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GREAT NEWS

 

THAMES TUGGIES:- YOU HAVE BEEN PRESERVED!!

The THAMES TUGS and LONDON LIGHTERAGE TUGS websites have both been accepted, and have now been scanned, by the British Library for publication on their Web Archives Website.  This means that all the content of both sites will be available for access by future researchers, enthusiast’s and the general public via the British Library website long after I have crossed the bar and my website hosts have pulled the plug on the live site because the bill has not been paid!!
 
 
A FEW WORDS OF EXPLANATION
 
 
1 British Library scanned the sites in May 2014 and viewing via their site reflects the content as of that date.
2 British Library should again scan the live site and update their files in May 2015 and every year thereafter.
3 The live site published by myself will continue as before for the foreseeable future and any content should be forwarded to me as normal.
4 The only things that don’t seem to work via British Library are links to outside sites, so this means that the Photo Gallerys are not accessible via their site. This I intend to address over the coming months by bringing all the Crew Photo’s etc back to the main site in time for the 2015 scan.
 
 
Here are links to the British Library Web Archive set-up;-

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/

http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20140412105417/http://thamestugs.co.uk/HOME.php

If anybody has any further queries please contact me and I will do my best to explain. It only remains for me, as ever, to thank all for their input over the last seven years, this would not have been achieved without you!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A few visitors are reporting difficulty in finding this site. This has been checked out thoroughly and no fault has been found this end. In fact over 4100 visitors accessed the site during May 2013. If you are only having occasional difficulty accessing the site and are reading this suggest you save this link, as it appears to solve the problem. If you know somebody with the problem perhaps you could pass the link on.
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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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LATEST UPDATES

28-7-2014
 
Message added to MESS ROOM 2014
 
24-7-2014
 
44 Names added/updated ROLLCALL pages.
 
18-7-2014
 
message added to MESS ROOM 2014
 
24-6-2014
 
Two messages added to MESS ROOM 2014.
 
1-6-2014
 
ANOTHER RECORD BROKEN
During May 5,578 visitors entered this site [an average of 179 per day] making this the highest monthly visitors total ever!!!
 
 

A video for the really old Thames hands, featuring Hibernia and Captain Bert Youseman. See it here.
 
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Amazingly some more log transcripts and notes have come to light, this time concerning FOREMOST 87 at Dunkirk and EMPIRE WINNIE at Normandy following D-day.. This has all been provided courtesy of Mr Albert Fryer, son of the late Captain James Edwin Fryer who commanded both vessels.
 

FOREMOST 87

 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
EMPIRE WINNIE
 
 
ZEALANDIA
 
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SUN VIII

 
The following articles were made available to this site by Bill Shepherd a former sun tug and PLA crewman. The log was transposed by me from a 1940 diary containing a rough log which came into the possession of Leo Desmond, the boy cook on Sun VIII in 1940, [though probably not written by him] and then came into Mr Shepherds possession, who has very kindly loaned it to me.
 
 
 
Photog unknown
 
From gravesend Reporter 29-4-2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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
 


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!!!
 




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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


 

 
 
 
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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