NAV Chattenden

 

Chattenden-02

Chattenden

 

Previous name:                                 EMPIRE CHUZZLEWIT

Subsequent name:                            MARK BOWEN

Official Number:                                169754                                                                    

Class:                                               Armament Stores Carrier                                         

Pennant No:                                     Y39

Laid down:                            
Builder:                                             Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft   
Launched:                                        14 October 1943           
Into Service:                                     February 1944
Out of service:                                   December 1967
Fate:                                                Broken up

 

Items of historic interest involving this ship: -

 

Background Data:   One of a group of nine coasters which were not normally classed as RFA’s although some, on making deep sea passages, had a proportion of RFA Officers among their complement. They are included here as the ancestors of the more modern ammunition ships

 

7 February 1943 Captain Frederick J Bluett appointed Master and Mr F C Tapley appointed as Chief Engineer Officer

BLUETT

Captain Frederick J Bluett

14 October 1943 launched by  Richards Ironworks Ltd, Lowestoft as Yard Nr 311 named EMPIRE CHUZZLEWIT for the MoWT

February 1944 completed as the Naval Armanents Coaster CHATTENDEN

9 June 1944 sailed the Solent in Convoy ETC 5 to Seine Bay arriving on 11 June 1944 along with RFA Beddenham and HMS Succour (later RFA Succour)

23 June 1944 sailed Plymouth in convoy EBC20 to Seine Bay arriving on 25 June 1944

12 November 1946 Captain J Pearce appointed as Master and Mr F C Tapley as Chief Engineer Officer. The ship was berthed at Milford Haven

12 December 1946 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westbound

15 February 1947 berthed at Dundee from Inverness in ballast

12 April 1948 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastbound

2 July 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastbound

11 February 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westbound

21 May 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastbound

2 July 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing eastbound

12 August 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westbound

30 October 1949 passed the Lloyds Signal Station on the Lizard sailing westbound

1951 laid up in Porchester Creek, Portsmouth

1961 was reduced to a dumb derrick lighter

December 1967 purchased by H.G. Pounds Ltd, Portsmouth name unchanged

1969 purchased by T. Bowen & P. Caines, converted into an aggregate suction dredger and renamed MARK BOWEN

1978 laid up in the River Itchen, Southampton where she was later broken up

 

 

Notes:

 

She was one of eight “EMPIRE” coasters built by Richards Ironworks Ltd at Lowestoft during WW2

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