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On 11 January 1952 RFA War Hindoo was along side in Singapore Naval Base with HMS Comus berthed outboard of her. The Royal Naval ships crew had to cross the deck of the RFA to gain access to their ship. On one particular evening some of the RN crew were coming back to their ship (no doubt after a few wets) and were not particularly quiet while crossing over the deck of the War Hindoo.
When the Armistice to end World War 1 was signed on the 11 November 1918, a group of RFA vessels were operating with the British Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow, amongst these was the ‘Belgol’ class oiler RFA Fortol which had only been completed at the shipyard of Archibald McMillan and Son, Dumbarton in May 1917.
For the Master of RFA Wave Governor, Captain Walter L. Holtam RFA, the voyage out to Brazil in November 1957 in ballast was reaching its end.
The ship was off Curacao when he received a report that six of the Lascar crew had thrown themselves over the side and were swimming ashore.
This article is the result of an in-depth research programme which has been undertaken concerning Masters in the RFA.
With the start of the RFA the ships deck officers for many years had served their Apprenticeships on sailing ships and Captain John Hurst was one such officer.
John Hurst was born in London on 20 January 1887 and after his usual schooling he entered the training ship HMS Worcester, the Thames Nautical Training College at Greenhithe, as a Cadet serving on board her for just one year. He came ashore on 14 April 1904