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SAD NEWS

9-4-2014; Hi all. I saw Bert Chapman on Wed 2nd April and he informed me that Brian 'Chunky'  Wood had passed away a couple of days earlier, he had no details of anything else.
 
- Nolly Harvey
 
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CERVIA


CERVIA NOW HAS ITS OWN WEBSITE SO IF YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP CARRY OUT PRESERVATION WORK AT RAMSGATE OR JUST WANT TO CHECK ON PROGRESS THEN VISIT THE WEBSITE BY CLICKING HERE


A video of Cervia's  engine turning under steam can be seen HERE
 
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CERVIA NEWS

 
The volunteers on the Steam Tug Cervia, have organised a FREE concert evening by;

The Thanet Male Voice Choir,

On Saturday the 26th April at 7pm.

Thanet MVC, is a highly respected and popular group of singers, with a huge following. During its thirty-five years the choir has also performed in France, Italy and Germany as well as in the UK.This is an opportunity for you to come along and get away from the TV for the night, for a FREE. and enjoyable evening out.
The concert will be held at the

St Georges the Martyr Church, Broad Street, Ramsgate, CT11 8RA.

On behalf of all of the volunteers on board theST CERVIA, we do hope you come and join us for a wonderful and entertaining evening.

Mike Houckham, chairman CVC

PS, check us out on our website, by clicking on this link
www.cervia-volunteer-crew.com

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LATEST UPDATES

24-3-2014
 
Message posted in mess room in reply to question regarding G Ross.
 
 
23-3-2014
 
51 names added to ROLLCALL pages, being crews of Arcadia 1940, Foremost 87 1940, Empire Betsy 1944, Empire Winnie 1944.
 
22-3-2014
 
New page added via MULBERRY TUG LOGS page listing bravery awards to crewmen of tugs during invasion of Normandy
 
21-3-2014
Message added to Mess Room
 
 
11-3-2014

Comment added to pic C257 below on this page.

22-2-2014

Another 64 names added/updated to ROLLCALL pages.

20-2-2014

65 names added/updated on ROLLCALL pages.


 
 
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A video for the really old Thames hands, featuring Hibernia and Captain Bert Youseman. See it here.
 
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LATEST PHOTO'S

 
 
 
RT CHAMPION passing Gravesend 15-4-2014

 
Two pics of Svitzer London being loaded onto a heavy lift ship in Vietnam. Photos courtesy David Brown.
 
Photo D Brown.
Vessel details on Svitzer page
 

C261 Photo Svitzer UK
 
 
BURMA Photo Svitzer UK
 
 
WATERLOO Photo Svitzer UK
 
 
SUN XXIV and SUN. Photo Svitzer UK
 
 
SUN SURREY. Photo SVITZER UK
 
 
SUN KENT Photo Svitzer UK.
 
 
 

The Gravesend crew boat HIGHAM. 
If anyone has any details of this [builder etc] they would be gratefully received. Believed still in existence altho much altered. Photo Svitzer UK Ltd.

HIGHAM
crew boat

Built 1981 by Medway Drydock and Engineering Co Ltd, Sheerness. Crew launch. 27grt. 15nrt. L36.4'. B13.4'. D6.7'. 122bhp 6cyl Gardner diesel engine. ON391140.


8/1981 Delivered to Alexandra Towing Company (London) Ltd, London.
1996 Transferred to Howard Smith (London) Ltd, London 
2001 Transferred to Adsteam Towage Ltd, London. 
2007 laid up at Leigh-on-Sea for sale. 
2008 unknown buyers for conversion to tug/workboat. 
2008-2010 under conversion at Leigh-on-Sea.
2014 Converted to tug and owned at Maldon.
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18-3-2014 - 
I believe the hull of the Higham was built by M Streete of Gravesend and fited out by MDD including the engine and wheelhouse etc. David Brown
 

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Fire hose test on newly completed Sun tug at Dartmouth. Photo Svitzer UK Ltd.
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INFORMATION WANTED


INFORMATION WANTED ON ALL PICTURES BELOW PLEASE. WHEN, WHERE, WHAT, WHO ALL INFO IS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED HOWEVER SMALL YOU MAY THINK IT IS!!!




C260



C259 
24-12-2013    L - Jack Simmons; R - Alan Fricky [possibly] - from Nolly Harvey.




C258

20-12-2013 - From bow to stern;- Roy Lethbridge; Micky Care; Barry Law; Tony Loft; Eric Wotton; - from  Peter Sutherland.



C257

11-3-2014 - I think the guy in C257 could be Steve Hart. - Ian Jarvis.




C256

Does anyone know who these two gents are. It has been suggested the piccie may be connected with the Alexander family. Are they two of the Alexander Brothers? Photo Svitzer UK.



C255


C254
20-12-2013 - L - R Garry Green; Colin Gardner; Ken Dunthorne; Shawn Scutts [possibly] - from Peter Sutherland.

24-12-2013 - L - R Garry Green; Colin Gardner; Eddie Bridgeland; Peter Weiss; - from Nolly Harvey.


 

 
 
 
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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HELP WANTED !!!!!!

Below are a couple of cracking photos kindly sent in by Lisa Alexander-Bailey who would love to know something about them and the people in them. So come on you old hands, especially the Sun Tug guys, can you help out??

 
LA1. Lisa believes this photo was taken at St Johns Wharf Wapping, but can anybody name the occasion or name anybody in the piccie??
Photo copyright Lisa Alexander-Bailey.
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25-9-2013 Photo at Wapping Circa 1959ish Works outing? Billy Pitts (Foreman)4th Row 4th from right Harry Leach (Yard Manager) 3rd row 4th from right - David Brown
26-9-2013 Bert Beatty (Engineer) 3rd row far left  - David Brown 
1-11-2013 - The guy standing next to Harry leach on his right is "old Harry" Harrys father, he was a real gentlemen if he was,nt singing he was whistling,a bloke you never forget. I worked at the repair yard in Wapping for a year with the electricians and serviced Mr Jim and Mr Charles,s rover cars,my job as a 16 yr old was to walk around the several warehouses and change the broken light bulbs amongst all other menial jobs. I loved all the basic machinary and primative tools they used, at the end of a day the job was a good one. Miss Susan, Mr Jims daughter worked in the upstairs office and added a light to a dark yard which always reminded me of Charles Dickens days, an early time in my tugging career I,ll never forget, my first tug as cook was the Sun X with Les Drury as skipper......my 43 yrs afloat had begun, and i don,t forget one of them. Eric Cawsey
3-11-2013 - I can add a couple more names to Eric Cawsey's list.
2nd row, 3rd from left "Charlie Pitt" brother of Bill.
He was attached to the Electricians and drove the crane on the crane-barge  when required.
Front row 2nd from right "Bill Shaw" ex skipper before coming ashore to work in the carpenters shop with his brother Jack and his son Jim.  Jim was deckhand aboard the "Sunfish" when she sank at Tower Bridge.  I think the chap sitting behind Bill Shaw, to the left was one of the store men/time keeper. I worked in the loft for nearly three years in the early sixties with Bill Pitt as the Foreman.  - Peter Whitehead.
 
LA2
This photo obviously taken aboard a tug although I dont think a new delivery piccie as in the larger original the half round over the sheeted up capstan shows signs of having been chipped and repainted. Is that the skipper standing at the rear under the ensign??  Towards the back of the piccie, seated and wearing dark glasses Lisa has identified her Grandfather, Jim Alexander and the third lady away on HIS left wearing the black hat as her Grandmother Peggy. So come on ex tuggies, you have done us proud in the past - When, where and who. Any info gratefully received.
Photo copyright Lisa Alexander-Bailey.
 
26-9-2013  Captain in the tug photo [under the ensign]  is George Turner and the tug is either the Empire tug Sun XVI or Sun XVII
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A Mulberry Harbour under construction. Almost everything in the photo had been towed there by tugs. Photo K Haydon colln.
 
THERE ARE. OF COURSE, ONLY A FEW  MONTHS TO GO TO THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE D-DAY LANDINGS AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MULBERRY HARBOURS. IF ANYONE OUT THERE HAS ANY INFO, PHOTOS, LOGS ETC TO DO WITH THE MULBERRY HARBOURS AND THEIR TOWAGE PLEASE CONTACT ME AS I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER A PERMANENT RECORD OF THIS TREMENDOUS FEAT ON THIS SITE.
 
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