RFA Brambleleaf (1959)

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Career (UK) RFA Ensign
Name: RFA Brambleleaf
Builder: Furness Shipbuilding, Stockton-on-Tees, England[1]
Yard number: 454[1]
Launched: 16 April 1953 as London Loyalty[1]
Commissioned: 22 May 1959 and renamed Bayleaf
Decommissioned: Returned to her owners in March 1972 & name changed to Mayfair Loyalty[1]
Renamed: London Loyalty (1954-53), Mayfair Loyalty (1972-76)[1]
Homeport: London (with LOF),[1] Monrovia (with Mayfair Tankers)
Fate: Scrapped in February 1976[1]
General characteristics
Class and type: Leaf class tanker
Displacement: 12,123 long tons (13,578 ST; 12,318 t) gross, 7,042 long tons (7,887 ST; 7,155 t) net, 17,960 long tons (20,120 ST; 18,250 t) deadweight[1]
Propulsion: 1 × 6-cylinder Doxford diesel.[1]

RFA Brambleleaf (A81) was a Leaf-class small tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. She should not be confused with RFA Brambleleaf of 1979, an active RFA tanker also of pennant number A81.

RFA Brambleleaf was built by Furness Shipbuilding of Stockton-on-Tees.[1] She was launched as the civilian London Loyalty for London & Overseas Freighters in 1953 and completed on 8 Janyary 1954.[1] She was a sister ship of the RFA Bayleaf (A79) built by the same shipyard for LOF the following year.

She was bareboat chartered for the RFA in 1959 and renamed RFA Brambleleaf.[1] She was returned to her owners in 1972, who transferred her to their Mayfair Tankers subsidiary and registered her in Liberia as the Mayfair Loyalty.[1]

On 9 September 1974 she was laid up at La Spezia, Italy.[1] On 27 February 1976 she was sold for scrap, and demolition began in La Spezia in July of that year.[1]


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