Look at Life - Report on a River - The River Thames - 1963
This video is in the Look at Life series - Volume One - Transport and shows the River Thames from its source to the sea. In the hey-day of British Shipping and what has been done and looking to the future to modernize the port services to keep the traffic moving.
Several merchant ships are shown in the film - and those with a shipping background may recognise some if not all of them – but the ones that show their name I have added some details about them.
Sun XXIV Tugboat –
Launched in 1962 – and built by J. Pollock, Faversham.
113grt – Length – 88 feet; Beam – 23 feet; Draught – 10 feet
Rebuilt in 2005 with bow thrusters, push knee, Kort nozzle and new prop.
Still in service.
Koszalin – General Cargo Ship
Built in Gdynia in 1960 – 1592 tdw;
Length – 86.4 metres; Beam – 12.4 metres; Draught – 4.6 metres
Speed – 14 knots
Built 1958 – 7172tons
1979 – sold to Atlas Shipping Agencies, Bangladesh and renamed Al Salma
Pacific Envoy – Refrigerated Cargo Ship
Launched in November 1957 at the Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd on the Tyne for Furness Withy & Co Ltd London.
Length – 501 feet; Beam – 63 feet; Draught – 29 feet.
1967 – Renamed Lock Ryan for service with Royal Mail Lines
1970 – Renamed Pacific Envoy
1971 – Amon Shipping Co Ltd – Renamed Aegis Strength
1974 - Broken Up Whampoa at Hong Kong