CAROLINE MOLLER

TYPE....RESCUE TUG

PROPULSION....STEAM

CONSTRUCTION DATE....1919

BUILDER...LIVINGSTONE AND COOPER LTD HULL

WEIGHT...444grt

LENGTH...43.6mtrs, BEAM 8.8mtrs

ENGINE....TRIPLE EXPANSION, ONE BOILER

SPEED....12.5 KNOTS

LOSS DATE 7/10/42

CAUSE....TORPEDO/ GERMAN S BOAT

CASUALTIES....16

DEPTH....23mtrs max

ARMAMENT....12 POUNDER AA GUN

Diver on the wreck with a 12 pounder gun mount to the left. At the bottom centre of the photograph can be seen her gun. Curtesy of David Nurse

In 1992 the club purchased the wreck of the Caroline Moller. The Caroline Moller was a rescue tug of the Saint class, constructed and launched in 1919 and named St Mabyn. She was sold in 1926 and renamed the Caroline Moller.

 

 

 

12 pounder, 3 inch gun, as on the Caroline Moller. The above picture shows naval personel manning the gun mounted on an unknown WW11 trawler. Gun weight 0.6 tons, length 10 feet approx.
View of the wreck as she is today with gun mount in the distance, top left corner. Curtesy of David Nurse.
The Caroline Moller along side the damaged destroyer HMS Javelin at Plymouth

SERVICE

On the 29/11/1940 the Caroline Moller's services were called upon in the English Channel. There had been a conflict between German and Royal Naval destroyers. During the exchange of fire that ensued, the RN destroyer Javelin had been badly damaged. Her total length of 356ft being reduced to some 155ft. The Caroline Moller towed HMS Javelin into Plymouth. Repairs to the Javelin took 13 months. At the time the captain of the Javalin was Louis Mountbatten, later to become Lord Mountbatten.

Paul Hennessey

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