20th July 2011, 08:04
Just to confirm Trailing Suction Dredger - Donald Redford - IMO:7924281 - Gross Tonnage:681 - Deadweight:964 was towed out from
Marchwood Quay (Southampton) by tug MTS Vengeance about 1100 hours 19th July 2011 destined for Ghent.
Last eta 2000/19th and berthing Ghent 0800/21st.
Looks like her final trip to the breakers.
20th July 2011, 09:16
That's sad, I used to see her a lot in the Solent and entering/leaving Pompey. She always seemed busy and doing sterling work.
21st July 2011, 19:19
That is a shame to see her go to breakers, particularly as she had a bit of history. She went through the middle of Hythe Pier in 2003 under the charge of a drunken junior master.
6th August 2011, 16:31
I noticed in the Solent Shipping News today 2 pictures of Donald Redford.
The first one of her being towed from Portsmouth by tug MTS Vengeance and
the other of her alongside at Ghent with a mountain of scrap lying on the quay,
for anybody interested.
8th August 2011, 18:15
I remember her when she was first built for the Manchester Ship Canal Company for dredging on the canal. She was named after the then chairman (?) of the company. My father, who, like me later, worked for the canal company and remembered him as a perfect gentleman. A sad end to a workhorse.