RFA War Nahab

Vessel name on Arrival: RFA War Nahab

Original Builder: Palmers of Jarrow

Original Yard No: 886

Official Number: 143383

Vessel Type: tanker

GRT: 5577

Year Built: 1919

Arrival Date: 25/07/1958

Breakup Started: 12/01/1959

Date First Beached: 27/03/1959

Date Breakup Completed: 02/09/1959

Draught For’d: 13' 6"

Draught Aft: 18' 6"

Name Changes:

 

1919  :   WAR NAWAB for the British Government

 

1921  :   WAR NAWAB for the Admiralty

Other Information:

 

Oil Tanker for the British Government / Admiralty

Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel (RFA) Pennant Nos. Y7.330  /  X 82

 

13-06-1919    :   Launched

August 1919  :   Completed

 

Dimensions  :   121.9 metres   x    15.9 metres

 

Propulsion   :   Triple Expansion Steam Reciprocating Engine    :   11 knots

 

 

The Career of S.S. War Nawab

 To combat the alarming losses of British merchant ships during WW1, the New Ministries and Secretaries Act was passed in December 1916, which provided for the appointment of a Shipping Controller with very wide powers “to take such steps as he thinks best for providing and maintaining an efficient supply of shipping”.

 

On 20 December 1916, the first meeting of the Merchant Shipbuilding Advisory Committee took place where it was decided that an extensive shipbuilding programme should be started, the ships to be of a simple design and as far as possible to be of a standard type as regards hulls and engines. These new vessels for the Government were given a standard nomenclature, the prefix to their names being WAR.

 

821 vessels were ordered from U.K. yards and abroad and 416 were completed to Government order, 279 were sold and transferred to private owners before completion and the remainder were cancelled. Of the 416 completed to Government order, 15 were transferred to Admiralty service as oilers.

 

They were all modified versions of the A and B Class standard dry cargo ships, known as the Z Class. All had 2 large dry cargo holds, 6 of them had 5 cargo tanks and the remaining 9 had 7 cargo tanks, specially designed for the carriage of heavy fuel oil. Most of them were initially under commercial management.

 

 

07-09-1919  :   arrived at Port Said having sailed from the Tyne

09-06-1920  :   arrived at Suez from Abadan

21-10-1920  :   anchored at Spithead having sailed from Abadan

23-10-1920  :   berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

26-10-1920  :   sailed Portmouth Harbour

14-12-1920  :   arrived at Glasgow from Tampico

18-03-1921  :   berthed at Portsmouth Harbour from Trinidad

21-03-1921  :   sailed Portsmouth Harbour

04-03-1922  :   Captain and crew French steamer picked up and landed at Falmouth by RFA War Nawab

05-03-1922  :   sailed Falmouth for Tampico

18-03-1921  :   berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

02-04-1921  :   berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

22-08-1922   :  berthed at the Clyde from Portland

31-08-1922   :  sailed the Clyde for Port Arthur

29-03-1923   :  alongside the oil wharf at Kepple Harbour, Singapore

8 to 10-05-1923 :   alongside the oil wharf at Kepple Harbour, Singapore

10-06-1923  :   at SIngapore alongside HMS DIomede to refuel her

16-06-1923  :   arrived at Singapore from Abadan discharged and sailed for Abadan on 19-06-1923

26-08-1923  :   arrived at Singapore from Balik Papan

07-09-1923  :   berthed at main wharf, Kepple Harbour, Singapore

07-02-1924  :   alongside the Oil Wharf at Kepple Harbour, SIngapore

22-03-1924  :   arrived at Singapore from Tarakan to discharge

25-03-1924  :   sailed Singapore for Miri

02-04-1924  :   berthed at Singapore from Miri 

15-07-1924  :   berthed at Falmouth for repairs having sailed from Portland

24-08-1924  :   sailed Port Arthur for Devonport

23-09-1924  :   while on passage from Rosyth to Port Arthur was reported 260 miles north of Malin Head

10-06-1925  :  Colonial Hospital, Trinidad – Fireman John Byrne discharged dead having suffered a stroke

28-10-1930  :  berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

31 October 1930 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 October 1931 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

12 January 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

20 July 1932 berthed at Singapore from Seletar sailing later the same day for Abadan

26 September 1932 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

1 November 1932 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

27 November 1936 the Admiralty announced that awards for salvage of the lighter Hong Kong were due to the crew of RFA War Nawab. They amounted to various sums ranging from £1 17s 10d to 5s 8d.

April 1937 damaged ss KORRALES whilst moving at Swansea

11 May 1937 damaged whist fuelling the battleship HMS ROYAL OAK at La Pallice, France

12 September 1937 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

14 September 1937 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 September 1937 Captain E Parker RFA appointed as Master

16 May 1938 arrived at Malta from Port Said

27 July 1938 grounded at Trinidad

28 August 1938 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

May 1939 withdrawn from seagoing service at Portsmouth and fitted with racks to carry 50 gallon barrels for petrol stowage. Placed in semi-commission with 2 Officers and 8 Ratings on Yard Craft Agreements

31 August 1939 Mr Clifford N Ansell RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 September 1939 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

6 February 1940 Mr L T Tomlinson RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

26 February 1940 Captain R D Williams RD RFA (Commander RNR (Retd) appointed as Master

12 August 1940 while at Portsmouth she overnight assisted in destroying  1 enemy aircraft and  seriously damaged another one

September 1940 RFA War Nawab was to be used as a Fire Ship in Operation Lucid – See RFA Fire Ships in archived stories

10 September 1940 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

21 September 1940 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour returning to her berth later in the same day

24 September 1940 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

7 October 1940 Mr Wilfred C Shortland RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

4 November 1940 Captain R D Williams RD RFA (Commander RNR (Retd) appointed as Master

11 November 1940 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

10 February 1941 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

24 May 1941 was damaged by near misses during an air raid at Portsmouth

27 May 1941 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

31 May 1941 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

26 June 1941 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

25 August 1941 Mr Percy E C Ogden RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 September 1942 Mr G A Calvert RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

9 July 1943 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

19 January 1944 Captain Robert Grimer DSC RFA appointed as Master

20 January 1944 Mr Charles  A Smith DSC RFA appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

 

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Chief Engineer Officer Charles A Smith DSC RFA

 

28 February 1945 in collision with the Norwegian IDEFJORD

25 September 1945 berthed at Portsmouth Harbour

8 April 1946 sailed from Portsmouth Harbour

8 August 1946 taken in hand at Southampton for bottom cleaning  and necessary repairs to enable a  MoWT certificate to be issued for her voyage to Devonport

29 November 1946 after failure of Operation Lucid RFA War Nawab was used as a Fuel Hulk at Devonport  on Yard Craft agreement

December 1946 sold to Bulk Storage Ltd, London

26 February 1952 at Devonport with RFA Careful alongside to be refuelled – 182 tons of FFO supplied

27 March 1952 at Devonport with RFA Careful alongside to be refuelled – 178 tons of FFO supplied

16 June 1952 at Devonport with RFA Careful alongside to be refuelled

11 July 1952 at Devonport with RFA Careful alongside to be refuelled

16 December 1952 at Devonport with RFA Careful alongside to be refuelled

26 July 1958 arrived at Troon for breaking up by West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co Ltd