Requisitioned Auxiliary – Mirza

 

 MIRZA

 

Official Number:                      607034 (Dutch)

Laid down:                              

Builder:                                  Ateliers & Chantiers de la Seine Maritime, Le Trait 

Launched:                              December 1929

Into Service:                           1939

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                     1957 broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  One of several Dutch ships requisitioned by the Admiralty for service to augment the ships of the RFA and to serve as an escort oiler

 

Career Data:

 

 

December 1929  completed by Ateliers & Chantiers de la Seine Maritime, Le Trait as Yard Nr 53 named MIRZA for N.V.
Petroleum Maatschappij “La Corona“, The Hague. Owners later became Shell Tankers N.V (Dutch)
 
1935 purchased by Estrella Maritima Argentina and renamed DESCUBRIDOR

1935 reverted to previous owners and name

WW2 was fitted out as and served as an Escort Oiler, name unchanged

3 August 1940 sailed Bermuda in convoy HBX63 with a cargo of gas oil to Halifax there joining convoy HX63 to
Liverpool arriving 19 August 1940 
 
8 October 1940 sailed Milford Haven joining convoy OB226 from Liverpool until dispersal on 12 October 1940 and then
sailed independently to Curacao

31 May 1957 arrived Hong Kong for demolition by Hong Kong Salvage & Towage Co Ltd