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SUN XVI - SUNSHINE

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SUN XVI
 
 
Photo Ray's Colln.
 
SUN XVI about 1947. Photo P Merchant colln.
 
Built 1946 by Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen. YN712. Foremost standard class.  L105.2'. B27.1'. D11.7'. 233grt. 1030ihp 3cylTE 16"x25"x48"x27"s oil fired steam engine by builder. Eng No. 418. Bunkers 100 tons. Prop 10.5' dia x 11' pitch, four bladed. Speed 11 knots. Acquired 1946. Disposed 1962. Scrapped 1985. ON180964. IMO5303665 Callsign GQYD.
 
5-5-1946 Launched for MoWT, named Empire Leonard. 23-6-1946 Purchased for £33000 by W.H.J. Alexander Ltd., renamed Sun XVI. 29-9-1946 Completed. 11-1953 Fitted with radar. 1962 Sold to Societa Rimorchiatori Napoletani, Naples, renamed San Cataldo, later S. Cataldo. 1983 Owners restyled as Rimorchiatori Napoletani S. M. 1985 Sold to Palermo Salvatore E. Cia, Naples for scrap. 8-1-1986 Scrapped.
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SUN XVII
 
Photo Ray's Colln.
 
Built 1946 by Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen. YN713. Foremost standard class. L105.2'. B27.1'. D11.7'. 233grt. 1030ihp 3cylTE 16"x25"x42"x27"s oil fired steam engine by builder. Bunkers 100 tons. Prop 10.5' dia x 11' pitch, 4 bladed. Speed 11 knots.  Acquired 1946. Disposed 1968. Scrapped 1983. ON181517. IMO5344360 Callsign GQYG.
 
14-6-1946 Launched for MoWT named Empire Margaret. 23-6-1946 Purchased for £33000 by W.H.J. Alexander Ltd., renamed Sun XVII. 14-11-1946 Completed. 11-1953 Fitted with Radar. 1968 Sold to Sold to Societa Rimorchiatori Napoletani, Naples, renamed Rania G. 1983 Owners restyled as Rimorchiatori Napoletani S. M. 27-6-1983 Sold to Palermo Salvatore e Cia., Palermo  Italy, for scrapping.
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SUNBEAM
 
Photo Ray's Colln.

Built 1901 at Papendrecht, Holland. L72'. B17'. D8.65'. 60.21grt. 70nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by Mordey, Carney Ltd., Newport.. Acquired 1901. Disposed 1938. Scrapped 1965. ON114804.

1901 Delivered to W.H.J. Alexander, London. 12-1914 Sunk by ship while attending WW1 Pontoon bridge between Tilbury and Gravesend. Salved. 1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd (£1500), renamed Silverbeam. 2-1940 Req by RN. 1947 Returned to Owners. 1948 Sold to Milford Dock Company, Milford Haven, renamed St. Govans. 1965 Scrapped by C. Purdy, Milford Haven.
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SUNBIRD
 
Photo Ray's Colln.

Built 1907 by Jonker and Stans, Hendrik ido Ambacht. YN41. L72.1'. B18.5'. D8.8'. 64grt. 350ihp 2cyl 15"x30"x22"s compound steam engine by J. Stewart Ltd., London. Acquired 1907. Disposed 1961. Scrapped 1961. ON125638.
 
10-1907 Delivered to W.H.J. Alexander, London.  1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 1940-1945 Based Chatham. 24-11-1947 Sank while hooking up to freighter Angelo in Limehouse Reach. Chief Engineer and Fireman lost.  Salved. 17-3-1961 Arrived at  T.W. Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping. Yielded 135 tons of iron and steel scrap.
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SUNCLAD
 
Photo Les Sherritt colln
 
Built 1892 by Summers and Scott Ltd., Gloucester. L67.6'. B16.2'. D7.95'. 54.38grt. 50nhp 2cyl 14"x28"x22"s compound steam engine. Acquired 1892. Disposed 1938. Scrapped 1950. ON101971.

1892 Delivered to W. H. J. Alexander, London, named Star Of The East. 8-2-1902 £450 Award for assisting salvage collision damaged and sinking SS Cordilleras off Regents Canal Dock. 1-1912 Renamed Sunclad. 1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd for £1000, renamed Silverclad. 6-3-1940 Req by Admiralty. 21-9-1945 Returned to owners. 2-1950 Arrived at T W Ward Ltd., Grays for scrapping.
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SUNDIAL
 
Photo M. Robinson Colln.

Built 1898 by Dundee Shipbuilding Company Ltd., Dundee. YN114.  L69'. B16.4'. D9.2'. 54.81grt. 60nhp 2cyl 14"x28"x22"s compound steam engine by Whyte and Mair, Dundee. Acquired 1916. Disposed 1938. Lost 1940. ON110060.

30-9-1898 Launched. 1899 Delivered to Samuel Williams Ltd., London, named Prince. 1916 Acquired by W.H.J. Alexander , London, renamed Sundial.  1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd (£1500), renamed Silverdial. 9-2-1940 Req by Admiralty. 4-7-1940 Bombed and sank in Portland Harbour.
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SUNFISH
 
Photo Ray's Colln.

Built 1907 by Jonker and Stans, Hendrik ido Ambacht. YN39. L72'. B18.5'. D9.2'. 70grt. 350ihp 2cyl 15"x30"x22"s compound steam engine by J. Stewart Ltd., London. Acquired 1907. Disposed 1962. Scrapped 1962. ON125610.
 
8-1907 Delivered to W.H.J. Alexander, London.  1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 7-11-1940 Req by Admiralty. Based Chatham. 20-8-1946 Returned to owners. 12-3-1960 Sank after striking buttress of Tower Bridge whilst assisting Wilson Lines Palermo. Chief Engineer lost. Salved and repaired at Alexanders yard, Wapping. 28-6-1962 Arrived at  T.W. Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping.
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SUNFLY
 
Built 1882 by Finch & Co., Chepstow. YN30 L70.5'. B15'. D9.1'.  59grt. 40nhp 2cyl 13"x25"x20"s compound steam engine by  Fisher and Co., Paisley. Acquired 1910. Disposed 1938. Scrapped 1938. ON87459.
 
1883 Delivered to Young & Christies, Cardiff, named Lizard. 11-1888 Sold to Thames Conservancy Board, London. 7-1909 Sold to Port of London Authority. 1-1910 Sold via Arhur Bateman, Ilford to Joseph Constant, London. 2-1911 Sold to W.H.J. Alexander, London, renamed Sunfly.  1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 1939 Scrapped.
 (Main engine could be declutched and coupled to a 200 ton per hour salvage pump)
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SUNNY
 
 
Built 1898 by Lobnitz and Co, Renfrew. YN478 Tug/Launch L50.3'. B12.1'. D6'. 25grt. 75ihp 2cyl 8"x16"x12"s compound steam engine by builder. Acquired 1914. Disposed 1936. Scrapped 1936. ON108391.
 
1898 Delivered to S Pearson and Co Ltd., London, contractors building Dover Harbour, named Clive. 6-1914 Owner Joseph Constant, London [Broker] 10-1914 Sold to W H J Alexander, London, renamed Sunny. 1929 Transferred to  WPA & GF Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W H J Alexander Ltd., London. 1936 Scrapped.
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SUNRISE (1)
 
Photog unknown

Built 1899 by J. G. Fay Ltd., Southampton. YN393. L80.3'. B19'. D9.9'. 103grt. 450ihp 63nhp 2cyl 17"x35"x24"s compound steam engine by builder. Acquired 1899. Disposed 1947. Scrapped 1947. ON112648. Callsign SMND later MFFR

11-1899 Delivered to W. H. J. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London. 1939-1945 Served on Thames throughout WW2. 10-1948 Arrived at  T. W. Ward Ltd., Grays Essex, for scrapping.
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SUNRISE (2)
 
Photo Ray's colln.
 
Built 1928 by Alexander Hall & Co., Aberdeen. YN611. L83'6". B20'7". D11'5". 102grt. 550ihp 3cylTE 16"x25"x34"x24"s steam engine by builder. Acquired 1949. Disposed 1966. Scrapped 1966. ON160624. Callsign MFFR.
 
 
30-10-1928 Launched. 12-1928 Delivered to W.R. Cunis Ltd., London, named William Ryan. 22-11-1939 Req by Admiralty.  13-9-1945 Returned to owners. 1949 Sold to W.H.J. Alexander Ltd. 2-12-1949 Renamed Sunrise. 5-1966 Scrapped by Scrappingco SA., Antwerp.
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SUNSHINE
 
Skipper Jack Sherritt at wheel. Photo Les Sherritt colln.

Built 1899 by J. G. Fay Ltd., Southampton. YN391.  L80.3'. B19'. D9.9'. 103grt. 450ihp 63nhp 2cyl 17"x35"x24"s compound steam engine by builder. Acquired 1899. Disposed 1960. Scrapped 1960. ON112637. Callsign SMNC later MFFQ.

8-1899 Delivered to W. H. J. Alexander, London. 9-7-1907 Towed LCC paddle pleasure steamer Chaucer to Cubitt Town buoys after it had collided with Cannon Street railway bridge. 21-9-1919 Towed Italian SS Mauritania clear after it had fouled Hays Barge Roads, Rotherhithe. 18-2-1924 Towed SS Laouna to Millwall Dock after it had collided with anchored SS Steersman in Bugsbys Reach. 1929 Transferred to W. P. & G. F. Alexander, London. 1929 Transferred to W. H. J. Alexander Ltd., London.7-5-1931 0200 Assisted fire brigade to extinguish fire aboard pleasure steamer Golden Eagle at Deptford Buoys. 1939-1945 Served on Thames throughout WW2. 16-4-1944 Assisted towing Phoenix unit ex Greenland Dock to Gravesend. 13-10-1956 Assisted refloating of T & J Brocklebank's SS Manipur, aground off East Greenwich power station in fog. 5-2-1960 Carried out last job SS Edward Cruse from Barking to Nelson Dry Dock. 15-2-1960 Scrapped by T. W. Ward Ltd., Grays Essex.
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 DENTON
 
Photo Anon.
 
Denton was a personnel launch used for ferrying crews out to the tugs at Gravesend. It was in fact the last vessel to be built by James Pollock and Sons Ltd at Faversham Shipyard, before the yard closed on Friday 27th February 1970.
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