RRS John Biscoe (1956)
|Operator:||British Antarctic Survey|
|Builder:||Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley|
|Launched:||11 June 1956|
|Out of service:||1991|
|Homeport:||Stanley, Falkland Islands|
|Operator:||Fayza Shipping Co. Ltd.|
|Fate:||scrapped 2 March 2004 at Aliaga, Turkey|
|Class & type:||Royal Research Ship; survey vessel; later used as passenger/cargo vessel|
|Tonnage:||1,554 GRT; 615 NT|
|Length:||220 ft (67 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft (12 m)|
|Draught:||18.42 ft (5.61 m)|
|Complement:||33 crew, 34 scientists|
The RRS John Biscoe was a supply and research vessel used by the British Antarctic Survey between 1956 and 1991.
John Biscoe II was replaced by RRS James Clark Ross in 1991. After decommissioning, she was sold and eventually scrapped in 2004 under the name Fayza Express.
From 1975, joint Masters of John Biscoe were Malcolm Phelps and Chris Elliott. Chris Elliott had joined BAS as Third Officer on John Biscoe in 1967, becoming Second Officer in 1970. He established the successful Offshore Biological Programme cruises and helped superintend the building of replacement James Clark Ross. Elliott was awarded the Polar Medal in 2004 and an MBE in 2005. The sea passage between Adelaide Island and Jenny Island is named after Chris Elliott.