Spaburn

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
Spaburn
Vessel Type: 
Naval Tanker
Official Number: 
180850
GRT: 
718
Year Built: 
1946
Arrival Date: 
31/08/1977
Original Builder: 
Philip & Son of Dartmouth
Original Yard No.: 
1128
Other Information: 

RFA Spaburn (Pennant Nos. X 122 / A 257) a Water Carrier Tanker built for the Admiralty.
Propulsion 3-cylinder triple expansion steam reciprocating engine developing 675 SHP to give 9 knots.
 
04-09-1948  :   At Chatham alongside HMS Jutland supplying fresh water
29-05-1952  :   At Chatham alongside HMS Campania delivering fresh water
31-05-1952  :   At Chatham alongside HMS Campania delivering fresh water
06-06-1952  :   At Sheerness alongside HMS Plymn, moored on No 6 Buoy and supplied 15 tons of fresh water
15-08-1953  :  Brought forward from being in reserve at Malta.
 
Captain Stephen J Pethurst RFA appointed as Master and Mr W Hynd RFA appointed as Acting Chief Engineer Officer.  Nineteen crew were signed on from unemployed Maltese Seafarers - six able seaman, one bosun, one steward, one cook, an assistant steward, three fireman, two donkeyman greasers, two catering boys, donkeyman and a pumpman.
 
17-08-1953  :  Sailed Malta with 500 tons of water for Greek islands devastated by earthquake damage.
31-10-1956  :  Supported Operation Musketeer - the Suez Crisis - along with 34 other RFA’s.
28-12-1956  :  Entered Grand Harbour, Malta after the Anglo-French Forces withdrawl from Port Said.
1963 - 1971 :  On and around the River Clyde
1971            :  Placed in Reserve
24-06-1977 :  Sold to W.H.Arnott Young & Co Ltd of Dalmuir, Scotland for scrapping
August 1977: Arrived Dalmuir for demolition and later despatched to WSSCL Troon
 

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