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Ahoy Mick,

Have a look here:

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/auxiliaries.htm

Black Ranger
Ship:Black Ranger
Pennant No:A163
Builder:Harland & Wolff (Govan)
Laid down:October 12th 1939
Launched:August 22nd 1940
Completed:January 1941
During the Second World War, Black Ranger served with the Arctic Convoys. Based at Portland for much of her post war career.
Involved in a collision with submarine Thule in November 1960.*
Sold in 1973 to a Greek interest and renamed Petrola XIV.
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Thule T3 P325, S2561 22-Oct-42 HMDY Devonport 14-Sep-62 Scrap
On Nov 18 1960 was damaged around her fore-ends when, during exercises in the channel, she surfaced under the RFA Black Ranger - reportedly signalling to the tanker when safely on the surface "Thules rush in where Rangers fear to tread!". Broken up at Inverkeithing.
 

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Ruud

Hi just got back from our dance,thanks for the info on Black Ranger,no luck on that site for a pic.
Still looking for Avisvale & Bowcombe.

Mick
 

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Hi Ruud

Finally found Black Ranger on site suggested but £25 is the price and it was for an old crew member who sailed on her in WWII,I think he has already paid the price.

I will wait until it appears on a non commercial site.

Thanks
Mick Wright
 

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mick Wright said:
Any pics or info out there for this vessel please

Mick Wright (Night)
Hello,If you type in RFA Black Ranger into Google it brings up a few pics of this ship,some when RFA's were in black and one in Naval Grey.
I sailed on the Brown and Blue.
Cheers...Dai (*))
 

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Thank you Bruce & Dai.

Black Ranger downloaded,the old........ will be over the moon when I take it to him at the dance tom night.

Regards Mick Wright
 

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Black Ranger

I was 3/o on Black Ranger for six 69/68. Was my first RFA after Lyles and MacAndrews took some getting used to. Spent most of our time around Portland apart from a jolly to Bordeaux and a trip up to Cape Wrath to refuel a Nato squadron after a 'front line' tanker broke down.

She was a funny old ship the wheelhouse was off centre with the foremast to confuse German bombers during WW2.
 

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I heard it was to confuse u-boat commanders when lining up thier torpedoes. They'd think she was on a different tack, fire and (hopefully) miss. We will never know if it actually worked, as none of the Rangers was torpedoed.
 

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I heard it was to confuse u-boat commanders when lining up thier torpedoes. They'd think she was on a different tack, fire and (hopefully) miss. We will never know if it actually worked, as none of the Rangers was torpedoed.
Sadly, Norm, that is not so. RFA GRAY RANGER was torpedoed in 1942 on Convoy QP14. Her master, Captain Douglas Gausden was awarded the DSO and I had the privilege to serve under his command as a cadet in RFA FORT BEAUHARNOIS in 1955.
 
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