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Old 3rd January 2009, 09:20
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Question Trinity House Pilotage

To any of you old salts out there whos memories are better than mine. Would you remember the Trinity House pilot cutters that were stationed off Dungeness and Harwich in the mid 40's. Maybe you would have put the pilot ladder over at one of these places? I have tried to look them up on the internet without success. I was a boy on the PV Prudence in 1945. There were four such vessels. Prudence, Pioneer, Pathfinder and one other with a name beginning with P that I cannot recall. They were sisters along with one of a different design, the PV Lionheart. Any information on these vessels would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Eric
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Old 3rd January 2009, 10:03
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Hi Eric
The 'Viga' was stationed at Harwich during the 1950's
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Old 3rd January 2009, 10:30
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Old 3rd January 2009, 11:47
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Welcome to the crew, Eric.
I'm sure someone aboard will be able to help.
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Old 3rd January 2009, 12:11
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Hi Eric
The 'Viga' was stationed at Harwich during the 1950's
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The Viga was built as a drifter and I believe was purchased by Trinity Pilotage Service whilst still on the stocks. Capt. Frank Charrington was master of her all the time she was at Harwich. She was never used for boarding duties, but as a tender taking pilots out to the Sunk Pilot Station.
When the Viga went for annual refit the Woodbridge was use as the relief ship.
The Viga was as far as I can remember stationed at Harwich during the late 40s. Unfortunately I cannot remember the ship preceding the Viga, I do know Capt. Frank Charrington commanded a tender based at Harwich during the War years.

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Old 3rd January 2009, 12:24
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The Trinity House pilot vessels circa 1956/57 were, Bembridge, Penlee, and Pelorus. The tender was the converted maharajah's yacht, Kihna. The Pioneer had gone by then but the older pilots all remembered her (she was steam). Later came the Pathfinder, and the Patrol succeeded the Kihna.
I was the last pilot to ship from the Dungeness cutter-can't just recall the date at the moment but I can look it up if it's of interest to anyone.
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Trinity House Pilotage

Could it have been "Penlee"?
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Old 3rd January 2009, 13:58
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Click HERE for some pictures taken on board the Bembridge stationed off Dungeness about 1960.

If you then "click" on one of the pictures you will bring up others, one of which has four pilots going off to the tender in Dover Harbour to be transported down to Dungeness. Of those pilots the one 2nd from left and another 4th from left have died. The one pictured smiling, in his bunk, has also recently died.

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Bembridge is presently moored in the Medway at Gillingham Dock
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Old 3rd January 2009, 23:13
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Thank you Hugh. Yes, Patrol seems to ring a bell. To think that in the following years to my being cabin boy and saloon boy on the PV Prudence, I would have been on ships that picked up or dropped off pilots at these stations but did not take a lot of notice. Thanks Eric
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Old 3rd January 2009, 23:15
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Thank you lads for all of your replies. Greatly appreciated. Regards Eric
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Old 3rd January 2009, 23:18
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Thank you duquesa. I think Hugh might be right with "Patrol." RegardsEric
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Old 26th January 2009, 17:30
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These may be of interest, on our new Tees-built website
PATRICIA 1938
http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/smit...tricia1938.htm
BEMBRIDGE 1938
http://www.teesbuiltships.co.uk/smit...bridge1938.htm
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About time Patricia was mentioned considering the many years of service she gave..
I saw her escort the Royal Yacht upriver to Tilbury landing stage during the 1970's - the Queen and Prince Philip disembarked there.
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Old 27th January 2009, 00:41
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Yes "Patricia" was the other "P" she towed us out to station SHIPWASH 71 Lightship Put us ashore in Hull. a long time ago. great memories. Kenneth
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Click HERE for some pictures taken on board the Bembridge stationed off Dungeness about 1960.

If you then "click" on one of the pictures you will bring up others, one of which has four pilots going off to the tender in Dover Harbour to be transported down to Dungeness. Of those pilots the one 2nd from left and another 4th from left have died. The one pictured smiling, in his bunk, has also recently died.
Some more photos from the same era, mostly little black and white ones taken on a Box Brownie by my brother-in-law when he was deck boy and spent half his princely wages on the film for it!

http://shipsintheportofdover.fotopic.net/c1214505.html
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THPV Bembridge and THV Patricia

I am just searching all thread and I found this one. Thank to all for some interesting sentences.

Bembridge 1938 is here: www.bembridge.pl

Patricia was a very luxury vessel - you can admire her beauty here:

http://www.bembridge.pl/cms.php?lid=pl&gid=39930

It is an old book - catalog - from 1947 where there are a really pictures placed inside handy. Greeting from Bembridge Rafal
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