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PW1302 C.S Retriever


PW1302 C.S Retriever

Built by Cammell Laird & Co (Shipbuilders & Engineers) Ltd, Birkenhead  for Cable & Wireless Ltd of London.
Cable Repair Ship

Tonnage:4,300grt Length:340feet  Breadth: 47feet 6 inches   Depth Moulded to upper deck:29feet 6 inches.
Operating range of 8,000 miles, maximum speed 15knots and cable capacity of 21,000 cubic feet or 1,300 tons.
Powered by Diesel Electric Machinery by the English Electric Co Ltd, comprising four engines driving twin propellers.She was also one of the first vessels to be fitted with a transverse propulsion unit positioned in a athwartship tunnel at the bow.
Ordered in the autumn of 1959 she was allocated yard number 1302 her keel being laid on the 20th June 1960 on No.1 slipway South Yard
and launched 20th December 1960 by Miss Judy Ince, daughter of Sir Godfrey Ince GCB,KBE,BSC,LLD,the then Chairman of Cable & Wireless Ltd.
Trials took place between12th to 15th April 1961 on the measured mile,Firth of Clyde,Scotland.achieving a mean speed of 16.44 knots and she was completed 27th April 1961.
The ship’s first assignment was in the United States of America,wher she was employed on laying the shore ends of a new telephone cable between New York and Bermuda.Once this was completed she sailed for Falmouth,and another early assignment was to North West Brazil,where she renewed cables between Fortaleza and Sao Luiz.
The ship gave good service to her owners and testimony of this was that she continued in their ownership until 1995 when she made her final sailing from Hong Kong on 1st April having been sold to St Vincent Flag owners.
She finally arrived at Indian Shipbreakers at Alang on the17th April,having been renamed “Riever” for the final voyage.
With acknowledgements to Cammell Laird & Co (Shipbuilders & Engineers) Ltd
This illustration is one of a series depicting Cammell Laird built ships.
Available as a card and print autumn 2012.