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Re: Risdon Beazley Ltd
Posted by: Ron Young ()
Date: June 30, 2009 03:14PM

Hi Roy

These are what I have found:
C. F. GROVE was a 330-ton steel-hulled steam powered Lighthouse Tender that measured: 152.4 x 25.0. Helsingør Jernskibsvft. & Maskinbyg., Helsingør completed her as Yard No.27 in October 1890 for Marineministeriet - Lighthouse Service, Germany. She was powered by a 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine that gave 10.5-knots
In 1935 renamed METINDA by Metal Industries, Ltd. (T. McKenzie, mgr.), Glasgow - salvage vessel Official No.164044
June 1940 purchased by The Admiralty, London
1947 renamed TOPMAST No.7 by Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), Southampton
Broken up at Boom 1949 by Chant. Nav. L. & G. Engelen, work began 17 March 1949


BERTHA was a 528-ton steel-hulled cargo vessel that measured: 175.3 x 28.1
Gourlay Bros. & Co. (Dundee), Ltd., Dundee completed her as Yard No.219 in December 1905 for London & South Western Railway Co., Southampton. Official No.119725. The single screw was powered by an aft positioned 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine that gave 12.5-knots.
In 1923 owned by Southern Railway, Southampton
1933 owned by Metal Industries, Ltd., Southampton (salvage service)
1939 - Admiralty requisition and in purchased 1940
1947 renamed TOPMAST No.6 by Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), Southampton
Sold August 1948 to S.A. des Produits Metallurgiques "SAPROMET", Antwerp and broken up



RECOVERY was a steel-hulled 421-ton Mooring vessel that measured: 137.6 x 26.6.
Fleming & Ferguson, Ltd., Paisley completed her in 1906 as Yard No.351 for The Admiralty, London. The single screw was powered by a 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine.
In 1923 renamed RECOVERY OF LEITH by Jas. A. White, Leith (salvage lighter) Official No.148248
1937 Acquired by Risdon Beazley, Ltd., Southampton
1946 owned by Overseas Towage & Salvage Co., Ltd., Southampton (London)
1951 renamed MARIE-MADELEINE by Cie. de Remorquage et de Sauvetage "Les Abeilles", Havre, France
Broken up at Le Havre in 1960, work reported in progress 29 August 1960


LA PLATA was a steel-hulled 430 ton cargo vessel that measured: 160.0 x 31.1.
J. Fullerton & Co., Paisley completed her in August 1907 as Yard No.199 for La Fluvial, Buenos Aires and Antonio Carbone was the manager. The single screw was powered by an aft positioned 2-cyl compound steam engine.
In 1917 renamed PALMSTON by Instone Transport & Trading Co. (S. Instone & Co., Ltd.), London. Official No.140428
1922 owned by S. Instone & Co., Ltd., London
1923 owner Invicta Coal & Shipping Co., Ltd. (C. E. Hallett, mgr.), London (Sandwich, Kent)
1926 owners Henry Burden, Jr. & Co., Ltd., London (Poole)
1937 registered to Coast Line, Ltd., London (Liverpool)
1937 owners James Mitchell & Co., Ltd., Leith
1940 owners Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), Leith (Southampton)
1946 purchased by T. & W. Colassi, Ltd., London
1947 renamed AMOS by A/S Rederiet Anholt (R. L. Albertsen), Copenhagen - converted to motor vessel 1949 (8.5-kn)
Broken up at Randers, in 4th quarter 1962 by Løgstrup & Co.


PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY HOPPER No. 9 was a steel-hulled 583-ton Mud Hopper that measured: 173.7 x 32.1. Ferguson Bros., Port Glasgow completed her in May 1911 as Yard No.197 for Port of London Authority, London Official No.132542.
1925 renamed FOREMOST 17 by James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co., Ltd., London
1928 - Frank M. Ross, London (Montreal) [St. John DD. & SB. Co., Ltd.]
1930 - St. John DD. & SB. Co., Ltd., St. John, N.B.
1938 - James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co., Ltd., London
1940 - The Admiralty, London (DLR 1941 - re-instated 1947)
1947 - Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), London - salvage vessel
Broken up at Passage West, Ireland in 1958 by Haulbowline Industries, Ltd.


PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY HOPPER No. 10 was a steel-hulled 583-ton Mud Hopper that measured: 173.7 x 32.1 Ferguson Bros., Port Glasgow completed her in June 1911 as Yard No.198 for Port of London Authority, London Official No.132554.
1925 renamed FOREMOST 18 by James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co., Ltd., London
1928 - Frank M. Ross, London (Montreal) [St. John DD. & SB. Co., Ltd.]
1930 - St. John DD. & SB. Co., Ltd., St. John, N.B.
1938 - James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co., Ltd., London
1940 - The Admiralty, London (DLR 1941 - re-instated 1947)
1947 - Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), London - salvage vessel
Broken up at Groningen, 4th quarter 1958 by N.V. Scheepswerf Bodewes - Gruno

VISCOL was a steel-hulled 1,163-ton steam tanker that measured: 210.0 x 34.7.
Craig, Taylor & Co., Ltd., Stockton completed her in August 1916 as Yard No.181 for The Admiralty, London Official No.139143. The single screw was powered by an aft positioned 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine that gave 12-knots.
1947 - Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), London
1950 renamed FRECCIAMARE by Ottavio Novella, Genoa Official No.2803
1963 - Giuseppina Fenga, Genoa
1966 - Ottavio Novella, Genoa
1974 - Ciane-Anapo Cia. de Nav. e Bunkeraggi, S.p.A., Augusta
Broken up at Brindisi 1982 by Fercomit, S.p.A., dlvd. 24.11.82


HENRY LANCASTER was a steel-hulled 326-ton steam trawler that measured: 138.3 x 23.7. Cochrane & Sons, Ltd., Selby completed her in February 1919 as Yard No.874 for The Admiralty, London Official No.143251. The single screw was powered by a 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine that gave 11-knots.
1921 - Aberdeen Mutual & General Marine Insurance Co., Ltd. (D. Rennie, mgr.), Aberdeen converted to a tug/salvage vessel
191937 renamed LONGTOW by James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co., Ltd., London - tug
1942 - Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), London
1947 - Overseas Towage & Salvage Co., Ltd., London
Broken up at Grays, Essex, August 1951, by T. W. Ward, Ltd.


LADY SOUTHBOROUGH was a steel-hulled 704-ton Mud Hopper that measured: 170.6 x 34.2. Chant. & Atel. de St. Nazaire, St. Nazaire completed her in September 1923 as Yard No.U.4 for Tilbury Contracting & Dredging Co., Ltd., London Official No.147540. The screw was powered by an aft 3-cyl trple expansion steam engine.
Deleted from LR 1942 – converted to salvage vessel (M. o. W. T. ?)
1947 - Risdon Beazley, Ltd., Southampton
1947 - Wilberforce Rippon, London [Rippon (Africa), Ltd., Valletta, Malta]
Broken up 1950


TARASCON was a steel hulled 326-ton motor trawler that measured: 150.3 x 24.5.
N.V. Mach. & Scheepswrf. van P. Smit, Jr., Rotterdam completed her in July 1933 as Yard No.486 for Soc. de Grande Pêche de Boulogne sur Mer (Manesse & Sénéchal), Boulogne
1938 - MISS ELAINE C. H. Bailey, Ltd., Newport, Mon. Official No.162146
1940 - Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), Newport, Mon.
1946 renamed NORDHAV I by A/S Nordhavet (Halfdan Backer A/S), Kristiansund
1949 renamed ALKMAAR by N.V. Vissch. Mij. "Petten", Ymuiden
Missing since last reporting 15 January 1952, in 59.15N-03.10E, while voyaging from Stavanger to the North Sea fishing grounds


BARMOUTH was a 730-dpl boom defence vessel that measured: 153.0 x 32.0
Simons & Co., Ltd., Renfrew completed her in December 1938 as Yard No.721 for The Admiralty. 3-cyl triple expansion steam engine gave 11¾-knots
1964 renamed TOPMAST 19 by Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), (Southampton) for conversion to salvage vessel, not completed, never registered as a merchant vessel
Broken up at Boom 1966 by Jos. de Smedt, passed Antwerp 31.1.66



GEORG was a steel-hulled 407-ton motor tanker that measured: 186.5 x 26.3. Greifenwerft G.m.b.H., Stettin completed her in October 1943 Yard No.? for the Luftwaffe. She was powered by two aft positioned diesel motors.
1945 renamed EMPIRE TIGNESS by Ministry of Transport (Hemsley Bell, Ltd., mgrs.), London Official No.180711
1947 - s/o (Marine Contractors, Ltd., mgrs.)
1949 renamed TOPMAST No. 15 by Risdon Beazley, Ltd. (R. A. Beazley), London (outfitted for salvage service)
1953 - J. Oosterwijk & W. H. de Ridder, Maasluis, Holland
Cut down to a tank barge 1959 - re-named PHITO



DROXFORD was a 1,302-ton salvage vessel that measured: 68.9m by 11.4m
John Lewis of Aberdeen completed her in April 1958 as Yard No.274 for Risdon Beazley Ltd
She was Deleted from Lloyd’s Register in 1981

Cheers Ron

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