MV Decca Pilot
ex THPV (19) Patrol
Roy Thornton Collection
Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1961 by Brooke Marine, Lowestoft (Yard No. 284), for Trinity House Corp as a Pilot Tender
- Length: 125.0 ft (between perpendiculars), 139.0 ft (overall)
- Breadth of hull: 24.1 ft (extreme), 24.0 ft (moulded)
- Depth: 13.0 ft
- Draught: 11.6 ft (aft, loaded), 6.6 ft (forward, loaded)
- Tonnage: 334.53 gross/79.95 net/430.00 deadweight
- Load Displacement: 430 tons
- Engines: 2 x 4SA 6-cylinder Lister Blackstone diesels
- Fuel: Gas Oil
- Power: 990 bhp/750 rpm
- Speed: 13.314 knots (full trial), 12.75 knots (working)
- Radar: Decca 303
- Capacity of Tanks or Bunkers: 52 tons
- Consumption per 24 hrs: 4.5 tons (Full Speed)/1.37 tons (Station Working Speed)
- Fresh Water Capacity: 22 tons
- Ballast Tanks: 15 tons
- Cable: 1”
- Anchors: 4 (Number),9,9.7¼, 3 cwt (Size)
- Voltage: 220
- Capacity: 6 officers, 12 crew
- Sleeping accommodation: 12
- Call Sign: MENR
- ID Number: 5271862
- Official Number: 302837
- Registry: London, Panama (1980)
- Sister-ship: (20) Preceder
June 15th 1961: Launched and commissioned to Trinity House Corporation. Normal base being Dover – Dungeness.
Andy C Adams Collection (left) © A G Jones (right)
© Ted Ingham
She relieved Harwich-Sunk tender (20) PRECEDER on a regular basis and occasionally served at the Nab Station in the Isle of Wight District.
1967: Taken out of service when the shore station opened at Folkestone. Laid up at Harwich, later alternated in service with PRECEDER as the Harwich-Sunk tender on a care and maintenance basis. Proposal to fit her for cruising service was not implemented due to the limited pilots accommodation.
1971: Proposed sale to Gironde Pilots did not materialise.
1972: Sold to Decca Nav. Co. Ltd converted to a Hydrographic Ship and renamed DECCA PILOT. Employed in the Arabian Gulf, later at Gt Yarmouth.
Andy C Adams Collection
1981: Sold to C A Culner, Malta.
1981: Broken Up.
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: A G Jones, Ted Ingham, Neil Jones (Trinity House Archives) and Andy C Adams for their assistance in producing this feature.