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Patricia, former Trinity House flagship
Ships and Harbours
No: 10281   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2009   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Sweden
Patricia, former Trinity House flagship

Photographed at Slussen, Stockholm on 10 April 2009.
The Corporation of Trinity House, London, operates a fleet of Trinity House Vessels to service its aids to navigation in the North Sea and English Channel. During her 40 years as flagship of the Elder Brethren of Trinity House, THV Patricia helped to open the Iceland Naval base in 1940, and acted as pathfinder for 'Route X' - the shortest 'safe' route to Dunkirk. She was there to re-establish the Channel Islands' lights after the German surrender and, on numerous occasions, acted as Royal Escort, (a long-standing privilege of the Elder Brethren's flagship). She took the place of the Royal Yacht when Prince Philip went to the Olympic Games in Scandinavia in 1952 and attended many ceremonial occasions.
Patricia (2) was built in 1938 by Smith's Dock of Middlesbrough. She was fitted with expensive diesel-electric machinery to aid manoeuvrability. At 1,116 gross tons, she was the largest Trinity House tender built. As the Trinity House "yacht", she was fitted with additional accommodation for inspecting committees etc.
She was retired in 1982 to become a restaurant in Sweden, as shown here.
Trinity House has three main functions:
The care of all lighthouses in England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.
Providing aids to navigation, e.g. lightvessels, lighthouses, buoys, radio navigation services etc.
Serving as a charitable organisation for mariners; looking after their safety, welfare, training etc.
Trinity House is financed from “Light Dues” levied on commercial shipping calling at ports in the United Kingdom.

See also picture #10287
Picture added on 13 April 2009
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I Was a Crew member of this ship- Quatermaster
Wireless Operator in 1967, It was a lovely ship i did several Royal Escort Duties

Added by RONALD ELLIOTT on 28 October 2009.
I was part of a skeleton crew that sailed this vessel from Harwich to Bremen in Germany in 1982. We were under the impression it was to be turned into a luxury yacht for a German Millionaire.

Added by John Lynn on 11 June 2010.
She was my first ship. I was galley boy in 1965 and did one Royal escort. I also served in her during the early 70s as an ER3 (as well as Ready , Vestal and Siren) I cant say I like whats happened to her , but it's better than the gas axes.

Added by Lyndon on 02 April 2012.
I was a crew member on this ship for 25 years going from seamen to boatswain. When she was sold I moved to new Patricia 3 as boatswain till I retired.

Added by M.a. Noseley on 28 January 2013.
My uncle Bob Bunn was Bosun on this ship, up to death I t.hink

Added by Jim Bunn on 11 March 2014.
She was my first ship, in those days we were a very young live aboard crew, the locals went home for the weekend and us youngsters lived aboard and savored the delights of Harwich ( the Alma, Dukes Head, and many more).
I remember Mick Noseley, ( the day we salvaged barges that had broken from the Thames) Bob Bunn the Bosun, Frank the Donkeyman, and most of all Taffy Bagnall ( South of the border down mexico way) his favorite song. Happy days.

Added by Bob Bere on 19 December 2014.
I neglected to add the date to my previous post which was about 1959, I believe Harwich had 21 pubs to the square mile in those days and everyone was full, although as a seaman I have memories of all over the world, Harwich and Trinity House will always remain my favorites.

Added by Bob Bere on 23 December 2014.
I was a crew member onboard when Patricia went to Jersey (having crewed on the THV "Ready" and the THV "Penlee") in the Channel Isles about 1967 to service the deep water buoys. I was duty watch the first night in St Hellier and was alone all night attending the lines ashore which had to be eased and tightened due to the very large tidal rise and fall. I was given an extra few days leave and after that, three crew were duty to attend to the lines.

Added by David Wheatley on 02 August 2018.
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