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Photographer:DEREK SANDS [View profile]Title:BECKFORDAdded:Sep 24, 2007
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Photo Category: Modern rig sailing ships / sailing yachts over 65' (20m) LOA
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BECKFORD (ex Motor Launch) Aground on Harwich Beach for maintenance 24th July 2006. No idea of her history or present owner.
Have never seen her move off her moorings at Shotley except for maintenance, certainely never seen her under sail! Anybody any ideas??

Thanks to Tony Holtham for the following info.
he is the former Ford Class Seward Defence Boat, HMS BECKFORD. She was launched in 27.4.55 as HMS BECKFORD. She was later renamed HMS DEE whilst serving as the training tender to the Mersy Division of the Royal Naval Reserve. In 1968 was chartered by the Plessey Group and renamed ROBERT CLIVE. Returned to the RNR in 1.69 and renamed DEE. Placed on the disposals list in 1982 and sold to Pounds Marine Shipping in 1984. Not sure how long she has been in Harwich but it has been a very long time.
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tarnbaz on Jun 30, 2014 08:27 (24 days ago)
Dived from the Beckford 93/94, got stuck on the rocks in sound of Eriskay, floated off on the next tide with no damage done!
jon-boy on Nov 15, 2011 01:24 (2 years ago)
Hi Derek,
I have a couple of Photo's of Beckford allongside the quey in Oban in 1991 plus others which I will try to scan and upload, I will ask my friend who organised the charter if he still has the owner skippers details to add to a group photo with him in it.
Regards,John
DEREK SANDS on Nov 14, 2011 08:47 (2 years ago)
Hi John,

Yes more photos of her would be great.
I did not know she had been chartered as I have never seen her move!

best regards
Derek
jon-boy on Nov 14, 2011 00:04 (2 years ago)
Hi Derek we charterd this boat for a diving (BEDFORD SAC)trip to st kilda we never made it, ended up diving the outer Hebridies, skipperd and owned by an ex Harwitch pilot i can post some photos and more information if you'd like.
John
strattonmac on Mar 09, 2011 10:58 (3 years ago)
I sailed several times on her when she was commissioning as HMS Dee and later during her RNR service. She was as Tony says a Seaward Defence Boat. I was a crew member during sea trials after a major refit in Plymouth and her following trip back to the Mersey. I also crewed her to a Fleet Review at Greenoch in 1965. I recall it being a very rough trip through the night up the Irish Sea to get there. Only happy memories (and some scary ones) of this vessel. Not the greatest warship every built but the one I had the most 'fun' being a crew member.
Stratton
DEREK SANDS on Jul 31, 2006 19:02 (7 years ago)
Great stuff Tony thanks very much for the information and glad you liked the photo.
regards
Derek
aholtham on Jul 30, 2006 19:53 (7 years ago)
Derek she is the former Ford Class Seward Defence Boat, HMS BECKFORD. She was launched in 27.4.55 as HMS BECKFORD. She was later renamed HMS DEE whilst serving as the training tender to the Mersy Division of the Royal Naval Reserve. In 1968 was chartered by the Plessey Group and renamed ROBERT CLIVE. Returned to the RNR in 1.69 and renamed DEE. Placed on the disposals list in 1982 and sold to Pounds Marine Shipping in 1984. Not sure how long she has been in Harwich but it has been a very long time.

Great Picture.

Regards Tony.
DEREK SANDS on Jul 26, 2006 16:33 (8 years ago)
Thanks John, someone on here will know moe I expect.
regards
Derek
John Jones on Jul 26, 2006 14:08 (8 years ago)
What a strange occurence Derek, glad you caught it for us. I hope you find more information, some of these smaller vessels have a most interesting history.
Regards
John J.
DEREK SANDS on Jul 25, 2006 13:17 (8 years ago)
Hi Steve
thanks very much for the info.
regards
Derek
Steve Tompkins on Jul 25, 2006 00:09 (8 years ago)
I searched through my old calendars, and discovered her picture in my Beken "Glory of Sail" from 1991. She is the Beckford.

Steve
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