© Roy Thornton CollectionTHV Patricia (II), Past and Present

THV Patricia I

ex Patricia (II)

© Roy Thornton Collection

© Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1938 by Smiths Dock Co Ltd, South Dock, Middlesbrough (Yard No. 1033), for Corporation of Trinity House as a Buoy/Light Tender

Technical Data

  • Length: 70.67m (overall)
  • Breadth: 10.88m
  • Draught: 3.899m
  • Tonnage: 1,124 – 1,073 gross/445 – 316 net/351 – 357 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 4SA 6-cylinder English Electric
  • Power: 1078 kW/1330 SHP
  • Speed: 13.2 knots (max trial) 10 knots (working)
  • Capacity: 
  • Call Sign: CJJW
  • IMO Number: 5271733 Official Number: 166352
  • Port of Registry: London


February 12th 1937: Keel laid.

August 24th 1937: Launched as PATRICIA (II) to Corporation of Trinity House.

February 1938: Completed and was one of the first vessels to incorporate a Diesel Electric propulsion system.

© Roy Thornton Collection  © Ted Ingham

© Roy Thornton Collection (left) © Ted Ingham (right)

1939: Rebuilt for war service.

1940: Opened the Naval Base at Iceland before serving at Dunkirk where, shortly after which she was bombed and damaged.

1941 – 1944: Served in Western Approaches, the Invasion of Europe, opening channels on the German coast, opening freed ports on the Channel seaboard, and re-establishing of Channel Island’s lights after the German evacuation.

Photoship  Photoship


1952: Royal Yacht VICTORIA & ALBERT judged unfit for sea so she stood in for the Royal Visit by HRH Prince Philip to Norway, Sweden and the Olympic Games Helsinki. Escorted by the cruiser HMS SWIFTSURE

Photoship   Photoship

Photoship (both)(Victoria and Albert left)(HMS Swiftsure right)

1953: In attendance at Royal Fleet Review at Spithead, the Coronation Pageant on the River Thames.



1969: In attendance at the 20th anniversary review of the NATO Fleets at Spithead.

© Ken Lubi

© Ken Lubi (Tyne 03/01/1976)

1977: In attendance at the Jubilee Review of the Fleet at Spithead. In addition she had, on numerous occasions acted as Royal escort, following the longstanding tradition by which she preceded The Royal Yacht BRITANNIA on ceremonial duties in Home waters.

1979: One of 5 Lighthouse Tenders in service around England and Wales. Normally based at Harwich, East Coast, from where she carried out servicing Buoys and Light Vessels on the East and South East coasts of England.

© John Jones

© John Jones (15/05/1902)

1982: Sold and registered owner: Krohn & Co. Renamed PATRICIA I.

© Micke Asklander

© Micke Asklander

1986: Berthed in Stockholm, between the heights of Södermalm and Old Town idyll, as a floating restaurant.

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: Andy C Adams, Micke Asklander, Ted Ingham, John Jones, Neil Jones (Trinity House Archives) and Ken Lubi. for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

1 Comment

  1. Hi Nigel, Once again thanks for your efforts in researching these Trinity House vessels, another one comes to mind was the “Pamela”
    Eric Friend



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