HMS THORNHAM M2793 Built 20.6.58 J.Taylor
1958 - 65 Operational Reserve
1966 For disposal
In 1971, while I was NO of KEDLESTON (in refit in Rosyth) I was lent to HMS THORNHAM which was the URNU vessel for Aberdeen University. The loan was for the period of a two week "Cruise" during which time we visited Wick, Inverness and the Caledonian Canal with a "run ashore" in Fort Augustus. We also had a go at wire sweeping while transitting Loch Ness.
In THORNHAM, we managed to hit the breakwater at Wick with a glancing blow but the resulting hole in the ship's side was repaired by chippy chums of our ERA1 who travelled up from from Port Edgar on some pretext or other. Consequently we avoided the wrath of the S232 authorities! A few days later, we had a splendid run ashore in Fort Augustus where we berthed overnight in the lock in the centre of the village and did a deal with a local hotel whereby they gave us use of one of their rooms so that we could all enjoy a shower (separately, of course). Our part of the bargain was that we all agreed to utilise their bar.
Captain Sym Taylor
9.6.81 Damaged when a mobile crane crashed onto her deck in Aberdeen
1984 Laid up at Rosyth