Requisitioned Auxiliary – Spinanger




Official Number:                     N/R

Laid down:

Builder:                                 F Schichau GmbH, Danzig

Launched:                             December 1927 

Into Service:                          WW2

Out of service:                       WW2

Fate:                                     21 February 1961 broken up


Background Data:  One of an additional group of Norwegian flagged ships which served as Escort Oilers during WW2


Career Details:

December 1927 completed by F Schichau GmbH., Danzig as Yard No 1181 named Spinanger for Westfal-Larsen & Co A/S, Bergen

9 April 1940 was at Aruba when war broke out in Norway

22 June 1942 HMS’s SPIRAEA and COLTSFOOT sailed Gibraltar to escort Spinanger from Trinidad with Admiralty FFO into Gibraltar – arrived 27 June 1942

8 July 1942 sailed Gibraltar with the tanker Malmanger and with HMS’s JONQUIL, LADY HOGARTH and STELLA CARINA as escorts

29 October 1942 grounded on Carrick Rock, Port St. Mary Bay, Isle of Man. Tug Empire Ivy sent to assist – source Admiralty War Diary of this day page 174

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

15 January 1945 sailed Londonderry for Greenock but was torpedoed and damaged by U1172 in position 55.08N 05.25W about 1 mile off the Clyde Light Vessel with the loss of 3 lives. She was taken in tow by the Boom Defence Vessel HMS BARFIELD. A 4th man died later of burns he sustained

16 January 1945 arrived at Port Bannatyne, Isle of Bute in tow and was later taken to Rothsay for repairs

11 March 1945 laid up at the Gareloch damaged

November 1954 purchased by Lorentzen’s Rederi Co (Lorentzen & Co Managers) Oslo and renamed Mary Stove

5 August 1957 laid up at Tonsberg

21 February 1961 arrived at Bruges for demolition by Belgian ship breakers