RFA Robert Dundas (A204)

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History
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ensign
Name: RFA Robert Dundas
Namesake: Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville
Launched: 28 July 1938
Commissioned: 10 November 1938
Decommissioned: 8 December 1971
Fate: Scrapped, 1972
General characteristics
Class and type: Dundas class coastal stores carrier
Displacement: 1,900 long tons (1,930 t)
Length: 220 ft 6 in (67.21 m)
Beam: 35 ft 2 in (10.72 m)
Draught: 13 ft 6 in (4.11 m)
Propulsion: 1 × 6-cylinder Atlas Polar diesel engine
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 17

RFA Robert Dundas (A204) was the lead ship of her class of coastal stores carriers of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Launched on 28 July 1938, the Robert Dundas was commissioned on 10 November 1938, and served until decommissioned on 8 December 1971. Laid up at Chatham, the ship arrived at Thos W Ward Grays, Essex, for scrapping on 3 June 1972.

Whilst in transit from Chatham, the ship was utilised by the BBC on 1-2 June 1972 as a filming location for the science fiction series Doctor Who. The vessel represented the fictitious SS Bernice in the story Carnival of Monsters.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sullivan, Shannon. "Doctor Who: Carnival Of Monsters". A Brief History Of Time Travel. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Bignell, Richard (2001). Doctor Who On Location. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. ISBN 1-903111-22-6.