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The Alastor

(AKA The Big A)

The luxury diesel yacht Vita was built for renowned aviator Sir Thomas Octave Murdoch Sopwith by Camper & Nicholsons in 1926. After changing owner in 1929 (Sir John Shelley-Rolls descendent of Percy Bysshe Shelley) and being renamed Alastor, she was eventually acquired by the Ministry of War Transport at the outbreak of WWII, and served as an armed transport and anti-submarine vessel throughout the war. Whilst at Ringhaddy for repainting, she sank under suspicious circumstances in 1946. The insurance report cites an accidental fire on board for the loss although many believe that it was deliberately set.