RFA Eaglesdale (A104)
|Builder:||Furness Shipbuilding Company, Haverton Hill-on-Tees|
|Launched:||18 November 1941|
|Commissioned:||9 January 1942|
|Decommissioned:||21 July 1958|
|Class and type:||Dale-class fleet tanker|
|Displacement:||16,820 tons full load|
|Length:||479 ft (146.00 m)|
|Beam:||61 ft 2 in (18.64 m)|
|Draught:||27 ft 1 in (8.26 m)|
|Propulsion:||3 cyl Triple expansion steam. 674 nhp. One shaft.|
|Speed:||11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)|
The 8,032 GRT Empire Metal was built by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill-on-Tees as yard number 339. She was launched on 18 November 1941 and on completion in January 1942 she was transferred to the RFA and renamed Eaglesdale.
Eaglesdale was a member of a number of convoys during the Second World War.
- EN 57
Eaglesdale was a member of Convoy EN 57 which departed Methil, Fife on 16 February 1942 and arrived at Oban, Argyllshire on 19 February. Eaglesdale joined the convoy from the Clyde, she was in ballast.
- OS 23
Eaglesdale was a member of Convoy OS 23 which departed Liverpool on 24 March 1942 and arrived at Freetown, Sierra Leone on 11 April. She was in ballast and her final destination was Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles.
- TAG 19
- BP 83
- PA 43
Eaglesdale was a member of Convoy PA 43 which departed Bandar Abbas on 26 June 1943 and arrived at Aden on 3 July.
- CX 17
- JC 46
Eaglesdale was a member of Convoy JC 46 which departed Colombo on 26 April 1944 and arrived at Calcutta on 3 May. Eaglesdale detached from the convoy en route and sailed to Trincomalee, Ceylon where she arrived on 28 April.
- RK 34A
Eaglesdale was used for trials of refuelling equipment after the capture of a German supply ship. This included the fitting of rubber hoses and deck roller.
- Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. 144. ISBN 1-85044-275-4.
- "RFA Eaglesdale Convoys". Royal Fleet Auxiliary Historical Archive. Retrieved 23 March 2009.
- "Convoy TAG.19". Arnold Hague Convoy Database. Retrieved 24 October 2013.