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RRS John Murray

RRS John Murray alongside on a mid cruise visit to Brest. A converted French (I think) fishing vessel.

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Here is what I have on her, can i keep this photo for use on the net in the future Thanks in anticipation

Noblesse: (SN 130) (1963 – 2003) (Steel)
O.N. 187943: 253g, 125n 116.6 x 25.5 x 12.6 feet
800 hp Diesel 2 x 4-cyl 4 SCSA Oil Engines by Maybech by Bristol Siddeley Engineering Ltd, Coventry (Single screw shaft & variable pitch propeller)

3.10.1962: Launched by T. Mitchison Ltd Gateshead (Yd. No 520) for Seapool (Noblesse) Ltd London (Boston Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd North Shields managers) as “Noblesse” SN 130. 04.12.1963: Completed by Greenock Dockyard Company (Gateshead) Ltd. 12.1963: Registered at North Shields SN 130. 1966: Owned by National Environmental Research Council Plymouth. 1966: North Shields registry closed. 1966: Renamed “JAMES MURRAY”. 1977: Tees & Hartlepool Port Authority appointed as managers. 1979: Removed from management. 1981: Owned by Tecship BV, Den Helder, Netherlands, 1981: Renamed “ALKAID”. 1984: Re-engined; 656 hp 2 x 8-cyl 4 S.C.S.A vee type oil engines made by Saab Scania, Sodertajle Sweden. 1986: Seateam BV, appointed as managers. 1991: Removed from management. 1995: Owned by Seateam Subsea Support BV. 2000: Owned by DSNB Consub S.A. (under Panamanian flag). 2003: Scrapped.
 

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good day j50jwr.m.sat 1est feb.rrs john murray.unusual colour for a vessel.she must have done her job,fine photo.regards ben27
 

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Hi AJ, I sailed on her from Barry, perhaps elsewhere in the docks from the base, and returned there at the end of the cruise. We docked for a couple of days in Brest, so the photo may be of her there. I've just thought that it could have been Plymouth to Plymouth. Will dig out the negatives and see if I can place the location based on the neg sequence.

aavh, feel free to use photo as needed.

John
 

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Cheers John
I was on here in 74 mainly working in the English Channel, did some interesting cruises.
AJ
PS could well be Plymouth.
 

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She appears to be flying the French courtesy flag so is probably alongside in Brest here.
 

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OK, Brest it is. I now remember that we docked in Brest a few days after the Amoco Cadiz disaster, so the photo can now be dated to March 1978, not a very nice time to have been working, or trying to, in the Western Approaches.
 

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