I supose it's black to cater to the DIR types then ? Looking forward to seeing you all in April ! Oh & June & September . Hmmm note to self do not eat for the other 49 weeks !
I trust my rebreather implicitly I just don't trust the owner
Onwards & downwards.
Keep Valhalla black, easier to see on a sunny day. Oh hang on a minute
And keep an eye out for mirrlees blackstone bits!!!
Lots of misinformation on the web (some of it on sites that should know better) with regards to the names of the Loyal Class boats but rest assured (we have her log) that she was launched in 1974 as RMAS Loyal factor, became HMS Vigilant in 1975 when she was used as a patrol boat with RM boarding parties in and around Carlingford Lough Northern Ireland. She was then returned to civilian service with Serco Denholm in 1986 (then just "Denholm") in Western Scotland as Meavy.
She was recalled in 1992 to the RMAS as Sultan Venturer (attached to HMS Sultan at Gosport the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering (RNSME)) as a training vessel before being finally sold out of service in 2001
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Thirteen ships of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Vigilant:
HMS Vigilant (1755) was a schooner, which served on the Canadian lakes. She was captured by the French in 1756.
HMS Vigilant (1774) was a 64 gun third rate ship of the line, built in 1774. She was converted to a prison ship in 1799, and sank in 1806. She was subsequently raised several months later, and broken up in 1814.
HMS Vigilant (1777) was an armed ship purchased in 1777, formerly the Empress of Russia. She was burnt as unfit in 1780.
HMS Vigilant (1803) was a schooner, purchased in 1803, and sold in 1808.
HMS Vigilant (1806) was previously the French schooner Imperial, captured by HMS Cygnet in 1806, and later that year, renamed HMS Subtle. She was wrecked off Bermuda in 1807.
HMS Vigilant (1821) was a cutter built in 1821 and sold in 1832.
HMS Vigilant (1846) was a wood screw frigate, ordered in 1846, but cancelled in 1849.
HMS Vigilant (1856) was a wood screw gunvessel, built in 1856 and sold in 1869.
HMS Vigilant (1871) was a wood paddle dispatch boat, built in 1871, and sold in 1886 to serve as a dispatch boat in Hong Kong.
HMS Vigilant (1900) was a C-class destroyer, built speculatively by the yards of John Brown & Company, launched in 1900 and bought that year by the navy. She was sold in 1920 for breaking up.
HMS Vigilant (R93) was a V-class destroyer that saw service during World War II. She was later converted into a Type 15 fast anti-submarine frigate.
HMS Vigilant (1975) was a patrol boat launched in March 1975, and renamed Meavy in July 1986.
HMS Vigilant (S30) is a Vanguard-class submarine, commissioned in November 1996 and currently in service.
Interestingly when we were recently pulling out all the accommodation fittings all the wooden panels had "HMS Vigilant " and things like "Port aft top bunk " etc written in ink on the back, except one ...which had a crossed out "HMS Alert" (Loyal Governer)
Also interestingly the ex chief engineer of Alert (ex Loyal Governer) lives in Stromness and is being a little help with her
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Dive Scapa Flow and Shetland 59-60 degrees North
Taking Diving to a Higher Latitude 07795966903
There you go, evidence of her previous life:
There is also another load of confusion due to her number changing which throws a lot of people off the scent and probably resulted in a lot of the misinformation out there
So when Vigilant's mess deck was refurbed perhaps the panels made their way onboard?
I spent a pleasant week on a Fleet Tender as a cadet in 1983...
Really looking forward to diving off her.