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Photographer:Ross Aitken [View profile]Title:TulagiAdded:Mar 28, 2006
Photo Category: Tugs
Originally built in 1954 by 'Richard Dunston' at Thorne for the Australian Army Engineering Corps, the tug 'Tulagi' (L:18,30m, B:4,70m, D:2,30m) was never delivered there and was instead completed for the UK War Department for use as a training vessel by the Port Training Regiment of the Royal Engineers at Marchwood, Southampton. By 1973 it was sold to 'H.G. Pounds Shipowners & Shipbreakers Ltd' at Portsmouth and quickly found a new owner with Port Talbot Diving & Marine Services Co (A.J. Doig) at Port Talbot where it recieved it's name of 'Tulagi' and the number of PT48. Sometime later during the 70's/80's, it passed on to 'Haulbowline Industries' and later lost it's 4cyl Diesel Widdop type EMB4 engine of 200bhp @400rpm in favour of a Caterpillar Diesel of 360bhp before then passing onto another new owner in Cork (Eire) sometime during the 1980's before being laid up in 2004.

With it's days now apparently over, the 'Tulagi' looks rather forlorn as it sits high on the banks of the River Bandon, near the picturesque vllage of Innishannon in Co.Cork on Sun 19th February 2006 at 17:37.

(c) Ross Aitken (, 2006.
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Magogman on Mar 28, 2006 23:20 (12 years ago)
As an aside and not really relevant to the tug itself is the choice of the name. Tulagi is a very small island in the Solomon Islands that saw the first amphibious landing by US Marines in World War II, at the same time nearby Guadalcanal was invaded. The battle for Guadalcanal and the eventual U.S. victory saved Australia from a direct Japanese threat. Tulagi was the scene of, or near the scene of, some of the most furious naval battles of World War II and the waterway between Tulagi and Guadalcanal was referred to as "Iron Bottom Sound" due to all the ships sunk in the area. Interesting that the UK folks would have named it Tulagi as the operation was strictly a US Navy/Marine and, later, Army operation.
Ross Aitken on Mar 28, 2006 21:35 (12 years ago)
Hi Immen,

Many thanks for the info you have supplied, t is greatly appreciated and has helped with identifying this vessel and it's history.

The location of the tug can be found here:
or to be precise, my GPS reading was
N 51.75290, W 8.64095

Kind regards,
Ross Aitken
immen on Mar 28, 2006 21:28 (12 years ago)
Loa:18,30m, B:4,70m, D:2,30m
- fifi
Machinery: 1 scr +nozzle, diesel 4cyl Widdop type EMB4, 200bhp @400rpm
Re-engined diesel Caterpillar, 360bhp

2004: still in existence, reported lying idle at Cork, for sale
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