Anchorite

 

Previous name:                       Progress
Subsequent name:                  Hermit                                                       

Class:                                    TRINCULO Class Mooring Vessel

Pennant No:                           X35 / X01
Laid down:
Builder:                                  Simons & Co., Renfrew

Launched:                              24 January 1916
Into Service:                           January 1916
Out of service:
Fate:                                      Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

24 January 1916 launched by Wm Simons & Co, Renfrew as Yard Nr 570 named PROGRESS

January 1916 completed. On Boom Defence duties at Sheerness along with BUFFALO

1916 renamed ANCHORITE

 5 February 1916 Engineer Lieutenant Ralph Watson RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

7 February 1916 Lieutenant James T McCalmont RNR appointed as Commanding Officer

17 February 1916 together with ss Ranger at the Cutler Shoal off Harwich salved guns and stores from HMS ARETHUSA. HMS ARETHUSA had struck a mine off Felixstowe on 11 February 1916, driffed into the shoal and broke her back

HMS Arethusa 1913

HMS ARETHUSA in 1913

2 April 1916 off Kentish Knock Deep in the Thames Estuary salvaged parts of the German Zeppelin L15 which had come down after a raid on London the previous day having been hit by ground fire from an AA battery at Dartmouth. One of the Zeppelin's crew was killed and the remaining seventeen crew members were taken prisoner

German Zeppelin L15 2 4 16

German Zeppelin L15

29 May 1916 Lieutenant James T McCalmont RNR appeared before a court martial charge with (a) negligently performing the duty imposed upon him when ordered to embark provisions and stores on board His Majesty's Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vessel Anchorite, and get the said vessel ready to sail, (b) wilful disobedience of the lawful command of his superior Officer in attempting to leave His Majesty's Dockyard, Sheerness, when ordered no to do so without his special permission, (c) drunk in His Majesty's Sub-Depot, Sheerness, (d) wilful disobedience to the lawful command of his superior Officer when ordered to deliver up the keys of his room and drawers of His Majesty's Royal Fleet Auxiliary Anchorite. Lieutenant McCalmont pleased Guilty to charge (d). Charges (a), (b) and (c) adjudged to be proved. Adjudged to be dismissed from his Majesties Royal Fleet Auxiliary Anchorite and to be severely reprimanded. Reference was made to the charge (a) drawn under Section 9 of the Naval Discipline Act, the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty called attention to the fact that the Court had no power to try on a charge drawn under this section.

Lt James T MCCALMONT

Lieutenant James T McCalmont RNR

1 July 1916 Lieutenant Frederick B Nicholson RNR appointed in command

30 July 1916 Rigger Walter Yell MMR discharged dead - natural causes. He is buried in Brighlingsea (All Saints) Churchyard, Essex in Grave 4.6

 

Yell_W

Courtesy and © of The War Graves Photographic Project

 

11 November 1916 Rigger William Ruffell MMR discharged dead. He is buried in Brighlingsea (All Saints) Churchyard, Essex in Grave 6.2

29 April 1917 off Harwich joined RFA HUGHLI and the tug Vanquisher to salvage HM Submarine C16 which had been rammed and sunk by HMS MELAMPUS when she was at periscope depth.

12 November 1917 Lieutenant Rowland Jones RNR appointed in command

Lieutenant Rowland Jones

Lieutenant Rowland Jones RNR

1918 Boom Defence duties ended and reverted to a Mooring Vessel

17 May 1919 Engineer Lieutenant George McA. Brown RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

16 June 1919 Lieutenant Silvester Platts RNR appointed in command

Captain Silvester PLATTS

Lieutenant Silvester Platts RNR

13 August 1919 Engineer Lieutenant George T Beed RNR appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

CEO George T Beed

Engineer Lieutenant George T Beed RNR

10 March 1922 berthed at Devonport from Portland

30 October 1922 sailed Devonport for Dartmouth

20 February 1925 arrived Liverpool from Fowey

20 April 1926 at Cowes Roads and Cowes Harbour

21 June 1926 the Portsmouth Evening news reported -

Ports Even News 21 June 1926

7 October 1927 together with mooring vessel Volens sailed Berehaven for Plymouth

18 May 1928 arrived at Greenock from Plymouth

5 April 1929 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming westwards

19 July 1930 arrived Devonport

16 November 1930 arrived at Devonport from Pembroke Dock

24 July 1933 arrived Falmouth from Devonport

29 July 1933 sailed Falmouth for Devonport

1 October 1933 arrived at Devonport

13 April 1934 arrived at Plymouth

14 October 1934 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

3 May 1935 arrived at Devonport

7 May 1935 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming westwards

19 July 1935 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

19 August 1935 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming westwards

5 October 1935 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

28 April 1936 sailed Devonport for Pembroke Dock

3 July 1936 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

25 July 1936 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming westwards

26 June 1938 sailed Plymouth fpr Pembroke Dock

19 March 1939 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming eastwards

18 August 1939 passed the Lloyds signal station on the Lizard steaming westwards

19 January 1940 sailed Loch Ewe for Scapa Flow

27 September 1941 sailed Oban in Convoy WN 186

30 September 1941 convoy WN 186 arrived Methil

1944 Renamed Hermit

February 1948 demolition commenced by Metal Industries Ltd at Rosyth

 

 

Ships of the same name

 

Anchorite. A Submarine of the 1945 ‘A’ Class built by Vickers Armstrong, Barrow and launched on the 31 August 1944, she was renamed ‘Amphion’.  Arrived at Inverkeithing for breaking up on the 6 July 1971.

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