Requisitioned Auxiliary – Regent Panther

 Regent Panther

 

 

Regent Panther 

 

Official Number:                    165465

Laid down:

Builder:                                   Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend

Launched:                              11 February 1937

Into Service:                           1939

Out of service:                        1945

Fate:                                         October 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:

 

11 February 1937 launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend as Yard Nr:  1523 named REGENT PANTHER for Bowring Steamship Co Ltd (C.T. Bowring & Co Ltd, Managers) London

May 1937 completed

27 June 1937 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east bound

3 October 1937 sailed Trinidad for Avonmouth

20 October 1937 sailed Avonmouth for Trinidad

29 September 1938 at 41.42°N 26.58°W Captain John Robert Johnson discharged dead from natural causes

1939 – 1945 requisitioned for Admiralty service and served as an Escort Oiler, name unchanged

20 September 1939 sailed Portland independently to Shell Haven arriving 26 September 1939

17 October 1939 sailed Southend in convoy OA21 until dispersal on 22 October 1939 and thence independently to Trinidad arriving 2 November 1939. RFA BISHOPDALE also sailed in this convoy from Southend

6 November 1939 sailed Trinidad independently to Halifax arriving on 14 November 1939

18 November 1939 sailed Halifax in convoy HX9 to Avonmouth arriving 2 December 1939

7 December 1939 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

9 December 1939 sailed Milford Haven joining convoy OB49 until dispersal on 12 December 1939 thence independently to Trinidad arriving 23 December 1939

30 December 1939 sailed Trinidad independently to Halifax arriving 8 January 1940

12 January 1940 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HXF16 to Dover arriving 24 January 1940

16 February 1940 sailed Southend in escorted convoy OA93GF. This convoy reformed as convoy OG19F on 19 February 1940 and then independently to Galveston arriving 11 March 1940

14 March 1940 sailed Galveston independently to Halifax arriving 22 March 1940

25 March 1940 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX30 with a cargo of petrol to Southend arriving 9 April 1940

14 April 1940 sailed Southend in escorted convoy OA129 to Falmouth arriving 16 April 1940

3 May 1940 sailed Falmouth and joined escorted convoy OA139 until dispersal on 4 May 1940 and then independently to Trinidad arriving 16 May 1940

24 May 1940 sailed Trinidad independently to Bermuda arriving 30 May 1940

 31 May 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX47 to Halifax thence joining escorted convoy HX47 to Milford Haven arriving 15 June 1940 with a cargo of petrol

13 July 1940 sailed Liverpool in escorted convoy OB183 until the convoys dispersal on the 17 July 1940 and then independently to Trinidad arriving 28 July 1940

1 August 1940 sailed Trinidad independently to Bermuda

11 August 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX65 and joined escorted convoy HX65 to Avonmouth arriving 28 August 1940 with a cargo of AVGAS

21 September 1940 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

24 September 1940 sailed Milford Haven and joined escorted convoy OB218 from Liverpool. This convoy dispersed on 28 September 1940 and then sailed independently to Trinidad arriving 10 October 1940

15 October 1940 sailed Trinidad independently to Bermuda arriving 20 October 1940

22 October 1940 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX83 joining escorted convoy HX83 on 27 October 1940 to Avonmouth arriving 8 November 1940 with a cargo of AVGAS

22 November 1940 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving 30 November 1940

1 December 1940 sailed Milford Haven joining escorted convoy OB253 until it dispersed on 6 December 1940 and thence sailing independently to Trinidad arriving 24 December 1940

5 January 1941 sailed Trinidad independently to Bermuda arriving 13 January 1941

21 January 1941 sailed Bermuda in escorted convoy BHX104 to Avonmouth arriving 11 February 1941 with a cargo of AVGAS and Diesel

19 February 1941 sailed Avonmouth independently to the River Clyde arriving 21 February 1941

28 February 1941 sailed the River Clyde joining the Liverpool escorted convoy OB291 until it dispersed on 3 March 1941 and then independently to New York arriving 16 March 1941

16 March 1941 sailed New York independently to Trinidad arriving 23 April 1941

28 April 1941 sailed Trinidad independently to Halifax arriving 7 May 1941

10 May 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX126 to Belfast Lough arriving 27 May 1941 with a cargo of petrol

27 May 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in unescorted convoy BB26 to Avonmouth arriving 29 May 1941

5 June 1941 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

7 June 1941 sailed Milford Haven and joined escorted convoy OB331 from Liverpool until is dispersed on 19 June 1941 and then independently to Trinidad arriving 28 June 1941

5 July 1951 sailed Trinidad independently to Halifax arriving 14 July 1941

27 July 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX141 to Belfast Lough arriving 10 August 1941 with a cargo of petrol

11 August 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in unescorted convoy BB60 to Avonmouth arriving 13 August 1941

17 August 1941 sailed Avonmouth independently to Cardiff arriving 18 August 1941

8 September 1941 sailed Cardiff independently to Milford Haven arriving the next day

11 September 1941 sailed Milford Haven and joined escorted convoy ON15 from Liverpool until dispersal on 16 September 1941 and then independently to New York arriving 25 September 1941

28 September 1941 sailed New York independently to Halifax arriving 30 September 1941

10 October 1941 sailed Halifax in escorted convoy HX154 to Belfast Lough arriving 22 October 1941 with a cargo of petrol

23 October 1941 sailed Belfast Lough in escorted convoy BB93 to Swansea arriving 26 October 1941

5 November 1941 sailed Swansea independently to Milford Haven arriving the same day

6 November 1941 sailed Milford Haven and joined escorted convoy ON34 from Liverpool until dispersal on 21 November 1941 then independently to Houston, Texas arriving 4 December 1941

6 December 1941 sailed Galveston, Texas independently to Halifax arriving 16 December 1941

21 December 1941 sailed Hailfax in escorted convoy HX166 to Belfast Lough arriving 3 January 1942 with a cargo of petrol

5 January 1942 sailed Belfast Lough in escorted convoy BB120 to Avonmouth arriving 7 January 1942

 18 January 1942 sailed Avonmouth independently to Milford Haven arriving 19 January 1942

20 January 1942 sailed Milford Haven independently to Belfast Lough arriving 21 January 1942

23 March 1943 sailed Belfast Lough in unescorted convoy BB372 to Milford Haven arriving the next day

2 November 1943 sailed from Aden in escorted convoy AP51 to Bandar Abbas arriving 10 November 1943

18 February 1944 in Hospital at Brooklyn, New York Donkeyman Greaser Arthur Byron discharged dead from natural causes

26 July 1944 sailed Southend in unescorted convoy FN1430 to Methil arriving 28 July 1944

19 April 1945 at Barking, Essex Donkeyman Greaser John Keith Rowlands White discharged dead having been found by local Police dead on a railway line

10 July 1945 sailed New York for Falmouth

21 July 1945 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

1 August 1945 arrived the River Tyne from Hull

8 August 1945 sailed for New York

1 October 1945 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing west

6 November 1945 sailed Trinidad for Falmouth

7 December 1946 on the River Tyne off Bill Quay tug Francis Batey sank while towing Regent Panther – crew rescued

14 March 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing east

30 October 1959 arrived Briton Ferry for demolition by T.W. Ward Ltd