Welcome to Historical RFA
The HistoricalRFA web site was created in October 2008 and we hit one million page views just over 3 years later on 6 November 2011. Our readers came from 173 countries and many were return visitors.
In just over a further three years we have now hit two and a half million page views from readers in over 192 countries with many visitors returning again and again.
The Society wishes to thank so many people who have provided historical facts, items and images to display on the site’s pages. We are aware that some readers have given up their own valuable time to gather material for the site by visiting museums and historical locations. We really appreciate these efforts because without them the RFA story just cannot be fully told.
Thank you so much indeed
RFA Historical Society
A group of students from Westside School, Gibraltar visited RFA Lyme Bay on 18 December 2014. The Gibraltar Defence Police Community Liaison Officer organised the trip to give the students an insight into life on board the vessel.
The students were given a tour of the ship and met with a variety of crew members who explained her operational role.
“See How They Run”
Fun onboard with the Rodents
Imagine the Naval Health Officer of the Port of Portsmouth, complete with cocked hat, frock coat, gold braid, epaulettes, and all the other trimmings, walking, with that splendid dignity which pertains to Naval Health Officers, down the Dockyard one fine morning with his sword in one hand and a rat-trap in the other!
Fearing his soul had been contaminated by a ‘death touch’ Sailor’s Cook Tam Pui of RFA Empire Gull believed he would die if he didn’t urgently return home to Hong Kong to be cleansed. He believed that Seaman Lok Ho Yin had delivered the ‘death touch’
In 1918 British Naval Forces were sent to the Baltic to keep the sea lanes open to the newly independent states of Estonia, Latvia and the Free City of Danzig enabling them to secure their freedom. Danzig had been created on 10 January 1920 in accordance with the 1919 Treaty of Versailles.
To support the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships were deployed and these included the 2,000 ton Belgol class tanker RFA Prestol.