Certificate no 1932
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Location Macduff
Vessel type Pilot Cutter
Current use Commercial Activity
Available to hire Yes
Available for excursions Yes
Info required No


Builder Miller, James N & Son Ltd, St Monans
Built in 1954
Hull material Wood
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
16.00 feet (4.88 m)
5.80 feet (1.77 m)
Length: Overall
55.00 feet (16.78 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


MV GUIDE was built in 1954 by J.N. Miller & Sons Ltd. at St. Monans. She was originally used as a pilot cutter for vessels in the Humber and was then purchased by James Newlands of Orkney for private and commercial use. In 1969, whilst operating in the northern islands of Orkney, she was sold again and bought by the Pottinger family who converted her to carry passengers. The current owner found MV GUIDE in 1997 and now uses her for tours and surveys running an underwater remote operated vehicle. A 10kx generator has been installed and she is wired for 240 volts. A remote operated camera and monitor have been fitted for use in the summer months, when up to forty passengers are able to watch a live view of the scuttled German Fleet at Scapa Flow. In 1998, MV GUIDE was involved with the first multi-beam survey of Scapa Flow. She has also been used for a number of television shoots and documentaries. Her deck house is not original and oak has replaced the mahogany capping wood.

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