ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
SIR WILLIAM HARDY
Type
RESEARCH TRAWLER
Date
1955
Description
Yard Number: 846

Renamed: RAINBOW WARRIOR (1978)

Owned in 1967 by the Ministry of Technology.
In 1978 sold to Greenpeace and renamed RAINBOW WARRIOR
Sunk by French secret agents in Waitemata harbour, Auckland, New Zealand just before midnight on 10 July 1985.
The vessel was sunk by underwater charges which blew two holes in the vessel's hull. The crew escaped, apart from photographer Fernando Pereira, who drowned.
RAINBOW WARRIOR was refloated but could not be repaired. It was towed from Auckland and scuttled near the Cavalli Islands, off the Northland coast, to become an artificial reef for marine life.

From Burntisland Group Journal 24 (2) p56-57, 1955:
Launched on 29 November 1954. Naming ceremony performed by Mrs G. A. Reay - wife of the superintendant of Torry Research Station, Aberdeen.
Ship is specially designed for carrying out research work on fish as food.
She is the first diesel-electric trawler to be built in the U.K. Carries a crew of 16, and has a laboratory and accommodation for 4 scientists.
Photos:
(1) The Sponsor
(2) Pre-launch group
(3) After entering the water
(4) At sea
Shipbuilder
Hall Russell
Owner
Dept of Scientific & Industrial Research, Aberdeen A45
Dimensions
length 127 5/6' x breadth 27 7/12' x depth 15'
Gross Tonnage: 418 ton
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