Texol

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
Appleleaf
Vessel Type: 
Tanker
Official Number: 
140251
GRT: 
5,891
Draught For'd: 
11' 6"
Draught Aft: 
18' 9"
Year Built: 
1917
Arrival Date: 
15/12/1947
Breakup Started: 
17/12/1947
Date First Beaching: 
08/06/1948
Breakup Completed: 
18/10/1948
Original Builder: 
Workman Clark of Belfast
Original Yard No.: 
368
Name Changes: 

 
Built and launched for the British Government's Shipping Controller as the S.S. TEXOL
 
16-02-1917  :  Name changed to APPLELEAF on completion / commissioning and placement under the management of Messrs Lane & MacAndrew Limited of London

Other Information: 

Along with her sisters, these were an advanced class of oilers to an Admiralty design, for service as Convoy escorts in the Atlantic during WWI, whilst also carrying oil fuel cargoes back to Britain from the USA.  Fitted with six Boilers and four powerful cargo oil pumps with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes per hour.  Triple Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engines gave a normal vessel speed of 14 knots.
 
28-11-1916  :  Launched
16-02-1917  :  Completed
 
Dimensions :  123.6 mts  x  16.6 mts.
 
1917 - 1918  :  Served on North Atlantic convoy duties throughout this period.
 
10-11-1917  :  Mined in the North Sea, towed to port for repairs
08-04-1918  :  Repairs completed, re-entered into service
09-05-1918  :  Damaged by fire whilst in the Clyde
07-09-1918  :  Following fire damage repairs, re-entered into service
 
1918 - 1921 :  RFA service duties in all seas
 
1922 - 1926  :  Placed in Reserve at Rosyth
 
03-09-1939  :  At Hong Kong on the outbreak of WWII
 
1939 - 1945  :  Servicing the Fleet in all oceans throughout the war years
 
11-06-1946  :  Laid up at the Tail o' The Bank then Finnart Bay
 
05-07-1946  :  Handed over to Hadley Shipping Company on a care and maintenance basis pending disposal
 
27-11-1947  :  Sold by the Ministry of Supply for breaking
 
15-12-1947  :  Arrived at the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company's facility at Troon

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