SS Explorer

Fishery Research Vessel built 1955 by Hall, Alexander & Company Ltd, Aberdeen.

Designated ensign Designated house flag

26

Registered


Research Vessel


Fishery Research Vessel

Leith


Ongoing conservation

Training


No

No


22/01/1996

25/06/2012


Web site

www.ss-explorer.com

Gallery


Propulsion

Steam

Steam triple expansion


1955

Scotch Return Tube


William Denny & Bros. Ltd, Dumbarton

1956


Dimensions

To be confirmed

32.72 feet (9.98 metres)


201.87 feet (61.57 metres)

14.16 feet (4.32 metres)


831.00


History

Built in 1955 by Alexander Hall & Co.Ltd, with a riveted steel hull and a triple expansion engine by the same firm, EXPLORER was designed as a Fisheries Research Steamer for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. She has the lines of a deep sea trawler. She was withdrawn from service in 1984 and sold to breakers from whom she was rescued by Aberdeen City Council for restoration. She lay dormant for many years as the Council tried unsuccessfully to find her a berth adjacent to the City Maritime Museum.

In 1994 the Council proposed she should be scrapped but a local group formed a Preservation Society and she was saved once again. Under the auspices of her new owners she was moved to Leith for restoration work. An eviction order was served by the Forth Ports Authority in 2000, but a reprieve was granted and the vessel remains at Leith.

Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp149) pub: Anthony Nelson
Ian Muir, SEVEN LIVES LEFT! The Story of the SS Explorer

Key dates

  1. 1988 Scheduled for preservation by Aberdeen City Council 
  2. 21/06/1955 Vessel lauched
  3. 1984 Withdrawn from service 
  4. 1/1995 Purchased by ss Explorer Preservation Society
  5. Jan 1995 Sold to Shipbreakers

Bibliography

    Built in 1955 by Alexander Hall & Co.Ltd, with a riveted steel hull and a triple expansion engine by the same firm, EXPLORER was designed as a Fisheries Research Steamer for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. She has the lines of a deep sea trawler. She was withdrawn from service in 1984 and sold to breakers from whom she was rescued by Aberdeen City Council for restoration. She lay dormant for many years as the Council tried unsuccessfully to find her a berth adjacent to the City Maritime Museum.

    In 1994 the Council proposed she should be scrapped but a local group formed a Preservation Society and she was saved once again. Under the auspices of her new owners she was moved to Leith for restoration work. An eviction order was served by the Forth Ports Authority in 2000, but a reprieve was granted and the vessel remains at Leith.

    Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
    Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993, pp149) pub: Anthony Nelson
    Ian Muir, SEVEN LIVES LEFT! The Story of the SS Explorer

If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

landing strake:

the strake between the binding strake and the top strake