Vessel name on Arrival: Averity
Original Builder: Furness Shipbuilding Company, Haverton Hill-on-Tees
Original Yard No: 366
Official Number: 169128
Vessel Type: tanker
Year Built: 1943
Arrival Date: 18/06/1972
Breakup Started: 22/06/1972
Date First Beached: 11/07/1972
Date Breakup Completed: 06/09/1972
Draught For’d: 3' 6"
Draught Aft: 8' 6"
1944 : Launched as CHANT 53 for the Admiralty of the British Government
1946 : Acquired by the Netherlands Government and renamed THEODORA
1951 : Acquired by NV Rederij 'Theodora' without change of name
1954 : Acquired by F. T. Everard & Sons LImited of London and renamed AVERITY
The CHANT series of small coastal vessel were a wartime expedient production. Essentially of prefabricated section construction, some 28 sections per ship, the thinking was that these sections could be produced quickly by a variety on engineering companies then assembled together for final construction to the host hull, by welding.
There was nothing glamorous about the CHANT vessels, indeed they could be described as ugly, no lines to speak of, square flat plate sections, a total lack of curves and flat bottoms, for taking beaches, which did not make them very good sea boats – indeed many of these vessels were lost due to capsizing. Altogether, Furness S.B. Coy of Haverton built sixteen of these small ships. Their design included double-hull construction as a deterrent to risk of oil spillages or leakage.
01-11-1943 : Laid down
10-01-1944 : Launched
Febry 1944 : Completed
Tonnage : 401 GRT / 450 DWT
Dimensions : 45.2 metres x 8.2 metres x 2.57 metres
Propulsion : Diesel Oil Engine, rated at 250 HP, delivering a vessel speed of 7.5 to 8.0 knots
In 1972, The AVERITY was despatched to the shipbreaking facility of the West of Scotlland Shipbreaking Company Limited, of Troon, Ayrshire.