Requisitioned Auxiliary – British Tradition

 British Tradition



 British Tradition


Official Number:                      168301

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Cammell, Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead

Launched:                               5 March 1942

Into Service:                            1942

Out of service:                         1945

Fate:                                      January 1961 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:


5 March 1942 launched by Cammell, Laird & Co Ltd, Birkenhead as Yard Nr 1067 named BRITISH TRADITION for
British Tanker Co Ltd, London
30 August 1942 completed and was requisitioned for Admiralty service and served as an Escort Oiler, name
4 September 1942 sailed Liverpool in convoy ON127 arriving in New York on 21 September 1942
27 September 1942 sailed New York in an unescorted convoy NG309 arriving at Guantanamo on 4 October 1942
4 October 1942 sailed Guantanamo in an unescorted convoy GAT11 to Curacao arriving on 7 October 1942
10 December 1946 berthed at Perth, Western Australia
6 December 1948 sailed Port of Fremantle, Western Australia for Esperance 
22 April 1950 berthed at Perth, Western Australia
22 October 1951 berthed at Princes Pier, Melbourne from Houston
9 December 1952  suffered extensive damage to her stem and forecastle when she was in collision off Gravelines with
the French naval oiler LE MEKONG. She was later towed to North Shields for repairs to be carried out by Smith’s Dock
Co Ltd.

2 September 1958  laid up at Portland.

29 October 1960 laid up at Cardiff

20 January 1961 arrived Briton Ferry for demolition by T.W. Ward Ltd