MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby teesships » Wed Jan 22, 2014 1:14 pm

MABELSTAN (5347295), Southern Tanker & Bunkering Co Ltd., Guernsey, 677gt,
completed Norrkoping 1-1950
1950 MARGIT REUTER - 1950 SYLVIA - 1964 JILL J - 1969 MABELSTAN - 1972 BERWYN
hit object & sank 53.32.12N/3.10.10W 15.2.73 [Liverpool to sea]

Seen by Albert Weller at Southampton, circa August 1970:
MABELSTANxaw.jpg

He also took this more general view with the MABELSTAN to the left.
Husbands-Yardxaw.jpg

Also visible -
FAIRPLAY II (5111696), West Germany, 136gt,
completed Hamburg 11-1959
1959 FAIRPLAY II - 1973 FAIRPLAY VII - 1996 ALICE BEKKER - 2007 RONJA (still in service, Denmark flag)
*****
LCT-4044 (L4044) (7333559), Royal Navy, 657gt,
completed Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd., Alloa, 1945
1945 LCT-4044 (landing craft) - 1956 (HMS) - PORTCULLIS - 1969 converted to cargo ship - 1973 ISLAND SPRUCE
wrecked 1974

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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby teesships » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:40 pm

Minesweepers, etc., also at Husband's yard, Southampton, circa August 1970, taken by Albert Weller. Not clear enough to positively identify any of them!!
Minesweepersxaw.jpg
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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby Whickham » Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:33 pm

Don't believe the 3rd photo is at Husband's. They did not have any substantial buildings like that.
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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby teesships » Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:53 pm

Sorry, my ignorance, but still seems appropriate to add to this topic.

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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby bobb61 » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:23 pm

The third picture is definitely 50 berth Old Docks Southampton, home of HMS Wessex, Headquarters of Solent Division Royal Naval Reserve, the building in the background. The two ships against the wall are Coastal Minesweepers (CMS),the outboard ship I'm not sure of. Solent Div's CMS was HMS Warsash M1112, but neither of the two CMSs in the photo appear to be her, although the number 10 on the funnel indicates that they were in the same flotilla as HMS Warsash. The CMS on the left could be HMS Curzon, M1136. The pennant number is bit blurry but it would make sense.
HMS Wessex was closed in 1994, I think, and subsequent aerial photos indicate that it was demolished and the site is bare.
HMS Warsash was involved in a collision which resulted in her being scrapped and replaced with another minesweeper HMS Solent, but that was after the photo was taken.

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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby magoonigal » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:38 pm

Thanks Bob, nice to have some input about an area we don't know about.
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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby teesships » Thu Dec 30, 2021 6:41 pm

FAIRPLAY II
Disposal data: Broken Up (since 30/09/2021)

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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby Hornbeam » Fri Dec 31, 2021 2:06 pm

Interesting set of photographs, I visited the Husband Yard next to the Logistic Base at Marchwood (hence the Landing Craft) many years ago and it was a shadow of its former self, the Yard was Leased to a Trust which was based on vessels built at the British Power Boat Yard at nearby Hythe as well as other sundry marine items of interest. The main focus was the rebuild of Wartime B.P.B. Vessels and under the leadership of a chap called Phil Clabburn, superb workmanship and indeed a number of vessels are still around today due to Phil Clabburn and his excellent team of Restorers, they are,
A.S.R. Launch 102,
M.G.B. 81
Seaplane Tender 206
To name but a few.
Along with giving guidance to others rebuilding Seaplane Tender 1502 which at one time was owned by a Hartlepool chap who saved her from Scrapping and kindly donated her for restoration to former A.S.R Crew who rebuilt her.
Unfortunately the Lease ended and the Landlords would not renew as they were looking to build "POP UP" Riverside Apartments, the vessels and the collection of other sundry items was spread far and wide, such a shame as it was not the present owners of 102 and M.G.B. 81 that saved them for the Nation but Phil Clabburn something that seems to be forgotten in a number of write ups I have seen about these vessels.
The Landing Craft were a Thornycroft Design and built for the expected invasion of Japan which due to a couple of Big Bangs fortunately for our Servicemen out there did not happen, if I remember correctly part of one of the Landing Craft still exists and now called the "Portal Narvik" (although I stand to be corrected) and has the good Ship John H Amos sat on top of it a vessel of my acquaintance many many years ago.
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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby northeast » Sat Jan 01, 2022 8:08 am

Looking back to the photo of MABELSTAN, among the vessels alongside is Husband's tug ADHERENCE which was ex TID.75 and went on to have a rather odd finale ... details from Piet van Damme's Tuglist:

TID 75
1944 -18/03: Launched by "Richard Dunston" at Thorne (GBR) (YN T.484)
1944 -xx/04: completed for the UK MOWT Ministry of War Transport (GBR), allocated to naval service
(GBR flag, ON 180239, c/s MKLV)
1944 -10/11: To Portsmouth pool (GBR)
1946 -17/04: To Portland (GBR)
1948: To Admiralty
1960 -10/10: To H.G. Pounds at Portsmouth (GBR)
1965: resold to "Husband's Shipyards Ltd" at Marchwood (GBR), renamed ADHERENCE (NR. 2)
1965: re-engined 1965 diesel Lister-Blackstone, 406hp-298kW
1996 -18/10: purchased anonymously by "HM Customs & Excise" and probably unoffically renamed ADHERENCE II
1996 -22/10: sailed as a decoy vessel for a drug smuggling investigation to rendezvous in Bay of Biscay with
yacht FATA MORGANA, believed to be carrying cannabis. Fuel supply problems necessitated the
helicoptering in of an engineer from HMS CHATHAM on 23/10
1996 -24/10: ADHERANCE II rendezvoused with FATA MORGANA and 145 bales of 'cargo' were transferred to the tug on 25/10
1996 -25/10: as she sailed for the UK, the tug took water and sank in rough seas at 1540UTC
in 47.27N 08.43W in the Bay of Biscay. The crew of four were rescued from their dinghy by mv HORNCLIFF

On the slipway at left, one of Esso's war-built tankers?
p.s. no it isn't but she's one of the well-known Grangemouth class, who is she then?
northeast
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Re: MABELSTAN - Husband's Shipyard, Southampton

Postby Hornbeam » Sat Jan 01, 2022 7:02 pm

Looks like the Landing Craft have come out of Reserve Status judging by their markings and conditions.
The TID's were a lovely little Tug fitted with a little Compound Engine and a Oil Fired Boiler, the TCC TID "Lackenby" had an Engineman who was an Ex R.N. Killick Stoker Mech who took great pride in his Engineroom.
Had some great conversations with him about life the "Andrew" nice lad.
Also looked at the Court Case in regards to the Smugglers to see if our very own ex Teesside Drugs Baron (B.C.) who was living in Spain at the time was involved ;)) When he was just lowly a Car Dealer I bought a Mk2 Ford Cortina 1600E off him which became my pride and joy after a bit of Engine tuning/fettling.
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