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Photo Details
Photographer:Hans Deijs [View profile]Title:SwithaAdded:Mar 14, 2005
Location:Leith, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
Built by A & J Inglis Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland.
HMS MS SWITHA (T 179), minesweeping trawler from 1942.
With thanks to Dave Wilkinson (Rumrat) for his information (see comment)

Seen near Leith (Scotland), 1985
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Ernest Holt (Until 1971)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Fishery Patrol Vessel
Gross tonnage:573 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1948
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (4)

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Gerolf Drebes on Feb 21, 2010 07:42 (8 years ago)
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buggins on Jan 30, 2010 16:02 (8 years ago)
this Switha was not the RN Isles class vessel of that name but started life built by Cochrane as the Ernest Holt in 1948 becoming the Switha for the Scottish Fisheries Department in 1970.
Jim Bryce on Mar 24, 2005 23:04 (13 years ago)
Switha was formerly the trawler Ernest Holt (GY591) and was taken into the Royal Navy as HMS Switha (DV18), an Isles class trawler. She then passed into the hands of the Port Auxiliary Service and, like several of her sister ships, was converted for use as a tank cleaning vessel in the 1950/60/70's.
Dave Wilkinson on Mar 12, 2005 10:32 (13 years ago)
Vessel shown is the ex-Fishery Protection Vessel SWITHA when she went aground on the Heriot Rocks near the approaches to Leith. An attempt was made to blow her up to allow her to sink but as you can see all it did was make an even bigger hole. there is now little left of her through the ravages of sea and wind.
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