Requisitioned Auxiliary – Leonian


Mendip Palm 

as Mendip Palm


Official Number:                       164286

Pennant No:                     B411 

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Deutsche Schiffbau-und-Maschinenbau Aktiegesellschaft                                                        Seebeck, Wesermunde (DESCHIMAG)

Launched:                               1935

Into Service:                            WW2

Out of service:                         WW2

Fate:                                      7 July 1967 scrapped


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:


1935 launched by Deutsche Schiffbau-und-Maschinenbau Aktiegesellschaft Seebeck, Wesermunde (DESCHIMAG) as Yard Nr: 898 named Leonian for United Africa Co. Ltd., Liverpool

April 1936 completed

WW2 requisitioned for Admiralty service as a Boom Carrier – name unchanged

4 September 1940 Lieutenant Arthur Seddon Tyrrer RNR discharged dead – he was creamated at Liverpool Crematorium

27 February 1941 ordered to attend HMS BARCLIFFE which was hove to in heavy seas 30 miles south of Portland and assist as necessary – Source: – Admiralty War Diary page 451 of this date

January 1942 at Hvalfjord. Acting Commander P Fletcher Royal Navy (retired) as Commanding Officer

7 February 1944 Blacksmith William H Freeman D/SMX268 discharged dead. He is buried in Prot. Sec. (Men’s) Plot F. Coll. grave 111 in Malta (Capuccini) Royal Naval Cemetery

23 October 1946 Ordinary Seaman John McStravick R/JX 533661 discharged dead

May 1949 transfered to the subsidiary company Palm Line Ltd and renamed Mendip Palm

1959 purchased by Financieri Mar. Rio Yape and renamed Rio Yape

1960 purchased by Dabinovic Eurafrica Mar, Panama and renamed Lobito

196? purchased by Oceanic International Steamship Co., Panama – name unchanged

7 July 1967 arrived Vado for demolition by Italian breakers



  1. served with the British Pacific Fleet Train – hence the “B” pennant nr:
  2. one of eight merchant ships and one of two sister ships – the other one being named ETHIOPIAN – which were requisitioned for Admiralty Service as Boom Carriers during WW2. Royal Naval manned