Requisitioned Auxiliary – Norlys




Official Number:                      N/R

Builder:                                  Deutsche Werft A.G Bet Finkenwarder, Hamburg

Launched:                              28 July 1936

Into Service:                           World War 2

Out of service:                        World War 2

Fate:                                     December 1961 broken up, Japan

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:


28 July 1936  launched by Deutsche Werft A.G Bet Finkenwarder, Hamburg as Yard Nr 187 named NORLYS for
TankerCorporatich ( Johann Rasmussen & Co, Managers) Panama.

September 1937 completed

WW2 was fitted out as and served as an Escort Oiler on Arctic and other Convoys, name unchanged

17 May 1942 sailed Hampton Roads in convoy KS501 to Key West arriving 23 May 1942

2 June 1942 sailed Key West in convoy KN106 to Hampton Roads arriving 7 June 1942

15 June 1942 escorted by US Airship K-6 to from Cape Cod Canal to Provincetown Harbour for fuelling operations

10 July 1942 sailed Boston in convoy BX28B to Halifax arriving 12 July 1942

12 July 1942 sailed Halifax in convoy HX198 to Liverpool arriving 23 July 1942

31 July 1942 sailed the Clyde to join convoy ON117 until dispersal on 15 August 1942 and then independently to
19 August 1942 sailed Halifax in convoy HA4 to Curacao arriving 28 August 1942
6 September 1942 sailed Curacao to join convoy GAT2 to Trinidad arriving 10 September 1942
12 October 1942 sailed Gibraltar in convoy SL124G which joined convoy SL124 on 14 October 1942 to Liverpool
arriving on 22 October 1942
22 October 1942 sailed Belfast Lough in convoy BB231 to Milford Haven arriving the next day
15 November 1942 sailed Gibraltar to join convoy MKS1X to the River Clyde arriving 23 November 1942
26 November 1942 sailed the River Clyde to join convoy ON149 to New York arriving 12 December 1942
17 December 1942 sailed New York in convoy NG.SPEC to Trinidad arriving 27 December 1942
24 May 1943 sailed Casablanca to join convoy GUS7A
28 May 1943 refuelled a number of US Destroyers
3 June 1943 refuelled a number of US Destroyers
6 October 1943 arrived Gibraltar together with RFA Abbeydale and two other tankers and escorted by HMS’s VIMY and
22 April 1945 sailed Liverpool in convoy ON298 to New York arriving 7 May 1945 – acted as an escort oiler on this
22 October 1946 berthed at Melbourne from Bahrein
18 December 1946 berthed at Fremantle, Western Australia discharging cargo
1954  purchased by Corona Shipping Co ( F de Artola, Manager) Monrovia and renamed LOYOLA
26 December 1961 arrived Hirao for demolition by Japanese breakers