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Photographer:Phil English [View profile]Title:TorqueAdded:May 26, 2006
Photo Category: Tugs
Steam tug Torque on the River Medway, near Rochester, 19/9/81. I assume that at this time she was in preservation. However, I can't seem to find anything on the web about her now.
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immen on May 26, 2006 17:48 (10 years ago)
Type: UK Navy Empire tug, Foremost-class
Registered: ON 165262
232 GRT,
Loa:112'9", B:27'6", D:12'
Machinery:1 scr, T 3cyl by the shipbuilders, oil fired, 900ihp

1943 -23/01: Launched by "A. Hall & Co" at Aberdeen (YN 690)
1943 -31/03: Completed, handed over to "Townsend Brothers Ferries Ltd" for onward delivery to Malta
1947 -xx/03: permanently allocated to the Admiralty
1947 -29/08: renamed WARDEN
1951 -xx/07: renamed PROMPT
1957 -02/10: towed from Malta bound for Chatham
1975 -07/07: Sold to "Thames Services (Marine) Ltd" at London for 14,000, renamed TORQUE
1979 -xx/05: Sold to "Shoreham Salvage and Marine Ltd" at Shoreham, but remained listed as owned by "Thames Services (Marine) Ltd"
1982: Sold to Maryport Maritime Museum, Cumbria
1986 -21/06: Arrived at Millom in tow for breaking up by "Duddon Shipbreakers Ltd"

callen on Aug 20, 2005 14:19 (11 years ago)
Hi Phil,

I believe she ended up at Maryport with a variety of other vessels in the care of the Treloar Brothers. Like some of the other vessels there she ended up scrapped.

Chipchase was also scrapped and one of her engines is now on display at Clydebuilt.

Wim Kosten / on Jun 21, 2005 21:53 (11 years ago)
Hi Phil,

Just from memory, it's a former EMPIRE class tug but I can't get my EMPIRE book right now, will get back to you later.
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