RFA C653



Official Number:                      181893                                                                        

Class:                                     Lubricating Oil Lighter

Pennant No:

Laid down:                             1948
Builder:                                   Rowhedge Iron Works Co Ltd, Rowhedge
Launched:                              11 November 1947 
Into Service:                           April 1948
Out of service:


Items of historic interest involving this ship: -


Background Data:   Naval Stores harbour craft were usually allocated a number bearing the prefix C. This descended from the days when the Coaling Officer operated the fuelling craft and many of these craft were operated by the Naval Stores Department under the Director of Stores (Navy) C numbers were allocated to craft such as dumb barges, coal lighters, dumb coal lighters, self-propelled diesel lighters, self-propelled stores lighters, launches and tugs of which a number were registered as RFA’s and wore the ‘green stripe’ that indicated the Naval Stores Department


11 November 1947  launched by  Rowhedge Iron Works Co Ltd, Rowhedge as Yard Nr     named  C653 for the Naval Stores Department

April 1948 completed

2 March 1953 arrived the River Tyne from Rosyth

26 March 1956 passed the Lloyds Signal Station at Dover sailing west bound

1 March 1961 on the River Tyne the m.v. Volvula broke adrift in a storm. She was carried 4 miles down the river hitting and damaging RFA WAVE PRINCE and RFA C653

Volvula 04

MV Volvula

1968 believed sold out of service

19 July 2007 was at Gravesend, Kent

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