Mystery Ship

  • June’s Mystery Ship Answer

    June’s Mystery Ship Answer

    26th June 2014

    The submarine pictured is HMS Aurochs, an A class submarine built by Vickers Armstrongat Barrow in Furness. She was launchedon 28 July 1945 and commissioned on 7 February 1947, too late for service inWorld WarIi. A Class submarines were designed…

  • August’s mystery ship

    August’s mystery ship

    26th June 2014

    Cyril Jones, of Seahouses, Northumberland, sent the accompanying photo and said: ‘I would like to learn anything I could aboutthis ship, which I photographed in Yokohama in 2007. Can anyone help?’ So over to our readers . . . what…

  • July’s mystery ship

    July’s mystery ship

    26th May 2014

    This month’s mystery was supplied by Paul Green, who seeks help in identifying the ships in the photo, which was taken at Newhaven about 40 or so years ago and was scanned from original Agfa transparencies. He says: ‘I would…

  • May’s Mystery Ship Answer

    May’s Mystery Ship Answer

    26th May 2014

    The vessel in the centre of the picture is Luymes. She was launched at the Gusto Shipyard in Schiedam, Rotterdam in 1951 as a hydrographic research ship for the Royal Dutch Navy. She arrived at Southampton in November 1973 and…

  • April’s Mystery Ship Answer

    April’s Mystery Ship Answer

    23rd April 2014

    Several readers correctly identified the April mystery ship as the motor vessel Photinia. Ray Hedley (3rd Mate Photinia 1969) of Sudbury, Suffolk supplied the following information: Photinia was built by John Readhead & Sons, South Shields for Stag Line Ltd,…

  • June’s mystery ship

    June’s mystery ship

    23rd April 2014

    This month’s mystery is a submarine, which is pictured at Weymouth in 1947. Or is it Portland? Can any reader supply more information about the exact identity of the boat? Where and when was she built? How long was her…

  • May’s mystery ship

    May’s mystery ship

    27th March 2014

    John Burling sent the accompanying picture of three old ships laid up in the river Itchen at Southampton. It was taken a few years ago and all have now gone, but he has been unable to find out their names.…

  • March’s Mystery Ship Answer

    March’s Mystery Ship Answer

    27th March 2014

    The two Mystery Ships in March jumped out at me as soon as I saw them. One is Kye Torrent, the former RMAS torpedo recovery vessel Torrent A127, which I helped build during the summer of 1971 at the Clelands…

  • February’s Mystery Ship Answer

    February’s Mystery Ship Answer

    27th February 2014

    The February 2014 mystery ship is the motor vessel Lancashire Coast, built for Coast Lines, Liverpool. One of a class of two (the other being Cheshire Coast), Lancashire Coast was a product of the Bristol firm of Charles Hill and…

  • April’s mystery ship

    April’s mystery ship

    27th February 2014

    Harry Pollitt, of Ashford, sent in the accompanying photo, which was taken in Manchester Docks in the summer of 1964. He wrote: ‘The photo was stored away with many others and only came to light recently. I am now intrigued…


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