Philip Hughes, Banks - 2nd Officer who died this day - RFA Fort Langley 1958.
, I P Ah Kwong - Quartermaster who died this day - RFA Cedardale 1946.
Hee Fong, Han - Messroom Boy who died this day - RFA War Hindoo 1935.
RFA Wave Laird
Previous name: Empire Dunbar
Official Number: 180967
Class: WAVE CLASS Freighting Oiler (unmodified)
Pennant No: X129 / A119
Builder: Laings, Deptford Yard
Launched: 3 April 1946
Into Service: 30 September 1946
Out of service:
Fate: Broken up
Items of historic interest involving this ship: -
Background Data: A need for fast tankers to bring oil into the country had been envisaged early in the Second World War, but by the time the material had been collected and the Yards had space to build them, the need had largely passed and the original design of diesel-engined ships was abandoned. Instead, the standard 12000t Class being built were given sharper bows and sterns and turbine engines with water tube boilers. In all, 21 of this type were built and were offered to the Admiralty, who wanted faster tankers for the Pacific Fleet Train. The Admiralty took 20 of them ( the final vessel being completed commercially for Oil and Molasses Tankers Ltd, London as BEECHWOOD) and renamed them with the WAVEnomenclature. Performance varied considerably from ship to ship and they underwent various modifications in their rigs for RAS work. The 8 best ones were finally given an extensive refit, with extra accommodation added to the Bridge Deck and extra turbo cargo pumps and derricks to make them more satisfactory for Fleet work. Initially expensive to run, they recouped some of their expensive repair bills by earning revenues from charter work after the Korean War. From this Class was evolved the TIDE CLASS oilers
3 April 1946 launched by Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Deptford Yard, Sunderland as Yard Nr 767 named EMPIRE DUNBARfor the MoWT
26 June 1946 Mr David C Leathley RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
30 September 1946 completed - acquired by the Admiralty and renamed WAVE LAIRD
October 1946 while on passage from Sunderland to the River Tyne suffered steering gear problems and was towed into port.
December 1946 at Portland while due to sail for Trinidad delayed due to boiler problems.
17 March 1947 reported as adrift with engines out of action 20 miles off Tasker Rock, County Wexford, Ireland in gale force winds - requested assistance - boiler trouble. Suffered such heavy weather damage that repairs were essential before cargo from Trinidad could be discharged at Old Kilpatrick, River Clyde.
19 May 1947 Captain H W Flint RFA appointed as Master
4 February 1948 Mr R B Burgh RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
28 March 1949 Captain Rowland K Hill RFA appointed as Master
10 November 1949 Deckhand Frederick William Hallett discharged dead. He is buried in Kalkara Royal Naval Cemetery, Malta. Deckhand Hallett had been killed as a result of injuries received when the ship was hit by heavy seas on a voyage from Abadan to Malta. The funeral was attended by the Captain, Officers and crew from the ship and also from RFA Rowanol and RFA Nasprite together with the Secretary of the Malta branch of the National Union of Seaman.
Image courtesy British War Graves with thanks
30 December 1949 Mr I M Macfarlane RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
23 May 1950 Donkeyman Frederick Richard Dawe discharged dead at 44.53N 8.03W - natural causes
25 June 1950 to 27 July 1953 saw service during the Korean War along with 18 other RFA’s and was awarded the Korea 1950-51 Battle Honour
January 1951 RASed HMS THESEUS off Korea
19 May 1951 Mr George McBain RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
19 July 1951 involved in a collision with Royal Inter Ocean liner Boissevain in the Singapore Strait
20 July 1951 at anchor in the outer roads at Singapore
3 August 1951 Captain J Bottomley RFA appointed as Master
10 August 1951 in the outer roads at Singapore
13 August 1951 alongside at Singapore
29 November 1951 Mr J S Aitken RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
2 December 1952 Captain G O W Evans DSC RFA appointed as Master
January 1954 supported Naval vessels with the Royal Yacht Gothic on a State visit to Australia by HM the Queen.
21 November 1954 Captain Geoffrey B A Livesey RFA appointed as Master
7 May 1956 Captain J W Cunningham RFA appointed as Master
31 October 1956 Deployed for Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA’s
11 April 1957 during Exercise Tradewind RASed with HMAS ANZAC
14 April 1957 during Exercise Tradewind RASed with HMAS ANZAC
24 April 1957 sailed Singapore with RN, RNZN, French and RAN units to take part in Exercise Astra
30 April 1957 during Exercise Astra RASed with HMAS ANZAC
3 May 1957 in the vicinity of Sattahib RASed with HMAS's MELBOURNE, ANZAC and TOBRUK prior to steaming to Hong Kong
23 May 1957 during Exercise Sealink RASed with HMAS's ANZAC and TOBRUK
4 September 1957 at Trinidad Sailor Muay Chew Tong discharged dead - accidental
12 November 1957 Mr J Ross RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
18 October 1958 Captain L J Mack DSO RFA appointed as Master
5 January 1959 sailed Simonstown, South Africa to Aden arriving 18 January 1959
7 April 1959 Captain George Baker RFA appointed as Master
2 May 1959 berthed at Malta
26 August 1959 sailed Malta to Bahrain
17 December 1959 Mr G Thompson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer
31 December 1959 alongside at Simontown, South Africa
31 January 1960 at sea at 16.40W 55.10E Seaman Ting Ah Hong discharged dead through apparent natural causes. Buried at Sea
21 March 1960 arrived at Malta from the Persian Gulf
24 May 1960 arrived at Grand Harbour, Malta from Tobruk
20 August 1960 at Devonport Sailor Yee Hoo Ling discharged dead from self inflicted strangulation
16 September 1960 deployed in support of RN units off Iceland during 1st Cod War until 29 September 1960
1961 laid up in reserve at Devonport
October 1969 on disposal list Devonport
1 November 1969 offered for sale 'as lying' at Devonport Dockyard in the Times of this day
26 January 1970 left Devonport under tow to Gibraltar.
25 February 1970 left Gibraltar under tow to the ship breakers
March 1970 arrived Hierros Ardes, Gandia, Spain for breaking up
She acted as a Support Ship to HMS PROTECTORand ran supplies to the Falkland Islands.