HMS Amberley castle

Weather Adviser

Admiral Fitzroy

HMS Amberley Castle

Built by S.P. Austin & Son Ltd, Sunderland

Launched 27 Nov 1943, Commissioned 24 Nov 1944

HMS Amberley Castle

Photo © The Flower Class Forum, taken in 1945

Taken over by the Air ministry in Nov 1959 and then converted to Weather Adviser in 1960 at Blyth, Northumberland. She was commissioned and renamed Weather Adviser by Lady Sutton, wife of the then Director General of the Meteorological Office on 22nd Sep 1960 at Greenock

HMS Amberley Castle Weather Adviser

Amberley Castle in Blyth dry dock undergoing conversion to Adviser

Picture from a Blyth Dry Dock Company brochure

Weather adviser (mdbe)

Weather Adviser
© John Forsyth
Weather Adviser
© John Bell
Weather Adviser
© Degahk at Flickr.com
Weather Adviser in the Garvel Dock

In the Garvel Dock Dec 1965

© Brian Hargreaves
Weather Reporter Adviser

Alongside with Weather Reporter

© Charlie McCurdy
Weather Adviser Reporter

Alongside with Weather Reporter

© Charlie McCurdy
Weather Adviser

Adviser about to handover to Monitor, Waves 25-30ft, wind 45 knots gusting 55-60

© John Bell
Weather Adviser

Weather Adviser

© James Pottinger
Weather Adviser

Adviser photographed from Monitor during a handover in 1962

© Bernard Burton
Weather Adviser

Adviser photographed from Monitor during a handover in 1962

© Bernard Burton
Weather Adviser

Alongside with Weather Reporter in 1966

© William K Work

At station India 1967

© 2010 Mik Cass
Weather Adviser

Crew of Adviser watching as Reporter moves away to start her tour on 3rd Aug 1973

© Dave Offiler

Weather Adviser was converted at Manchester Dry Docks Co to Admiral Fitzroy in 1976

The refurbishment consisted of improvement to accommodation, provision of a new fully equipped modern bridge structure, the fitting of a completely new galley, conversion of the ships electrical power supply from dc to ac, automation of the boiler controls, installation of new upper wind finding equipment and the complete re-equipping of the communications installation.

On 14th March 1977 Adviser was recommisioned and named Admiral Fitzroy by Mrs J. Walsh, wife of the Provost of Greenock

She sailed from Greenock on her first duty to station Lima on 20 March 1977

Admiral Fitzroy

At Manchester during refurbishment 20 Nov 1976

© Mike Ridgard

Admiral Fitzroy

Admiral Fitzroy
© Ben warlow Collection
Admiral Fitzroy
© Colin Campbell
Admiral Fitzroy

Passing Dunoon at the start of a tour of duty on 25 Sep 1977

© Stuart Cameron
Admiral Fitzroy
© Stuart Cameron
Admiral Fitzroy
© J.K. Byass
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© Unknown
Admiral Fitzroy
© Jennifer White
Admiral Fitzroy

At Station Lima in 1976

© Derek Ogle
Admiral Fitzroy

Admiral Fitzroy in Greenock 1979

© Alan Douglas
Admiral Fitzroy
© Angus MacKinnon
Admiral Fitzroy
© bob the courier at Flickr.com
Admiral Fitzroy

With Admiral Beaufort at Troon waiting to be scrapped

© Stuart Cameron

Withdrawn from service in 1981 and scrapped in 1982