Reclaim 1948 HMS - Deep Diving Vesel
Deep Diving Vessel, - A.231
Laid down as Salvardant on 9/4/1946 and launched by William Simons & Co Renfrew, Yard No 786, on 12/3/1948. Arrived for scrapping at Bruges 15/5/1982
217 ft oa x 37.9 ft x 13 ft
2-shaft Reciprocating VTE, 1,500 IHP giving 12 knots
4 x 20mm AA guns (4 x 1)
Crew 92 including a team of 12 Divers
Completed as a Deep Diving and Submarine Rescue Vessel in October 1948 and commissioned as HMS Reclaim. She was then attached as tender to HMS Vernon, Portsmouth and soon established a Deep Diving Record of 535 feet.
14/6/1951 she discovered and then investigated the wreck of the submarine HMS Affray, lost since April 17th, using her new underwater television equipment. One her divers at the time was Buster Crabb
1956 took part in the clearance of the Suez Canal after the Arab Israeli War
1960 assigned to HMS Lochinvar, Port Edgar for service as a Mine Counter Measures Support Ship and Diving Trials Ship. She was later relieved as Mine Counter Measures Support Ship by the minelayer Abdiel.
1968 Reclaim's divers studied the wreck of the Air Lingus Viscount Airliner, the St. Phelim, which had crashed into the Irish Sea off Tuskar Rock on March 24th 1968.
1977 present at the Silver Jubilee Fleet Review off Spithead
1979 Paid Off
11/5/1982 she left Portsmouth under tow bound for Bruges