HULL SPECIFICATION FOR H.M.S. SPA, A STEEL SINGLE SCREW STEAM WATER CARRIER FOR FLEET SERVICE, BUILT BY PHILIP & SON LTD., DARTMOUTH, EARLY IN WORLD WAR II.

Philip & Son Ltd.


£40.00




Not Published. Dartmouth, 1939. 66 pp. Original brown wrappers. 35 x 22cm. Wrappers worn & torn (this is a ‘dockyard manual’) ; overall GOOD. The hull specification for Yard No. 937 – HMS SPA – a 1,220-ton tank vessel completed by Philip on the River Dart two years after issue – October 1941. As illustrated by the annotations, this specification was also used for the building of HMS SPABROOK, another vessel of the class, completed in August 1944. This working shipyard manual describes every detail of the vessel in-depth : her keel, frame, decks bulkheads, tanks, bunkers, engine room, deckhouses, cabins, crews’ mess, fittings, ventilation, heating, electrics, navigation lights, signal lamps, boats, voice-pipes – even her bells, flags, galley equipment, telescopes – down to every item. The Royal Navy’s water carrier SPA was ordered by the Admiralty in October 1939 and handed over after trials in April 1942. She had a long and useful career and was not broken up until 1970. (See Blackhurst, p.111 for a photograph of the ship). The SPABROOK was ordered by the Admiralty in April 1942 and handed over in December 1944. She too enjoyed a fruitful career and was broken up in September 1977


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