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Old 15th April 2012, 14:37
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Hello all,
does anyone know of any sources etc - I want to find out if there were any tugs during WW1 or 2 that were armed. Also what was the usual number of crew?
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Old 15th April 2012, 14:52
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Saint Class, Brigand Class, Nimble Class, Bustler Class, Assurance Class, Envoy Class and nearly all of the American Lend/Lease Tug's, all various type's of AA Weapon's, I am sure there will be a few more. Crew number's around 34 to 40.
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Old 15th April 2012, 15:02
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crumbs! I wasn't expecting so many - thanks for that.
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Old 15th April 2012, 15:49
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There were also numerous units of the various Empire classes and perhaps some civilian requisitioned vessels
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Old 16th April 2012, 08:12
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thanks Bill,
I'll look at the Empire class
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Old 17th April 2012, 12:18
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well, taken the plunge and all being equal I will pick up Chris's empire model from him Friday. I plan to turn her into an Admiralty tug. Does anyone have a source of history they could direct me to or any knowledge of Admiralty numbers for her?
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Hi,
The Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb built all eight of the BUSTLER Class tugs during WW II

http://www.leithshipyards.com/ships-...uilt-1941.html

HMS SAMSONIA with her for'd Dk Gun is pictured further down.

You will also find a wealth of info as I did at the rfaplymouth.com website

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Old 23rd April 2012, 23:07
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cheers! I'll have a look. Not sure how BUSTLER Class fits ( thought they were Warrior class)
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check out the p a s / r m a s gallery for pictures of most of the class's of tugs there are at least two books "empire tugs" and fifty years of naval tugs by bill hannan

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cheers! I'll have a look. Not sure how BUSTLER Class fits ( thought they were Warrior class)
BUSTLER class were large ocean going vessels. As for the EMPIRE there were numerus classes under the prefix, many derived from existing civilian designs.

ENGLISHMAN / LARCH
MODIFIED ENGLISHMAN / LARCH
WARRIOR
MODIFIED WARRIOR / ROACH
FOREMOST
HOEDIC
MAPLE
MODIFIED MAPLE
LAWN
MODIFIED HORNBY
BIRCH
STELLA
MODIFIED STELLA

In total 147 vessels including one requisitioned and one lease/lend from USA.

At the end of the was some were either sold during construction or broken up on the stocks.
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