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Name: CHIPCHASE
Launched: 17/04/1953
Completed: 06/1953
Builder: Clelands (Successors) Ltd, Willington Quay
Yard Number: 182
Dimensions: 106grt, 0nrt, 81.9 x 21.3 x 8.1ft
Engines: 2 x T3cyl (9, 15 & 24 x 16ins)
Engines By: Plenty & Son Ltd, Newbury
Propulsion: 2 x Screws; 9.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 183900
History:
1953 Blyth Harbour Commissioners; registered at Blyth
1968 Seaham Harbour Dock Co
1981 Treloar Bros, Newcastle
1983 Maryport Maritime Museum
1998 Broken up
Comments: 08/07/1964: Pulled over sideways (girted) and sank while assisting the collier
BLACKWALL POINT at Blyth Dry Docks.
She was subsequently raised and docked for repairs.
1983: Preserved at Maryport, but the museum ran out of money
1998: Broken up by Duddon Shipbreakers Ltd at Millom in Cumbria


Launch at Clelands

Above: Blyth Commissioners on their tour of the facilities

Above: Moving BHC ROCKBREAKER NO 2. Photo courtesy of Paul Hood

Above: After the accident with BLACKWALL POINT

Above: In dry dock after being raised

Above: Spick & span on the Tyne. Photo copyright of Malcolm Donnelly

Above: At Seaham on 01/04/1969. Photo copyright of Dennis Maccoy

Above: At Seaham on 04/04/1980. Photo copyright of Michael Green

Above: At Maryport in the good days. Photo copyright of Michael Green

Above: CHIPCHASE rusting away at Maryport

Above: CHIPCHASE delivered to the breakers. Photo courtesy of Capt Stephen Carter

Above: CHIPCHASE alongside at the breakers. Photo courtesy of Capt Stephen Carter

Above: CHIPCHASE being dismantled at Millom. Photo copyright of the Webmaster

Above: CHIPCHASE being dismantled at Millom. Photo copyright of the Webmaster