Look at Life - Sea Horses - Tugboats from the 1960s
The video is the latest Look at Life, Volume One - Transport called Sea Horses – Little Tugs, without which any big port would come to a standstill, are featured made in May 1962.
Several Tugs are featured in the video along with several ships, including Ocean Liners. Those with names that are recognisable are below. There are others which are not shown below because their names are not known.
Built 1908 – Re-engined 1956 – Sold in 2000 for £1 as a “non-commercial worker”.
In 2005, spotted at Hoo Marina converted to a houseboat. In 2009 for sale priced £33k In 2010 – Engine Removed.
Built in 1920 in Selby in Yorkshire. 196grt Disposed 1969 and Scrapped in 1969
Paddlewheel Tugboat built in 1914. In service until 1967 where she was sold to shipbreakers for scrap. She was left sitting on a mudbank in Dunston. As part of the scrapping process her wooden afterdeck and interior were destroyed by fire prior to being broken up. The tug remained there for 2 years, deck frames warped, wood burned or rotted, hull part flooded and engines rusty but intact. But she was bought by an American and rebuilt on the River Tyne during1969, modified to enable her to cross the Atlantic Ocean under her own steam, requiring fitting of modern navigational aids, radio, an enclosed wheelhouse and conversion from coal to diesel oil firing. She set sail on 18 September 1969 and arrived late March 1970 at San Francisco. She was donated to the National Park Service in 1979 and is now berthed at Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. She has been restored to resemble her condition post-War 1946.
166grt – Length – 100 feet; Beam 21 feet; Depth of hold 10.8 feet.
Gladstone – Registered at Liverpool
Formby – Built 1951 Registered at Liverpool – 237grt Steam Engine
Canada – Registered at Liverpool
Marinia – Ocean going Tugboat
Poolzee – Dutch Smit Tug – Built 1942
Hestor – Could be Dutch
Queen Mary - 81,000 grt
In service between 1936 and 1967
She is now permanently moored as a tourist attraction, hotel, museum and event facility in Long Beach California.
Queen Elizabeth - Largest Ocean Liner at the time at 83,000 grt
In service between 1939 and 1968. Caught fire in HongKong in 1972 and completely destroyed.
Northern Clipper – No info
Toula Built in 1937 as Westralia as a passenger-cargo ship.
Renamed Toula in 1959 and in 1970 broken up in Shanghai
Allegrity – Built 1945 as a coastal tanker. In 1946 renamed Sobat.
In 1951 renamed Allegrity and purchased by FT Everard.
On 22 December 1961 she capsized after grounding near Falmouth.
She was a total loss
798grt Length – 183 feet; Breadth – 28 feet; Depth – 13 feet
Speed – 9 knots.