Navy (Admirals) Barge
photo & details ex Ken Ricketts. edited by Alan H
The above launch was photographed by Ken while recently hauled out at Gulf Harbour for some maintenance. We understand that she is still in use by the Navy & used for cadet training. Built at the Devonport Dockyard, she is 3 skins of timber.
Her specs are – Length 14 metres, beam 4.45 metres, draught 1.2 metres.
She originally had 2 x Perkins Turbo 6 cyl diesels which have been replaced with 2 x D4 Volvos giving her a top speed of 10 knots, which seems rather slow ?
Like most service craft she has had highs & lows e.g. she was used by Princess Di on one of her Royal visits & also discovered some ‘unchartered’ (yeah right) rocks off Tutukaka 2 or 3 years ago on returning from the Bay of Islands.
I’m sure some of the woodys that have spent time in & around the dockyards will be able to expand on what we know about her.
OOPS Photos from Chris Leech
18-12-2015 Photo below ex Chris Leech of the twin Perkins HT6.354M diesels with Borg Warner gearboxes as installed when new.
Ready for re-launch – Feb 2016 – photos ex Ken Ricketts
30-11-2016 Photo of Admirals Barge below ex Jon Trimble via Ken Ricketts.