Requisitioned Auxiliary – Ovula

 

 Ovula

 

Official Number:                     614980

Laid down:

Builder:                                 NV Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam

Launched:                             April 1938

Into Service:                           During WW2

Out of service:                        During WW2

Fate:                                     4 February 1959 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:

April 1938 completed by N V Wilton-Fijenoord, Schiedam as Yard Nr: 662 named Ovula for N V Petroleum Maatschappij “La Corona”, The Hague. Owners later became Shell Tanker NV (Dutch)

WW2 fitted out as and served as an Escort Oiler – name unchanged

2 January 1941 sailed Aden in escorted convoy BN12 to Suez arriving 9 January 1941

14 January 1941 sailed Port Said in convoy AN12 to Pireaus arriving 18 January 1941

24 January 1941 sailed Pireaus in convoy AS13/1 to Alexandria arriving 27 January 1941

24 February 1941 sailed Suez in escorted convoy BS17 until dispersal on 3 March 1941

24 March 1941 sailed Aden in escorted convoy BN21 to Suez arriving 31 March 1941

13 March 1944 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX283 to Liverpool arriving 29 March 1944. With four other tankers in this convoy each acted as an Escort Oiler

14 April 1944 sailed the River Clyde joining escorted convoy ON232 from Liverpool to New York arriving 29 April 1944. With two other tankers in this convoy each acted as an Escort Oiler 

10 May 1944 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX291 to Liverpool arriving 27 May 1944. With two other tankers in this convoy each acted as an Escort Oiler

17 July 1944 sailed New York in escorted convoy HX300 to Liverpool arriving 3 August 1944. With eight other tankers in this convoy each acted as an Escort Oiler

4 February 1959 arrived Hong Kong for demolition by Hong Kong Salvage & Towage Co Ltd