Retainer_1968

 

RFA Retainer

 

 

Previous name:                        Chungking
Subsequent name: 

Official Number:                       184289                                                                          

Class:                                    RETAINER CLASS Armaments/Victualling Stores Issuing Ship

Pennant No:                            A329

Laid down:                              11 October 1948
Builder:                                   Scotts Shipbuilding, Govan
Launched:                               19 January 1950
Into Service:                            July 1954
Out of service:                         April 1978
Fate:                                      Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  There were two ships in this Class, which had originally been built as cargo/passenger liners for their owners’ China - Hong Kong - Amoy - Indonesia trade. As built, the Promenade and Upper Decks on each side were for the exclusive use of 48 x First Class passengers for whom their was luxurious accommodation in 2-berth cabins. They also had a Card Room, Lounge, Veranda Lounge and two Dining Saloons for European and Chinese palates respectively. There were no Second Class passengers but a steep social drop in accommodation in eight and ten berth cabins for three hundred and twenty Steerage Class passengers who also had their own Dining Saloon. Both ships proved surplus to requirements almost at once, as the trade at that time was overstocked with tonnage and the Chinese Communist Government stopped all immigration as soon as they came to power. The Admiralty purchased both ships and after employing them for a while on charter work, they were converted into Armament Stores Issuing Ships, although they also carried a proportion of Victualling Stores too. They were eventually replaced by RFA’s FORT GRANGE and FORT AUSTIN

 

19 January 1950  launched by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock as Yard Nr: 649 named CHUNGKING for China Navigation Co, London

31 July 1950 completed and after trials she was chartered by Cie des Messageries Maritimes, France for their France - South Pacific - Sydney service

1950 MV CHUNGKING

m.v. CHUNGKING

16 February 1951 sailed Sydney, NSW for Noumea

21 June 1951 sailed Sydney, NSW for Marseilles, France

9 November 1951 arrived Sydney, NSW from Marselles, France

29 February 1952 purchased by the Admiralty from Butterfield & Swire Line - pending conversion for use as an RFA was chartered out to commercial shipping companies and placed under the commercial management of Buries Markes Ltd

6 April 1952 berthed at Sydney, NSW where Customs found an obscene film in a passengers possession. The passenger appeared before the Sydney Special Court where he pleaded Guilty and was fined £50

10 April 1952 sailed Sydney, NSW for Noumea

28 November 1952 arrived Liverpool and was offered for charter by the MoT

19 December 1952 renamed RETAINER and was chartered out to British India Steam Navigation Co, London

19 July 1953 at 45.16N 43.50W Chief Engineer Officer Arthur William Robert Mellish discharged dead - natutal causes - apparent heart failure

July 1954 taken in hand by Vickers Armstrong (Shipbuilders) Ltd at Palmers Hebburn Yard for conversion into a Stores Ship for service with the Far East Fleet as an RFA

18 September 1954 Mr William J Brown OBE DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

31 January 1955 Mr J Edge RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 February 1955 Captain Douglas S Norrington RD RFA (Commander RNR) appointed as Master

18 April 1955 conversion work was completed and Retainer arrived at Portsmouth for exercises and testing equipment. She required 3,000 tons of ballast and this was loaded (temporarily) from RNAD's at Priddy's Hard, Bull Point, Milford Haven and Trecwn and consisted of a large number of depth charge ballast weights and inert and empty shells. The first NASO - Mr G H Chandler MBE was appointed - details from Naval Armament Journal - August 1955 edition - supplied by RFAHS member Michael Dyson

21 September 1955 to 28 September 1955 in the Norwegian Sea participated in the major NATO exercise of the year (Exercise Sea Enterprise) with units from the Royal Navy, RCN, RNN and the USN which included five British aircraft carriers, six submarines and twenty five other ship types

24 June 1956 at 49.40N 2.58W Able Seaman/Signalman Thomas McDonald discharged dead - natural causes

31 October 1956 supported Operation Musketeer- the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA’s. Was in Task Force 325.8 - the Logistics Group supporting the carriers - along with  RFA’s FORT SANDUSKY, OLNA (2), TIDERACE and TIDERANGE

6 March 1957 Mr William J Brown OBE DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

12 October 1957 Captain T G Hill RD RFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Master

18 June 1958 berthed alongside HMS BERMUDA in Akrotiri Bay, Cyprus

14 July 1958 sailed from Malta as a precautionary measure with a number of RN ships following the Iraq revolution

17 July 1958 berthed at Tobruk

20 July 1958 sailed Tobruk after discharging equipment for 45 Commando, Royal Marines

28 July 1958 sailed Akrotiri Bay, Cyprus

29 July 1958 RASed with HMS BERMUDA

15 September 1958 Captain Hubert G Carkeet RFA appointed as Master

21 August 1959 sailed Malta for Devonport

November 1959 RASed with HMS GIRDLE NESS supplying a Sea Slug Missile -

Retainer Girdle Ness

© IWM (A 34233)

10 December 1959 along with RFA's WAVE PRINCE,  RELIANT (2), TIDESURGE (1) and HMS's CENTAUR, SOLEBAY, LAGOS, FINNISTERRE, LLANDAFF and ALERT engaged in Queensland Centenary Celebrations

15 December 1960 Mr K I J George RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

12 January 1961 Captain Iorwerth B Roberts RFA appointed as Master

July 1961 saw service during Operation Vantage- the Kuwait Crisis - along with 12 other RFA’s

July - August 1961 supported the carrier HMS VICTORIOUS

24 November 1962 Captain Henry O L'Etrange DSC RD RFA (Commander RNR) appointed as Master

May 1963  accompanied the carrier HMS ARK ROYAL from the UK to the Far East along with RFA’s FORT DUQUESNE and TIDESURGE

24 September 1963 at Singapore

8 October 1963 Junior Engineer David Charles Stevenson RFA discharged dead. An inquest held on 24 March 1964 in Singapore recorded a verdict of Death by Misadventure finding that he had fallen down a ladder on the upper deck

27 May 1964 at Subic Bay, Phillippines with RFA's TIDESPRING (1), WAVE SOVEREIGN, 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

24 June 1964 at Singapore. Electrical Officer Jack H Paul RFA retired from the RFA Service after over 34 years service. His fellow officers onboard presented him with an engraved silver cigarette box to commemorate the occasion

J H Paul

© Dix Noonan Webb Ltd.

4 August 1964 Mr W F Young RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

10 November 1964 Captain S C Dunlop MBE RFA appointed as Master

 

Retainer xmas card 1

Retainer xmas card 2

RFA Retainer's Christmas Card
© Dix Noonan Webb Ltd.
 

May 1965 was in Operation Seahorse - a SEATO maritime operation in the South China Sea - along with RFA RELIANT (2)

13 June 1965 together with RN & RAN units operating in exercies in the Assault area in the vicinity of Marang

1 November 1965 Captain P T Taylor RFA appointed as Master

11 April 1966 Mr T J W Humphrey RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

8 August 1966 Captain John D Fisher RFA appointed as Master

1 December 1966 at Plymouth

11 April 1967 Mr J S Aitken RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 September 1967 Captain G P A McDougall RFA appointed as Master

11 October 1967 to 25 January 1968 was part of Task Force 318 - the Aden Task Force- formed to cover the final British  military withdrawal from the area codenamed Operation Magister- along with nine other RFA’s

8 February 1968 her Ship’s Badge was officially awarded to her

21 May 1968 on the River Tyne at South Shields

29 July 1968 Captain C G Butterworth RFA appointed as Master

19 August 1968 on the River Clyde

14(?) November 1968 together with RFA BROWN RANGER involved in a search for a Wasp Helicopter from Portland which had crashed into the sea off Torquay

4 February 1969 at Gibraltar

18 February 1969 on the River Clyde

17 August 1969 on the River Clyde

9 October 1969 at Cyprus

15 December 1969 at Falmouth

4 March 1970 at Falmouth

28 July 1970 at Plymouth

7 January 1971 at Falmouth

1 March 1971 whilst refitting on the River Clyde, she was holed by the British Houlder Brothers ore carrier ST MARGARET which was being towed upriver

25 January 1973 Junior Electrical Officer J Goodyear RFA discharged dead

13 June 1975 berthed at Grand Harbour, Malta from La Madlena

17 March 1976 at Malta

17 August 1976 at Malta

19 August 1976 sailed Malta for Gibraltar

23 August 1976 RASed with HMS AMAZON then berthed at Gibraltar

27 August 1976 due to sail Gibraltar but delayed due to engine repairs

28 August 1976 sailed Gibraltar for Rosyth

31 August 1976 off the Lizard RASed with HMS LINCOLN

2 September 1976 arrived at Rosyth

21 September 1976 sailed for Plymouth arriving 24 September 1976 - alongside at Devonport

4 October 1976 sailed Devonport for Gibraltar. RAS'ed with HMS FEARLESS - 119 pallets transfered

6 October 1976 RASed with HMS SHEFFIELD

8 October 1976 anchored Gibraltar until 11 October 1976

11 October 1976 sailed Gibraltar for exercises in the Mediterranean 

15 October 1976 RASed HMS Fife - then anchored Marsaxlokk, Malta 

20 October 1976 sailed for RAS with RFA TIDEREACH for bunkers and fresh water. RASed with HMS FEARLESS - returned to Marsaxlokk, Malta

21 October 1976 forced to sail - gale blowing and dragged anchor

22 October 1976 returned to anchor at Marsaxlokk, Malta

25 October 1976 sailed to RAS with HMS FEARLESS while HMS FEARLESS simultaneously RASed with RFA TIDEREACH

29 October 1976 berthed at Trieste - later moved to anchorage in harbour

30 October 1976 drags anchor

3 November 1976 sailed Trieste - RASed with HMS FEARLESS

6 November 1976 exercises with HMS MOHAWK, USS, Italian naval units. RASed with HMS MOHAWK. RASed with RFA TIDEREACH to load bunkers and water

9 November 1976 RASed with HMS FEARLESS

11 November 1976 called at Gibraltar to drop off Radio Officer and pick up mail. Sailed to Plymouth arriving 15 November 1976

3 December 1976 sailed Plymouth for Bermuda via the Azores due to adverse weather conditions

4 December 1976 very rough seas - damage to fixtures and fittings sustained

14 December 1976 berthed HMS MALABAR, Bermuda

15 December 1976 ships cook transferred to isolation hospital on Bermuda with TB

17 December 1976 sailed Bermuda to rendezvous with HMS TARTAR

19 December 1976 RASed with HMS TARTAR

20 December 1976 RASed with HMS TARTAR again

21 December 1976 berthed in Port Everglades - Fort Lauderdale

27 December 1976 sailed Port Everglades for Cristobal

29 December 1976 0800hrs stopped in position 21° 02'N, 83° 43'W- water leaking into engine - under way at 1730hrs

2 January 1977 berthed Cristobal to bunker then transit of Panama Canal - sailed for Seattle

11 January 1977 in position 27° 42'N, 116° 25'W 0815hrs engine stopped for repairs until 12:45 heading for San Diego for engine repairs

12 January 1977 diverted back on course for Seattle as repairs completed

16 January 1977 berthed at Bangor Annexe near Seattle

24 January 1977 sailed for Manchester for bunkers then sailed for San Francisco

27 January 1977 berthed at NWS Concorde, San Francisco

2 February 1977 sailed San Francisco for Panama

13 February 1977 anchored off Panama City

14 February 1977 commenced transit of Panama Canal. Cleared Cristobal by 1030hrs

18 February 1977 Berthed Freeport, Grand Bahama for bunkers

19 February 1977 sailed for Sunnypoint

21 February 1977 berthed at Sunnypoint, North Carolina

24 February 1977 sailed for Plymouth

6 March 1977 0139hrs stopped for engine repairs until 0230hrs. Midday position 47° 23'N, 17° 40'W

8 March 1977 berthed at Plymouth

16 June 1977 at Rosyth

7 July 1977 at Plymouth

April 1978  arrived Rosyth to destore and then be laid up for disposal.

29 October 1979  towed from Rosyth to Barcelona for breaking up

19 November 1979 arrived at Barcelona to be broken up by Desguaces Cataluna SA

 

RFA Reward
 
 
Reward
 
  HMS Reward when part of the Fishery Protection Squadron
Copyright of Aage Schjølberg acknowledged

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                   Englishman    

Official Number:                       305864                                             

Class:                                     BUSTLER Class Fleet Tug

Pennant No:                           W164 / B745 / A264

Laid down:                              6 April 1944

Builder:                                   Henry Robb, Leith

Launched:                              13 October 1944

Into Service:                           12 March 1945

Out of service:                         

Fate:                                      Sunk (see below) raised and broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   At the outbreak of WW2 there was a need for modern Fleet Tugs to augment the existing numbers, and experience dictated use of a proven, pre-war design to be built in a commercial shipyard. The answer was provided by Henry Robb of Leith who built 8 ships of this Class for the Royal Navy , making them the first RN Fleet Tugs powered by 2 x 8 cylinder diesel engines. The tugs were ordered in pairs. Oil fuel capacity was 405 tons which gave a range of about 1700 miles. As completed, the Class was armed with 1 x 12 pdr AA gun, 1 x 2 pdr AA, 2  x 20 mm AA  and 4 x Lewis .303 machine guns and had a complement of 42. They were designed for ocean towing, salvage and rescue and had a 30 ton bollard pull but were not suitable for harbour work. Early in the War they were involved in trials of pressure-minesweeping methods, where a dumb barge was towed behind the tug with the aim of exploding mines intended for merchant ships and warships. Unfortunately the pressure wave created by the tug alone was sufficient to detonate the mines, so the trials were abandoned. Post-War, the Class was ripe for commercial charter and eventually 6 of the Class saw service as RFA’s

 

13 October 1944 launched by Henry Robb Ltd, Leith as Yard Nr 336 named HMS REWARD

12 March 1945 completed

4 May 1945 Was part of Force 135 for Operation Nestegg - the Channel Islands Liberation - along  with her sister HMS CYCLONE

22 May 1945 sailed Liverpool in convoy OS130KM until it dispersed at 47.56N 8.39W on 24 May 1945 HMS Growler (which became RFA Growler) was in the same convoy

16 August 1945 Greaser John Barrett McGubbin, Naval Auxiliary Personnel discharged dead. He is buried in Grave 269, Boma Cemetery, Democratic Republic of Congo

25 November 1946 involved in the rescue of the steamer Josiah P Cressey which had a flooded engine room - towed into Fishguard

20 March 1947 sailed Bombay with HMS Mediator towing AFD35 to Malta. named as Operation Snow White. Arrived at Aden 3 April, Suez Bay on 14 April, Port Said on 29 April, Malta on 8 May

17 October 1947 sailed Portsmouth with HMS NELSON for Rosyth where the battleship went into reserve

27 May 1948 berthed at Dundee sailing on 2 June 1948

3 February 1949 berthed at Gibraltar

14 February 1949 sailed Gibraltar

22 March 1949 while on passage from Gibraltar to Chatham passed RFA Wave Commander north bound at 46 00N 7 15W

22 April 1949 at Chatham berthed in No 3 Basin

10 May 1949 at Invergordon

7 June 1949 at Wick

19 July 1950 berthed at Albert Dock, Hull then sailing on 25 July 1950 during the Home Fleet's Summer cruise

4 September 1950 sailed Chatham with units of the Home Fleet for Portland

15 September 1950 sailed Portland for Gibraltar

8 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard with a tow sailing westward

15 January 1951 sailed to the Western Mediterranean to take part in the Home Fleet's Spring Cruise

11 July 1951 sailed Bermuda towing Admiralty Floating Dock No: 5 together with HM Tug Warden

1952 laid up at Chatham then transferred to Pembroke Dock

15 June 1953 took part in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead. along  with 6 other RFA’s

1 September 1953 took part in the Home Fleet's Autumn Cruise from Invergordon including Operation Mariner

26 February 1954 to Tangier with HMS Superb and other RN units taking part in the Home Fleet's spring training 

23 to 29 June 1954 at Arendal at the end of the Home Fleet's summer cruise

22 March 1960 arrived Malta in tow of tug AGILE for service with the Target Squadron

22 January 1962 sailed Malta for a refit at Chatham prior to going on charter

1 May 1962 chartered by the United Towing Company Ltd., Hull, and renamed ENGLISHMAN

2 June 1963 taken over by the RFA and renamed RFA REWARD

9 November 1963 Captain A W Jewers appointed as Master and Mr H J Reay appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 May 1964 while towing HMS CAVALIER from Chatham to Gibraltar for a refit - HMS CAVALIER was in collision with the Liberian tanker Burgan in position 50.13N 00.09W and received damage to her bow. The destroyer was towed to Portsmouth for temporary repairs then to Devonport for a 25 foot section to welded in place of the damage part

12 December 1964 in collision with the East German ship STRALSUND

9 May 1966 sailed Portsmouth with HMS/m AUROCHS in tow for Devonport

4 July 1966 sailed Devonport with RFA SALVICTOR in tow to Milford Haven to be laid up

9 May 1967 sailed Devonport with HMS FINISTERE in tow to the ship breakers yard

12 May 1967 arrived at Dalmuir with tow

1 June 1967 sailed Portsmouth with HMS LAGOS in tow for the ship breakers yard at Bo'ness

December 1967 Mr T J W Coulson appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 June 1968 Captain D Hazell appointed as Master 

11 July 1969 sailed Portsmouth with RFA Agile and Samsonia and HMS Victorious in tow to the breakers.

16 July 1969 arrived with HMS Victorious at the ship breakers yard at the Gare Loch with RFA Agile and Samsonia

1970 transferred to the PAS as REWARD

5 May 1970 arrived at Newport, Gwent towing HMS Troubridge to Messrs Cashmore, the ship breakers 

October 1972 placed in reserve

20 January 1975 arrived Chatham in tow for conversion into a Naval Patrol Ship

30 June 1975 sailed Chatham for Port Edgar after conversion

11 July 1975 commissioned at Port Edgar, Scotland as HMS Reward with Lieutenant Commander Angus Sandford Royal Navy in command

25 August 1975 provided a headquarters and support for Scotland and Northern Ireland Explosive Ordnance Demolition Team which checked the Phillips Petroleum Gas Rigs off Great Yarmouth for explosives allegedly planted by a terrorist group

10 August 1976 was involved in a collision in the Firth of Forth with a German container ship s.s. Plainsman in fog.  No fatalities or injuries. Reward sank.

29 August 1976 Wreck raised by the civilian floating crane BRUNEL, beached nearby and sold to Jas White & Co Ltd, St David’s Harbour for demolition.

 

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HMT_REWARD_2

HMS Reward (previously RFA Reward) being raised

 

Notes:

  1. Was part of the British Pacific FLeet hence the B pennant number

 

 
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As Empire Tesbury
RFA Rippledyke

 

As RFA Rippledyke

 

Previous name:                       Empire Tesbury

Subsequent name:                  Ada  

Official Number:                      181125                                                   


Class:                                     Oil Fuel Hulk

Pennant No:

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Bartram and Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland
Launched:                               21 November 1945
Into Service:                           1951

Out of service:                         March 1960
Fate:                                      Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -   

 

Background Data:   She was originally built as a “TES” type (Tankers, Eastern, Steam) coastal tanker specially designed for service in the Far East. She served as an MFA at Bombay, Ceylon and Rangoon under commercial manning and management. She later served as a Shell tanker at Singapore until her purchase by the Admiralty, where all of her subsequent service was on bareboat charter. On her return to the U.K. she spent some time on charter to the Bulk Oil Co Ltd until 1958, when RFA-manned, she went to Gibraltar and was used there as an oil hulk until her sale

 

21 November 1945 launched by Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland as Yard Nr 310 named EMPIRE TESBURY for the MoWT

20 February 1946 offered for sale or charter by the Ministry of War Transport in the Times of this date. The monthly charter rate being for a 3 year charter £550 and for a 5 year charter £450.

March 1946 completed and placed under management of Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd,. London

9 March 1946 sailed Sunderland for Colombo

21 March 1946 arrived Malta

14 July 1948 sailed Singapore for P Samboe

23 August 1948 sailed Singapore for Pnompenh

20 March 1950 alongside at Singapore

7 March 1951 in Kepple Dock, Singapore

6 June 1951 transferred to the Admiralty at Singapore and renamed RIPPLEDYKE. On charter to various commercial companies

15 April 1952 sailed Hartlepool to Inverness

19 August 1952 berthed at Hartlepool from Shellhaven

21 August 1952 sailed Hartlepool to Saltend

13 December 1952 sailed Hartlepool for Shellhaven

7 February 1953 with RFA FRESHLAKE and from 17 February 1953 RFA EDDYCLIFFE assisted in the provision of fresh water and motor spirit to the area around Sheerness, Kent after severe flooding. The Portsmouth Evening News reported -

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20 February 1953 berthed at Sunderland from from Shellhaven

5 June 1953 berthed at Hartlepool from Kings Lynn

3 September 1953 berthed on Jarrow Oil Wharf, Jarrow from Swansea

16 April 1954 sailed Hartlepool

11 August 1954 arrived at Hartlepool from Grangemouth

1958 became RFA manned and proceeded to Gibraltar for service as an oil hulk

March 1960 on the Disposal List at Gibraltar

2 April 1960 arrived Genoa for demolition by Cantieri Navaferre, but was resold to S. Lucchese &  I. Esposito, Venice and was converted into a suction dredger for service at Palermo, name unchanged

1965 purchased by Compagnia di Navigazione SpA “MOTIA”, Palermo and was renamed ADA

5 November 1966 in collision with the Yugoslavian BOCNA and sank near the northern breakwater at the entrance to Lido, port of Venice

14 November 1966 the wreck was struck by the wooden m.v. MARINA DI SAPRI  inbound from Yugoslavia which sank without any casualties

4 February 1967 wreck refloated, repaired and re-engined with 1 x 6 cyl 230 x 489mm diesel engine by Motorenwerke Mannheim A.G., Mannheim. 1050 bhp

1978 reclassed as barge

November 1981 sold for demolition by Accaierie di Porto Nogaro, Porto Nogaro

July 1982 demolition begun

 

 

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RFA Robert Dundas
 
 
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Robert Dundas on builders trials in 1938 - note the gun on the stern
Courtesy of Falkirk Council Archives
 
 
 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:   

Official Number:                       166588                                                                        

Class:                                     BOBBY CLASS Coastal Stores Carrier

Pennant No:                            X04 / A204

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Grangemouth Dockyard, Grangemouth
Launched:                               28 July 1938

Into Service:                            November 1938
Out of service:                         8 December 1971
Fate:                                       Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  There were 2 ships in this Class which mainly served around the U.K. coast but occasionally ventured as far afield as Malta. Both ships had a large No. 2 hold which could stow anything used in the Services, including Landing Craft. Both ships had long lives with the RFA.  RFA Robert Dundas was named after the Hon. Robert Dundas, afterwards the fourth Lord Melville, who was Storekeeper General of the Royal Navy in 1832. As such he was a predecessor of the Director of Stores, Admiralty.

 

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Courtesy of Falkirk Council Archives

 

28 July 1938 launched by Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd., Grangemouth as Yard Nr: 425 named ROBERT DUNDAS

10 November 1938 completed and was initially manned on Yard Craft Agreement and replaced RFA ARGO

22 December 1938 arrived at Plymouth from Portland

16 March 1939 arrived at Devonport from Portsmouth

21 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS's EDINBURGH and MATABELE delivering Naval Stores

8 June 1940 was placed under full RFA manning

8 July 1940 Mr Charles H Whitehead RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Charles Whitehead

Chief Engineer Officer Charles H Whitehead RFA

September 1940 Captain Henry F Colbourne RFA appointed as Master

12 June 1941 sailed Scapa Flow in convoy WN139 to Methil arriving 14 June 1941

16 August 1941 sailed Kirkwall in convoy WN167 to Methil arriving 17 August 1941

8 October 1941 sailed Methil in convoy EC82 to Invergordon arriving the next day

10 October 1941 Captain Geoffrey B A Livesey RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Geoffrey B A Livesey RFA
as a Cadet with P&O in about 1920

 

4 November 1941 sailed Lyness in convoy WN200 to Methil arriving the next day

15 November 1941 sailed Methil in convoy EN6 to Invergordon arriving 18 November 1941

4 December 1942 sailed Stromness in convoy WN368 to Methil arriving the next day

14 January 1943 sailed  Methil in convoy EN185 arrived at Invergordon the same day

2 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON delivering naval stores

4 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  delivering naval stores

6 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND delivering naval stores

9 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE  delivering naval stores

13 April 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  delivering naval stores

11 August 1943 Captain Rowland K Hill RFA appointed as Master

June 1944 RFA Officers and Naval Stores Dept Staff were involved in the planning of the fuel requirements for Operation Neptune- the Normandy Landings. Only two RFA’s were directly involved: RFA ROBERT DUNDAS and RFA RAPIDOL

12 June 1944 sailed Plymouth in convoy ECM5 arriving Seine Bay the next day

4 July 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FBC18 to the Bristol Channel arriving 7 July 1944

12 July 1944 sailed Plymouth in convoy EBC38 to Seine Bay arriving the next day

25 July 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FBC36 to Plymouth arriving the next day

7 August 1944 sailed the Solent in convoy EBC63 which also contained  RFA SPABECK to Seine Bay arriving the same day

27 August 1944 sailed Seine Bay in convoy FTC80

6 September 1944 sailed Southampton in convoy FTC89 to Southend arriving the next day

3 May 1945 alongside HMS BERMUDA supplying stores at Clydebank

18 July 1945 Captain David Cook RFA appointed as Master

4 March 1946 Captain David Cook RFA appointed as Master and Mr T Dowling RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 April 1946 berthed at Inverness

24 July 1946 sailed the River Tyne for Rosyth

31 July 1946 berthed at Dundee from Rosyth to load

11 August 1946 arrived at Portsmouth from Devonport

17 August 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 August 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 October 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 November 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour for Devonport

29 November 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

5 December 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

16 January 1947 arrived at the Tyne from Rosyth

25 February 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 March 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

17 March 1947 berthed at Hull in Alexandra Dock from Portsmouth

19 March 1947 sailed Hull for Rosyth with Naval Stores

23 March 1947 sailed the Tyne for Portsmouth

28 June 1947 berthed at Portmouth Harbour

1 July 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 July 1947 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

11 July 1947 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

15 July 1947 Captain Hugh W Davies RFA appointed as Master

27 July 1947 sailed the River Wear for Chatham

9 August 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 August 1947 Mr L D Sinclair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

22 August 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 August 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

15 September 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

23 September 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

1 October 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 October 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 October 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 October 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

15 October 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 October 1947 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

3 November 1947 Captain James H Chant RFA appointed as Master

13 November 1947 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

19 November 1947 sailed Swansea for Devonport

26 November 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 December 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

25 January 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harboiur

4 February 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 February 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 February 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

15 March 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

20 March 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 March 1948 Mr C J Abel RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 April 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 April 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 April 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour from Plymouth

30 April 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 May 1948 berthed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 July 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

15 September 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 September 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

6 October 1948 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

25 October 1948 sailed Glasgow for Devonport

30 October 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour having sailed from Devonport

5 November 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth later the same day

9 November 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

12 November 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 November 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 November 1948 Captain Edmund H Butterworth RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Edmund H Butterworth RFA

 

16 December 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

20 December 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour passing the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

18 January 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

2 February 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

12 February 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

17 February 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 February 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 March 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

4 March 1949 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

7 March 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head sailing north for Rosyth

10 April 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

19 April 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

5 May 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour 

6 May 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

12 May 1949 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

12 July 1949 while on passage from Malta to Devonport sailed from Gibraltar this day

18 August 1949 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

19 August 1949 arrived at Liverpool from Plymouth

23 September 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

9 December 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth later on the same day

12 December 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

22 December 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 February 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 March 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head sailing north for Blyth

16 March 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 March 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

12 April 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 April 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 April 1950 passed Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

19 May 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

22 May 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

4 August 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 August 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

26 August 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

1 March 1951 Captain Allistoun M Macquire-Samson RFA appointed as Master

24 May 1951 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

7 December 1951 Captain D A C Butler RFA appointed as Master

20 August 1952 Captain Ronald V Warren DSC RFA appointed as Master

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Captain Ronald V Warren DSC RFA
image kindly donanted by Mrs Susan Henry

27 October 1952 Mr L D Sinclair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

23 January 1953 before Portsmouth Magistrates' Court a Seaman from the ship was fined £1 for being drunk and disorderly in the Square, Portsea during the night

2 August 1953 berthed at Hebburn on Tyne from Portsmouth

2 September 1953 berthed at Aberdeen to load a new mooring boat

29 September 1953 berthed at Hebburn on Tyne from Invergordon

18 December 1953 berthed on the Admiralty Quay, River Tyne from Rosyth

1 March 1954 Captain W J H Roberts RFA appointed as Master

11 June 1954 Mr J E Allen RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

2 July 1954 sailed the River Tyne for Devonport

25 August 1954 arrived at Portsmouth Harbour at the end of Exercise Haul. The Exercise had lasted nine days of continous defensive and offensive manoeuvers. The Force, in part consisted of 17 merchant ships of which 14 were 'paper' ships together with HMS FLEETWOOD,  RAF Bridport (a RAF trials vessel) together with RFA ROBERT DUNDAS.

18 April 1955 Captain R J Lockwood RFA appointed as Master

27 March 1956 at Portsmouth Dockyard

31 March 1956 berthed at Chatham Dockyard

28 October 1956 arrived on the River Tees frpm Plymouth

4 March 1957 Captain Norman R McLeod RFA appointed as Master

2 July 1956 at Portsmouth Dockyard

26 July 1958 sailed Glasgow for Devonport

22 December 1958 Captain Basil V Dobbie RFA appointed as Master

10 May 1959 Captain Archibald M M Telfer RFA appointed as Master

23 October 1960 Mr S Dobney RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 December 1962 stood by and joined in the search for the crew of a trawler the 'Boston Heron' which struck rocks on the island of Scalpay in the Outer Hebrides and the crew abandoned her.

20 December 1962 Captain O J Coulthard RFA appointed as Master

20 June 1963 Captain A Smith RFA appointed as Master

27 July 1964 Captain J G M Coull RFA appointed as Master

15 September 1965 Captain W F Henderson RFA appointed as Master

23 June 1966 at Devonport Dockyard

29 July 1966 at Belfast

12 August 1966 Captain D O Davies RFA appointed as Master

10 November 1966 Mr F J Derry RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

23 November 1966 at Chatham Dockyard

1 June 1967 Captain J B Leaf RFA appointed as Master

14 February 1968 sailed Portsmouth to Appledore with Naval Hovercraft XT493 as cargo - arrived two days later

24 March 1968 at Lossiemouth harbour loaded Royal Naval Buccaneer aircraft XV155 for transportation to Hawker Siddeley, Brough via Hull Docks

7 June 1968 Captain D O Davies RFA appointed as Master

9 August 1968 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

31 August 1969 Humanitarian aid - on passage from Haakonsvern to Portsmouth she sighted distress  flares and upon investigation came upon the motor fishing vessel SILVER VIKINGout of Aberdeen which had engine trouble and a sick crew member who required hospital treatment. She took the mfv in tow to Aberdeen and handed the tow over to the local tug SEA TROJAN who towed her into harbour where an ambulance awaited her arrival

1 January 1970 sailed Devonport No: 3 Jetty to sea but returned with an engine defect and anchored in Plymouth Sound. Captain J B Leaf RFA was the Master

2 January 1970 berthed at No: 3 Jetty, Devonport

16 January 1970 sailed Devonport

18 January 1970 berthed at Birkenhead

19 January 1970 sailed Birkenhead to Belfast

23 January 1970 sailed Belfast

24 January 1970 berthed at Princes Dock, Glasgow - No: 16 berth

28 January 1970 sailed Princes Dock, Glasgow to Faslane and berthed at No: 3 berth

30 January 1970 sailed Faslane

31 January 1970 berthed at Cavindish Wharf, Birkenhead

5 February 1970 sailed Birkenhead

6 February 1970 berthed at Devonport Slip Jetty

9 February 1970 sailed Devonport

11 February 1970 berthed at St. Mary's Wharf, Chatham

16 February 1970 sailed Chatham

17 February 1970 anchored at Spithead and then sailed to Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour with the tug Dalmation assisting

19 February 1970 sailed Portsmouth and anchored in Portland Harbour for shelter

20 February 1970 berthed alongside at Portland on the east side loading jetty

23 February 1970 sailed Portland to Plymouth and anchored in the Sound

24 February 1970 berthed Slip Jetty, Devonport

26 February 1970 sailed Devonport

27 February 1970 anchored at Spithead and then entered Portsmouth Harbour and berthed on Sheer Jetty

3 March 1970 sailed Portsmouth

4 March 1970 berthed at Chatham No: 3 Basin

7 March 1970 sailed Chatham

9 March 1970 anchored off Inverkeithing and then moved to and berthed at North Wall, Rosyth Dockyard

11 March 1970 sailed Rosyth Dockyard

12 March 1970 berthed at Inverness North Quay

13 March 1970 sailed Inverness

15 March 1970 berthed at Ipswich Cliff Jetty

16 March 1970 sailed Ipswich to Chatham berthing South Wall, No: 3 basin

 23 March 1970 sailed Chatham

24 March 1970 anchored at Spithead and then into Portsmouth Dockyard and berthed at Sheer Jetty

25 March 1970 sailed Portsmouth Dockyard

26 March 1970 berthed at Devonport No: 2 wharf

1 April 1970 sailed Devonport

2 April 1970 berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard on Sheer Jetty

7 April 1970 sailed Portsmouth Dockyard to Portland 25 ton Crane Jetty

8 April 1970 sailed Portland

10 April 1970 berthed at Belfast Queens Quay

15 April 1970 sailed Belfast

16 April 1970 berthed at Birkenhead

17 April 1970 sailed Birkenhead

18 April 1970 berthed at Barrow sailing the same day

20 April 1970 berthed at Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth

24 April 1970 sailed Portsmouth

25 April 1970 berthed at Devonport, No: 2 wharf

29 April 1970 Captain W F Henderson RFA appointed as Master

30 April 1970 sailed Devonport Dockyard

1 May 1970 berthed at Portsmouth on Sheer Jetty

4 May 1970 sailed Portsmouth

5 May 1970 berthed at Chatham No: 3 basin

12 May 1970 sailed Chatham

14 May 1970 berthed at Rosyth Dockyard on the North Wall

18 May 1970 sailed Rosyth Dockyard

19 May 1970 berthed at Inverness

21 May 1970 sailed Inverness to Invergordon

22 May 1970 sailed Invergordon

23 May 1970 berthed at Rosyth Dockyard

26 May 1970 sailed Rosyth Dockyard

28 May 1970 berthed at Chatham Dockyard - St Mary's Wharf

1 June 1970 sailed Chatham Dockyard

2 June 1970 berthed at Portsmouth Dockyard

4 June 1970 sailed Portsmouth Dockyard

5 June 1970 berthed at Camber Jetty, Devonport

8 June 1970 sailed Devonport and anchored at Portland Harbour

9 June 1970 berthed alongside at Portland Harbour and then sailed later in the day

10 June 1970 berthed at Milford Haven on Newton Noyes Wharf

12 June 1970 sailed Milford Haven

13 June 1970 berthed at No: 14 Quay, Prince Dock, Glasgow

15 June 1970 sailed Glasgow

16 June 1970 berthed at Belfast at Queens Quay

18 June 1970 sailed Belfast

19 June 1970 berthed at No: 15 Quay, Princes Dock, Glasgow

22 June 1970 sailed Glasgow

23 June 1970 berthed at Belfast sailing later the same day

24 June 1970 berthed at Londonderry No 8 Queens Quay

26 June 1970 sailed Londonderry

28 June 1970 anchored in Portland Harbour

29 June 1970 alongside at Portland Harbour

30 June 1970 sailed Portland to Devonport Slip Jetty then sailed the same day

8 December 1971 laid up at Chatham

18 March 1972 offered for sale 'as lying' at Chatham Dockyard this day in The Times newspaper. The advertisment was repeated on the 25 March 1972

1 June 1972 and 2 June 1972 while enroute to the ship breakers used by the BBC as the location for one of the Dr Who programs entitled 'Carnival of Monsters' in which she starred as the ficticious 'ss Bernice'

 Robert Dundas Film Backround

Film action on the RFA Robert Dundas

3 June 1972 arrived Grays, Essex for demolition by T.W. Ward Ltd after sale for £7,800

March 1973 demolition begun

 

 

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RFA Robert Middleton

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                    Myrina

Official Number:                        166550                                          

Class:                                       BOBBY CLASS Coastal Stores Carrier

Pennant No:                             X41 / A241

Laid down:
Builder:                                    Grangemouth Dockyard, Grangemouth

Launched:                                29 June, 1938
Into Service:                             25 August, 1938
Out of service:                          1975 sold out of service
Fate:                                        Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   There were 2 ships in this Class which mainly served around the U.K. coast but occasionally ventured as far afield as Malta. Both ships had a large No. 2 hold which could stow anything used in the Service, including Landing Craft. Both ships had long lives with the RFA

 

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Courtesy of Falkirk Council Archives

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Robert Middleton on builders trials before handover to the RFA
Courtesy of Falkirk Council Archives

 

29 June 1938  launched by Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd., Grangemouth as Yard Nr: 424 named ROBERT MIDDLETON. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs J.B. Penman, wife of the Assistant Director of Stores for the Admiralty 

25 August 1938 completed and was initially manned on Yard Craft Agreement and replaced RFA NORA

24 September 1938 arrived at Plymouth from Portsmouth

19 December 1938 arrived at Plymouth from Portsmouth

5 February 1939 arrived at Plymouth from Portsmouth

4 May 1939 arrived at Plymouth from Chatham

17 May 1939 sailed Plymouth for Chatham

17 July 1939 arrived at Plymouth from Portsmouth

28 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EFFINGHAM and HMS EMERALD delivering  naval stores. Remained berthed alongside HMS EMERALD overnight

29 September 1939 1200hrs alongside HMS HOOD at Scapa Flow delivering naval stores - slipped at 17:48hrs

HMS Hood

HMS HOOD

14 June 1940 was placed under full RFA manning

23 October 1940 Mr Robert E Merton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 October 1940 Captain Horace W Taylor RFA appointed as Master

18 November 1940 in collision with a Boom Defence Vessel

27 December 1940 Mr A W Symons RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

3 March 1941 sailed Methil in Convoy EN 80/1 to Oban arriving on the 6 March 1941

17 July 1941 sailed Methil in convoy EC46 to Scapa Flow arriving the next day

30 August 1941 sailed Methil in convoy EC66 to Invergordon arriving the next day

27 March 1942 Captain G C Davies RFA appointed as Master

26 June 1942 Mr W J Palmer RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 August 1942 sailed Kirkwall in convoy WN323 to Methil arriving the next day

3 September 1942 Mr T W Smith RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

3 October 1942 sailed Methil in convoy EN145 to Invergordon arriving the next day

17 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE delivering Naval Stores

18 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE delivering Naval Stores. RFA BLACK RANGER was also alonside refuelling the warship with 1,550 tons of FFO

13 June 1943 sailed Methil in convoy EN242 along with RFA ORANGELEAF(1) to Invergordon arriving the same day

30 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS LONDON delivering Naval Stores

31 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON delivering Naval Stores. RFA Freshmere was also alongside the same warship delivering fresh water

HMS Anson

HMS ANSON

6 November 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH delivering Naval Stores. RFA Blue Ranger also alongside collecting 175 tons of diesel 

20 July 1944 Captain Alfred M Uglow RFA appointed as Master

1 February 1946 Captain G Moore RFA appointed as Master

6 July 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 July 1946 arrived Sheerness while on passage from Devonport to Chatham

10 August 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 August 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

5 September 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

12 September 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour from Devonport

13 September 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 December 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 December 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 December 1946 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

28 December 1946 sailed Liverpool for Devonport

5 January 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

7 March 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

15 April 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

25 April 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 May 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

21 May 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

9 June 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 July 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

10 September 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 September 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

10 October 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 October 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

16 November 1947 Captain Alfred M Uglow RFA appointed as Master

11 December 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 December 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

9 January 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 January 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 January 1948 at Buckie Harbour while loading 3,500 smoke canisters as deck cargo one canister was defective and fired issuing vast amounts of smoke. The Bukie fire brigade attended and attended to the canister. The deck cargo was being loaded to dump at sea

5 March 1948 arrived at Liverpool from Plymouth

20 July 1948 Mr L D Sinclair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

31 July 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

9 August 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 August 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 August 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 September 1948 Captain Douglas N J Williams RD RFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR (Rtd)) appointed as Master

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Captain Douglas N J Williams RD RFA

 

30 September 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 October 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 October 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

21 October 1948 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

10 December 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 January 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 January 1949 moved from Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour to the RNAD pier at Bedenham and return to Sheer Jetty later the same day

13 January 1949 sailed from Slip Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour to the Outer Spit Buoy

5 February 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 February 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 June 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

13 June 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 September 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 September 1949 sailed from Devonport for Cardiff

7 October 1949 at Devonport 3rd Engineer Officer Charles Ross RFA discharged dead - drowned. He was boarding the vessel along a 9" temporary gang plank which broke throwing Mr Ross into the water

22 October 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station at Dover 

15 September 1950 Captain E E Lawrence RFA appointed as Master

17 November 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

25 November 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 January 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 February 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

21 February 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

22 February 1950 arrived Belfast from Devonport

3 April 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 May 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 May 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 June 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

14 June 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

16 June 1950 arrived and berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

29 June 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 June 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

6 July 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

7 July 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 July 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

5 August 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 August 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 August 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

30 August 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

6 September 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 September 1950 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 September 1950 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

20 September 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

3 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

15 December 1950 sailed Glasgow for Devonport

17 December 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

30 December 1950 before Portsmouth Magistrates' Court a seaman from the ship appeared charged with stealing a camera valued at £2 10/- from a locker of another seaman onboard. The camera had been given to a local licensee to secure a loan of £1. The seaman pleaded guily and was fined £5 and ordered to pay 10/- costs. The Police reported that the seaman had several previous convictions. The camera was recovered

4 April 1951 sailed the River Tyne for Chatham

20 April 1951 before Portsmouth Magistrates' Court a seaman appeared charged with stealing a cigarette case and lighter by finding and valued at £2 15sh 6d. He pleaded Guilty and admitted selling it. The Police reported that the seaman had received Borstal training before joining the Merchant Navy. He had been a prisoner of war during WW2. The seaman was fined £10

3 Mar 1951 Mr L D Sinclair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

28 March 1951 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

30 January 1953 berthed at Greenock

15 June 1953 Took part in the Queen Elizabeth 11 Coronation Fleet Review at Spithead along with 6 other RFA’s

27 October 1953 Captain E T Mitchell RFA appointed as Master

16 February 1954 the Portsmouth Evening News reported that ...

RMIDD Court Case x 2 

13 February 1955 while berthing at Chatham under the direction of a pilot in collision with HMS MMS 2004 which was berthed at No 9 Dock Wharf. No damage was caused to the Robert Middleton. HMS MMS 2004 sustained damage to the upper part of the port quarter 

21 July 1955 Mr E Meldrum RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 December 1955 Captain Alistair C Gibson RFA appointed as Master

26 May 1956 Mr J Shaw RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 August 1956 arrived on the River Tees from Portsmouth

13 April 1957 arrived on the River Tees from Rosyth

17 July 1957 Captain John Ditchburn RFA appointed as Master

15 October 1958 Mr John E Allen RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 April 1959 at Devonport alongside HMS CENTAUR supplying Naval Stores

17 April 1959 Captain P J Taylor RFA appointed as Master

6 June 1959 Chief Engineer John Edward Allen RFA discharged dead having died at James Watt Dock Greenock

9 June 1959 Mr G C Angus RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 January 1960 berthed at Ardrossan carrying new barges L 129, L130, L131 and L132 plus spare parts

26 January 1960 sailed Ardrossan to Chatham

9 September 1960 Captain H E Michael RFA appointed as Master

17 January 1961 Mr C J Abel RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 September 1962 Captain John H Wehner BEM RFA appointed as Master

25 September 1963 Captain John D Fisher RFA appointed as Master

26 May 1964 at James Watt Dock, Greenock Able Seaman Leonard James Burt discharged dead - drowned

3 September 1964 Captain W A Hiorns RFA appointed as Master

24 August 1965 Captain J B Leaf RFA appointed as Master

30 October 1967 Captain D O Davies RFA appointed as Master

9 August 1968 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

14 August 1968 Captain W E Henderson RFA appointed as Master

6 March 1969 at Portsmouth off loaded three Hunter Aircraft XL585, XF967 and WT722 for carriage to Fleetlands for destruction

13 December 1973 Captain Rex A Cooper RFA appointed as Master

16 September 1974 started a planned refit in Chatham Dockyard - the first RFA to do so

17 March 1975 sailed Chatham for the final time

March 1975 laid up at Rosyth

April 1975 on the Disposal List at Rosyth

1975 sold out of service to  D. Papatheodorou & N. Vulgarities (Canopus Shipping S.A, Managers) Athens and renamed MYRINA

1978 purchased by Georgantis & Co (Agem Maritime Enterprises, Managers) Piraeus name unchanged

1983 broken up at Keratsini, Greece.

 

Notes:

 

1. RFA Robert Middleton was named after Rear Admiral Robert C. Middleton, Storekeeper General of the Royal Navy from 1829. As such he was a predecessor of the Director of Stores, Admiralty.

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