Battleship RFA Aspenleaf

Battleship RFA Aspenleaf


Battleship RFA Aspenleaf

Builder: Barclay Curle and Co, Whiteinch, Glasgow Yard No: 420

21st November 1899 launched for the British and African Steam Navigation Company (Elder Dempster), Liverpool as the SS Lake Erie 

30th January 1900 sailed on maiden voyage as a Boer War transport

1906 sold to Canadian Pacific when that company acquired Elder Dempster’s Canadian interests and chartered to the Allan Line

1913 name was changed to ‘Tyrolia’

1914 acquired by the Admiralty for conversion to the Dummy Battleship, ‘HMS Centurion’.

She then served as a Troop and Stores ship until 1916, when she was again converted to a Tanker with the name ‘RFA Saxol’, this was changed to ‘RFA Aspenleaf’ on completion, when she came under the management of Lane and MacAndrews

30 December, 1916 RFA Aspenleaf was mined and damaged in the English Channel off the Owers Light Vessel. The mine had been laid by the German submarine UC16. There were no fatalities.

1921 the ship was sold to Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co (Shell Tankers) and re-named ‘Prygona’.

1925 was sold to Petersen and Albeck, Copenhagen for breaking up