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Photographer:John Jones [View profile]Title:Argus TAdded:Mar 31, 2006
Photo Category: Tugs
Swedish tug/icebreaker built at Lanskrona in 1948.
Thanks to Lawrence, Pieter and Phil this has turned from a mystery vessel to a known. It doesn't take too long on this site to unravel it all with our collective knowledge :-)
Seen in Poplar Dock, London on 23/3/06.
Vessel Identification
Name:Argus T
Former name(s):
- Fuerza (Until 1980 Mar)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Tug
Gross tonnage:103 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1947
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Ian G Hardie on Apr 03, 2006 23:58 (12 years ago)
It's nice to learn that the Argus-T is still a float i thought she was London registered at one time.(have to dig my notes out and check)
The link below is to my own not very good picture of the Argus-T
I believe TSA also owned the Liety.F a small tug has any information on this vessel appreciated the links below are to a couple of pictures
Thanks in advance
dumpieship :-)
immen on Mar 31, 2006 19:29 (12 years ago)
Hi John!
Heres comes a description Of Argus-T

Ex: 1947 FUERZA, 1980 OREGON, 1980 ARGUS-T
Registered: LR47-48:07650 /LR50-51:60367 /LR56-57:60829 /LR60-61:61689
IMO 5122346 /(SWE)ON 8857
103 GRT, 14 NRT,
Loa:23,65m(22,00), B:6,28m, D:2,972m(3,31)
(77.6'(77.0')x20.4'x9.7' or 77'7"(72'2")x20'7"x9'9"(10'10"))
Machinery: 1 cpp, diesel 2tew 7cyl Atlas, 136nhp-665bhp, sp 11kn

1947: Built by "Oresundsvarvet AB" at Landskrona (SWE) (YN 105) (for "Agencia Maritima Johnson" at Buenos Aires (BRA))
1947 -xx/05: delivered to "C.L. Hansons Stuveri A/B" at Goteborg (SWE) (SWE flag, ON 8857, c/s SMOT)
1980: To O. Christiansen at Gothenburg (SWE), renamed OREGON
1980: To "Thompson Shipping Attendants Ltd", mng Christopher Thompson at Westcliff-on-Sea (GBR), renamed ARGUS-T
198x: To "TSA Tug Ltd" (Christopher Thompson) at Leigh-on-Sea (GBR) (GBR flag, regd Maldon, c/s MAPH)
1985: To "Contract Services Ltd" (Peter Adams) at Hartlepool (GBR)
1987: To "Haven Services Ltd" at Milford Haven (GBR)
1990: To "Survey and Supply", mng Richard J. Harvey at Grimsby (GBR)
1991: To G. Bolton (GBR) and converted to private yacht (moored for some time in St Katharine Dock, and more latterly in Blackwall Basin, River Thames)
2005: Still in existence
Argus-T as a Tug

Best Regards/Immen
Robert J Smith on Mar 31, 2006 18:29 (12 years ago)
Hi John,

I wish that I saw this photo earlier because I have been passing her two or three times a week for the past few months on the Docklands Light Railway and could have solved the mystery straight away. She been there for quite a while. I also have some photos of her in TSA colours in the old Surrey Docks & after conversion in the St Katharines Dock, I will have to dig them out.

John Jones on Mar 31, 2006 13:58 (12 years ago)
Marvelous Phil,
well researched! I was searching on Google for a vessel lying at Poplar Dock and got nowhere near (maybe Canary Wharf sounds better in sales patter?) She used to be moored regularly at the end of Southend Pier when in service, I think I have a picture somewhere.
Sounds like a bit of a bargain too!

Phil English on Mar 31, 2006 12:32 (12 years ago)
After my last post I thought I'd 'Google' for Argus T and - guess what? Here she is, in a similar view to your own and up for sale:
Phil English on Mar 31, 2006 12:23 (12 years ago)
Hi John,

Yes, I kept looking at your photo and thinking exactly the same. Definately familiar. Now it looks like we have the answer. I'm wondering if Lawrence had a slip of the finger and his photo was taken at Totnes, Devon?

John Jones on Mar 30, 2006 20:59 (12 years ago)
I knew I'd kick myself, and you will to Phil! But this looks very much like it could be the familiar old Thames tug Argus-T with a little more upperworks towards the stern than we were used to seeing!
I'll scan a picture of her as a Thames tug and post at the weekend. Thanks Lawrence!
John J.
DEREK SANDS on Mar 29, 2006 19:43 (12 years ago)
I studied navigation at school, I'll brush up just in case!!
John Jones on Mar 27, 2006 20:52 (12 years ago)
Hi Derek & Immen!
yes, just uploaded a shot of the 'Clyde' and it's not her. Very good shout though Derek, had me wondering. I bet we'll kick ourselves when we do pinpoint her! She had a for sale sign in the port side window, I wish I'd taken down the number to phone the owners. Would make a nice little runabout to get on the right side of the sun in the Thames Estuary. If my lottery numbers come up this week I'll give you a call 8-)
John J.
immen on Mar 27, 2006 20:45 (12 years ago)
Hi Derek and John!
I dont think itīs the Clyde. You are right Derek she has gone out for Gran Canaria, ESP or West Africa. There are 6 Clyde-GBR in my registry and the others are to old.

1960 -14/12: Launched by "A. & J. Inglis Ltd" at Pointhouse, Glasgow (GBR) (YN 1643P)
1961: delivered to "Clyde Navigation Trust" (GBR)
1966: transferred to the newly formed "Clyde Port Authority" (GBR)
1973: (spring) sold to D. Maclean at Ullapool (GBR)
1973 -xx/10: sold to W. Kennedy of Kyle (GBR), and used for day trips out of Portree, and tendering to cruise ships
1984 -xx/10: To "Medway Invicta Line Cruises" at Chatham (GBR)
1993: spotted in Gambia
19xx: To "Marine Service SL" at Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, ESP)
19xx: passenger accommodation stripped
1997: spotted in derilict state in Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, ESP)
2004: still in existence, spotted reconditioned
DEREK SANDS on Mar 27, 2006 06:13 (12 years ago)
Hi John
she reminds me of the CLYDE which used to run trips out of the Medway. I thought she had gone out to West Africa though. Other than that I have no idea of her identity. Nice photo too!
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