On this day in January

Since the creation of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1905 the ships of the Service have, during the month of January –

 

On this day – 

01-Jan

 

On this day in 1947 Empire Clyde, an Army Hospital Ship, was purchased by the Admiralty and renamed RFA Maine (4)

02-Jan

 

On this day in 1940 RFA Serbol in Belfast Lough while undertaking Gunnery Training by accident caused a number of practice projectiles to fall in the town of Bangor causing damage

03-Jan

 

On this day in 1918 RFA Beechleaf in the Mediterranean was attacked by a submarine – the torpedo missed

03-Jan

 

On this day in 1922 RFA War Afridi was in collision with a tug Waban

04-Jan

 

On this day in 1963 RFA Swin raised the tug TID 97 in Chatham Dockyard after it sank when in collision with RFA Hebe

04-Jan

 

On this day in 1920 RFA Aro was sold out of service to commercial interests

05-Jan

 

On this day in 1946 RFA Spaburn was launched at Dartmouth, Devon

06-Jan

 

On this day in 1928 RFA Carol was laid up at Rosyth prior to disposal

07-Jan

 

On the day in 1908 RFA Petroleum was damaged by a hurricane when on passage from Port Arthur, Texas to the UK

08-Jan

 

On this day in 1973 RFA Sea Salvor was sold for breaking up

09-Jan

 

On this day in 1942 RFA Eagelesdale was completed

09-Jan

 

On this day in 1953 RFA Wave Commander grounded off Cape Henry, Virginia when on charter to a US Company

10-Jan

 

On this day in 1917 RFA Kurumba was completed

11-Jan

 

On this day in 1952 RFA War Hindoo was berthed in Singapore when 2nd Officer Harrison shot an Able Seaman from HMS Comus

11-Jan

 

On this day in 1984 RFA Reliant (3) sailed from Portland for service off the Lebanon coast  to evacuate British Nationals

12-Jan

 

On this day in 1940 RFA Berta entered RFA service

13-Jan

 

On this day in 1949 Fort Sandusky was transferred to the Admiralty for service as an RFA

14-Jan

 

On this day in 1947 RFA Teakol (2) entered RFA service

15-Jan

 

On this day in 1913 RFA Trefoil was laid down at Pembroke Dockyard

15-Jan

 

On this day in 1959 RFA Eaglesdale was offered for sale ‘as lying’ on the River Tyne in the Times newspaper

15-Jan

 

On this day in 1960 RFA Black Ranger at Devonport was in collision with RFA Careful

15-Jan

 

On this day in 1993 RFA Regent was sold out of the RFA service to be scrapped

16-Jan

 

On this day in 1940 “RFA” Scottish American purchased by the Admiralty as a freighting tanker

16-Jan

 

On this day in 1942 RFA Orangeleaf (1) in collision with SS Botnia while in convoy FTT6

17-Jan

 

On this day in 1946 RFA Wave Ruler (1) was launched at Haverton Hill being named Empire Evesham

17-Jan

 

On this day in 1950 RFA Fortol was laid up at Devonport dockyard

18-Jan

 

On this day in 1963 RFA Tidespring (1) was completed

19-Jan

 

On this day in 1921 RFA Aspenleaf was sold out of service

19-Jan

 

On this day in 1925 RFA War Hindoo was in collision with a German steamer Tatti

19-Jan

 

On this day in 1942 RFA Eaglesdale was in collision with the ss Kingswood on the River Tees

20-Jan

 

On this day in 1986 RFA Sir Lamorak’s charter expired and she was returned to her owners

21-Jan

 

On this day in 1915 RFA Reliance entered service as a repair ship

21-Jan

 

On this day in 1926 RFA Delphinula in the Firth of Clyde was in collision with a commercial ship

21-Jan

 

On this day in 1953 RFA Philol was placed in reserve at Pembroke Dock

21-Jan

 

On this day in 1965 RFA Saucy was offered for sale ‘as lying’ at Pembroke Dockyard in the Times newspaper

22-Jan

 

On this day in 1959 RFA Wave Commander offered for sale ‘as lying’ at Devonport in the Times newspaper

23-Jan

 

On this day in 1951 RFA Eddycove was ordered only for the order to be cancelled the next year

24-Jan

 

On this day in 1952 RFA Seafox entered RFA service

25-Jan

 

On this day in 1916 RFA Buffalo entered RFA service

25-Jan

 

On this day in 1920 RFA War Bahadur was in collision with a Greek steam ship Athena

25-Jan

 

On this day in 1939 RFA Olna (1) ran aground off Ceylon and was badly damaged getting off the Shoal

25-Jan

 

On this day in 1956 RFA Tiderace (1) entered RFA service

26-Jan

 

On this day in 1939 RFA Cairndale entered RFA service

27-Jan

 

On this day in 1941 RFA Black Ranger entered RFA service

28-Jan

 

On this day in 1947 RFA Wave Knight (1) entered RFA service

29-Jan

 

On this day in 1915 RFA Hungerford entered RFA service

29-Jan

 

On this day in 1920 RFA’s Ferol, Oakol (1) and Teakol (1) were each sold out of service to commercial interests

30-Jan

 

On this day in 1931 RFA Fortol was in collision with another vessel in thick fog

31-Jan

 

On this day in 1944 RFA Olynthus was in collision with HMS Newcastle