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RRS BRANSFIELD - Yard No 508 - Antarctic Survey Vessel - N.E.R.C. - Built 1970







BRANSFIELD at Coronation Island


(photo by Greame Hart)





Driving from Maggies Ditch with the BRANSFIELD in the distance late summer 1995


(photo by Greame Hart)





BRANSFIELD at South GeorgiaIslands Husvik


(photo by Greame Hart)




BRANSFIELD at South Orkney Islands

(photo from Greame Hart)




BRANSFIELD at Port Stanley The Falkland Islands 1971

(photo by Ivan Stevenson)




BRANSFIELD tied up at Halley Bay in this photo by Ivan Stevenson.








Unloading stores at Halley Bay the BRANSFIELD lies tied to the ice.

(Photo by Ivan Stevenson)



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0 #13 Andrew Denley 2017-05-01 14:02
Tim, thanks for the info...STS Winston Churchill eh? I was a watch leader on that Schooner for a couple of cruises. Small world.
0 #12 Roy Felton 2017-05-01 10:27
I sailed on the Bransfield in 1977/78 /79 as Motorman and EDH great time and great ship mates many good memories
+2 #11 Tim Leggett 2015-06-29 16:56
Andrew, after Bransfield Kevin Vicars was a cook on John Biscoe. I later saw him as a relief cook on STS Sir Winston Churchill. I've not heard of him for sometime. I seem to remember that he had a flat in the Bournemouth area.
+1 #10 Andrew Denley 2015-06-29 09:01
I was working the radio at Rothera in summer 1980. We were wating for the Branny to arrive for the end of season relief when Hugh O'Gorman came on the radio "We may be delayed a bit, we seem to have run aground!" We all rushed up to Rothera Point to see the ship listing, very alarmingly to starboard. She had apparently traversed two rocky outcrops at 8 knots resulting in a huge underwater gash.
+1 #9 david crawford 2015-06-28 09:24
Ahh! memories ! She looked far better without the funnel extension which she got later . Happy days with spike.Jan, Larry and cliff, Stuart,nick at al and of course Stevie Vallance the doctor.
+4 #8 Andrew Denley 2014-03-31 14:56
I sailed south in the Branny - October 1979 and returned in her May 1981. I remember Tim Leggett, Captain Cole and Stewart Laurence -whatever happened to Kevin Vicars? Last time I saw her I was with the FCO in Montevideo and had he pleasure of going aboard to take the official Embassy papers. I was at Rothera base when she hit submerged rocks and then sailed north in her to Argentine Islands. Happy days!
+3 #7 Howard Stoneham 2013-10-25 05:14
I sailed on the maiden voyage of the Bransfield. She took me to Halley Bay where I served as a tractor / diesel mechanic for two years. I returned to Southampton in May 73. The most fun I have ever had.
+1 #6 Lauren Herschell 2013-04-10 12:36
My dad sailed on the Bransfield, it was before I was born in 1982- so it would be late 70's early 80's. His name is Paul Herschell. Be nice to know if anybody remembers him?
+3 #5 daz beck 2013-04-03 21:33
i sailed on this great ship RSS BRANSFIELD,an met so many great people, i hope i gave them some fantastic an funny memories,as they have me , :lol:
+2 #4 TIM LEGGETT 2012-06-09 14:47
I sailed as Second Steward in RRS Bransfield during her 1978/79 season.. Still one of the best years of my life.. John Cole and Stewart Lawrence were the Masters who changed over at Punta Arenas during our season.. I keep seeing a ship called CCGS AMUNDSEN of the Canadian Coast Guard on Mighty Ships.. She looks almost identical to Bransfield but twin screw and other modifications.. They must have used Bransfield's plans for this ship as dear old Branny has now been broken up.. Almost a sister ship but with a helicopter house over the after hatch..

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