CALLERS FOR REPAIR AND LAY-UP

During the 1970's & 80's

By Derek Longly

A variety of interesting and sometimes unusual vessels would call at Newhaven for annual overhaul or lay up, sometimes in the latter case shortly before being sold off for scrap. 

The majority of these vessels belonged to British Railways (later Sealink) and would either spend time here through the winter months or be overhauled alongside the repair shops close to the swing bridge.

With their often being in port for quite long periods I was fortunate enough to be able to go aboard a few of them.  It was interesting to see their accommodation looking very different to how it was when they were in service with chairs and tables upended, a general air of slight neglect and, of course, with their engine rooms cold and gloomy instead of vibrant with life.

A selection of these ships is depicted in the accompanying photographs.  There is also one which was quite a unique visitor in the form of the Medina. A one time vessel employed on the Southampton to Cowes I.O.W. run by Red Funnel Steamers.  When disposed of by them she was converted into a bar/club house and called at Newhaven briefly when being taken from Brighton Marina to another location. 

 

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Photo:Humphrey Gilbert - built 1955 37 Gross Tons for the Dartmouth - Kingswear ferry service - photo 3rd March 1978

Humphrey Gilbert - built 1955 37 Gross Tons for the Dartmouth - Kingswear ferry service - photo 3rd March 1978

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Photo:Winchester - built 1947 1,149 Gross Tons - for Southampton - Channel Isles freight service

Winchester - built 1947 1,149 Gross Tons - for Southampton - Channel Isles freight service

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Photo:PS Ryde - built 1937 566 Gross Tons for Portsmouth - Ryde IOW service

PS Ryde - built 1937 566 Gross Tons for Portsmouth - Ryde IOW service

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Photo:Lord Warden - built 1952 3,333 Gross Tons for the Dover - Calais service

Lord Warden - built 1952 3,333 Gross Tons for the Dover - Calais service

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Photo:Further view of Lord Warden photo November 1979

Further view of Lord Warden photo November 1979

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Photo:Maid of Kent - built 1959 3,920 Gross Tons for Dover - Calais or Boulogne service photo March 1973

Maid of Kent - built 1959 3,920 Gross Tons for Dover - Calais or Boulogne service photo March 1973

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Photo:Caledonian Princess - built 1961 3,600 Gross Tons for Stranraer to Larne service

Caledonian Princess - built 1961 3,600 Gross Tons for Stranraer to Larne service

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Photo:Ulidia - built 1970 1,599 Gross Tons Irish Sea services photo 20 July 1980

Ulidia - built 1970 1,599 Gross Tons Irish Sea services photo 20 July 1980

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Photo:Medina - built 1931 347 Gross Tons photo 27 August 1983

Medina - built 1931 347 Gross Tons photo 27 August 1983

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This page was added by Derek Longly on 25/04/2020.