Ancient coal burning icebreaking tug at Barentsburg

Andrew Craig-Bennett
9th February 2012, 22:04
In 1974 we were approaching Longyearbyen when a black smudge appeared on the horizon and beneath it we eventually made out an ancient tug; later we were alongside her at Longyearbyen and I took a look but did not get her picture. What I recall was that she had the hammer and sickle on her funnel and the builder's plate read "Wm Denny and Sons, Dumbarton" with a date that memory suggests was during WW1. She was a coal burner with an ice breaker bow and was the resident tug at Barentsburg.

I would love to know more about her. Since she must have been about sixty when I saw her she certainly lasted well.