San, Lee - Fireman who died this day - RFA Wave Sovereign 1961.
Alfred, Wood - Able Seaman who died this day - RFA Tideflow 1960.
Joseph, McGarry - Assistant Steward who died this day - RFA Earner 1955.
Previous name: OLETTA
Subsequent name: LACUNA, DOVREFJELL, NAPTHA SHIPPER, ALTENGAMME
Official Number: 139172
Class: Emergency Wartime Construction LEAF Group Freighting Tanker
Pennant No: Y7.151
Builder: Readhead, South Shields
Launched: September 1916
Into Service: December 1916
Out of service: 1 August 1920
Fate: Bombed and sunk 1945
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data. During WW1 18 vessels of varying types were acquired second hand and converted or purchased and converted while on the stocks, or in a few cases building as tankers. Some were converted after serving with the Dummy Battleship Squadron by the insertion of cylindrical tanks in their holds. All were originally intended to operate as RFA’s however owing to reasons of international law and the operation of the US Neutrality Act, these oilers became Mercantile Fleet Auxiliaries, being renamed with the LEAF nomenclature and placed under civilian management although operationally they remained under Admiralty control.
September 1916 launched by J. Redhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields as Yard Nr 451 named RFA OLETTA
December 1916 completed and placed under management of Lane & MacAndrew Ltd, London as an oiler transport. and renamed BRIARLEAF Base port Devonport
25 March 1917 berthed at South Shields
18 October 1918 was attacked in the North Atlantic by a submarine - the torpedo exploded prematurely and a shot fired from the submarine's gun missed
15 May 1919 sailed Gravesend for Trinidad
2 July 1919 arrived at Falmouth from Trinidad
1 August 1920 sold to Anglo Saxon Petroleum Lrd.,London name unchanged
2 August 1920 sailed Tampico for Portsmouth
4 November 1920 sailed New Orleans
18 November 1920 arrived at Port Eads
24 November 1920 sailed Port Eads for Port Arthur
24 January 1921 berthed at Port Eads and reported in the New York Tribune of the following day
2 September 1921 arrived at Ports Eads
12 December 1921 arrived the Clyde from Tampico
1922 renamed LACUNA by her owners
15 May 1922 arrived at Montreal
6 August 1922 at 11am radioed she was 90 miles south of Nantucket
14 September 1922 radioed she was 185 North of Cape Hatteras
11 October 1922 arrived at Port Eads
9 January 1925 stood by the steamer Eda which had gone aground five miles north a half east magnetic Vlieland Light
20 April 1926 berthed at Thameshaven from Curacao with one DBS as passenger. Captain W Fretwell was MAster
30 May 1927 purchased for £70,000 by A/S Dovrefjell ( Olsen & Ugelstad, Managers) Oslo and renamed J.J. LACUNA before again being renamed DOVREFJELL
RFA Briarleaf after her sale out of service and being renamed DOVREFJELL in 1927
January 1938 purchased for £51,000 by Naptha Tankers Ltd (S, Catsell & Co Ltd, Managers) London and renamed NAPTHA SHIPPER
28 August 1939 reported arrested for non-payment of debts while under repair at Hamburg and management was allocated to Atlantic Rhederi F & W Joch, Hamburg
3 September 1939 taken over by German authorities.
7 October 1939 taken over by the German Kriegsmarine.
3 May 1940 renamed Altengamme. Was for some time in service at
4 May 1945 bombed by Russain aircarft and sunk at Neu Mukran, Rugen Island, Germany
1950 wreck partly raised and broken up
In 1926 Anglo Saxon announced a scheme whereby they were prepared to sell, then charter back, a number of war-built tankers. Included in these were the former BRIARLEAF, LAURELEAF and DOCKLEAF