Dredgers Peluse & Dextrous

19th December 2008, 05:16
Hi there can anyone provide any details of the large dredger PELUSE built in 1913 on the Clyde.I would like to know the career and ultimate fate of this vessel.
Also can anyone provide any information on the Dover Harbour Board dredger DEXTROUS , date and place of build, career and ultimate fate would be very welcome,
Thank you in anticipation,
Joe McMillan,
South Australia.

14th November 2009, 23:23
Largest dredger in the world (at the time)
Bucket Dredger Peluse built by Lobnitz & Co, Glasgow, for the Suez Canal Authority. Similar to the Ptolomie, built two years previously. Used for deepening the Port Said roads. The vessel is 805 feet long; 47 feet moulded breadth and 20 feet 2 inches depth; engines twin screw independent 1800 hp; separate dredging engines 600hp; machine cut teeth, auxiliary power is applied hydraulically. Peluse works between limits of 20 feet and 50 feet below water level.

Information gleaned from a report in 1956; film material [www.iwmcollections.org.uk/]
The film and original text are Crown Copyright.
Hastings transports paratroops assault on El Gamil; Despatcher opens door panel. CUs from a smallcraft as it passes the dredgers «Peluse» and «Pollux». MS to the stern of «Peluse». MS of capsized 80-ton floating crane - «Peluse» in the background.

14th November 2009, 23:49
Peluse' Fate is recounted in The Naval Review of 1957, describing the clearnce of The Suez Canal.
The main barrier consisted of eight ships ranged in a horseshoe shape across the Canal. The
largest of these was the new dredger, Paul Solents, sunk in the centre of the channel; and among
the others were the Pollux, a salvage pontoon lying on its side; the Peluse, a bucket-dredger;
and an 80 tons floating crane. These vessels had all been sunk by high explosives and most of them were badly damaged; others sunk further up the harbour were assessed to have been scuttled by opening their sea cocks only.