As Empire Tesbury
RFA Rippledyke

 As RFA Rippledyke


Previous name:                       Empire Tesbury

Subsequent name:                  Ada  

Official Number:                      181125                                                   

Class:                                     Oil Fuel Hulk

Pennant No:

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Bartram and Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland
Launched:                               21 November 1945
Into Service:                           1951

Out of service:                         March 1960
Fate:                                        Broken up


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Background Data:   She was originally built as a “TES” type (Tankers, Eastern, Steam) coastal tanker specially designed for service in the Far East. She served as an MFA at Bombay, Ceylon and Rangoon under commercial manning and management. She later served as a Shell tanker at Singapore until her purchase by the Admiralty, where all of her subsequent service was on bareboat charter. On her return to the U.K. she spent some time on charter to the Bulk Oil Co Ltd until 1958, when RFA-manned, she went to Gibraltar and was used there as an oil hulk until her sale


21 November 1945 launched by Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland as Yard Nr: 310 named EMPIRE TESBURY for the MoWT

20 February 1946 offered for sale or charter by the Ministry of War Transport in the Times of this date. The monthly charter rate being for a 3 year charter £550 and for a 5 year charter £450.

March 1946 completed and placed under management of Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd,. London

9 March 1946 sailed Sunderland for Colombo

21 March 1946 arrived Malta

14 April 1946 sailed Colombo for the Cocos Islands

14 July 1948 sailed Singapore for P Samboe

23 August 1948 sailed Singapore for Pnompenh

20 March 1950 alongside at Singapore

7 March 1951 in Kepple Dock, Singapore

6 June 1951 transferred to the Admiralty at Singapore and renamed RIPPLEDYKE. On charter to various commercial companies

15 April 1952 sailed Hartlepool to Inverness

19 August 1952 berthed at Hartlepool from Shellhaven

21 August 1952 sailed Hartlepool to Saltend

13 December 1952 sailed Hartlepool for Shellhaven

7 February 1953 with RFA FRESHLAKE and from 17 February 1953 RFA EDDYCLIFFE assisted in the provision of fresh water and motor spirit to the area around Sheerness, Kent after severe flooding. The Portsmouth Evening News reported -

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20 February 1953 berthed at Sunderland from from Shellhaven

5 June 1953 berthed at Hartlepool from Kings Lynn

3 September 1953 berthed on Jarrow Oil Wharf, Jarrow from Swansea

16 April 1954 sailed Hartlepool

11 August 1954 arrived at Hartlepool from Grangemouth

5 November 1955 passed the Lloyds Signal STation at Dover sailing east bound

15 December 1955 sailed the River Wear for Thameshaven

7 January 1956 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamorough Head sailing southbound

6 October 1956 arrived the River Wear

3 May 1957 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamorough Head sailing northbound

27 June 1957 sailed the River Tyne

13 October 1957 arrived the River Tees from Sunderland

21 October 1957 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on Flamborough Head sailing south

27 December 1957 sailed the River Tees

12 April 1958 sailed Immingahm

1958 became RFA manned and sailed to Gibraltar for service as an oil hulk

March 1960 on the Disposal List at Gibraltar

2 April 1960 arrived Genoa for demolition by Cantieri Navaferre, but was resold to S. Lucchese &  I. Esposito, Venice and was converted into a suction dredger for service at Palermo, name unchanged

1965 purchased by Compagnia di Navigazione SpA “MOTIA”, Palermo and was renamed ADA

5 November 1966 in collision with the Yugoslavian BOCNA and sank near the northern breakwater at the entrance to Lido, port of Venice

14 November 1966 the wreck was struck by the wooden m.v. MARINA DI SAPRI  inbound from Yugoslavia which sank without any casualties

4 February 1967 wreck refloated, repaired and re-engined with 1 x 6 cyl 230 x 489mm diesel engine by Motorenwerke Mannheim A.G., Mannheim. 1050 bhp

1978 reclassed as barge

November 1981 sold for demolition by Accaierie di Porto Nogaro, Porto Nogaro

July 1982 demolition begun

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