MY Steve Irwin facts for kids
|Name:||1975–2006: FPV Westra|
|Owner:||1975–1999: Secretary of State for Scotland|
|Operator:||1975–2003: Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency|
|Builder:||Hall, Russell & Company, Aberdeen, Scotland|
|Out of service:||2003–2006 (laid up for disposal)|
|Owner:||Sea Shepherd Conservation Society|
|Operator:||since 2006: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society|
|Port of registry:||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Out of service:||2018|
|Status:||Retired, to be preserved|
Quick facts for kidsGeneral characteristics
|Class and type:||Island class patrol vessel|
|Length:||59.43 m (195 ft)|
|Beam:||10.97 m (36 ft)|
|Draught:||4.26 m (14 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2 x British Polar Engines 12-cylinder 2,100 bhp (1,600 kW), driving a variable-pitch propeller|
|Speed:||12.5–16.5 knots (23–31 km/h)|
|Capacity:||200 tons fuel|
|Aircraft carried:||1 MD Helicopters MD 500 can be embarked|
The MY Steve Irwin was the 59-metre (194 ft) flagship of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and was used in their direct action campaigns against whaling and against illegal fisheries activities. The vessel was built in 1975 and formerly served as a Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency conservation enforcement patrol boat, the FPV Westra, for 28 years.
Sea Shepherd had originally christened the vessel the MY Robert Hunter after Canadian Robert Hunter, co-founder of Greenpeace, but it was renamed in honor of The Crocodile Hunter star Steve Irwin on December 5, 2007. Irwin had considered joining the vessel on a voyage to Antarctica shortly before his death, and the renaming was endorsed by his widow Terri.
The ship and her crew, and their efforts for conservation, were the subject of the Animal Planet show Whale Wars
MY Steve Irwin Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.