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PV L.K. Mitchell in Action

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2012

Trinity House Pilot Vessel L.K. MITCHELL seen in action on the evening of Wednesday June 06. She is seen first heading out past St. Anthony Head Lighthouse to deliver a pilot to the inbound cargo vessel PRIDE. She then rendezvoused with the MV ATHENA to take her pilot off.

L.K. MITCHELL was constructed in 1977 and became the first UK pilot vessel to have an orange wheelhouse. She was given a life extended rebuild in 2009. The vessel is named after Captain Laurence Kerr Mitchell a Falmouth based Trinity House pilot who died when boarding the P&O ship EAGLE in heavy seas in 1974.  EAGLE was attempting to make for shelter in Falmouth with 170 passengers on board when Captain Mitchell was thrown from the ship's ladder when trying to board and was caught between the ship and PV KERNOW, his body was later recovered by rescue helicopter.  


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