About the Elizabeth G
The Elizabeth G was originally called the ‘ Bergen Kreds’ and was built for the NSSR (Norsk Selskab til Skibbrudnes Redning or Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue) in 1963 at Skudenshavn, Norway to Det Norsk Veritas +1 A1-N-ICE-C standards.
The Elizabeth G was heavily built and comprehensively fitted out as a liveaboard ocean-going towing and fleet support vessel for the Norwegian fishing fleet. She worked as Rescue Vessel No. 68 until 1997 when she was decommissioned by the NSSR and brought by Robert Spanswick who runs Delta Marine from Lerwick in the Shetland Isles. Robert renamed the vessel the ‘Elizabeth G’ after his wife and she was used by Delta Marine for towage and survey work.
Rob Barlow replaced his popular charter vessel the ‘Poplar Diver’, purchasing the Elizabeth G from Robert Spanswick in early 2004.
Elizabeth G worked for two seasons, with the original superstructure and open aft deck in place, catering for 10 guests. Over the winter of 2005/2006 we completed a huge refit and rebuild, fitting and designing the rear saloon area, observation deck, and refitting all the cabins. A lot of helpful advise was given by Mark Henrys and Hannah Thomson of Northern Light Charters and our conversion was based on their own highly successful one of the Hjalmer Bjorge, sister ship to the Elizabeth G.
‘Elizabeth G Charters’ is based in Tobermory on the Island of Mull and runs the Elizabeth G offering wildlife and diving cruises to the Outer Hebrides and the West Coast of Scotland. We specialise in trips to St.Kilda –Islands on the Edge of the World – we have comfortable and modern accommodation for up to 12 guests in six twin berth cabins and pride ourselves on our exceptional high quality of food served on board by our professional chefs. Our cruises have proved very popular and offer the chance to see the huge diversity of wildlife, birds and scenery and dive in some of the remotest parts of Scotland’s West coast, visiting the real ‘Wild isles’.
In the past Elizabeth G Charters has worked for the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Hebridean Whale & Dolphin Trust and various film projects including BBC’s Coast, Landward and also Norways ‘Tore pa sporet’ when we took a film crew to St.Kilda for a docomentary.
We are involved at the moment in a two year bird survey with RPS looking at the impact of Windfarms on offshore sites.
ELIZABETH G - VESSEL SPECIFICATION.
75’ 9” (22.85m) x 19’ 9” (6m) x 11’ 6” (3.5m) GRT: 91 tons.
MCA Category 1 for 12 + crew ( 150 miles from a safe haven)
Official No. : 901037 Call Sign. : MXSF8.
Six twin berth guest cabins ( with own sinks), two showers and three toilets
Fuel – 22,000 litres ( 5,300 gallons, Range 3000 nm)
Fresh Water – 7,000 liters (1,400 gallons)
Main Engines; 2 x Detroit Diesel 12V71 365hp @ 1800rpm
Cruising Speed 9 to 12 Knots+
Twin Disc MG 515 Gearboxs.
Twin Alternator Diesels: Perkins GM22 28KVA.
Alfa Laval Purifier: MAB 102 B14-50
Stabilisers : Wesmar 2 times 9 sq ft Active Fin 2005.
Tnfjord Steering hydraulics.
Crane: HIAB 120.
Brattvag twin gypsy anchor windlass.
Propellers repitched 2005 for max efficiency.
Navigation and Communiaction.
72 nm Furuno Radar.
32 nm Furuno Radar.
Olex Twin Screen 3D Plotter
Seiwa Oyster video Plotter
Robertson AP45 Autopilot
Furuno GP 70 GPS.
2 x VHF Sailor RT2048 and Furuno FS-1550 MF radio
2 Icon Handneld VHFs
Furuno Gyro Compass
Furuno FMV601 Echo Sounder.
ICS NAV5 Navtex receiver.
Servoteknik Fire Alarm System
Life-raft : DTI 20 man with Hydrostatic release and EPIRB.
Abandonment Lifejackets and Survival Suits.
Recovery Harness and sling.
Self inflate Lifejackets for Embark/Disembarking for Guests and Crew.
Asamat SART, Jotron EPIRB.
4 meter Safety Tender/Boat with 15hp Yamaha & Safety Pack.
MCA Flares pack & full MCA approved Medical Pack.