The 79' Fleet Tenders of the Royal Navy



14  Aberdovey Class
These all have a small deckhouse and a wheelhouse only slightly raised above the main deckhouse. The Aberdovey class, the Clovelly class, and the Dive Tenders are all named for small towns in the UK.
NamePennant NumberCommBuilderDisposition
Aberdovey1Y101963Plimbott
AbingerY111964Plimbott
Alness, now EurosalveY121965Plimbott
Alnmouth, now ChieftainY131966Plimbott
ApplebyA3831967Plimbott
AshcottY161968Plimbott
BeaulieuA991966DoigSunk after collision
BeddgelertA1001967Doig
BembridgeA1011968Doig
Bibury2A1031969Doig
BlakeneyA1041970Doig
BrodickA1051971Doig
CartmelA3501971PlimbottSold for scrap
CawsandA3511971Plimbott
Bibury was Sultan Venturer about 1986-1992, assigned to HMS Sultan, the Royal Navy's School of Air and Marine Engineering at Portsmouth.
 
31  Clovelly Class
These all have the wheelhouse raised a full deck above the main deck. The earlier boats, including Fintry, were built with 220VDC electrical systems; the later ones have AC systems. They all have a Portuguese bridge in front of the wheelhouse and bridge wings, but the aft upper deck is only the width of the deckhouse.
NamePennant NumberCommBuilderDisposition
Clovelly3A3891972Plimbott
Criccieth, now Hydrex4A3911972Plimbott
Cricklade5A3811971Holmes
CromartyA4881972Lewis
Denmead now St. Katharine6A3631972Holmes
DornochA4901972Lewis
DunsterA3931972Dunston
ElkstoneA3531971Cook
Elsing4A2771971CookScrapped
EpworthA3551972Cook
Ettrick4A2741972Cook
Felsted7A3481972Dunston
FintryA3941972Lewis
FotherbyA3411972Dunston
FroxfieldA3541972Dunston
FulbeckA3651972Holmes
GlencoeA3921972PlimbottIn Philippines
GrasmereA4021972Lewis
HambledonA17691973Dunston
HarlechA17681973Dunston
HeadcornA17661973Dunston
HeverA17671973Dunston
HolmwoodA17721973Dunston
Horning, now MairA17731973Dunston
LamlashA2081974Dunston
LechladeA2111974Dunston
LlandoveryA2071974Dunston
Lydford ex Alert ex Loyal Governor8A251/A5101975Plimbott
MeonA871982Dunston
MilfordA911982DunstonIn Peru
MeltonA831981Dunston
MenaiA841981Dunston
According to Mike Critchley's authoritative bienniel British Warships and Auxiliaries, Melton, Menai, and Meon are the only Fleet Tenders still in service at the end of 2002.
 
5  Dive Tenders
The five Dive Tenders all have partially enclosed deckhouses forward of the main deckhouse, a full width upper deck aft, and substantial cranes for use as diving tenders.
NamePennant NumberCommBuilderDisposition
IlchesterA3081974Gregson
InstowA3091974Gregson
InvergordonA3111974Gregson
IronbridgeA3101974GregsonSunk as target
IxworthA3181974GregsonIn Peru
Ilchester, Instow, and Ixworth were all for sale by Babcock's, July 2003. In November, 2003, Ironbridge was partially stripped in preparation for being sunk as a target for a new missle system. Ixworth is up the Amazon in Peru as Amazon Hope II
 
10  Loyal Class
The Loyals were built in the late seventies as training vessels. They have interior hatches down into the holds, which have living quarters. Externally, they are very similar to the Clovellys.
NamePennant NumberCommBuilderDisposition
Loyal ChancellorA1770
Loyal Factor ex VigilantA382
Loyal HelperA1571977
Loyal MediatorA161
Loyal ModeratorA220
Loyal ProctorA1771
Loyal SupporterA1581978Dunston
Loyal VolunteerA160
Loyal WatcherA159Dunston
Loyal Factor was Sultan Venturer from 1992-?
Loyal Governor (A510), became Alert (A510) and then Lydford (A251).
 
4  Manly Class (large deckhouse)
The eight �M� tenders are sometimes listed together as the �Manly� class, but four of them -- Manly, Mentor, Messina, and Milbrook -- have distinctive large deckhouses and wheelhouses, while the others -- Melton, Menai, Meon, and Milford -- are part of the the Clovelly class. The former were operated by the RN as training vessels; the latter by the RMAS. Like the Loyals, the Manly class have inside stairs down and watertight doors going forward, with the two holds divided into five bunkrooms.
NamePennant NumberCommBuilderDisposition
Manly9A921981DunstonScrapped
Mentor9A941981Dunston
MessinaA1071982Dunston
MilbrookA971981Dunston

 

Note that I show only name changes in government service or that appear to be permanent. Others have been given new names after they were sold. The photos with each class name are all in more or less original configuration. The individual boat photos show the wide variety of changes that have been made over the years by the Navy and new owners.

The Builders

  • James W. Cook & Company, Ltd., Wivenhoe
  • J.S. Doig Ltd.,Grimsby
  • Richard Dunston (Hessle) Ltd., Hessle,Humberside
  • Gregson Ltd., Blyth
  • C.D. Holmes & Co., Beverly, Humberside
  • John Lewis & Sons, Ltd.,Aberdeen
  • Issac Plimbott & Sons, Northwich

  • The Cook, Dunston, and Lewis articles are nice histories, the other links are limited references.
     

    Photo Credits:
    1) Sgt. Haywood
    2) Sharon Guile
    3) Mark Slowen
    4) Neill Rush
    5) Steve Carmichael-Timson
    6) Cas Pijpers
    7) Peter Swarbrick
    8) Sharon Kemp
    9) Xavier