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On 2 February 1917 Captain Thomas James Stayman the Master of the defensively armed cargo ship ss Claverley appeared before Mr Justice Bray and jury sitting at Devon Assizes at the Castle at Exeter charged on an indictment containing five counts
1. Attempting to murder John Lloyd George Gifford on the vessel on 26 December 1916
2. Assaulting and wounding John Edward Jackson on the vessel on 30 November 1916
3. Refusing to obey the order of a senior Naval Officer at Gibraltar to proceed to England by an Admiralty route and to take further supplies of coal aboard
4. Endangering the lives of members of H.M. Forces by ordering a junior officer to fire at the Admiralty Hospital Ship Panama
5. Endangering the Hospital ship by altering course with a danger of a collision with her.
In 1925 during the survey of the approaches to Port Darwin in the Northern Territories, Australia by Acting Commander H T Bennett, RAN in HMAS Geranium two nautical features were charted and named by Commander Bennett to commemorate the Royal Australian Navy Auxiliary Fleet Oiler Kurumba and her Master Commander Frederick C Plater RD., RANR
Image courtesy of the Australian Hydrographic Service - RAN
RAFA Kurumba had served as RFA Kurumba between December, 1916 and March, 1919.