The Royal Research Ship Research
A model of R.R.S. Research rigged as a brigantine
Towards the end of 1934 the Admiralty decided that a new vessel was required by the Hydrographic Section for research into magnetic lines of force and similar phenomena. The contract to build the vessel was awarded to Messrs Philip & Son Ltd., at their Noss Shipyard, situated opposite the Naval College at Dartmouth, Devon. This was the most prestigious order that the firm had so far received from the Admiralty. They were well equipped to cope with wooden shipbuilding having constructed many wooden yachts and tugs over the years. The order was for a non-magnetic wooden sailing vessel equipped with engines which were to be as near non-magnetic as possible. The estimated price was to exceed £100,000 with the...
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The Royal Research Ship Research Derek Blackhurst 01/11/2006
..Barkentine "Research" searching for Plans Josef Eichhorn 16/03/2008
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Noting Bobs Comment, Cyril King is the man to contact, he was actively involved in the construction from the drawing office perspective, I believe He has been in contact with David Clements over printing some of his writings
I noted with interest your comments on RRS Research; the author of the article, Derek Blackhurst, regretably passed away a few years ago. He did however complete a full history of Philip and Son Ltd published by Ships in Focus Publications in 2001 which you may find of interest. Derek and I spoke about RRS Research as I undertook a short study into the vessel which I hope to publish in either the Society's journal or possibly the Mariner's Mirror.
I would be interested in any first hand accounts about her build and particularly any illustrations or memorabilia that may still exist. There are photographs showing a superb builder's model of the vessel fully rigged - where the model is now neither Derek or I have been able to determine.
I am an ex-Dartmouth shipwright, and also a member of the "Old Dartmouthians association". I have only recently come across this article on the "Research" Another "Old Dart" was a draughtmans at Philips for many years, and I have been trying to get him to put his memories into print, having read some of his writings. I noted the item on the teak garboards in particular, as he recently discussed this matter with me. His memory recollects that the overseer said the tuck was to tight to steam around, and the garboards should be cut from the solid. This was put to the foreman at the time a Mr Sam Elliot for whom I was priviledged to work at Noss. He said they could be steamed and went right ahead and did it, saving the firm a lot of money and time. Cyril King, (for that is his name) Has many such recollections, which I am hoping he will put into print for SWMHS, though he is now 85 But still very sharp and "with it".
I have a pressed brass ashtray with a vignette of R.R.S Research. Could you tell me if this ashtray was made for the vessels launch. Your website is interesting and informative