Target Towing Vessel
Series No. 21|
off Kilclief, Strangford Lough Narrows
- Wreck broken up during winter storms
- Slack water
is essential, and should be dived during slack low.
should be well anchored as tidal run can be very strong.
slack water does not seem to occur in this area. The tide just swings round on
- The propellers
were removed in September 1985.
boat dive for novices, as it is shallow with good visibility.
a Royal Navy target towing vessel, and Mine Sweeper during WW2, she had been converted
for private use. 64.6ft x 17.9ft x 10ft and grossed 50 tons. Powered by a diesel
engine (various makes supplied) driving a single shaft = 9 knots. They carried
no fixed armament, but could always carry machine guns.
MFVs were based on a commercial design and built in large numbers in WW2 as general
purpose harbour tenders, mainly used to transport personnel and perhaps stores
in anchorages and local waters. They were built with an eye to disposal post war,
as there would be a ready market for such vessels. This is probably MFV.110. Built
by Ouvery at Oulton Broad, Norfolk. Ordered 22 Oct. 1942 and launched in December
- In December
1948 she was attached to HMS DRYAD, the navigation training school at Southwick,
and remained in this role until 1962 when she became a training vessel for the
RNR at Belfast. She was sold out of service in 1966 to become the Tornamona.
- While on charter
to the Isle of Man, with motorbikes and riders due to take part in the TT Races,
she struck St. Patrick's Rock and lost her rudder.
in the strong currents, she then struck Angus Rock and began to sink rapidly.
Luckily everyone managed to take to the liferafts and were rescued by the Portaferry
Lifeboat shortly afterwards.
the next few days all the bikes were recovered.
notable passenger on board was motorcyclist, Joey Dunlop.
of the Ulster Coast"
|by||Ian Wilson |
|Impact Printing 1997 - ISBN:
update - 18-Jun-2007