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WILLIAM WATKINS FLEET

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CHRONOLOGICAL LISTING OF FLEET

 
DATE ACQUIRED IN BLACK - NEW BUILD
DATE ACQUIRED IN RED - PREVIOUSLY OWNED
 
DATE DISPOSED IN BLACK - SCRAPPED
DATE DISPOSED IN GREEN - SOLD ON
DATE DISPOSED IN RED - LOST TO ANY CAUSE
 
 

DATE ACQUIRED

NAME

DATE DISPOSED

1833

MONARCH

1876

1840

FIDDLER

1847

1845 LORD WARDEN 1853
1846 PUNCH [1] ?
1847 PAUL PRY 1866
1849 JOHN BULL 1878
1849 UNCLE SAM 1900
1850 SAUCY JACK 1862
1852 BRITANNIA [1] 1855
1853 VICTORIA 1906
1854 PUNCH [2] 1895
1855 DON 1866
1855 TOBY 1862
1856 DEFIANCE 1871
1857 NAPOLEON 1881
1857 VICTOR 1894
1861 TIMES 1886
1862 ANNETTE 1869
1862 BRITANNIA [2] 1875
1863 ANTAGONIST 1867
1864 EXPRESS 1880
1866 ANGLIA 1894
1868 ALBION [1] 1869
1868 ERA 1882
1870 ALBION [2] ?
1870 CAMBRIA 1913
1872 ROBERT BRUCE 1892
1873 ATLAS 1887
1874 HIBERNIA [1] 1884
1874 RENOWN 1903
1874 SCOTIA [1] 1891
1874 TITAN 1888
1875 INDIA 1894
1875 PILOT 1883
1876 BRISTOL 1898
1877 FOX 1878
1880 CANADA 1935
1882 AUSTRALIA 1908
1882 ZEALANDIA [1] 1912
1883 MALTA [1] ?
1883 TASMANIA 1897
1884 COLUMBIA 1912
1884 HIBERNIA [2] 1961
1885 MONA 1886
1886 BURMAH 1889
1886 IONA 1920
1886 MALTA [2] 1888
1889 BURMA 1904
1889 GUIANA 1918
1889 MERCIA 1895
1889 OCEANA 1918
1890 NUBIA 1935
1893 SCOTIA [2] 1935
1895 ARCADIA 1962
1895 MANILA 1901
1898 SIMLA 1964
1900 JAVA [1] 1901
1902 MASHONA 1905
1902 PERSIA [1] 1908
1905 JAVA [2] 1965
1905 LIBERIA 1911
1909 BADIA [1] 1947
1909 DORIA 1947
1909 VINCIA 1947
1915 RACIA [1] 1919
1920 FABIA 1946
1920 MURIA [1] 1940
1920 PALENCIA 1939
1920 RUMANIA [1] 1923
1927 GONDIA 1966
1927 KENIA 1964
1928 RUMANIA [2] 1935
1931 TANGA 1969
1937 CERVIA [1] 1946
1937 NAPIA [1] 1939
1937 PERSIA [2] 1967
1937 RACIA [2] 1967
1946 CERVIA [2] PRESERVED
1946 ZEALANDIA [2] 1952
1946 NAPIA [2] 1971
1946 RUMANIA [3] 1956

 TUGS IN OWNERSHIP

1833 -1: 1840-2: 1845-2: 1850-5: 1855-7: 1860-12: 1865-16: 1870-12:1875-19: 1880-18: 1885-20: 1890-22: 1895-13:
1900-15: 1905-16: 1910-19: 1915-14: 1920-12: 1925-13: 1930-16: 1935-14: 1940-14: 1945-13: 1950-12:
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NEW BUILDERS
 
Thames Ironworks - 2: Ash - 1: Cook Welton Gemmell - 1: Dutch built - 5: Philip - 4:  Money Wigram - 3:
Westwood Baillie - 4: London iron Eng. - 1: Cochrane - 5: Mordey Carney - 1: Watkins - 1: Wales - 1:
Irvine - 1: Gourlay - 1: A/Laverick - 1: Lobnitz - 1: Mare - 1:
 
NEW BUILD ENGINES
 
Stewart - 14: Earles - 2: Appleby - 2: Philip - 3: Dutch - 2: Crabtree - 2: Mordey carney - 1: Grey - 2:
Burrell - 1: Gourlay - 1: Lobnitz - 1:
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WHY THE GREEN WATERLINE STRAKE ON WATKINS TUGS?

 
The following note is taken from the website below. It comes from the journal of Thomas Stothard and is published by kind permission of Cheryl Craggs, his granddaughter and owner of the website.

http://tomstothard.website.orange.co.uk/thomas_stothard_1879___1981.4.html

Thomas Stothard married Rose Ost on 18 August 1900 Seven years later and Thomas found employment at John Stewart and Sons, ship repairers, of Canal Dry Dock, by the entrance of the SW India Dock.  Matthew Stothard had spoken to the Manager, Tommy Noton, a friend of the family to secure Thomas the job.  Thomas fitted in all sorts of jobs - in the office, helping with rigging, painting etc. 


Mr William Watkins, the tug-owner, together with John Stewart and Co, gave a children’s party at the beginning of the 1914-1918 War.  This was held in the sail-loft on the east side of the yard.  Watkins had a branch office in the basement of one of the houses in the terrace opposite the yard in Manchester Road.  The tugs were painted and repaired in Stewarts Dry Dock, and during a visit, Mr Watkins asked Thomas to cut a stencil figuring a right-angled triangle, very long base compared with its height.  When this was completed, they went to a tug sitting at the bottom of the dry dock and applied the template to the water-line at the stem.  This appeared satisfactory to Mr Watkins, and green paint was applied to the stencil, the result of which pleased Mr Watkins, and for as long as the firm was an independent company every tug bore that mark.  His tugs went alphabetically: Arcadia, Badia, Canada, etc.  Mr Watkins gave Thomas a very generous Christmas box each year.
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