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The Humphrey Morris cutter

posted 12 Oct 2010, 09:53 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 12 Oct 2010, 10:56 ]
"A new quarantine cutter for the Port of London Health Authority, the Humphrey Morris, was launched recently.  This cutter, which is being built at a cost of about £70,000, will be the latest weapon in the fight to prevent infectious diseases entering London from overseas: 28,000 ships of over 44m. net tons enter the Port of London every year, and the Humphrey Morris will be able to go alongside any ship in all weathers to enable medical officers to carry out examinations or to take suspected cases to the isolation
hospital at Gravesend. Its equipment includes a radio-telephone to allow interrogation of ships without necessarily boarding them, and its 240-volt electrical system will link it to the ordinary land supply when it is on stand-by duty.

The Humphrey Morris will replace the 30-year-old Howard Deighton and will be faster, larger, and have comfortable accommodation for three stretcher and four sitting cases. It will be of 130 tons, with an overall length of 97 ft. 2 in., a depth of 9 ft. 6 in., and an operational speed of 12 knots. There will be a crew of five. The vessel is named after the late Humphrey Morris, who was chairman of the Port of London Health Authority from 1957-1959."

Br Med J 1961;2:305 doi:10.1136/bmj.2.5247.305 (Published 29 July 1961) (access here)

It turns out that my great grandfather, Humphrey William Carlile Morris, died in 1961... and worked for the City of London... so I have to guess that this ship was named after him...  fancy that!

And now the more I look for Humphrey Morris and 'cutter' the more I can find about it... 

The last spotting of this ship that I can find was by Gerolf Drebes... on the River Medway nr Sheerness in 2007

And it's the one on the left here on GoogleMaps