George V tug
Posted by Don Scott on July 8, 2020, 1:37 pm
Just a few pics of the tug 'George V' which I found, at last, on one of my external drives. Built for steam in 1915 (J.P. Rennoldson & Son Ltd, South Shields) she was a common sight on the Tyne and could not be mistaken for any other tug after her conversion to diesel in 1954. I cannot remember the date that I went to see her (him?) some years ago on mud flats off Queenborough, Isle of Sheppy. I sought out the owner at that time, Mr. N.E. Murry, who offered it to me free! if I could find a home and a restorer. Sadly, that came to naught and it was later scrapped. |
The photos show the tug in all of its glory on return to the Tyne after engine conversion by P.K. Harris & Sons Ltd, Appledore, Wales. The diesel engine fitted was one of six purchased by France Fenwick, the tugs owners at that time. The tug was built for original owners, Robert Redhead.
I do not know the source of the photos but dedicate them to happy memories of playing on the riverbank, never failing to pause, look up and give the crewmen a wave as those little tugs scurried by.