RFA King Salvor (A291)

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Name: RFA King Salvor
Ordered: 10 January 1941
Builder: Wm. Simons & Co. Ltd., Renfrew
Yard number: 752
Laid down: 17 May 1941
Launched: 18 May 1942
Commissioned: 17 July 1942
Decommissioned: 1960
Renamed:Kingfisher, April 1954
Fate: Sold to the Argentine Navy, 1960
General characteristics
Class and type: King Salvor class salvage vessel
Displacement: 1,780 long tons (1,809 t) full load
Length: 217 ft 11 in (66.42 m)
Beam: 37 ft 11 in (11.56 m)
Draught: 15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
Propulsion: 2 × 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engines
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Complement: 72
Armament: 4 × 20 mm AA guns (4×1)

RFA King Salvor (A291), initially HMS King Salvor (W191), [1] was the lead ship of a class of 12 salvage vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. A 13th ship was completed as a submarine rescue vessel for the Royal Navy as HMS Reclaim.

Lead ship first built of a series or class of ships

The lead ship, name ship, or class leader is the first of a series or class of ships all constructed according to the same general design. The term is applicable to military ships and larger civilian craft.

Royal Fleet Auxiliary civilian-manned fleet owned by the United Kingdoms Ministry of Defence

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) is a naval auxiliary fleet owned by the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence and is one of the five fighting arms of the Royal Navy. Its purpose is to support the Royal Navy to maintain operations around the world. Its primary role is to supply the Royal Navy with fuel, ammunition and supplies, normally by replenishment at sea (RAS). It also transports Army and Royal Marine personnel, as well as supporting training exercises, and engaging in anti-piracy, anti-drug smuggling, and humanitarian operations.

HMS <i>Reclaim</i>

HMS Reclaim was a deep diving and submarine rescue vessel of the British Royal Navy. She was originally intended to be the King Salvor-class ocean salvage vesselSalverdant and was fitted with specialised equipment including underwater television cameras and sonar and echosounding apparatus. She was also equipped for submarine rescue work.

King Salvor was built by Wm. Simons & Co. Ltd. of Renfrew as Allegiance, [2] launched on 18 May 1942, and commissioned on 17 July 1942.

Renfrew town in Renfrewshire, Scotland

Renfrew is a town 6 miles (10 km) west of Glasgow, and the historical county town of Renfrewshire. Called the "Cradle of the Royal Stewarts" for its early link with Scotland's former royal house, Renfrew gained royal burgh status in 1397.

The ship converted into a submarine rescue bell and target ship, and renamed HMS Kingfisher in April 1954.

Fourteen ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name Kingfisher, after the Kingfisher bird:

Decommissioned in 1960, the ship was sold to the Argentine Navy in December 1960 and renamed Tehuelche in 1961, Guardiamarina Zicari in 1963, and disposed of in 1974.

The Argentine Navy is the navy of Argentina. It is one of the three branches of the Armed Forces of the Argentine Republic, together with the Army and the Air Force.


  1. http://www.uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/7713.html
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009.

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