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BRITISH COAST - Yard No 198 - Motor Coaster - Coast Lines Ltd - Built 1933

 British-Coast-03

The M.V.BRITISH COAST built for the famous Coast Lines shipping Company.

 The TSMV BRITISH COAST underway

(photo credit unknown)

 

 
Owners    Coast Lines Ltd
           
Registered    Liverpool Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Motor Cargo Vessel Launched    06/09/1933
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    230' 0" Weather    
Beam    35' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     21' 6"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    888 tons      
DWT          
           
Engines   Twin 5 cylinder British Polar oil engines      
Props    2      
Speed    12 knots      
           
Other known names   1964 Newfoundland Coast    
           
Current Status   Lost when she ran aground in the Turks & Caicos Islands in July 1981    
Content on BRITISH COAST will be added as and when available. 
 

 M.V.BritishCoast

 

 The TSMV BRITISH COAST

(Photo credit unknown)

 

Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.


To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.


The Twin Screw Motor Vessel BRITISH COAST was the first of Four such ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, these classic looking Coasters classed as "Shelter Deckers" were the fore runners for many more such ships built along the same lines, with small adjustments to super structure to suit the owners.

Built for the Liverpool to London route, she was to give great service to Coast Lines for 30 years before being sold on to a Canadian shipping Company and renamed.

She was to have a working life of 47 years, before being lost, another great testament to the build quality of the ships built in Leith.

 TSMV BRITISHCOAST

Wartime Service

This six year old, relatively new “Coaster” was requisitioned for war work by the Admiralty in October 1939. Her cargo was to be one of the most dangerous that of cased petrol for the supply at first of the British Expeditionary Force in France.

In service to do similar runs as her sister ships the M.V.ATLANTIC COAST.

She was to make more than half a dozen of these risky trips from the end of October 1939 up to May 1940.

Before her dangerous trips to France at the start of the war she was used , first around the coasts of Great Britain, then around the WestAfricanCoast. Later, she was in the D-Day invasion fleet. Throughout the war she was a lucky ship, and in spite of narrow escapes, received no direct damage.

The M.V.BRITISHCOAST served the U.S. Army beaches of “OmahaBeach” and “Utah beach” with deliveries of cased petrol.

And she was to continue serving the supply of cased petrol for a long time after D-Day as the demand for petrol on the Continent was insatiable.

She was returned to peacetime work after the war.



We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.

 

TSMV-British-Coast

 Taken from an old Coast Lines postcard and used here by permission

 

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

 

 British-Coast-Gary

The TSMV BRITISH COAST makes her way to port

(photo supplied by Gary)

 

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Comments   

 
0 #15 Clayton J Tierney 2016-03-29 12:26
Quoting Clayton Tierney:
I sailed on the"Coast" in 1969-70.Sailed out of Souris P.E.I with potatoes to Florida. Then all thru the Carribean and Northern Parts of South America. I was just a lad of 16 at the time. Learned a lot about life in quick order aboard her. Fondly remember Roger, ANDRE, CLEMENT, lEOPOLD and the rest of the crew. Probably would have stayed on longer but I lost my close friend and shipmate from my home town whom I signed aboard with. His name was Chet MacIntyre. We were on our last stop in Baltimore Md. before returning to Canada when he drowned in the harbor there. If anyone has more pictures I would love to see them. Thanks

Update: I recently spoke with the owner of a dive shop in Providenciales who informed me that the winter storms and the summer hurricanes have demolished the ol girl and every bit of her has gone into the 6000 ft. trench. Sad but true, I had planned to dive on her. RIP Newfoundland Coast.
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+4 #14 Alex Cooper 2016-01-22 21:56
Sailed with Captain Roger Serois from 1971 to 1973 aboard the MV Newfoundland Coast.
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0 #13 Clayton Tierney 2016-01-04 12:59
I sailed on the"Coast" in 1969-70.Sailed out of Souris P.E.I with potatoes to Florida. Then all thru the Carribean and Northern Parts of South America. I was just a lad of 16 at the time. Learned a lot about life in quick order aboard her. Fondly remember Roger, ANDRE, CLEMENT, lEOPOLD and the rest of the crew. Probably would have stayed on longer but I lost my close friend and shipmate from my home town whom I signed aboard with. His name was Chet MacIntyre. We were on our last stop in Baltimore Md. before returning to Canada when he drowned in the harbor there. If anyone has more pictures I would love to see them. Thanks
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+4 #12 alvin 2015-09-03 01:42
No lives were lost when she ran aground and heard the cause was the harbor pilet gave improper directions that caused the wreck.
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+2 #11 Ron Green 2015-06-05 16:39
I sailed on the British Coast from June 1944 to June 1945 to Omaha and Utah beaches with artillery ammunition for the American army and latterly to French and Belgian ports with cans of petrol
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+2 #10 Ron Green 2015-06-05 16:31
:-) I sailed on British Coast from late June 44 until June 45 to Omaha and Utah beaches and later to San Vast and other ports in France and latterly Belgium, Holland and Guernsey.
The ships master was Capt. Studholm
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+5 #9 alvin jennex 2015-05-13 13:55
hey does anyone know the actual location off which island the ship remains. I did get to spend time on her as most of us as a deckhand and played a lot of tennis with roger sirois
lepold his son if your still alive would know or francis would love to go see whats left heard you can see her on the reef at low tide
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+1 #8 John Owen 2014-11-03 15:15
My father, Alfred Owen, was Master on board British Coast in the early forties. I believe he was first mate or master on a number of other Coast Lines vessels, but I have no details. I'd be grateful for any further info. concerning his time with the company.
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+3 #7 paul 2013-02-23 04:31
My Uncle Julius, sailed on the MV Newfoundland Coast as a deckhand back mid 70s joined her in Halifax N.S.
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+2 #6 Capt L.Glenn Hoffe 2013-02-14 01:25
This was the first ship I sailed on as a deckhand and joined her on August 6th 1980 in St.John's NL. My brother Roy Hoffe also sailed on this vessel and joined her a couple of weeks earlier, I was only 17 and fresh out of school when I joined her. We were on charter with marine atlantic to service the Labrador coast.I left her at Dartmouth marine slips in april 1981 about 2 weeks before she went south and was lost. Many Memories.
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