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Photographer:Yvon Perchoc [View profile]Title:Poetto & Caprera & Bitti & TirsoAdded:Jul 22, 2005
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Four Italian old gaffers (from left to right) POETTO, CAPRERA, BITTI and TIRSO waiting for unsettled future at Cagliari on 29 may 1992
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George Pennington on Jul 22, 2005 21:18 (11 years ago)
Yvon,

The following history’s are from a great friend of mine, Piet Van Damme, a fellow tug enthusiast and ‘professor’ with details like this.


1945 EMPIRE STELLA, 1946 SERVICEMAN, 1969 POETTO

UK Empire tug, Stella-class
Registered: LR47-48:13378 /LR50-51:76053 /LR56-57:77366 /LR60-61:79893 /LR66-67:532089
IMO 5320895 /(GBR)ON 180448 /(ITA)ON 320
325 GRT, 100 NRT, L37,65m(35,06), B8,41m(8,39), D3,580m(4,12) (123.5'(116.0')x29.4'(27.6')x12.7')
1 fpp, 3cyl triple exp. by "Franklin Machine & Foundry Corp." at Providence, Rhode Island (USA), 550ihp
re-engined 1946 T3cyl by "A. Hall & Co Ltd" at Aberdeen", oil fired, 111nhp-750ihp (originally destinated for EMPIRE KEITH)
rebuilt 1961 330 GRT, re-engined diesel 2tew 6cyl British Polar type MN16S, 1575bhp-1158kW

EMPIRE STELLA
1945 -16/03: Launched by "Cochrane & Sons Ltd" at Selby (GBR) (YN 1298)
1945 -17/08: completed for the UK MOWT, handed over to "Peder & Mylchreest Ltd" at London (GBR) for onward delivery
(GBR flag, ON 180448)
1945: mng "William Watkins Ltd" at London (GBR)
1946 -01/01: serious engine and boiler damage after explosion, when lubricating oil entered the boiler. Laid up unrepaired at Hull
1946 -17/05: Sold to "UTC - United Towing Co Ltd" at Hull (GBR) for £15,000, repaired and re-engined, renamed SERVICEMAN
(the company wished to rename to CRAFTSMAN, but this was rejected by the Register General of Shipping)
(GBR flag, regd Hull, ON 180448, c/s GBKK)
1946 -xx/09: re-engined T3cyl by "A. Hall & Co Ltd" at Aberdeen", oil fired, 111nhp-750ihp (originally destinated for EMPIRE KEITH)
1961 -xx/07: rebuilt (330 GRT, 55 NRT), re-engined diesel 2tew 6cyl British-Polar type MN16S, 1575bhp-1158kW
1969: To "Rimorciatori Sardi SpA" at Cagliari (ITA), renamed POETTO
(ITA flag, regd Cagliari, ON 320, c/s IRDJ, 316 GRT, 100 NRT)
1986 -01/12: deleted from the Iatlian Class Register 'RINA'
2004: still shown as active in Lloyd's Register

1956 NORTH LIGHT, 1972 CAPRERA

(sisterships: NORTH ROCK, NORTH LIGHT)
Registered: LR56-57: 71921 LR60-61: 73971 /IMO 5256977 /(GBR)ON 187123
206 GRT, L31,78m(28,96), B8,59m(7,93), D3,512m(3,97) (104'3"(95'0")x28'2"x11'6.1/2"(13'0"))
1 scr, T3cyl by "C.D. Holmes & Co" at Hull, oil fired, 56nhp-1050ihp, sp 11,5kn

NORTH LIGHT
1956: Built by "George Brown & Co (Marine) Ltd" at Greenock (GBR) (YN 263)
1956 -xx/01: delivered to "ATCL - Alexandra Towing Co Ltd" at Liverpool (GBR)
(GBR flag, regd Liverpool, ON 187123, c/s MWSK)
1972: To "Rimorchiatori Sardi SpA" at Cagliari (ITA), renamed CAPRERA
(ITA flag, regd Cagliari, ON 394, c/s INZS, 207 GRT, 23 NRT)
198x: (ITA flag, regd Cagliari, ON 404, c/s INZS, 206 GRT, 22 NRT)
1996: still listed in LR
fate unknown

1957 NORTH END, 1972 FIGARI, 1976 BITTI

Registered: LR60-61:73963
IMO 5256903 /(GBR)ON 187162 /(ITA)ON 397
215 GRT, L31,81m(28,96), B8,59m, D3,512m(3,97) (104'4"(95'0")x28'2"x11'6"(13'0"))
1 scr, T3cyl by "C.D. Holmes & Co Ltd" at Hull, oil fired, 1000ihp

NORTH END
1957: Built by "W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd" at Northwich (GBR) (YN 905)
1957 -xx/06: delivered to "ATCL - Alexandra Towing Co Ltd" at Liverpool (GBR)
(GBR flag, regd Liverpool, ON 187162, c/s MXTB)
1972: To "Rimorchiatori Sardi SpA" at Cagliari (ITA), renamed FIGARI
(ITA flag, regd Cagliari, ON 397, c/s IOAZ, 224 GRT, 13 NRT)
1975: renamed BITTI
2000/2001: still in LR
fate unknown

1945 EMPIRE SHEILA, 1949 SHEILIA, 1950 SIDI BELYOUT, 1963 TIRSO

UK Empire tug, Stella-class
Registered: (GBR)ON 180451
292 GRT, L37,64m, B8,41m, D3,85m (116,0'x27,6'x12,7')
1 scr, T3cyl by "Franklin Machine & Foundry Corp." at Providence, Rhode Island (USA), 550ihp
re-engined 1978 diesel 4tew 8cyl MWM

EMPIRE SHEILA
1945 -30/03: Launched by "Cochrane & Sons Ltd" at Selby (GBR) (YN 1299)
1945 -12/09: completed for the UK MOT, handed over to "Pedder & Mylchreest Ltd" at London (GBR) for onward delivery
1945: mng "OTS - Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd" at London (GBR), on coastal towing operations
1948: Sold to "OTS - Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd" at London (GBR)
1949: renamed SHEILIA
1950: To "Société Chérifienne de Remorquage et d'Assistance" (MAR), renamed SIDI BELYOUT
1963 To "Rimorchiatori Sardi SpA" at Cagliari (ITA), renamed TIRSO
1978: re-engined 4tew 8cyl diesel MWM
1988 -xx/03: believed still in service

All the best,

George. 8-)
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