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slug

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tug at sharpness
« on: February 15, 2012, 07:48:41 PM »

i was at sharpness docks last week a tug was moored up with a red funnel iand a gold crest on the funnel notice on bridge window no name on tug to far away to take a picture i was loading on the other side of dock a pretty looking tug got home tried to find out more on the internet blank   slug
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2012, 10:39:17 PM »

Shame you didn't know at the time you could have gone here http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/   & tracked it. Had a look around but cannot see it now.
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 11:49:54 AM »

Hi Slug

I went mooching about - various places and emailed a guy called Chris Watts
http://www.severntales.co.uk/
http://www.friends-of-gloucester-waterways-museum.com/

This is what he had to say

I think the tug your friend refers to is THOMAS. She is registered at Southampton and has been in private hands for quite a number of years. I first saw her when we held a tug weekend at Gloucester in the late 1980s. She was then owned by a chap from Swansea, where he did berth her. However the last I heard of him was that he had fallen off the roof of his house! THOMAS has been at Sharpness for a while now, but I have never bothered to find out who owns her now and why she is there.

I've been playing that name the ship game - it's a bit of fun, but this was better  :-) Now big question is - is it Thomas the Tug? I have tried to find some more images for you but failed so far

Regards Dave



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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 11:54:09 AM »

if you click on that image again (after opening) it zooms up to a really big size.
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 02:52:08 PM »

 :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

     I think you`ll find the Thomas was originally the  C-10  based in Pompy Dockyard from 1937 to 1963 and renamed the
 Destiny in 1963 , she was built by Cochrane and Sons , Selby and had a Polar Atlas  6 cyl 450 bhp direct drive air start
 diesel ( which was an absolute female dog when manoeuvering ) She was sold to H.G.Pounds and then  to Husbands
 Shipyard at  Southampton renamed Affluence  --  1988 was owened by the Star Tug and Marine, Shepperton who intended
 to use her for film work  --  1991 sold refitted and renamed Thomas the surname of a Swansea Buisnessman.At some stage
 she was also called the Influence when tied up in the Fowey estuary in 1989.
                                 Length 80ft  beam 25.25 ft GRT 89 tons Speed 10 knots.
    I first went aboard her in 1944 at the ripe old age of 6 during the War and hers was the first Diesel engine I ever started.
                                             rgds      unicorn
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 02:52:08 PM »

 :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

    
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 05:01:19 PM »

Nice information and a nice memory - jobs a good'un.
..........  any chance there's a picture of you in short trousers staring her up? {-)

Dave
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2012, 06:59:26 PM »

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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2012, 07:10:41 PM »

Thanks for finding that image BB. The eight years since that was
taken have not been very kind to THOMAS by the look of her in
the photo I posted.

 {-) {-) This is where Slug appears and says ' no not that tug'  {-) {-)

Dave
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2012, 09:16:54 PM »

A question for Norseman, if I may hi - jack this posting for that.

Could you tell me something about the vessel in the middle of the pic,
it reminds me of an ex Shetland Islands Council inter - island ferry called either Geira or grima?

thanks in advance,

Sparky.
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2012, 09:48:34 PM »

Good find BB - sort of seals it.

Hi Sparky

Sorry the photo isn't mine. It came from specificaly enquiring about Thomas. I had a quick look
for you - I'm sure there is more to be found - assuming I've got the right vessels

http://shetlopedia.com/History_of_the_Inter_Island_Ferries has links - just click on the ferry name.
The ones you mention have both old and new ferries I think so be sure to pick the right one.

Geira 1 also at http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Shetland.html#anchor1137255
Grima at http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Shetland.html#anchor84295

Dave
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2012, 07:14:08 PM »

thank you all that looks the right tug hull now black a very pretty tug such a shame to see her like that no name on bows when one thinks of a tug that is the image that springs to mind slug    tony
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2012, 09:17:03 PM »

The tug with the green hull .Was the former Svitzer tug Avongarth from bristol
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2012, 10:07:11 PM »

Hi Ellisgarth

'Pacific Castor Kingstown' is painted over on the stern
so was it renamed?

Dave
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2012, 10:34:17 PM »

Hi Ellisgarth

I've had a quich mooch about  re the name 'Pacific Castor' and came up with this -
IMO 8004507
Pacific Castor
Avongarth until May 2011
Iwashima Maru until Dec 1990
Last known flag was Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Photos Pacific Castor  http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=pacific+castor&x=26&y=9
Photos Avongarth http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/search.php?query=avongarth&x=17&y=9
Photo Iwashima Maru  http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20I/slides/Iwashima%20Maru-01.html

What do you think it is called now? Might try and find out more.

Dave
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2012, 07:03:28 AM »

thank you for all the info the old avongarth another nice looking tug built 1960 they just look the part norseman i spent an hour looking for the tug at sharpness no luck you have now solved the problem i hope she is kept so sad when old ships fade away the kathleen may sailing ship is another vessel i hope is saved  she is up for sale she is the last of her type slug
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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2012, 01:52:14 PM »

http://www.kathleenandmay.co.uk/

The Kathleen & May - not heard of her so just looked her up Slug, interesting vessel. Thanks

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Re: tug at sharpness
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2012, 07:23:48 PM »

Thanks Norseman, looks like it could be the Geira - sold to Orkney owners, then later sold to Ramsgate for survey work as "Task One."

These old ferries are quite easily converted into workboats.

Once again, thanks Norseman.

Sparky.
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