RFA Fort Duquesne (A229)

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Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ensign
Name: RFA Fort Duquesne
Launched: 28 September 1944, as Queensborough Park
Commissioned: 25 November 1944, as Fort Duquesne
Decommissioned: April 1967
Struck: 1967
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 1967
General characteristics
Tonnage:
Length: 439 ft 4 in (133.91 m)
Beam: 57 ft 2 in (17.42 m)
Draught: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engine, 2,500 ihp (1,864 kW)
  • 1 shaft
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Range: 11,400 nmi (21,100 km) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 115
Armament:
  • World War II :
  • 1 × 4 in (100 mm) gun
  • 8 × 20 mm AA guns
Aviation facilities: Fitted with a small landing platform aft

RFA Fort Duquesne (A229) was an air stores ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The ship was launched on 28 September 1944 and named Queensborough Park, and commissioned on 25 November 1944 and renamed Fort Duquesne. The ship was transferred to the RFA on 16 September 1947.

In 1955 she starred in the film The Battle of the River Plate, playing the German freighter Tacoma, which took the crew off German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee before she was scuttled off Montevideo.

Fort Duquesne was decommissioned in April 1967 and put in reserve at Chatham. She arrived at the Scheldt for demolition at Tamise on 29 June 1967.

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