Past and PresentTrinity House Pilot Vessels

THV (14) Pathfinder, Past and Present

MV White Rose

ex City of Piraeus, (14) Pathfinder

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1955 by Philip & Sons Ltd, Dartmouth (Yard No. 1268), for Corporation of Trinity House as a Pilot Tender.

Technical Data

  • Length: 47.86m (157.0 ft) (between perpendiculars), 53.50m (175.0 ft) (overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 9.20m (30.4 ft) (extreme), 9.15m (30.0 ft) (moulded)
  • Depth: 4.27m (14.0 ft)
  • Draught: 3.506m (11.9 ft) (aft, loaded), 2.47m (8.10 ft) (forward, loaded)
  • Tonnage: 677.78 gross/197.05 net/715.00 deadweight
  • Load Displacement: 715 tons
  • Engines: 2 x 6-cylinder British Polar diesels
  • Fuel: Gas Oil
  • Power: 2 at 500 bhp/325 rpm
  • Speed: 12.91 knots (full trial), 11.6 knots (working)
  • Radar: Decca 303
  • Capacity of Tanks or Bunkers: 65.15 tons
  • Consumption per 24 hrs: 5 tons (Full Speed), .91 tons (Station Working Speed)
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 40.4 tons
  • Ballast Tanks: 35.2 tons
  • Cable:
  • Anchors: 4 (Number),17,17,14,4 cwt (Size)
  • Voltage: 220
  • Capacity: 6 officers, 15 crew
  • Sleeping accommodation: 22
  • Call Sign: GTBL (1955 – 1986)
  • Lloyd’s Register/ID Number: 5271599
  • Official Number: 186185
  • Registry: London, Saint Vincent & Grenadines


September 13th 1954: Launched.

February 7th 1955: Completed and commissioned for Corporation of Trinity House.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection  © Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

Roy Thornton Collection & © Ted Ingham

© A G Jones

© A G Jones

 © Simonwp

 © Simonwp (Harwich 13/09/1985)

1986: Renamed PATHFINDER I.

© Ted Ingham

© Ted Ingham

1986: Sold Luvia Investment and renamed CITY OF PIRAEUS.

1987: Sold and renamed WHITE ROSE.

August 8th 1995: Broken up Aliaga (Butoni Denizcilik A.S.)

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, A G Jones, Neil Jones (Trinity House Archives), Simonwp and Andy C Adams for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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