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Photographer:Chris Hunsicker [View profile]Title:BarkingAdded:May 05, 2007
Photo Category: Tugs
In the swash leaving Portsmouth harbour. 8/9/06

Barking was built by James Pollock, Sons & Co. as a motor tug in 1928 for the Gas Light & Coke Co.
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DEREK SANDS on May 05, 2007 15:53 (11 years ago)
Hi Chris,
After all this time look what Karbine has put in the forum!
Barking was built by James Pollock, Sons & Co. as a motor tug in 1928 for the Gas Light & Coke Co. She was a sister ship to the Noni, the Navigation Commissioners motor tug which worked in the creek from 1926 until being requisitioned by the Admiralty during the second World War. Barking (her original name) like Noni was built as a motor tug and spent herworking life on the Thames towing coal-laden lighters.
Barking is at present at Gosport and we shall besteaming to Faversham during the week 14th-20th May.Ian has secured a berth at Standard Quay Faversham where she will stay.
DEREK SANDS on Oct 08, 2006 20:17 (12 years ago)
Hi Chris
Have not managed to find out much about her so far.
I know now that she was built in 1929 and has a compound steam engine. North Thames Gas Board had a tug called Barking, and looking at the hinged funnel
means she is probably an ex Thames tug.
Have not yet been able to find who built her.
Still trying
Chris Hunsicker on Sep 09, 2006 22:15 (12 years ago)
Thanks for the comments and for the help in attempting to solve the "mysterious" Barking.
So one out there must know something.
DEREK SANDS on Sep 09, 2006 20:10 (12 years ago)
Great "oldie" you caught Chris, like you I would be guessing at her history. With a name like that ex Thames lighterage company would be my stab at it.
I will send a link of this photo to Immen.
He is definately a tug expert, no doubt he will know about her
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