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Photographer:Ben [View profile]Title:PortweyAdded:Sep 16, 2006
Location:London, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Tugs
Registered: LR34-35:64655 /LR43-44:12516 /LR47-48:12195 /LR50-51:72917
(GBR)ON 124533
94 GRT, 29 NRT,
Machinery: 2 scr, 2x C2cyl by "D. & W. Henderson & Co Ltd", coal fired, 54 nhp-330ihp total

1927 -10/08: Launched by "Harland & Wolff Ltd" at Govan (GBR) (YN 786G)
1928 -28/04: delivered to "Portland & Weymouth Coaling Co Ltd" at Portland (GBR)(berthed at Castledown Pier, known locally as the 'Posh Boat' due to the pristine condition in which she was kept) (GBR flag, regd Wymouth, ON 124533, c/s MNZW)
1938: To "G.H.Collins & Co.Ltd" at Dartmouth (GBR)
1941: Admiralty service atDartmouth (US Base)
1944 -26/04: assisted in towing US Navy L.S.T. 289 into harbour
1945 -07/09: returned to owners "Channel Coaling Co" (former "Portland and Weymouth Coaling Co") (GBR flag, ON 124533, c/s MNZW)
1949: To "G.H. Collins & Co Ltd" at Weymouth (GBR)
1951 -09/10: To "Falmouth Docks & Engineering Co Ltd" at Falmouth (GBR)
1967 -16/10: for restoration to Richard Dobson at Stoke Gabriel (GBR)
1982 -28/05: donated to the "Maritime Trust" at London (GBR) and maintained by the 'Friends of Portwey'
1994 -xx/06: founding of the "Steam Tug Portwey Association"
1996 -xx/09: grant of 82,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for replacement of corroded shell plating and steelwork under the boiler work carried out by Denton Shiprepairers of Gravesend
2000 -xx/04: smoke box rebuild completed, removal of 30 fire tubes begun
2000 -07/06: To the "Steam Tug PORTWEY Trust", berthed in West India Dock at London (GBR)
2000 -04/09: new tubes in place, steam raised and boiler successfully tested
2005: still in existence

Seen at the 2006 Thames Festival.

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Ben on Sep 20, 2006 22:09 (12 years ago)
You can see her every year i think at the Festival...i was just about to go home when about 5pm she came creeping up.
Robert J Smith on Sep 17, 2006 12:50 (12 years ago)
Nice to see her underway again :-)

I thought she was looking a bit "poorly" at her berth in London Docklands of late.
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