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ceylon220
12-08-2009, 16:14
Was`nt sure there is a section for this but I`ll leave it to the powers that be if they want to delete it or not but I thought when I took these pictures what a graceful ship this craft looked, lets see if anyone else agrees,

She is HM.CUSTOMS CUTTER "SENTINEL" seen here on her visit to Silloth in Cumbria for the 150 years celebrations of the opening of the docks.

We don`t get many visits of ship such as these so she caused quite a bit of interest, the only fault was that she was not open to visitors, I would have loved to see her engine room and see what makes her move .

Derek Dicker
12-08-2009, 16:17
Hi Dave, tks for pics. Had the opportunity to work with these guys whilst I was in the reserve, not onboard though.

Derek (Bunts)

harry.gibbon
12-08-2009, 18:11
Dave, good pics; they always look fit for purpose to me! and good to look at.

Little h

qprdave
12-08-2009, 22:16
Nice Pictures, Dave

Perhaps it would make an interesting thread where Ships go to ports which normally they wouldn't go to.

tonclass
12-08-2009, 23:30
HMCGC SEARCHER - Another of the Customs fleet.

harry.gibbon
12-08-2009, 23:40
WHY OH WHY doesn't the MOD get a grip and seek out the procurement folk that seem to be able to get:- proper fit for purpose vessels for the Customs!!

mik43
13-08-2009, 16:02
The current HM Customs cutters are 'off-the-shelf' patrol vessels from I think a Dutch company who make a range of port vessels - tugs, launches etc. 'Staten', or something similar, comes into it somewhere, I know as I checked out one of their tugs on the 'net, but can't remember the whole lot!! I'll try and see if I can find out the details.

Mik

ceylon220
13-08-2009, 22:57
Just received some info on the engineroom of the SENTINEL which might be of interest to the Engineers,


She is powered by 2 Paxman Valenta V12 diesel engines with a seperately powered steerable water jet for slow speed propulsion and has a speed in excess of 25 knots-----if only I could have seen them ---Paxmans were my favourite engines.

ceylon220
13-08-2009, 23:01
Has anyone anymore pictures of the customs cutter, Tonclass put one up on site,have we anymore about?

harry.gibbon
13-08-2009, 23:05
Dave have a shufti look-see on the Stokers Talk Only thread post # 417 I dropped a link about Paxman engines history on there 2 days ago..!!!

Little h

tonclass
14-08-2009, 01:22
Dave, loads of HMCC pix but too late to post at the moment. Watch this space........

mik43
14-08-2009, 15:49
Custom's cutters are built by the Dutch firm 'Damen' and are from their 'Stan Patrol 4207' range. www.damen.nl shows the complete range of vessels they build, including frigates!!

Mik

ceylon220
14-08-2009, 16:29
Dave have a shufti look-see on the Stokers Talk Only thread post # 417 I dropped a link about Paxman engines history on there 2 days ago..!!!

Little h

Received them and delighted, mate---always had a soft spot for Paxman Diesels, I owe you one Harry.

Dave.

rumrat
15-08-2009, 15:57
VINCENT
Fitting out at Phillips Yard at Dartmouth can't remember the year around 2000-20001 i think.
Regards
Dave

rumrat
15-08-2009, 16:01
SEEKER In the Tyne.

Regards
Dave

rumrat
15-08-2009, 16:03
VALLIANT at Oban 2004.

Regards
Dave

rumrat
15-08-2009, 16:08
VIGILANT at North Shields 2006.
Regards
Dave

ceylon220
15-08-2009, 16:35
Great pics of the your custom vessels Rumrat, I notice that they are all sporting some kind of gun under wraps for`d yet the SENTINEL was`nt armed unless they had a removable one or maybe we are a peaceable lot up here in the North!!!!;)

rumrat
15-08-2009, 17:15
Some sort of cannon to shoot up the bad guys.

Dave

tonclass
15-08-2009, 18:45
It's a water cannon !! Much like the US fire boats have.

Vegaskip
15-08-2009, 21:16
It's a water cannon !! Much like the US fire boats have.

I had one of those!!

53922 Foam Monitor Nubian crash tender R.N.A.S. LOSSIMOUTH 1960's

Kevin123
04-01-2010, 01:07
A ship came into Portsmouth Harbour to day which my son said had UK border patrol painted on it in black, and customs in white. It was too dark for him to see the name of it, but he said it had a small gun on the bow. Does anyone know what it's called. Kevin.

astraltrader
04-01-2010, 01:42
Dont know if of very much interest, but two pictures of HM Customs cutters from around 1935.

astraltrader
04-01-2010, 01:50
Two shots of Valiant in 2008 - Portsmouth.

John Odom
04-01-2010, 02:22
an interesting thread, nice looking small ships. The predecessor of the US Coast Guard was the US Revenue Cutter Service.

JackW1208
21-01-2010, 22:41
Another photo of Valiant, with new coat of paint and go faster stripes, berthed at Ramsgate 2009.

harry.gibbon
30-01-2010, 23:10
Thought I might contribute some of the spin-off from the results of my searching for the HMCC Vincent for another member.

We call them the UK Border Agency:-

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/managingborders/borders/cutters/

and here is information given in the 'House' about the activities of said Agency and their vessels:-

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Borders: Patrol Craft
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many patrol boats of each type (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the UK Border Agency have operated in each of the last 10 years; and for what purpose. [288545]

Alan Johnson: HM Customs and Excise, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency have operated five offshore patrol ships in the years stated.

These are interdiction vessels, conducting intelligence-led operations.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Royal Navy has taken on any (a) functions and (b) operations previously conducted by vessels of HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency. [288546]

Alan Johnson: HM Customs and Excise, HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency have all operated offshore patrols and operations with other organisations, including the Royal Navy.

The UK Border Agency’s maritime branch can call on the military for support and protection at a time of operational need. In the same way, maritime branch has supported the military during major operations and for boarding expertise.

No direct transfer of roles has taken place.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vessels were (a) intercepted and (b) boarded by crew from vessels of HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency in UK territorial waters in each of the last 10 years. [288548]

Alan Johnson: The combined number of interceptions and boardings of vessels made by HM Customs and Excise, HM Revenue and Customs, and the UK Border Agency in the last 10 years are as follows:

Financial year Number of interceptions and boardings
1999-2000 514

2000-01 661

2001-02 716

2002-03 1,046

2003-04 1,170

2004-05 1,075

2005-06 1,240

2006-07 1,352

2007-08 1,472

2008-09 1,981

It is not possible to break these figures down further.

These figures are based on locally collated management information and as such are subject to change and do not form part of national published statistics.


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Little H

JackW1208
20-07-2011, 17:38
#1 Valiant leaving her berth at Ramsgate last week.
#2 Exiting harbour, with on the far shore the tents/marquees of the Open golf event at Royal St. George's at Sandwich.
During live television coverage, this vessel chose to use the inshore route back to Ramsgate, in the full knowlege that the cameras would pick her up.

Jack.

Jackaroo
21-07-2011, 01:57
SENTINEL is a 34m Island Class cutter operated by the British Customs and Excise. Built by Vosper Thornycroft and launched in 1993 she has been designed to carry out a wide range of law enforcement duties. She is a modified version of an extremely successful Vosper Thornycroft design built under licence for the US Coastguard.

Jackaroo
21-07-2011, 02:07
Australian Customs Bay Class eight ships were built by Austal Ships and were used for the design of the Armidale patrol boats of the RAN
They are armed with 1 x 7.62 mm general purpose machine gun.
ACV Roebuck Bay
ACV Holdfast Bay
ACV Botany Bay
ACV Hervey Bay
ACV Corio Bay
ACV Arnhem Bay
ACV Dame Roma Mitchell
ACV Storm Bay

Ednamay
09-08-2011, 11:38
Not all Customs and Excise is shipborne, and I am not talking about airfields.

1935-1939 my uncle was Thames based customs, and was translated from ship to shore, serving at Hays Wharf; part of their job was to house, temporarily, confiscated contraband, until it could be passed over to other authorities, or otherwise disposed of, but their were difficulties in regard to livestock, - so my uncle ended up being the proud owner of three tortoises ................

Edna

eskimosailor
09-08-2011, 13:20
Two shots of Valiant in 2008 - Portsmouth.

Yes, that thing on the foredeck certainly does n't appear substantial enough to fire a shell, except perhaps a seashell!
Steve