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


July 1930: Completed as a motor yacht for Mr. J. Fuller Feder of New York. Requisitioned by the Royal Navy during the Second World War for use as an as auxiliary patrol vessel.

Ed Connell Collection

Ed Connell Collection

1941: Became a submarine tender.

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)

1964: Transferred to Maltese Flag.

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 goes to Chris Tucker (ABS Shipping UK Ltd)

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

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