A Short History of HMS St Christopher
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This history of HMS St Christopher was written by Derrick Warner, Commanding Officer of T.S. St Christopher, the Lochaber Sea Cadets.  Sadly Derrick died suddenely on 11th April 2017.


From the Sea Cadet Facebook pages.

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the untimely passing of Lt (SCC) Derrick Warner this afternoon. Derrick had been a member of the Sea Cadets for almost 13 years, and spent 12 of those as the CO of TS St Christopher at Lochaber. He saw the unit achieve Burgee status in 2015, the same year that he was runner-up as volunteer-of-the-year in his community, and he took the unit to the record numbers that it holds today. He was kind, gentle, and he gave hugely of his time to help young people prosper. Not only did be command TS St Christopher, he was an Assistant District Officer and was ever-present at Redford Barracks as a key member of the Area Training Team. He will be missed sorely by his fellow volunteers and by the hundreds of cadets that he encouraged and supported throughout his all-too-short time with us. Our condolences to his wife Tanya and family.  RIP Derrick.






Derrick Warner

T.S. St. Christopher

May 2010

Acknowledgements and references

I would like to thank Michael Bray DSC, Martin Briscoe, A W Colquhoun, Shiela Forest, Eddie Griffiths, Romas Gudelis, Bill Harlow, Roy Hillman, Patrick Howat, Fergus McCall, Eileen Marcil, Mrs. Mary McLean, Charles Milner DSM, JP Perkins DSC, Mrs. Joan Stonehouse and Christopher Wardle, for their help in providing much valuable information. David Jefferson's book 'Coastal Forces at War' also provided some further useful data on the boats and the base. Geoffrey Hudson’s list of the boats stationed at HMS St Christopher during the war is reproduced here.


We were recently given this photograph of Mls moored at Corpach with Ben Nevis in the background.  The two in the foreground are ML166 and ML282 but we would be grateful for any other information on the photograph.  

AFD22 being towed past Fort William

History of HMS St Christopher