Nigel Thornton CollectionTHV (10) Kihna – Past and Present

MV Kihna

ex (10) Kihna

Nigel Thornton Collection

Nigel Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel built built in 1929 by Camper & Nicholson, Southampton (Yard No. 375 ), for J Fuller Feder as a Private Yacht.

Technical Data

  • Length: m (overall) 52.3 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 8.4 m
  • Depth: m (13 ft)(in hold from tonnage deck to ceiling amidships) (16 ft)(from top deck at side amidships to bottom of keel)
  • Draught: m
  • Tonnage: 572 gross/195 net/ deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 5-cylinder Sulzer diesel
  • Fuel: Gas Oil
  • Power: kW/2 x 4540HP
  • Speed:  14 knots (full trial), 12 knots (working)
  • Capacity: Consumption per 24 hrs – (Full Speed) (Station Working Speed)
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 76 tons
  • Ballast Tanks: tons
  • Cable:
  • Anchors: (Number), (Size)
  • Voltage:
  • Capacity : 20
  • Sleeping accommodation: 1 single, 11 double (twin)
  • Call Sign: GDKP
  • Licence Number: 10
  • ID Number: 1183172
  • Lloyd’s Register Number: 16039
  • Port of Registry: USA, London, Nassau, Malta

History

July 1930: Completed as a motor yacht for Mr. J. Fuller Feder of New York.

June 1942: Requisitioned by the Royal Navy during the Second World War for use as an as auxiliary patrol vessel and A/S (training) vessel/tender (Pennant Number 4.242)


Brief Account of some of her wartime Duties:

7 Mar 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (1)
14 Mar 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (2)
2 Apr 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. H 28 was to proceed to the Sheerness Dockyard to refit there. During the passage south through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (3)
6 Apr 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (3)
7 Apr 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. R.L. Willoughby, RNR) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (3)
21 Aug 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN), HMS H 33 (T/Lt. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) and HMS H 50 (Lt. J.M. Michell, RN) all departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (4)
22 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. J.A.R. Troup, DSC, RN) both departed Londonderry for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (5)
1 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) departed Rothesay for Portsmouth. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (6)
3 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) and her escort, HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR), arrived at Milford Haven. They had been ordered to put into Milford Haven as enemy mines were suspected in the Bristol Channel. (7)
4 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) departed Milford Haven for Portsmouth. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (6)
5 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) and her escort, HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR), arrived at Plymouth. (6)
6 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) shifted from Plymouth to Portland. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (6)
7 Sep 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. B. Charles, RN) shifted from Portland to Portsmouth. She was still escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (6)
10 Oct 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (8)
13 Oct 1943
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (9)
10 Nov 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Spaniel. Upon completion of these exercises she sailed for Londonderry escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (10)
11 Nov 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. J.W. Kelly, RN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.R.B. Newton, RN) also took passage for part of the way. (11)
15 Nov 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.F. Michell, RN) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (12)
4 Dec 1943
HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) departed Milford Haven for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (13)
3 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Fishguard for Rothesay. During the passage north through the Irish Sea she was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (14)
10 Jan 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) and HMS Sunfish (Lt. H.J. Bartlett, DSC, RN) both departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr. (retired) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (15)
11 Jan 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (16)
14 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. During the passage she was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (14)
26 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) departed Lough Foyle for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (14)
15 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She made the passage together with HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (17)
16 Feb 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. A. van Altena, RNN(R)) departed Tobermory for Stornoway. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr. (Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (16)
17 Feb 1944
HMS Una (T/L. P.S. Thirsk, RNR) departed Stornoway for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). The next day, off Tobermory, they were joined by HMS Varangian (Lt. S.J. Fovargue, RN) and later that day, off Magilligan Point, they were joined by HMS H 43 (T/Lt. G.L. Davies, RNVR). (18)
29 Feb 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) departed Plymouth for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (19)
10 Apr 1944
HMS H 32 (Lt. M.D. Hutley, RNR) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (20)
11 Apr 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. A.A. Catlow, RN) departed Stornoway for Campbeltown. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (21)
13 Apr 1944
HMS Oberon (Lt. M.L.C. Crawford, DSC, RN) and HMS Sealion (Lt. P.E. Newstead, DSC, RN) departed Barrow for Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (22)
1 May 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. R.W. van Lynden, RNN) departed Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (17)
3 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Tobermory for Rothesay. She made the passage together with HMS H 43(Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN). During the passage to Oban they were escorted by HMS Clorinde (T/Lt. M.L. Patterson, RNVR). Off Oban escort was taken over by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). Also HMS Una (Lt. C.A.J. Nicholl, RN) joined for the passage to Rothesay. (23)
5 May 1944
HMS Otway (Lt. M.B. St. John, DSC, RN) departed Rothesay for Stornoway. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (24)
18 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN), HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) and HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (23)
19 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (25)
19 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) shifted from Londonderry for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (26)
25 May 1944
HMS United (Lt. N.R. Wood, RN) departed Lough Foyle (Londonderry) for Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna(A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (23)
23 Jun 1944
HMS Uther (Lt. R.A.A.C. Ward, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kihna (A/Cdr.(Retd.) A.R.W. Sayle, RD, RNR). (27)
13 Jul 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) shifted from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (28)
13 Jul 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) proceeded from Londonderry to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (29)
27 Jul 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area. These included a practice attack on HMS Kihna(Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (28)
2 Aug 1944
HrMs O 10 (Lt. S.H. de Boer, RNN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (30)
3 Aug 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) and HMS H 32 (Lt. I.M. Stoop, DSC, RN) both departed Londonderry (Loch Foyle) for Rothesay. They were escorted by the British armed yacht HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (31)
10 Aug 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) departed Rothesay for Londonderry. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (32)
29 Aug 1944
HMS Unrivalled (Lt. D.S. Brown, RNVR) shifted from Barrow to Rothesay. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (33)
7 Sep 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN) and HMS Torbay (Lt. C.P. Norman, DSO, RN). (34)
1 Oct 1944
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) departed Rothesay for Plymouth. She made the passage together with HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) (until Fishguard). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (35)
1 Oct 1944
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) departed Rothesay for Fishguard. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Tiptoe (Lt.Cdr. P.R.H. Harrison, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN) and HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, DSC RN). They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (36)
12 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) conducted exercises in the Clyde area together with HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (37)
15 Jan 1945
HMS Unshaken (Lt. J.S. Pearce, RNR) shifted from Rothesay to Tobermory. She was escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (37)
14 Apr 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) and HMS Votary (Lt. P.M. Staveley, RN) departed Rothesay for Tobermory. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (38)
15 Apr 1945
HMS Vitality, (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) and HMS Uproar (Lt. J.N. Devlin, DSC, RN) shifted from Oban to Rothesay. They were escorted by HMS Kihna (Cdr.(Retd.) T.J.T.C. Jenks, RN). (39)


1945: Returned to owners.

1949: Acquired by Trinity House to replace VALONIA

1950: Entered service as Dover-Dungeness tender

  

 Courtesy of Andy C Adams   Courtesy of Andy C Adams

 Courtesy of Andy C Adams   Courtesy of Andy C Adams

Courtesy of Andy C Adams

1961: Replaced by PATROL. Also served at Harwich as a relief for the Harwich-Sunk tender VIGIA.

September 29th 1961: Sold to Cecil Pace, the Maltese millionaire and politician, as a private yacht.

1962: Yacht (Deleted from Lloyds Register)

Courtesy of Robert Docherty

🆕 Courtesy of Robert Docherty (Marsamett Harbour, North of Valetta, Malta. March 1963)

Memories of Robert Docherty will be added soon

1964: Transferred to Maltese Flag.

Ed Connell Collection

Ed Connell Collection

1968: Purchased from Yarra Investment Corp. by Marsa Industries

  

1972: Laid up at Ta’ Xbiex berth Malta.

1975: Purchased by Nationwide Transport, Cardiff

October 2nd 1975: Left Malta for Cardiff.

1983: Known to be berthed at Roath Sea Lock, Cardiff awaiting full refit and conversion at the Channel Dry-Dock.

1983: Vessel submerged following theft of brass ballast/inlet valves. Lock drained and vessel eventually re-floated.

Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)  Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)

Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)  Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)

Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)

Not considered a viable proposition for restoration and towed away for scrap. Destination currently unknown.


All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Ed Connell, Robert Docherty, Neil Jones (Trinity House Archives) and Andy C Adams for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks go to Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)


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