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MV DHB Admiral Day – Past and Present

MV Admiral Day

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1971 by J W Cook & Co (Wivenhoe) Ltd. Wivenhoe, UK (Yard No 1414) as a Hopper Dredger

Technical Data

  • Length: 40.95m – 38.34m(overall) 39.17m – 34.13m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 9.48m
  • Depth: 3.51m
  • Draught: 2.604m
  • Tonnage:  350 – 355 gross/136 – 123 net/330 deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 4SA 4-cylinder Lister Blackstone Mirrlees Marine diesels
  • Power: 485k W/660 bhp
  • Speed: 8.25 knots
  • Capacity: Grab dredger Suction bottom doors, Single side arm 1 Ho 11.7 ER, Hopper 191, Cr 1(6.25)
  • Call Sign: GPES
  • IMO Number: 7110555
  • Official Number: 340227
  • Port of Registry: Dover/United Kingdom

Location Data

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November 1971: Delivered to Dover Harbour Board for service within 10 miles of Dover Harbour or between Newhaven, Felixstowe, Zeebrugge and Boulogne.



Photoship (All)

© Mike Sartin  © Mike Sartin

© Mike Sartin

1995: Replaced by DAVID CHURCH.

April 1995: Sold to the Great Yarmouth Port Authority.

October 20th 1998: Whilst engaged in the removal of silt from the River Yare she lifted a 500lb bomb, which contained 300lbs of explosives. The event caused the evacuation of hundreds of Great Yarmouth residents and the device was later detonated safely at sea.

© Ashley Hunn

© Ashley Hunn

2008: Still in service Great Yarmouth Port Authority. Tasks: Gt. Yarmouth & Lowestoft areas. Further afield with exemption

November 2008: Sold to Wyre Marine Services, Fleetwood.

December 2008: Refitted with Samsung SK 420 hydraulic long reach excavator.

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

January 24th 2009: Arrived in Ramsgate for 3 weeks dredging contract

© Robert J Smith  © Robert J Smith

© Robert J Smith (Ramsgate 20/06/2010)

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: Ted Ingham, Ashley Hunn, Mike Sartin and Bob Smith for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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