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Photographer:John Jones [View profile]Title:BrentAdded:Aug 07, 2007
Photo Category: Steam Ships (Operating and Preserved)
54 g.t. built in 1946 by William Pickers gill & Sons, Southwick, Sunderland as the Admiralty tug TID 159. She was the last of 183 TIDís (tug, inshore defence) to be built. Most were constructed by Richard Dunstan of Thorne near Doncaster but even with the completion of a tug every 4 Ĺ days they could not keep up with demand. The TIDís were one of the first British ventures into all welded prefabricated shipbuilding, the welding being carried out by Government trained women in 8 sections often made 200 miles apart.
During the Second World War the Port of London Authority had sustained losses to some of itís craft and TID 159 was offered to the Authority by the Ministry of War Transport at a subsidised price of £4,000 and put to work with the Dredging Department of the P.L.A. and worked until 1969, latterly tending barges and lighters in the dock system. She was saved from the breakerís cutting torch in 1971 and is currently undergoing a gradual restoration process as and when funds allow.
Seen at Maldon, Essex on 29/8/05.
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Matt Ruscher on Sep 03, 2005 04:34 (11 years ago)
beautiful tug nonetheless
Kent Malo on Aug 31, 2005 00:50 (11 years ago)
John maybe you could throw a couple of quid to help restore, I know you are good for it, Great shot I see the sun does shine in the UK, 8-) how's the vacation going?.
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