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Another Col. Templer

There was an earlier vessel of this name a regular sight in Newhaven for many years (60's-70's). Same basic idea, converted trawler, festooned with antennas. Didn't she come to grief in a fire, or am I mixing my vessels?
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She was refurbished by D.R.A. Defence Research Establishment - which had been being something like or attached to the R.A.E. Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, after the fire as mentioned and operated as research/trials vessel, and I worked with her in Loch Linnhe on a couple of occassions. Never saw any Marines thought ..... :) Assume she then went to the R.M.A.S 'pre-privatisation'

One of her in a earlier livery attached and a quick google search gives this page on shipphotos
 

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Do you have a date when she entered service?
As I have no memory of this ship.
 

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she was an ex HULL trawler and converted in HULLfor the airco esrablishment by GLOBE SHIPREPAIRS. she had a fire onboard one of the burner was cutting a hole in a bulk head down below and he did not have a fire watcher at the other side of the bulkhead so you can tell what happened the ship went up in flames .The fire got out of control and nine fire engines attended thaw pump that much water in her and could not get to the base of the fire it was decieded to sink her in the dock oooto put the fire out.UNITED TOWING where hired to refloat her she was lifted by six heavy lift cranes from the queyside brougt up to dock level and then large salvage pumps where placed onboard and she was pumped out while the cranes took the weight of her she was then put in dry dock next to where she sank a metter of about fifty feet away. can give more info if required sam2182sw
 

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meechingman said:
There was an earlier vessel of this name a regular sight in Newhaven for many years (60's-70's). Same basic idea, converted trawler, festooned with antennas. Didn't she come to grief in a fire, or am I mixing my vessels?
Andy G
I'm having a hard of thinking moment, is it the same ship that has been refurbished after the fire on board and is still in service but no longer visits Newhaven? I happened to find this old photo of most of it that was snapped by chance as it was the background of the subject I was taking. Sorry for the poor quality, circa 1990 alongside in Newhaven.

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hi paul she was placed in dry dock holes cut in the bottom and she was cleaned out with fresh water.the shell was in very good order annd the airco liked the ship that much that she was towed away to i think A AND P shiprepairs for a full refit at the tax payers expence. sam
 

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Colonel Templer was built by Hall Russell & Co. in 1966 and entered service as a deep-sea trawler. In 1979, the vessel was refitted, under ownership of DERA, to enable the vessel to become a platform for various types of test, trials and evaluation exercises. Further modifications were carried out in 1997 including replacement of the original propulsion system allowing greater manoeuvrability and reduction in noise.

Colonel Templer currently operates out of Marine Services Base, Great Harbour, Greenock and has been managed by Serco-Denholm as part of a MOD GO/CO contract since 2000. The vessel provides a platform for diving operations and a range of military test, trials and evaluation exercises, with a capability to operate worldwide.

The vessel provides accommodation for a crew of 12 + 12 exercise personnel.
 

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She must have arrived at Greenock just after I left! (Late March 2000)
Thought I'd seen something on Google Earth I didn't recognise recently.
 

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Thanks for the posting the photo Biggus. I see she is used for towing targets, a job we did on Salmaster. One of those jobs got cut short during a NATO excercise when a German frigate lobbed a shell right on top of it, leaving us to winch in a pile of scrap metal.
 

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Colonel Templer - before and after

Doing some research for the local museum turned up several albums of Newhaven pix. These two show Col Templer before and after her orginal conversion. Anyone know her original name - seems to end with 'ella', which seems to ring a bell. Junella, perhaps?

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aviation trials support ship...builder Hall Russell, aberdeen...in service 1966....952 grt...former stern trawler aquired 1980 to support farnbourgh aviation research facility.......ex Criscilla.

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