Stuart, Jackson - LH (E) who died this day - RFA Black Rover 2010.
Sk Fakir, Abdulrehman - Seaman 1 who died this day - RFA Fort Beauharnois 1961.
John, McClure - Seaman who died this day - RFA Wave Knight (1) 1949.
Francis Leo, Burns - 3rd Engineer Officer who died this day - RFA Appleleaf 1941.
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RFA Darkdale, a 1st Dale Class freighting tanker had been anchored off Jamestown, St. Helena since 4 August 1941 refuelling Royal Navy warships alongside her when on 22 October 1941 she was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U68 with the loss of 41 lives.
The ships Master – Captain Thomas H Card RFA - was subsequently interviewed and gave the following evidence: -
1. “We were at anchor off St Helena and the ship was lying about 1,200 feet from the shore. We had been anchored here since 4 August, being used as a supply ship.
The Editors of the RFA Historical Society are seeking readers help to identify the tanker shown in the photograph posted above. The image above appears to be another Wave class tanker – before about 1948 (?) but can anyone name her please. Suggestions as to the ships identity please via the Guest Book
“Thank you our friends for making various suggestions as to the identity of this Wave Class tanker. We believe the ship is almost certainly RFA Wave Chief which served the RFA well between 1946 and 1974 and was the last of the 20 Wave Class tankers at sea. She was broken up in 1975 by T W Ward Ltd at Inverkeithing, Fife.
This tale of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary relates to the history of an early RFA ship with a wooden hull and a set sails as well as a steam engine for propulsion. It details the effects of warfare in World War 1 and of many deaths and to make it a little more interesting finally a few bars of gold. The story also involves an Armed Merchant Cruiser – HMS Laurentic and a German Submarine U80