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Old 1st July 2013, 20:35
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Help Wanted ! L. C. 8 - 165989

Looking for any information possible on the above craft of which I have no details whatsoever. A late uncle served as AB on her from 7th January 1946 through 21st March 1946, having joined her at Rothesay and left her at Glasgow.

The 'Description of Voyage' section of his Certificate of Discharge indicates she was engaged in H.T. Salvage - which I presume means Home Trade?

Also have another Certificate of Discharge showing that he served on the FLOWERET of Wick, as 1st Engineer, having joined her at Aultbea on 09-04-1944 and left her at Wick on 07-08-1944. I think this was probably an ex fishing vessel that had been requisitioned by the Royal Navy for war service and, like other fishing boats from the Northern and Western Isles, was engaged in servicing the merchant and Naval vessels around Loch Ewe gathering to form convoys for the Murmansk runs.

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Hello Angus,

Admiralty Lifting Craft - http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuil...ip.asp?id=2395

Will message a contact of mine who worked in the salvage industry.

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That's great, Hugh, I'm much obliged as I was getting nowhere with it. Be interesting if you do find out anything further. Do you suppose LC 8 was fitted out with living/cooking quarters or would it be a mooring job and men ferried to and from as required? A lot of WWII damaged vessels ended up in Kames bay and such areas so LC 8 was probably part of the salvage equipment in attendance. Possibly holding pumps, compressors and the like.

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(He went down to the whaling after the war with Salvesen of Leith)
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Hello Angus,

May have more for you in the next few days, we will see.

This was one of a fleet of dumb lifting craft that were managed by commercial companies during the war. David Sowden has written an article in the World Ship Society magazine covering LC1-7 up to 1938. He is working on Part 2 WW2, LC 8 onwards.

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Hello Angus,

Admiralty Lifting Craft - http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuil...ip.asp?id=2395

Will message a contact of mine who worked in the salvage industry.

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Hi Hugh,
Reading about L.C.8 has reminded me of a stint in Aden 1957. We assembled a salvage force to go up to the canal to clear the blockships.
Among our ships was a 150ton lifting vessel (don't remember the name or No.) It was towed from Trincomalee. Onboard was a 6 cylinder Lister Generator which my pal, Charlie Williams and I did 24 about supplying power to the ships at the end of the navy jetty.
We were in HMS Barholm, a boom defence vessel which had 'lived' alongside in Aden for 7 years with only an Arab shipkeeper on board! Needless to say we had a jolly time getting her ready for sea. The crew were flown out from Scotland ex 'Barleycorn'
Also from Trinco was HMS Baron which had managed the trip under her own steam somehow as the range of a Bar boat is not very great. I think she was towed part of the way.
Also on the Lifting Vessel was a Vertical, Diesel/Oil Fuel fired boiler to power the Crane.

We managed to get everything ready for the trip up the Red Sea in about 4 months, including commandeering a coaster to carry coal, when it was decided the RN should play no part in clearing the canal as it would be liable to create further tension in the area. The ships were apparently returned from whence they came, we flew back to Scotland, a waste of everyone's time & energy not to mention the cost! But quite an experience for a 22 year old Stoker.
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Hello Brian,
Thanks for your input to the thread - very interesting. A very important and essential task but those small ships you hardly hear mentioned much anywhere.

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Angus,

A little more, from Roy Martin.

"Yes they were fitted out with accommodation, pretty basic I expect. They also had a boiler, to provide steam for the winches, I assume that this ran a dynamo for DC power. I haven't found LC8's movements yet. There were eight of this class involved in the Normandy port clearances, working in pairs as they usually did. Some started with Cherbourg for the Americans, but LC8 wasn't among them."

The article is/will be in the WSS Warship magazine, which is a subscriber publication.

I may be able to get a copy in due course and will let you know.

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LC 10 and LC 11 were both built at the Furness Yard in 1940, LC 10 may possibly still exist? in one form or another as a Pontoon at Immingham.
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10 and 11 are both at Immingham - all the superstructures removed - used as berths for tugs. LC8 was built by John Brown and LC9 by Lamont both completed in 1940.
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Thanks BUGGINS for the info.
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Thanks, everyone, for your contributions, much appreciated. These craft must have been of robust design and construction - still doing a job after 70 years !

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