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FLEET LIST: IRIS - RELIANCE

Page last updated 17-3-2014

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IRIS

Workboat.

Built 1980 by William Cory Ltd., Charlton. L28.6'. 80bhp diesel engine.

1980 Delivered.

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JACKAL

Photo A Hughes colln.
 
Photo G Lane colln

Built 1876 by Thomas A. Young & Son, Blackwall. L63.2’. B12.3’. D7’. 37grt. 30nhp 1cyl steam engine by builder. ON91931.


1876 Delivered to Union Lighterage Co Ltd.,
London. 1886 Sold to Vokins & Co Ltd., London. 1891 Sold to Beadle Brothers Ltd., London. 1896 Acquired by William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1912 Sold to Ernest Freak, Greenwich. 1914 Sold to Charles & Arthur Etheredge Ltd., Limehouse. 1922 Owners C. & A. Etheredge Ltd., Limehouse. 1923 Sold to Edward T. Crawley, Green St., London E6. 1930 Sold to Henry D. Lane,Cherry Garden Pier, Rotherhithe. 1935 Scrapped.
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JOAN

Workboat

Built 1974. 19bhp Diesel engine.

1974 Delivered. 20-5-1980 Sold to G J Lane.

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KATHLEEN

Steam launch

No details known.

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KESTON

Built 1904 by Edwards & Co Ltd., Millwall. L49.4’. B13.1’. D4.6’. 22grt. 75ihp 2cyl compound steam engine by Hoskins. ON118467.

1904 Delivered to J P Knight Ltd., London. 1916 Sold to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1934 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1935 Scrapped.
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LYDFORD

Built 1880 by T A Young,  Blackwall. L59.8’. B13.7’. D7.1’. 40grt. 30nhp 2cyl steam engine by Young and Co, London. ON82814.

1880 Delivered to Union Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Union.  18?? Sold to D Radford and Co., London, renamed Lydford. 1896 Acquired by William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1914 Sold to General Wharfage and Supply Co Ltd., Erith. 1934[by] Owner Samuel H Hallett, Park Place, Greenwich. 1942 Scrapped.

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MERANO

Built 1949 by Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth, YN 1191. L42.7’. B12.8’. D4.8’. 23grt. 102bhp 6cyl Crossley diesel engine. BP3tons. ON182370.

3-1949 Launched. 5-1949 Delivered to R & J H Rea Ltd., named Falgarth. 1950 Sold to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London2-3-1950 Renamed Request. 1953 Transferred to The Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London , 28-5-1953 Renamed Merano. 1966 Reengined 230bhp Crossley diesel. 1982 Sold to Greenhithe Salvage & Medway Towing Services London. 2010 Owned by Mr B Birthright, Gravesend.
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MERCEDES

 
Photo RGR Colln

Built 1935 by R Dunston, Hessle. L66’. B17.6’. D7.3’. 60grt. 480bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON164554.

1935 Delivered to General Wharfage and Supply Co Ltd., London, named Silverstone. 5-3-1941 Sunk after setting off  aircraft laid mine 3 miles above Rochester bridge  near Aylesford, River Medway, whilst towing barges Rockstone, Sandstone, Stonecurb and Cestone. All eight men on board lost.  Later repaired and returned to service. 1945 Sold to Wm Cory and Son Ltd., London renamed Mercedes. 5-3-1969 Arrived at  T W Ward Ltd., Grays for scrapping. 
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MERCEDES II

 
Photo RGR Colln

 Built 1949 by James Pollock Sons & Co Ltd., Faversham. YN 1925. L83.6’. B21.4’. D7.8’. 92grt. 615bhp British Polar diesel engine. ON184379.


3-1951 Delivered to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd.,
London named Silverbeam. 1971 Sold to Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed Mercedes II. 1972 Re-engined 800bhp Lister-Blackstone ESS8 diesel BP9tons. 1982 Sold to Darling Bros. Ltd., London. 1982 Sold to Cleanaway Ltd., London, renamed Jean Raby. 2003 Sold to Medway Towing Services, Sevenoaks, renamed Silver Beam. 2016 Still in service.
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MERCURIAN

Photo Ray's colln

Built 1954 by Bay Wharf Construction Ltd, Greenwich. L43.9’. B13.3’. D7’. 21grt. 132bhp 4cyl Ruston Hornsby diesel engine. ON186144.


1954 Delivered to The Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1954 Transferred to William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1976 Reengined.  1983 For sale. Possibly later converted to fishing vessel for South Coast owners and renamed. 20?? Owners Thames Towage Ltd., South Benfleet, Essex renamed Viking II. 2015 Still in service.
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MERIT

 
Photo RGR Colln.

Built 1964 by J. Bolson & Son Ltd., Poole. YN 547.  L82.3’. B20’. D9’. 83grt. 627bhp National diesel engine. ON306097.


1964 Delivered to Union Lighterage Co Ltd., 
London, named Lingo. 1971 Sold to Lambert Barge Hire Co Ltd, chartered to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1974 Sold to Cory Lighterage Ltd.,  London, renamed Merit. 1983 Transferred to Cory Waste Management Ltd., London. 1990 Transferred to Cory Environmental Ltd., London. 1993 Re-engined 1196bhp  Mirrlees-Blackstone ESL6 diesel, BP11tons. 2006 Still in service.
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MERSINA

 
Photo Ray's colln

Built 1955 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L80’. B19.6’. D9.6’. 79grt. 670bhp Ruston Hornsby 6V9BXM diesel engine. BP8.3t. ON186212.


 1955 Delivered to William Cory & Son Ltd., 
London named Repulse. 25-2-1953 RenamedMersina. 1957 Transferred to Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London.  1976 Re-engined 750bhp Mirrlees Blackstone  EWSL6 diesel. 19?? Transferred to Cory Environmental Ltd., London. 2011 Sold to Thameside Services, London. 5-2013 Sold to General Port Services Ltd., London, renamed GPS Vincia.
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MISTY

Built 1951 by J W Cook Ltd., Wivenhoe. YN1034. L35.6'. B10'. D3.4'. 11grt. 100bhp Ruston Hornsby diesel engine. ON184457.

1952 Delivered to J W Cook Ltd., London. 1958 Sold to Wm Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1961 Transferred to Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London.  1983 Sold to Thames Conservancy Commissioners, London, renamed Cannon Brook. 1995 Owners Environment Agency, London.
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NEPTUNE

Photog unknown A Hughes colln
 
 
Built 1880  by A.D. Lewis., East Greenwich. L62’. B13.6’. D6.9’. 33grt. 40nhp 2cyl steam engine by A Wilson and Co., Vauxhall iron Works, London. ON98035.


1880 Delivered to unknown owner.
6-1-1889 Suffered damage after fouling London Bridge in thick fog. 1890 Sold to James & Charles Harrison, London. 1896 Acquired by William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1916 Transferred to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1926 Transferred to Cory, Bowring Coal Company Ltd., Antwerp, and renamed CORBOWRING II.
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OLIVE

 
Photo courtesy Monte Jones [New Zealand]. On the reverse is written, by Montague William Thomas Jones, " Launch Olive I had charge of as apprentice 1899-1903. Seated Bob Smith and boyBrooks. Myself standing and engineer William Kichtill with head out of hatchway. The man on the other side is a passenger [ a stranger]".
 
Photo courtesy of Monte Jones [New Zealand] and believed taken at Corys Yard at Charlton in the early 1900's.

Steam Launch L48'

No details known.

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ONWARD

Built 1875 by Hodge, Millwall. L59.3’. B12.5’. D6.6’. 34grt. 25nhp steam engine by builder. ON73646.

1875 Delivered to Richard Cory, Lambeth, London. 1886 Sold to William Vandersteen, Limehouse. 1911 Owner James Roose Francis, London. 1919 Scrapped.
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PIONEER

Unregistered canal tug.

No details known.

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PURFLEET

Built 1906 by G Rennie Ltd., Greenwich. L70’. B18’. D9.8’. 73grt. 360ihp 2cyl compound steam engine by Plenty and Son. ON123748.

1906 Delivered to Steam Ship Owners Coal Association, London.18-4-1912 £500 salvage award for assistance to pleasure steamer London Belle, adrift in thick fog off Woolwich. SS Hornby Castle had collided with laid up pleasure steamer, badly damaging her and breaking her moorings. Tug managed to get line aboard and safely beach her near the Arsenal jetty. 1914 Acquired by William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1916 Transferred to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1938 Scrapped.
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RAJAH

Built 1895 by Earles and Co Ltd., Hull. YN399. L68.8’. B15.1’. D7.7’. 57grt. 45nhp Steam engine by builder. ON105757.

10-1895 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 3-1896 Lighter Ruby, under tow and laden with 250 tons of chalk, struck and damaged Rochester Bridge.28-4-1897 £80 award for assistance given with other tugs to SS W D Cruddas which had fouled her propeller with a mooring buoy chain off Greenwich. 10-1902 Owners fined £50 after tug collided with and broke two piles of the new Vauxhall Bridge. 1929 Scrapped.
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RAMESES

Built 1896 by G. Rennie & Co Ltd., Greenwich. L71.5’. B15.1’. D8.4’. 58grt. 280ihp 2cyl 16"x32"x18"s compound steam engine by Plenty and Son. Boiler 10'6"dia x 10'. 125psi. ON108162.

1896 Launched, named Regalia. 25-8-1896 Running trials on Thames. 1896 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London, renamed Rameses. 1929 Scrapped by T W Ward Ltd., Grays.
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RANGER [1]

Built 1898 by R. Stephenson Ltd, Hebburn. L60.3’. B14.1’. D7’. 48grt. 31nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by Hedley and Boyd. ON110119.

1898 Delivered to Frederick C Dobbing, London. 1904 Owner Catherine Dobbing, Chislehurst,Kent. 1906 Acquired by William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1916 Owner Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1926 Transferred to Cory, Bowring Coal Company Ltd., Antwerp, and renamed Corbowring III. No further trace.
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RANGER [2]

Photo RGR Colln

Built 1930 by Crabtree & Sons Ltd., Great Yarmouth. YN 190. L68.5’. B18.6’. D8.9’. 76grt. 365ihp 3cylTE steam engine by builder. ON161389.


1930 Delivered to Cory Lighterage Co Ltd.,
London. 13-4-1964 Arrived at  Thomas W. Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping.
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REALM

 
Whilst in P L A ownership. Photo RGR colln.

Built 1890 by Murray Brothers,  Dumbarton. Screw tug. L68.5'. B14.1'. D8'. 42.88grt. 280ihp  compound steam engine. ON97635.
 
1890 Believed delivered to Messrs Elmore and Scott, 45 Bankside,
London, named Cambria. 5-1896 Acquired by William Cory Ltd., London, renamed Realm. Reboilered and fitted with steam steering gear. 23-3-1897 Capsized and sank whilst towing laden coal hulk Mark Lane from Tilbury Dock. Master, Engineer and Fireman lost. Mate picked up by boat from hulk. Enquiry found that tug was not of sufficient size or power for this tow. Later salved. 1899 Sold to London Grain Elevator Company. 1909 Transferred to PLA. 1946 Owner R. A. Garrett.  1947 Believed scrapped.
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RECLAIM

 
Photo Alan Chapman
 
Photo PRB

Built 2009 by Damen Shipyards, Hardinxveld. Damen Shoalbuster 2208S. L22.35m. B8.64m. D2.99m. 1200bhp 2x Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines. Twin screw. BP16.9t. MMSI 235078639.

24-11-2009 Launched. Hull built in Poland and towed to Holland for completion. 12-2009 Arrived Hardinxveld for completion. 31-7-2010 Completed for Riverside Resource Recovery Ltd., London and departed Holland for delivery. 1-8-2010 Arrived Charlton.

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RECOVERY

 
Photo Alan Chapman

Built 2009 by Damen Shipyards, Hardinxveld. Damen Shoalbuster 2208S. L22.35m. B8.64m. D2.99m. 1200bhp, 2x Caterpillar 3412 diesel engines. Twin screw. BP16.9t. MMSI 235078634. Callsign 2DGB2.

28-10-2009 Launched. Hull built in Poland and towed to Holland for completion. 17-11-2009 Arrived Hardinxveld for completion. 4-6-2010 Handed over to Riverside Resource Recovery Ltd., London.6-6-2010 Arrived Charlton.

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RECRUIT [1]

Built 1901 by Stothert Ltd., Bristol. L69’. B17’. D8.5’. 59grt. 19nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by builder. ON112850.

1901 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1934 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1934 Scrapped.
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RECRUIT [2]

 
 
At Chatham 13-4-2011.

 

Built 1952 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L80’. B19.6’. D9.6’. 91grt. 670bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON184630.


1952 Delivered to Cory Tank Lighterage Ltd.,
London. 1983 Transferred to Cory Waste Management Ltd., London. 1990 Transferred to Cory Environmental Ltd., London. 1996 Re-engined 1196bhp  Mirlees-Blackstone ESL Diesel.  2006 Still in service. 2011 Sold to Thameside Services, London. 11-2012 Badly damaged on buoys off Gravesend when a ship leaving Tilbury Power Station Jetty lost all power and collided with her and Mersina. 2013? Believed sold to General Port Services and possibly renamed Cervia?

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RECTOR

Photog unknown. A Hughes colln
 
Built 1916 by Rennie Forrest Shipbuilding, Engineering & Dry Dock Co Ltd., Wivenhoe. YN 1251. L73.3’. B20’. D10.2’. 106grt. 450ihp 3cylTE 14"x25"x35"x24"s steam engine by Plenty and Son Ltd. BP6t. ON140264.

1916 Delivered to Cory Colliers Ltd., London.  2-6-1917 Req by  UK War Office for service at Dunkirk, Managers C. Rowbotham and Sons Ltd., London.22-10-1919 Returned to owners. 1922 Transferred to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1923 Transferred to R & J H Rea, Southampton.22-6-1942 Damaged during air raid at Southampton. 1946 Transferred to Cory Lighterage Ltd. London. 1952 Transferred to  R & J H Rea Ltd. 1954 Transferred to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1954 Scrapped.
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REDEEM

Built 1925 by Cochrane and Son Ltd., Selby. YN957. L74.5’. B18.6’. D9.5’. 78grt. 250ihp 3cylTE steam engine by Plenty and Son Ltd., Newbury. ON148649.

9-4-1925 Launched. 1925 Delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 23-6-1934 Edward Allen, aged 19, lost overboard and drowned off Ford’s jetty, Dagenham.  17-3-1941 Sunk in collision with tug Cullamix off Rainham, Essex. Five crew saved by Cullamix, mate Frank Argent, fireman Percy Mulley and lightermen George Baxter, Bill Harlin and 'Agile' Beadle.  Two men lost, skipper Bill Stavers and engineer Bill Walden. Later salved and returned to service. 1-2-1960 Arrived at  T W Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping.
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REDOUBT [1]

Photo B Hunt colln.

Built 1914 by  Montrose Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Montrose. L71.5’. B18.2’. D8.4’. 63grt. 300ihp 3cylTE steam engine by W V Lidgerwood, Coatbridge. ON135787.


1914 Delivered to Tilbury Coaling Co Ltd., Tilbury, named Tilco. 1938 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., 
London. 1947 renamed Redoubt. 1951 Scrapped.
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REDOUBT [2]

Built 1916 by Crabtree and Co., Gt. Yarmouth. YN160. L70.8'. B18.2'. D8.9'. 70grt. 40nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by builder. ON139128.

1916 Delivered to James W. Cook & Co Ltd., London named Blizzard. 195? Re-engined 440bhp Crossley diesel. 1958 Sold to William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1961 Transferred to Mercantile Lighterage Ltd., London, renamed Redoubt. 1965 Transferred to William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1972 Scrapped by T.W. Ward Ltd., Grays.
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REDOUBT [3]

 
 
Photos Alan Chapman.

Built 2009 by Damen Shipyards, Hardinxveld. Damen Shoalbuster 2208S. L22.35m. B8.63m. D2.99m. 1200bhp. 2x Caterpillar 3412  diesel engines. Twin screw. BP16.9t. MMSI 235078641. Callsign 2DGB5.

25-11-2009 Launched. Hull built in Poland and towed to Holland for completion. 12-2009 Arrived Hardinxveld for completion. 31-7-2010 Completed for Riverside Resource Recovery Ltd., London and departed Holland for delivery. 1-8-2010 Arrived Charlton.

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REGAIN

 
Photo Pete Bullimore
 
Photo Alan Chapman
 
Photo PRB

Built 1997 by Delta Shipyard, Sliedrecht Holland. L72.9'. B25.6'. D6.3'. 138grt. 1610bhp 2x 8cyl Caterpilar 3508B-DITA diesels engines. Twin screw. ON


19-7-1997 Launched. 12-12-1997 Delivered to Cory Environmental PLC., London. 2008 Still in service

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REGAL

Built 1928 by Cochrane and Son Ltd., Selby. L74.5’. B19.6’. D10.6’. 91grt. 550ihp 3cylTE steam engine by McKie and Baxter Ltd., Paisley. ON160351.

9-11-1927 Launched. 1928 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1934 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 15-12-1938 Barge Carlisle, under tow, sank in Woolwich Reach following collision with SS City Of Brussels. 6-7-1962 Arrived at  T W Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping.
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REGALIA

 
Photo B Hunt colln

Built 1898 by R Stephenson & Co, Newcastle. L60.3’. B14.1’. D7’. 48grt. 190ihp steam engine by Hedley and Boyd Ltd. ON110113.


1898 Delivered to Francis Deveraux Lambert,
London.  1911 Acquired by William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1916 Owner Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1922 Sold to  George Dove, Limehouse. 1930 Scrapped by T W Ward Ltd., Grays.

[Vessel was fitted out and used as an inspection launch for use of the Cory directors. It was unlikely to have ever been used for towage by Cory.]
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REGARD [1]

Built 1927 by Dibles Ltd., Southampton. L69.8’. B18.6’. D9.2’. 74grt. 300ihp 3cylTE steam engine by Plenty and Son Ltd., Newbury. ON160353.

1927 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1934 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1956 Scrapped by T W Ward Ltd., Grays.
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REGARD [2]

 
Photo RGR Colln
 
As Regarder 10-2012. Photo PRB

Built 1958 by James W. Cook (Wivenhoe) Ltd., Wivenhoe. L73.6’. B18.7’. D8.9’. 69grt. 409bhp Ruston Hornsby diesel engine. ON187819.


7-1958  Delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd.,
London. 1974 Re-engined 500bhp  Lister-Blackstone diesel. 1982 Sold to Erith & Dartford Lighterage Co Ltd., Erith, renamed Sir James D. 1984 Sold to Braithwaite & Dean Ltd., London  renamed Regard. 1991 Sold to Alan C. Bennett & Sons Ltd., London, renamed Regarder. 1994 Sold to General Marine Ltd., London. 2012 Still in service.
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REGENCY

Photo RGR Colln


Built 1929 by Crabtree & Sons Ltd., Great
Yarmouth. YN189. L69.5’. B18.6’. D8.9’. 76grt. 365ihp 3cylTE steam engine by builder. ON161358

1929 Delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd, London.31-4-1941 Sank after setting off aircraft laid mine off Rainham Essex. Six aboard saved, two lost. Salved and repaired. 1952 Transferred to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 22-8-1960 Arrived at  T W Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping.
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REGENT

Built 1891 by J & W Dudgeon, Poplar. L69’. B15’. D7.7’. 47grt. 50nhp 2cyl Steam engine. ON99032.

1891 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1924[by] Owner Alfred Wetherfield, Barking. 1934[by] Owners W J R Whitehair Ltd., London.
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REGINA

Built 1887 by Thames Ironworks Ltd., Blackwall. L68.5’. B14.1’. D7.5’. 40grt. 50nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by T AYoung Ltd, Blackwall. ON95438.

1887 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1916 Req for Admiralty service. 1918 returned to owner. 1934 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1935 Scrapped.
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REGIS

 
REGIS about to pass under BlackfriarsBridge. Arthur William Goad on deck. Photo B Freeman colln.

Built 1936 by Henry Scarr Ltd., Hessle. YN 378. L74.7’. B19.1’. D9.6’. 81grt. 530ihp 3cylTE steam engine by Plenty and Son, Newbury. ON165360.

1936 Delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1956 Transferred to William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 19?? Transferred to Cory Tank Lighterage Ltd., London. 19?? Transferred to Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 13-2-1964 Arrived at  T.W. Ward Ltd., Grays, for scrapping.
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RELAY

 
Photo 2010 by Alan Chapman

 

Built 1949 by Philip & Son Ltd., Dartmouth. YN 1187. L48’. B13’. D4.9’. 23grt. 102bhp 6cyl Crossley diesel engine. ON183051.


1949 Delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1952 Owners  William Cory & Son Ltd., London.  1968 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1970 Owners Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1974 Sold to Thomas Hughan and Co Ltd, Greenwich. 1975 Renamed Westerham. 1980 Sold to Thames & Medway Towing Co Ltd., Erith, renamed Scoundrel. 2005 Lying at Pipers Wharf, Greenwich. 2010 Still in service. 3-2014 Towed to Erith for scrapping.
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RELENTLESS

 
Photo Ray's colln.


Built 1949 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. YN755. L70’. B17.6’. D7.3’. 61grt.450bhp 6cyl SCSA British Polar diesel engine. ON182994.


6-1949 Delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1952 Transferred to William Cory and Son Ltd. 1966 Transferred to Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1970 Transferred to Wm Cory and Son Ltd. 1976 Sold for breaking up at Blackwall but believed later registered at Lagos, Nigeria.
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RELIABLE

Built 1923 by Cox and Co Ltd., Falmouth. L73.9’. B19.1’. D8.7’. 77grt. 300ihp 2cyl compound steam engine by builder. ON146702.

1923 Delivered to William Cory and Son Ltd., London. 1932 Forced draught system fitted to boiler. 1934 Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1958 Scrapped by T W Ward Ltd., Grays.
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RELIANCE

Photog unknown. A Hughes colln
 
Built 1901 by G. Rennie & Co Ltd.,  Greenwich. L69’. B16.3’. D8’. 54grt. 275ihp 2cyl compound steam engine by Plenty and Son Ltd., Newbury. ON115792.


1902 Delivered to Frederick R. Pelly,
London. 1911 Sold to William Cory & Son Ltd., London. 1916 Transferred to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1940 Scrapped.
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