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RFA Retainer at Mombasa 1965.
· Date: Thu, 6 July 06 · Views: 583
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WILLIAM WONG
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Registered: January 2006
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Thu, 6 July 06 07:39

Built by Scotts S & E. co., Greenock for China Navigation co, similar one was the ' Resurgent ( ex Changchow) ' both with Doxford engines

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Tony Selman

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Thu, 6 July 06 08:00

There is seemingly a lot of accommodation on there for an RFA ship. What was the purpose of this class?
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King Ratt

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Thu, 6 July 06 11:22

They were stores and ammunition carriers. In addition to the ship's normal complement a large party of Naval stores personnel were embarked to handle the very specialised cargo.
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Lancastrian
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Thu, 6 July 06 11:47

I thought you were in Vancouver, Rab?
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BMW Simon

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Sat, 28 October 06 22:27

The red band on the funnel denotes the fact that she had very dangerous cargo onboard, ( were under the official secrets act even as a deck boy!) consequently whenever we undertook a courtesy visit they anchored or moored us miles away from the action of the main port of call. This often meant high cab fares or long boat trips.The large accommodation was indeed for the navel stores personnel who were paid exorbitant wages compared to the sailors on board, not bad blokes really, the only time they did any work was when there was a R.A.S.! (much to the disdain of the 'seasoned tars!') We were based at Singapore, 15 month trip.
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OLD STRAWBERRY

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Wed, 1 November 06 03:47

I had a similar trip as Simon but on the Resurgent,back in 60/61. We were moored to a bouy in Singapore River for nigh on Two months But we made the most of it by doing Ban-Yan runs up the small inlets in the boat, where we made friends with some of the local inhabitants in the small settlements. How well I remember when We did get alongside the ammo depot having to put our ciggies and lighters in a small red box that was locked up and not opened again until We got to the main gate.A Good trip in a Good Ship.

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REGARDS.TONY. (OLD STRAWBS.)(DISCHARGE BOOK No R691311) CAREER (1956-1958) T S ARETHUSA(215, QDST, 21 MESS)/ (1958-1963)/ RFA/ (1964-1965) AUWE / (1965/1973) SHORESIDE/ (1973-1995)PAS/RMAS (PORTLAND NAVAL BASE)/ (1996-2002) RFA/ (2002-2005) HMP WEARE.
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david
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Registered: October 2004
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Wed, 1 November 06 18:27

William,
These 2 sure had a strange beginning, laid down for a service, HK--Indonesia that never eventuated due to Independence and then chartered to MM for their France-Tahiti-NewCal-Aust service under same names.
At end of charter were sold to the Admiralty.
Never served for CNCo.!
I wonder if this a unique set of circumstances?
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huntie
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Fri, 26 January 07 14:26

Myfirst ever RFA joined in Cyprus in Nov. 1971 as Jnr Eng She could roll on wet grass spent my first 4 days filling up the bilges with my stomach contents
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clankie
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Fri, 26 January 07 16:39

Purchased by the Admiralty in February of 1952 though remained on charter to Messageries Maritimes until the December of that year. In April 1953 Changchow renamed Resurgent and charted to Buries Markes until 1957 when conversion to an armament stores issuing ship commenced. Retainer converted to fleet replenishment ship in 1955, then to armament stores in 1957.
Internal layout not quite the same, though similar.
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Brian Twyman

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Fri, 26 January 07 22:38

This photo brought back some memories, I was onboard Retainer 1961 on her return voyage from Singapore to UK. We called at Mombasa then and I remember us Apps running the boats, about a half hour's trip each way. The trips ashore were quiet enought but the last boat back at night was always full of antics !! A nice ship for an ocean voyage, but never did a RAS.
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New Zealand...... great place to be ! !
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EdwardT

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Sun, 2 December 07 19:29

Great ship. I was on it when this picture was taken. I too remember how far out we were always anchored. At Bahrain you couldn't even see land. No shore leave on first day in Muscat cos they were beheading someone in the town square. I remember too broadcasting nightly on the ships tannoy system, (Jungle Bunny Radio) 'til the old man threatened to cut off everyones' Station Allowance if it didn't stop. Happy happy memories.
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stonkingjohn
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Sun, 3 October 10 16:54

My first ship as an engineer cadet, joined out in the middle of Portland harbour in October 1972. My memories of her were that she was a very happy ship. Went to Halifax NS with HMS Albion and had no problems with her handling of the Atlantic. My girlfriend at the time (my wife for the last 35 years) was reading "The Cruel Sea"! Surprisingly they moored us alongside in Dartmouth NS. Unfortunately we weren't afforded a similar mooring when we returned to Plymouth, I don't think we could have moored any closer to the breakwater than we did.
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