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Photographer:Ken Smith [View profile]Title:AGAMAAdded:Mar 09, 2006
Photo Category: Tugs
AGAMA 84-1937
Gaselee & Son Ltd
seen at Harwich in the 1960s
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big.rigs on Aug 17, 2012 22:21 (6 years ago)
I have loads of pictures of the Agama, my Father(Jack Coubrough) was the engineer, spent many a day on her in my childhood, he then went onto the Culex
photomad on Jun 05, 2012 17:29 (6 years ago)
Hi Guys, Just been looking for some details on my grandads tug he used to be skipper of; Not quite sure if the above picture is the Tug perhaps someone out there will know something? His name was William Albert Miller and he was born 11 December 1904 he was a freeman of the water and he used to work on the Thames the Tug/boat was called the Agama. If anyone has any information would love to hear from you. Thank you in anticipation. Shaun (photomad)
RIGEL on Jul 29, 2011 11:57 (7 years ago)
Great to find this picture. My father was skipper on her and various other Gaslee tugs.. and although most of his time was spent on the river he did spend sometime in Harwich. It bought back great memories of going to work with him for the day as a youngster.. regards Paul Miller
Ben on Feb 28, 2007 16:51 (11 years ago)
Just to let you know Ken,this image is the most viewed photo on my site with nearly 200 views.

Many members mentioning they had worked on her as mate or boy.
Ken Smith on Jan 21, 2007 08:51 (11 years ago)
Hi Huntmaster,

Thanks for your interesting tale of your time with the Agama, they were the days.

Kind Regards
huntmaster on Jan 20, 2007 15:04 (11 years ago)
i was a boy in agama in the sixties skippered by dennis marks much of our work was towing lighters loaded with construction materials for the container berths we were also the tender for the miamigo (radio caroline) ferrying djs and supplies we also got a line aboard caroline when she broke free from her moorings we pulled her of the gunfleet sands and into harwich were she was promptly arrested i remember unberthing at least one stag line vessel from felixtowe dock my share of the caroline salvage money was ten quid heady stuff eh
DEREK SANDS on Mar 11, 2006 12:45 (12 years ago)
There were some surprisingly large ships using Ipswich in the 50's and 60's including one of Hogarth's Baron's and one or two Victory ships.
One of them the Fenn Victory ran aground for several days in the river!
Ken Smith on Mar 10, 2006 20:26 (12 years ago)
Thanks Derek,

I will have another look a the slide and see if I can get anything more definite on the ship in the background, I was a bit puzzled by it, thought it might be too large for Ipswich !!
couldn't get any closer in those days.

Regards Ken
Ken Smith on Mar 10, 2006 20:19 (12 years ago)
Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your kind remaks.

Regards Ken
DEREK SANDS on Mar 10, 2006 14:18 (12 years ago)
What a memory Ken, great stuff.
The ship in the background looks like a Stag Line vessel, I know one or two did call at Ipswich in the 60's and the funnel looks right. The other Possibility is one of Hudson S.S. larger ships which also came to Ipswich (Hudson Point and Hudson Deep).
My money is on a Stag liner however!
kevin blair on Mar 10, 2006 09:39 (12 years ago)
Excellent shot, Ken.
I have her built by A. hall & Co. Ltd. - Aberdeen.
Ken Smith on Mar 10, 2006 09:17 (12 years ago)
Thanks for your comment Immen and the info. about scrapping I hadn't got that date.

Regards Ken
Ben on Mar 09, 2006 21:37 (12 years ago)
Great photo,shame its blurry. I have a photo on my site of her in black and white,good to see her like this :-)
immen on Mar 10, 2006 17:18 (12 years ago)
Nice shot Ken! Thank´s for sharing!

Operator: "Gaselee & Sons Ltd", London
84 GT
Machinery: Diesel 500bhp

1937: Built by: Built by A. Hall & Co. Ltd. Aberdeen
Owned by "Gaselee & Son Ltd" at London
1976: Sold for scrap

Tug Agama passing Battersea 1950

Rgds /Immen
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