RFA Northmark

The above image would appear to be the ship when she was in commission as HMS Bulawayo.

Previous name:                       Westerwald  Nordmark
Subsequent name:                  HMS Bulawayo

Class:

Pennant No:                            A121

Laid down:                              14 November 1936

Builder:                                   Schichau, Elbing

Launched:                               5 October 1937
Into Service:                            9 May 1945
Out of service:                        1947 to Royal Navy

Fate:                                       Scrapped

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

As a German Naval Auxiliary

 

16 January 1939 commissioned into the German Navy. Her Commanding Officer was KKpt R. Peter Grau

July 1939 deployed with the Gneisenau off the island of Maderia

22 August 1939 deployed from Germany to support the German Pocket Battleship Deutschland in the North Atlantic.

25 October 1939  having changed her name to Nordmark she refuelled Deutschland

17 November 1939 reported to the German Consulate at Trondheim, Norway that she had been stopped by the Norwegian Navy torpedo boat off Hidrifi Island. The ship was sailing in Norwegian territorial waters and acting as a merchant vessel on the orders from the German High Command

18 November 1939 allowed to proceed after stating she was a German Government vessel with weapons for self defence only

20 November 1939 taken under escort of German Naval vessels to transit the Great Belt territorial waters as the Danish Government had blocked passage between 54.47N & 54.51N

22 November 1939 entered Swinemunde thence after seven days to Danzig shipyards

12 March 1940 entered Swinemunde with the German Cruiser Emden and the Battleship Lutzow - became icebound

11 April 1940 in the Artic Ocean refuelled the German battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst

13 May 1940 off Jan Mayen Island refuelled the commercial raider 'Widder' during the laters break out into the North Atlantic. Nordmark had suffered damage to her bow and stern from ice.

27 July 1940 damaged during an air raid near the Jutland coast.

12 September 1940 until 21 May, 1941 supplied the Admiral Scheer

23 October 1940 sailed Gdynia

7 February 1941 refuelled the raider Kormoran off the Cape Verde Islands while disguised as an American ship Dixie

14 March 1941 Able Seaman Arthur Herbert Freeman a British merchant seaman and a prisoner held on the ship and originally captured on the ss Afric Star shot dead by German guards during a fire and what they (the Germans) perceived as an attempt to take over the ship .  He is buried at VILLENAVE D'ORNON (ST. BRICE) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Bordeaux, France

Freeman AH

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

14 April 1941 while purporting to be an American tanker Prairie spotted by an seaplane from HMS Alcantara in the South Atlantic Ocean - challenged, accepted as genuine and allowed to continue on her voyage. Later it was found she was not the  American ship named Prairie.

16 April 1941 RASed with an Italian submarine Archimede in the South Atlantic Ocean

17 April 1941 RASed with another Italian submarine Guglielmotti in the South Atlantic Ocean

17 April 1941 RASed with a third Italian submarine Ferraris in the South Atlantic Ocean

22 April 1941 RASed with a fourth Italian submarine Perla in the South Atlantic Ocean

2 May 1941 RASed with German submarines U105, U106 and U107

14 May 1941 while returning to Germany from the South Atlantic one of her British prisoners died - Chief Engineer Officer Robert Scott Carruthers of the ss Craftsman who had been wounded when his ship was attacked and sunk by the German commercial raider 'Kormoran' on the 9 April 1941.

 CEO Carruthers

Chief Engineer Officer Robert S Carruthers

Mr Carruthers was buried at sea with full military honours and is remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial

Craftsman

The Memorial at Tower Hill for those who died when the ss Craftsman was sunk includes Chief Engineer Robert S Carruthers, from that ship, who died on 14 May 1941 onboard the Nordmark
Image supplied with thanks to Brian Watson
 

19 May 1941 while returning to Germany her passage was via the English Channel under escort of ships of the German Navy and Airforce with no attack from British forces

20 May 1941 injured prisoners from ss Craftsman (including the ships Master who had been blinded) were discharged at Cuxhaven. Berthed later at Hamburg.

March 1942 to April 1945 Operations in Norway

ship

As the German supply ship Nordmark

9 May 1945 captured by British forces at Copenhagen

4 June 1945 due to shortage of tankers the Admiralty directed that she was to be sailed to Rosyth as soon as possible with minimal German crew. Her RN crew was to be provided from HMS DIADEM and the Polish Ship ORBI. If this was not possible she was to sail with her German crew but under a guard from HMS DIADEM and the ORBI - source Admiralty War Diary of this date page 1051

8 June 1945 arrived Rosyth escorted by HMS DIADEM and the Polish Ship ORBI - source Admiralty Wat Diary of this date page 66.

25 June 1945 arrived at Palmers, Hebburn on Tyne.

As a British Naval Auxiliary

January 1946 renamed Northmark and considered for RFA Service

11 January 1946 Captain John Smith RD RNR  appointed as Commanding Officer

4 May 1946 Stoker 1st Class Edward Walker D/KX 153047 discharged dead. He is buried in Milford Haven Cemetery in Section A grave 148

Walker E

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

12 June 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

July 1947 on completion of refit was commissioned as HMS Bulawayo

Bulawayo_Cap_Tally

30 June 1947 Captain Kenneth A Short DSO Royal Navy appointed as Commanding Officer

29 September 1947 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

13 January 1948 the Times Newspaper reported -

Times News Report 1948 Bulawayo

18 February 1948 sailed Sheerness to Point-a-Pierre, Trinidad arriving on 3 March 1948 to load.

6 March 1948 sailed Trinidad to Sheerness. A total of four of these round trips were made arriving at Sheerness on 29 June 1948 at the end of the last trip

20 March 1948 Leading Signalman Ernest D Cook JX 142225 discharged dead

18 June 1948 RASed with HMS VANGUARD

HMS Vanguard

HMS VANGUARD

24 July 1948 announced that the Home Fleet's Autumn Cruise to the West Indies and to South Africa. Among the ships taking part were to be HMS's DUKE OF YORK (Flagshire of Vice Admiral Sir Rhoderick R McGrigor KCB), THESEUS, VENGEANCE, DIADEM, SOLEBAY, BULAWAYO and RFA FORT BEAUHARNOIS

13 September 1948 off Portland undertook a practice RAS with HMS JUTLAND

23 September 1948 entered Portland Harbour

14 October 1948 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

1 January 1949 Commissioned Boatswain William Howard Leaman Royal Navy appointed an Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Years Honours List of this day

14 January 1949 at Portsmouth Dockyard moved berths from No: 3 Basin  to No: 15 dry dock

2 February 1949 at Portsmouth Dockyard moved berths from No: 15 dry dock to No: 3 Basin

24 March 1949 before Portsmouth Magistrates' Court Officers Cook Peter Burdett from HMS Bulawayo pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of trousers and was fined £5

6 April 1949 at Portsmouth Dockyard a fire was discovered in the cable bringing shore power to the ship. The Dockyard Fire Service was called and extinguished the blaze

August 1949 Captain Donald Fuller Royal Navy appointed as Commanding Officer

19 August 1949 the ships company dance was held at the Embassy Ballroom, Fawcett Road, Portsmouth

26 September 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

29 September 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

30 September 1949 the Portsmouth Evening News newspaper reported: -

Portsm Even News 30 9 1949 Bulawayo

11 October 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

 BULAWAYO RASING 

Bulawayo RAsing

HMS Bulawayo RASing with a King George V Class Battleship

 MOD copyright acknowledged

13 October 1949 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

17 October 1949 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 October 1949 sailed Devonport to Gibraltar arriving on 29 October.

31 October 1949 sailed Gibraltar to Malta GC

10 November 1949 berthed at Malta

22 November 1949 off Malta RASed with HMS GRAVELINES (trough method) - training RAS - only 47 tons of FFO transferred 

23 November 1949 off Malta RASed with HMS GRAVELINES (trough method) - training RAS - only 24 tons of FFO transferred

29 November 1949 sailed Malta for alongside replenshment with HMS St AUSTELL BAY

27 March 1950 sailed Gibraltar to Sheerness

20 April 1950 Captain H Murray-Clark, Royal Navy was appointed as Commanding Officer

October 1950 into reserve at the Gare Loch Scotland and used as Headquarters Ship, Reserve Fleet, Clyde Division

21 January 1952 at the Gare Loch with HMS ZEEBRUGGE berthed alongside

30 January 1952 at the Gare Loch with HMS ZEEBRUGGE berthed alongside

4 October 1955 arrived for breaking up at Dalmuir, Scotland.

 

Nordenfelt2 

Image above © Imperial War Museum

NORDENFELT_1089

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:   

Official Number                               181861

                                                                       
Class:                                            GATLING CLASS Armament Stores Carrier 

Pennant No:                                   A135

Laid down:
Builder:                                          Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew
Launched:                                      30 November 1945
Into Service:                                   14 March 1946
Out of service:                

Fate:                                              Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Information: - One of a group of five coasters which were not normally classed as RFA’s They are included here as the ancestors of the more modern ammunition ships These five ships were designed by the Director of Naval Construction to the requirements of the Naval Armament Department. They were designed for Pacific Operations to carry ammunition from larger ships offshore which were of too deep a draught to go close inshore to the coastal areas or small harbours and had their bottoms strengthened to permit grounding when loaded if required. This was a 1943 plan connected with a future invasion of Japan. As there was no requirement to carry large naval guns they were provided with two cargo holds. The order for them was placed in October 1944 and none of them was completed before the end of hostilities, which meant that only one of them (GATLING) was needed to proceed to the Far east to assist in the rehabilitation of Singapore. GATLING and NORDENFELT were completed to mercantile standards and were registered and classed with Lloyds Register and were run on National Maritime Board conditions, while the other three were on “Yard Craft” Dockyard agreements and were completed with naval style accommodation.

 

 

30 November 1945 launched by Lobnitz & Co Ltd, Renfrew as Yard Nr 1089 named NORDENFELT

14 March 1946 completed to mercantile standards

9 May 1947 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

7 October 1947 sailed Liverpool for Plymouth

30 October 1947 when off Dungeness transmitted an SOS call. Tugs from Dover attended. Towed to Portsmouth by the Admiralty Tug Foremost 32

 NAV Nordenfelt press cutting

Press report from the Dover Express & East Kent News of 31 October 1947

31 October 1947 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 March 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

16 May 1948 arrived Workington having sailed from Plymouth

1 August 1948 sailed Belfast for Plymouth

15 February 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

10 June 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

30 March 1950 Captain J K Pearce appointed as Master

27 April 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

19 May 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

3 August 1950 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west bound

26 January 1951 Mr H Osborne appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 January 1964 grounded off Alderney during a sleet storm but was refloated

September 1971 on disposal list at Devonport

11 February 1977 arrived Pembroke Dock for demolition

 

Notes:

 

  1. Based at Naval Armaments Depots Plymouth and Priddy's Hard between 1946 to 1959

 

 

RFA Nasprite

 

 

Official Number:                       168062

Class:                                     SPRITE CLASS Spirit Carrier

Pennant No:                            A252

Laid down:                              7 March 1940
Builder:                                   Blythswood Shipbuilding, Scotstoun
Launched:                               28 November 1940
Into Service:                            11 February 1941
Out of service:                         Laid up 1954
Fate:                                       Broken up at Williebroek, February 1964

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  There were two ships in this Class which were Admiralty-designed and they both spent most of their careers in U.K. and Mediterranean waters

 

9 October 1939 ordered

7 March 1940 laid down

28 November 1940 launched by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Scotstoun as Yard Nr: 65 named NASPRITE

19 December 1940 Mr L W Pool RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

11 February 1941 completed at a cost of £ 97,207

12 February 1941 joined the Fleet Fuelling Service as a petrol carrier

April 1941 until February 1942 served as harbour oiler at Scapa Flow

10 July 1941 in collision with the corvette HMS MARIGOLD

29 July 1941 was damaged when going alongside the battleship HMS KING GEORGE V

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HMS KING GEORGE V

29 November 1941 at Scapa Flow alongside HMS DUKE OF YORK to refuel her - 2000 gallons of aviation spirit

9 February 1942 Captain Arthur J D Gosney RFA appointed as Master

Captain GOSNEY ARTHURJAMESDENZIL

Captain Arthur J D Gosney RFA

23 February 1942 sailed Lyness for Grangemouth

9 April 1942 sailed Methil in convoy EN 69/2 to Oban arriving 11 April 1942

12 September 1942 Captain Francis J King RFA appointed as Master

5 October 1942 sailed Adrossan to the Clyde

18 October 1942 sailed the Clyde in convoy KX2 to Gibraltar arriving 29 October 1942 with RFA’s ABBEYDALE, BROWN RANGER, DERWENTDALE (1), DEWDALE (1), DINGLEDALE, ENNERDALE (1) and VISCOL. She was awarded the North Africa 1942 Battle Honour

30 October 1942 at Malta Able Seaman Grazio Magro discharged dead - drowned

24 June 1943 sailed Algiers in convoy GTX3 in company with 26 other ships including RFA CELEROL, RFA CHERRYLEAF (1) and RFA OLIGARCH arriving Malta 28 June 1943

3 July 1943 sailed Alexandria

10 July 1943 In Operation Husky - the British element of the invasion of Sicily - along with RFA’s CEDARDALE, DERWENTDALE (1), ENNERDALE (1) and  PEARLEAF (1)

17 July 1943 Mr T Dowling RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

5 August 1943 arrived at Augusta - source Admiralty War Diary of this day

12 August 1943 NOIC Augusta reported to the Admiralty by signal that he intended sailing NASPRITE, RFA WAR KRISHNA and numerous Landing Craft escorted by HMS WHITING, HMS PIROUETTE and HMS GRAYLING as Convoy Pungent. RFA WAR KRISHNA to sail to Malta escorted by HMS PIROUETTE and HMS GRAYLING. The NOIC's signal did not indicate where NASPRITE was bound - source Admiralty War Diary of this day

22 August 1943 during Operation Husky - D plus 12 - a stick of bombs was dropped near Nasprite - no damage suffered - reported in C in C Meds report on Operation Husky page 521

23 August 1943 arrived at Augusta - source Admiralty War Diary of this day

26 November 1943 while going alongside the Ferry Vessel SS MESSINA in charge of a pilot the anchor davits and stem struck the passenger deck and wood rubbing band of the MESSINA. Slight damage to both vessels. MESSINA owned by the railway company and based at Messina. Location of collision not shown in the Admiralty War Diary of 28 November 1943 or in a signal from the Master of the NASPRITE to the Admiralty 

1944 ran aground off Italy

27 May 1944 sailed Naples in convoy NV 41 to Malta arriving the next day

9 June 1944 sailed Naples in convoy NV44 to Malta arriving the next day 

15 August 1944 in Operation Dragoon - the Allied invasion of the south of France - along with  RFA’s CELEROL, DEWDALE (1) and ENNERDALE (1)

4 September 1944 sailed Naples in convoy NV62 to Augusta arriving on 5 September 1944

8 September 1944 sailed Augusta in convoy AH66 to Taranto arriving the next day

13 December 1944 Captain E H Butterworth RFA appointed as Master

14 April 1945 sailed Taranto under escort to Zara arriving on 16 April 1945

9 November 1945 arrived at Ancona from Venice

12 November 1945 sailed Ancona

21 November 1945 sailed Ancona to Bari arriving the same day

21 April 1946 at Malta Chief Engineer Officer Thomas Haddow RFA discharged dead - from shock and multiple injuries due to a fall ashore

 Thomas Haddow

Chief Engineer Officer Thomas Haddow RFA

1 September 1946 Captain J Bottomley RFA appointed as Master

9 August 1947 Mr J Sinclair RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

18 October 1947 Mr Andrew N Porteous RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer until 31 October 1947

CEO Andrew Porteous

Chief Engineer Officer Andrew Porteous RFA
Image courtesy of Jim Small

24 May 1948 Mr F A Essam RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

NASPRITE AIRSPRITE

RFA's AIRSPRITE & NASPRITE alongside of each other in Misida Creek, Malta astern of HMS RIFLEMAN in February 1949

 

1 April 1949 Captain S P Rice RFA appointed as Master

4 May 1949 sailed Grand Harbour, Malta with RFA's SPABROOK, ROWANOL (2) and BLUE RANGER for overnight exercises with RN units and the Royal Air Force off Malta

4 July 1949 sailed Malta with RFA's FORT DUQUESNE, ROWANOL (2) and BLUE RANGER together with RN units for exercises off Navarin

12 September 1949 Captain D A C Butler RFA appointed as Master

15 November 1949 moored alongside HMS GRAVELINES at Malta - sailed 16 November 1949

HMS Gravelines

HMS GRAVELINES

12 April 1950 berthed at Malta this day from Gibraltar

28 November 1950 Mr J J Moore RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

13 June 1951 Captain Allistoun M Macquire-Samson RFA appointed as Master

21 September 1951 alongside HMS MANXMAN

10 February 1952  Mr Charles W Urry RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO Charles URRY

Chief Engineer Officer Charles W Urry RFA

28 February 1952 sailed Malta with RFA ROWANOL (2) for Cagliari, Sardinia

11 July 1953 Captain A H Mackenzie RFA appointed as Master

15 March 1954 sailed Malta for Gibraltar and Combined Fleet Exercises after which to Toulon, France

15 July 1954 sailed the River Tyne for Rosyth

31 August 1954 laid up Devonport

August 1963 put up for disposal

3 September 1963 advertised for sale 'as lying' at H M Devonport in the Times of this day by the MoT

1964  reportedly sold to Lamico Shipping Co, Sussex

5 February 1964 arrived Antwerp for demolition by Scrappingco, Willebroek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Nigeria-07

ss Nigeria before service as an RFA

 

Previous name:
Subsequent name:                    Niger

Official Number:                       114747

Class:                                     Accommodation Ship

Pennant No:                            Y8.70

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Raylton Dixon, Middlesborough
Launched:                               6 May 1901

Into Service:                            8 November 1916
Out of service:                         1920
Fate:                                       1931 Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  One of a group of additional ships requisitioned by the Admiralty in WW1 to supplement the ships of the RFA

 

6 May 1901  Launched by Sir Raylton Dixon & Co Ltd, Middlesbrough as Yard Nr 479 named NIGERIA for the African Steamship Company (Elder Dempster, Managers) London

August 1901 completed with accommodation for 108 first class and 52 second class passengers

18 September 1901 sailed Liverpool on her maiden voyage for West African Ports

10 November 1901 sailed Freetown, Sierra Leone for Liverpool

4 February 1902 sailed Sierra Leone for Plymouth and Liverpool

15 February 1902 arrived at Plymouth from West Africa

17 February 1902 arrived at Liverpool

8 March 1902 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

22 April 1902 sailed Lagos, Nigeria for Liverpool

10 May 1902 arrived at Liverpool

15 April 1903 sailed Teneriffe for the River Congo

27 May 1903 passed Teneriffe north bound while on passage from West Africa

2 June 1903 berthed at Southampton from West Africa

27 June 1903 sailed Liverpool for West Africa

10 August 1903 sailed Canary Islands for Maderia

11 August 1903 sailed Maderia for Liverpool

17 August 1903 arrived at Liverpool

5 September 1903 sailed Liverpool for West Africa

19 September 1903 berthed at Sekondi from Liverpool

26 October 1903 arrived Plymouth from West Africa then sailed the same day for Liverpool

25 November 1903 arrived at Sierra Leone from Liverpool

16 December 1903 sailed Lagos, Nigeria for Liverpool

3 February 1904 arrived at Sierra Leone from Liverpool

11 March 1904 off the Longship Channel passenger William J Bawden discharged dead - natural cuases

13 April 1904 arrived at Sierra Leone from Liverpool

11 July 1904 sailed Lagos, Nigeria for Liverpool

22 July 1904 sailed Canary Islands for Plymouth and Liverpool

2 September 1905 when on passage from Accra to Liverpool passed Sierra Leone

11 September 1905 arrived Las Palmas

20 September 1905 arrived Liverpool

9 June 1906 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

31 August 1906 arrived at Sekondi from Liverpool

18 November 1906 arrived at Sekondi from Liverpool

30 November 1906 sailed Sierra Leone for Liverpool

28 December 1906 sailed Old Calabar for Liverpool

31 December 1906 off Accra Clerk Jospeh Ellis Bruce discharged dead - natural causes

20 July 1907 arrived at Liverpool from West African ports

10 August 1907 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

25 August 1907 arrived at Sekondi

29 September 1907 sailed Libreville

14 October 1907 sailed Sierra Leone

19 October 1907 sailed from Grand Canaria for Liverpool

4 January 1908 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

1 February 1908 arrived at Plymouth from West African ports and sailed the same day for Liverpool

2 February 1908 arrived at Liverpool

23 February 1908 sailed from Liverpool for West African ports

11 July 1908 sailed Libreville for Liverpool

14 November 1908 sailed from Grand Canaria for Liverpool

23 November 1908 berthed at Liverpool from West African ports

29 April 1909 arrived at Liverpool from West African ports

21 May 1909 arrived at Grand Canaria from Liverpool

9 July 1909 sailed Grand Canaria for Liverpool

31 July 1909 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

12 September 1909 sailed Lagos, Nigeria for Liverpool

18 December 1909 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard when on passage from Plymouth to Liverpool

5 January 1910 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

31 January 1910 sailed Forcados for Bonny

2 January 1911 arrived Plymouth from West African ports and sailed the same day for Liverpool

11 January 1911 sailed Liverpool for West African ports

17 January 1911 arrived at Lisbon from Liverpool

23 January 1911 arrived at Sierra Leone from Lisbon

12 January 1914 sailed Canary Islands for Liverpool

24 February 1915 sailed Liverpool for Sierra Leone, Accra and other West African ports with 50 passengers. Captain R K Pooley was Master

8 August 1915 sailed Falmouth for the Belgian Congo with 72 passengers. Captain Alfred J Day was Master

24 November 1915 sailed Liverpool for Sierra Leone, Accra, and other West African ports with 40 passengers. Captain James Tyrer was Master

15 March 1916 sailed Liverpool for Sierra Leone, Accra, Lagos and other West African ports with 43 passengers. Captain W E Griffiths was Master

24 May 1916 sailed Liverpool for Sierra Leone, Accra, Lagos and other West African ports with 59 passengers. Captain R K Pooley was Master

4 September 1916 sailed Liverpool for Sierra Leone, Accra, Lagos and other West African ports with 60 passengers. Captain J C Shooter was Master

8 November 1916 chartered by the Admiralty for service as an accommodation ship

23 January 1917 Steward William Gainford Bunn discharged dead - meningitus

9 March 1917 while serving as an accommodation ship was extensively damaged at Romanoff, Murmansk when a fire broke out aboard her. She was scuttled then later refloated and repaired.

1 April 1917 HMS IPHIGENIA berthed alongside wreck of RFA NIGERIA

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HMS IPHIGENIA

3 April 1917 salvage work commenced by crew from HMS IPHIGENIA

8 April 1917 tug No: 8 berthed alongside the wreck

13 April 1917 tug Sunderland made fast to wreck and moved her into stream. Both anchors let go

14 April 1917 diving operations commenced on ships propellors

17 April 1917 working party from HMS IPHIGENIA and the tug Sutherland employed in picking up wreck's starboard anchor

21 April 1917 working parties from HMS's GLORY and VINDICTIVE engaged onboard in salvage work. SS Tarbatness berthed alongside the wreck

28 April 1917 tugs St Cyr, Earl Essex and Sinessow made fast to wreck

29 April 1917 small fire discovered in No: 2 hold of the wreck (reserve bunker) - extinguished

10 May 1917 wreck moved to billett off Murmansk Pier with assistance of HMT Sunderland

14 May 1917 working parties engaged on clearing the holds of the wreck

18 May 1917 HMS IPHIGENIA cast off from wreck

26 May 1917 working party from HMS IPHIGENIA onboard

1918 converted to cargo service for the Shipping Controller (Elder Dempster - Managers)

1920 purchased by Mr Clause Langdon, London

1921 purchased by Cie Marseillaise de Navigation a Vapeur (Cie Fraissinet, Managers) Marseilles and renamed NIGER

1931 sold to Italian breakers for 250,000 Francs

30 October 1931 arrived for breaking up at Genoa.

 

 

 

Ships of the same name

Nigeria. Cruiser, 8,000 tons 555.5 x 62 feet, by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow and launched on the 18 July 1939.  Armed with 12 x 6 inch, 8 x 4 inch and 6 torpedo tubes.  Sold to the Indian Navy on the 29 August 1957 and renamed Mysore.  Paid off on the 29 August 1985, broken up in 1986.

Battle Honours for this Vessel: ATLANTIC 1941, NORWAY 1941, ATLANTIC 1942, MALTA CONVOYS 1942, SABANG 1944, BURMA 1944-5, EAST INDIES 1945.

 

RFA Nimble

 

 

Previous name:                    Roslin Castle
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                   123015

Class:                                 Tender / Ferry

Pennant No:                         X76

Laid down:
Builder:                                Hawthorns, Leith
Launched:                            14 March 1906
Into Service:                         25 March 1908
Out of service:                      11 October 1948 sold commercially
Fate:                                   14 February 1949 Broken Up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  She was originally built as a sloop for her owners’ Firth of Forth ferry service. Did not become RFA manned until 1944 when she served on the River Medway Ferry Service, employed on service between Chatham - Sheerness - ships in the Medway area in connection with the assembly for Operation Overlord

 

14 March 1905 launched by Hawthorn & Co, Leith as Yard Nr: 110 named ROSLIN CASTLE for Galloway Saloon Steam Packet Co., Leith

May 1905 completed at a cost of £12,210

8 June 1906 when between the Bass Rock and North Berwick a passenger was seen to jump over the side. He was rescued by a boat lowered from the Roslin Castle

23 June 1906 sailed Leith and when off Seafield ran aground on a sand bank. Managed to get off returning to Leith docks

Nimble - Press report 1906

Press report from the Edinburgh Evening News of 23 June 1906

7 September 1906 the Sanitory Congress which was holding a meeting at the Queen's Hotel, Leith adjourned to the Roslin Castle for a cruise on the Forth from the West Pier, Leith at the invitation of the Corporation of Leith

25 March 1908 purchased by the Admiralty for £15,500 for service as a tender based at Sheerness and was renamed NIMBLE

16 October 1914 arrived at Dover

1914 - 1917 on the Chatham - Sheerness ferry service

1917 - 1918 served on PoW exchange duties at Boston

21 February 1919 at Chatham alongside HMS BACCHANTE discharging kit bags and hammocks of active service ratings to depot

HMS Bacchante

HMS BACCHANTE

14 July 1919 came alongside HMS EREBUS which was anchored off Sheerness Dockyard

HMS EREBUS

HMS EREBUS

8 December 1920 at Sheerness berthed alongside HMS YARMOUTH to take crew to Chatham with the warship being reduced to Nore reserve

1922 laid up at Chatham

13 May 1923 at the Great Nore alongside HMS REPULSE ferrying part of the crew into Sheerness

26 July 1924 used a VIP transport for the Kings Fleet Review at Spithead - the reviwed included RFA PETRONEL

1930 - 1941 ferry steamer based at Chatham Dockyard on river and harbour passenger service

17 December 1941 laid up at Chatham

2 April 1944 became RFA manned and renamed RFA NIMBLE. Acted as the Medway Ferry Service between Chatham and Sheerness

8 December 1947 placed on care and maintenance basis

11 October 1948 disposal arranged by the Director of Ships and Transport and was purchased by Lloyds Albert Yacht and Motor Packet Service, Southampton renamed NIMBLE

14 February 1949 arrived Boom for breaking up

 

Notes:

 

Along with the ferry HARLEQUIN was supposed to have been replaced by the purpose-built MAGICIAN but the latter was turned over to the War Department on completion for use as an Army Hospital Ship and was not returned to the R.N. until 1945

 

 

 

Awaiting Image

 

Previous name:                           C65
Subsequent name: 

Official Number:                                                                         

Class:                                        Steam Coaling Craft / Fleet Messenger

Pennant No:

Laid down:
Builder:
Launched:
Into Service:
Out of service:
Fate:

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -  

 

21 February 1917 Able Seaman George William Astrop MMR 537084 discharged dead through illness. He is buried in Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Belgium in grave I F 2

13 March 1917 Lieutenant John Davies RNR appointed in Command

5 January 1918 Engineer Sub Lieutenant Stephen D Spoor RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer until 23 March 1919 when posted to RFA SUNHILL

11 May 1922 sailed Goole with a cargo of coal for Chatham dockyard

5 October 1923 sailed Albert Dock, Hull in ballast

12 October 1923 sailed Immingham with a cargo of coal and coke

23 May 1924 sailed Hull to Goole in ballast

15 July 1924 berthed on Sheer Jetty, Portsmouth Harbour

8 September 1924 sailed Albert Dock, Hull to Goole in ballast

19 September 1924 berthed on the Sheer Jetty at Portsmouth Harbour

6 December 1924 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 February 1925 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

1 April 1925 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

2 May 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

24 May 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

23 July 1925 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

5 August 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

6 September 1925 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

18 September 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 October 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

9 October 1925 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

28 October 1925 sailed Portsmouth Harbour

4 November 1925 berthed on the Sheer Jetty at Portsmouth Harbour

11 November 1925 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

31 July 1926 berthed at the Round Tower, Portsmouth Dockyard

25 April 1927 arrived at Plymouth from Portsmouth

29 September 1927 sailed Hull to the River Tyne in ballast

8 August 1928 sailed West Hartlepool in ballast

28 September 1929 sailed Goole with a cargo of coal for Chatham Dockyard

1930 renamed Nora

 Press report 9.1.33 West Morn News Nora

Press report from Western Morning News of 9 January 1933 

15 January 1930 sailed Plymouth for Portsmouth

1 January 1931 detailed in a published list of RFA's in Portsmouth Harbour together with RFA KIMMEROL, RFA EBONOL, RFA PETRONEL, RFA ORANGELEAF (1), RFA WAR AFRIDI, RFA PRESTOL, RFA BRITISH LANTERN, RFA LIMOL, RFA WAR SIRDAR,  NAV ISLEFORD and NAV UPNOR

25 January 1933 detailed in a list of RFA's in Portsmouth Harbour together with RFA KIMMEROL, RFA ELMOL, RFA PETRONEL, RFA APPLELEAF (1), NAV ISLEFORD and NAV UPNOR

24 April 1933 at Portsmouth Harbour berthed in the Tidal Basin

7 August 1933 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

1939 replaced by RFA Robert Middleton then reduced to a hulk for the storage of ammunion on the River Medway.

 

RFA Nucula
 
 
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RFA Nucula along side HMS Renown in Auckland Harbour, New Zealand

 

Previous name:                      Hermione, Soyo Maru, RN Oiler No: 73        
Subsequent name:

Official Number:                     123992

Class:                                    Station Oiler

Pennant No:                          Y7.220

Laid down:
Builder:                                 Armstrong Whitworth & Co.
Launched:                             24 July 1906
Into Service:                          1922 (as an RFA)
Out of service:                       10 June 1937
Fate:                                     Scuttled

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:  Acquired from commercial owners in the early Twenties, this tanker had a very short life with the Admiralty before being transferred to the New Zealand Government as their Navy’s first oiler to provide afloat support for their new cruisers HMNZS's DIOMEDE and DUNEDIN. Her main use was in transporting fuel oil from San Pedro in California to Auckland

 

24 July 1906 launched by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle as Yard Nr: 776 named HERMIONE for Oil Tank Steamship Co Ltd (C.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, Managers)  Liverpool

September 1906 completed

16 October 1906 sailed Penarth for Philadelphia

31 October 1906 arrived at Philadelphia from Penarth

18 November 1906 the Lloyds Signal Station on St Catherines Point, Isle of Wight reported that the ship, on passage from Philadelphia to London, was five miles south east of the Signal station flying a signal 'Not Under Control'

15 December 1906 sailed Philadelphia for the UK

3 January 1907 sailed Las Palmas for Liverpool

27 February 1907 sailed Newport, Wales for Philadelphia

18 March 1907 sailed Philadelphia for Plymouth

8 July 1907 sailed London for Philadelphia

27 August 1907 arrived at Monte Video from Liverpool

11 November 1907 arrived at Liverpool from the River Plate

1908 purchased by Toyo Kisen Kaisha, Yokohama and was renamed SOYO MARU

13 January 1908 berthed at Pacific Street Wharf, San Francisco on first voyage from the UK for her new owners carrying 7,600 cases of champagne. She had come under the charge of British Officers while her Japanese Officers remained onboard as passengers. All the ships tankers were filled with freight. One tank was filled with pebbles in sacks as ballast. A serious accident occured when a temporary tackle which had been rigged to assist in the removed of the sacks of ballast through the open tank lid. The hook attached to a block fell and hit the head of George Greeves, a long shoreman who sustained a fractured skull. Reported at length in the newspaper 'The San Franciso Call' of 14 January 1908

5 December 1908 sailed Philadelphia for Avonmouth Dock

20 December 1908 arrived Avonmouth Dock

24 December 1908 sailed Avonmouth Dock for Kustendje

18 January 1910 arrived Honolulu from Peru

23 June 1910 arrived at Colombo from New York for Yokohama

3 September 1910 sailed Teneriffe for Liverpool

15 May 1911 arrived at Port Said

8 October 1912 suffered an engine room fire in the Malacca Straits about 160 miles north of Singapore. The cargo, passengers and crew were safe - reported in the Hong Kong Telegraph of 11 October 1912

6 December 1912 - Hong Kong press reports indicate that the fire damage (see above) is extensive around the poop 

14 February 1914 sailed Southampton for Port Arthur

7 April 1915 requisitioned by the Shipping Controller (F.C. Strick, Managers) and was renamed NUCULA and served as R.N. Oiler Nr: 73 until 15 August 1915

29 September 1917 managers became Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London and served as R.N. Oiler Nr: 220. with name unchanged

13 April 1918 berthed at New York having sailed from Liverpool. Captain Bernard Charles Wilton as Master with 56 crew

10 September 1918 berthed at New York having sailed from Plymouth Captain George William Ferris as Master with 56 crew

23 November 1918 berthed at Galveston from New York

13th December 1918 sailed Gravesend for Philadelphia

8 January 1919 at Marus Hook, Philadelphia Fireman Yin Leong discharged dead from natural causes. He had signed on on 7 November 1917 at Singapore

January 1919 was stated to be in very poor condition and was recommended for disposal by the Director of Transport. The Admiralty approved expenditure of £50,000 to refit her for retention and she was purchased on their behalf by Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co  Ltd, London, remaining under their management

11 January 1919 sailed Philadelphia for Falmouth

23 March 1919 arrived at New Orleans from London

18 April 1919 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

19 April 1919 arrived at Falmouth from New Orleans (reported in the New York Tribute newspaper on 20 April 1919)

18 July 1919 sailed Gravesend via Grangemouth to Philadelphia

12 August 1919 reported by radio to Lloyds at Lerwick passing drifting mines at 69.55N 13.40E and at 65.05N 12.11E

25 September 1919 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

23 October 1919 and 24 October 1919 at Port of Spain, Trinidad moored alongside HMS RENOWN to refuel her - supplied 3,709 tons of FFO

8 December 1919 arrived at Trinidad from Thames Haven

19 May 1920 arrived at Galveston, Texas from Port Talbot

13 June 1920 arrived at Sheerness from Galveston

5 July 1920 arrived at Port Said from Sheerness

11 August 1920 at Suez Chief Steward J E Smith discharged dead - drowned

29 October 1920 arrived Suez from Abadan. RFA WAR BHARATA also arrived the same day and also from Abadan

10 November 1920 at Suez Fireman Ah Sang discharged dead with beri beri. He signed on at Singapore on 14 October 1920

28 December 1920 Lloyds Telegrams reported that Nucula was in collision with the British steamer British Emperor outside of the Bussorah Bar, Euphrates. Damage was reported to be serious

British Emperor 1916

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25 April 1921 sailed Port Arthur, Texas to the Clyde

16 May 1921 arrived at Greenock from New Orleans

21 May 1921 sailed Glasgow in ballast for a Texan port

11th June 1921 arrived at Port Arthur from the Clyde

26 July 1921 sailed the Clyde for Port Arthur

10 August 1921 berthed at Port Arthur, Texas

19 August 1921 sailed Beaumont, Texas for Devonport

7 September 1921 arrived at Queenstown, Ireland for Haulbowline from Port Arthur

12 September 1921 sailed Queenstown for Beaumont, Texas

3 October 1921 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Queenstown, Ireland

7 October 1921 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Sheerness

29 October 1921 arrived at Sheerness from Port Arthur, Texas

6 December 1921 sailed Sheerness for Beaumont, Texas

30 December 1921 arrived at Port Arthur from Sheerness

29 January 1922 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

3 February 1922 sailed Portsmouth for Port Arthur, Texas

26 February 1922 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Portsmouth

10 March 1922 berthed alongside at Bermuda Dockyard

14 March 1922 sailed Bermuda Dockyard

22 March 1922 arrived at Port Arthur, Texas from Bermuda

25 March 1922 sailed Port Arthur, Texas for Devonport

2 May 1922 shortly after arrival from Port Arthur, Texas extensively damaged from a collision with the British m.v. CALCHAS off Old Kilpatrick on the River Clyde

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ss CALCHAS

10 May 1922 sailed Old Kilpatrick for Port Arthur

June 1922 transferred to Admiralty management for service as an oiler on the China Station

14 June 1922 Captain John R Gorrie RFA appointed as Master

 John Ross Gorrie

Captain John R Gorrie RFA

 

20 June 1922 Radio Officer Arthur R Winter RFA signed on this day. He had previously sailed as a Radio Officer on RFA RUTHENIA

Radio Officer Arthur R Winter

Radio Officer Arthur R Winter RFA

 

22 June 1922 berthed at Devonport Dockyard

24 July 1922 when on passage to Yokohama passed Malta this day

4 August 1922 arrived at Aden sailing the same day for Yokohama

10 September 1922 berthed at Hong Kong. The Officer of the Guard from HMS BLUEBELL boarded

11 October 1922 it was reported in the Straits Times of this date in Singapore that NUCULA had taken over from RFA PEARLEAF (1) and that PEARLEAF would be returning to England

26 March 1923 at Hong Kong with HMS MOTH berthed alongside

28 March 1923 at Hong Kong with HMS TARANTULA berthed alongside to refuel

12 April 1923 at Hong Kong

21 April 1923 arrived at Wei-Hai-Wei

11 May 1923 at Wei-Hai-Wei berthed alongside HMS DURBAN

HMS Durban

HMS DURBAN

15 June 1923 at Wei-Hai-Wei alongside HMS DURBAN to refuel her

16 June 1923 at Wei-Hai-Wei alongside HMS DESPATCH to refuel her

20 June 1923 sailed Wei-Hai-Wei

1 August 1923 at Wei-Hai-Wei stores party from HMS DURBAN working onboard

14 August 1923 arrived at Wei-Hai-Wei. A working party from HMS DESPATCH came onboard

1 September 1923 while at Wei-Hai-Wei a signal was received which ordered her to Nagasaki to act as the Base Oiler there during the Yokohama Earthquake Relief Operations

8 September 1923 arrived at Wei-Hai-Wei and berthed on HMS CARLISLE to refuel her. Later moved and anchored

9 September 1923 at Wei-Hai-Wei with HM Submarines L5, L15, L19 and L33 berthed alongside to refuel

11 September 1923 sailed from Wei-Hai-Wei

29 September 1923 at Nagasaki, Japan with HMS DESPATCH berthed alongside - supplied the warship with 120 tons of FFO

HMS DESPATCH

HMS DESPATCH

November 1923 returned to Hong Kong on completion of Relief Operations at Nagasaki following the Yokohama Earthquake

19 November 1923 at Hong Kong secured to No: 2 buoy

3 December 1923 Captain Richard D Williams RFA appointed as Master

Captain Richard D Williams

Captain Richard D Williams RFA

 

11 January 1924 at Hong Kong with HMS DIOMEDE berthed alongside

22 January 1924 at Hong Kong with HMS DESPATCH berthed alongside - supplied the warship with 535 tons of FFO

13 February 1924 arrived at Hong Kong and secured to No: 2 buoy

17 February 1924 at Aden

22 February 1924 at Bombay, India

23 February 1924 Mr Richard M Marrack RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer. He had previously served on RFA DREDGOL

25 February 1924 at Colombo, Ceylon

1 March 1924 Captain Cyril F Haughton RFA appointed as Master. The ship was at Singapore

Capt Cyril F Haughton

Captain Cyril F Haughton RFA


24 March 1924 at Hong Kong

5 April 1924 sailed from Singapore

 

Nucula ships dog Boy

The ships dog - 'Boy'
Image donated by James Fryer
 

1924 fuelled ships of the Special Service Squadron led by the Battle Cruiser HMS HOOD on their world tour and accompanied them to Australia and New Zealand

 

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RFA Nucula at anchor off Singapore on 12 April 1924
Image donated by James Fryer

 

24 May 1924 at Suva, Fiji alongside HMS HOOD refuelling her - supplied 1,049 tons of FFO to the warship

26 May 1924 at Suva, Fiji alongside HMS REPULSE to refuel her

 

Nucula 3 at Suva Fiji May 1924

RFA Nucula alongside at Suva, Fiji in May 1924
Image donated by James Fryer
 

27 May 1924 transferred to the New Zealand Government at Suva as a Naval Oiler, and was converted for European manning at a cost of £2,500. Was transferred at a rate of £16,500 per annum. Her name was unchanged

5 June 1924 arrived Auckland for the first time. Between 06/09/24 and 23/10/47 she visited  Auckland 28 times

1 July 1924 berthed at Melbourne, Australia from Auckland

24 July 1924 the New Zealand Government budget presented to the New Zealand parliament recorded the fee for the hire of the Nucula charged by the Admiralty was £16,500 per annum

September 1924 a wooden chest the property of a member of the crew was stolen from the ship while it was berthed at the Sheerlegs Wharf, Devonport, Auckland. The chest was found floating in the harbour with part of its contents missing

Nucula New Zealand

(Hawera & Normanby Star, 10 October 1924). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/24737203

 

Nucula Officers Auckland NZ 11 1924

The Master and Ships Officers at Auckland, New Zealand in November 1924
Image donated by James Fryer
 
 
Lifting Nuculas Funnel 3.1 in March 1925 
 
 
Lifting Nuculas Funnel March 1925
 
Lifting Nuculas Funnel 2 in March 1925
 
Refit at Devonport, New Zealand in March 1925
Image donated by James Fryer
 
 
 
 
 Funneless Nucular by Sheer legs at Devonport NZ
 
RFA Nucula funneless under the Sheer Legs at Devonport, New Zealand in March 1925
Image donated by James Fryer
 
 

Nucula loading at Standard Oil Wharf St Pedro CA Oct 1925

Alongside the Standard Oil Wharf, San Pedro, California loading cargo in October 1925
Image donated by James Fryer
 

21 November 1925 at Auckland, New Zealand Chief Engineer Officer Richard Marrack RFA discharged dead - heart failure

22 November 1925 Mr Harold R Bullimore RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

30 November 1925 Captain A Beardsall RFA appointed as Master

12 May 1926 the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy advertised in the New Zealand Evening Post for a 3rd and 4th Engineer Officers - the advert was similar to that pictured below (1936)

17 September 1926 berthed at Auckland, New Zealand from San Pedro

2 November 1926 sailed Auckland, New Zealand for San Pedro

21 March 1927 and the 5 April 1927 the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy advertised in the New Zealand Evening Post for a 2nd Officer - the adverts were similar to that pictured below (1936)

22 July 1927 the ship's quartermaster Richard Jessup was seen to throw himself overboard while the ship was on passage from Papeete after receiving bad news concerning a serious medical condition. A three hour search failed to find him - discharged dead

28 December 1927 sailed San Pedro for Auckland, New Zealand

18 January 1928 arrived at Auckland, New Zealand from San Pedro

23 February 1928 at Samoa in support of HMNZS DUNEDIN and HMNZS DIOMEDE. The warships mission was to round up troublesome Mau Suva for Auckland, New Zealand

3 April 1928 arrived at Auckland, New Zealand from Suva

6 July 1929 sailed Sydney, NSW, Australia for New Zealand having refuelled HMNZS's DUNEDIN and DIOMEDE

1930 the Admiralty approval was given to the New Zealand Government to sub-charter her to commercial firms for time or voyage charters

14 November 1930 crew members refused to sign new ships articles

17 November 1930 the crew walked off the ship in dispute over manning levels. They were replaced by RNZN sailors from the Naval training ship HMNZS PHILOMEL

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1 January 1931 her transfer rate was reduced to £3,250 per annum

15 January 1931 berthed at Sydney, NSW Australia from San Francisco to discharge

2 May 1931 berthed at San Franciso, Calafornia from Auckland

16 June 1931 arrived at Auckland, New Zealand from Sydney, NSW

13 July 1931 Captain G Attwood RFA appointed as Master

15 July 1931 sailed for Bora Bora, Society Islands to refuel HMS DIOMEDE

15 September 1931 berthed at Auckland, New Zealand

16 September 1931 sailed Auckland, New Zealand for San Francisco, USA to load

5 August 1932 floated out of dry dock at Auckland

8 December 1932 at Auckland members of the crew saw a yacht 'Ramona' overturn. A signal was sent to HMS Diomede who lauched a sea boat and rescued the yacht's crew

14 January 1933 entered Devonport for refit

17 March 1933 in Calliope Dry Dock, Auckland, New Zealand

3 August 1933 sailed San Francisco, USA for Auckland, New Zealand

26 August 1933 in collision with HMAS AUSTRALIA and lost an anchor while alongside the cruiser refuelling her at Russell. The anchor was recovered by divers and the Nucula suffered no damage. HMAS AUSTRALIA suffered hull damage which required dockyard repairs

4 April 1934 sailed Auckland for Colombo and the Persian Gulf to load

11 April 1934 suffered engine troubles while en-route from New Zealand to Abadan. Diverted to Sydney, NSW for repairs

15 May 1934 sailed Abadan for Auckland, New Zealand

June 1934 during a voyage from Abadan to Auckland, she suffered major damage to her superstructure off the NE coast of Australia in a cyclone and nearly sank in the huge seas. Extensive repairs were required on arrival Auckland

18 October 1934 berthed at Auckland for self maintenance

27 October 1934 sailed Auckland, New Zealand for the Persian Gulf

10 May 1935 entered refit at Auckland

31 July 1936 the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy advertised in the New Zealand Evening Post for a Chief Officer and a Third Officer

Nucula

 

19 August 1936 refueled HMNZS ACHILLES at Nuhuhiva in Marquesas

2 September 1936 sailed Los Angles for Auckland

20 January 1937 berthed mid stream at Auckland

7 April 1937 berthed at Auckland from San Pedro

17 April 1937 at Auckland, New Zealand while going alongside HMAS SYDNEY to refuel her she was caught heavily by a rip tide and hit the cruiser causing damage to HMAS SYDNEY's port side propeller and forcing her into the wharf causing further damage to her quaterdeck. Nucula was not damaged. Also refuelled alongside HMAS's SWAN, VENDETTA and STUART

Nucula with HMAS Swan Vendetta and Stuart

HMAS's Swan alongside to port, HMAS's Vendetta and Stuart alongide to port
© New Zealand Herald

10 June 1937 arrived Auckland from California for the last time as a seagoing concern as the cruisers HMNZS DIOMEDE and DUNEDIN were about to leave NZN service so NUCULA became redundant

6 July 1937 laid up and used as a storage hull at Shoal Bay, Waitemata Harbour.

13 April 1938 berthed at Devonport

16 October 1940 offered for sale 'as is' excluding her cargo in the New Zealand Evening Post of this day. She is shown as being berthed at HM Dockyard, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

28 May 1943 at Auckland, New Zealand with USS Bridge (AF1) alongside

31 May 1943 at Queens Wharf, Auckland, New Zealand USS Hunter Liggett (APA14) alongside to refuel - supplied with 5,129 barrels of fuel oil

January 1947 her remaining fuel was pumped ashore and she was offered for sale

April 1947 purchased by A.C. Radcliffe Ltd, Auckland for £1,520 name unchanged

23 October 1947 after being stripped of all re-usable equipment, she was towed out to sea by the tugs WILLIAM C DALDY and CORALIE

24 October 1947 the tug YTL 622 towed her to position  36.20S 176.00E and scuttled eleven miles ENE of Cuvier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand in deep water

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