RFA_Kurumba_3

HMAS_Kurumba

RAFA Kurumba

 

Previous name:                        

Subsequent name:                  Angeliki    Evangelos

Official Number:                      139178                                                              

Class:                                    Oiler

Pennant No:                           X36 / X55 / X64

Laid down:                             14 August 1914
Builder:                                  Swan Hunter WR, Wallsend on Tyne,

Launched:                             14 September 1916
Into Service:                          7 December 1916
Out of service:                       11 March 1919

Fate:                                     Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data: She had a very short life with the Admiralty before being taken over by the Australian Navy where she was not all that successful either

14 September 1916 launched by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend as Yard Nr 973 named KURUMBA to the order of the Australian Commonwealth Government

23 September 1916 Engineer Lieutenant William Richardson RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

18 November 1916 Lieutenant John Henry Jones RNR appointed in command

26 November 1916 under took builders trials

7 December 1916 completed at a cost of £141,000. Served as an RFA until 1919

18 January 1917 entered in the ships log book - 2nd Officer Magnus Cromarty cautioned severely and warned respecting his sobriety on 14 January 1917

28 January 1917 in collision with ss Unio suffering slight damage - no further details available

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ss Unio

5 March 1917 copy of minute from C in C Rosyth to Flag Captain and Fleet Coaling Officer - 2nd Officer of RFA Kurumba - "In view of the definite statement of the Senior Medical Officer, RN Hospital, Granton, a notation that this officer was drunk on shore on 17 February 1917 is to be made in the log book of the RFA Kurumba and he is to be cautioned that any further misconduct on his part will be severely dealt with.

9 March 1917 entered in the ships log book - In accordance with directions from C in C Rosyth per his minute on 5 March 1917 it is hereby noted that Mr Magnus Cromarty, 2nd Officer, was drunk on shore on 17 February 1917 and was personally cautioned on this date in my presence on HMS Columbine by the Fleet Coaling Officer - Commander Duncan RN and informed that any further misconduct on his part would be severely dealt with.

10 November 1917 Fireman Walter Gardner MMR 640188 logged as deserted

11 November 1917 Lieutenant Ernest G Enright RNR appointed in command until 15 April 1918 

 

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Lieutenant Ernest G Enright RNR

 

13 February 1918 in collision with USS Los Angeles - further details currently unknown

15 April 1918 Lieutenant John Henry Jones RNR appointed in command until 10 April 1919 when he was transferred to RFA Perthshire

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Lieutenant John H Jones RNR

3 September 1918 Fireman George Evans MMR 902043 logged as deserting the ship. He had signed on on 21 March 1918

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Fireman George Evans MMR 902043

9 October 1918 2nd Officer Henry C Horlock MMR appeared before a court martial charged with (a) wilful disobedience of lawful command and (b) improperly leave his ship. The charges were adjudged proved. He was adjudged to be dismissed his ship and to be severely reprimanded. The Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty were pleased to annul sentence on the ground that it was not proved that the act which formed the subject of the first charge was an act to the prejudice of good order and naval discipline.

27 November 1918 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS TALBOT refuelling her also alongside HMS TORCH refuelling her with 64 tons of FFO.

9 December 1918 Fireman Albert Jones MMR 852697 and Trimmer Francis Keys MMR 951348 both logged as deserting the ship. Both had signed on on the 14 August 1918.

15 February 1919 Engineer Lieutenant William Joseph Martin Richardson RNR discharged dead. He had signed on on 1 October 1916. He is remembered on a screen wall in the City of London & Tower Hamlets Cemetery.

 

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Courtesy of and © The War Graves Photographic Project

 

11 March 1919 RFA Kurumba was handed over to the Royal Australian Navy and sailed for Australia in the middle of April 1919 from South Shields. Captain P Gibson being appointed as Master

 

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10 June 1919 arrived at Singapore and sailed on 12 June 1919 for Australia via Tarakai

16 July 1919 arrived at Sydney, NSW, Australia

26 September 1919 Captain Frederick C Plater RD RAFA (Acting Lieutenant Commander RANR) appointed as Master and Warrant Engineer Clarence K Brown RANR appointed as 1st Engineer. The ship sailed from Cockatoo Island for trials this day. She returned to her berth later the same day

1 October 1919 sailed from Sydney, NSW to Queensland ports

9 November 1919 berthed at Darwin

25 November 1919 arrived at Sydney, NSW

22 March 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

12 April 1920 while at Sea Scullion Stephen Gray discharged dead having disappered

30 May 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

6 September 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

30 October 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

11 December 1920 arrived at Sydney, NSW

21 December 1920 the ship's Master was promoted to substantive Lieutenant Commander RANR by the Royal Australian Navy

31 December 1920 the Auditor General of Australia reported that Captain Gibson had been given certain advances in cash by the High Commissioner for Australia in the UK but on examination by the Naval Office the accounts totalling £4,576/3/7d furnished in support of his expenditure, showed evidence of fraud. The net amount improperly vouched for was approximated £1,500. The Navy Office considered that a large number of claims were not actually paid by the Master being supported by forged vouchers. The Commonwealth Crown Solicitor expressed the opinion that if a prosecution for forgery were instituted it would probably be successful, but that it would cost £500 to extradite Captain Gibson who had returned to the United Kingdom. The Naval representative London had been instructed to accept without prejudice an amount of £500 offered by Captain Gibson's solicitor. It was also stated that the latter would be prepared to consider payment of a further amount when Captain Gibson's explanation had been considered by the Navy Department. Advise of the settlement of the matter was awaited by the Auditor-General at the time of the preparing of his report

31 March 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

17 June 1921 sailed Sydney, NSW for Borneo

20 July 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

29 July 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

4 September 1921 arrived at Sydney, NSW

19 December 1921 reported as being in reserve with eleven other ships of the Royal Australian Navy fleet

5 May 1922 Lieutenant Commander Frederick C Plater RD RANR appointed in command and Engineer Lieutenant RANR (Temporary) David Pemberton appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 May 1922 Australian Merchant Navy crew replaced with RAN sailors due to the Merchant Navy Crew's Union demanding too much pay for their members. Ship commissioned as a Royal Australian Naval vessel this day.

23 May 1922 berthed at Townsville to load 200 tons of coal for her bunkers before sailing to Borneo to load oil cargo

22 February 1923 entered refit at Cockatoo Dockyard

12 April 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

2 May 1923 berthed at Balik Papan to load

20 May 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

8 June 1923 Warrant Engineer Clarence K Brown RANR appointed as Chief Engineer

9 June 1923 a further union dispute over the supply of a new cook to the ship delayed her sailing for one week

11 June 1923 union dispute settled - she sailed Melbourne for Sydney, NSW with a cook provided by the Cooks Union

17 June 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

23 June 1923 sailed Sydney, NSW for Borneo to load

8 July 1923 arrived at Balik Papan

26 July 1923 arrived at Sydney, NSW

8 August 1923 Commander Frederick C Plater RD RANR appointed as Master. The Master had been promoted substantive Commander RANR by the Royal Australian Navy on the 1 July 1923

22 May 1925 sailed Sydney NSW for Tarakan to load

4 September 1925 arrived at Sydney, NSW from  Melbourne.

13 October 1925 broke her moorings at Garden Island, Sydney Harbour during stormy weather and drifted towards Point Piper. Tugs returned her to Garden Island. Her hull suffered minor paint damage

2 February 1926 arrived at Sydney, NSW

20 May 1926 position of 4th Engineer Officer vacant - position advertised in the Sydney Morning Herald

24 September 1926 reports that after signing off her crew the ship was to be laid up, as circulated in the Australian press this day, appear to be somewhat premature

22 February 1927 berthed at Sydney from Melbourne

20 April 1927 berthed at Melbourne to refuel HMS Renown

23 April 1927 sailed Melbourne for Sydney NSW

3 November 1927 Storekeeper Alfred Henry Stevens and Lamp Trimmer Robert Forbes both discharged dead after the sinking of the Sydney Harbour ferry Greycliffe

 

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The RAFA Ensign

 

6 January 1928 sailed Syndey NSW for Tarakan to refuel Royal Australian Naval ships. It was reported that she had been lying idle off Garden Island for some months

2 March 1928 passed Thursday Island

12 March 1928 sailed Sydney, NSW for Melbourne

21 April 1928 arrived at Brisbane

2 May 1928 sailed Sydney, NSW for Balik Papan

11 May 1928 stood by a grounded ship ss Hyacinthus on Thursday Island, Australia until the ship managed to float itself clear.

4 June 1928 arrived at Sydney, NSW to paid off into reserve at Cockatoo Island

14 June 1929 while in reserve converted to oil burning boilers

12 May 1931 Commonwealth Naval Orders reported that RAFA Kurumba's radio call sign was to be VJLY

9 May 1932 while in reserve brought forward for refit 

October 1933 Ship Keeper while in reserve at Sydney - Percy V Hugo RD (Retired Captain RANR (S))

28 December 1938 while in reserve brought forward for refit at Garden Island, Sydney

4 September 1939 brought forward from reserve - Captain Alfred H Turnley RAFA appointed in command

19 September 1939 sailed Sydney NSW to Darwin arriving 29 September 1939

7 October 1939 sailed Darwin to Freemantle

16 October 1939 at Freemantle berthed alongside HMAS SYDNEY to refuel her

25 October 1939 at Freemantle berthed alongside HMAS SYDNEY to refuel her

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RAFA Kurumba alongside believed in 1939

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RAFA Kurumba alongside behind the railway wagon at Fremantle

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RAFA Kurumba's crew sunbathing

(three images kindly donated by Eric Heath)

 

5 December 1939 refuelled HMAS SYDNEY alongside

6 December 1939 Captain Alfred Herbert Turnley RD RAFA (Lieutenant Commander RNR Rtd) discharged dead. He was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Melbourne

10 December 1939 refuelled HMAS SYDNEY alongside

23 January 1940 sailed Freemantle to Sydney arrived 3 February 1940

February 1940 Lieutenant Commander Andrew V Bunyan RANR appointed Acting in Command

2 March 1940 arrived at Sydney

7 March 1940 sailed Sydney to Melbourne arriving 9 March 1940

9 March 1940 sailed Melbourne to Fremantle arriving 16 March 1940

April 1940 Captain Jack T Mawrey RAFA (Lieutenant (Temp) RANR) appointed as Master

19 July 1940 sailed Freemantle to Sydney, NSW arriving 12 August 1940

12 August 1940 sailed Sydney, NSW to Melbourne arriving 14 August 1940

16 August 1940 to Freemantle arriving 21 August 1940

16 April 1941 sailed Freemantle with troops onboard

20 July 1941 sailed Melbourne to Sydney, NSW arriving 23 July 1941

30 July 1941 sailed Sydney, NSW to Freemantle arriving 9 August 1941

7 February 1942 sailed Freemantle to Melbourne arriving 14 February 1942

16 February 1942 sailed Melbourne to Sydney, NSW arrived 19 February 1942

March 1942 used by the United States Navy

31 March 1942 sailed Sydney, NSW to Brisbane arriving 3 April 1942

30 April 1942 sailed Brisbane to Hervey Bay with HMAS BINGERA

1 May 1942 Task Force 44 sailed from Sydney - HMAS AUSTRALIA and HMAS HOBART- they refueled from Kurumba at Hervey Bay on 2 May 1942 before joining US Force and took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea

2 May 1942 at Hervey Bay HMAS AUSTRALIA and USS Whipple (DD217) along side and refuelled

3 May 1942 streamed paravanes and returned to Brisbane with HMAS BINGERA

4 May 1942 sailed from Brisbane under escort

11 May 1942 Task Group 17.3 returning to Australia and refueled from Kurumba at Cid Harbour

14 May 1942 returned to Brisbane

30 May 1942 sailed Brisbane to Townsville arriving on 2 June 1942

2June 1942 at Townsville with HMAS SWAN alongside to refuel

9 June 1942 at Townsville with HMAS's CESSNOCK and BENDIGO alongside to refuel

10 June 1942 at Townsville with HMAS COLAC  alongside to refuel

12 June 1942 sailed Townsville under escort to Brisbane arriving 14 June 1942

9 July 1942 off Pile Light, Brisbane with HMAS HOBART and USS BAGLEY (DD386) alongside to refuel

14 July 1942 at Brisbane with HMAS HOBART berthed alongside

15 July 1942 sailed Brisbane to Townsville arriving 17 July 1942

18 July 1942 anchored in Townsville Roads with HMAS DELORAINE alongside to refuel

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HMAS DELORAINE

19 July 1942 at Townsville with HMAS CESSNOCK alongside to refuel. HMAS CESSNOCK slipped the following day

23 July 1942 at Townsville with HMAS KATOOMBA alongsideside to be refuelled. Then sailed gtom Townsville to Brisbane arriving 25 July 1942

6 August 1942 sailed Brisbane in convoy A1 to Cid Harbour arriving on 12 August 1942

25 August 1942 sailed Townsville to Brisbane arriving 27 August 1942

1 September 1942 at Cleveland Bay with HMAS KATOOMBA alongside to be refuelled

5 September 1942 sailed Townsville in convoy PQ3/1 to Port Moresby arriving on 8 September 1942

9 September 1942 sailed Port Moresby escorted by HMAS BENDIGO

14 September 1942 arrived at Brisbane sailing on 17 September 1942

17 September 1942 sailed Caloundra in convoy PQ3 to Sydney, NSW arriving 19 September 1942

29 September 1942 sailed Sydney,  NSW in convoy GP15/1 - on 1 October 1942 joined convoy BT18/1 to Darwin

8 October 1942 sailed Thursday Island under escort to Darwin arriving 11 Ocober 1942

12 October 1942 sailed Darwin to Thursday Island arriving 16 October 1942

16 October 1942 sailed Thursday Island (after 1 hour in port) to Townsville and then to Brisbane arriving 21 October 1942

25 October 1942 off the Pile Light, Brisbane with HMAS HOBART alongside to refuel - supplied 249 tons of FFO

HMAS Hobart

HMAS HOBART

26 October 1942 sailed Brisbane to Townsville arriving 30 October 1942

31 October 1942 in the Outer Harbour of Townsville with HMAS BROOME alongside to refuel

1 November 1942 at Cleveland Bay with HMAS BENDIGO alongside being refuelled

3 November 1942 sailed Townsville to Brisbane arriving 5 November 1942

7 November 1942 sailed Brisbane to Sydney, NSW arriving 10 November 1942

22 November 1942 sailed to Port Moresby arriving on 25 November 1942 escorted by HMAS's LITHGOW and WARREGO

29 November 1942 arrived at Milne Bay escorted by HMAS LITHGOW and then refuelled her alongside

30 November 1942 at Milne Bay HMAS BALLARAT secured alongside to refuel

10 December 1942 at Gili Gili, Milne Bay HMAS BROOME secured alongside to refuel

12 December 1942 at Milne Bay HMAS COLAC secured alongside to refuel

15 December 1942 at Gili Gili, Milne Bay HMAS's BALLARAT and COLAC secured alongside to refuel 

20 December 1942 at Gili Gili, Milne Bay HMAS's BALLARAT and COLAC and HMAS BROOME secured alongside to refuel

22 December 1942 being escorted to Brisbane via Townville by HMAS LITHGOW

13 February 1943 sailed Caloundra in convoy PG37A to Sydney, NSW arriving 15 February 1943

17 February 1943 sailed Sydney NSW in convoy GP39/1 to Townsville arriving 22 February 1943

24 February 1943 sailed Townsville in convoy TN41 to Port Moresby arriving 27 February 1943 with HMAS BOWEN as escort

28 February 1943 sailed Port Moresby to Townsville escorted by HMAS BOWEN

2 March 1943 sailed Townsville in convoy TS18/1 to Brisbane arriving 5 March 1943

6 March 1943 sailed Caloundra in convoy PG37A to Syndey NSW arriving 8 March 1943 during which her starboard tail shaft fractured

17 March 1943 sailed Sydney in convoy GP39/1 to Brisbane arriving 19 March 1943

19 March 1943 being escorted by HMAS LITHGOW

20 March 1943 sailed Caloundra in convoy BT46/1 to Townsville arriving 22 March 1943

26 March 1943 at Thursday Island alongside HMAS ECHULA refuelling her

27 March 1943 sailed Thursday Island in Convoy TD 16 to Darwin arriving 31 March 1943

1 April 1943 sailed Darwin in Convoy DT 16 to Thursday Island arriving 5 April 1943

16 April 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy  PG 45 to Sydney arriving 19 April 1943

21 April 1943 sailed Sydney in Convoy GP 47/1

22 April 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy BT 54/1

25 April 1943 sailed Moreton Bay, near Brisbane to Townsville, north Queensland in a convoy of 5 ships under escort of US Navy submarine chasers and within the Great Barrier Reef arriving 27 April 1943

5 May 1943  HMAS SWAN alongside being refuelled

8 May 1943 sailed Townsville in Convoy TS 29/1 to Brisbane arriving 12 May 1943

3 June 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy  PG 53 to Sydney arriving 6 June 1943. While on passage her starboard tail shaft fractured. Vessel initially stopped then made way at very slow speed (3kts) escorted by HMAS BUNDABERG. Eventually towed to port

22 June 1943 sailed Sydney in Convoy GP 56/1 to Brisbane arriving 25 June 1943

25 June 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy BV 71 to Townsville arriving and sailed 29 June 1943

2 July 1943 berthed Thursday Island (souce Admiralty War Diary)

11 July 1943 departed Thursday Island for Townsville (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

21 July 1943 sailed Gladstone in Convoy LQ 3 to Caloundra arriving 23 July 1943

12 August 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy QL 6A to Townsville arriving 15 August 1943

31 August 1943 on passage being escorted by HMAS STUART

4 September 1943 sailed Caloundra in Convoy QL 9B to Townsville arriving 8 September 1943

12 September 1943 sailed Thursday Island in Convoy TD32 to Darwin arriving 16 September 1943

17 September 1943 sailed Darwin in Convoy  DT32 to Thursday Island arriving 21 September 1943

3 October 1943 sailed Moreton Bay escorted by HMAS GEELONG as far as Lady Elliott Island

14 October 1943 at Cleveland Bay with HMAS AUSTRALIA and USS Bagley (DD386) alongside to refuel

19 October 1943 sailed Townsville

21 October 1943 sailed Gladstone in Convoy LQ 22 to Brisbane arriving 22 October 1943

20 November 1943 berthed at Dawin (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

17 November 1943 escorted by HMAS FREMANTLE sailed from Port Kennedy to Darwin arriving 20 November 1943

24 November 1943 slipped and sailed to Thursday Island still being escorted by HMAS FREMANTLE

28 November 1943 sailed Thursday Island for Townsville

2 December 1943 berthed at Townsville

25 December 1943 arrived at Townsville from Milne Bay (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

29 December 1943 at Gili Anchorage, New Guinea with USS Fulton (AS11) alongside to refuel - received 404,809 gallons of diesel oil

1 January 1944 at Gamadodo, Milne Bay, New Guinea with USS San Pablo (AVP30) alongside to refuel

21 February 1944 at Milne Bay, New Guinea with USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside to refuel

22 February 1944 and 23 February 1944 berthed at Milne Bay, New Guinea alongside USS Fulton (AS11) and refuelled her with 459,636 gallons of diesel

29 February 1944 arrived at Port Moresby (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

1 March 1944 at Port Moresby refuelled HMAS BARRARAT and then sailed escorted by HMAS BARRARAT to Cairns. Returned to Port Moresby when HMAS BARRARAT received orders that she was needed to search for a submarine reported sighted 12 miles off Port Moresby

4 March 1944 at Port Moresby refuelled HMAS BARRARAT and then sailed escorted by her to Euston Reef. HMAS BARRARAT then deployed on patrols at the entrance to Grafton Passage. Kurumba sailed independently to Cairns

30 June 1944 at Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Able Seaman Francis George Allen discharged dead - natural causes. He is buried at Brisbane Cemetery, Queensland

27 August 1944 arrived at Townsville (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

9 September 1944 sailed Darwin in convoy DT80 to Thursday Island arriving 12 September 1944

14 September 1944 sailed Thursday Island (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

11 October 1944 sailed from the US Seventh Fleet Naval Base at Hollanidia (details from Commander Service Force, Seventh US Fleet, War Diary)

12 October 1944 and 13 October 1944 at Mios Woendi Anchorage, Padaido Island Group, Schouten Islands with USS Orion (AS18) to refuel - she received 264,357 gallons of diesel fuel oil. US Army Tug LT1 also alongside on 12 October 1944 to be refuelled     

14 October 1944 at Mios Woendi Anchorage, Padaido Island Group, Schouten Islands with USS Susquehanna (AOG5) alongside to refuel - received 71,498 gallons of diesel oil

7 November 1944 and 8 November 1944 at Hollandia, Netherlands New Guinea with USS Salamonie (AO26) alongside to undertake a pump over - received 12,723 barrels of diesel oil

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USS Salamonie (AO26)

10 November 1944 Able Seaman Gordon James Cree discharged dead having drowned. He is buried in Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea in grave FF A 14    

15 November 1944 at Humbolt Bay, Hollandia with USS Suamico (AO49) alongside to refuel - 7,940 barrels of diesel oil received

17 November 1944 at Tanah Merah Bay, New Guniea with USS Kephart (DE207) alongside to refuel

24 November 1944 berthed at Milne Bay, New Guinea. Sailed 9 December 1944 to Hollandia arriving 13 December 1944

26 December 1944 sailed Hollandia to Antape arriving 27 December 1944

14 January 1945 arrived at US Navalbase Hollandia

20 January 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS Sage (AM111) alongside to refuel - received 48,000 gallons

23 January 1945 at Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS Jessie Rutherford (DE347) alongside to refuel - received 300 gallons of diesel oil. Also USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside to refuel - received 42,000 gallons of diesel oil

27 January 1945 and 28 January 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS Coolbaugh (DE217) alongside to refuel

5 February 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte Gulf, Philippines with USS PC-1603 alongside to refuel

8 February 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte with USS Sage (AM111) alongside to refuel - received 26,720 gallons of fuel oil and USS Pursuit (AM108) also alongside to refuel - received 30,140 gallons of diesel oil

9 February 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Leyte with USS APC-2 to refuel

16 February 1945 sailed Leyte in convoy IG9 to Hollandia arriving 22 February 1945

22 February 1945 arrived at the US Naval Base at Hollandia

23 February 1945 at Hollandia with USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside to be refuelled - received 42,000 gallons of diesel oil

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USS Hilo (AGP2)

20 March 1945 at Brisbane after running aground and being refloated HMAS Vendetta berthed alongside Kurumba at SBSR Wharf

April 1945 Captain Jack B Davies RAFA (Temporary Lieutenant RANR (S)) appointed as Master

26 April 1945 sailed Hollandia in convoy GI23 to Manila arriving 3 May 1945

26 May 1945 at San Pedro Bay with USS LSM217 alongsde to refuel

18 June 1945 arrived at Zamboanga together with an oiler Silver Cloud to await and refuel ships of Commander Task Group 78.3

23 June 1945 sailed Zamboanga to Iloilo to await and refuel ships of Commander Task Group 78.3

5 August 1945 at San Pedro Bay, Philippines with USS Hilo (AGP2) alongside being refuelled

26 August 1945 and 27 August 1945  at Basilan Strait, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Phillipines with USS Shikellamy (AOG47) alongside

28 August 1945 at Zamboanga, Mindanao, Phillipines with USS Wachapregue (AGP8) alongside being refuelled with diesel oil - 63,312 gallons supplied

23 September 1945 relieved at the Naval Base at Zamboanga by the USS Shikellamy (AOG47) as the base diesel oil fueller (Source US Naval War Diary OIC Naval Base Zamboanga)

12 October 1945 arrived at Balik Papan. HMAS BARCOO berthed alongside to refuel

13 October 1945 off Balikpapan HMAS HAWKESBURY berthed alongside to refuel - received 260 tons of FFO - then sailed to Macassar

1 November 1945 berthed at Brisbane. Sailed - hove to at 23.40S 15.24E steering engine broken endeavouring to return. Signalled for assistance

13 March 1946 sailed Cairns to Port Moresby arriving 15 March 1946

16 March 1946 sailed Port Moresby to Rabaul arriving 20 March 1946

20 March 1946 at Rabaul with HMAS ARUNTA alongside

3 April 1946 at Simpson Harbour, Rabaul assisting HMAS ECHUEA remove a damaged sweep cable

5 April 1946 to 9 April 1946 berthed with HMAS DELORAINE alongside at Simpson Harbour, Rabaul during operation Kilduke - clearing mines

3 May 1946 at Simpson Harbour, Rabaul refuelled HMAS DELORAINE alongside

14 May 1946 sailed Rabaul to Port Moresby

21 May 1946 sailed Thursday Island to Brisbane arriving 28 May 1946

29 June 1946 sailed Brisbane to Sydney

29 July 1946 destored and paid off into reserve (again) in Australia

15 March 1947 offered for sale by tender in the newspapers The Argus and the Sydney Morning Herald. The ship was 'as is' and could be inspected at Brisbane

 

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80th Anniversary Cover of the de commissioning of HMAS Kurumba

 

January 1948 sold to Artemis Maritime Co Inc, Panama and renamed Angeliki

1955 sold to Pappas Eleftheriades and renamed Evangelos

Evangelos Kurumba

tanker Evangelos ex RFA/RAFA Kurumba

February 1965 laid up at Piraeus

28 January 1966 arrived at Castellon for breaking up.

 

Notes:

In the early 1920’s plans were announced for her conversion into a seaplane carrier but these never materialised as it would have taken her away from her prime role in fleet support. A similar plan was envisaged for the collier HMAS BILOELA

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