RFA Aldersdale (X34)

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Career (UK) RFA Ensign
Name: RFA Aldersdale
Ordered: 1936
Builder: Cammell Laird and Co.
Laid down: September 1936
Launched: 7 July 1937
Commissioned: 17 September 1937
Fate: Damaged in air attack on 5 July 1942
Abandoned hulk sunk on 7 July 1942
General characteristics
Class & type: Dale-class fleet tanker
Displacement: 17,231 tonnes full load
Length: 482 ft 6 in (147.07 m)
Beam: 61 ft 10 in (18.85 m)
Draught: 27 ft 6.5 in (8.39 m)
Propulsion: 1 x 4 cyl Doxford diesel engine with a single shaft. 687 nhp
Speed: 11.5 knots (21.3 km/h)
Complement: 44

RFA Aldersdale (X34) was a Dale-class fleet tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

She was originally one of six ships ordered by the British Tanker Co., which were purchased on the stocks by the Admiralty prior to the Second World War. Aldersdale was part of convoy PQ 17 in 1942, and was damaged by bombs from three Junkers aircraft on 5 July 1942 after Convoy PQ 17 had been ordered to scatter. Aldersdale was abandoned and the drifting wreck was torpedoed and sunk by U-457 on 7 July 1942. Coordinates: 75°0′N 45°0′E / 75.000°N 45.000°E / 75.000; 45.000