RFA King Salvor (A291)

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RFA EnsignUnited Kingdom
NameRFA King Salvor
Ordered10 January 1941
BuilderWm. Simons & Co. Ltd., Renfrew
Yard number752
Laid down17 May 1941
Launched18 May 1942
Commissioned17 July 1942
RenamedKingfisher, April 1954
FateSold to the Argentine Navy, 1960
AcquiredDecember 1960
RenamedGuardiamarina Zicari in 1963
FateDisposed 1974
General characteristics
Class and typeKing Salvor-class salvage vessel
Displacement1,780 long tons (1,809 t) full load
Length217 ft 11 in (66.42 m)
Beam37 ft 11 in (11.56 m)
Draught15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
Propulsion2 × 3-cylinder triple expansion steam engines
Speed12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Armament4 × 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 the submarine rescue vessel HMS Reclaim for the Royal Navy.

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.

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

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.


  1. ^ "HMS King Salvor (W 191)"
  2. ^ "Argentina: Auxiliary Vessels". Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2009.

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas, Steve (November 2022). "Fire and Water: Britain's Fast Submarine Program". Marine News Supplement: Warships. 76 (11): S599–S613. ISSN 0966-6958.

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