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Photographer:John Jones [View profile]Title:PORTWEYAdded:Jun 13, 2009
Photo Category: Steam Ships (Operating and Preserved)
Passing Tilbury 13th June 2009.

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
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John Jones on Jun 17, 2009 13:37 (9 years ago)
Yes Bob,

I think I was there at about that time. I got an unexpected couple of hours out and hadn't eve realised it was the day of the Thames Barge Match. Just as well it was on really as there was very little else to see. Must have been quite a sight from the Pocahontas.
We must have passed like ships in the night!

John J.
Robert J Smith on Jun 16, 2009 16:54 (9 years ago)
Hi John,

Nice shot.

Was you on the landing stage when the sailing barges came up? I followed the race on the Princess Pocahontas and got back to Tilbury about three. didn't notice any camera's :-)


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