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RETAINER

The Royal Navy supply ship RETAINER, built at Greenock in 1950, was photographed passing Hoek van Holland inbound for Rotterdam on 9th July 1970.

EX- CHUNGKING - 52 (China Nav. Co. Ltd.)

RETAINER finally arrived at Barcelona on 19.11.79 for breaking.

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RETAINER
O.N. 184289. 9,393g. 3,781n. 459.7 x 62.2 x 30.8 feet.
Post 1955: 9,451g. 4,150n.
6-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (670 x 2,320mm) Doxford 67LB6 type by the shipbuilder. 6,800bhp. 15 kts.
19.1.1950: Launched as CHUNGKING by Scott’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Ltd., Greenock (Yard No. 649)
20.10.1950: Registered at London to the China Navigation Company Ltd., London.
11.1950: Completed and chartered to Compagnie Des Messageries Maritimes France for 18 months.
3.1952: Purchased by The Admiralty, London, (Buries Markes Ltd., appointed as managers).
11.1952: Renamed RETAINER.
7.1954: Arrived at Palmer’s Ltd., Tyneside for conversion to storeship and removed from management.
4.1955: Work completed.
19.11.1979: Arrived at Barcelona under tow from Rosyth for demolition by Desguaces Cataluna S.A.
2.1980: Work well advanced.
 

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Well known for the Officers' bar with big doors that opened up onto the boat deck. Also for the "legend" of the grand piano which exited via those doors in rough weather. Sister ship Resurgent had a smaller bar on a different deck.
 

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Had a few mates that crewed the RESURGENT when I was out in the FE aboard the cruiser CEYLON 1958/9 would be great if there were some still on this earth who remembered those days and got in touch.
 

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