|Photographer:||Phil English [View profile]||Title:||Cervia||Added:||Jan 13, 2006|
|Location:||Ramsgate, United Kingdom|
|Classic steam tug at Ramsgate 30/6/81. 233 gt, built 1946 Alexander Hall, Aberdeen as Empire Raymond for Ministry of War Transport. Acquired by William Watkins Ltd. later in 1946 for shiphandling operations on the Thames and reanmed Cervia. William Watkins was later dissolved into Ship Towage (London) Ltd. who, in turn were merged into London Tugs Ltd. in 1969.
In 1954 the Cervia was sunk while assisting the P&O vessel Arcadia at Tilbury. Sadly 5 crew were lost but she was refloated, repaired and and re-entered service later in 1954.
In 1972 she was sold to International Towage Ltd. who intended to perserve her. It turned out to be a 'semi preservation' however, as she continued to undertake the occasional coastal tow and was regularly on station at her home base of Ramsgate.
By 1985, however, ITL had folded and she was sold into full preservation at Ramsgate. I believe that she remains there today.