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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.

 
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LATEST NEWS AND PHOTO'S

 
CERVIA
 
If you look up www.cervia-volunteer-crew.com and click on virtual tour, you will get to see a video tour of the interior of the steam tug cervia, which complements the drone video on the same menu item, without leaving the comfort of your home.
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31-8-2017 New message in MESS ROOM
 
 
 
Dickie Collings has advised me of the above details of the annual Tuggies Re-union. As always it would assist him regarding catering arrangements if you could advise him if you are attending.  If you have  no contact details for Dick you can leave a message via this site and I will pass it on.  Enjoy!!!
 

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Hi Pete, just found your Thames tug web site, very impressed, its obviously taken a lot of work. My father Sidney (Sid) Stoddart did his waterman/lighterman apprenticeship 1941 to 46 and worked as a tugman for Lion wharf until the Lion was sold (61) when he went back on the pool . He did a stint as a lockkeeper for the T.C. and then worked for Toughs of Teddinton. Unfortunately he passed away at the beginning of this year at the ripe old age of 92. - Keith Stoddart.
 

Photo and caption courtesy Keith Stoddart
 

Photo and caption courtesy Keith Stoddart
 
 
Photo and caption courtesy Keith Stoddart
 
 
Photo and caption courtesy Keith Stoddart
 
 
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THREE PHOTOS FROM MIKE HOUCKHAM OF CERVIA.
 


 
 
 
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General Steam Navigation Company tug ROBIN renamed STAG whilst in Grimsby ownershipi. Courtesy Brian Sherratt.
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A letter, 77 years old as of now, sent to W H J Alexander Ltd regarding the performance of their tugs at the Dunkirk Evacuation. Perhaps even more interesting at the moment with the release this week of the new Dunkirk movie, now showing at a cinema near you!! Many thanks to Mike Houckham for this item.
 
 
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Mike Houckham asks if any of the old hands can identify this guy. [Mike does know the answer}
 
17-6-2017 - the latest photo is of GEORGE DYER  engineer of the tug GONDIA - Doug Hardy
 
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Two interesting pics courtesy of Mike Houckham.
 
 
 
 
GONDIA assisting an unknown ship throughTower Bridge. Mike cannot identify the ship and asks if any of the old hands out there can help name the vessel. My own guess, open to correction, is that it could be a new Swedish Lloyd ship that had been on display in the Upper Pool, especially as it is dressed overall.
 
10-7-2017 - I believe Mike's photo is of the Swedish Lloyd's PATRICIA entering the Upper Pool to bring passengers to the Festival of Britain and was taken in May? 1951, She was brand new at the time and may (unsure) have been her maiden voyage?
Further research required.
Thanks for such an interesting site. - Andrew Humphreys.

 
 
 
A report, presumably from the Gravesend Reported, on the sinking of Vanquisher . Mike and I are trying to see if we can get the rest of the page inclused.
 
 
 
 

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31-3-2017 - New message in MESS ROOM 2017. [Reply received 6-4-2017]
 
 
12-4-2017 New message in MESS ROOM 2017.
 
27-4-2017 New message in MESS ROOM 2017.
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A new book just becoming available, Thames Tugs in Colour by Andrew Wiltshire. Size 9" x 6". 80 pages with over 100 excellent colour photos of Thames tugs both lighterage and shiphandling. For the ship handlers the pics range from about 1969 into the KOTUG era. Modestly priced at only £9.95 it seems to be excellent value for money given the average prices of books today.
Published by Bernard McCall, Portishead, Bristol. ISBN 978-1-902953-82-3. 
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Three more excellent pics and captions from Dennis Clarke
 
 
Sun XII, docking the Northern Lights at King George Vth Dock
 
 
 
 
Sun XII bridled down on aft of Colorado Star in Royal Albert Dock
 
 
 
 
Plangent in dry dock Albert Dock after sinking in the King George Vth Dock
 
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C247
Photos K Haydon coll
 
7--2016 Thorunn Green in Iceland is asking if anyone out there can name any of these guys or even hazard a guess as to which vessel the pic was taken on. She thinks there may be a possibility that the guy second left in the white shirt may be her father, Harry Green. Any thoughts, however vague you may think, would be appreciated.
 
18-02-2017 - re c247 The man second left is my uncle Fred. No notation on photo, but from his age and the fact that all personnel look roughly same age it was probably taken at end of war or late 40's. Kevin Haydon.
 
 
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Four superb vintage photos kindly sent in by Richard Milton.
 
 
Thomas Harding, Piermaster of West India Dock Pier about 1897. Photo courtesy Richard Milton.
 
 
Thomas Guy Harding [left] aboard the Gaselee tug Adder, tied up at West India Dock Pier about 1920. Photo courtesy Richard Milton.
 
Thomas Guy Harding [right] fireman of the Gaselee tug Viper about 1920. On the left in straw hat is the skipper Bill Squires. Photo courtesy Richard Milton.
 
 
Thomas Guy Harding [right standing] fireman, on board Gaselee tug Viper taking part in a river pageant about 1920. Behind him is his wife Lily, Son Richard and daughter Lilian.
The group standing to the left are possibly Gaselee directors. Photo courtesy Richard Milton.
 
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Wm RYAN. Photo Chris Morris.
 
This picture is the SUN XII towing the Black Prince out of the west india dock in the sixties.Thanks Dennis Clarke.
 
 

SUN??? with Joe Josh, Bob Milledge and Peter Sutherland on deck. Photo courtesy Bob Milledge.

1-8-2016 Hi Pete, that is either the XIX or XX as she has no hydraulic steering box cover aft. - George Boyd.

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Three photos of SUN VIII kindly supplied by Bill Shepherd

 
The Sun VIII outside the West India Dock.  The fellow on the fore deck is John Grainger - please say hello to John Grainger, Keith Toms and Bill Simpson, who I remember, when you next see them.

ref SUN V111
13-7-2016 Bill nice to hear from you the V111 was a very smart boat was Jim Skinsley the mate at the time Best Wishes Keith Toms
 
14-7-2016 ;re SUN VIII. Bill thanks for posting.
Keith, looks like Jim Skinsley and David Cox (senior deckhand) aft. Skipper was Jack Webb. Cheers, John Grainger.  
 
 
 
The Sun VIII with the M.V.Mercury on her maiden voyage at Enderbys Wharf Greenwich Reach.

 
 
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Trevor Grant doing what Sun Tug men do best! Painting the funnel of Cervia at Ramsgate. Photo Mike Houckham.
 
W T Beaumont's RODNEY II at Tower Pier in the early morning mist of what could be a fine day. Photo courtesy Paul Lamplough.
 
Photo courtesy Dennis Clarke. Can anyone add the missing surnames please???
 
10-4-2016 - ref crew xx111 Jock Keith 2nd Eng could you pass my regards onto Dennis worked together in the PLA dock tugs kind regards - Keith Toms


 
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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!!!!!
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
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