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Requisitioned Ships

Volume 33: debated on Monday 6 December 1982

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will list the ships taken up from trade during the Falkland Islands campaign, giving broad details of the role for which they were used, and indicating (a) those not registered in the United Kingdom and (b) those which were equipped with helipads.

The information requested is given in the following table. All ships were United Kingdom registered except the MV "Fort Toronto", which was registered in Bermuda under the British flag. The MV "Stena Inspector" was changed from Swedish to United Kingdom registration prior to being taken up. The MV "Stena Inspector" and MV "Stena Seaspread" were already equipped with helicopter flight decks; the other vessels were specially fitted after being taken up.


  • SS "Canberra"*
  • RMS "Queen Elizabeth II"*
  • SS "Uganda"* †


  • MV "Alvega"
  • MV "Anco Charger"
  • MV "Balder London"
  • MV "British Avon"
  • MV "British Dart"
  • MV "British Esk"
  • MV "British Tamar"
  • MV "British Tay"
  • MV "British Test"
  • MV "British Trent"
  • MV "British Wye"
  • MV "Fort Toronto"
  • MV "G. A. Walker"
  • MV "Scottish Eagle"
  • MV "Shell Eburna"

Roll-on Roll-off General Cargo

  • SS "Atlantic Causeway"* ‡
  • SS "Atantic Conveyor"* ‡
  • MV "Baltic Ferry"*
  • MV "Contender Bezant"* ‡
  • MV "Elk"*
  • MV "Europic Ferry"*
  • MV "Nordic Ferry"*
  • MV "Tor Caledonia"

Container Ship

  • MV "Astronomer"* ‡

Passenger/General Cargo

  • MV "Norland"*TEV "Rangatira"*
  • MV "Saint Edmund"*
  • RMS "Saint Helena"*

General Cargo

  • MV "Avelona Star"
  • MV "Geesport"
  • MV "Laertes"
  • MV "Lycaon"
  • MV "Saxonia"
  • MV "Strathewe"

Offshore Support Vessels

  • MV "British Enterprise III"
  • MV "Stena Inspector"
  • MV "Stena Seaspread"
  • MV "Wimpey Seahorse"


  • MT "Irishman"
  • MT "Salvageman"
  • MT "Yorkshireman"

Cable Ships

  • CS "Iris"* ¶


  • MV "Cordella"*
  • MV "Farnella"*
  • MV "Junella"*
  • MV "Northella"*
  • MV "Pict"*


  • * Fitted with helicopter deck.
  • Hospital Ship.
  • Used to transport aircraft and helicopters,
  • Used as mine-countermeasures support vessel.
  • Despatch vessel.
  • Forward repair ship.
  • Mooring and Salvage vessel.
  • * Commissioned as mine-countermeasures vessel with Royal Navy Crew.