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funtimefrankie

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****garth
« on: February 17, 2007, 01:21:49 PM »

Why are so many tugs called  ****garth. They seem to belong to different companies.
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Re: ****garth
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007, 01:43:59 PM »

Just a thought, but "Garth" used to be a strip cartoon in the Daily Mirror. He was a very strong man - maybe a connection?

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Re: ****garth
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2007, 12:30:33 PM »

aren't all Garth tugs owned by or formally Cory now svitzer?
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Re: ****garth
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2007, 02:21:31 PM »

Hi funtime frinkie,

Why not give MMM a call. Most of his boats are ***** Garth, so he should know.

It is Middle English for a meadow or an enclosure.
But that don't apply does it?  ;D

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Re: ****garth
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2007, 03:36:34 PM »

"garth" was part of the original names of Rea Towing, IE Williwgarth, Dongarth, etc. Rea's were taken over by Cory and became Cory Towage, part of Ocean Fleets IE Blue Flu etc, they inturn sold out to Sviitzer which in turn was bought by Wijsmuller which in turn has been absorbed into the Maersk Group. they now have a monopoly of towing in UK ports and most of Europe as well it think.

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Re: ****garth
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2007, 11:32:39 AM »

I think 'Clyde Marine' of Greenock might have something to say about a monopoly in the Clyde area though!  ;D
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Re: ****garth
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2007, 09:34:59 PM »

Just out of interest...Garth means walled garden in Cumberland/Cumbria and North Yorkshire where the Rea family hailed from.  The earlier tugs also had a prefix using names of villages and hamlets in the area. (Courtesy Cory Ship Towage - a Group History)
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