RFA Reindeer
 
 
 

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                Reindeer 1  

Official Number:                    151081                                                    

Class:                                  MARINER CLASS Sloop (originally)

Pennant No:                         W70

Laid down:                           15 January 1883
Builder:                                 Devonport Dockyard
Launched:                            14 November 1883
Into Service:                         1917 as a RFA
Out of service:                      12 July 1924
Fate:                                    Foundered 180 nm off Halifax, Canada

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   She was one of a Class of six gun vessels designed by Nathaniel Barnaby, the Royal Navy Director of Naval Construction, which were all re-rated as sloops before they entered service. The Class consisted of: HM ships ACORN, ICARUS, MARINER, MELITA, RACER and REINDEER, three of which were converted into Salvage Vessels. They were originally powered by a two cylinder horizontal compound  expansion steam engine produced by Hawthorn Leslie

 

15 January 1883 laid down

14 November 1883 launched by HM Dockyard, Devonport as the gun vessel  HMS REINDEER

26 November 1884 was re-rated as a sloop

2 December 1884 commissioned for East Indies Service at Devonport

30 December 1884 untook trials of Plymouth Harbour breakwater

16 June 1885 sailed from Aden with HMS Bacchante (Flagship) for Colombo and Trincomalee

28 June 1885 arrived at Trincomalee with HMS Bacchante

25 April 1886 sailed Muscat to Ras Madrakato cruise for the suppresion of the Slave Trade

June 1886 after a refit at Trincomalee, she was engaged off Zanzibar in the suppression of the Slave Trade

7 July 1886 Commander Henry Briggs Lang Royal Navy appointed in Command

2 October 1886 arrived at Zanzibar

19 October 1886 captured the dhow Mkundoo and five slaves 

21 October 1886 sailed from Zanzibar

1 November 1886 captured the dhow Mali and ten slaves

28 December 1886 arrived at Zanzibar

17 January 1887 captured a canoe and two slaves

21 February 1887 arrived at Zanzibar

12 June 1887 was at Zanzibar

15 September 1887 at Zanzibar was joined by HMS BACCHANTE and HMS MARINER (later to become RFA MARINER)

November 1887 Lieutenant H M Murphy Royal Navy discharged dead - fell overboard and drowned

9 November 1887 captured the dhow Mjo Meki

23 November 1887 captured a dhow (name unknown)

25 November 1887 captured a dhow (name unknown)

13 Decenber 1887 captured a dhow (name unknown)

17 Decenber 1887 captured a dhow (name unknown)

23 January 1888 paid off at Bombay

April 1888 commissioned at Bombay with Commander Henry B Lang Royal Navy in command

10 April 1888 the Admiralty paid slave and prize money to the Commanding Officer, officers and ships company for the their capture of the slaves and dhows and the canoe listed above on the 19 October 1886, 1 November 1886, 17 January 1887 and the 9 November 1887 

13 November 1888 the Admiralty prize money to the Commanding Officer, officers and ships company for the their capture and listed above for 23 November 1887, 25 November 1887, 13 December 1887 and 17 December 1887

20 December 1888 engaged in the battle of Suakin, also known as the Battle of Gemaizah. Suakin was the chief port of Sudan

April 1889 fired upon from the shore when cruising off the coast of Lindi

28 April 1889 in collision with a collier ss Cromartyshire at Zanzibar. The collier was outbound, in ballast, when she fouled the warship damaging her boats, rigging and bowsprit. The collier suffered no damage

14 May 1889captured the dhow Umshari Yumbi

16 May 1889 captured two dhows of unknown names

8 June 1889 captured the dhow Star

19 June 1889 captured the dhow Daga and two slaves

11 July 1889 captured the dhow of unknown name and two slaves

30 August 1889 Commander the Hon Edward Needham Royal Navy appointed in Command

16 September 1889 captured the dhow Mansuri with 123 slaves onboard

21 September 1889 at Pemba captured an Arab slave dhow with 131 slaves onboard

18 March 1890 sailed Mozambique for Zanzibar with the British Consul Mr Johnson onboard

29 March 1890 the Admiralty announced that the Soudan Medal with the Gemaizah 1888 clasp had been awarded to members of the crew who had served on the ship on the 20 December 1888 the date of the action

Gemaizah Medal

29 March 1890 various prize money for five dhows captured in 1889 awarded this day

1 July 1890 the Admiralty paid slave and prize money to the Commanding Officer, officers and ships company for the their capture of the slaves and dhows listed above on the 14 May 1889 and the 16 September 1889

26 January 1891 sailed from Aden

31 January 1891 arrived at Suakin

10 February 1891 arrived at Suez

11 February 1891 after transitting the Suez Canal arrived at Port Said

20 February 1891 was almost wrecked when entering Malta after her engines broke down and was only saved from being driven onto the rocks by making sail

12 March 1891 berthed at Gibraltar for bunkers

13 March 1891 sailed Gibraltar after coaling

18 March 1891 arrived at Vigo

24 March 1891 berthed at Devonport

18 April 1891 paid off at Devonport into 3rd class reserve until 1895

1896 was reduced to Harbour Service at Devonport

26 July 1901 hawsers between HMS Reindeer and HMS Mariner improved the harbour defence of Devonport Dockyard

1902 was brought forward for service as a Boom Defence Vessel at Devonport along with her sister ship HMS MARINER

During World War 1 used to salvage German submarines.

24 April 1915 Petty Officer Stoker Charles Baker 145418 discharged dead

November 1915 taken in hand for conversion into a Salvage Ship and was renamed REINDEER

8 October 1917 Lieutenant Robert J Dustan RNR appointed in Command

2 January 1918 berthed at Malta

4 January 1918 sailed Malta to Genoa arriving on 6 January 1918

8 January 1918 entered Dry Dock at Genoa

1918 re-engined by Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Glasgow

6 July 1918 Engineer Lieutenant Frank E T Wheeler RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 August 1918 Lieutenant Edward P Lyndon RNR appointed in Command

 Captain Edward Percy LYNDON

Lieutenant Edward P Lyndon RNR

11 November 1918 Fireman G Mosby logged as deserted. He had signed on on 20 July 1918

19 November 1918 Assistant Cook A A Welsh logged as deserted. He had signed on on 20 September 1918

1919 taken over by the Liverpool Salvage Association, Liverpool and was renamed REINDEER 1

30 August 1921 arrived Hull to assist in the recovery of wreckage from the airship R 38 (which had  been  renamed ZR - 2 after sale to the Americans) and which had  exploded, broken in two and crashed in flames in the River Humber 6 days earlier, killing 44 of the 49 persons on board

 

wreckage1

 

13 July 1923 sailed from Train Ferry Pier, Portsmouth Harbour to Netley Buoy

12 July 1924 sold to Halifax Shipyard Ltd, N.S. Canada name unchanged

15 July 1924 in No: 4 Dock at Portsmouth Harbour

October 1925 sailed St. Johns, Newfoundland to provide salvage assistance to the steamer Stiklestad which had suffered a main bearing seizure in mid Atlantic.  Reindeer sailed not once but several times being beaten back by savage storms, the last occasion of which she suffered severe damage that she had to enter dry dock for repairs

3 July 1928 attended HMS DAUNTLESS aground on Thrum Gap Shoal. Moved the warship slightly. Dauntless refloated on 11 July 1928.

12 March 1932 with a crew of 30 she had been at sea for several hours in a heavy gale with hugh seas. Her crew were becoming exhausted by their efforts to keep the water down. - she radioed she was leaking badly, her pumps were choked and she was in need of immediate assistance.  The Canadian Pacific liner Montcalm which received the radio message when she was about 45 miles from the Reindeer 1 and was on the scene about 3 hours later. The Reindeer I was then low in the water, and her captain decided that she must be abandoned without delay. Owing to the violent rolling of the tug, a life-boat could not be launched from her and preparations were made to launch a life-boat from the Montcalm, which took up a position as near to the distressed vessel as was prudent. Considerable difficulty was experienced in launching a boat which, although damaged, was eventually sent away soon after 6 p.m. This boat was in the charge of  Henry S. Knight, the Second Officer of the Montcalm, together with Boatswain Walter Doyle,  Quartermaster William Thomas Hughes, Storekeeper Horace Addicott, Lamptrimmer John Peter Smyth, Able Seamen John Carr, William John Lawry, John Page and Henry Pearce. At first, the life-boat was unable to get close to the ship as she was drifting before the gale. Later, however, the engineer of the Reindeer I was able to put the engines astern for a few minutes in order to check the drifting, and the crew of the life-boat succeeded in securing lines which had been thrown overboard from the tug and so brought their boat alongside. Meanwhile, the Montcalm had been pouring oil on the water to make the work of rescue easier, but in spite of this the life-boat was continually ranging back and forth and moving up and down the side of the tug, the crew of which had to jump into the life-boat as opportunity offered. By 7 p.m., the crew of the Reindeer I were all in the life-boat. As it was damaged and heavily laden, it took nearly three-quarters of an hour to reach the Montcalm. The boat’s crew and the crew of the tug were taken on board by a rope ladder, but the boat had to be abandoned. Reindeer 1foundered 180 nm off Halifax, Canada at position 43.43N 63W. A total of nine Sea Gallantry Medals in bronze were awarded to men of the Montcalm. The Government of Canada awarded the Montcalm's Master, Captain Arthur Rothwell, a piece of plate, binoculars to Second Officer Knight and a monetary award to Lawry and other members of the boat’s crew. A Lloyd’s Medal for Saving Life at Sea in silver was presented to Second Officer Knight and members of the boat’s crew were awarded the medal in bronze. In addition, the Committee of Lloyd’s presented a bronze tablet to be placed on board the Montcalm to commemorate the event. The award of the Sea Gallantry Medals were published in the London Gazette of the 9 December 1932

 

Walter Doyle,
Boatswain, William Thomas Hughes, Quartermaster, Horace Addicott, Storekeeper, John
Peter Smyth, Lamptrimmer, John Carr,
Wi l l i am John LawryJ°lSe¥lie John Page and
He n ry Pearce, Able SeamenWalter Doyle,, William Thomas Hughes, Quartermaster, Horace Addicott, Storekeeper, JohnPeter Smyth, Lamptrimmer, John Carr,Wi l l i am John LawryJ°lSe¥lie John Page andHe n ry Pearce, Able Seamen

 

 

 

 

Notes

 

  1. Her hull cost £34,834 and her machinery £12,787

 

 

Ships of the same name

 

Reindeer. Brig sloop of the “Cruizer” class, 385 bm and 18 guns by Brent of Rochester, launched on the 15 August 1804.  Captured by the American ship “Wasp” in the English Channel and burnt on the 28 June 1814.

 

Reindeer. A packet brig of the “Cherokee” class by Plymouth Dockyard, launched on the 29 September 1929.  230 bm, 8 guns.  Reduced to harbour service in May 1841 and sold out of service in 1847.

 

Reindeer. Wood screw sloop of 953 bm ,Launched at Chatham Dockyard on the 29 March 1866, 953 bm, 185 x 33 feet, armed with 1 x 110 pdr, 5 x 64 pdr.  The ships build was cancelled in May 1865, but then restarted.  The ship was broken up at Chatham in December 1876.

 

RFA Reliance

  

Previous name:                        Knight Companion
Subsequent name:                   HMS Reliance, Emmanuele  Accame, Orata

Official Number                        131280

                                                             
Class:                                        Stores Support Ship

Pennant No:                              D 97 / N 90 / X 09 / X 59

Laid down:
Builder:                                      C Connell & Co, Scotstoun, Glasgow
Launched:                                 11 June 1910

Into Service:                              1915
Out of service:                           17 December 1919
Fate:                                           Broken up in 1954

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data: She was purchased from commercial owners and was initially placed under the White Ensign as a Repair Ship. Spent a large part of WW1 at Mudros and in the Mediterranean. She was converted into a Stores Support Ship when she was transferred to the RFA

 

22 June 1910 launched by C. Connell & Co Ltd, Scotstoun, Glasgow as Yard Nr: 334 named KNIGHT COMPANION for Knight Steamship Co Ltd (Greenshields, Cowie & Co Ltd, Managers) Liverpool

August 1910 completed

14 August 1910 arrived at the River Tyne from Greenock

31 August 1910 sailed the River Tyne for Talcahuano with a cargo of 11,524 tons of coal

16 January 1911 arrived at Charleston from Antofagasta

1 April 1911 sailed Norfolk for Natal

4 May 1911 sailed Natal

21 August 1911 at Samarang

31 August 1911 while under charter to the Ocean Steamship Company for a voyage back to England caught fire at Batavia - fire extinguished with some difficulty and the hold having to be flooded

29 November 1911 arrived at Philadelphia from Hull

27 January 1912 at Natal

2 February 1912 at sea Sailor & Storekeeper Ah Sang discharged dead having committed suicide by jumping overboard

29 February 1912 at Hong Kong

21 April 1912 arrived at Hong Kong

14 May 1912 at Suez from Hong Kong

24 June 1912 arrived at Calcutta from Suez

29 June 1912 sailed Calcutta

15 October 1912 sailed New Orleans to Antwerp

14 November 1912 purchased by the Admiralty for £120,000 and was converted at Devonport Dockyard into a Repair Ship and was commissioned under the White Ensign as HMS RELIANCE

August 1914 based at Portsmouth

21 January 1915 Lieutenant John R Williams RNR appointed in command as an RFA

February 1915 workshop staff from HM Dockyards at Devonport, Portsmouth, Chatham and Sheerness taken onboard as 'passengers' from the UK on three month contracts to work on HM ships at Mudros. These passengers amounted to: -

Constructive Department

Ship Fitters 2 - Joiners 2 - Smiths 4 - Hammermen 2 - Working Chargemen of Shipwrights 1 - Shipwrights 9 - Skilled Labourers 10 - Ordinary Labourers 4

Engineering Department

Working Chargemen of Fitters 1 - Fitters and Turners 30 - Working Chargemen of Boilermakers 1 - Boilermakers 8 - Bricklayers or Skilled Labourers as Bricklayers 30 - Coppersmiths 6 - Working Chargemen of Coppermiths 1 - Founders 6 - Working chargemen of Founders 1 - Patternmakers 2 - Skilled Labourers 20 - Ordinary Labourers

Electrical Department

Working Chargemen of Electrical Fitters 1 - Electrical Fitters 5 - Joiners 1 - Skilled Labourers 5 - Wireman 6 - Ordinary Labourers 2

A total of 170 dockyard staff

The dockyard staff were to be paid their dockyard rates of pay and Working Chargemen would, in addition, receive 6d a day additional pay and an afloat allowance of 1/6d a day for a 7 day week. All their accommodation and victualling would be provided free of charge.

Problems ensued when those who had been working at Mudros refused to renew their 3 months contracts and the Admiralty was unable or unwilling to bring them home. In July 1915 seventeen of the workmen refused duty and it was found that they were not subject to Naval Discipline and Naval Courts under the Merchant Shipping Act were for various reasons inappropriate. In additional a Labourer went and remain ashore for a whole day in the 'French Camp' strictly against orders  This later case was disposed of by the Senior Naval Officer (a Rear Admiral) acting as Governor of Mudros with an award of five days cells. The Rear Admiral sought advice from the Vice Admiral commanding the Eastern Mediterranean Squadron and suggested that anyone acting as above on British ships in Government employ would be considered as delaying work necessary for the Defence of the Realm. Legal advise was taken by the Admiralty

April 1915 as part of her cargo she carried a new intermediate shaft for HMS S/m E11 which had been attacking shipping in the Sea of Marmara. An engine defect required a new shaft to be machined to size in the UK and brought out to Mudros. The submarines hull was opened, the shaft fitted and the boat was made water tight again

21 April 1915 at the Dardanelles HMS USK berthed alongside

18 June 1915 and 19 June 1915 at Mudros Bay working party onboard from HMS EUROPA

EUROPA 293

 

HMS EUROPA

 

21 June 1915 and 22 June 1915 at Mudros Bay a Carpenters working party onboard from HMS EUROPA

24 June 1915 and 25 June 1915 at Mudros Bay working party onboard from HMS EUROPA

1 July 1915 Lieutenant Williams RNR made a formal complaint to the Senior Naval Officer, Mudros that seventeen members of the crew had refused to work as they believed that the articles they had signed had expired on 30 June 1915

2 July 1915 the SNO directed that the men concerned be removed from the ship by an armed guard. Some were then detained on HMS AGAMEMNON

HMS Agamemnon

HMS AGAMEMNON

26 July 1915 at Port Mudros received one shipwright from HMS GLORY

27 July 1915 at Port Mudros a working party of one Petty Officer and eight AB's on board from HMS ALBION

28 July 1915 summonses were issued alleging that the men had combined to disobey and the refusal of duty under the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 to 1906. The Agreement was exhibited which said 'they had agreeded to serve on board the ship until 30 June or first arrival of the ship in the UK after that date or discharge of cargo consequent on arrival

30 July 1915 the Court was convened onboard HMS EUROPA and held onboard HMS CORNWALLIS. It consisted of Captain Alex P Davidson Royal Navy of HMS CORNWALLIS, Captain Robert Rideout Stone, Master of ss Gibraltar, Captain John Oliver Band, Master of ss Cairngowan. Assistant Paymaster A J Doweswell Royal Navy, HMS EUROPA was nominated as Clerk of the Court. All seventeen defendants were present and pleaded NOT guilty. After hearing the full evidence for both the prosecution and the defence the Court convicted all seventeen defendents. The Court sentenced each of the defendents: -

1. Lindsay Cameron, Assistant Steward - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
2. George Murray, Assistant Steward - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
3. William Grant Mitchell, Assistant Steward - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonemt with hard labour
4. Robert Russell, Assistant Steward - sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour
5. George Boyce Bennett, Assistant Steward  - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
6. Joseph Vassallo, Scullion - sentenced to four weeks imprisonment with hard labour
7. Carmelo Pace, Scullion - sentenced to four weeks imprisonment with hard labour
8. John Andraid, Able Seaman - sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour
9. John Strong, Able Seaman - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
10. Herbert Williams, Able Seaman - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
11.Thomas Lambert, Able Seaman - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
12. John Nolan, Able Seaman - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
13. Frank Oatt Grant, Donkeyman - sentenced to six weeks imprisonment with hard labour
14. Robert Alphonsus Wilson, Engineroom Store Keeper - sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
15. John Joseph Ward,  Leading Fireman, sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
16. Antonia Gallo, Seaman, sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment with hard labour
17. John Clark, Assistant Cook, sentenced to four weeks imprisonment with hard labour

The Court directed their sentences were to commence on 30 July 1915 but they were to be returned to one of His Majesty's Prisons in the UK to serve any remaining time of their sentence upon their arrival.

4 August 1915 the seventeen prisoners were returned to England from Mudros aboard the Transport ss Berrima which sailed this day

 Berrima

H.M.Transport ss Berrima

5 August 1915 Joiner Laurence Lee discharged dead. He is buried in Kalkara Royal Naval Cemetery, Malta

7 August 1915 at Port Mudros a coaling party of one leading seaman and eight hands from HMS ALBION onboard

18 August 1915 at Port Mudros 57 ratings sent to HMS ALBION

19 August 1915 at Port Mudros one Carpenter rating and 11 stoker ratings received onoard from HMS GLORY

11 September 1915 6th Engineer Officer Arthur William Hall RFA, aged 22, discharged dead having died from Typhoid fever.  He was buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery on the Greek Island of Limmos in grave II N 238

HALL AW

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

21 September 1915 at Mudros a working party onboard HMS BEN-MY-CHREE to strength her guns

22 September 1915 at Mudros HMS BEN-MY-CHREE berthed alongside

24 September 1915 at Mudros a working party onboard HMS BEN-MY-CHREE to strengthen her guns

26 September 1915 at Mudros HMS ENDYMION berthed alongside for repairs

30 September 1915 at Mudros HMS BEN-MY-CHREE berthed alongside

HMS Ben my Chree 1915

HMS BEN-MY-CHREE

3 October 1915 at Mudros divine service held on board

13 October 1915 at Mudros HMS BEN-MY-CHREE cast off

28 October 1915 at Mudros HMS ENDYMION berthed alongside for additional repairs

11 November 1915 Engineer Lieutenant Tom G Richardson RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 December 1915 at Mudros delivering ammunition to HMS BEN-MY-CHEREE

18 December 1915 at Port Mudros received onboard from HMS GLORY of one Petty Officer and twelve hands

20 December 1915 at Port Mudros received a working party onboard from HMS HIBERNIA

21 December 1915 at Port Mudros received onboard from HMS GLORY a coaling party of two Petty Officers and forty hands

22 December 1915 at Port Mudros received onboard from HMS HIBERNIA a coaling party of one Warrant Officers and  sixty hands

23 December 1915 at Port Mudros received onboard from HMS HIBERNIA a coaling party of sixty hands

 

RFA Reliance Xmas Card

RFA Reliance Christmas Card

 

6 July 1916 at Mudros with Requisitioned Auxiliary OVERTON alongside with her fitters fitting a gun mounting

9 August 1916 to 11 August 1916 at Mudros workshop staff onboard HMS ARK ROYAL building platforms for after guns

6 October 1916 at Mudros with the Requisitioned Auxiliary Redbreast alongside to have her gun removed for overhaul

17 October 1916 to 19 October 1916 at Mudros Requisitioned Auxiliary Redbreast alongside to have her overhaulled gun refitted

20 November 1916  Engineer Sub Lieutenant William L Blackmore RNR appeared before a court martial charged with (a) Act to the prejudice of good order and naval discipline in purchasing whisky from the Officer's mess of His Majesty's Royal Fleet Auxiliary Reliance his wine bill being stopped at the time (b) drunk on board. The first charge was adjudged to be proved and the second charge not proved. He was adjudged to forfeit all seniority and to be reprimanded

28 June 1917 Engineer Lieutenant Joseph S Harrison RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 July 1917 to 28 July 1917 at Mudros a working party from the ship working on the flight deck of HMS ARK ROYAL caulking

13 September 1917 Fireman J Reed and Fireman S Myers both sentenced to 90 days DQ's at Malta and discharged. Fireman Reed had signed on on 27 July 1915 and Fireman Myers had signed on the 28 July 1915 

18 October 1917 and 19 October 1917 at Mudros a working part from the ship working on the flight deck of HMS ARK ROYAL caulking

7 November 1917 Lieutenant Commander William Gregory RNR appointed in command 

20 January 1918 Sculleryman Walter Charles Gilmore and Able Seaman Thomas Cavalier both discharged dead.  They were buried at sea and are remembered on the Plymouth Naval Memorial

31 January 1918 Fireman Fred Thorogood sentenced to detention - reason or duration not shown

26 February 1918 Greaser Peter Murphy sentenced to 30 days DQ's at Malta and discharged the same day. He had signed on on the 20 January 1918. On the same day Fireman George True also sentenced to 30 days DQ's at Malta and discharged the ship. He had signed on on the 28 January 1918.

2 April 1918 Able Seaman L Henderson sentenced to 60 days DQ's at Malta. On the same day Trimmer Frederick Brooks MMR 808799 sentenced to 14 days DQ's and discharged to Portsmouth

 

Frederick Brooks

Trimmer Frederick Brooks MMR 808799

 

18 April 1918 Able Seaman L Henderson sentenced to a further 7 days DQ's at Malta. Signed off the ship on the same day. He had originally signed on on 29 November 1917. 

22 April 1918 Leading Fireman Joseph H Sinclair MMR 797618 discharged dead. He had signed on on the 14 March 1918 previously having served on RFA POLSHANNON. He was buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery on the Greek Island of Limmos in grave III H 236

 

SINCLAIR_JH

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 7 May 1918 Switchboard Operator Ed George MMR 938462 sentenced to 14 days DQ's for sleeping on watch. He was discharged on 15 March 1919 having signed on originally on 13 March 1918.

16 May 1918 Inspector of Engine Fitters William E Armes and Plumber John Charles Bright MMR 340247 both discharged dead - both died from injuries sustained as a reult of an explosion.  They were both buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery on the Greek Island of Limmos

 

RFA RELIANCE William ARMES

Inspector of Engine Fitters William E Armes
kindly donated by Tina Dunning - William Armes' grand daughter 

 

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BRIGHT_JC

Both courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

17 May 1918 Plumbers Mate Francis G Wykes discharged dead from accidental burns. He died on the Hospital Ship St. Margaret of Scotland and he is buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery on the Greek Island of Limmos in Grave III H 232

Copy of WYKES FG

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

20 August 1918 Fireman H J Smith MMR 863175 sentenced to cells (no period stated). He was discharged to barracks on 4 October 1918 subsequently signed on RFA FORTOL on 22 November 1918

9 October 1918 Engineer Sub-Lieutenant Norman Hirst RNR aged 39, discharged dead - natural causes. He died on the Hospital Ship St. Margaret of Scotland.  He had signed on on the 9 November 1917 and was buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery on the Greek Island of Limmos in grave III 1 250

 

HIRST_N

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

6 November 1918 at Port Mudros HMS APHIS berthed alongside

HMS Aphis 

HMS APHIS

2 March 1919 paid off at Devonport for disposal by the Ministry of Shipping

5 June 1919 Engineer Lieutenant Commander Harold Leather RNR appointed Chief Engineer Officer - bourne on HMS VIVID - appointment ended on 9 December 1919

17 December 1919 purchased by Societa Anonyme Angelo Parodi fu B & Ditta Salvatore Emmanuelle Fili Accame, Genoa and renamed EMMANUELLE LE ACCAME

17 November 1920 grounded in the north chanel of Metompkin Inlet, Accomack, VA

4 February 1921 arrived at Port Said for Saigon having sailed from New York

10 July 1922 arrived Ellis Island, New York with 46 passengers having sailed from Naples, Italy via Cardiff

11 November 1922 arrived at Galveston, Texas from Genoa, Italy

1923 dockers of Cardiff, Wales, refused the loading and bunkering of the Emanuelle Accame manned by members of a Fascist organization, as a protest against the outrages of that body and its members in Italy

10 October 1924 the Dockyard men employed onboard when the ship was at Mudros during the Great War were the subject of a Member of Parliaments question to the Admiralty -

 

 Press Cutting 10.10.1924 western Mor News RELIANCE Dockyard MENs Pay

Press Cutting from Western Morning News of 10 October 1924

25 October 1936 sailed Bahia Blanca for Avonmouth

14 November 1936 while on passage from Bahia Blanca for Avonmouth sailed Dakar

1937 sold to Polena Soc di Nav, Genoa and renamed Orata

28 May 1938 the Portsmouth Evening News reported that ...

Pmouth Even News 28 5 38

6 March 1940 detained by RN ships and escorted to the Downs off Deal contraband control as it was suspected she was carrying German coal - a banned cargo - for Italy - reported in the Times of this day

1940 laid up at Las Palmas

23 May 1954 arrived Hong Kong for breaking up. 

 

 

Ships of the same name

Reliance. A discovery vessel of 394 bm, 90 x 30 feet purchased in December 1793, reduced to harbour service in 1800.  Sold out of service on the 12 October 1815.

Reliance. A tender of 12 guns that was in service between 1812 and 1815.

Reliance. Repair ship of 14,250 tons built by Bethlehem Iron Works and launched on the 13 January 1944 as “Dutiful”, she was intended for service in the RN under the lend-lease programme, but was retained by the USN as USS Laertes.

 

 

RFA Reliant (1)

 

 

RFA Reliant 1

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Lower image - RFA Reliant (1) at Mombassa in 1942. The image has been kindly donated by Andrew Gourlay from the collection of Captain Charles H Noel OBE RFA who was the ships Master at the time this was taken

 

Previous name:                       LONDON IMPORTER

Subsequent name:                  ANTHONY G., FIRDAUSA

Official Number:                               147557

Class:                                    Fleet Store Ship

Pennant No:                           X25 / A 230

Laid down:                             30 October 1920
Builder:                                  Furness, Haverton Hill
Launched:                              25 November 1922
Into Service:                           23 March 1933
Out of service:                        12 March 1948

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  She was originally built for the Furness Line and was used mainly on their North Pacific service from the U.K. After purchase by the Admiralty for conversion into a Fleet Store Ship primarily for the Mediterranean supply service with naval and victual ling and some NAAFI stores, with considerable refrigerated stowage, it was desired to rename her PERTHSHIRE as this had become a well-known name in the Mediterranean Fleet, but the name was already in use in the commercial world, as was the second choice name RELIANCE

 

30 October 1920 laid down as BAY STATE which was later changed to INDIANA

25 November 1922 launched by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill as Yard Nr 33 named  LONDON IMPORTER for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, London

December 1923 completed

24 December 1923 sailed Swansea to Vancouver, Canada via Panama, Los Angeles and San Francisco with 4 passengers. Captain J M Williamson was Master

 

London_Importer-01

SS London Importer prior to entering service as RFA Reliant (1)

 

24 January 1924 berthed at Los Angeles

29 April 1924 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama with 12 passengers

30 September 1924 sailed San Francisco

22 November 1924 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama and San Francisco with 9 passengers

21 March 1925 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama and San Francisco with 10 passengers

10 October 1925 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama and San Francisco with 8 passengers

8 February 1926 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama and San Francisco with 11 passengers

9 June 1926 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama and San Francisco with 12 passengers

1 October 1926 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama and San Francisco with 12 passengers

22 January 1927 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, Canada via Panama, Los Angles and San Francisco with 10 passengers

18 May 1927 sailed Liverpool to Vancouver, Canada via Panama, Los Angles and San Francisco with 11 passengers

23 May 1927 radioed that she was in a position 360 miles northwest of the Azores and she had sighted an aircraft believed to contain the Marchese de Pinedo who was flying round the Atlantic and was overdue in the Azores- reported in the Times 24 May 1927

29 May 1927 at 19.33N 65.26W Chief Officer George Lusty discharged dead - heart failure

7 September 1927 sailed Manchester to Vancouver, BC, Canada via Panama, Los Angles and San Francisco with 11 passengers

31 December 1927 sailed Glasgow for Vancouver, BC

4 February 1928 berthed at Los Angeles

18 August 1928 sailed Glasgow for Vancouver, BC

16 November 1928 berthed at London docks from Canada and the USA with 5 passengers and 1 DBS

30 March 1929 berthed at London Docks from Vancouver BC Canada, Los Angles with 8 passengers and 3 DBS

30 April 1929 in collision with steam ship Merganser on the River Clyde near Shield Hall. Both ships suffered damage and the London Importer which was on passage down river to Manchester to complete loading for Vancouver under the care of two tugs had to return to her berth for repairs

31 July 1929 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

17 August 1929 arrived at Glasgow from Vancouver, Canada

24 August 1929 sailed Glasgow for Vancouver, Canada

27 October 1929 sailed San Diego, California for London

23 November 1929 berthed at London docks from Canada and the USA with 5 passengers

10 December 1929 berthed at Glasgow

24 March 1930 berthed at London docks from Canada and the USA with 8 passengers

20 March 1933 Captain Alexander H Hardy RFA appointed as Master and Mr M N Carlyle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Captain Hardy before his promotion
Courtesy Nancy Hardy with thanks
 

24 March 1933 purchased by the Admiralty for £46,000 and converted into a Fleet Store Ship renamed RELIANT (1)

February 1934 replaced RFA PERTHSHIRE as the Mediterranean Fleet Supply Ship, based at Malta

10 March 1934 arrived at Gibraltar

23 April 1934 arrived at Malta

9 August 1934 Captain W Frost RFA appointed as Master

11 August 1934 sailed Navarin for Malta

3 September 1934 sailed Malta for Trieste

13 September 1934 arrived at Abbazia

14 September 1934 arrived at Lussin Piccolo

26 September 1934 arrived at Split

13 March 1935 arrived at Gibraltar

29 August 1935 sailed Malta for Haifa

18 December 1935 sailed Alexandria for Malta

12 September 1936 Captain John H Jones RFA appointed as Master

Capt John H Jones

Captain John H Jones RFA

1937 was fitted for defensive armament

29 January 1937 Mr Clifford N Ansell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

12 March 1937 arrived at Gibraltar

8 August 1937 at Grand Harbour, Malta during the RFA Aquatic Sports the Lifeboat race was won by a crew from RFA BRAMBLELEAF (1), the crew from RFA CHERRYLEAF (1) were second and the crew from RFA MAINE (3) came third. The aggregate cup was won by RFA RELIANT (1). The Life saving was won by RFA RELIANT (1) 

5 September 1937 Junior Engineer Officer John Marshall Hebenton RFA aged 27 years discharged dead having committed suicide. He is buried in Kalkara Royal Naval Cemetery, Malta. He had previously served on RFA PLUMLEAF (1)

 

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Image courtesy British War Graves with thanks

5 September 1937 sailed Malta with the Mediterrean Fleet on their Autumn Cruise returning to Malta on 25 October 1937 visiting Milo, Syra, Skiatos, Mudros, Icrissos Bay, Aedipsos,Stylis, Famagusta, Beirut, Haifa, Port Said and Alexandria

15 November 1937 arrived at Arzeu

18 November 1937 sailed Oran

1938 alterations and additions included the provision of additional ’tween decks

10 March 1938 berthed at Gibraltar from Malta to discharge naval stores

4 August 1938 arrived at Abazzia

15 August 1938 sailed Korcula for Corfu

21 August 1938 sailed Patros

26 February 1939 sailed Malta for Gibraltar

2 March 1939 to 20 March 1939 at Gibraltar

24 March 1939 berthed at Malta

26 May 1939 Captain Reginald C E Neyroud RFA appointed as Master

11 July 1939 Mr Edward B Morton RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

CEO E B Morton

Chief Engineer Officer Edward B Morton RFA

1 August 1940 Captain Charles H Noel RFA appointed as Master

 

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Captain Charles H Noel RFA

 

26 September 1940 at Alexandria, Egypt suplying naval stores to HMS ILLUSTRIOUS

17 March 1941 at 64 General Hospital, Alexandria Greaser Frederick W Haines discharged dead - kidney failure

27 July 1941 on RFA MAINE (3) at Alexandria from RFA RELIANT (1) Assistant Steward Hector Micallef discharged dead - stroke

17 October 1941 one of her Officers, who had been transferred to the British tanker PASS OF BALMAHA on C-in-C Malta’s instructions to complete its complement  was killed when the latter was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-97 about 50 miles W of Alexandria. Another Officer from RFA SLAVOL was also killed

1942 changed from her regular Maltese crew to U.K. manning 

5 May 1942 Established Storeman Leonard Alfred French appointed to Reliant until 6 September 1942

27 December 1942 sailed Durban to Kilindari escorted by HMS CATTERICK

2 January 1943 arrived at Kilind1ni

10 April 1943 sailed Kilindini returning later the same day

22 April 1943 sailed Kilindini independently to Aden arriving 29 April 1943

29 April 1943 sailed Aden independently to Suez arriving 4 May 1943 to join the Levant Station

26 May 1943 Mr David L Walls  RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

13 July 1943 sailed Port Said independently to Alexandria arriving the next day

17 July 1943 underwent DEMS work at Alexandria

28 July 1943 sailed Alexandria in convoy GUS11 to Malta GC arriving on 3 August 1943

15 August 1943 sailed Malta GC in convoy GUS12 to Bizerta arriving on 17 August 1943 and then back to Malta GC 

19 August 1943 sailed Malta in convoy MKS22 to Bizerta arriving 21 August 1943

12 September 1943 sailed Algiers in convoy KMS25 to Bizerta arriving 15 September 1943

17 September 1943 sailed Bizerta to Malta GC arriving 19 September 1943

13 October 1943 Captain A Spencer RFA appointed as Master

10 November 1943 sailed Taranto in convoy HA8 to Malta arriving 13 November 1943

7 December 1943 sailed Malta GC in convoy MKS33 to Bizerta arriving 9 December 1943

28 April 1944 sailed Messina in convoy VN36 to Naples arriving 29 April 1944

6 July 1944 in collision with the American USS ROBERT M.T. HUNTERat Naples

21 December 1944 sailed Gibraltar in convoy MKS72G in ballast to Liverpool arriving 30 December 1944

18 May 1945 Mr Robert Blacklock RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

2 September 1945 at Moascar, Ismailia Seaman Hussain Bhai Ebrahim discharged dead - pulmonary tuberculosis

10 December 1945 Deck Cassab Ebrahim Esmail discharged dead at Singapore having died from a heart attack

12 November 1946 at Colombo, Ceylon 3rd Officer Charles Reid Faloon discharged dead with haematemesis

20 November 1946 Seaman (2nd Class) Jaffer Ayook discharged dead - coronary thrombosis. He is remembered with pride on the Liverpool Naval Memorial

20 September 1947 Mr M N Carlyle RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

5 December 1947 Captain Charles H Noel OBE RFA appointed as Master

28 August 1947 2nd Engineer Officer George McBain RFA promoted Chief Engineer Officer and remained on the ship

12 March 1948 to Ministry of Transport for disposal at Garloch 

19 May 1948 purchased by Malta Cross Steamship Co (Anthony Griseti & Son,  Managers).Valetta

23 August 1948 renamed ANTHONY G by her owners

1949 purchased by East and West Steamship Co (Ardshire R. Cowasjee, Manager) Karachi.

19 April 1949 renamed FIRDAUSA by her owners

3 January 1957 at Singapore

April 1963  broken up Karachi

 

Notes:

 

1.             LONDON IMPORTER was one of a class of 6 turbine steamers delivered by Furness Shipbuilding Co in 1922 and 1923. They were initially employed on the North Atlantic service but the developing recession, American-subsidised competition and their high fuel consumption led to the withdrawal of all apart from MANCHESTER REGIMENT.

 2.             PASS OF BALMAHA was carrying a full cargo of petrol from Alexandria to Tobruk as the petrol was vital to the survival of the British Forces there. 3/0 Joseph A. Condy signed on the tanker as 2/0 and was one of the 18 crew who were killed when the ship disintegrated in a ball of fire

 

 

 

RFA Reliant (2)

 

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

RFA Reliant 2

 

Previous name:                        SOMERSBY
Subsequent name: 

Official Number:                       180097                                                                              

Class:                                     Aviation Stores /Victualling Stores Issuing Ship

Pennant No:                            A84

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Laing, Depford Yard
Launched:                                9 September 1953
Into Service:                            11 August 1957
Out of service:                         7 May 1976
Fate:                                       Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  She was originally designed as a cargo liner for Ropner Shipping Co, Darlington for the carriage of grain on the U.K. - Gulf of Mexico route and could also carry up to 12 passengers. She entered this service in March 1954 named SOMERSBY but due to uneconomical trading was turned over to tramping in 1956. She was chartered by the Admiralty for a 3 month period that year and the following year was purchased by them. After a quick docking and repairs, she entered service as RFA SOMERSBY on freighting duties and was used for the destoring of Trincomalee after the base there was handed over. In 1958 the first stage of her conversion into a Stores Issuing Ship was carried out which lasted for seven months and she then rejoined the Fleet named RFA RELIANT(2). During 1960, the 2nd stage of her conversion was completed. Her long forecastle, central superstructure and evenly-distributed kingposts earned her the reputation as the RFA’s yacht, and for the sake of her appearance, she was exempted from the colour scheme adopted in 1969 and did not have the black top smoke band around her funnel. She was extensively equipped for replenishment at sea with 6 RAS points, carried 2 x 42 ft naval storing tenders and had a limited VERTREP capability

 

9 September 1953 launched by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 801 named SOMERSBY for Ropner Shipping Co Ltd, (Sir Robert Ropner & Co (Management) Ltd, Managers), Darlington

4 March 1954 completed

May 1956 turned over to tramping duties but was found to be unsuitable

20 June 1956 at Leith Docks with a cargo of Sulpur - 900 local dockers went on strike as they claimed the cargo was "detrimental to health" and sought pay of £4 per 8 hours tour of duty plus double manning. 17 ships were idle

 

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mv Somersby prior to entering RFA Service

 

August 1956 requisitioned by the Admiralty for duty with British Forces in Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis. She was on of 70 additional British merchant ships for this service. Britain also recalled seven former LST's which were out on commercial charter at the time

1 August 1957 arrived at Smith’s Dockyard Co Ltd, North Shields for examination

4 August 1957 Mr W E Young RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 August 1957 first RFA Crew appointments were made and she entered service as RFA SOMERSBY, on freighting duties and was also used in connection with the destoring of the former Naval base at Trincomalee when it closed.

1957 - 1960 supported Operation Grapple - the British H-bomb tests at Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean - along with 16 other RFA’s

 

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February 1958 arrived at Smith’s Dock, North Shields for Stage One of her conversion. Much internal reshaping was undertaken with the addition of another steel deck; refitting her six holds with specially designed shelving, storage bins and trays and 700 tons of  ballast; extra accommodation was created and fully air conditioned for tropical service, naval radio equipment was fitted;; generating capacity was increased and RAS fittings and automatic tensioning winches were added

11 August 1958 Captain Howard D Gausden DSO OBE RFA appointed as Master

Captain Howard D Gausden

Captain Howard D Gausden DSO OBE RFA
image taken in 1919 when an Apprentice

September 1958 stage One of her conversion was completed

8 September 1958 sailed from the Tyne for Rosyth arriving the next day

23 September 1958 formally renamed RFA RELIANT(2) at Rosyth

4 November 1958 sailed Chatham with 1 passenger for the Far East as the Navy’s first Air Stores Issuing Ship, capable of replenishing aircraft and commando carriers at sea as her operational loading was over 30,000 different patterns of aircraft and naval stores items

23 January 1959 visisted Auckland, New Zealand

7 February 1959 to 11 February 1959 with RFA OLNA (2) and HMS ALBION visited Hobart, Tasmania

14 February 1959 berthed at Sydney, NSW together with RFA OLNA (2), HMS's ALBION and COSSACK

24 February 1959 RASed with HMAS MELBOURNE

25 February 1959 off Sydney, NSW RASed with HMAS ANZAC

1 March 1959 sailed from Jervis Bay with RFA OLNA (2), RN and RAN units

12 March 1959 undertook a Heavy Jackstay RAS with HMAS VOYAGER

13 March 1959 RASed with HMAS MELBOURNE

24 March 1959 undertook a Heavy Jackstay RAS with HMAS VOYAGER and other RAN ships

6 April 1959 off Singapore RASed with HMAS ANZAC

7 April 1959 undertook a Heavy Jackstay RAS with HMAS VOYAGER

23 April 1959 undertook a Heavy Jackstay RAS with HMAS VOYAGER

8 October 1959 during passage to Hong Kong was the 'target' for torpedo attacks by HMS SOLEBAY and HMAS ANZAC

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

May 1960 became the first RFA to fly a C-in-C Flag - that of Vice Admiral Sir David Luce

August 1960 returned to the U.K. for Stage Two of her conversion by Henry Robb, Leith during which her capability was improved  with refrigeration machinery with 30,300 cu ft of insulated storage being installed. Her operational loading increased to 40,000 different patterns of victualling, NAAFI, aircraft and naval stores and she was restored as an air stores /victual ling stores issuing ship. A large helicopter cargo platform was added over her  poop

31 December 1960 Mr E Smeaton RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

March 1961 stage Two of her conversion was completed

6 March 1961 at Rosyth the ship was visited by the First Lord of the Admiralty (Lord Carrington) and the Fourth Sea Lord (Vice Admiral John Villiers OBE)

26 June 1961 sailed Singapore with RFA's RESURGENT and TIDEREACH and HMS VICTORIOUS and other RN units en route to Hong Kong

July 1961 saw service during Operation Vantage - the Kuwait Crisis - along with 12 other RFA’s, during which she  supported the carrier HMS VICTORIOUS

2 September 1961 sailed Singapore with HMS VICTORIOUS and RFA OLNA (2)

1 April 1962 Mr Reginald R Darroch OBE RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

22 April 1962 Captain C Alexander DSC RFA appointed as Master

23 April 1962 on arrival at Singapore 10lbs of opium was discovered on board during a search by local Customs Officers - a member of the crew was arrested

21 June 1962 while on passage from Hong Kong to Singapore with RFA's RESURGENT and WAVE MASTER and RN, RAN and RNZN ships took part in Exercise Homerun. RFA WAVE MASTER RAS'ed with all the ships

12 October 1962 RASed with HMNZS Taranaki off Hong Kong

31 March 1963 Mr P Ryan RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

10 June 1963 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

July 1963 accompanied the carrier HMS VICTORIOUS from the U.K. to the Far East along with RFA’s RESURGENT, TIDESPRING and WAVE RULER (1)

28 February 1964 Mr R E Davies RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 March 1964 in the Malacca Straits supplied stores to HMAS YARRA by jackstay transfer

9 April 1964 between Pulo Aur and Singapore involved in a Casex A17 with HMS's VICTORIOUS and CAESAR and HMAS PARRAMATTA

28 April 1964 Mr J B Jackson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

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

30 March 1965 Captain J Dines RD RFA appointed as Master

1 April 1965 Naval Stores Assistant Li Fuk pleaded Guilty at Singapore's Third Criminal District Court to possession of 114 lbs. of raw opium. He was fined $15,000 which was not paid and, as a result, he was sentenced in lieu to 3 years imprisonment.

May 1965 in Operation Seahorse, a SEATO maritime operation in the South China Sea, providing replenishment support along with RFA’s TIDEREACH, TIDEPOOL and  RETAINER

17 March 1966 along with RFA’s RESURGENT and TIDEPOOL was in support of the destroyer HMS CAMBRIAN and the frigate HMS PLYMOUTH on the Beira Patrol in the Mozambique Channel

24 May 1966 Mr I M MacFarlane RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 June 1966 Captain G O W Evans DSC RFA appointed as Master

4 September 1967 sailed Fremantle with RFA's OLEANDER (4) and OLNA (3) together with HMS's HERMES and MINERVA

1o September 1967 Captain Alf Waters RFA appointed as Master

16 September 1967 off the Cape of Good Hope with RFA's OLEANDER (4) and OLNA (3) together with HMS's HERMES and MINERVA

12 September 1967 Mr W B Jones RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 October 1967 was part of TF 318 -  the Aden Task Force - which was formed to cover the final British military withdrawal from that area code named Operation Magister along with nine other RFA’s and was engaged in the final Fleet Review with 5 of the other RFA‘s involved

1 February 1968 off Gan RASed with HMAS YARRA during Exercise Partner

14 February 1968 berthed at G Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle with HMS CAMBRIAN outboard of her

9 April 1968 in South China Sea at 14.30N 119.05.5E while towing a splash target for a Flying Sea Vixen XS 579 on sortie from HMS EAGLE crashed while making a Glowrom ground attack on the target. Both crew members of the aircraft - Lieutenant Headley J Williams Royal Navy and Lieutenant Creswell Swann Royal Navy were killed 

11 February 1969 at HMS TERROR sports ground, Singapore Reliant's  6 a side Football team drew against a team from HMAS DUCHESS 'C' 1 goals to 1.

23 August 1969 to 25 August 1969 at Portsmouth Dockyard open to the public during Navy Days. 16,773 members of the public visited the ship

9 December 1969 berthed at Portsmouth

17 June 1971 berthed at Simonstown Dockyard, South Africa

10 August 1971 to 14 August 1971 involved in Exercise Southern Clime One together with RFA's TIDEFLOW and OLNA (3) and various RN and RAN units 

20 August 1971 visited Auckland, New Zealand

31 October 1971 took part in the final steam past of seventeen ships from the RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA in  the Far East Fleet in the Singapore Straits after the closure of the naval base there which also included RFA’s FORT SANDUSKY, GOLD RANGER, OLNA (3), RESOURCE, STROMNESS, TIDEFLOW and TIDEPOOL. Immediately afterwards for 3 hectic days she participated in Operation Curtaincall - a combined RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA Fleet Exercise off the NW coast of Malaysia

15 December 1971 in the Persian Gulf RAS'ed with HMS MINERVA

26 March 1973 arrived Rosyth to be destored and laid up on a care and maintenance basis

February 1974 refitted for further service at Wallsend

6 May 1974 sailed Rosyth for Portland to re-enter operational service

7 November 1975 berthed outboard of m.v. Clan MacNab at Middle Docks during a refit

10 January 1976 sailed Faslane at the start of her final cruise to the USA and back

22 March 1976 conducted her final RAS with the frigate HMS CLEOPATRA

27 April 1976 sailed Gibraltar with her paying-off pennant flying as this was the last foreign port of her commission

2 May 1976 arrived Faslane to discharge most of her cargo

5 May 1976 final departure Faslane

7 May 1976 arrived Rosyth to destore and was then laid up for disposal

28 August 1976 placed on the Disposal List

23 August 1977 arrived for breaking up at Inverkeithing by T.W. Ward Ltd

 

Notes:

 

Was one of the eleven storeships employed in the on Beira Patrol duties

 

 

RFA Reliant 3

RFA Reliant 3

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Lower image - RFA Reliant (3) off Limassol - posted with the consent of the Copyright holder

 

Previous name:                          ASTRONOMER
Subsequent name:                     ADMIRALTY ISLAND,  WEALTHY RIVER

Official Number:                         364436


Class:                                         Aviation Support Ship

Pennant No:                               A131

Laid down:                                  
Builder:                                       Gdanska Lenina, Gdansk
Launched:                                   6 July 1976
Into Service:                               16 November 1983
Out of service:                             25 July 1986

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  She was the only ship in this Class and was originally built as a container ship for commercial owners. She was requisitioned for service during the Falklands Conflict in 1982 and the following year she was chartered for conversion into an aviation support ship and was fully equipped for her specialised role as a Forward Support Ship, capable of operating 5 RN Sea king helicopters to supplement RN and RAF operations and provided solid stores support for British naval units in the South Atlantic. She was fitted with the modular Arapaho system, leased from the United States. This system was designed by the Americans to quickly convert merchant vessels into aircraft carriers and it consisted of a flight deck, maintenance hangar, fuel supply, accommodation, defensive armament and supporting equipment. The flight deck was formed from large panels that  locked into existing container fittings and was designed for the concurrent operation of 2 Seaking helicopters. The hangar was positioned at the forward end of the flight deck, with its sides constructed from 2 tiers of containers. She had but a short life with the RFA before being disposed of as not really suitable and she was reconverted back into a container ship.

 

6 July 1976 launched by Stoczniz im Lenina , Gdansk as Yard Nr B463/101 named ASTRONOMER for Charente Steamship Co Ltd (T & J Harrison Ltd, Managers) Liverpool

20 July 1977 completed at a cost of £9,665,336 as a container ship on the CAROL Line Consortium’s ten day service from the UK and Europe to the Caribbean and Central America.

28 May 1982 arrived Felixstowe and was requisitioned for service during the Falklands Conflict

30 May 1982 sailed Felixstowe for Devonport

31 May 1982 arrived Devonport for conversion into a helicopter support ship which took six days to complete. Between this date and 7 December 1982 the Royal Navy team onboard were officially Navy Party 2140

7 June 1982 sailed Devonport and anchored in Plymouth Sound to embark her helicopters 

8 June 1982 sailed Plymouth Sound for the South Atlantic on Operation Corporate - the Falklands Conflict. Carried out her first RAS with RFA BLACK ROVER

16 June 1982 arrived Ascension Island to refuel

27 June 1982 arrived Port William Sound

July 1982 relieved RFA ENGADINE as the helicopter support ship in the South Atlantic

3 December 1982 returned to Devonport to be decommissioned

January 1983 chartered by the Admiralty for conversion into a helicopter support ship

25 April 1983 arrived Birkenhead for conversion by Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Ltd

16 November 1983 formally renamed RFA RELIANT (3) by Mr A. Kemp DST (SF)

3 December 1983 conversion completed at a cost of  £30m

2 January 1984 sailed Portland for service during Operation Offcut- naval support for British troops in the multi-national force in the Lebanon - and joined RFA‘s BLUE ROVER, BRAMBLELEAF (3) and GREY ROVER

12 January 1984 arrived off the Lebanon and relieved HMS FEARLESS in support of the 115-strong British Peace Keeping Force 

7 February 1984 as the crisis deepened, three of her Seaking helicopters evacuated the British forces

11 February 1984 airlifted 528 civilians from the British Embassy Landing Zone in West Beirut for onward movement to Cyprus with 56 landings onto the ship

23 March 1984 detached for return to the U.K when Operation Offcut was terminated 

5 April 1984 arrived back in Devonport

 

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On arrival at Devonport a Sea King takes off from RFA Reliant (3) - posted with the consent of the Copyright holder

 

14 June 1984 Captain (X) John B Dickinson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The ship was at Plymouth

10 July 1984 Captain (X) Peter J Lannin RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The ship was at North Shields

31 August 1984 Captain (X) Richard M Thorn RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The ship was at North Shields

November 1984 returned to South Atlantic on Falklands duties

27 March 1985 at the Falkland Islands

18 April 1985 at the Falkland Islands

13 June 1985 Captain (X) Frederick M Johnson RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The ship was at the Falkland Islands

27 June 1985 off the Falkland Islands a helicopter from B Flight, 826 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service then embarked crashed and Leading Aircrewman CMN Paul Summers, one of the crew was killed

29 July 1985 at the Falkland Islands

9 September 1985 at the Falkland Islands

7 February 1986 Captain (X) Derek A Reynolds  RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The ship was at the Falkland Islands

23 July 1986 Captain (X) Richard M Thorn RFA appointed as Commanding Officer. The ship was at Plymouth

25 July 1986 arrived Birkenhead for reconversion to merchant ship status. Her Arapaho gear was removed by Seaforth Welding  Co Ltd., Liverpool and the ship was then purchased by the MoD (N) for resale

11 September 1986 ship advertised for sale 'as lies' at West Canada Dock, Liverpool. A proposed sale to the USA fell through 

27 October 1986 purchased for £1.12m by Parramatta Shipping Co SA, Panama (Miltrend Shipping Co Ltd, Hong Kong, Managers) a subsidiary of Hong Kong Islands Line and was renamed Admiralty Island

April 1989 renamed again as Wealthy River

1990 transferred to Unison Maritime S.A., Panama (China Merchants Steam Navigation International Ship Trade Co Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan) - name unchanged 

1994 owners became Rubimonte Maritime Inc, Panama (Cosco Container Lines, Beijing)    

May 1995 ran aground at North Charleston, South Carolina, USA while in a shipping channel.                  

7 September 1998 arrived for breaking up at Alang, India

 

RFA Resource (1)

 

 

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RFA Resource (1)
© Mike Day Collection

 
Subsequent name:                    

Official Number:                                                                                    

Class:                                 Dockyard Mooring Vessel

Pennant No:                       X

Laid down:                              

Builder:                               Bow, McLachlan & Co, Thistle Works, Paisley

Launched:                           7 June 1910
Into Service:                       29 June 1910

Out of service:                    June 1924
Fate:                                     Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

 

Career Data:

7 June 1910 launched by Bow, McLachlan & Co., Thistle Works, Paisley as Yard No: 257 named Resource for the Admiralty

28 June 1910 completed trials

29 June 1910 handed over. Based at Portsmouth then Rosyth

1914 - 1918 on Boom Defence Duty at Granton

1 January 1917 the Pink List of this date shows her to be based at Southampton

June 1924 reported as broken up by Jas A White, St David's Harbour, River Forth

 

 

RFA Resource (2)

 

 

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Reproduced with permission of the MOD

 

RFA Resource

 

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                 Resourceful  

Official Number:                      334496                                                                  

Class:                                     REGENT CLASS Armaments Stores Ship

Pennant No:                             A480

Laid down:                               19 June 1964

Builder:                                     Scotts Ship Building, Greenock

Launched:                                11 February 1966
Into Service:                             16 May 1967

Out of service:                          1 May 1997
Fate:                                         Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Resource

 

Background Data:   There were two Admiralty-designed ships in this Class and although the order for them was officially announced at the beginning of 1963, it was not until the 13 August that year that the builders were named. They cost a total of £15 million and carried a full range of ammunition and armament stores, with limited stores and provisions. In 1966, this Class became the first RFA’s to be allocated permanent Flights and carried Wessex HU5 helicopters from 829 NAS until April 1987 as they were fitted with full aviation facilities. Affectionately known in the Fleet as "Regret" and "Remorse", their proud boast was that they were designed to sink upright

24 January 1963 ordered as A.E.F.S. 01

8 February 1966 officially named RESOURCE but could not be launched owing to high winds on the Clyde. The Lady Sponsor was Mrs Haddocks, w/o the Director of Armament Supply

11 February 1966 launched by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock as Yard Nr: 697

15 March 1966 Mr A Webb RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 August 1966 Captain J Dines RD RFA appointed as Master

Resource ships stamp

21 September 1967 at Greenock

20 November 1967 at Plymouth

4 March 1968 at Plymouth

24 August 1967 the Western Morning News reported that the ship and HMS EAGLE were both in Plymouth Sound and over a five hour period transferred 150 tons of food, stores, essential equipment and spare parts by helicoper from the ship to the aircraft carrier. Two helicopers from HMS EAGLE and one from the ship were used. The transfer apparemtly included 33 tons of potatoes, 46,000 cans of beer, 10 tons of refrigerated stores, 20 tons of canned goods and 17 loads of fresh vegetables.

31 May 1968 Captain S E Clench RFA appointed as Master and Mr Hugh C F Sweenie RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

November 1968 took part in Naval Exercises in the Mediterranean with 17 RN vessels and 33 other ships from Greece, Italy, the USA and France together with RFA's OLWEN (2), OLMEDA, LYNESS and TIDEPOOL

28 July 1969  took part in the Western Fleet Review at Torbay along with RFA‘s ENGADINE, LYNESS and OLMEDA along with the aircraft carrier HMS EAGLE and 34 other warships of the Western Fleet. Was also the first RFA to fly the Personal Pennant of the Prince of Wales when he made an official visit to the ship

24 September 1969 engaged in Operation Peacekeeper together with HMS EAGLE and RFA OLNA (3)

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Operation Peacekeeper together with HMS EAGLE and RFA OLNA (3)

19 November 1970 until 11 December 1970 along with RFA’s SIR GALAHAD (1), OLWEN (2) and STROMNESS she supported  HM ships TRIUMPH, INTREPID and HYDRA on Operation Burlap  - humanitarian aid to East Pakistan after the area had suffered extensive damage and flooding caused by a cyclone

13 April 1971 at Plymouth

24 May 1971 at Portland

13 August 1971 at Auckland, New Zealand

31 October 1971 took part in the final steam past of 17 ships from the RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA in the Far East Fleet in the Singapore Straits after the closure of the Naval Base there which also included RFA’s FORT SANDUSKY, GOLD RANGER, OLNA (3), RELIANT (2), STROMNESS, TIDEFLOW (1) and TIDEPOOL. Immediately afterwards for three hectic days she participated in Operation Curtaincall - a combined RN, RAN, RNZN and RFA Fleet Exercise off the NW coast of Malaysia

29 March 1972 on the River Clyde

26 March 1973 with HMS INTREPID she assisted in fighting a fire aboard the Liberian-registered tanker NAESS SPIRIT in position 48.11N 06.00W

28 March 1974 at Bermuda where her embarked helicopter removed the figurehead of HMS IRRESITABLE from Clarence Cove to HMS MALABAR

1 April 1974 on passage from Bermuda to Plymouth

7 April 1974 at 48.11N 8.15W overflown by a Portugese Air Force Neptune aircraft

8 April 1974 made fast to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound. Received 750 tons of bunkers. The Hospital was found to be flooded from a fractured air consitioning unit

9 April 1974 in Plymouth Sound received 36 tons of fresh water

22 April 1974 at Plymouth Sound received 250 tons of bunker fuel

28 April 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound

30 April 1974 anchored in Broderick Bay

2 May 1974 engaged in exercises in the Clyde area

4 May 1974 anchored in Broderick Bay

6 May 1974 sailed Broderick Bay to Glen Mallen Armanents Jetty

21 May 1974 loaded 696 tons of bunker fuel

22 May 1974 sailed Glen Mallen

24 May 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

4 June 1974 loaded 400 tons of bunker fuel and received 40 tons of fresh water

6 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Plymouth exercise area

8 June 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound later the same day sailed to the exercise area of Portland

12 June 1974 anchored at the Portland anchorage area

13 June 1974 sailed Portland for exercises the to Plymouth Sound to anchor

14 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound

15 June 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound and loaded 590 tons of bunker fuel

21 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Plymouth exercise area

24 June 1974 RASed with HMS ANDROMEDA returning to Plymouth Sound to anchor

25 June 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound 

27 June 1974 berthed at Bremerhaven, Germany

1 July 1974 sailed Bremerhaven, Germany

3 July 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound sailing later to the Plymouth Exercise area

5 July 1974 in the Plymouth exercise area RASed with HMS WHITBY

7 July 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound loading 632 tons of bunker fuel and 100 tons of fresh water

8 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Plymouth exercise area returning later during the day to anchor in Plymouth Sound

9 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to exercise area

13 July 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound and loaded 526 tons of bunker fuel

15 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound for exercises

16 July 1974 berthed on A1 buoy at Portland

18 July 1974 sailed Portland to exercise area

19 July 1974 anchored in Plymouth Sound

20 July 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound

23 July 1974 off Europa Point, Gibraltar to the Gibraltar exercise area

24 July 1974 anchored in Gibraltar Bay loaded 300 tons of bunker fuel

26 July 1974 sailed Gibraltar Bay

30 July 1974 berthed on No 3 buoy at Crombie, Firth of Forth

2 August 1974 at Crombie NAV Flintlock and NAV Catapult berthed alongside working cargo

6 August 1974 at Crombie NAV Flintlock berthed alongside working cargo. PAS Watercourse supplied 153 tons of fresh water

7 August 1974 at Crombie PAS Watercourse alongside supplying fresh water

12 August 1974 at Crombie NAV Flintlock berthed alongside working cargo and PAS Watercourse also alongside supplying 111 tons of fresh water

14 August 1974 at Crombie PAS Watercourse alongside supplying 120 tons of fresh water

15 August 1974 at Crombie loaded 407 tons of bunker fuel from PAS C609 berthed alongside

16 August 1974 at Crombie loaded 170 tons of bunker fuel from PAS C609 berthed alongside

19 August 1974 at Crombie loaded 170 tons of bunker fuel from PAS C609 berthed alongside. NAV Flintlock alongside working cargo. PAS Watercourse alongside supplying 150 tons of fresh water

20 August 1974 sailed Crombie

23 August 1974 berthed A1 Buoy, Portland. PAS Waterside alongside supplying 30 tons of fresh water

28 August 1974 sailed Portland to Plymouth Sound arriving the next day. Secured to 'D' Buoy

2 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Oilman alongside supplying 246 tons of bunker fuel

3 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Oilman alongside supplying 242 tons of bunker fuel

4 September 1974 sailed Plymouth Sound to the Portland Exercise Area

5 September 1974 secured to 'D' Buoy at Plymouth Sound

6 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Oilman alongside supplying 240 tons of bunker fuel 

7 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Waterfowl alongside supplying 100 tons of fresh water

8 September 1974 at Plymouth Sound PAS Waterfowl alongside supplying 129 tons of fresh water then sailed to the Clyde Exercise Area

13 September 1974 anchored in Broderick Bay then sailed to the Clyde Exercise Area

20 September 1974 loaded 660 tons of bunker fuel and 120 tons of fresh water

26 September 1974 made fast to No 3 Buoy at Crombie

27 September 1974 at Crombie PAS Flintlock alongside working cargo and PAS Watercharge alongside supplying 127 tons of fresh water

2 October 1974 off Gibraltar

6 October 1974 made fast to No 1 Buoy at Villefranche Sur Mer

9 October 1974 at Villefranche Sur Mer loaded 100 tons of fresh water from a barge alongside

11 October 1974 at Villefranche Sur Mer loaded 51 tons of fresh water from a barge alongside

12 October 1974 at Villefranche Sur Mer loaded 79 tons of fresh water from a barge alongside

13 October 1974 sailed Villefranche Sur Mer

15 October 1974 off Malta

16 October 1974 off Grand Harbour, Malta with a sick crew member ashore for treatment

22 October 1974 off the Italian Island of Pantelleria

25 October 1974 to 29 October 1974 in the Sardinia Exercise Area

31 October 1974 anchored in Gibraltar Bay

1 November 1974 alongside at No: 50 berth at Gibraltar and loaded 347 tons of bunker fuel

2 November 1974 sailed Gibraltar

5 November 1974 berthed on A2 buoy at Portland

6 November 1974 loaded 140 tons of fresh water and 250 tons of bunker fuel

12 November 1974 sailed Portland on exercises

15 November 1974 berthed on A2 buoy at Portland

18 November 1974 sailed Portland on exercises

19 November 1974 berthed on 'D' buoy at Plymouth Sound

21 November 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 245 tons of bunker fuel from PAS Oilman

23 November 1974 in Plymouth Sound NAV THROSK alongside working cargo

2 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound NAV THROSK alongside working cargo

3 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound NAV THROSK alongside working cargo

9 December 1974 Plymouth Sound PAS Waterfowl alongside supplying 130 tons of fresh water

RMAS Waterfowl

PAS Waterfowl

13 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 245 tons of bunker fuel from PAS Oilman and 121 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

16 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 121 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

18 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 145 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

20 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 134 tons of fresh water from PAS Waterfowl

23 December 1974 in Plymouth Sound loaded 248 tons of bunker fuel from PAS Oilman

7 January 1975 at Plymouth

24 January 1975 in the Caribbean RASed with RFA OLWEN (2)

21 April 1975 berthed at Norfolk, Virginia during Operation Springboard

17 July 1975 at Plymouth

28 June 1977 took part in the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review at Spithead

14 October 1977 at Moray Firth involved in exercises with HMS ARK ROYAL including being towed by the aircraft carrier during a TOWEX

5 November 1977 anchored at Marsaxlokk Harbour, Malta

November 1977 with RFA OLWEN (2), the frigates HMS ALACRITY and HMS PHOEBE and the nuclear powered submarine HMS DREADNOUGHT part of Naval Task Force for Operation Journeyman - steps to prevent Argentine Forces invading the Falkland Islands - after 50 Argentine  “scientists”  landed on South Thule

23 June 1978 off Port Everglades VERTREP with HMS ARK ROYAL - beer

16 November 1978 to the west of Malta together with RFA's LYNESS and OLWEN (2) RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL

5 January 1979 humanitarian aid - along with the frigate HMS ALACRITY she assisted in searching the area to the west of the Casquets Light Vessel in the English Channel after the sinking of the Greek mv CANTONAD the previous day while on passage from Lisbon to Denmark with a cargo of salt. Only one of her crew of sixteen was rescued

7 July 1979 at Smiths Dock, River Tyne in refit

11 February 1981 RASed with fuel from RFA TIDESPRING (1)

1982 - took part in the Falklands War - Operation Corporate

1 April 1982 at Rosyth No: 3 Buoy loading cargo from mv Cicalla and various barges

2 April 1982 loaded fresh water from RMAS Watercourse

5 April 1982 loaded 315 tons of bunkers

6 April 1982 sailed from Rosyth to the Falklands with 2 x Wessex 5‘s from A Flight 845 NAS embarked.

11 April 1982 along with RFA STROMNESS she caught up with the Amphibious Landing Group at sea which consisted of RFA’s SIR GALAHAD (1), SIR GERAINT, SIR LANCELOT, SIR PERCIVALE and PEARLEAF (2) escorted by the LPD HMS FEARLESS and the Type 21 frigates HMS ALACRITY and HMS ANTELOPE

15 April 1982 crossed the Equator

17 April 1982 arrived Ascension Island

18 April 1982 sailed Ascension Island as part of the Carrier Battle Group - TG 317.8 - along with RFA OLMEDA in company with the carrier HMS HERMES, the destroyer HMS GLAMORGAN and the frigates HM ships ALACRITY, BROADSWORD and YARMOUTH

19 April 1982 loaded 1,302 tons of bunkers

20 April 1982 RASed with HMS BROADSWORD

25 April 1982 entered the TEZ (Total Exclusion Zone ) around the Falkland Islands

26 April 1982 loaded 530 tons of bunkers

30 April 1982 loaded 242 tons of bunkers

4 May 1982 along with RFA FORT AUSTIN one of the first ships to rescue survivors from HMS SHEFFIELD after she had been hit by an exocet missile. Her Wessex 5 helicopter assisted in the evacuation

5 May 1982 loaded 402 tons of bunkers

11 May 1982 loaded 372 tons of bunkers

14 May 1982 RASed with HMS INVINCIBLE  

15 May 1982 RASed with RFA REGENT

16 May 1982 loaded 330 tons of bunkers

19 May 1982 loaded 166 tons of bunkers

22 May 1982 loaded 143 tons of bunkers

23 May 1982 entered San Carlos Water along with RFA’s SIR BEDIVERE and TIDEPOOL

24 May 1982 near missed by Argentinian bombs along with RFA’s FORT AUSTIN and STROMNESS

25 May 1982 sailed Falkland Sound along with RFA’s SIR PERCIVALE, STROMNESS and TIDEPOOL and escorted by the frigate HMS AMBUSCADE

26 May 1982 RASed with RFA REGENT

27 May 1982 loaded 292 tons of bunkers 

30 May 1982 sailed for South Georgia 

1 June 1982 at Husvik Harbour VERTREP with HMS ENDURANCE

2 June 1982 anchored at South Georgia

4 June 1982 anchored at South Georgia with HMS NORTHELLA berthed alongside

5 June 1982 loaded 225 tons of bunkers

8 June 1982 while RASing with HMS CARDIFF at sea the RAS rig onboard gave way injuring Chief Officer John H Wallace RFA, Petty Officer (D) Nazareno Muscat RFA and SG1B George Ferrier RFA. Loaded 143 tons of bunkers

17 June 1982 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands

19 June 1982 anchored at Port William, Falkland Islands with RFA SIR PERCIVALE berthed alongside

22 June 1982 sailed Port William, Falkland Islands and loaded 750 tons of bunkers

23 June 1982 anchored San Carlos Water with RFA FORT GRANGE and the tug Irishman berthed alongside

25 June 1982 sailed San Carlos Water

26 June 1982 RASed with HMS HERMES and later loaded 200 tons of bunkers

27 June 1982 anchored at Grytviken, South Georgia

 Resource at South Georgia

RFA RESOURCE at South Georgia

© Crown copyright IWM (FKD137)

 

28 June 1982 VERTREP with RFA REGENT and then departed South Georgia area for the U.K

8 July 1982 anchored off Ascension Island

9 July 1982 at Ascension Island while berthing port side to the STUFF ship mv Alvega the fo'castle came in contact with the mooring lead on the Alvega causing damage to plating on RFA RESOURCE between frames 222 and 223. The plating was set in for approx one inch. Guard rails on the Alvega buckled.  RFA RESOURCE received 1,045 tons of bunkers. Then sailed Ascension Island for Plymouth

14 July 1982 RASed and received 430 tons of bunkers

19 July 1982 arrived back at Plymouth - 'D' Buoy on completion of Operation Corporate duties

27 July 1982 sailed Plymouth for Rosyth

30 July 1982 arrived at Rosyth and secured to No: 3 Buoy

31 July 1982 Captain J Coull RFA took command

20 August 1982 at Rosyth RMAS Watercourse alongside supplying 118 tons of fresh water

10 September 1982 received 125 tons of fresh water

14 September 1982 received 110 tons of fresh water

15 September 1982 sailed Rosyth for Plymouth

17 September 1982 secured to 'D' Buoy, Plymouth Sound

24 September 1982 sailed Plymouth Sound

28 April 1983 MM1A Thomas Sawyer discharged dead

18 January 1984 at Plymouth

10 April 1984 Quartermaster Clive Mills discharged dead

19 June 1984 during a RAS with HMS MANCHESTER in Scottish waters a Soviet spy ship recklessly sailed in front of the two ships which nearly had to undertake an emergency breakaway

17 July 1984 at Rosyth

6 September 1984 at Rosyth

28 September 1984 was presented with her Falkland Islands 1982 Battle Honour in Plymouth Sound by Captain C.G. Butterworth RFA CMS

1 November 1984 at Mombassa

21 March 1985 at Plymouth

13 May 1985 at Newcastle on Tyne

June 1990 while in a period of extended readiness Chief Officer Bob Jones RFA in command

15 June 1990 at Rosyth

28 August 1990 at Rosyth

17 October 1990 sailed Emden on Operation Granby - the Gulf War - with Army Emergency Munition Reserves. She was escorted through the Suez Canal by the Argentinian warship SPIRO

14 November 1990 arrived Gulf area

1991 was awarded the Kuwait 1991 Battle Honour along with 9 other RFA’s

10 March 1991 Captain Shane Redmond OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

20 April 1991 to 15 July 1991 humanitarian relief - along with RFA ARGUS she was involved in Operation Haven and provided support to Kurdish refugees in the Turkey/Iraq frontier area

24 May 1991 at Iskenderun

27 June 1991 at Iskenderun

9 November 1991 on the Tees

1992 laid up at Rosyth with a maintenance crew aboard

9 September 1992 alongside at Crombie, River Forth

21 September 1992 at Crombie and Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Bob Settle

Captain (E) Robert Settle RFA

November 1992 sailed UK to act as accommodation ship and floating warehouse at Split, Croatia on Operation Grapple

15 April 1993 alongside at Split, Croatia

24 April 1994 was relieved at Split by RFA FORT GRANGE on Operation Grapple

18 May 1995 alongside at Split, Croatia

18 October 1995 alongside at Split, Croatia

27 November 1995 Captain Shane Redmond OBE RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain Shane Redmond OBE RFA

19 May 1996 whilst serving as Commanding Officer of the ship at Split, Croatia, Captain Shane Redmond, OBE RFA retired from the service after 40 years

7 October 1996 at Split

27 February 1997 at Split

14 April 1997 again replaced by RFA FORT GRANGE on Operation Grapple at Split. She was one of the few British units to have participated in all 4 phases of British operations in the Balkans viz UNPROFOR, UNCRO, IFOR and SFOR

29 April 1997 Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA appointed as Commanding Officer

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Captain Roger Robinson-Brown RFA

1 May 1997 arrived Devonport to destore for disposal

June 1997 was sold for £1.7 million to Harlequin Shipping Ltd (Electra Maritime (London) Ltd, Managers), St Vincent & Grenadines and was renamed RESOURCEFUL

24 June 1997 sailed Devonport for Indian breakers

20 August 1997 arrived Alang, India to be broken up.

Notes:

 

4 July 1927  her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her predecessor, an R.N. repair ship .

Was one of the 11 storeships employed in the Mozchan on Beira Patrol duties

Ships of the same name

Resource.  A 6th rate of 603 bm launched by Randall of Rotherhithe on the 10 August 1778, 120.5 x 33.5 feet, armed with 28 guns.  Became a floating battery in 1804, then reduced to harbour service in April 1806, renamed Enterprize.  Sold out of service on the 28 August 1816.

Battle Honours for this Vessel: EGYPT 1801.

 

Resource. A repair ship of 12,300 tons, 500 x 83 feet built and launched by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow on the 27 November 1928.  Broken up by Wards of Inverkeithing in February 1954.

 

 

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RFA Resurgent

 

Previous name:                      Changchow III
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                     184366                                                                           

Class:                                   RETAINER CLASS Armaments/Victualling Stores Issuing Ship

Pennant No:                          A280

Laid down:
Builder:                                Scotts' Ship Building, Greenock
Launched:                            31 July 1950
Into Service:                         15 February 1951

Out of service:                      18 August 1979 laid up at Rosyth
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-bert cabins. They also had a Card Room, Lounge, Veranda Lounge and 2 Dining Saloons for European and Chinese palates respectively. There were no Second Class passengers but a steep social drop in accommodation in 8 and 10 berth cabins for 320 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

 

31 July 1950 launched by Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Greenock as Yard Nr: 654 named CHANGCHOW III for China Navigation Co, London

15 February 1951 completed and after trials was chartered by Cie des Messageries Maritimes, France for their France - South Pacific - Sydney service

23 July 1951 at Marseilles No 1 Greaser Ting Ching Chong discharged dead - stroke

6 September 1951 at sea at 16.00S 117.49E passenger Louis Jacques Vaesen discharged dead - natural causes

29 February 1952 purchased by the Admiralty but remained on charter

21 July 1952 berthed at Sydney, NSW from Noumea

26 July 1952 at Sydney, NSW but prevented from putting to sea due to severe weather

29 December 1952 berthed at Sydney, NSW from Noumea

3 January 1953 sailed from Sydney, NSW for Marseilles, France

March 1953 finally delivered to the Admiralty

25 April 1953 renamed RESURGENT and was again chartered out

Resurgent before grey paint

Renamed Resurgent but lacking grey paint

2 October 1953 at Curacao 2nd Cook Lo Chun discharged dead - natural causes

February 1954 she was offered for charter by the MoT until 04/55, with the possibility of an extension thereafter

1955 - 1957 on charter to British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd, London same name

July 1957 returned to Admiralty service

August 1957 taken in hand by Vickers Armstrong (Shipbuilders) Ltd at Palmers Hebburn Yard for conversion into an Armaments Stores Issuing Ship for service with the Far East Fleet

3 August 1957 Mr William J Brown OBE DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

1 May 1958 Captain E Payne RFA appointed as Master

2 August 1958 conducted RAS trials off the Tyne with the frigate HMS BLACKWOOD

28 August 1958 sailed from the Tyne on completion of her conversion

Setember 1958 trials and then to Cairn Ryan for ammunition storing

8 October 1958 at Plymouth

9 October 1958 sailed for the Far East

13 October 1958 berthed at Gibraltar

17 November 1958 sailed Aden

21 December 1958 in exercises off Hong Kong with HMS CEYLON, HMS CHEVIOT, HMS CAVALIER, HMS CARDIGAN BAY together with RFA's RELIANT and TIDESURGE

Christmas 1958 at Hong Kong

3 January 1959 Mr Reginald R Darroch RFA appointed Chief Engineer Officer

January 1959 sailed Hong Kong for Singapore

28 January 1959 RASed HMS CARDIGAN BAY off Singapore

February 1959 storing at Singapore

24 February 1959 RASed with HMAS MELBOURNE

13 March 1959 undertook a RAS with HMAS VOYAGER

14 March 1959 berthed at Fremantle, Australia with HMS CHICHESTER, HMS CHEVIOT and HMAS VOYAGER

18 March 1959 sailed Fremantle

24 March 1959 undertook a RAS with HMAS VOYAGER and other RN and RAN warships

31 March 1959 at Singapore for maintenance

6 April 1959 off Singapore RASed with HMAS ANZAC - 5 tons of ammunition supplied

7 April 1959 undertook a RAS with HMAS VOYAGER

14 April 1959 to 28 April 1959 took part in the SEATO exercise 'Sea Demon'

18 April 1959 off Johore Shoal Buoy RASed with HMAS ANZAC

23 April 1959 heavy jackstay transfer to HMAS's ANZAC and VOYAGER

27 April 1959 undertook a RAS with HMAS VOYAGER

28 April 1959 at Manilla

4 May 1959 at Singapore

25 May 1959 with HMS's ALBION and CHICHESTER crossed the Indian Ocean

June 1959 at Durban and Mombassa

July 1959 at Aden and the Persian Gulf with HMS CENTAUR and 1st Destroyer Squadron

August 1959 at Karachi

11 August 1959 sailed Karachi

13 August 1959 to 21 August 1959 took part in exercise 'JET 59'

August 1959 to Trincomalee to de-ammunition the damaged HMS HOGUE

27 August 1959 at Penang

September 1959 at Hong Kong

October 1959 at Trincomalee handing over to RFA RETAINER

November 1959 arrived at Plymouth to destore and to Milford Haven to de-ammunition

December 1959 at Plymouth 

18 December 1959 Captain Walter L Holtam RFA appointed as Master

Captain W. L HOLTAM

Captain Walter L Holtam RFA

27 January 1960 Captain J Dines RFA appointed as Master

September 1960 RASed with HMS ARK ROYAL in the English Channel

26 June 1961 sailed Singapore with RFA's RELIANT (2), TIDEREACH and HMS VICTORIOUS with other RN units

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

15 October 1961 Mr W E Young RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 December 1961 Captain F G Edwards OBE RFA appointed as Master

May 1962 Seaman Francis John Clark discharged dead

15 June 1962 together with HMS ARK ROYAL and other RN and RAN warships involved in Exercise Potluck off Hong Kong

16 June 1962 berthed at Hong Kong

17 June 1962 sailed from Hong Kong. The Medical Officer of HMAS PARRAMATTA transferred by light jackstay to assist the ships Doctor with a case of suspected appendicitis

18 June 1962 RAS'ed with HMNZS TARANAKI and HMAS PARRAMATTA off Okinawa

21 June 1962 while on passage from Hong Kong to Singapore with RFA's RELIANT (2) and WAVE MASTER and RN, RAN and RNZN ships took part in Exercise Homerun. RFA WAVE MASTER RAS'ed with all the ships

27 June 1962 RAS'ed with HMAS PARRAMATTA

July 1963 accompanied the carrier HMS VICTORIOUS from the U.K. - Far East along with RFA’s RELIANT (2), TIDESPRING and WAVE RULER (1)

17 July 1963 her Ship’s Badge was officially presented to her

24 September 1963 at Mombassa, Keyna - Ambrose Ryan, Civilian Naval Stores clerk, discharged dead after dying in hospital from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in a game park some three weeks before

31 March 1964 Mr Charles H Gurr RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 April 1964 Captain Alistair C Gibson RFA appointed as Master

8 August 1965 to 11 August 1965 took part in the Clyde Royal Review along with RFA‘s BLACK RANGER, OLYNTHUS (2), ROWANOL and WAVE PRINCE

27 August 1965 Mr J W Stuart RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

August 1965 berthed at Smith's Dock, River Tyne for a refit

18 September 1965 Captain Nicholas B J Stapleton RD RFA appointed as Master

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Captain Nicholas B J Stapleton RD RFA

17 March 1966 along with RFA’s RELIANT(2) and TIDEPOOL was in support of the destroyer HMS CAMBRIAN and the frigate HMS PLYMOUTH on the Beira Patrol in the Mozambique Channel

6 July 1966 Captain J D G Gray RFA appointed as Master

26 August 1966 Mr W E Young RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 October 1966 commenced to take part in Exercise Millsail - an advanced weapon exercise - in the Subic training areas, together with RFA's TIDESPRING, FORT DUQUESNE and FORT ROSALIE together with various RN and RAN units

31 October 1966 berthed Sydney, NSW, Australia

7 December 1966 Captain J Gulessarian RFA appointed as Master

13 June 1967 Mr G R Henderson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 October 1967 to 25 January 1968 part of TF 318 - the Aden Task Force formed to cover the final British withdrawal from the area codenamed Operation Magister along with 9 other RFA’s and she took part in the final Fleet Review with 5 of the other RFA‘s involved

13 January 1968 Captain J H McLoughlin RFA appointed as Master

1 April 1968 Mr J P Mair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

21 December 1968 at Liverpool

14 March 1969 Humanitarian aid - a Catering Boy aboard developed appendicitis in the South Atlantic and the Ship’s Surgeon radioed for assistance in conducting the necessary operation. A rendezvous was made with the Russian CHELUSKIN about 600 miles NW of Ascension Island  and the operation was conducted by two Russian Surgeon Commanders with the Ship’s Doctor acting as anaesthetist

June/July 1970 Beira Patrol

February 1971 visited Jamestown, St. Helena

6 June 1971 in the South China Sea responded to a radio message for medical assistance from a Singapore registered cargo vessel 'Ocean Mercury' when a seaman Yeung Siu Fun who had suffered a stroke. Treated onboard by the ship's doctor and then conveyed to a Singapore Hospital for treatment arriving on 7 June 1971

12 February 1972 with HMS Triumph visited Recife, Brazil on good will visit

30 March 1972 sailed Malta with RFA Wave Chief and HMS Bulwalk. RASed with HMS Bulwalk off the island

31 August 1973 at Devonport unloaded a 3 engined Junkers 52 donated by the Portuguese Government for the Imperial War Museum

8 October 1973 Humanitarian aid - she came across the blazing and abandoned Cypriot-registered  vessel NEJMA whilst on passage from La Spezia boarded her, extinguished the blaze and then towed the heavily damaged ship to Majorca

25 August 1974  at Rosyth

13 June 1975 at Rosyth

20 January 1976 at Wellington, New Zealand - self maintenance period - sailed 2 February 1976

27 April 1977 on the River Tyne

28 April 1977 sailed the River Tyne for Rosyth arriving the next day

11 May 1977 moved from Rosyth Dockyard to an achorage to load ammunition

17 May 1977 sailed the Forth to the Atlantic off Lands End for exercises

21 May 1977 anchored in Mounts Bay

23 May 1977 anchored in Plymouth Sound

31 May 1977 sailed Plymouth for further exercises off Lands End

8 June 1977 arrived at Portland for work-up

13 June 1977 sailed Portland and RAS'ed with RFA STROMNESS and a Dutch ship. Exercises with HMS DEVONSHIRE and was towed by RFA STROMNESS

23 June 1977 FOST and RN staff on-board. RAS'ed with RFA BLACK ROVER

1 July 1977 sailed Portland

4 July 1977 passed Gibraltar

5 July 1977 stopped between 0900 - 1100 to replace 4 fuel inlet valves

8 July 1977 arrived Malta - anchored off Marsaxlokk

12 July 1977 sailed Malta

15 July 1977 arrived Iskenderum, Turkey

18 July 1977 sailed Iskenderum

19 July 1977 ship stopped at 1400 to change another fuel inlet valve

20 July 1977 anchored at Souda Bay, Crete until 1500 then berthed alongside

23 July 1977 sailed Souda Bay

25 July 1977 stopped yet again to change fuel inlet valve

28 July 1977 arrived at Gibraltar

29 July 1977 sailed Gibraltar

2 August 1977 berthed at Rosyth - No 3 berth

15 August 1977 moved to anchorage

22 August 1977 sailed Rosyth

24 August 1977 anchored

25 August 1977 berthed at Rosyth

3 September 1977 sailed Rosyth and RAS'ed with HMS's DIOMEDES and SHEFFIELD

6 September 1977 stopped to change fuel inlet valves again

8 September 1977 stopped to change fuel inlet valves again

9 September 1977 Hurricane Clara off Bermuda prevented the ship berthing there

11 September 1977 anchored off Bermuda

12 September 1977 sailed Bermuda suffering engine troubles again. RAS'ed with HMS HERMES

15 September 1977 alongside at Mayport Naval Base. Florida along with HMS HERMES. Moved off jetty to allow RFA TIDEREACH to go alongside. Also in post was HMS ANTRIM and the USS Roosevelt. The RN, RFA and US Navy ships had visited Mayport to be pat of a 10 ship Task Group taking part in exercies

21 September 1977 sailed Mayport

23 September 1977 between 0600 nand 1800 RAS'ed with all ships in the Task Group

24 September 1977 alongside at Norfolk, VA

28 September 1977 sailed Norfolk, VA and RAS'ed with RFA STROMNESS

29 September 1977 RAS'ed with RFA STROMNESS again

1 October 1977 RAS'ed with HMS ARROW. On exercise - ship blacked out in the evening

3 October 1977 RAS'ed with RFA TIDEREACH

9 October 1977 RAS'ed with HMS DIOMEDES

10 October 1977 RAS'ed with RFA TIDEREACH and HMS KENT

11 October 1977 RAS'ed with HMS HERMES

12 October 1977 anchored off Lisbon alongwith other NATO ships

16 October 1977 sailed Lisbon

17 October 1977 involved in Exercise Ocean Safari until 28 October 1977

22 October 1977 off the North coast of Spain to meet the Task Group. 

24 October 1977 RAS'ed with HMS ARROW

26 October 1977 headed out into the Atlantic

31 October 1977 anchored off Rosyth

18 January 1978 at Plymouth

13 July 1979 conducted her final operational RAS with the carrier HMS BULWARK

18 August 1979 arrived Rosyth to destore.

September 1979 sailed Rosyth for Bermuda, Mayport before transiting the Panama Canal. On arrival in the Pacific she visited San Diego, San Francisco, Prince Rupert (BC), Vancouver, Keyport (Seattle), before returning via the Panama Canal, Bermuda, Devonport and Rosyth to destore and pay off in December 1979

December 1979  laid up for disposal

18 March 1981 sold to Davies & Newman Ltd, London for £189,000 on behalf of Asturamerican  Shipping Co Inc, Panama and was then resold to Desguaces Vige S.A, San Estaban for scrap

5 May 1981 sailed Rosyth in tow of the Panamanian-registered Spanish tug SUZANNE M

13 May 1981 arrived Avilez where some superstructure was removed to lighten her

15 May 1981 arrived for breaking up at San Esteban de Pravia, Spain by Desguaces Vige 

 

Notes:

 

Was one of the 11 store ships employed in the Mozchan on Beira Patrol duties

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