RFA Pearleaf (A77)

RFA Pearleaf (A77) was a Leaf-class support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary of the United Kingdom. She was the second ship to bear the name.

RFA Pearleaf (A77) in 1986
Name: RFA Pearleaf
Builder: Blythswood Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Scotstoun, Glasgow
Launched: 15 October 1959
Commissioned: 15 January 1960
Decommissioned: 8 May 1986
Identification: IMO number: 5272593
  • Sold, 1986
  • Scrapped, 1993
General characteristics
Class and type: Leaf-class tanker
Displacement: 25,790 long tons (26,204 t)
Length: 568 ft (173 m)
Beam: 72 ft (22 m)
Draught: 30 ft (9.1 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 6-cylinder Doxford diesel engine, 1 shaft
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Service record
Operations: Falklands War

Service history

Pearleaf and her sister ship Plumleaf (A78) were originally built by Blythswood Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, in Scotstoun, Glasgow, for and owned by Jacobs & Partners Ltd, London. They were both taken over on completion by the Ministry of Defence, on a 20-year bareboat charter.[1]

Chartered in 1960, she served until 1986 and saw service during the Falklands War.[2]

Pearleaf was returned to owners, and then sold to Petrostar Co. Ltd of Saudi Arabia. Renamed Nejmat el Petrol XIX, she served as a static fuel storage facility.[1]

In 1993 she was sold to shipbreakers Nasir Trading Co. at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, where demolition commenced on 8 March 1993.[1]


  1. "RFA Pearleaf 1977-78". historicalrfa.org. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  2. "RFA Pearleaf 1960 -1986". rfaaplymouth.org. Retrieved 10 September 2010.

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