RFA Grey Rover

George.GM
28th September 2009, 12:55
See tug Ayton Cross is berthing outboard of Grey Rover tomorrow.
Is she on the move soon ?

KEITH SEVILLE
29th September 2009, 12:51
Georg.GM

Have just been reading Queens Harbour Master Portsmouth for tomorrow.
It advises Grey Rover will be towed from her berth at Portsmouth at 1500 hours Wednesday 30th September by tug Ayton Cross, to Outer Sea Buoy
and then towards Nab Pilots.
Can anybody confrim where the Grey Rover is bound please.

Regards
Keith

James_C
29th September 2009, 23:59
Apparently bound for Liverpool. Ayton Cross shall then return to pick up Sir Percivale and also take her to Merseyside.

R736476
30th September 2009, 07:21
At least Grey Rover is going to a respectable end in a British recycling facility, giving employment to Britons!!
Great ship, the best of the Hebburn built trio! Sadly a chunk of me from 1969-70 goes with her; not many of us still around from the build days at Hebburn.

wigger
30th September 2009, 09:00
A sad day. Nice looking Tankers, and for me, Grey Rover was the first ship I ever recognised as a little kid, I guess my interest in ships started with her really.
Craig

George.GM
30th September 2009, 10:10
I served two years in her 84-86 and am unable to get over from the Island today to take a last photo.
Would be very grateful if someone could and post.

Pat Thompson
30th September 2009, 10:14
Greetings,
She was my first RFA in 1971 and at the time she was operating as the FOST/Portland Tanker. I found it quite strange after 8 years in the commercial world trying to keep as far away from other ships as possible suddenly the entire cculture changed to how close could you get without hitting them.

Pat Thompson
30th September 2009, 13:56
Greetings,

"Sources close to Whitehall" inform me that she is off to Birkenhead. I fell better thinking that she is off to that "Big RAS Corridor in the sky".

Pat Kennedy
30th September 2009, 20:07
Pat,
To the best of my knowledge, there is no shipbreaking going on in Birkenhead, and never has been, at least in my experience.
The ship demolition activity is in Liverpool docks.
We do have four RFAs here undergoing refit. Is it a possibility that Grey Rover is perhaps being prepared for disposal other than scrapping?
regards,
Pat

Pat Thompson
30th September 2009, 20:14
Greetings,

Pat mon Brave, according to my "Source in Whitehall" sadly not, razor blades are the order of the day. Regarding my "Senior moment" apropos Birkenhead please put it down to my advancing senility.

Scousegit
30th September 2009, 20:53
Perhaps they will be taking bits out of her first for those still in service?

Will be arriving over the weekend I presume which should be OK for pics as tides are around midday.

Scouse.

Scousegit
30th September 2009, 20:55
Pat,
To the best of my knowledge, there is no shipbreaking going on in Birkenhead, and never has been, at least in my experience.
Pat

Pat,

You forget all the Russian trawlers, and some others, that were scrapped in the drydocks before they filled them in.

Scouse.

Pat Kennedy
30th September 2009, 21:02
Pat
Sad to see her go then, I worked on her many moons ago in Lairds.
Pat

Pat Kennedy
30th September 2009, 21:04
Pat,

You forget all the Russian trawlers, and some others, that were scrapped in the drydocks before they filled them in.

Scouse.
Scouse,
When did that happen?
I must have nodded off!
Pat(Thumb)

Stevo
30th September 2009, 21:12
She didn't go today chaps! QHM announced cancelled until further notice. I think there is a problem with one of the tugs.

George.GM
30th September 2009, 21:53
So that's alright then.
We live to phot another day !

Molls-Phot
30th September 2009, 22:43
More likely cancelled due to the weather forecast for the Irish Sea. Picked that up on the VHF whilst waiting for them to leave.

George.GM
1st October 2009, 10:58
QHM says Monday at the earliest and the cancellation yesterday was due to
the weather.

George.GM
2nd October 2009, 16:49
Understand now that Wednesday is the latest.
The tug is restricted to 2m swell and force 4 wind for the whole passage
to Liverpool so to find a five day window at this time of the year may be
quite difficult.
Perhaps she will wait till the Spring !
Or go to Pounds of Portsmouth if it still exists.

Lancastrian
2nd October 2009, 17:24
Sounds as though they have sent a boy on a man's errand.

Stevo
2nd October 2009, 23:02
Pounds won't do the job, the yard dosn't have the facilities.

GBXZ
6th October 2009, 06:17
The Liverpool Echo reports the both the Grey Rover and Sir Percivale are bound for Bootle for scrapping.

regards
Richard

Matt Jordan
6th October 2009, 22:24
Tug Ayton Cross now showing as in Southampton according to AIS. Grey Rover remains in Portsmouth with the tow ready. Any news on when she will depart? Many happy deployments spent on her over the years and will be sad to see her go.

Pat Kennedy
6th October 2009, 22:33
According to the Liverpool Echo, a representative of Carmet Towing stated that Grey Rover is scheduled to leave tomorrow (7/10/09). So it would appear that Ayton Cross is out of the picture.
Pat

zero
6th October 2009, 23:03
Grey Rover is not shown on QHM Portsmouth movements for Wednesday the 7th. Oct

Scousegit
6th October 2009, 23:53
Well I hope they get a move on otherwise there won't be any light left when she arrives here.

Scouse.

Matt Jordan
7th October 2009, 08:26
Ayton Cross now listed as leaving Southampton today 07/10/09 bound for Glasgow.

stevo r6 86
9th October 2009, 13:02
AYTON CROSS scheduled for GREY ROVER on monday the 12th according to QHM.

George.GM
9th October 2009, 14:35
Understand from my contacts that the tow has been cancelled indefinately and that they are still waiting for the five day weather window,
Also if she stays in Pompey beyond the 28th of Oct the new owners will have to start paying for the berth.
This should concentrate their minds and possibly persuade them to get a bigger tug.

stevo r6 86
9th October 2009, 15:23
let BUSTLER ans POWERFULL to the job,more than man enough!

George.GM
11th October 2009, 14:59
Now hear that Portuguese tug BRAVEHEART will arrive in Pompey tomorrow and she will tow Grey Rover to Liverpool either tomorrow night or Tuesday, depending on movements.

stevo r6 86
11th October 2009, 20:13
BRAVEHEART is owned by the svitzer company, normally based at swansea. the last few times the have used a svitzer tug.

George.GM
12th October 2009, 12:25
According to Southamptpon Movements Braveheart berthed at 49 at 0900 this morning and is due to sail for Portsmouth AM on the 14th.

George.GM
12th October 2009, 14:50
She is now sailing frpom Portsmouth at 1400 Tuesday under tow of tug Braveheart

stevo r6 86
12th October 2009, 21:22
hi george you still wanting me to take any pics? be sad to see her go! the last time a svitzer tug was used it was the MERCIA.

George.GM
12th October 2009, 21:25
Have just heard that it has been cancelled again !!!
No idea when she will go now.

stevo r6 86
12th October 2009, 21:38
i feel sorry for the people on the tug haha they dont know wether theyre coming or going.

George.GM
12th October 2009, 22:22
It's now gone to 50/50 for 1400.
This is really getting exciting !
Who do I claim on for my Hovercraft fare if she doesn't go ??

Lancastrian
12th October 2009, 22:44
Who do I claim on for my Hovercraft fare if she doesn't go ??

Try your local MP, George. (Scribe)

BillH
13th October 2009, 09:52
BRAVEHEART is owned by the svitzer company, normally based at swansea. the last few times the have used a svitzer tug.
BRAVEHEART
Is not credited as being owned by Svitzer but has been on numerous charters to them over the past year of more, including periods at Milford Haven and Swansea.

Below is from registration sources

Registered owner

BARRY TOWAGE & OFFSHORE SA
115-117, Rua Carreira, Funchal Madeira


Ship manager

NUOVA NAVISERVICE SRL
4, Via Guglielmo Melisurgo, Naples Italy

KEITH SEVILLE
13th October 2009, 10:18
Noticed on AIS Braveheart still alongside at Southampton Harbour.
If they're not careful will lose the weather window for the tow!!
Which means another long delay.

George.GM
13th October 2009, 12:55
She is not going today. Tug is broken in Southampton.
Perhaps tomorrow at 1400.
That's saved my MP a bob or two.

stevo r6 86
13th October 2009, 19:11
haha least the rover lives to fight another day! :)

Billieboy
13th October 2009, 19:35
That would be the Welsh Mafia, then!

TARBATNESS
13th October 2009, 22:34
Just picked this thread up. GREY ROVER as Navs in 1985/86 (with George.GM as Ch.Off) and Captain in 2005 for her final fling down South. Such a pity to see such a wonderful ship go. I'll watch AIS and see if I can have an opportune meet in the Channel..........assuming she gets out! She was a really superb ship and it will upset me to see her go....at least she's digging her heels in. Good on her!!

stevo r6 86
14th October 2009, 13:11
just seen on the ais BRAVEHEART meeting with the admiralty pilot vessel SD SOLENT RACER, of lee on solent she must unfortunalty be going very soon :(

NormandieLad
14th October 2009, 15:50
Still try to get her underway for 15:00 Tug Braveheart, with Powerfull and Bustler assisting. SE winds 12 knots

breezer10
14th October 2009, 15:59
think she is on her way out now

breezer10
14th October 2009, 16:10
just seen her on webcam going past the hulk

KEITH SEVILLE
18th October 2009, 19:50
Watching AIS today and she was north east of Point Lynas and then off Mersey Bar this morning between 0900/1000 hours with Ashgarth also in attendance. The tow began after the pilot boat departed and eventually she was berthed Liverpool during lunchtime today with the Braveheart and Ashgarth assisiting.

BillH
18th October 2009, 20:09
Watching AIS today and she was north east of Point Lynas and then off Mersey Bar this morning between 0900/1000 hours with Ashgarth also in attendance. The tow began after the pilot boat departed and eventually she was berthed Liverpool during lunchtime today with the Braveheart and Ashgarth assisiting.
Some photographs of their arrival in poor light conditions were posted by Carl Lecky on the "Tug Talk" website this morning

Santos
18th October 2009, 20:28
Some great pictures of her arrival and docking HERE (http://www.irishseashipping.com/photofeatures/services/rfa/greyrover181009/greyrover181009.htm)

Chris.

KEITH SEVILLE
18th October 2009, 21:17
Just been looking at each of the photos Chris they are great.


Best Regards
Keith

Santos
18th October 2009, 21:29
Yes they are good Keith - and alot too.

Kind regards

Chris

Brian McCarthy
10th February 2014, 22:01
I sailed on her as a teenager from Swan Hunters, My Dad was Captain. Tried Compass swinging off the Tyne then the Ruston engines broke down. I had to get off in the pilot boat with a gale blowing instead of going to sea. She was reengined. Lovely ship, much nicer than the ones I sail on now.