History of the Royal Marine Service and Maine Equipment England

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Lilley & Gillie has been manufacturing Magnetic Compasses and other Nautical Instruments from the origins of the Lilley company in 1812. Current production includes Class 'A' Compasses and Binnacles for SOLAS vessels, Reduced height binnacles for small vessels and fishing boats and a range of Transmitting Compass Systems, Offcourse Alarms, Wind Speed & Direction Indicators, Autopilots, EM Logs, Echo Sounders, Azimuth Bearing Sights, Clinometers, Clocks and Barometers to meet current requirements.

In association with their own manufactured products we stock and distribute a range of marine products including Gyros, Searchlights, Floodlights, Navigation and Signalling Lights.


Royal Marine Service

The Royal Marine Auxiliary Service Vessel Pintail began the final stages of recovery in November 1982. The submarine was lifted from the seabed in Plymouth Sound and brought into No 12 Dock in Devonport Dockyard, where she was lowered onto a cradle. The dock was then completely pumped-out and work began on the preservation of the hull structure.

Marine growth was cleaned off by water blasting inside and outside the hull to enable a team from DMP Marine to treat the hull with a chemical compound called Fertan. This product is said to convert rust into a solid material and prevents further corrosion of the steel hull.

Recovery of the hull began in the summer when the diving support ship Seaforth Clansman began the work of clearing the immense amount of debris from the hull. Lifting strops were placed around the vessel and she was raised from the seabed off Eddystone Light and brought into Plymouth Sound where she was beached in about 25 ft of water off Drakes Island.

Work then began on the removal of her batteries to lighten the load for the final lift. Some 36 of the batteries were removed from inside the hull and proved to be in remarkably good condition.

After the immediate preservation work was complete, Holland 1 was be cut into three sections by the Dockyard, in readiness for transporting by the Royal Corps of Transport to her final resting place, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport.

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