Feasible now Meloy?

Boat Specification
Boat Name: 
Feasible now Meloy?
Boat Type: 
Drifter
Boat Length: 
86ft 2ins
Boat Beam: 
18ft
Boat Draft: 
9ft 1in
Boat Displacement: 
99 tons GRT
Boat Engine: 
Diesel
Boat Construction: 
Steel
Boat Builder: 
John Duthie, Aberdeen
Boat Year: 
1912

Veteran of two World Wars, Feasible, now re-named Meloy?, has a tumultuous history. Built with a steam engine in 1912, for drift net fishing, in John Duthie's yard, Aberdeen, she was called up for service as a Patrol Boat in World War I and assisted in the destruction of U-Boat 48 on 24th November 1917. Once demobilised she went back to herring fishing around the British coast at all times of the year. This can be dangerous and she is recorded as having no less than five accidents, including collisions in heavy seas. On one occasion she lost a crew member, whaleman Edward Halliday, overboard.

At the outset of World War II, Feasible was again requisitioned by the Admiralty, this time as a minesweeper. That is how she was engaged in the English Channel when Operation Dynamo was launched in May 1940. Feasible, commanded by C.C. Findlay RNR was under orders from HMS Watchful and began by embarking troops at the pier. Later she was ordered to proceed to La Panne, where she was ordered to pick up soldiers from the Little Ships who ferried them from the beaches. Her engineman, A.A. Storr was later decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal. On one of her return trips to Ramsgate Feasible was bombed and disabled.

After the war Feasible was sold to Norway. At that time she was given the name Meloy after an island in the North of the country, above the Arctic Circle and given a 220hp diesel engine. Her next owners, Arctic Shipping of Cowes, found her 70 miles from the sea in Veafjord and brought her across the North Sea from Bergen to Cowes under her own power.

Feasible was laid up on the Medina River waiting for the day when someone can afford to restore her for further use. She now has a new owner.

She is a Little Ship with which we have lost touch.

Source: to come

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