HMS St Dunstan
Above image of Arc Lamp Switch (Callum Beveridge)
HMS St Dunstan was a British steam dredger built by Lobnitz & Co Renfrew in Scotland. She was 730 gross tons driven by 2 triple expansion engines on two propeller shafts.
Dutchman Henry Lobnitz joined the Renfrew yard of James Henderson in 1857 and in 1894 become the owner of the yard in 1894. Although they made many different ships their speciality was dredgers. The drawing below shows the plans of the St Dunstan.
On 23rd September 1917 she was sunk by a mine that had been laid by UC 21 11 miles WNW of Portland Bill, in Lyme Bay. During the incident two of the crew lost their lives.
She was very little dived until the late 1970’s and today the St Dunstan lays on the seabed at 30m twisted too her Port side . The bow section has almost turned upside down Over the past 20 years the metalwork around the boilers has corroded giving easy access to swim around them. To the stern of the boilers you will come across a large set of gears which formed part of the dredger mechanism. You can follow the prop shaft towards the stern where you will find the propellers . The following images show you what she looked like including the engine connecting rod, bow section (before it collapsed) and John Dory who often frequented the wreck.