WH 480 Lia-G

WH 480 Lia-G

WH 480 Lia-G; picture kindly provided by Neil Swanson; this is an exclusive and is the best picture of her to be seen. Heading out from Newlyn. She sank in 1993 with loss of a life.

She was lost 16th February 1993 near Padstow.
Owned and working out of Newlyn.
Registration WH 480
Owned by Paul Semmens and Pat Leeds;
Julian Semmens (elder brother) was drowned in the incident.

Built 1976 by South Ocean Services at Portsmouth.
Her hull was a copy of the tug TORBAY ENDEAVOUR, built by them in 1975.
The form was as the WW2 Canadian built TANAC tug, a chine hull.
24.94 grt; 15.75 metres; 270 bhp.
ON 364274
RSS A23947
Call Signal : ZINE

She was first owned 1976 in Brixham by Reginald T. Gibbs.
Registered BM 147, name Lia-G.
Sold to Timothy S Thomas at Weymouth.
Registered WH 480, same name, after not fishing for two years in the early 1980s.
Date of sale to Newlyn not known.

Raymond Forward
Very good potted history Raymond.
SOS were supposed to have lifted the lines from the Tanac MAKIKKI but as the hull was opened aft to give a transom stern and sheer line and bulwarks modified I suspect it was the underwater lines. Certainly as with TORBAY ENDEAVOUR, which I believe is still operating in the Shannon Estuary, the Tanac chine fabrication method was used.

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