EXPLOSION OF THE RFA BEDENHAM

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Explosion of the RFA Bedenham


NAV Bedenham
RFA Bedenham c1950
Career
Name: RFA Bedenham
Owner: Admiralty
Operator: Naval Armament Department
Builder: Ailsa Shibuilding, Troon.
Completed: 1938
Out of service: 1951
Fate: Exploded at Gibraltar
General characteristics
Class & type: Naval armament carrier
Tonnage: 1191 GRT
Length: 230 feet
Beam: 37.5 feet
Depth: 16.5 feet
Propulsion: Steam triple expansion
Speed: 10 Kts loaded

The RFA Bedenham was a naval armament carrier that exploded while docked in Gibraltar on 27 April 1951, killing 13 people and causing a great deal of damage to the town.


Explosion of the RFA Bedenham Cause of the explosion


The Bedenham had arrived in bow was blown out of the water and onto Gun Wharf, while the rest of the ship sank.


Explosion of the RFA Bedenham Casualties


13 people were killed in the explosion, including Royal Naval Hospital Gibraltar, then known as the British Military Hospital Gibraltar.

The crew of the Bedenham had already abandoned the ship by the time of the explosion, with the exception of the Captain and the Naval Armament Supply Officer, both of whom were blown into the water but subsequently rescued.


Explosion of the RFA Bedenham Effect of the explosion


In addition to the human casualties, many of Gibraltar's buildings suffered substantial damage in the explosion, including the Cathedral of St. Mary the Crowned, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, and the Convent (the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar). Another effect of the explosion was to delay the programme of housing necessary for the Gibraltarians that had been repatriated following their evacuation during World War II.

The Admiralty accepted full responsibility for the damage, and approximately £250,000 in Gibraltar pounds was paid out in indemnity.


Explosion of the RFA Bedenham References


  • Benady, Tito (1992) The Royal Navy at Gibraltar, pp. 221–222. ISBN 0-907771-49-1
  • Hebblethwaite, Marion (2006) One Step Further: Those Whose Gallantry Was Rewarded with the George Cross, ISBN 0-9546917-6-8
  • Jackson, William (1987) Rock of the Gibraltarians: A History of Gibraltar, p. 297. ISBN 0-8386-3237-8
  • BBC.co.uk: First hand recollection of the event
  • Captain E.E. Sigwart. Royal Fleet Auxiliary. pp 143–144. SBN: 229 98581 5

Coordinates: 36°08′07″N 5°21′18″W / 36.135183°N 5.355096°W / 36.135183; -5.355096



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