26th March 2007, 15:47
Can any of the members confirm if the old bucket dredger Medway SM1
is still around.
She was built in 1954 and some years ago was laid up I think at Gillingham,
Any information would be very much appreciated plus a picture if possible.
26th March 2007, 16:05
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15th May 2007, 12:11
I realise that there have been no replies apart from one on the bucket
dredger Medway SM1 and so far I have drawn a blank on her.
Could any members throw any light on her suspected demise.
I do know she was laid up by a scrapyard at Gillingham in Kent but no
Can anybody help please?
15th May 2007, 13:02
Any idea where she was built - I've checked my sources and cannot trace.
15th May 2007, 17:14
This could be a long shot but there was a steam bucket dredger built in 1954 in Kinderdijk by Smit J & K for the Shoreham Harbour Trustees and named 'Adur' after the River that flows through Shoreham. She was 199 tons and oil fired. I last saw her laid up in Gravesend late 70's or early 80's. I believe she was renamed and moved to the Medway area. hope this is of assistance to you
15th May 2007, 21:57
Re my previous posting regarding a small steam bucket dredger which was operating at Newhaven harbour in 1978 or 1979 when I was there on Waverley. Could this be the same vessel we are talking about here. Some idea of size would be helpful - this ship from memory was only around 100' long.
22nd May 2007, 11:44
Thanks for the info Allan and Awateah2.
The vessel you refer to i am sure is the same vessel i was enquiring about
built 1954 Kinderdijk as the Adur.
She was laid up still in the nineties near Gravesend but was interested to
know if she is still in that capacity or has she been scrapped.
25th May 2007, 09:45
i found this picture on shipspotting.com of the vessel under adur
25th May 2007, 11:44
Thanks Richie for the picture of Adur.
Just wish I knew what happened to her after she was laid up as the
Does anybody know???
25th May 2007, 17:10
Found some more infromation about Medway SM1 the company who owned it last were MEDWAY SECONDARY but the address is the same address as pratt tugs and it says the vessel is now dead
the website i got this from is http://www.equasis.org
25th May 2007, 23:54
Yes, I'm sure seeing the picture that this was the dredger at Newhaven in 1978.
26th May 2007, 12:24
As an old newhaven geezer. the only bucket dredgers i ever saw at newhaven was the "Formost prince" and the smaller of the two (also steam) was I think the "tideway"
Perhaps "meechingman" could help with some information on this. in the later days there were some suction dredgers came to newhaven. cant for the life of me remember the names of them...getting on a bit now
26th May 2007, 12:47
I could be wrong as at the time I didn't pay much attention to the dredger. I know our technical department* paid a visit which was later reciprocated but on that day I was out plastering East Sussex and Kent with Waverley publicity.
*Our Chief, the late Ian Muir called the engineers thus.
5th June 2007, 15:48
Just been trying to search your site with Equasis regarding Medway SM1 and
in fact have enrolled as a member.
When you get through to the ship site, in some cases have provided ships
name and callsign but it comes up cannot trace criteria.
How did you manage to obtain the info as I have tried checking on a couple
of ships that are still afloat??
5th June 2007, 16:45
the infro i obtained was the address which was on there and i have noticed that, that was the same address as pratts towage before, and it says teh satus of Medway Sm1 as dead, hope this helps
if you really wanted to know what happened to Medway SM1 contact Alan Pratt towage
7th June 2007, 15:33
Thanks for the reply Richie.
Will try and follow this up with Alan Pratt Towage.