puffers & vics




VIC 24          Advance (3)   


Builder R.Dunston, Thorne
Official Nr 167138
Yard Nr 390
Launched 5/11/1942
Delivered 12/42
Length 66.8 ft
Beam 18.4 ft
Gross 96 tons
Deadweight 140 tons
Engine 2 Cyl Steam Compound
Ministry of Supply until May 1943 then until 1947 on Naval service.

1947 – transferred to the Admiralty at Harwich


Acquired post-war by Ross & Marshall at Greenock, she had a very brief life on the Clyde before being sold on by them in 1949. She was owned for a spell by an Alexander Baillie of Troon bearing the name "Advance". She was later sold on again and moved to Harwich.

In 1956 she was purchased by W.C. Allan & Sons of Gillingham who one year later sold her to H G Pounds of Portsmouth. In 1964 bought by W J Havens of London before being acquired by Husbands Shipyards of Southampton in 1967 where she was reportedly restored.

In 1985 she was sold to a Falmouth based company and is still visible at Plymouth on Google Earth  (at 50.359823,-4.111821), the image being dated June 2018. Maurice Martin informs me that he has seen her at Bayly's Yard in Plymstock, Devon recently and that she appears in relativey good outward condition. Chris Jones supplied  the  two photographs taken by him on 22nd July 2011 which show her there and in outwardly not too  bad condition,

Both photographs courtesy of and Copyright Chris Jones