Past and PresentTrinity House Pilot Vessels

THV (4) Pelorus, Past and Present

MV Llangower

ex (4) Pelorus

© Roy Thornton Collection

© Roy Thornton Collection

Steel screw motor vessel, built in 1948 by A & J Inglis Ltd, Glasgow (Yard No.1355 P), for Corporation of Trinity House as a Pilot Tender.

Technical Data

  • Length: 145.0 ft (between perpendiculars), 153.0 ft (overall)
  • Breadth of hull: 27.7 ft (extreme), 27.6 ft (moulded)
  • Depth: 11.9 ft
  • Draught: 11.1 ft (aft, loaded), 9.3 ft (forward, loaded)
  • Tonnage: 442.67 gross/177.23 net/603 deadweight
  • Load Displacement: 593 tons
  • Engines: 2 x 6-cylinder Crossley Brothers diesel
  • Fuel: Gas Oil
  • Power: 2 at 400 bhp/300 rpm
  • Speed: 11.34 knots (full trial), 9 knots (working)
  • Radar: Decca 212
  • Capacity of Tanks or Bunkers: 90 tons
  • Consumption per 24 hrs: 3.5 tons (Full Speed) .53 tons (Station Working Speed)
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 37.8 tons
  • Ballast Tanks: 30 tons
  • Cable: 1 1/8
  • Anchors: 3 (Number),12,12,,5 cwt (Size)
  • Voltage: 220
  • Capacity: 6 officers,13 crew
  • Sleeping accommodation: 24
  • Call Sign: MSTD
  • IMO Number: 5273482
  • ID Number: 1181842
  • Registry: London (1948 – ), Road Harbour/British Virgin Islands


September 2nd 1947: Launched.

January 24th 1948: Completed for Corporation of Trinity House.

© Fotoflite  Courtesy of Andy C Adams

© Fotoflite

© A G Jones  © A G Jones

© A G Jones (both)

Courtesy of Andy C Adams  Courtesy of Andy C Adams

Courtesy of Andy C Adams

1976: Sold to Rosewood Co Ltd, (Druidhurst Ltd), London. Renamed LLANGOWER

1985: Sold to Llangower Co Ltd, Tortola BVI

2001/02: Deleted (Lloyds Register).

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, Neil Jones (Trinity House Archives) 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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