CHANT type dry cargo coasters

4th February 2008, 19:23
I am looking for any photos of above types to use to illustrate a model plan feature in Model Shipwright magazine. Everard ran a few al well as a number of other owners.

Hopefully they will not infringe any copyright.

5th February 2008, 13:31

Go into the Gallery, Select the Coasters section, then Type in Festivity in the search box.
You should then get three photos of the Everard "Festivity". Two are more modern, but the other one is the real thing, a CHANT type dry cargo.

gil mayes
5th February 2008, 21:20
Vessels of this class were originally ordered by the Ministry of War Transport as CHANT (Coastal/Harbour Auxiliary Naval Tankers) tankers, for the transport of fuels and water for use in the support of military operations on the European mainland. For ease of construction, they were designed on the straight frame principle with a double chine and no rise of floor, making them suitable for beaching and were all welded for easy repair. Following the success of other methods of supply for fuels and water and with a planned military offensive in the offing, the MOWT decided that the remaining 25 CHANTs ordered from the Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd, Goole (13 vessels - formerly CHANTs 29 - 41 incl.) and Henry Scarr Ltd (owned by Richard Dunston Ltd)(12 vessels - formerly CHANTs 14-21 & 46 - 49 incl.) be completed as dry cargo vessels, with two holds in place of the four tanks(divided longitudinally into P&S). To enable a hatch coming to be built over No.2 hold, the trunk of the former No.4 tank(P&S) was extended to frame 30, being finished in the usual angular fashion. Because the two holds so formed were bounded by three void spaces port and starboard and the sides of No.3 water ballast tank, a relatively small deadweight carrying capacity was achieved. These vessels formed the EMPIRE F class and were given FABRIC numbers which equated to their former CHANT numbers, but by launch they had all been given names. As with the CHANTs the hull was broken down into 28 simple units or weldments which could be easily fabricated by small engineering companies and transported by road or rail to the shipyards for assemble and fitting out.

5th February 2008, 21:50
"Ships in Focus" Record 22 issued in Dec 2002 had an article on coasting with Everards by Ian Muir. It included one or two interesting photographs of Chants, particularly one of the stern of Hullgate whilst aground. You could try the publishers, J&M Clarkson, who may sell pictures on

5th February 2008, 23:41
They were virtually flat bottomed and could beach anywhere! I lived in Bridlington in the early 50's and "Festivity" was a regular caller with timber. She entered the harbour at high tide, sat on the mud and discharged her cargo at low tide and then sailed again at high tide!

6th February 2008, 11:40
Ahoy Jim,
Got a few CHANT's,but all are by John Clarkson,here's one: (
Never mind using it,as long the piccie is credit to the photographer,in this case John Clarkson,these cards are sold world wide.