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Name Official number Flag IMO
FORD    GBR   
Year built Date launched Date completed
1918  19/10/1918  12/1918 
Vessel type Vessel description
Naval Minesweeper  Steel Screw Steamer  
Builder Yard Yard no
Dunlop, Bremner & Co. Ltd., Port Glasgow Inch Yard  329 
 

Tonnage Length Breadth Depth Draft
 /  / 800 disp 231.0 ft  28.5 ft    8.0 ft 
Engine builder Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon
Engine detail
Twin T3-cyl (13¼”, 21¼” & 84” x 21”) 106nhp 1900ihp 16kn 2-screw  

First owner First port of register Registration date
Admiralty     
Other names
FLEETWOOD (intended) - 1930 FORDE - 1949 GIBEL TARIK 
Subsequent owner and registration history
1928 Townsend Bros (Ferries) Ltd, London
1930 reg Hull (ON 160891)
1949 M H Bland & Co Ltd, Gibraltar - reg Gibraltar 
Vessel history
Hunt class, Aberdare group minesweeper (originally intended as FLEETWOOD but renamed before launch).
1928-30 converted to car ferry with stern ramp by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Co at Hull for Townsend's Dover-Calais service: 829grt 303nrt 219.7 x 28.6 x 15.5ft, capacity 30 cars, 200 passengers
The ramp was not a success and cars, even buses, were lifted on/off
15/4/1930 commenced Dover-Calais service
10/1939 requisitioned by Admiralty as salvage vessel, stationed in Harwich, Scapa Flow and South Wales.
1944 paid off, salvage gear removed and laid up at Swansea.
3/1947 returned and refitted at Southampton for Dover service.
1949 On Gibralter-Tangier service
1952 used in filming Alec Guinness film "Captain's Paradise"
1953 suffered boiler tube problems and laid up 
Remarks
LR & MNL have built in 1919 
End year Fate / Status
1954  Broken Up 01/05/1954 
Disposal Detail
2/3/1954 towed to Malaga for demolition
1/5/1954 scrapping commenced 
 

 



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