M.T. Criscilla – FD261

Additional information courtesy of Matthew Jones
Technical

Official Number: 308713
Yard Number: 931
Completed: 1966
Gross Tonnage: 952
Net Tonnage: 411
Length: 185.6 ft
Breadth: 36.1 ft
Depth: 23.0 ft
Engine: Engine: Originally a 7-cyl 1680bhp/1253kW Mirlees KSSMR7 Diesel engine. 1997 converted to diesel-electric with twin Cummings generators powering a 10 tonne electric motor.

History

1966: Launched by Hall Russell & Co Ltd Aberdeen (Yd.No.931) for Joseph Marr & Son Ltd Fleetwood as CRISCILLA. Registered at Fleetwood (FD261).
11.1966: Registered at Fleetwood (FD261)
Undated: Transferred to operate out of Hull.
27.7.1979: Sold to the Royal Aircraft Establishment (Ministry of Defence), Farnborough for use as a research survey vessel and renamed COLONEL TEMPLAR. Sale price £750,000.
1991: Converted by Globe Ship repairers Hull into an acoustic research/survey vessel. Fleetwood Registry closed.
Caught fire during conversion (caused by a burner cutting a hole in a bulkhead and no fire watcher). Owing to the severity of the fire, she was deliberately sunk at the dockside to put the fire out. She was then lifted by six heavy cranes and pumped out and then placed in the dry-dock 50 metres away.
1997: Converted to diesel-electric propulsion. Engine: 3237hp 7-cyl by English Electric Diesels Ltd Newton Le Willows with twin Cummings generators powering a 10 tonne electric motor and an Aquamaster Azipod contra rotating propeller for silent running during operation with the then owner DERA and operated by Vosper Thornycroft.
2009: Owned by the MOD and still named COLONEL TEMPLAR. Moored on the River Clyde and up for sale.
Undated: She was sold to SECRO and operated as a Submarine escort vessel on the Clyde before being sold to an American company who renamed her.

Notes
The only stern trawler built specifically to operate out of Fleetwood and the largest ever Fleetwood registered fishing vessel. Her build took account of the width of the Fleetwood lock gates.

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M.T. Criscilla FD261

M.T. Criscilla FD261
Picture courtesy of The JJ Collection

M.T. Criscilla FD261

M.T. Criscilla FD261

M.T. Criscilla FD261

M.T. Criscilla FD261
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R.V. Colonel Templar

R.V. Colonel Templar

M.T. Criscilla FD261

M.T. Criscilla FD261
Picture courtesy of The Fred Baker Collection

R.V. Colonel Templar

R.V. Colonel Templar

Changelog
11/10/2016: Page re-published due to site problems.
30/12/2016: Removed incorrect image.
14/05/2017: Removed FMHT watermarks from images.
17/05/2018: Added an image.