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STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« on: October 27, 2013, 10:59:50 AM »

Just thought you guys would like to see a photo of the RNLI Steam Tug that was based at Padstow Cornwall "Helen Peele" She was used to tow the Lifeboat out past the dreaded Doom Bar at the mouth of the river Camel
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2013, 12:35:35 PM »

Don't let Neil see that Mick {-) {-) {-)

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2013, 12:52:34 PM »

DOOM BAR is also the name of a popular beer down here,I think Neil would enjoy that more! :} :} :} O0
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2013, 01:08:37 PM »

Yeah
It sold in Brixham  where I visit often.
No a bad pint. :-))

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2013, 07:26:24 PM »

Hiya,
         I collect RNLI Lifeboat postcards and I saw this card on Ebay, but it was out of my price range.  I also did a search for the plans for this vessel but could not find any. My brother inlaw is from Padstow and his late father and grandfather were crew members of Padstow Lifeboat.
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2013, 08:20:27 PM »

You may be able to get plans for her from the RNLI,as she was a registered Lifeboat.
Good Luck
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2013, 08:29:42 PM »

The only plans the RNLI have are now on their website.


You could try the NMM or, failing that, GL Watson, who built her, but I think you'll be unlucky.


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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2013, 08:37:32 PM »

Hiya,
          I've tried pretty much everywhere, I did not try the NMM as their plans are way to expensive.
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2013, 09:06:01 PM »

Back in the mists of time... or perhaps 1987 ... I took my Enterprise down to Padstow. Here's me cutting a straight wake on the Camel Estuary.



Anyway, the day after arriving, so eager was I to take to the sea after too long pottering around the marks of a reservoir in Debryshire, I launched without checking tide-tables, the time, charts or - indeed - the presence of fatal sand banks.

And as I screamed down mighty waves in a perfect force 4 in the middle of the estuary, I took a glance over the side, expecting to see deep, blue Cornish waters dappled in the summer sunshine. What I noticed, with some surprise, was hard yellow sand about a foot beneath the tip of the centreboard. And then about one inch below the centreboard. Looking forward, about ten metres in front of me, were breakers where I thought there should be none.

My subsequent instant change in direction, gybe, and inevitable capsize taught me much.  :-))

Reading the history later, I learned all about the Doom Bar.

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2013, 10:17:27 PM »

and therein shows why we need our Lifeboat service.
That event could so easily have turned into a much worse experience.All to often Lake and Reservoir boat users take to the sea not knowing in the least about tides and waves etc with fatal consequences,and putting others at risk to save them.
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2013, 10:31:20 PM »

Amongst the doom and gloom, Mick, I'm surprised you neglected to notice I'm not wearing my lifejacket in the image above.  %)

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2013, 10:38:22 PM »

Amongst the doom and gloom, Mick, I'm surprised you neglected to notice I'm not wearing my lifejacket in the image above.  %)

Andy
I didnt want to state the obvious! O0 O0
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2013, 10:44:17 PM »

Well Andy you appear to have a fine head of hair; probably trapping sufficient air to keep you afloat.  O0 in one foot of water especially.  :}

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2013, 10:09:55 AM »

http://harwoodwatercraft.com/our-book/the-arab-ii-news/

Looking at Helen Peele I came across this - unrelated but interesting. Maybe Mick might spot her (erm, camera in hand  %)  )

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2013, 10:29:18 AM »

Well Andy you appear to have a fine head of hair...

That was then!  ok2

At 24, I was (of course) pretty-much immortal. I should also perhaps point out I'd been sailing for 13 years, and had a pile of salty-water sailing experience in the Carrick Roads and the seas off Mull: I wasn't a total newbie to lumpy waves, tides and spills.

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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2013, 04:59:57 PM »

  Hi  There is a very clear  G A and plan of the Helen Peele in the book British Steam Tugs   by P N Thomas pages 125 and 125.


If  you P M me with your E Mail address I will scan them for you.  George.
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Re: STEAM TUG "HELEN PEELE"
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2013, 05:14:54 PM »

Interesting tug!  Quite unusual as she appears to have a raised forecastle.  Don't think I've ever seen that on a tug before.
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