns

30 June 1944 at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Able Seaman Francis George Allen discharged dead - natural causes. He is buried at Brisbane Cemetery, Queensland

27 August 1944 arrived at Townsville (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

9 September 1944 sailed Darwin in convoy DT80 to Thursday Island arriving 12 September 1944

14 September 1944 sailed Thursday Island (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

11 October 1944 sailed from the US Seventh Fleet Naval Base at Hollanidia (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

12 October 1944 and 13 October 1944 at Mios Woendi Anchorage, Padaido Island Group, Schouten Islands with USS Orion (AS18) to refuel - she received 264,357 gallons of diesel fuel oil. US Army Tug LT1 also alongside on 12 October 1944 to be refuelled     

14 October 1944 at Mios Woendi Anchorage, Padaido Island Group, Schouten Islands with USS Susquehanna (AOG5) alongside to refuel - received 71,498 gallons of diesel oil

7 November 1944 and 8 November 1944 at Hollandia, Netherlands New Guinea with USS Salamonie (AO26) alongside to undertake a pump over - received 12,723 barrels of diesel oil

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USS Salamonie (AO26)

10 November 1944 Able Seaman Gordon James Cree discharged dead having drowned. He is buried in Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea in grave FF A 14    

15 November 1944 at Humbolt Bay, Hollandia with USS Suamico (AO49) alongside to refuel - 7,940 barrels of diesel oil received

17 November 1944 at Tanah Merah Bay, New Guniea with USS Kephart (DE207) alongside to refuel

24 November 1944 berthed at Milne Bay, New Guinea. Sailed 9 December 1944 to Hollandia arriving 13 December 1944

26 December 1944 sailed Hollandia to Antape arriving 27 December 1944

14 January 1945 arrived at US Navalbase Hollandia

20 January 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS Sage (AM111) alongside to refuel - received 48,000 gallons

23 January 1945 at Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS Jessie Rutherford (DE347) alongside to refuel - received 300 gallons of diesel oil. Also USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside to refuel - received 42,000 gallons of diesel oil

27 January 1945 and 28 January 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS Coolbaugh (DE217) alongside to refuel

5 February 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS PC-1603 alongside to refuel

8 February 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte with USS Sage (AM111) alongside to refuel - received 26,720 gallons of fuel oil and USS Pursuit (AM108) also alongside to refuel - received 30,140 gallons of diesel oil

9 February 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte with USS APC-2 to refuel

16 February 1945 sailed Leyte in convoy IG9 to Hollandia arriving 22 February 1945

22 February 1945 arrived at the US Naval Base at Hollandia

23 February 1945 at Hollandia with USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside to be refuelled - received 42,000 gallons of diesel oil

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USS Hilo (AGP2)

20 March 1945 at Brisbane after running aground and being refloated HMAS Vendetta berthed alongside Kurumba at SBSR Wharf

April 1945 Captain Jack B Davies RAFA (Temporary Lieutenant RANR (S)) appointed as Master

26 April 1945 sailed Hollandia in convoy GI23 to Manila arriving 3 May 1945

26 May 1945 at San Pedro Bay with USS LSM217 alongsde to refuel

18 June 1945 arrived at Zamboanga together with an oiler Silver Cloud to await and refuel ships of Commander Task Group 78.3

23 June 1945 sailed Zamboanga to Iloilo to await and refuel ships of Commander Task Group 78.3

5 August 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Philippines with USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside being refuelled

26 August 1945 and 27 August 1945  at Basilan Strait, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Phillipines with USS Shikellamy (AOG47) alongside

28 August 1945 at Zamboanga, Mindanao, Phillipines with USS Wachapregue (AGP8) alongside being refuelled with diesel oil - 63,312 gallons supplied

23 September 1945 relieved at the Naval Base at Zamboanga by the USS Shikellamy (AOG47) as the base diesel oil fueller (Source US Naval War Diary OIC Naval Base Zamboanga)

12 October 1945 arrived at Balik Papan. HMAS BARCOO berthed alongside to refuel

13 October 1945 off Balikpapan HMAS HAWKESBURY berthed alongside to refuel - received 260 tons of FFO - then sailed to Macassar

1 November 1945 berthed at Brisbane. Sailed - hove to at 23.40S 15.24E steering engine broken endeavouring to return. Signalled for assistance

13 March 1946 sailed Cairns to Port Moresby arriving 15 March 1946

16 March 1946 sailed Port Moresby to Rabaul arriving 20 March 1946

20 March 1946 at Rabaul with HMAS ARUNTA alongside

3 April 1946 at Simpson Harbour, Rabaul assisting HMAS ECHUEA remove a damaged sweep cable

5 April 1946 to 9 April 1946 berthed with HMAS DELORAINE alongside at Simpson Harbour, Rabaul during operation Kilduke - clearing mines

3 May 1946 at Simpson Harbour, Rabaul refuelled HMAS DELORAINE alongside

14 May 1946 sailed Rabaul to Port Moresby

21 May 1946 sailed Thursday Island to Brisbane arriving 28 May 1946

29 June 1946 sailed Brisbane to Sydney

29 July 1946 destored and paid off into reserve (again) in Australia

15 March 1947 offered for sale by tender in the newspapers The Argus and the Sydney Morning Herald. The ship was 'as is' and could be inspected at Brisbane

 

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80th Anniversary Cover of the de commissioning of HMAS Kurumba

 

January 1948 sold to Artemis Maritime Co Inc, Panama and renamed Angeliki

1955 sold to Pappas Eleftheriades and renamed Evangelos

Evangelos Kurumba

tanker Evangelos ex RFA/RAFA Kurumba

February 1965 laid up at Piraeus

28 January 1966 arrived at Castellon for breaking up.

 

Notes:

In the early 1920’s plans were announced for her conversion into a seaplane carrier but these never materialised as it would have taken her away from her prime role in fleet support. A similar plan was envisaged for the collier HMAS BILOELA

 

 

RFA Kharki

  

Official Number:            112680                                                                        

Class:                            Collier / Tanker

Pennant No:                   P95, X31, X34

Laid down:
Builder:                          Irvine Shipbuilding & Engineering Company

Launched:                      22 December 1899
Into Service:                   20 March 1900 as a collier
Out of service:                26 July 1931
Fate:                               26 July 1931 sold to Chinese firm for use as a dry cargo carrier on the West River

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  Soon after the turn of the 20th Century, the Admiralty acquired a number of small tankers and store ships and from the experiments conducted with these tankers was obtained the experience which resulted in the building of a large number of tankers of various sizes which were especially designed for their task of refuelling warships. None of these early ships were sister ships, and they became the first Admiralty vessels to fall into the new RFA category on its inception in 1905

 

22 December 1899 launched by Irvine Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Irvine as Yard Nr: 16  named KHARKI for Lombard Steamship Co, London

1 March 1900 ran trials on completion

20 March 1900 purchased by the Admiralty for £14,650, name unchanged, and was delivered to HM Pembroke Dock for use as a collier and spent her early years mainly in Home Waters, based at Portland

24 March 1900 sailed Glasgow for Pembroke Dock

2 January 1901 arrived at Barry from Devonport

21 March 1901 sailed Penarth for Devonport

29 April 1901 arrived at Penarth from Devonport

4 July 1901 sailed Devonport for Cardiff

5 July 1901 arrived at Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport

14 August 1902 arrived at Barry from Devonport

22 April 1903 sailed Devonport for Cardiff

29 August 1903 arrived at Barry from Pembroke Dock

31 August 1903 sailed Barry for Devonport

6 September 1903 arrived at Barry from Devonport

27 April 1904 arrived at Cardiff from Devonport

5 May 1904 arrived at Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport in ballast

25 May 1904 sailed Devonport from Cardiff

10 June 1904 arrived at Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport in ballast

6 August 1904 sailed Devonport for Cardiff

31 August 1904 sailed Devonport for Penarth

28 September 1904 arrived at Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport

12 November 1904 arrived at Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport

18 February 1905 sailed Dumfries for Cardiff

25 February 1905 arrived at Bute East Dock, Cardiff

15 March 1905 sailed Portland for Barry but put into Devonport due to stress of weather

25 March 1905 arrived Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport

4 April 1905 work to covert the ship from a collier to a tanker described in the Portsmouth Evening News of this day

Press Report Portsmouth Evening News 4 4 1905

 

12 April 1905 arrived at Roath Dock, Cardiff from Devonport

26 June 1905 entered No 6 Dry Dock, Keyham, Devonport for conversion to an 'Oil Fuel Vessel' (description as quoted from the Ship Log for this day)

7 August 1905 was the subject of proceedings in the Kings Bench Division of the High Court before the Lord Chief Justice, Mr Justice Laurence and Mr Justice Ridley and the law report was published in the Times of this day. The case involved the question of the liabilty of His Majesty's ships to pay pilotage dues under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 and the Bristol Channel Pilotage Act and by-laws made there under. The Master had refused to pay pilotage dues for the service of a pilot into Cardiff Docks and the Pilot had taken proceedings against the Master for the recovery of £4 4sh plus £10 10sh costs through a local Court. The Appeal was allowed as the High Court considered that the carriage of coal for the Royal Navy by the KHARKI was not a commerical purpose. KHARKI, the court decided, was clearly a Kings ships and the legislation was not binding on the Crown for incurring a debt

1905 converted into a tanker at a cost of £7,324.for the conveyance of lubricating oil from contractor‘s works to Home Dockyards and Depots.

7 August 1905 subject to the question of whether the ship was liable for the payment of pilotage dues being an Admiralty vessel in the case of Symons v Baker heard in the High Court of Justice, Kings Bench Division before the Lord Chief Justice, Mr Justice Lawrence and Mr Justice Ridley - reported in the Times of this day

13 September 1906 arrived at Portsmouth berthing on Pitch House Jetty

18 September 1906 berthed on the South Railway Jetty, Portsmouth

24 September 1906 moved to a berth on Boat House Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour

5 October 1906 moved again to Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour

19 October 1906 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

19 February 1907 at Portsmouth Dockyard in No: 12 Dock in refit

18 March 1907 sailed Portsmouth Dockyard after refit for Sheerness

9 May 1907 anchored at Spithead

16 May 1907 berthed on South Slip Jetty, Portsmouth

18 May 1907 berthed on Pitch House Jetty at Portsmouth Dockyard

4 June 1907 sailed Portsmouth

16 June 1907 arrived at Portsmouth berthing on South Railway Jetty

10 July 1907 arrived at Spithead and anchored

2 December 1907 the Evening Express newspaper (published in Wales) reported that -

Press Report Evening Express 2 12 1907

28 February 1908 arrived Portsmouth

31 March 1908 arrived Portsmouth Dockyard and berthed at the Coaling Point

2 April 1908 sailed Portsmoutyh

14 May 1908 on passage from Portland to Greenock - the Master was Captain S Williams RFA

17 May 1908 anchored at Greenock

18 May 1908 crew employed moving coal stored on deck in sacks into the ships bunkers

19 May 1908 entered Fairfield Ship Building yard at Glasgow and berthed alongside HMS INDOMITABLE to refuel her - 200 tons of FFO supplied

HMS Indomitable

HMS INDOMITABLE

20 May 1908 sailed to Campbeltown

21 May 1908 anchored at Campbeltown

22 May 1908 sailed Campbeltown to Portland

24 May 1908 berthed at Portland alongside the coaling pier

25 May 1908 received 28 tons of bunker coal amd 20 tons of coal in sacks on deck. Loaded 493 tons of FFO cargo. Sailed to Greenock

28 May 1908 anchored at Lamlash. Oiled HMS TB17 alongside with 43.5 tons of FFO

29 May 1908 anchored at Lamlash. Oiled HMS TB11 alongside with 44 tons of FFO. Moved to Tail of Bank alongside HMS COSSACK to refuel her with 22.5 tons of FFO. Moved to Fairfield Ship Building yard at Glasgow and berthed alongside HMS INDOMITABLE to refuel her - 90 tons of FFO supplied

30 May 1908 sailed to Tail of Bank berthing alongside HMS COSSACK and fuelled her with 56 tons of FFO

HMS Cossack 1907 IWM Q 021123

HMS COSSACK

1 June 1908 coal on deck moved into the bunkers

2 June 1908 at Campbeltown refuelled HMS TB14 with 48 tons of fuel, HMS TB13 with 47 tons of fuel, HMS TB1 with 11 tons of fuel, HMS TB2 with 12 tons of fuel and HMS TB4 with 19 tons of fuel

5 June 1908 at Campbeltown refuelled  HMS TB13 with 4 tons of fuel and HMS TB2 with 3 tons of fuel

7 June 1908 at Campbeltown refuelled HMS TB14 with 8.5 tons of fuel 

8 June 1908 anchored at Lamlash

9 June 1908 while anchored at Lamlash refuelled HMS TB11 with 11 tons of fuel and HMS TB17 with 23 tons of fuel. Sailed to Portland

11 June 1908 anchored at Portland

22 June 1908 berthed alongside at Portland and loaded 652 tons of fuel oil as cargo

23 June 1908 sailed Portland to Devonport arriving the same day. Made fast to buoy No. 2

24 June 1908 at Devonport issued 234 tons of fuel oil to lighter C82,  270 tons of fuel oil to lighter C81 and 115 tons of fuel oil to lighter C79. Sailed to Portland

25 June 1908 berthed alongside at Portland

29 June 1908 loaded 552 tons of cargo and 48 tons of bunker coal

1 July 1908 sailed Portland to Portsmouth arriving the same day and berthed alongside

4 July 1908 and 5 July 1908 moved and berthed alongside HMS INDOMITABLE refuelling her with 515 tons of fuel oil

6 July 1908 at Portsmouth loaded cargo of 200 tons from lighter C24. Sailed for Sheerness

7 July 1908 arrived at Sheerness and secured to No 4 buoy

8 July 1908 at Sheerness with oil barge C121 alongside - issued 130 tons of FFO to the barge. Loaded 20 tons of bunker coal

9 July 1908 sailed Sherness to Thames Haven and loaded 516 tons of FFO of cargo

10 July 1908 sailed Thames Haven to Queensferry

12 July 1908 arrived at Queensferry and anchored off Port Edgar

14 July 1908 at Queensferry HMS's TB13, TB10 and TB8 refuelled. Moved alongside HMS AGAMEMNON and issued her 70 tons of FFO. Returned to the anchorage off Port Edgar

HMS Agamemnon LOC ggbain 18554

HMS AGAMEMNON

15 July 1908 refuelled HMS's TB1, TB2, TN3 and TB11

17 July 1908 refuelled HMS's TB8, and TB10

18 July 1908 refuelled HMS's TB1, TB2, TN3 and TB11

20 July 1908 refuelled HMS's TB8, and TB10

21 July 1908 refuelled  HMS's TB2, TB3, TB8, TB10, TB11, TB17 and TB18

22 July 1908 moved alongside RFA PETROLEUM to load cargo and then moved to an anchorage on the south side of the Firth of Forth

25 July 1908 sailed Firth of Forth to Scapa Flow

26 July 1908 arrived at Scapa Flow and anchored

6 August 1908 at Scapa Flow and refuelled HMS COSSACK with 145 tons of fuel oil, HMS MOHAWK with 103 tons of fuel oil and HMS TAMAR with 117 tons of fuel oil

12 August 1908 at Scapa Flow and refuelled HMS COSSACK with 58 tons of fuel oil

13 August 1908 sailed Scapa Flow to Portland

16 August 1908 arrived at Portland and berthed alongside the coaling pier

17 August 1908 loaded bunker coal and sailed to Portsmouth

18 August 1908 at Portsmouth berthed alongside HMS BRITTANIA at Fountains Lake - refuelled her with 115 tons of fuel oil. Sailed to Portland

19 August 1908 at Portland berthed and coaled ship. Sailed to Campbeltown

22 August 1908 anchored at Campbeltown

24 August 1908 at Campbeltown refuelled the TB Flotilla the sailed to Lamlash

25 August 1908 at Lamlash refuelled HMS's TB17 and TB18

26 August 1908 sailed Lamlash to Campbeltown

31 August 1908 at Campbeltown oiled HMS's TB3, TB5, TB13, TB15, TB17 and TB19

4 September 1908 at Campbeltown refuelled various TB's

6 September 1908 sailed to Lamlash

8 September 1908 at Lamlash oiled HMS TB18 with 27 tons of oil

10 September 1908 at Lamlash oiled HMS TB18 with 10 tons of oil

11 September 1908 at Lamlash oiled HMS TB17 with 15 tons of oil

16 September 1908 sailed to Greenock to coal ship - received 20 tons of bunker coal and then returned to her anchorage at Lamlash

17 September 1908 sailed Lamlash to Portland

20 September 1908 arrived at Portland and berthed at the coaling berth

24 September 1908 at Portland pumped all her cargo ashore and cleaned tanks

28 December 1908 arrived at Spithead, later entered Portsmouth Dockyard

9 March 1909 at Gosport Oil Fuel jetty, Portsmouth during oil being discharged from the ship into the tanks ashore a hose burst shooting oil over the ship

7 August 1909 arrived at Portsmouth

24 November 1909 at Plymouth berthed alongside Turnchapel Wharf

27 November 1909 at Portland loading bunker coal

28 November 1909 sailed Portland to Thamshaven arriving the next day

29 November 1909 berthed on the West Jetty at Thameshaven loading 668 tons of cargo

30 November 1909 sailed Thamshaven to Portsmouth arriving the next day

2 December 1909 at Portsmouth alongside HMS PRINCE GEORGE loading her with 458 tons of FFO

 HMSPrinceGeorge

HMS Prince George

4 December 1909 at Fountain Lake, Portsmouth discharging cargo into tenders C19 & C20 thence sailed to Portland

6 December 1909 at Portland loading 688 tons of FFO cargo 

7 December 1909 sailed from Portland to Turnchapel, Plymouth

8 December 1909 to 10 December 1909 discharged cargo ashore at Turnchapel, Plymouth

11 December 1909 sailed Turnchapel to Portland

13 December 1909 at Portland alongside RFA PETROLEUM loading 685 tons from her

14 December 1909 sailed Portland to Plymouth

15 December 1909 at Turnchapel, Plymouth discharging cargo ashore

16 December 1909 at Turnchapel, Plymouth discharged 282 tons of FFO cargo into fuel lighter C82. Sailed for Portland

17 December 1909 at Portland loading cargo

20 December 1909 sailed Portland to Turnchapel 

21 December 1909 at Turnchapel berthed alongside RFA PETROLEUM

24 December 1909 sailed Turnchapel to Portland arriving the same day

28 December 1909 alongside at Portland to load cargo. Sailed Portland to Plymouth Sound arriving the next day

30 December 1909 at 0813hrs while underway from Plymouth Sound to Turnchapel with a pilot onboard - the steering gear failed, the starboard anchor was let go but she struck the coal hulk Iona. No damage to KHARKI. Discharged cargo

31 December 1909 received 10 tons of water from ss Minx

1 January 1910 sailed Turnchapel to Portland

7 January 1910 at Portland loaded bunker coal and cargo

8 January 1910 completed loading cargo - 687 tons of FFO

10 January 1910 sailed Portland to Plymouth Sound

11 January 1910 berthed alongside Turnchapel to discharge cargo

12 January 1910 discharging cargoa shore and into lighter C68

15 January 1910 loaded bunker coal and sailed from Plymouth Sound to Thameshaven

17 January 1910 alongside at Thameshaven upper oil wharf loading cargo

18 January 1910 sailed Thameshaven to Felixstowe berthed alongside lighter C207

19 January 1910 discharged part cargo into lighter C207 then sailed to Thameshaven

20 January 1910 at Thameshaven oil wharf loading cargo to capacity then sailed to Plymouth Sound arriving 22 January 1910, thence berthing at Turnchapel

24 January 1910 to 26 January 1910 discharging cargo ashore

26 January 1910 sailed Turnchapel to Portland arriving the same day

27 January 1910 to 28 January 1910 at Portland loading cargo to capacity

29 January 1910 at Portland loading bunker coal

30 January 1910 sailed Portland to Plymouth

31 January 1910 berthed alongside at Turnchapel commenced discharging cargo ashore

1 February 1910 to 4 February 1910 at Turnchapel discharging cargo until ship empty of oil

4 February 1910 sailed Turnchapel to Portland

5 February 1910 at Portland loaded cargo to capacity

6 February 1910 sailed Portland to Plymouth

7 February 1910 to 10 February 1910 berthed at Turnhouse discharging cargo ashore and 280 tons of FFO into lighter C82

10 February 1910 sailed Turnhouse to Portland

11 February 1910 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

12 February 1910 berthed alongside Pitchhouse Jetty, Portsmouth

14 February 1910 at Portsmouth moved berth to outboard of RFA INDUSTRY

14 February 1910 until 1 April 1910 in refit at Portsmouth

1910 fitted out for oiling at sea experiments along with RFA PETROLEUM

1 April 1910 sailed Portsmouth to Portland arriving the next day

5 April 1910 at Portland loaded 672 tons of FFO cargo plus bunker coal. Sailed to Plymouth arriving the next day

6 April 1910 and 7 April 1910 at Turnhouse discharged cargo ashore then sailed to Portland

8 April 1910 at Portland loaded 682 tons of cargo and sailed to Turnhouse

9 April 1910 alongside at Turnhouse discharging cargo ashore

11 April 1910 completed discharging cargo ashore at Turnhouse and sailed to Portland

12 April 1910 at Portland loading cargo. Sailed to Plymouth.

13 April 1910 anchored in Plymouth Sound - moved alongside HMS VANGUARD to refuel her - supplied 549 tons of FFO

14 April 1910 sailed Plymouth to Portland

15 April 1910 at Portland fully loaded with cargo. Cargo amounted to 679 tons of FFO

16 April 1910 at Portland loaded 10 tons of bunker coal in sacks on deck. Sailed Portland to Invergordon

 20 April 1910 anchored at Invergordon

21 April 1910 at Invergordon alongside HMS AFRIDI and refuelled her with 148 tons of FFO thence alongside HMS SWIFT and refuelled her with 272 tons of FFO

22 April 1910 at Invergordon alongside HMS GHURKA - refuelled her with 103 tons of FFO, HMS NUBIAN - refuelled her with 82 tons of FFO and HMS MOWHAWK - refuelled her with 74 tons of FFO

23 April 1910 sailed Invergordon to Sheerness arriving 25 April 1910

26 April 1910 moved berth to alongside the oil tanks at Port Victoria, Sheerness loading cargo by gravity

28 April 1910 at Port Victoria completed loading 690 tons of FFO. Total time taken to load cargo being 50 hours. Sailed to Devonport

30 April 1910 at Devonport alongside HMS COLLINGWOOD to refuel her

2 May 1910 sailed Plymouth to Portland arriving the same day

3 May 1910 at Portland loaded 680 tons of FFO cargo plus bunker coal. Sailed to Portsmouth arriving the next day

4 May 1910 moored at Fountain Lake, Portsmouth discharging cargo into lighters C19, C21 and C24

5 May 1910 sailed Portsmouth to Portland arriving the same day

6 May 1910 at Portland loaded 684 tons of FFO cargo

7 May 1910 at Portland loaded 10 tons of bunker coal in bags on deck

8 May 1910 sailed Portland to Ardrossan arriving 10 May 1910

16 May 1910 at Rothesay refuelling TB No 16 with 22 tons of FFO, TB No 4 with 18 tons of FFO and TB No 5 with 12 tons FFO

17 May 1910 at Rothesay refuelling TB No 19 with 23 tons of FFO, TB No 15 with 15 tons of FFO and TB No 1 with 24 tons FFO

18 May 1910 at Rothesay refuelling HMS MAROI with 124 tons of FFO, HMS NUBIAN with 105 tons of FFO and HMS CRUSADER with 96 tons FFO

21 May 1910 at Rothesay refuelling HMS SPITEFUL, TB No's 1, 5, 15 and 19 with a total of 62 tons of FFO

22 May 1910 sailed Rothesay to Tail of Bank

23 May 1910 off Helensborough refuelling HMS SWIFT with 84 tons of FFO and HMS SARACEN with 68 tons FFO. When the refuelling was completed sailed to Portland

26 May 1910 arrived at Portland and loaded cargo

27 May 1910 sailed Portland to Portsmouth to discharge cargo ashore

28 May 1910 completed discharging cargo at Portsmouth and sailed to Portland

29 May 1910 at Portland loaded cargo and loaded bunker coal

3 September 1910 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

10 November 1910 Leading Stoker Edwin Hawkins discharged dead. He is buried in Portland Naval Cemetery

30 November 1910 arrived at Portsmouth

24 December 1910 berthed in Portsmouth Dockyard

January 1911 carried out OAS trials with the torpedo boat destroyers HMS MOHAWK and HMS AMAZON. Using the Stirrup Method, up to 80 tons of fuel was transferred

24 June 1911 Captain James D Ashworth RFA appointed as Master until 30 November 1913 when he took command of RFA CAROL

Capt J D Ashworth

Captain James D Ashworth RFA

8 September 1911 on passage from Granton to Dover to discharge cargo

9 September 1911 sailed Dover to Grangemouth

11 September 1911 moored at Grangemouth Docks

12 September 1911 at Grangemouth Docks loading cargo and then sailed to Granton

13 September 1911 at Granton loading bunker coal and water and then sailed to Invergordon

14 September 1911 arrived Invergordon and discharged cargo to C121. Sailed to Fortrose

15 September 1911 at Fortrose with HMS's SWIFT, TARTAR, MAORI, AMAZON, MOWHAWK and SARACEN variously alongside to refuel. Sailed to Grangemouth

16 September 1911 berthed at Grangemouth

18 September 1911 at Grangemouth loaded cargo. Changed berth alongside RFA BURMA. Later sailed for Fortrose

20 September 1911 arrived at Fortrose. HMS's TARTAR, GHURKA, MAROI, VIKING and AMAZON variously alongside to refuel

21 September 1911 at Fortrose. HMS's SWIFT, MOWHAWK and SARACEN variously alongside to refuel. Sailed to Invergordon. At Invergordon alongside C121 to discharge the remainder of the cargo

22 September 1911 sailed Invergordon to Granton

23 September 1911 berthed alongside at Granton and loaded bunker coal

24 September 1911 sailed Granton to Sheerness

26 September 1911 arrived at Sheerness and loaded cargo from barges. Sailed for Dover

27 September 1911 at Dover with HMS GOLDFINCH alongside to be refuelled

28 September 1911 at Dover with HMS's CAMELEON, NYMPHE, REDPOLE, RIFLEMAN, COMET, SHELLDRAKE and BRISK variously alongside to refuel. 

29 September 1911 at Dover HMS's RUBY, GOLDFINCH, RIFLEMAN, ACORN, LARNE, ALARM, RUBY, and GOLDFINCH variously alongside to refuel. When HMS GOLDFINCH came alongside her port anchor bent rails, stanchions and broke a 5" oil hose

30 September 1911 sailed Dover to Sheerness

1 October 1911 to 14 October 1911 at Sheerness for repairs and a boiler clean

16 October 1911 loaded cargo and sailed Sheerness to Portsmouth 

17 October 1911 at Portsmouth and discharged cargo

18 October 1911 sailed Portsmouth to Portland

19 October 1911 to 22 October 1911 at Portland and loaded cargo

23 October 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth. On arrival discharged cargo C24

24 October 1911 sailed Portsmouth to Portland

25 October 1911 berthed at Portland and loaded cargo

26 October 1911 refuelled HMS HINDUSTAN in Portland Roads then sailed to Portsmouth 

27 October 1911 at Portsmouth discharged cargo and sailed to Portland

28 October 1911 berthed at Portland and loaded cargo

30 October 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

31 October 1911 berthed at Portsmouth and discharged cargo

1 November 1911 sailed Portsmouth to Portland on arrival loaded bunker coal

2 November 1911 at Portland Roads refuelled HMS JEMERAIRE

3 November 1911 loaded cargo at Portland and sailed to Portsmouth

4 November 1911 arrived at Portsmouth and discharged cargo. Sailed to Portland

5 November 1911 arrived at Portland to load cargo

8 November 1911 sailed Portland to Spithead. Refuelled HMS ARGYLE supplying 45 tons of oil then entered Portsmouth Harbour to discharge cargo. Grounded between 5pm and 7pm but then refloated at 7pm - no damage caused

9 November 1911 sailed Portsmouth to Portland

10 November 1911 loaded cargo at Portland

12 November 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

13 November 1911 arrived at Portsmouth and discharged her cargo. When the cargo was discharged sailed to Portland 

15 November 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

16 November 1911 at Portsmouth discharging cargo

17 November 1911 sailed from Portsmouth to Portland

20 November 1911 at Portland loading bunker coal

24 November 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth 

25 November 1911 at Portmouth discharging cargo and then sailed to Portland

27 November 1911 at Portland fully loaded cargo

28 November 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

29 November 1911 at Portsmouth discharging cargo. Sailed to Portland

30 November 1911 at Portland loading cargo. Refuelled HMS HERCULES supplying 95 tons of FFO and HMS AGAMEMNON with 104 tons of FFO

1 December 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

2 December 1911 at Portsmouth discharging cargo. Sailed for Portland

4 December 1911 at Portland loading cargo

6 December 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth. Berthed on Clarence Yard Jetty discharging cargo

8 December 1911 sailed Portsmouth to Portland

9 December 1911 at Portland loading cargo

11 December 1911 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

23 February 1912 alongside at Portland

26 February 1912 sailed Portland for South Queensferry arriving on 29 February 1912 when she moored on No 7 buoy

1 March 1912 moved alongside and refuelled in turn HMS's Acheron, Defender, Hind, Jackall, Sandfly, Forester and Ferret

2 March 1912 sailed South Queensferry to Leith Docks, then sailed Leith Docks to South Shields

3 March 1912 alongside Hawthorne Leslie's Yard at South Shields on Tyne

4 March 1912 Stoker S Richards arrested by Police - reason not stated in the ship's log

6 March 1912 sailed South Shields to Sheerness and then to Chatham

11 March 1912 Stoker S Richard given 7 days notice to leave the ship as his 'services were no longer required'

13 March 1912 in Chatham Dockyard hands in refit

12 April 1912 out of Dockyard hands to the oil jetty at Port Victoria to load cargo

14 April 1912 sailed Port Victoria to Thameshaven to load further cargo

15 April 1912 sailed Thameshaven to Portsmouth

16 April 1912 anchored in Fareham Creek. HM Submarines C19 and D3 alongside to refuel. Then to the old Gosport Oil Jetty to discharge part of her cargo

19 April 1912 sailed Gosport to Portland to load cargo

20 April 1912 sailed Portland to South Queensferry 

24 April 1912 moored at South Queensferry HMS's Hornet and Archer alongside to refuel

25 April 1912 HMS's Jackal, Finished and Defender alongside to refuel

26 April 1912 07:00 sailed South Queensferry to Sheerness arriving 23:50 the next day

29 April 1912 sailed Sheerness to Fortrose Pier arriving 08:30 2 May 1912. HMS's Hornet, Lapwing and Druid alongside to refuel

3 May 1912 HMS's Defender, Ariel, Jackal, Forester, Ferret and Archer alongside to refuel

4 May 1912 sailed from Fortrose pier to Invergordon to discharge remaining cargo. Then sailed to Sheerness arriving 6 May 1912

7 May 1912 at Port Victoria to load cargo - sailed to Gosport Oil Fuel jetty to discharge arriving on 8 May 1912

9 May 1912 sailed Gosport to Portland

10 May 1912 loading cargo at Portland

12 May 1912 sailed Portland to Portsmouth

13 May 1912 at Portsmouth refuelled HM Submarine C19 and then alongside at Gosport Oil Fuel jetty to discharge her cargo. Sailed Gosport to Portland

14 May 1912 alongside at Portland to load cargo

15 May 1912 sailed Portland to Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran arriving 17 May 1912

18 May 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's Zulu, Nubian, Hope, Amazon and Fury

20 May 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS Swift

22 May 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's Crusader, Maori, Amazon, Zulu, Hope and Nubian

23 May 1912 sailed Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran to Portland arriving 25 May 1912

27 May 1912 loading cargo at Portland

29 May 1912 sailed Portland to Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran arriving 31 May 1912

31 May 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's COSSACK and MOHAWK

1 June 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's ZULU, NUBIAN, CRUSADER, MAROI, AMAZON and HOPE

2 June 1912 sailed Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran to Devonport to load

5 June 1912 sailed Devonport to Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran

7 June 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's ZULU, HOPE, COSSACK and MOHAWK

8 June 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS NUBIAN then sailed to Ardrossan and refuelled HMS AMAZON alongside. Sailed to Troon to refuel HMS's CRUSADER and MAROI

9 June 1912 sailed Troon to Devonport arriving on 11 June 1912

12 June 1912 sailed Devonport to Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran arriving 14 June 1912

14 June 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's COSSACK, HOPE, CRUSADER, ZULU, AMAZON and MAORI

15 June 1912 at Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran refuelled alongside HMS's SWIFT, AFRIDI and MOWHAWK. While going alongside HMS MOWHAWK cracked a port side frame

17 June 1912 sailed Broderick Bay, Isle of Arran to Portland arriving 19 June 1912

30 June 1912 at Portland loading from RFA PETROLEUM

2 July 1912 at Weymouth Bay alongside HMS's INDOMITABLE, ACHILLES and NATAL

3 July 1912 at Portland moored alongside  RFA PETROLEUM. Sailed to Portsmouth

4 July 1912 arrived at Portsmouth and berthed alongside the New Oil Jetty, Gosport to discharge

5 July 1912 sailed to Portland arriving the same day

19 March 1913 sailed Portsmouth to Spithead returning to Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty later the same day

11 April 1913 sailed Portsmouth to Spithead returning to Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty later the same day

16 October 1913 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour berthing on Gosport Oil Fuel Jetty

28 Novemeber 1913 sailed Portsmouth

25 February 1914 berthed at Grangemouth from Felixtowe in ballast

9 March 1914 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour

10 March 1914 at Portsmouth Harbour and moved berths to Pitch House Jetty

April 1914 Captain William Frost RFA appointed in command

18 May 1914 arrived at Grangemouth in ballast from Invergordon

8 May 1914 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

20 May 1914 sailed Grangemouth for Sheerness

23 July 1914 berthed at Grangemouth from Sheerness in ballast

25 July 1914 sailed Grangemouth for Sheerness

16 November 1914 Able Seaman George Philip Picot discharged dead. He is buried in Osmondwall Cemetery, Orkney in the old ground between the gates

 

Picot

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

1 January 1915 at Scapa Flow

21 March 1915 at Scapa Flow berthed alongside HMS LANCASTER to refuel her

15 April 1915 at Scapa Flow berthed alongside HMS WARRIOR to refuel her and HMS LANCASTER to refuel her also

22 April 1915 Lieutenant C Noel RNR appointed Acting in Command until 3 May 1915

3 May 1915 Lieutenant John R Gorrie RNR appointed in Command

 

John_Ross_Gorrie

Lieutenant John Ross Gorrie RNR

 

30 June 1915 at Longhope

24 July 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS COLUMBELLA to refuel her

4 August 1915 Engineer Joseph S Harrison RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 August 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS WARRIOR

6 August 1915 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ALBERMARLE to refuel her - supplied 1,200 gallons of oil

25 September 1915 took on charge a J B Dent Chronometer No 9268 which had been purchased by the Admiralty in April 1895. Off charge on 28 May 1917 at Malta

21 November 1915 and 22 November 1915 at Salonika alongside HMS ARK ROYAL refuelling her with 361 tons of FFO

15 December 1915 at Salonkia alongside HMS ARK ROYAL refuelling her with 350 tons of FFO

28 February 1916 Engineer Lieutenant Percy E C Ogden RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. He signed off 13 September 1917 when discharged to England

25 March 1916 at Port Iero HMS USK alongside to refuel

23 July 1916 at Port Mudros berthed alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel her

25 September 1916 took on charge an E Dent & Co Hack Watch No 51505 which had been purchased by the Admiralty in December 1906. The watch had only previously been used, on charge, by HMS Crusader.  The Watch was landed, off charge, on 18 May 1917 at Malta.

2 October 1916 sailed Navros

3 October 1916 Sub Lieutenant Alexander H. Hardy RNR appointed in command. He remained in command until 13 October 1917 when he took command of RFA SERBOL

 

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Sub Lieutenant Alexander Hardy RNR
Courtesy Nancy Hardy with thanks
 

16 October 1916 arrived at Navros

23 October 1916 at Port Mudros with HMS ARK ROYAL alongside to refuel - supplied 266 tons of FFO

9 November 1916 arrived at Navros

11 November 1916 sailed from Navros

3 December 1916 sailed from Navros

14 December 1916 at Port Mudros with HMS ARK ROYAL alongside to refuel - supplied 154 tons of FFO

18 December 1916 arrived at Navros

20 December 1916 sailed from Navros

6 January 1917 arrived at Port Zero

11 January 1917 at Port Mudros with HMS ARK ROYAL alongside to refuel - supplied 176 tons of FFO

13 January 1917 at Port Mudros alongside HMS NEWCASTLE to refuel her supplied 8 tons of FFO

27 February 1917 at Port Mudros with HMS ARK ROYAL alongside to refuel - supplied 185 tons of FFO

2 March 1917 and 3 March 1917 at Port Iero berthed alongside HMS COLNE to refuel her

25 April 1917 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL  to refuel - supplied 188 tons of FFO

2 May 1917 sailed from Port Iero

3 May 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

18 May 1917 sailed from Port Mudros

4 June 1917 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 150 tons of FFO

10 June 1917 arrived at Port Mudros

26 June 1917 anchored at Mudros

4 July 1917 sailed Mudros

30 July 1917 anchored at Mudros

31 July 1917 sailed Mudros

18 August 1917 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 143 tons of FFO

12 November 1917 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 140 tons of FFO

26 November 1917 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 45 tons of FFO

6 January 1918 at Kalloni berthed alongside HMS BRISTOL to refuel her

9 January 1918 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 174 tons of FFO

12 January 1918 and 13 January 1918 at Port Mudros berthed alongside HMS BRISTOL to refuel her

23 January 1918 off Salamis sighted by HMS COLNE

9 February 1918 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 124 tons of FFO

18 February 1918 Able Seaman E J Bryan discharged to HMS EUROPA for a period of detention

19 February 1918 Engineer Sub-Lieutenant Frank L Nicolson RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 March 1918 Second Officer Ralph Davison RFA appeared before a court martial charged with being found drunk on board. The charge was adjudged to be proved and he was sentenced to be severely reprimanded and to be dismissed his ship

11 March 1918 at Port Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL to refuel - supplied 113 tons of FFO

20 March 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her - loaded 50 tons of FFO

 

HMS Liverpool WW1

HMS LIVERPOOL

 

22 April 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her - loaded 99 tons of FFO

27 April 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her - loaded 48 tons of FFO. Damaged the warships port paravane

14 May 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her - loaded 53 tons of FFO

16 May 1918 Fireman Thomas Mathers discharged to HMS EUROPA for DQ's

24 May 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her - loaded 92 tons of FFO

1 June 1918 Lieutenant William Distant RNR appointed in command

4 June 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her - loaded 62 tons of FFO

30 June 1918 Leading Stokers W Green MMR 861581 and J Reece MMR 497475 both discharged to HMS EUROPA for DQ's - no reason or duration shown. Leading Stoker J McCafferty discharged to HMS Europa at Malta for Prison. No reason or duration shown. All three had signed on the ship on the 13 October 1917. Engineer Sub-Lieutenant John Howard RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 July 1918 Lieutenant Thomas Sunley RNR appointed in command. He was discharged on 31 May 1919

Capt Thomas Sunley

Lieutenant Thomas Sunley RNR

8 July 1918 at Mudros berthed alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 105 tons of FFO

25 July 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 124 tons of FFO

28 July 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 230 tons of FFO

8 August 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 146 tons of FFO

20 August 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 100 tons of FFO

23 September 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 120 tons of FFO

30 September 1918 Fireman Ed Murphy discharged to HMS EUROPA for DQ's. He was disrated and sent to England

10 October 1918 at Mudros alongside HMS LIVERPOOL to refuel her. Issued 140 tons of FFO and Lieutenant Frederick M Harvey RNR appointed as Commanding Officer

 FM Harvey - Cherryleaf 1

Lieutenant Frederick M Harvey RNR

18 November 1918 sailed Piraeus, Greece

3 January 1919 at Mudros alongside HMS ARK ROYAL refuelling her

13 January 1919 at Constantinople alongside HMS ARK ROYAL refuelling her with 55 tons of FFO

29 January 1919 Engineer Lieutenant W McFee RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. He was discharged on 21 August 1919 to RFA Sunhill.

21 April 1919 Lieutenant Edward Gattey RNR appointed in command

29 May 1919 at Smyma alongside HMS CENTAUR refuelling her

12 June 1919 at Smyma alongside HMS CENTAUR refuelling her

29 July 1919 at Smyma alongside HMS CENTAUR refuelling her

30 July 1919 sailed Smyma

22 August 1919 arrived at Smyma and berthed alongside HMS CENTAUR to refuel her

25 August 1919 sailed Smyma

31 August 1919 arrived at Smyma and berthed alongside HMS CENTAUR to refuel her. Then sailed Smyma

25 September 1919 Leading Seaman J S Harford sentenced to 60 days DQ's and disrated to Able Seaman and discharged

11 December 1919 at Colombo and sailed this day

27 December 1919 at Singapore

30 December 1919 loaded 100 tons of bunker coal

From 1920 served on the China Station, based at Hong Kong

9 January 1920 commenced loading cargo at Miri, N. Borneo

10 January 1920 completed loading 646 tons of cargo oil

11 January 1920 sailed Miri, N. Norneo to Laban arriving the same day

15 January 1920 loaded 50 tons of fresh water

19 January 1920 at Laban secured alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel - supplied 336 tons of FFO

20 January 1920 while alongside HMS HAWKINS suffered the effects of a very strong swell which caused a hole in the stoke hold below the water line. Immediate temporary repairs were effected. Loaded 40 tons of bunker coal

23 January 1920 sailed Laban to Manila arriving on 27 January 1920

27 January 1920 at Manila loaded 85 tons of bunker coal

29 January 1920 sailed Manila to Hong Kong

1 February 1920 berthed at Hong Kong - moored to buoy 12A

26 February 1920 to 28 February 1920 at Hong Kong berthed alongside HMS HAWKINS

HMS HAWKINS 1920

HMS HAWKINS
kindly donated by Alan Clarke

3 March 1920 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

6 March 1920 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

10 March 1920 Mr John H Collings RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 CEO John COLLINGS

Chief Engineer Officer John H Collings RFA

29 March 1920 at Hong Kong entered dry dock

10 April 1920 at Hong Kong undocked from dry dock

26 May 1920 at Hong Kong alongside HMS TARANTULA to refuel her

22 September 1920 at Hong Kong alonside HMS CICALA to refuel her - 52 tons of FFO supplied

24 September 1920 at Hong Kong alonside HMS CICALA to refuel her - 9 tons of FFO supplied

1 December 1920 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

HMS Cairo

HMS CAIRO

6 December 1920 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CARLISLE to refuel her - 590 tons of FFO supplied

15 December 1920 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

30 March 1921 at Hong Kong with HMS AMBROSE alongside to refuel her - supplied 9,599 gallons of oil

11 April 1921 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

13 April 1921 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

16 April 1921 at Hong Kong cast off from HMS HAWKINS and moored alongside RFA FRANCOL

18 April 1921 at Hong Kong alongside HMS TARANTULA to refuel her. Cast off on 22 April 1921

26 April 1921 Captain Thomas Drever RFA appointed as Master

11 May 1921 at Nagasaki, Japan alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

22 May 1921 arrived at Wei-hai-Wei

21 June 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

27 June 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS/m  L15 and L19 and HMS AMBROSE to refuel them

28 June 1921 sailed Wei-hai-Wei returning later the same day

30 June 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS's CAIRO and CURLEW to refuel them

1 July 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

20 July 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

5 August 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

12 August 1921 at Wei-hai-Wei alongside HMS's HAWKINS and CURLEW to refuel them

28 August 1921 entered Hong Kong harbour

2 October 1921 at Hong Kong Boatswain Li Cheung discharged dead - beri beri

11 January 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

12 January 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

13 January 1922 at Hong Kong cast off from HMS HAWKINS

17 January 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

27 January 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CAIRO to refuel her

24 February 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

2 March 1922 Mr Finlay Campbell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 March 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DURBAN to refuel her

10 March 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

23 March 1922 and 24 March 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS's CAIRO & CURLEW to refuel them

27 March 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her casting off the next day

29 March 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS AMBROSE

6 May 1922 at Hong Kong left basin

18 May 1922 arrived at Wei hai Wei and berthed alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

31 May 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

8 June 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS DURBAN to refuel her

30 June 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS CURLEW to refuel her

6 July 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS's CURLEW & DURBAN to refuel them

25 July 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS's DURBAN and then CARLISLE to refuel them

26 July 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

7 August 1922 at Wei hai Wei berthed alongside the iron pier later anchoring off

3 September 1922 at Wei hai Wei shifted berth

5 September 1922 at Wei hai Wei alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

12 September 1922 at Wei hai Wei with HM Submarine L5 berthed alongside her to refuel. Later HM Submarine L9 berthed alongside her to refuel

13 September 1922 at Wei hai Wei with HM Submarine L4 berthed alongside her to refuel

18 September 1922 at Wei hai Wei with HM Submarine L15 berthed alongside her to refuel. Later HM Submarine L33 berthed alongside her to refuel

HMS L 15

HM Submarine L15

19 September 1922 at Wei hai Wei berthed alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

8 October 1922 sailed Wei hai Wei for Hong Kong

2 November 1922 and 3 November 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

15 and 16 November 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DESPATCH to refuel her

HMS DESPATCH

HMS DESPATCH

 

7 December 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DESPATCH to refuel her

11 December 1922 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DIOMEDE to refuel her

14 December 1922 at Hong Kong left basin

11 January 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS CARLISLE to refuel her

17 January 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

31 January 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DIOMEDE to refuel her

6 February 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

2 March 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DESPATCH to refuel her

15 March 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DIOMEDE to refuel her

26 March 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS DESPATCH to refuel her

6 April 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS AMBROSE to refuel her

7 April 1923 at Hong Kong slipped from alongside HMS AMBROSE

23 April 1923 at Hong Kong alongside HMS HAWKINS to refuel her

19 August 1923 during a typhoon which had struck Hong Kong the ship broke adrift from her moorings in the harbour and was carried to the Naval Armament Depot where she smashed a corner off the sea wall dislodging huge blocks of masonry. She then swung round and came broadside on against the timber quay. The vessel, still broadside on, was bumped incessantly against the quay. Her bridge crashed against a steam crane which side-stepped about one yard under the impact. The ship started to take on water and she developed a list.

1 November 1924 Mr George C Dunning RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

G_C_Dunning_RFA

Chief Engineer Officer George C Dunning RFA

 

20 November 1924 Captain George E Thickett RFA appointed as Master

 Capt George E Thickett 2

Captain George E Thickett RFA

 

7 April 1926 Mr W A Payne RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

8 September 1927 Captain Frederick J Connolly RFA appointed as Master

 

Cap Frederick J CONNOLLY

Captain Frederick J Connolly RFA

 

8 March 1928 Mr Frederick E Langer RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

CEO Frederick LANGER

Chief Engineer Officer Frederick E Langer RFA

 

4 April 1928 Captain Leonard Elford RFA appointed as Master

 

Captain Leonard Elford

Captain Leonard Elford RFA

 

24 November 1928 Mr Charles M Morgan RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 April 1929 Captain Nathan Colbridge RFA appointed as Master

 

Captain Nathan Colbridge

Captain Nathan Colbridge RFA

 

11 May 1929 at Hong Kong Sailor Lem Kam Shing discharged dead having drowned

7 April 1930 Mr Alexander B McIntyre RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

Alex Bain McIntyre photo

Chief Engineer Officer Alexander B McIntyre RFA

26 June 1931 sold commercially on competitive tender at Hong Kong for £2046 9sh 3d by Twong Tai, name unchanged

15 July 1931 removed from Hong Kong and converted into a cargo ship by her new owners who employed her on the West River

12 June 1933 ships bell offered for sale in the Times (London) of this day - the bell was listed as being in Hong Kong

1936 Broken up.

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