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IMPORTANT NOTICE
 
THIS WEBSITE IS BEING [HOPEFULLY] FULLY REBUILT IN A DIFFERENT FORMAT OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. DURING THIS PERIOD PAGES, INCLUDING 'SITE CONTACT' MAY DISAPPEAR FOR PERIODS OF TIME. IF YOU ARE EXPECTING TO FIND LOTS AND LOTS OF TUG PICS THEN THIS MAY NOT BE THE SITE FOR YOU. THERE ARE MANY MANY SITES OUT THERE FULFILLING THE PHOTO FUNCTION. IF YOU ARE DOING FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH OR SERIOUS RESEARCH ON THAMES TUGS AND THEIR CREWS AND OWNERS IT MAY BE WORTH YOUR WHILE STEPPING INTO THIS SITE. THE MAIN REASON FOR THIS CHANGE IS THAT  I AM NOW FINDING IT IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND THE MONEY TO CARRY ON PAYING FOR THE SITE  WITH THE SPONSORSHIP PERIOD NOW ENDED. OTHER REASONS ARE EXPLAIN BELOW.
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED OVER THE PAS EIGHT YEARS
 
  I have now received several messages regarding the above statement and asking whether it would be possible for the site to continue. Basically there are several issues involved here.
 
a] The website as it stands is basically full up and very few more contributions could be put on it. These have somewhat dwindled of late anyway which is hardly surprising after eight years!!
 
b] I definitely cannot afford a bigger publishing package and do in fact have to look at ways of trying to shoehorn this site into a much smaller package which will mean losing some features. The easiest way to achieve this would probably be by doing away with a lot of the vessel photos as they absorb much capacity. There are now many sources of photos of these vessels on the web and a lot of you have your own collections anyway. This would mean the site becoming basically an unillustrated  reference source much like Lloyds Register or MNL. Deletion of certain pages showing very low visitor interest would also be a possibility and by carrying out the above it may also be possible to include the lighterage site here  on the one site which would be another saving.
 
c] The software used in publishing the site is now very old hat and I have already been warned that soon new software will be introduced which would probably mean manually republishing the whole site. That is a task I would not even contemplate now given all the content
 
d] Perhaps personally most important the site has to become 'very low maintenance' as there are changes going on in my own home life and I have also been informed that unless I spend many fewer hours staring at a computer screen a possibly developing eye problem could become much worse.
 
This all means then that the site would be reference only and there could be fewer visitor contributions but it would be a way of retaining all the existing info excepting many of the vessel photos.  Something I need to consider very carefully over the next few days. If you have a particular point of view about the above I would be very happy to hear from you.
 

I HAVE NOW DECIDED THAT THE ABOVE IS THE ONLY POSSIBLE WAY TO GO TO EMBRACE THE POINTS MADE. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE WITH RENEWAL FEES SOON LOOMING SO THE ABOVE PLAN WILL BE PUT INTO EFFECT SOON IN THE HOPES THAT A REDUCED CAPACITY DEAL WILL ENABLE THE SITE TO FUNCTION FOR AT LEAST A FEW MORE MONTHS IN THE NEW FORMAT.THEN WE SHALL HAVE TO SEE HOW IT GOES

 

IT ONLY REMAINS FOR ME TO THANK ALL THOSE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SITE OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS. YOU HAVE ALL BEEN TERRIFIC WITH YOUR SUPPORT AND I HAVE ENJOYED GETTING TO KNOW SOME OF YOU. THANKS ALSO TO ALL THE LOYAL VISITORS. A PITY IT HAS TO [MAYBE] END LIKE THIS BUT FAMILY HEALTH AND FINANCES REALLY DO HAVE TO COME FIRST

 

THANK YOU ALL

 
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4-1-2015  Removal of vessel  photos has already begun in no particular order. This has already made quite a difference so I think we are in with a chance. Hopefully the highly personal private pics such as those in the Iceland Tugs section will be able to remain
 
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR PICS OF MANY OF THE TUGS ON THIS SITE THESE ARE SUGGESTED SITES TO SEARCH
 
SHIPS NOSTALGIA
 
TYNE TUGS
 
OLD SHIPS PICTURES


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LATEST PHOTO'S

 
 
 
EMPIRE WOLD, ICELAND 1944. Photo courtesy Joseph Koblinski, Baton Rouge, USA
 
This has got to be my personal pic of the year!! Sent to me by Joe Koblinski whose father is amongst the group of American troops standing on the engine room casing. The pic was apparently taken in Iceland [probably Reykjavik, which I hope to confirm] in the' fall of 1944', so not long before the tug was lost. The troops were undergoing training in Iceland before going on to Europe. How I wish I had seen this piccie before building the model of the tug!!!!
 
 
 
29-12-2014 
 
Hi Pete,I have found a pic .from the harbour in Reykjavík,this is the coal crane (hope this is  the right name for it) and it is the same on the pic. you send me and that means it was taken in Reykjavík harbour,I think that
this is a very special photo, on this spot is now a very big music hall, The Harp( Harpan) ,hope to hear from you soon ,Take care - Thorunn Green [Iceland]

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C277  UNKNOWN???  Photo possibly taken on WATERCOCK. Photo courtesy Mike Houckham 
 
Looking at the hat it could be Bob Bath [see picC270  lower down this page]
 
 
 
GONDIA alongside Pamir. Photo Rosemary Fox/M Houckham
 
 
GONDIA at the Spithead Naval Review 1953. Photo Rosemary Fox/M Houckham
 
 
 
 
 
SD SEAHORSE 9th September 2014. Photo K Haydon
 
 
 
SVITZER BOOTLE August 2014. Photo K Haydon
 
 
CONQUEROR 1897. Photo K Haydon colln
 
 

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C273. WATERCOCK; Peter Clifford and John 'Omo' Kiel
 
 
C274. Peter Clifford and unknown [believed to be Engineer]
 
30-11-2014 -  hi the unknown in pictures c273-c274 is my cousin Peter Clifford , I would think very early 1960s. Best regards Alan Clifford
 
14-12-2014; Pictures C273 and C274 The was my husband Peter Clifford and if we could have copies of these pictures or have them emailed to us we would be very grateful; Margaret Clifford.

 
Can anyone else confirm or add names here please!!!!
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C271. Third from left is Alan Corby now a Cervia volunteer at Ramsgate. Bert and Mary Morgan??  George Finnis. Others unknown Photo courtesy Mike Houckham
 
 


C272;  Third from left Alan Corby, other unknown. Any names please????? Photo courtesy Mike Houckham
 
 

C270  Nothing known at all about this one so all info gratefully received [tug, crew, where, when etc]. Notice telegraph is on stop. Photo courtesy Mike Houckham
 
C270 I have looked at this carefully, and think it is likely to be the Gondia, not all skippers insisted that the tug engineers repeated the telegraph orders, when getting hold of ships the backing and filling was so intense, engineers had to handle the reversing gear, wind the steam wheel or lever. to repeat the telegraph as well would have added seconds before the next move could be executed, the man on the right was probably sitting on the cool box, on the Kenia, Gondia & Tanga you have to stand behind the wheel, and they were small wheels as shown, shame the chart is laying on top of the steering pedestal, as with them tugs they had brass tell tale pointers. the skipper could be Charlie Pratt, Harry Gouge or Blood Arnold. - Nolly Harvey
 
 C270 Bob Boo Boo Bath is the hand on wheel and he was in the WATERCOCK'S crew - Keith Toms
 
I think the skipper in pic c270 could be Jack"Tiddler"Cox. -  Tony Wade.



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Some  great pics kindly sent by Mike Houckham but loaned to him by Rosemary Fox, grand daughter of Captain Charlie Pratt. Some missing names to fill in here tuggies!!

 
 
C267 GONDIA CREW 1954
 
L-R Back row; Peter Heritage; John Chaney; Peter Price; George Finnis;
L-R Centre row;  Colin Fryer; 'Oilo' Hoyle; George Dyer; Captain Charlie Pratt;
L-R Front row;  Seymour Dyer; Rosemary Fox, granddaughter of Charlie Pratt.
 
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C268 Ship Towage Dinner 29th October 1956
 
L-R ;  A.J.Page; Harry Arnold; Unknown; Arthur Couves; Charlie Pratt; John Rogers Watkins; Unknown; Tommy Mason; Harry Gouge; Jack Russell; 'Masher' Mastin; Bill Simmons.
 
19-12-2014 - C268 Ship Towage Dinner 1956 : Person on the left A.J.Page - Sylvia Bowen


 
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C269 Ship Towage Dinner
 
L-R Rear Row;  Max Hamilton; William Watkins; Harry Arnold; Jim Payne; Eddie Fryer; Unknown; Arthur Couves; A J Page; Unknown.
L-R Front Row;  Jack Russell; Bill Simmons; Charlie Pratt; Bert Youseman; John Rogers Watkins; Frank Cable.
 
 3-12-2014 c269 4th from left rear row is Capt. Jim Payne  -  Tony Wade
 
19-12-2014 - Photographs : C269 Ship Towage Dinner Left Rear Row Max Hamilton, William Watkins - 2nd from right A.J. Page - Sylvia Bowen


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More 1950'ish crew photo's from Kevin Haydon. C246 and C247 possibly taken on Muria or Racia. Any Identities appreciated.

C244

 This is believed to be Captain George Lowe of the Simla. Photo K Haydon colln.

[I know of at least one person out there who should be able to confirm or deny this!]
3-10-2013 hi pete, sadly but most definitely, its not my grandfather george lowe, but a great picture nonetheless , so the question now is, who is it. maybe its georges brother arthur !, but i have never seen a photo of arthur, who died on the bridge of the muria. -  mike houckham
 
Come on old hands ----I need your help again!!!!!
 
 
C245
 
8-10-2013 C245 2nd left = Fred Morgan i think. - Nolly Harvey
13-10-2013 - Pete, hi looks like the skipper in picture C245 and C244 are the same person??
Cheers, John Grainger.
 
 
 
C247
Photos K Haydon coll

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