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JACK ROOTS
 
Yesterday [3-2016] I had the privilege of attending the ceremony to present Jack Roots with the Legion D'Honneur by the Mayor of Gravesham, Michael Wenban. This was awarded as Jack was at the Normandy/D.Day landings at Sword Beach, I believe on the tug Empire Betsy as second engineer. Jack spent his working life on the tugs, a couple of which were Sun XVII and Sun XXV. He now lives very happily in retirement care locally. We should not forget that he (and others) were very young men when they went over to France, prepared to put their lives on hold for the freedom of their country. - Graham Smith

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10-4-2016  - Congratulations to Jack Roots so good to hear that he is well. Happy memories.
Regards Brian Biggs
 

 
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A MESSAGE FROM SEAN WOOD
 
 sir, i discovered your site some time ago. Many thanks for all of your dedication and contribution to the story of the river and it's people.My paternal grandfather william wood my father stanley wood and my uncle Alex wood all worked for william watkins. I was delighted to find information from Mr Harold Russell, who was as you know the skipper of the tug Dhulia who' swift action saved my fathers life in 1969. I was wondering how if you might have space for a small piece of family and tug memorabilia in the form of a letter in the cover of my grandfathers family bible where in he mentions where he bought the bible, the thames church mission boat, and that he is the fireman on the steam tug Nubia. if you think it would be a suitable item i would be happy to send you a copy of the cover - Sean Wood


 



 
Photos courtesy Sean Wood.
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Memorial Plaque to John Stewart Watkins OBE in Staplehurst Church. Photo David Kent.
 
 
 
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Pages from the first Sun Tug social club function 1954, kindly donated by Alan Speers. If anybody can throw any further light on some of the signatures please contact me, although there are obviously Directors and some masters names.
 
18-9-2010. 2nd from bottom is without a doubt J E Webb, i recognise his hand writing = was my old Captain Jack Webb. Nolly Harvey. 
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 Early Sun tug advert. Photo M Wemban colln.
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A cake made by Lesley Agar, as a birthday surprise for an ex member of the tugs crew that she works with. Photo Lesley Agar.
 
 
 
 
A clipping from The Gravesend Express, Wednesday, 19th February 2003, courtesy of Doug Hardy
 
An early W H J Alexander advertisement, courtesy M Wenban.
 
 
 
The sign from the old offices at Gravesend. Photo M Houckham.
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23-1-2012 HI PETE
 
29 years ago ,we were given 6 bottles of ale each and a print of a 150 years of towage on the thames .i am wondering how many bottles there are  still not been open , mine has been in the cupboard as a souvenir  all this time.
 
DOUG HARDY
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24-1-2012 Re Doug Hardys bottles of beer for Towing on the Thames  150th anniversary I still have mine regards
 Tony Gregory.
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Table mat showing SUN XXVI towing training ship Amerigo Vespucci. Photo [and mat] D Hardy colln
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Watkins commissioned some art work from Harry Hudson Rodmell in the 1920's for promotional material such as calendars and he kept at it until the 1950's. The attached is from 1926. Kevin Haydon colln.
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TC&D publicity material. Photo K Haydon colln.
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Part of the minutes of a Ship Towage JCC meeting. Photo K Haydon colln.
 
 
 
 
 
Above items courtesy Kevin Haydon
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Grocery bills. K Haydon colln
 
 
An advert from Ipswich 1968. K Haydon colln
 
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