Requisitioned Auxiliary – British Confidence

 British Confidence

 

 

 British Confidence

 

Official Number:                      164737

Laid down:

Builder:                                    Cammell, Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead

Launched:                               18 August 1936

Into Service:                            1939

Out of service:                         1945

Fate:                                        May 1958 broken up 

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  One of an additional group of ships requisitioned by the Admiralty during WW2 to augment the ships of the RFA

 

Career Data:

18 August 1936  launched by Cammell, Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead as Yard Nr 1013 named  BRITISH CONFIDENCEfor British Tanker Co Ltd, London.

October 1936 completed

14 December 1936 berthed at Liverpool via Dublin with 1 DBS. Captain F J Hill was Master

6 February 1937 berthed at Thames Haven from Abadan with 1 DBS who had boarded at Port Said 

11 August 1937 while on passage from the Tyne to Abadan in ballast in collision near Dungeness with Dutch ship Warmond which was on passage from Alicante to Rotterdam. From Lloyds Casualty reports

13 August 1937 put into Falmouth with damage (see above)

14 August 1937 sailed Falmouth to Abadan

18 October 1937 sailed Falmouth to Abadan with 7 passengers

30 December 1937 at Port Said

11 January 1938 at Abadan

19 January 1938 at Bombay

20 February 1938 passed Gibraltar for Dunkirk and Antwerp

14 March 1938 sailed Suez for Abadan

26 April 1938 at Aden

3 May 1938 berthed at Shell Haven from Abadan with 9 passengers

23 June 1938 arrived Abadan

19 September 1938 when on passage from Abadan reported she was 85 miles south east of Lands End

17 February 1939 sailed from Abadan for Sydney, NSW and Fremantle, Australia

2 May 1939 sailed from Port Said

10 June 1939 passed Aden for Abadan

3 September 1939 sailed Gibraltar independently to London arriving on 9 September 1939

1939 – 1945 requisitioned for Admiralty service and served as an Escort Oiler, name unchanged

20 September 1939 sailed Southend in convoy FN 8 to Methil arriving on 22 September 1939

15 October 1939 sailed Southend in convoy OA20G joining convoy OG3 to Gibraltar arriving 23 October 1939

23 October 1939 passed Gibraltar and then sailed independently to Port Said arriving 30 October 1939

31 October 1939 sailed Suez independently to Abadan arriving 11 November 1939

14 November 1939 sailed Abadan independently to Colombo arriving 24 November 1939

24 November 1939 sailed Colombo independently to Sydney, NSW, Australia arriving 13 December 1939

16 december 1939 sailed Sydney, NSW independently to Brisbane arriving 20 December 1939

24 December 1939 sailed Brisbane independently to Balikpapan arriving 3 January 1940

7 January 1940 sailed Balikpapan independently to Singapore arriving 11 January 1940

14 January 1940 sailed Singapore independently to Aden arriving 28 January 1940

28 January 1940 sailed Aden independently to Suez arriving 2 February 1940

3 February 1940 sailed Port Said independently to Gibraltar arriving 11 February 1940

14 February 1940 sailed Gibraltar in convoy HG19F to Southampton arriving 23 February 1940

28 February 1940 joined convoy OA99 to Plymouth arriving 29 February 1940

5 March 1940 sailed Plymouth joining convoy OA103GF to Falmouth arriving the next day

20 March 1940 sailed Falmouth joining convoy OA113GF – this convoy reformed as convoy OG23F on the 21 March 1940. The convoy passed Gibraltar on 28 March 1940 and then sailed independently to Port Said arriving 4 April 1940

5 April 1940 sailed Suez independently to Abadan arriving on 17 April 1940

19 April 1940 sailed Abadan independently to Suez arriving 3 May 1940

4 May 1940 sailed Port Said independently to Gibraltar

12 May 1940 sailed Gibraltar in convoy HG30F to Portland arriving 20 May 1940

22 May 1940 sailed Portland independently to Southend arriving the next day

27 May 1940 sailed Southend in convoy OA156 to Falmouth arriving 29 May 1940

16 June 1940 sailed Falmouth joining convoy OA168GF this convoy reformed as convoy OG34F on 17 June 1940 and then independently to Cape Town arriving 11 July 1940

12 July 1940 sailed Cape Town independently to Abadan arriving 2 August 1940

7 August 1940 sailed Abadan independently to Cape Town arriving 1 September 1940

2 September 1940 sailed Cape Town independently to Freetown arriving 15 September 1940

19 September 1940 sailed Freetown in convoy SL48 to Liverpool arriving 9 October 1940

24 October 1940 sailed Liverpool in convoy OB234 until dispersal on 30 October 1940 and then independently to Cape Town arriving 25 November 1940

27 November 1940 sailed Cape Town independently to Abadan arriving 18 December 1940

22 December 1940 sailed Abadan independently to Cape Town arriving 13 January 1941

21 January 1941 sailed Cape Town independently to Freetown arriving 3 February 1941

10 February 1941 sailed Freetown in convoy SL65 to Heysham arriving 9 March 1941

27 February 1941 at 45.31N 25.15W 1st Mate Windsor Davies discharged dead – drowned

13 March 1941 sailed Heysham independently to Liverpool arriving 16 March 1941

2 April 1941 sailed Liverpool in convoy OB305 until dispersal on 6 April 1941 and then independently to Curacao arriving 21 April 1941

25 April 1941 sailed Curacao independently to Halifax arriving 3 May 1941

6 May 1941 sailed Halifax in convoy HS125A to Belfast Lough arriving 22 April 1941

23 April 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in convoy BB24 to Swansea arriving 26 April 1941

3 June 1941 sailed Swansea independently to Milford Haven arriving the same day

7 June 1941 sailed Milford Haven and joined convoy OB331 from Liverpool. This convoy dispersed on 19 June 1941 and then independently to Aruba arriving 29 June 1941

2 July 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Bermuda arriving 8 July 1941

8 July 1941 sailed Bermuda independently to Halifax arriving 11 July 1941

16 July 1941 sailed Halifax in convoy HX139 to Belfast Lough arriving 30 July 1941

1 August 1941 sailed Belfast Lough independently to Dublin arriving the same day and then independently to Liverpool arriving 7 August 1941

16 August 1941 sailed Liverpool in convoy ON8 until dispersal on 25 August 1941 thence independently to Halifax arriving 31 August 1941

4 September 1941 sailed Halifax in convoy HX148 with a cargo of petrol to Loch Ewe arriving 15 September 1941

18 September 1941 arrived Methil

18 September 1941 sailed Methil in convoy FS598 to Spurn Head for Hull arriving 20 September 1941

28 September 1941 sailed Hull and joined convoy FN524 from Southend to Methil arriving the next day

30 September 1941 sailed Methil in convoy EC79 to Loch Ewe arriving 2 October 1941. RFA SCOTTISH AMERICAN was also part of this convoy

3 October 1941 sailed Loch Ewe in convoy ON22 until dispersal on 15 October 1941 and the independently to Aruba  arriving 25 October 1941. RFA SCOTTISH AMERICAN sailed in this convoy but returned. RFA OLYNTHUS also sailed in this convoy (for Curacao)

28 October 1941 sailed Aruba independently to Halifax arriving 6 November 1941

8 November 1941 sailed Halifax in convoy HX159 to the River Clyde arriving 24 November 1941

28 November 1941 sailed the Clyde independently to Ardrossan arriving 30 November 1941

3 December 1941 sailed Ardrossan to the Clyde arriving the same day

7 December 1941 sailed the Clyde joining convoy ON44 from Liverpool until dispersal on 15 December 1941 and the independently to Baytown arriving 21 January 1942. RFA BELGOL was also part of this convoy as far as Iceland

23 January 1942 sailed Baytown independently to Cape Town arriving 24 February 1942

25 February 1942 sailed Cape Town independently to Madras

16 March 1942 at 7.03W 75.36E Able Seaman James Cooper discharged dead – natural causes

23 March 1942 sailed Madras independently to Calcutta arriving 27 March 1942

2 April 1942 sailed Calcutta independently to Abadan arriving 16 April 1942

22 April 1942 sailed Abadan independently to Hobart, Tasmania arriving 23 May 1942

26 May 1942 sailed Hobart independently to Melbourne arriving 30 May 1942

2 June 1942 sailed Melbourne independently to Adelaide arriving 4 June 1942

9 June 1942 sailed Adelaide independently to Fremantle arriving 15 June 1942

17 June 1942 sailed Fremantle independently to Addu Atoll on 5 July 1942 and then onto Abadan arriving 17 July 1942

20 July 1942 sailed Abadan independently to Aden arriving 30 July 1942

30 July 1942 sailed Aden independently to Suez arriving 5 August 1942

14 August 1942 sailed Suez independently to Port Sudan arriving 16 August 1942

19 August 1942 sailed Port Sudan independently to Massawa arriving 21 August 1942

25 August 1942 sailed Massawa independently to Bahrein arriving 4 September 1942

7 September 1942 sailed Bahrein independently to Bandar Abbas

13 September 1942 sailed Bandar Abbas in convoy PA2 to Aden arriving 21 September 1942

22 September 1942 sailed Aden independently to Suez arriving 29 September 1942

5 October 1942 sailed Suez independently to Massawa arriving 9 October 1942

11 October 1942 sailed Massawa independently to Aden arriving 13 October 1942

13 October 1942 sailed Aden in convoy AP3B to Bandar Abbas arriving 20 October 1942

21 October 1942 sailed Bandar Abbas independently to Abadan arriving 23 October 1942

28 October 1942 sailed Abadan

4 November 1942 sailed Bandar Abbas in convoy PA9 and then independently to Albany arriving 5 December 1942

5 December 1942 sailed Albany independently to Adelaide arriving on 10 December 1942

12 December 1942 sailed Adelaide to Port Pirie, South Australia

21 December 1942 sailed Port Pirie independently to Talara, Peru arriving 22 January 1943

25 January 1943 sailed Talara, Peru independently to Balboa, Panama City arriving 29 January 1943

13 February 1943 sailed Cristobal in convoy ZG22 to Galveston arriving 20 February 1943

12 March 1943 sailed Galveston in convoy HK156 to Key West arriving 16 March 1943

16 March 1943 sailed Key West in convoy KN228 to New York arriving 20 March 1943

25 March 1943 sailed New York in convoy HX231 to Liverpool arriving 10 April 1943

18 April 1943 sailed Liverpool in convoy ON179 to New York arriving 6 May 1943

19 May 1943 sailed New York in convoy HX240 to the River Clyde with a cargo of AVGAS arriving 4 June 1943

10 June 1943 sailed the River Clyde joining convoy ON188 to Philadelphia arriving 27 June 1943

1 July 1943 sailed Philadelphia independently to New York arriving the same day

8 July 1943 sailed New York in convoy HX247 to Liverpool arriving 22 July 1943

31 July 1943 sailed Liverpool in convoy ON195 to New York arriving 13 August 1943

23 August 1943 sailed New York independently to Hampton Roads arriving the next day

27 August 1943 sailed Hampton Roads in convoy UGS16 to Philipeville arriving 16 September 1943

20 September 1943 sailed Philipville independently to Augusta arriving 29 September 1943

10 October 1943 sailed Augusta independently to Malta arriving the next day

13 October 1943 sailed Malta and joined convoy KMS28 to Port Said arriving 19 October 1943. RFA WAR KRISHNA sailed in the same convoy from Malta as far as Alexandria

27 October 1943 sailed Suez independently to Aden arriving 1 November 1943

2 November 1943 sailed Aden in convoy AP51 to Bandar Abbas arriving 10 November 1943

10 November 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas independently to Abadan arriving the next day

15 November 1943 sailed Abadan

25 November 1943 sailed Bandar Abbas in convoy PA62 to Aden arriving 1 December 1943

2 December 1943 sailed Aden independently to Suex arriving 7 December 1943

8 December 1943 sailed Suez independently to Alexandria arriving 9 December 1943

12 December 1943 sailed Alexandria in convoy MKS34 to Augusta arriving 17 December 1943

22 December 1943 sailed Augusta in convoy AH14 to Taranto arriving 24 December 1943

27 December 1943 sailed Taranto escorted to Bari arriving 2 January 1944

2 January 1944 sailed Bari in convoy HA15A to Augusta arriving 4 January 1944

5 January 1944 sailed Augusta in convoy MKS36 to Birzerta arriving 8 January 1944

12 January 1944 sailed Birzerta in convoy GUS27 to New York arriving 4 February 1944

12 February 1944 sailed New York in convoy HX279 to Loch Ewe arriving 29 February 1944

1 March 1944 sailed Loch Ewe in convoy WN551 to Methil arriving 3 March 1944. RFA WAR PATHAN also sailed in this convoy

5 March 1944 sailed Methil in convoy FS1382 to Southend arriving 7 March 1944

12 March 1944 sailed Southend in convoy FN1294 to the River Tyne arriving 14 March 1944

8 April 1944 sailed the River Tyne joining convoy FN1320 to Methil arriving the next day

11 April 1944 sailed Methil in the unescorted convoy EN370 to Loch Ewe arriving 13 April 1944

13 April 1944 sailed Loch Ewe and joined convoy ON232 which had sailed from Liverpool to New York arriving 29 April 1944

4 May 1944 at New York Harbour Mate Gilbert Hugh Greig discharged dead – natural causes

10 May 1944 sailed New York independently to Hampton Roads arriving the next day

13 May 1944 sailed Hampton Roads in convoy UGS42 to Bizerte and Augusta

1 June 1944 as part of Task Force 63 and together with USS LST601, LCI (L)’s 587, 588, 943, 949, 948, 946, 945 and USS Barricade (ACM3) anchored off Bizerte, Tunisia

4 June 1944 sailed Augusta in convoy VN44 to Naples the next day

11 June 1944 sailed Naples in convoy NV45 to Augusta arriving 12 June 1944

13 June 1944 sailed Augusta in convoy UGS43 arriving Port Said 18 June 1943

19 June 1944 sailed Suez independently to Aden arriving 24 June 1944

26 June 1944 sailed Aden in convoy AP73 to Bandar Abbas arriving 3 July 1944

3 July 1944 sailed Bandar Abbas independently to Abadan arriving 5 July 1944

12 July 1944 sailed Abadan independently to Hobart arriving 13 August 1944

14 August 1944 sailed Hobart to Devonport arriving 17 August 1944 

18 August 1944 sailed Devonport to Melbourne arriving 19 August 1944

22 August 1944 sailed Melbourne to Sydney, NSW arriving 25 August 1944

30 August 1944 sailed Sydney, NSW to Talara arriving  26 September 1944

28 September 1944 sailed Talara to Sydney, NSW arriving 28 October 1944

3 November 1944 sailed Sydney, NSW independently to Brisbane arriving 5 November 1944

9 November 1944 sailed Brisbane independently to Balboa, Panama City arriving 8 December 1944

9 December 1944 sailed Cristobal independently to Curacao arriving 12 December 1944

14 December 1944 sailed Curacao independently to New York arriving 22 December 1944

23 January 1945 sailed New York in convoy HX334 to Heysham arriving 6 February 1945. Acted as one of four Escort Oilers during this convoy

11 February 1945 sailed Liverpool in convoy ON284 to New York arriving 1 March 1945

4 March 1945 sailed New York in convoy HX342 to Avonmouth arriving 19 March 1945. Acted as one of five Escort Oilers during this convoy

22 March 1945 sailed Avonmouth and joined convoy ON 292 to New York arriving 8 April 1945

13 April 1945 sailed New York in convoy HX350 to the Downs arriving 28 April 1945. Acted as one of the six Escort Oilers during this convoy

6 May 1945 sailed the Downs joining in convoy ON301 to Philadelphia arriving 23 May 1945

29 May 1945 sailed New York to Antwerp arriving 11 June 1945

15 June 1945 Pumpman George Ridley awarded the British Empire Medal (Civil Division) in the Birthday Honours List 1945. Details published in the London Gazette of this date

17 June 1945 sailed Antwerp to Falmouth 19 June 1945

31 July 1945 sailed Falmouth to Port Said arriving 11 August 1945

11 August 1945 sailed Suez to Bahrein arriving 22 August 1945

26 August 1945 sailed Bahrein to Fremantle arriving 16 September 1945

20 September 1945 sailed Fremantle to Abadan arriving 10 October 1945

17 October 1945 sailed Abadan to Brisbane arriving 18 November 1945

22 November 1945 sailed Brisbane to Abadan arriving 19 December 1945

22 December 1945 sailed Abadan

22 March 1946 berthed at London from Abadan with 2 passengers. Captain H J Were was the Master

21 July 1946 berthed at London from Cape Town via Abadan with 2 passengers. Captain N Hopper was Master

16 October 1946 passed Aden when on passage to Abadan

5 December 1946 passed Aden

10 December 1946 arrived at Suez

29 December 1946 sailed from Abadan for Madras, India

20 January 1947 sailed Calcutta, India for Abadan

8 June 1947 berthed at Newport, Victoria from Abadan

23 June 1947 while on passage from Portland, Victoria, Australia to Abadan in heavy seas two of the crew – Apprentice Geoffrey P Todd and Able Seaman William J Murt – were killed and Apprentice John Imrie Rhodes was badly injured to his chest and throat. Apprentice Rhodes was landed at Albany for urgent hospital treatment. He was detained.

26 June 1947 Apprentice Jeffrey P Todd and Able Seaman William J Murt were buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Albany, Western Australia this day in graves 1576 and 1577 row 8

 

TODD GeoffreyMURT William John

Images provided courtesy of the RSL, Albany, Western Australia with grateful thanks

 

23 September 1947 berthed at Southampton via Amsterdam from Abadan with 5 passengers

6 January 1948 sailed Abadan for LEFO

14 January 1948 passed Aden

27 March 1949 passed Aden when on passage to Abadan

9 May 1949 berthed at Melbourne, Australia from Abadan

14 May 1949 sailed Melbourne for Abadan

17 January 1951 passed Flamborough Head headding south for Abadan

11 April 1951 at 7°20N 77°12E 1st Engineer Officer Douglas Robertson Gauld discharged dead – gas asphyxiation

7 July 1951 at Suez Bay Fireman & Greaser John Richardson discharged dead – natural causes

6 September 1951 sailed Helsingborg for Stokholm, Sweden

24 June 1954 berthed on No: 2 Tier, Jarrow Slake, River Tyne

12 July 1957 management taken over by Common Brothers, Newcastle and renamed ANGLIAN CONFIDENCE    

12 May 1958 arrived Inverkeithing, Fife for demolition by T.W. Ward Ltd

17 May 2014 the RSL, Albany Branch raised the funds for the grave markers for Apprentice Jeffrey P Todd and Able Seaman William John Murt to be replaced. The new grave markers were installed and dedicated with a large number of the RSL, Albany, Western Australia being present this day

 

 Richard Todd AB Murt

 

 RSL ALBANY 17 May 2014

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