Name: X.216

In 1946, from World Ship Society collection

Class: 98 foot, powered; Nos X.201 - X.225

Launch Date: 1916

Builder: Osbourne, Graham & Co., Hylton, Sunderland

Yard No: 204

Engine: BOL

Screws: 2

Other Information:

1919 repair barge RB.1 in Northern Russia

1919 at Portsmouth as X.216


Converted to a Cable layer in WW2

1952 floating laboratory at H.M. Underwater Detection establishment, Portland as FC.14

1959 sold to owners at Poole as RODWELL (ON 301799)

1960 broken up?


X-Lighter Classes/numbering:

X.001 – X.200: 105.5 foot, powered

X.201 – X.225: 98 foot, powered

DX.001 – DX.025: 98 foot, dumb

MISC.001 – MISC.003: Vessels believed to be former X-lighters, origins untraced

Engine Abbreviations:

‘BOL’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by J. & C. G. Bolinders Co., Stockholm

‘SVE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by J. V. Svensin, Augustendal (Avance design)

‘BEAR’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Wm. Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir</p>

‘CAMP’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by The Campbell Gas Engine Co. Ltd., Halifax

‘PLE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Plenty & Son, Newbury (Kromhout design)

‘SKAN’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Skandia