Subsequent name:                   RIDUNIAN  

Official Number:                       187731                                                                      

Class:                                      Self Propelled Cargo Lighter

Pennant No:                            X79

Laid down:
Builder:                                   Rowhedge Iron Works Co Ltd, Rowhedge
Launched:                               1940
Into Service:                            January 1941
Out of service:                         1960
Fate:                                        28 March 1962 – sank


Items of historic interest involving this ship: –


Background Data:   Naval Stores harbour craft were usually allocated a number bearing the prefix C. This descended from the days when the Coaling Officer operated the fuelling craft and many of these craft were operated by the Naval Stores Department under the Director of Stores (Navy) C numbers were allocated to craft such as dumb barges, coal lighters, dumb coal lighters, self-propelled diesel lighters, self-propelled stores lighters, launches and tugs of which a number were registered as RFA’s and wore the ‘green stripe’ that indicated the Naval Stores Department


1940 launched by Rowhedge Iron Works Co Ltd, Rowhedge as Yard Nr:       named C8 for the Naval Stores Department

January 1941 completed

May 1953 – Naval Stores lighter based at Greenock 

1958 on the Disposal List at Greenock

9 February 1960 purchased by Captain Peter M  Herbert, of Bude Cornwall

11 February 1960 purchased by Alderney Tramp Shipping Co Ltd., Guernsey

25 February 1960 registry transferred to the Port of Guernsey

5 August 1958 sailed Padstow for Ilfracombe

8 March 1960 arrived at St Helier, Gurnsey

27 February 1960 purchased by Alderney Tramp Shipping Co Ltd, Guernsey

10 March 1960 renamed RIDUNIAN

28 March 1962 sank off Garden Rocks running aground in dense fog while on a voyage from Alderney to Guernsey with a cargo of gravel. Her crew were all saved