Brown Ranger 1940 RFA - Tanker

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Brown Ranger 1940 RFA - Tanker

Post by Woody » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:20 am

RFA Brown Ranger
Tanker, Ranger Class – X.69, B.509, A169
Laid down 28/10/1939 and launched by Harland & Wolff Ltd Govan, Yard No 1048, on 12/12/1940. Arrived for Scrapping at Gijon, Spain 28/5/191975
3417 grt
365ft 10in x 47ft x 20ft 2in
Engine by Harland & Wolff Glasgow, a six cylinder Harland-Burmeister & Wain
Diesel, 3500bhp, giving 14 knots

Carried 2,600 tons of fuel oil, 550 tons of diesel, and 90 tons of petroleum. The funnel was positioned on the port side and they were designed to carry a derrick and a 9-ton barge on their fo'c'sle, which would be hoisted into the water and used to refuel RAF flying boats. She never carried the barge and the space was used to store oil drums. She was also fitted with a derrick on the beam to facilitate refuelling at sea.

Completed 10/4/1941
Spent the first part of the war based at Gibraltar as an escort oiler for the Mediterranean Convoys and North Africa Landings
Then joined the British Pacific Fleet and was present for the reoccupation of Hong Kong and Singapore. Based in Japan for some months.
She grounded on the Colbart Shoal in the Channel while returning to the UK without any damage.
Accompanied HMS Vanguard on the Royal South African Tour.
Spent the rest of her time between the Mediterranean and Home stations.
1975 towed to Spain for scrapping
C1 I Brown Ranger with Dummy funnel.jpg
Seen here as completed, armed and with a dummy funnel
C2 IX Brown Ranger A169  port bow 1968.jpg
C 3 R.jpg

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