Previous names

  • 1945 - 1948 MFV 973
  • 1948 - 1955 Annie Vivian
  • 1955 - 1956 Huntley Castle
Certificate no 1008
Status Archived


Function Fighting Vessel
Subfunction Patrol Boat
Location NONE
Vessel type Admiralty MFV
Archive reason Disposed
Current use None
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Blackmore, M W & Sons Ltd, Bideford
Built in 1945
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
16.26 feet (4.96 m)
7.02 feet (2.14 m)
Length: Overall
47.44 feet (14.47 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed



Built 1945 by Blackmore & Sons at Bideford as a tender/pilot boat. Her hull is carvel built of larch planking on oak frames and she is ketch rigged. Her engine is a Ford D2703, 120 hp made in the 1970s. Her early life was as an Admiralty MFV 45 ft class and she was sold in 1948 to become the fishing vessel ANNIE VIVIAN (BM50). Renamed HUNTLEY CASTLE in 1955, she acquired the name BRIDGWATER CASTLE in 1956 when she began work as the Bridgewater Pilot Boat. In 1989 she was sold to an owner in Anglesey and used as a live-aboard boat. She subsequently sank in the Sandwich Channel and was broken up.

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