Requisitioned Auxiliary – Clea

Clea 

 

Official Number:                          167280

Laid down:

Builder:                                      Rotterdam Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam

Launched:                                  26 March 1938

Into Service:                               1939

Out of service:                            1941

Fate:                                         13 February 1941 torpedoed and sunk

 

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

 

26 March 1938  launched by Rotterdam Droogdok Maatschappij, Rotterdam as Yard Nr 198 named CLEA for N.V. Petroleum Maatschappij “La Coruña”, The Hague

26 March 1938  completed

1939  transferred to Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co Ltd, London, name unchanged  and was requisitioned  for Admiralty service as an oiler, name unchanged

8 November 1939 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HFX8 for Bordeaux

27 May 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX46 joining up with escorted convoy HX46 on 2 June 1940 and arrived at Liverpool on 12 June 1940. Captain Leonard W G Boyt was the Master

22 July 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX60 joining up with escorted convoy HX60 on 27 July 1940 and arrived at Liverpool on 7 August 1940

9 August 1940 sailed the River Tyne in unescorted convoy FS247 to Southend arriving 11 August 1940

17 August 1940 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy FN255 to Methil arriving 19 August 1940

20 September 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX75 joining up with escorted convoy HX75 on 27 July 1940 and arrived at Scapa Flow on or about 7 October 1940

12 November 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX88 joining up with escorted convoy HX88 on 27 July 1940 and arrived at Liverpool on 30 November 1940

13 February 1941 torpedoed and sunk by U-96 in the Atlantic SE of Iceland in position 60°25 N 17°11W while on passage from Curaçao to Loch Ewe and Scapa Flow as a straggler from escorted Convoy HX 106 with a cargo of fuel oil.  All fifty six members of the crew were lost. Those who were lost are remembered with pride on the Tower Hill Memorial,

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image courtesy of Brian Watson

the Chatham Naval Memorial and the Hong Kong Memorial