HISTORY OF THE RMAS DENMEAD 1969 - 2012
The Denmead, a 80 foot (24 m) Fleet Tender was ordered by C D Holmes Ship Yard in Beverley (Kingston Upon Hull), under contract number CP83/56256/68 on 31st of October 1968.
She was the sixth of a series of six in the Clovelly Class Tenders and designed as Type B tender, intended for shipping of goods and troops.
The Tenders from the Clovelly series are all named after small villages at the British coast. All Tenders from the Clovelly series are identical to each other except for some small modifications.
Length 75 ft., wide 21 ft., and a draught between 6.5 and 10 ft., displacement of 143T and equipped with a 4 cylinder Lister Blackstone engine type ERS-type 4-MGR that 330 HP delivers with a service speed of 10.5 knots.
Denmead was laid down on April the 15th 1969 with construction number 1025 and the final slipping was between 10th of November 1969 and 2nd of December 1969. The final delivery to the Port Auxiliary Service was on 31st December 1969. Location was Portsmouth, her pennant number A363 with call sign GZER.
The Denmead in service
The first three years of her career the Denmead worked from Portsmouth and shipped cargo and crew between the base and the fleet at sea. Mostly to submarines because the Denmead was equipped with rubber stabilizers so that, if they went alongside, the hull of the submarines would not be damaged.
The Denmead transported a total of 130 man! There were 85 men in the hold and about 40 men on deck. With the current legislation, this would be impossible.
On September the 12th, 1973, the Denmead moved to HMS Ganges in Shortley, a marine base near Ipswich. There the yellow upperworks was painted grey.
In July 1976 the Denmead was temporarily allocated to the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service in Chatham to the Harm Class to replace the RNXS ISMS SHIPHAM and stayed until the end of October 1976.
On 23rd of March 1976 the Denmead was moved to the Clyde to replace the MFV 289 and arrived on the 5th of April that year in Greenock, where they remained until 1989.
For nearly three years the Denmead then became stationed in Rosyth and then afterwards employed at HMS Caroline in Belfast to replace the old Fleet Tender to Beddgelert.
In 1994 the Denmead, was made redundant and decommissioned together with other Fleet Tenders.
The reason was that the Navy accepted the rules of the MCA (maritime coastguard agency) which stated that each ship under the 24 meters, was not allowed anymore to have more than 12 passenders on board.
In the years following allmost all 64 Fleet Tenders were decommissioned.
Sold to Ierland
In the late 1995, she was sold to Gordon Hunter (Hunter Marine Ltd) in Wicklow, South of Dublin. After his purchase through a auction, the logs books about the Belfast (Northern Ireland) period where still on board. However there were taken as "classified documents" by the Navy just before Mr. Hunter left with the Denmead.
After the purchase the Denmead was renamed Kilquade and deployed as a working ship (tender, transportation and inspection vessel) on the Irish Sea with Dublin as home port and moored in Wicklow.
Until 2006 the Kilquade was deployed around Ireland with many different activities and she even played twice a role in film recordings.
Once as a military ship in the BBC series "The Ambassador" (except some pictures no material on board) and as a passenger ship in the feature film "The Nephew" with starring Pierce Brosnan (this dvd is for the guests on board.)
Mr. Gorden Hunter decided to sell the Kilquade due to economic reasons in 2006.
To Stellendam, followed by Barcelona!
In August 2006, the present owners, Cas & Irene Pijpers purchased the Kilquade and sailed her in three days and nights nonstop to Stellendam (The Netherlands)
There was started to strip the whole vessel and rebuild her into a luxurious charter schip for the Greek waters around Levkas for the 2 years following.
When the boat, in the meantime renamed St. Katharine was ready, the economic crises had just started.
The owners decided to bring the St. Katharine to Rotterdam, live aboard and wait till the "storm" had passed.
Finaly in June 2012 the St. Katharine was taken to Barcelona and arrived on the 8th of July after a trip of 12 days.
She 'serves' now as Bed & Breakfast/Self-Catering Boat for guests wanting to explore Barcelona, but also want to enjoy the waterfront of Barcelona in a relaxing and peaceful enviroment. With the spacious decks of the St. Katharine, the beaches nearby, the super yachts in the marina, it is a fantastic and unique experience to stay on this Bed & Breakfast/Self-Catering Boat in Barcelona!
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REVIEW PREVIOUS GUEST
"...A group of 10 female friends travelled to St.Katharine's for some landmark birthday celebrations. Between us all we have travelled to many places in the world but we all agreed this was the best weekend ever. I have visited many hotels in Europe on business trips too but compared to this they all seem sterile and lifeless. What makes this so different is the combination of hospitality, standards on board and Cas' cooking. You will not taste a Paella as good as this anywhere else...trust me!
Nothing is too much trouble for Cas and he is a total perfectionist with a wonderful sense of humour. The bill at the end of our 3 day trip for a 3 course meal on the first evening plus daily breakfasts, tapas ( and I mean real tapas) and drinks from his very well stocked bar was amazing value for money.
I honestly cannot recommend this boat enough. If you are hiring the boat with a group of friends you have everything you need on board. There is a large shopping mall within 10 minutes walk and a few bars on the harbour at reasonable prices. A taxi into the centre is 10 Euro but most of us never left the boat.
We will be back Cas and Irene xxxx..."
Written by Bessen G., Liverpool, United Kingdom on Tripadvisor, March 2017.