Terry Lees, Lind - Catering Boy who died this day - RFA Wave Ruler (1) 1963.
Jasoodeen Hasson, Mea - Engine Room Tindall who died this day - RFA Fort Sandusky 1961.
Alfred Herbert, Turnley - Captain who died this day - RAFA Kurumba 1939.
Henry, Gomm - Able Seaman who died this day - RFA Oleander (2) 1934.
RFA Surf Pioneer
Previous name: Beskidy
Official Number: 169231
Class: SURF CLASS Freighting Tanker
Pennant No: A365
Builder: Bartram and Sons Ltd, South Dock,Sunderland
Launched: 23 April 1951
Into Service: 28 November 1951
Out of service: 13 August 1960 - Laid up at Devenport
Fate: Broken up
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data: The two sister ships in this Class were originally ordered by Polish owners and both were jointly commandeered by the Admiralty and the Foreign Office under the Defence Regulations and Enactments during the Korean War. They were initially used mainly for charter work, then carried Admiralty cargoes for a short while before being placed in reserve. There was to have been a third ship in this Class, to have been named SURF PILOT, which was also requisitioned by the Admiralty during the Korean War to prevent her being used by the Communists. She however commissioned instead as a tender to HMS TERROR at Singapore, before being laid up in very poor condition and she was never used by the RFA
May 1948 Ordered
23 April 1951 launched by Bartram and Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland as Yard Nr 333 named BESKIDY for Gdynia-America Shipping Lines Ltd, Gydnia, Poland which was subsequently dissolved and its fleet was handed over to the Polskie Linie Oceaniczne
14 July 51 commandeered by the Admiralty and renamed SURF PIONEER
11 August 1951 Mr A J Daniel RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
25 September 1951 Captain Cecil H Grainger RFA appointed as Master
November 1951 ran trials
28 November 1951 completed and handed over to the Admiralty
3 February 1953 Captain William F Curlett RFA appointed as Master
18 January 1954 Mr H G May RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
6 February 1954 one officer and five crew members in a ships boat in the Indian Ocean carried away by strong currents - rescued by Indian coastal ships
13 February 1954 at Bombay in refit
23 July 1954 seven members of the crew jumped ship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
8 December 1954 Captain C M Rennels RFA appointed as Master
1 March 1956 Captain Frank C Holt RFA appointed as Master
Captain Frank C Holt RFA
7 August 1956 Mr Charles H Gurr RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
17 September 1956 berthed at Malta with 10,000 tons of fresh water which had been loaded at Algiers
31 October 1956 Supported Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA’s, during which she was used as a water carrier
25 December 1956 entered Grand Harbour, Malta after covering with RN units the Anglo-French Forces withdrawl from Port Said.
28 May 1957 Captain Albert E Curtain OBE RD RFA (Commander RNR (Rtd)) appointed as Master
14 July 1958 Mr H G May RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
9 September 1958 Captain G W Webster RFA appointed as Master
10 July 1959 Mr Charles H Gurr RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
21 July 1959 suffered engine breakdown while in the eastern Mediterranean. The tug Brigand sailed from Malta to stand by her
26 December 1959 Captain R J Lockwood RFA appointed as Master
10 February 1960 sailed Malta to Abadan to load
14 March 1960 berthed at Malta to discharge
17 March 1960 sailed Malta for Port Said
13 August 1960 laid up at Devonport
18 November 1969 placed on the Disposal List
29 November 1969 advertised for sale 'as lying' at Devonport in The Times of this date by the Board of Trade
16 February 1970 sailed Devonport in tow for the breakers
28 February 1970 arrived Burriana for breaking up by Aguilar y Peris S.A.
March 1970 breaking up began
1. Her and her sister always retained the Polish Eagle embossed on their funnels.