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VIC 89     Glenaray

 

Builder R.Dunston, Thorne
Official Nr 180396
Yard Nr 517
Launched 8/12/1944
Delivered 2/1945
Length 66.8 ft
Beam 18.4 ft
Gross 96 tons
Deadweight 140 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound
GOVERNMENT SERVICE

With MOWT until 1945 and then transferred to the WD – Army

CIVIL USE

1947 – renamed “Glenaray” under the ownership of Hamilton & McPhail of Glasgow until being scrapped in 1964

In 1956 Glenaray laid the Scottish inshore end of the first ever transatlantic cable to carry voice transmissions. Owned by the UK's GPO and known as TAT-1, it also provided the trans-Atlantic link for the famous cold-war "hot line" between the White House and the Kremlin. The cable ran from Clarenville, Newfoundland, to terminate at Gallannach Bay in the Sound of Kerrera just south of Oban. The ocean cable ship HMTS Monarch had laid the ocean length but was too large to work inshore.

The photograph below is of her as "Glenaray" and is tagged "Arriving at Rothesay" but is undated.

 

Photograph courtesy of the Roy Cressey Collection