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Pathfinder

Created by Tony Burton on 31/07/2008

TRINITY HOUSE PILOT CUTTER Built by Phillip and Son of Dartmouth, she measured 175`6 by 30` 4 beam with a draught of 11`0. Gross tonnage 678. Pathfinder was powered by 2 Polar 2 stroke diesel engines and had a speed of 12.9 knots. She was ordered by the Elder Brethren of the Trinity House Pilots Association at a cost of 176,948. Laid on the 1st of January 1953, Launched on 13 September 1954 and completed 7th February 1955. She had accommodation for 22 Pilots, sailed out of Harwich and worked the Dover area and would stay at sea for up to 3 weeks at a time She was replaced in 1986 by Pilot Launches and sold to Lauriston and co of Gibralta and sailed between the Greek Islands as a Ferry. In 1987 she was converted to a private Yacht and registered in St Vincent. I have been told that she has since been scrapped. I built the model in 1989/1990 from plans provided by Trinity House. Plans are now available from myhobbystore.co.uk Tony Burton trinity house pilot ve

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