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Sunday, 12 September 2010


Ship No 482

In Greek mythology, Hebe is the goddess of youth (Roman equivalent: Juventas). She is the daughter of Zeus and Hera.

RFA Hebe was an order from British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd. She was to be part of a two ship order, and they were amongst the largest ships built in the Leith Shipyards.

At 4823 Grt (5218 dwt) and with a length between perpendiculars of 350 feet and a beam of 55 feet, along with a design draught of 31 feet.

Her keel was laid on 18th of April 1961 and she was launched on 7th of March 1962.

She was chartered on a long term bare boat charter by the Ministry of Defence (MOD)

Fourth Force

She was to suffer a bad fire dockside in Gibraltar in 1978 when a crew member lost his life, due to the damage sustained she was handed back to her owners, where she was to continue under a few other names before being broken up in 1987.
You will be able to read a lot more about this fine vessel on the new website soon.

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