Past and PresentTrinity House Pilot Vessels

THV Patricia (III), Past and Present

THV Patricia (III)

© Ken Larwood

© Ken Larwood

Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1982 by Robb Caledon Shipbuilders, Leith (Yard No 530) for Trinity House as a Buoy – Lighthouse Tender

Technical Data

  • Length: 86.34 m (overall) 77.53 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 13.92 m
  • Depth: 6.91 m
  • Draught: 4.414 m
  • Tonnage: 2639 gross/791 net/ deadweight
  • Engines: 4SA x 6-cylinder Ruston Electric 6RKcZdiesel
  • Power: 3154 kW/4288 bhp
  • Speed: 14 knots (max) 12 knots (service)
  • Single Cabins: 34
  • Double Cabins: 6
  • Bollard Pull: 28t
  • Flight Deck ‘D’ Value: 11.9m
  • Flight Deck (max load): 10,000 kg
  • Call Sign: GBTH
  • IMO Number: 8003632
  • Official Number: 399094
  • Port of Registry: London

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September 30th 1981: Launched.

May 1982: Handed over to Trinity House. Registered Owner; Lloyds Leasing. Registered Manager; The Corporation of Trinity House.

“Flag-ship of the Trinity House fleet. Her normal duties involve maintenance of navigational buoys, attendance and refuelling of offshore lighthouses and dealing with emergencies, including wrecks. She is fitted with special towing winches, sufficient to pull a fairly large ship away from a dangerous situation as well as providing a routine capability for moving light ships to and from their stations. She has a 20 tonne speed crane capable of lifting the largest navigational buoys. There is a heli-deck aft.

She is a working ship and passengers are able to view the day-to-day activities she undertakes. Patricia works around the coasts of England, Wales and the Channel Islands so a variety of different coastline can be viewed. Occasionally it may be possible to put passengers ashore subject to operational terms and conditions. Passengers, whether individual fare paying customers or corporate groups, are able to enjoy the unique opportunity to join Patricia during one of her routine tours of duty.”

Source: Trinity House

© Barrie Clark  © Barrie Clark

© Barrie Clark

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton  © Nigel Thornton

© Nigel Thornton

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: Barrie Clark and Ken Larwood for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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