Stuart, Jackson - LH (E) who died this day - RFA Black Rover 2010.
Sk Fakir, Abdulrehman - Seaman 1 who died this day - RFA Fort Beauharnois 1961.
John, McClure - Seaman who died this day - RFA Wave Knight (1) 1949.
Francis Leo, Burns - 3rd Engineer Officer who died this day - RFA Appleleaf 1941.
Previous name: Mount Royal, HMS Marlborough, RFA Rangol
Subsequent name: British Maple
Official Number: 109498
Class: Emergency Wartime Purchase LEAF Group Freighting Tanker
Pennant No: Y7.174
Builder: C S Swan & Hunter Ltd., Wallsend
Launched: 17 August 1898
Into Service: 6 July 1915 (as RFA Rangol)
Out of service: 4 October 1919 sold to Commercial interests and renamed
Fate: Arrived for breaking up on 25 January 1933
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 into 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
17 August 1898 launched by C.S. Swan & Hunter Ltd, Wallsend as Yard Nr 230 named for the Beaver Line service of Elder Dempster & Co Ltd, Liverpool as Mount Royal
November 1898 completed as a cargo liner
30 November 1898 sailed on her maiden voyage from the Tyne to New Orleans
May 1899 first voyage from the Tyne to Montreal
3 July 1899 first voyage from London to Quebec. Completed 2 round trips
5 November 1899 first voyage from Naples to Cape Town as a Boer War Transport. Only 1 trip
1 December 1899 arrived at Cape Town with 345 mules from Gibraltar and 1,902 mules from Naples
12 February 1900 first voyage from Liverpool to Cape as a Boer War Transport. Only 1 trip
23 July 1900 first voyage from New Orleans to Cape Town as a Boer War transport. Completed six round voyages in all
3 March 1903 reported has having turned round due to severe weather while on passage from the UK to the US
6 April 1903 acquired by Canadian Pacific Railway Co, Liverpool name unchanged
9 November 1903 entered dry dock at Cardiff with damage to the keel which occurred in September 1903.
1907 converted to carry 1500 x 3rd Class passengers in just 10 days
May 1907 sailed on her first voyage from London to Canada.
7 December 1907 sailed Antwerp for St. John's Novia Scotia with 303 hundred passengers. Reported as missing while crossing the North Atlantic. Arrived at Queenstown, Southern Ireland on 7 January 1908 after suffering machinery breakdown while about 250 miles west of Fastnet. Passengers transfered to ss Montrose which sailed Queenstown on the 11 January 1908. The ss Montrose was reported as missing when it failed to arrive at St. John's on the 21 January 1908. Arrived late
20 July 1908 arrived at Quebec from London
2 September 1908 arrived at Quebec on passage from Antwerp to Montreal
2 October 1908 passed North Foreland while on passage from London and Antwerp to Montreal
11 July 1909 while on passage from London and Antwerp to Montreal passed Cape Ray
31 August 1909 while on passage from London and Antwerp to Montreal passed Heath Point
1 October 1909 while on passage from London to Montreal radioed giving her position as 125 miles west of the Lizard
29 October 1909 while on passage from Montreal to London radioed giving her position as 100 miles west of Brow Head
18 May 1910 sailed Antwerp for Montreal
28 October 1914 was hired by the Admiralty for conversion into the Dummy Battleship HMS MARLBOROUGH, on completion of which she was based at Loch Ewe.
06 July 1915, with the disbandment of the DBS Squadron she had cylindrical tanks inserted into her holds and served as the oiler RFA RANGOL,
10 July 1916 purchased by the Admiralty
17 November 1916 her management was transferred to Lane and MacAndrew and she became the oiler transport renamed MAPLELEAF
4 May 1917 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas
11 June 1917 arrived at Greenock
21 October 1917 she was narrowly missed by a torpedo in the Atlantic.
07 November 1917 she was transferred to the Shipping Controller
25 October 1918 Fireman James Wilson discharged dead - through natural causes - buried at sea in the presence of the Commisioned Escort Ship HMS Coronado at 49.36N 12.36W
4 October 1919 purchased by the British Tanker Co
19 October 1919 renamed BRITISH MAPLE
13 December 1919 arrived at Plymouth Sound towing s.s. War Zephyr. The tow had lasted over one week from a position 1,000 miles west of The Lizard after the War Zepgyr's main shaft had broken. The tow had parted once during the week in very heavy weather
15 December 1919 berthed at Rotterdam
29 March 1920 at Dixie Hospital, Hampton Fireman Samuel Bowning discharged dead - natural causes
3 April 1920 anchored at Gibraltar from Tampico for orders
16 June 1920 arrived at Gibraltar from Newport when on passage to Alexandria
15 November 1920 the Master and crew of Mapleleaf took proceedings against the Master and crew of the War Zephyr (see above) in the Admiralty Division of the High Court
28 January 1921 berthed at Newport News
26 March 1921 at a hospital at Newport News, USA 2nd Steward Thomas Sergenson Rathbone discharged dead from natural causes. He had, in November 1918, served on RFA Orangeleaf (1)
2nd Steward Thomas Sergenson Rathbone
12 May 1921 berthed at Avonmouth from Newport News with 3 DBS.
12 June 1921 berthed at Port Eads
1 September 1921 arrived at Newport News and sailed the same day
06 June 1922 arrived at Hamble in Southampton Water to act as a bunker depot ship
10 December 1932 sold for £3,500 for demolition at Rosyth by Metal Industries Ltd
27 December 1932.arrived Rosyth
25 January 1933 breaking up commenced
12 May 1933 the remaining hulk was transferred to Charlestown to hold oil residues.
1934 was transferred back to Rosyth
06 March 1935 demolition was finally completed
When Elder Dempster sold their Canadian interests (Beaver Line) to the Canadian Pacific Railway Co for the sum of £1,417,500, a total of 14 ships plus 3 tugs were involved in the deal and these were as follows: LAKE CHAMPLAIN (RFA RUTHENIA), LAKE ERIE(RFA SAXOL), LAKE MANITOBA, LAKE MICHIGAN, MILWAUKEE, MONTCALM (RFA CRENELLA), MONTEAGLE, MONTEREY, MONTEZUMA (RFA ABADOL), MONTORT, MONTREAL, MOUNT ROYAL(RANGOL), MOUNT TEMPLE & MONTROSE and the 3 Liverpool tugs AFRICAN, BEAVER & OTTER