Vessel name on Arrival: Appleleaf
Original Builder: Workman Clark of Belfast
Original Yard No: 368
Official Number: 140251
Vessel Type: tanker
Year Built: 1917
Arrival Date: 15/12/1947
Breakup Started: 17/12/1947
Date First Beached: 07/06/1948
Date Breakup Completed: 17/10/1948
Draught For’d: 11' 6"
Draught Aft: 18' 9"
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
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