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Career (UK) RFA Ensign
Name: RFA Bacchus
Builder: William Hamilton and Company, Port Glasgow
Launched: 10 May 1915
Commissioned: 1915
Decommissioned: 1937
Renamed: RFA Bacchus II, May 1936
Fate: Sunk as target, 15 November 1938
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,598 long tons (3,656 t)
Length: 295 ft 1 in (89.94 m) p/p
Beam: 44 ft 1 in (13.44 m)
Draught: 20 ft 8 in (6.30 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engines
Two shafts
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement: 52

RFA Bacchus (1915) was a stores freighter and distilling ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. Built by William Hamilton and Company, of Port Glasgow for the Indo-China Steam Navigation Company and purchased by the Admiralty while on the stocks on 22 March 1915.

She was renamed RFA Bacchus II in May 1936 in order to free the name for a new ship. She was sunk as target on 15 November 1938 over the Hurd Deep, 10 miles off Alderney in the Channel Islands, by gunfire from the cruiser HMS Dunedin.


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