Persol

Vessel Name on Arrival: 
Alan Clore
Vessel Type: 
Naval Tanker
Official Number: 
140278
GRT: 
5,895
Draught For'd: 
11' 3"
Draught Aft: 
16' 0"
Year Built: 
1917
Arrival Date: 
30/01/1951
Breakup Started: 
31/01/1951
Date First Beaching: 
10/07/1951
Breakup Completed: 
07/12/1951
Original Builder: 
Sir Raylton Dixon & Company, Middlesbrough
Original Yard No.: 
608
Name Changes: 

 
1916  :  launched as Persol for the Admiralry
1917  :  renamed RFA Cherryleaf for the Admiralty
1947  :  sold to British Oil Shipping Company Limited and renamed Alan Clore

Other Information: 

Fast 'Leaf' Class Fleet Attendant Tanker RFA CHERRYLEAF          Pennant Nos. X 48,  Y 7,  181,  X 17
 
09-11-1916  :  Launched
April   1917  :  Completed
 
Dimensions :  123.5 metres  x  16.6 metres
 
Propulsion  :  Twin-Screw / Steam Engines
Speed        :  14 knots
 
18-04-1917  :  Trials
20-04-1917  :  Commissioned under the management of Lanr & MacAndrew Limited of London
25-08-1917  :  Attacked in English Channel by German submarine but torpedo missed
1917 - 1918  :  Operations in the North Atlantic
1919 - 1921  :  On West Indies Station based out of Bermuda
1922 - 1926  :  In Reserve with four sister-ships at Rosyth
1926 - 1930  :  Out of Reserve and chartered out to the Anglo Saxon Petroleum Company Limited of London
1931 - 1934  :  Mediterranean Station oiler area based out of Malta
1936 - 1939  :  Station oiler duties at Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
03-09-1939  :  RFS Cherryleaf at Malta on the outbreal date of WWII
1940 - 1945  :  Mainly in Mediterranean stations, Malta, Gibraltar, Alexandra, etc.
1945 - 1946  :  India
21-10-1946       :  Handed over to Ministry of Transport for disposal
January 1947    :  Sold to the British Oil Shipping Company Limited of London
28-08-1947       :  Following refit on the Tyne, vessel renamed S.S. Alan Clore
November 1948 :  Following serious problems with Engines and Boilers, laid up in the River Fal
20-12-1950        :  Arrived at Dalmuir, River Clyde, for breaking by Messrs Arnott Young & Company
30-01-1951        :  Arrived as hulk at WSSCL, Troon for final demolition
 

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