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VIC 63     Colonsay (1)

 

Builder Pimblott, Northwich
Official Nr 168898
Yard Nr 667
Launched 1/9/1945
Delivered 2/46
Length 80.5 ft
Beam 20 ft
Gross 147 tons
Deadweight 165 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound
GOVERNMENT SERVICE

 On Naval service until transfer to the Admiralty at Devonport in 1947.

CIVIL USE

Purchased by James McNeil of Greenock on 1956 and renamed "Colonsay".

According to Sawyer & Mitchell in "The Empire Ships", on 9th November 1960 she sailed in ballast from Barra after discharging a cargo of slate. She returned to Castlebay to shelter from a storm but dragged her anchor and grounded. Her crew abandoned her and she later slid off the rocks and into deep water. She was declared a total loss.

The photograph below appear to show her still wearing her wartime grey. Note that she doesnt yet have an enclosed wheelhouse.

 

photograph courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection