Seaforth Clansman

Posted: 25 August, 2010 by SeaBart in ugly
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Picture by Harry Stott, via http://www.tugspotters.com

Seaforth Clansman

IMO : 7406021

Build : 1977 by Cochrane and Sons – Selby in the UK, nr 1574

We have seen quit a few silly mast-designs on her but I think this one is topping the charts. If you were a mate on this vessel you surely weren’t too happy with all the blindspots caused by the revolutionary design of that “Fire-Fighting Monitor Mast-Thingy” aka FFMMT.

The rest of the vessel is quit ordinary BTW as visible on this (a bit blurry) picture, please notice the owners did have the “good” taste to put anchor-racks (AKA cowcatchers – I haven’t found out yet how to catch cows @ sea. ;-D ) on her.

Dunno source, via the Interwebs

Years & years later somebody, somewhere had a brain wave and had that FFMMT removed …….and replaced it with a helicopter-deck. Good move, as everybody knows Helicopter decks are the latest fashion in the offshore industry and you have to have one to be part of the in-crowd.

Unfortunately the conversion from FFMMT to helideck did not do anything at all to improve her looks.

She is called St Barbara now, maybe because the owner is a hugh fan of the television-series with the same-ish name??

 

 

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Comments
  1. Ian G Johnson says:

    What on earth are you talking about?
    This vessel had the capability of tackling major rig fires head on with full view and control from the bridge. As a Naval Architect I worked on the design of this vessel and carried out supervision of the sea and river trials and the Fi-Fi gantry was not a problem!
    What you have to remember that no one was rescued by helicopter from the rig during the Piper Alpha tradgedy.

  2. Jonathan Cooke says:

    This ship was an amazing vessel helping to train Royal Navy SBS the history of this boat is incredable RIP Capt John Ritchie

  3. Barry says:

    She was the sister ship to the Seaforth Conqueror which my father was master of for quite a few years. Apparently the Conqueror was already built and the Clansman was to be an identical copy when the requirement for the Clansman to become a dive boat became clear so the changes were made to her design either immediately prior to.or during build. E.g. extra sections to lengthen her etc. I remember seeing her once or twice, though curiously never in Aberdeen and though I never thought her a beautiful ship, ugly is a bit much.

  4. John Sabourn says:

    I was mate on her for 4 happy years when she was on charter to the Admiralty, the 4 happiest years of a 49 year sea-going career. Would have spent all my life there if was possible. John Sabourn

  5. David Oliver says:

    I was a techie with Naval Party 1007 and was on board Seaforth Clansman for four years. She had a distinguished career with the Royal Navy, undertaking many interesting projects. Concur comments above re. John Richie.

  6. Bob Mackay says:

    I too spent 4 glorious years as a Techie with Navy party 1007 1982-1986. Although I did not serve with David Oliver.( I replaced Tony Wilsher.) I was onboard the hyperbaric lifeboat when we ran aground in the Kyles of Lochalsh and had to evacuate the divers from Sat. Luckily no harm came to the divers. I too remember Capt. John Ritchie and concur with all comments made.

  7. David Oliver says:

    Bob, thanks for your comments. I was the first dive system electronics techie (POREL) when Naval Party 1007 was formed. in 1978. I left in Sept 1981. I had the updated cctv and other monitoring systems installed as initially the dive system electrics were very basic. George Down and Tony W were the other 2 techies. My shore time was short lived as I ended up on the Coventry job in the Falklands. No scary moments like yours in the Kyle thank goodness. We even ventured to the Med once, but had to beat a hasty retreat as the main umbilical went T Up.

  8. Richard Castle says:

    Did a few “trials” on her with submersible craft as well as training Naval CD’s in the 80s.. Nice billet good food and a very stable 4-point moor which was good for a force 8-just… We also had an A frame on her arse fitted for some of our work…. Who dropped the nut for it in Falmouth docks just before sailing?

    I loved the lines of her… A proper working vessel but I didn’t like the helo-deck….. It must have affected forward vis…. She went aground after it was fitted I believe….

    Many happy memories of her… I just don’t know why we couldn’t use the moon-pool though….

  9. Andy Moir says:

    Good to hear these very good comments and people respect Capt John Richie. I sailed on board Seaforth Clansman when Bob / George and Tony were there a lot of good time were had.

  10. I was fortunate to be posted to her by Oceaneering and did extensive yard work preparing her saturation diving system. We could not have had a better ships crew in support of our diving crew.
    After we launched and did sea trials, I was crew in the first ever sataturation dive on her and was VERY saddened that the Royal Navy took her over.
    I fondly remember our first water cannon demonstration off Aberdeen.
    The fire fighting demo was aimed at a 700 Series Sedco rig.
    When the monitors were turned on and trained on the rig, several panels covering the drill rig were carried away. Quite impressive demo!
    What a great ship and crew!
    BTW, the monitor tower presented no visual impairment to the bridge crew. Think the author should check his or her facts before criticizing such an awesome vessel!

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