JOHN HARKER VESSELS IN LATER LIFE
VIC 99 was
completed at the Knottingley yard of John Harker in July 1945. She
was one of three VIC's from this yard, the others being VIC 81 and VIC 82.
With a gross
tonnage of 147 and a length of 80.5 feet she was one of the 'Improved VIC'
types. She remained in Admiralty Service until sold for breaking in
1968, although fortunately she was rescued and converted for use as a
restaurant at Stourport on the River Severn.
fireman's strike in November 1977, she was set alight by an arsonist and
badly damaged. Some interior restoration was completed after the
fire, a fact that was mentioned when she was put up for sale by the
Admiralty Marshal in 1984.
would like to extend my warmest thanks to George Robinson for the
accompanying notes about VIC 99 and also to Mike Ridgard for granting me
permission to publish his photographs.