RFA Petronel

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:               Pass of Glencoe   Athelglen   Molaglen    

Official Number:                  142453                                                                   

Class:                                 PET CLASS Spirit Carrier

Pennant No:                        X79 / X52

Laid down:
Builder:                               Dunlop, Bremner & Co Ltd, Inch Yard, Port Glasgow
Launched:                           27 April 1918 
Into Service:                        June 1918
Out of service:                     1947
Fate:                                   Sold

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  The three ships in this Class were completed for the Admiralty in 1918 and all three spent most of their lives in U.K. waters and did a certain amount of charter work too. The first two were straight Spirit Carriers while the third one spent most of her life as a Water Boat for the Atlantic Fleet and accompanied them on cruises

 

1 March 1918 Engineer Lieutenant Watkin Maybray RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

27 April 1918 launched by Dunlop, Bremner & Co Ltd, Inch Yard, Port Glasgow as Yard Nr: 318 named PETRONEL

20 May 1918 Lieutenant William E Rousell RNR appointed in Command

ROUSELL WILLIAM ERNEST

Lieutenant William E Rousell RNR

 

June 1918 completed at a cost of £48,146

17 December 1918 at Devonport alongside RFA Palmol being refuelled with 40 tons of FFO

29 April 1919 to 29 July 1919 supported the UK and American minesweepers engaged in clearing the 50,000 mines laid over an area of 6,000 square miles in the North Sea between Scotland and Norway in the Northern Barrage in an attempt to prevent the egress of German submarines during WW1 assisted by RFA‘s ASPENLEAF, CRENELLA and HICKOROL

15 December 1919 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour from sea

20 January 1920 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

Model RFA Petronel

Model of RFA Petronel made in 1920 by Hugh Macmillan
© IWM (MOD 429)

17 March 1920 Mr J B Russell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 April 1920 Captain Charles H Noel RFA appointed as Master

 

Charles_Noel_3_-_1943

Captain Charles H Noel RFA

 

22 July 1920 arrived at Torbay

11 December 1920 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

13 December 1920 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

 6 July 1921 at Weymouth Bay alongside HMS WARSPITE supplying 62 tons of water

HMS WARSPITE in 1937

HMS WARSPITE

8 July 1921 at Portland alongside HMS BARHAM supplying 95 tons of water

HMS Barham 

HMS BARHAM

11 July 1921 at Portland alongside HMS WARSPITE supplying 55 tons of water

15 July 1921 at Portland alongside HMS WARSPITE supplying 53 tons of water

19 July 1921 at Weymouth Bay alongside HMS WARSPITE supplying 90 tons of water

30 July 1921 Mr Harry M Scott RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Harry M Scott

Chief Engineer Officer Harry M Scott RFA

5 September 1921 at Invergordon alongside HMS BARHAM supplying 87 tons of water

10 September 1921 at Invergordon alongside HMS BARHAM supplying 60 tons of water

12 September 1921 at Invergordon alongside HMS BARHAM supplying 80 tons of water

17 September 1921 at Invergordon alongside HMS BARHAM supplying 90 tons of water

1 October 1921 Captain J M Edwards RFA appointed as Master

30 October 1921 at Scapa Flow with divers from HMS MALAYA attempting to recover PETRONEL's anchor

2 December 1922 arrived at Plymouth from Portland

15 February 1923 Chief Officer Eric Parker RFA appointed as Acting Master

19 June 1923 Chief Officer William H Green RFA appointed as Acting Master

Captain WILLIAM HERBERT GREEN

Chief Officer William H Green RFA

27 July 1923 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

31 August 1923 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 October 1923 at Invergordon alongside HMS REPULSE supplying water

HMS Repulse

HMS REPULSE

26 November 1923 Mr Harry M Scott RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 July 1924 involved in the George V Fleet Spithead Review

19 August 1924 Mr Charles J Falconer appointed as Temporary Acting Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Charles J Falconer

Temporary Acting Chief Engineer Officer Charles J Falcolner RFA

28 September 1924 Petty Officer Edward Cole discharged dead - death from natural causes.  Buried at Rosskeen Parish Churchard, near Invergordon, Inverness

 

Cole-Petronel

 

27 July 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

5 December 1925 Chief Officer D McCutcheon RFA appointed as Acting Master

17 December 1925 berthed in No: 2 Basin, Portsmouth Dockyard

6 January 1926 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

5 March 1926 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 March 1926 2nd Engineer Officer Andrew C Fraser RFA appointed as Acting Chief Engineer Officer

6 May 1926 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

28 May 1926 Chief Officer J Martin-Smith DSC RFA (Temporary Lieut.Commander RNR (Retd)) appointed as Acting Master

15 June 1926 Chief Officer William H Green RFA appointed as Acting Master

16 July 1926 berthed in No 3 Basin, Portsmouth Harbour

2 September 1926 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

26 October 1926 was inspected by the Dominion Prime Ministers at Portland Harbour, Dorset together with several cruisers, destroyers and submarines

30 October 1926 off Portland with the Atlantic Fleet engaged in a 'war' day

6 January 1927 berthed in the Tidal Basin, Portsmouth Harbour

10 January 1927 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 January 1927 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

28 April 1927 Mr E V Blyth RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

25 July 1927 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 August 1927 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 January 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 January 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 March 1928 Chief Officer Sidney W King RFA appointed as Acting Master

26 March 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 April 1928 Mr Thomas W Robinson RFA appointed as Temporary Acting Chief Engineer Officer

6 July 1928 Chief Officer A Peters RFA appointed as Acting Master

11 July 1928 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 September 1928 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 February 1929 Chief Officer Thomas C Robinson RFA appointed as Acting Master

20 March 1929 berthed in No: 3 Basin, Portsmouth Dockyard together with RFA's KIMMEROL and PEARLEAF (1)

29 April 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour to Stokes Bay

9 September 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

28 November 1929 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

6 January 1930 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

15 January 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

17 April 1930 Mr A R Parsons RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

24 April 1930 Captain J Evans RFA appointed as Master

25 April 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

25 June 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 July 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 July 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 September 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 October 1930 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

11 March 1931 alongside in No 3 Basin, Portsmouth Harbour

27 April 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 September 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 October 1931 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 November 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

16 February 1932 Mr Thomas A Reay RFA (Engineer Lieutenant Commander RNR) appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 REAY THOMAS ALEXANDER

Chief Engineer Officer Thomas A Reay RFA

23 April 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour retruning to her berth later the same day

25 April 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

14 July 1932 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 September 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

2 March 1933 in No: 5 dry dock at Portsmouth Harbour

8 May 1933 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 June 1933 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

14 July 1933 in No: 3 basin at Portsmouth Dockyard

5 September 1933 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 November 1933 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 May 1934 Captain R R Ferguson RFA appointed as Master

8 May 1934 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

11 July 1934 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

18 July 1934 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

6 September 1934 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

14 November 1934 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 May 1935 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth later the same day

14 June 1935 Mr Harold Ringshaw RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Harold Ringshaw

Chief Engineer Officer Harold Ringshaw RFA

11 July 1935 Chief Officer Robert D Almond RFA appointed as Acting Master until 26 July 1935

Captain Robert Almond

Chief Officer Robert D Almond RFA

13 August 1935 Mr J Glynn RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

29 August 1935 Captain A Spencer RFA appointed as Master

30 August 1935 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

28 November 1935 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

27 July 1936 Temporary Master Ernest V Blyth RFA appointed as Master

16 September 1936 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

26 April 1937 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

3 September 1937 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

16 November 1937 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

4 January 1938 Mr Mortimer J Lawrence RFA appointed as Temporary Chief Engineer Officer

18 January 1938 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 January 1938 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 February 1938 Captain Thomas Elder RFA appointed as Master

6 April 1938 Mr Charles J Falconer RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

6 May 1938 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour and returned to her berth later the same day

10 May 1938 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 August 1938 Mr Thomas Eggleston RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

EGGLESTON THOMAS

Chief Engineer Officer Thomas Eggleston RFA

16 November 1938 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

22 January 1939 Mr G Bray RFA appointed as Temporary Chief Engineer Officer

24 April 1939 Captain George H Boddie DSC RFA (Lieutenant Commander RN (Retd)) appointed as Master

27 April 1939 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

28 June 1939 involved in collision in Portsmouth Harbour with HMS KITTIWAKE suffering slight damage

HMS Kittiwake 1942 IWM FL 22976

HMS KITTIWAKE

28 June 1939 at Portland alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with 88 tons of water

29 June 1939 at Portland alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with 60 tons of water

1 July 1939 at Portland alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

3 July 1939 at Portland alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

4 July 1939 at Portland alongside HMS RPYAL OAK supplying her with water

27 July 1939 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 August 1939 at Invergordon alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

2 August 1939 at Invergordon alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

3 August 1939 at Invergordon alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

5 August 1939 at Invergordon alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

9 August 1939 at Invergordon alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

23 August 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

25 August 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

27 August 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EFFINGHAM supplying her with fresh water

HMS Effingham D98 in 1925

HMS EFFINGHAM

29 August 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EFFINGHAM supplying her with fresh water

31 Agust 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

1 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

4 September 1939 May 1940 alongside HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN at Scapa Flow supplying water

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN

19 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS EFFINGHAM supplying her with fresh water

27 September 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ROYAL OAK supplying her with water

2 October 1939 Mr Wallace G Downing RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 October 1939 at Scapa Flow with HMS SHARPSHOOTER berthed alongside being supplied with water

Sharpshooter

HMS SHARPSHOOTER

 

12 October 1939 at Scapa Flow with HMS SHARPSHOOTER berthed alongside being supplied with water

10 November 1939 at Scapa Flow with HMS SHARPSHOOTER berthed alongside being supplied with water

20 November 1939 at Scapa Flow with HMS SHARPSHOOTER berthed alongside being supplied with water

30 November 1939 Acting Captain Frederick L Finch RFA appointed as Temporary Master

4 December 1939 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NORFOLK supplying her with water

1 March 1940 damaged in a collision with the requisitioned A/S trawler HMS ASTON VILLA at Aberdeen

7 May 1940 alongside HMS YORK at Scapa Flow supplying water

9 May 1940 alongside HMS YORK at Scapa Flow supplying water

7 September 1940 alongside HMS HOOD at Scapa Flow supplying water

10 September 1940 alongside HMS HOOD at Scapa Flow supplying water

12 September 1940 alongside HMS HOOD at Scapa Flow supplying water

30 September 1940 alongside HMS HOOD at Scapa Flow supplying water

15 February 1941 Chief Officer James H Chant RFA appointed as Temporary Acting Master until 8 May 1941

9 November 1941 alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK at Scapa Flow supplying water

13 November 1941 alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK at Scapa Flow supplying water

14 November 1941 alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK at Scapa Flow supplying water at the same time that RFA WAR DIWAN was alongside refuelling her 

15 November 1941 alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK at Scapa Flow supplying water

22 November 1941 Mr James V F Levens RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

James V F Levens

Chief Engineer Officer James V F Levens RFA

1 August 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

9 October 1942 sailed Methil in convoy EN148 to Scapa Flow arriving the next day

13 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

28 October 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water. RFA Spa was alongside the battleship at the same time also supplying her with fresh water

1 November 1942 alongside HMS HOWE at Scapa Flow supplying water

4 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

9 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water. RFA SPA was also alongside at the same time

13 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

15 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

17 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

18 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

19 November 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water. RFA MIXOL was also alongside at the same time

12 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

13 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

14 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

18 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

30 December 1942 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS KING GEORGE V supplying her with fresh water

21 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE  and HMS ANSON (Battleship) supplying then with fresh water

25 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE  supplying fresh water

29 January 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE  supplying fresh water

1 February 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE  supplying fresh water

2 February 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS NEWFOUNDLAND supplying 55 tons of fresh water

23 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water. RFA War Bharata was alongside at the same time refuelling her

26 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

27 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

28 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

29 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

30 March 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

4 April 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

22 April 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

24 April 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying fresh water

1 May 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying her with fresh water. RFA AIRSPRITE was also alongside refuelling the warship

2 May 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying fresh water

3 May 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS HOWE supplying fresh water

20 May 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON and HMS HOWE supplying them with fresh water

21 May 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON  supplying her with fresh water

25 May 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

20 June 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

10 July 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

30 July 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

1 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

3 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS CEYLON supplying her with fresh water

HMS Ceylon

HMS CEYLON

 

6 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

7 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying her with fresh water

7 August 1943 Chief Engineer Officer William J Cleere RFA discharged dead. He is buried in Liverpool (Allerton) Cemetery in Section 2F C of E Grave 419

 

Cleere_WJ

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

9 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

11 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

15 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

16 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

17 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

19 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

20 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS CEYLON supplying her with fresh water

21 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

22 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

23 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

24 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

25 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

26 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

29 August 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

2 September 1943 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS ANSON supplying fresh water

11 October 1943 sailed Methil in convoy EN293 to Lyness arriving 13 October 1943

21 January 1944 Mr P Mills RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

February 1944 Captain G Moore RFA appointed as Master

15 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 45 tons of fresh water

21 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

22 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

28 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 48 tons of fresh water

29 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with 42 tons of fresh water

30 October 1944 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS BELLONA supplying her with fresh water

1945 purchased by Bulk Oil Steamship Co Ltd, London name unchanged

7 July 1945 sailed from Grangemouth in ballast

7 August 1945 sailed from Grangemouth in ballast

3 September 1947 renamed PASS OF GLENCOE by her owners

1949 sold to Athel Line for £10,000

25 January 1950 renamed ATHELGLEN by her owners

1954 sold to Pure Cane Molasses Co (BWI) Ltd., Georgetown, British Guiana

12 July 1954 renamed MOLAGLEN by her owners

September 1958 Broken up at Demerera River, British Guiana

 

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