Over the last couple of months at least two people have contacted me via the contact button asking for details of how to send photographs to this site. I have responded to both but my message is bouncing back undeliverable. PLEASE PLEASE when contacting me ensure that the email address you are sending me is totally correct otherwise I cannot respond. To those who may be fuming as they have not had a reply I would say many thanks for your interest but please try again giving me your correct contact details.




Photos kindly sent in by Tony Atkinson showing the career of TC&D's DANUBE II.
DANUBE II underway on the Thames. Photog unknown courtesy Tony Atkinson.
As NORGROVE in dry-dock at Falmouth. Photo K Hancock courtesy Tony Atkinson.
NORGROVE at Falmouth. Photo P A Vicary courtesy Tony Atkinson.
DANUBE II as ST EVAL at Falmouth. Photo A Duncan courtesy Tony Atkinson.
TOM JAY ex Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co at Falmouth in 1983 working on the Penryn Marina. Photo Tony Atkinson.

SUN XXIV  at North Woolwich Pier. Photo Chris French

I used to work on the 24,from about 1964 to 1967. They were the most enjoyable years. You can see Woolwich ferry in the rear of the photograph.

Chris French 


Nolly Harvey & Alan Pearson on Richard Bransons yacht, at the Royal Terrace pier. Photo Nolly Harvey

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Winter 2019-2020 updates being carried out on all vessels in EARLY TUG NAMES [EARLY OWNERS] and also crew names in ROLLCALL [now over 1000 names listed.
Three amazing old photo's kindly sent to the site by Steve Baxter. Steve's great grandfather was Captain Frank Baxter, skipper of the paddle tug Nelson when she unfortunately caught fire off Canal Basin, Gravesend in 1863. Frank Baxter was also to become skipper of Haslip's paddle tug Middlesex and during his career carried out several valuable salvages.
Paddle tug NELSON. Photo © courtesy Steve Baxter.
Captain Frank Baxter, Master of the paddle tugs NELSON and MIDDLESEX. Photo © courtesy Steve Baxter.
Captain Frank Baxter and his crew, probably taken aboard PT NELSON. Photo © courtesy Steve Baxter.
Amazingly some more items concerning Empire Wold have been sent to me. These have very kindly been provided by Peter Draper, his great uncle was Henry 'Harry' William Draper, acting Master of Empire Wold when he and the rest of the crew were lost in 1944. RIP.
Henry 'Harry' William Draper, acting Master, Empire Wold. Photo courtesy Peter Draper.
Courtesy Peter Draper
Courtesy Peter Draper
Courtesy Peter Draper.
A cutting from Kent Messenger April 19th 1941 kindly provided by Kevin Haydon. Wartime regulations have meant that the vessels name and the location of the incident have had to be omitted. It does of course refer to the horrific 'Lunula Incident' and the fate that befell the crew of the tug Persia  [ex Dongara] at Thames Haven on 9th April 1941.
A water colour painting of the Dongara in happier times, carried out by one of her crew. Photo courtesy K Haydon
Another page GALLERY has been added. This will contain photos of general interest that do not appear elsewhere on the site.
Photos that were on this page for a long while have NOT been deleted, but now appear elsewhere on the site. Most will have gone to either CREW GALLERY, TOWS GALLERY or GALLERY. It became necessary for me to carry out one of my periodic tidy ups of the site to ensure its future operation. Many thanks for the continued support of all visitors.