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RFA Bedenham c1950
|Operator:||Naval Armament Department|
|Builder:||Ailsa Shibuilding, Troon.|
|Out of service:||1951|
|Fate:||Exploded at Gibraltar|
|Class & type:||Naval armament carrier|
|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.
The Bedenham had arrived in bow was blown out of the water and onto Gun Wharf, while the rest of the ship sank.
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.
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.