RFA Ravenrock

Raven-01

 

Official Number:               129031

Pennant Number:

Builder:                              Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Low Walker

Launched:                         5 November 1903

Fate:                                   12 January 1945 Sunk

 

Raven-01

 

Official Number:               129031

Pennant Number:

Builder:                              Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Low Walker

Launched:                         5 November 1903

Fate:                                   12 January 1945 Sunk

Items of historic interest involving this ship: –

 

Background Data:  One of a group of additional ships requisitioned  by the Admiralty in WW1 to augment the ships of the RFA

 

 

5 November 1903  launched by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Low Walker as Yard Nr 407 named RABENFELS for Deutsche Dampfs Ges. “Hansa”, Hamburg

December 1903  completed.

5 February 1904 sailed Calcutta for Hamburg

1 January 1907 sailed Middlesborough for Calcutta

15 February 1907 arrived at Calcutta

23 January 1909 sailed Karachi for Hamburg

August 1914  seized as a Prize at Port Said while on passage from Rotterdam to Bombay

December 1914 Operated as a merchant navy crewed seaplane carrier with French aircraft and pilots and British observers and used by the allies in the Mediterranean and Indian Ocean

12 June 1915 commissioned in the R.N.

August 1915  was renamed HMS RAVEN 11 and employed as a Q ship based at Cork

1 September 1916 damaged during an air raid while at Port Said

10 July 1917 was decommissioned and then served as a store ship, collier and troopship on Government service renamed RAVENROCK (Managers Graham & Co)

2 February 1919 sailed Cardiff for New York via Le Havre

11 April 1920 sailed Bombay for Cardiff

17 May 1920 sailed Port Louis, Mauritius to Bombay

2 June 1920 sailed Port Louis, Mauritius

18 June 1920 sailed Table Bay, South Africa

11 July 1920 arrived at Falmouth

6 September 1920 arrived at Liverpool

17 October 1920 arrived at Gravesend

January 1921 Government service ended and resumed commercial service. Purchased by British Dominion Steam Ship Co Ltd, London name unchanged

26 March 1921 sailed Cardiff to Montvideo

10 October 1921 seized by US Marshall at San Francisco over a $30,000 collision damage suit when she was at anchor at Carquinez Straits, near the mouth of the Sacramento River.

1924  purchased by Kabafuto Kisen Kabushika Kaisha, Tokio and renamed HEIYEI MARU NO 7

8 October 1933 reported in two US newspapers as feared lost in a storm off Japan – the reports were exaggerated

7 November 1933 reported in The Times that she had grounded at Rutuka, Sakhalin. A salvage vessel was being despatched to assist

1934 purchased by Inui Kisen Kabushika Kaisha, Tokio name unchanged.

1938  was renamed  HEIEI MARU NO 7 by her owners.

12 January 1945 was bombed and sunk by American aircraft in position 10.46 N 106.42 E (Saigon River)

 

 

Notes:

 

1. The image above is of her as HMS Raven ll when deployed as a Q ship