Kimmerol

gretaston
26th January 2011, 16:36
my father sailed as greaser on the kimmerol 139158 on
13/12/44--26/12/44, how is it that as a merchant seaman
he was on a RFA ship, as I understand she was not sold out of service until 1947.
Regards,Tom.

Rozzer
29th August 2011, 09:37
Hi there

For most of the history of the Kimmerol please see http://historicalrfa.org/rfa-kimmerol-ship-details

Rozzer

gretaston
29th August 2011, 23:01
Thank you for the information, I can only assume that the KIMMEROL was docked for repaires and the regular naval crew given leave, once the repairs were completed and the dock needed, a scratch merchant navy crew wear engaged to move her to another port.
Regards,
Tom.

LouisB
30th August 2011, 00:07
my father sailed as greaser on the kimmerol 139158 on
13/12/44--26/12/44, how is it that as a merchant seaman
he was on a RFA ship, as I understand she was not sold out of service until 1947.
Regards,Tom.

Hi Tom,

In the war years and up to the present day RFA's were defined as government ships in government service. Although they were part of the Naval supply train they were not 'commisioned' vessels' and were manned by civilians (Merchant Service).

Under Orders in Council when the RFA's were involved in active service certain parts of the Merchant Shipping Act of the time could be overidden to allow the vessel and crew to carry out Admiralty orders.

These days RFA's still employ civilians although fairly intense training is now given, dependant in which branch you apply for The vessels are armed and specialised, definately now an integral part of the Naval Service. When in war zones or otherwise in harms way ships and crews are classed as 'reserve status' similar to the RNR.

Parts of the present day merchant shipping act and other maritime legislation has been altered to allow the vessels to lawfully carry out their tasking whilst under civilian command.


LouisB

gretaston
30th August 2011, 16:56
Hello louisB,
What you have written sums the situation up very clearly, thank you for your precise and informative reply.
Regards, Tom.