Admiralty Motor Fishing Vessels 1944 Onwards

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    Brian D. H

      I am trying to research this project with a view to building a scale model of my first sea experience vessel Golden Valley, then stationed at the Outward Bound Sea School at Aberdovey, Wales.
      I have [a copy of] the Transactions of the Institution of Naval Architects vol 88 (1946), which sets out the principal dimensions, drawings and specifications of the four types [of this vessel] built [for] the Admiralty, as well as the Underwood plans for the Ring Vessel, but would really appreciate any further information on these vessels, especially when used under the alternative (ketch) sailing rig.


        If the vessel concerned was a 61.5 foot MFV, I can help you, with photographs, plans, etc. In 1945, I sailed a series of such boats built from Cape Town to Durban. The cabin configuration may have been a bit different to comparable vessels built in the UK, but otherwise much the same. They were built at the Cape by Louw and Halvorsen and were then shipped to the Far East Theatre as deck-cargo.
        On two of six trips we ran into huge swells off Cape Aghulas. One of these occasions sticks in my mind because the accompanying trawler was just long enough (175′ or so) to stick her nose into the swells, and shipped a lot of water, whereas the 60 footers behaved splendidly, bumbling up one slope and then down the other just taking a bit of spray. The sails weren’t much help for propulsion, but very helpful in easing their rolling.


          After posting my earlier note on this Topic, further googling came up with the site below:

          It is clear that the Golden Valley, launched 1949, was not an “Admiralty MFV”. She was a bit over fifty feet long.

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