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1929-built Sir William Hoy, built by the Armstrong Whitworth Company Limited, Newcastle, Yard No. 1045, for the South African Government. Launched in November 1928. Propulsion by triple-expansion steam reciprocating engine. 786 GRT. Broken up at Durban in 1982 after 53 years service.

(Sir William Hoy was a Scotsman who emigrated to South Africa and became Head of South African Railways and Harbour Services. He was knighted in 1916 and died in 1930 at 62 years of age)


On board equipment by G and J Weir of Glasgow. The photo was rescued from old Company archives that were being 'skipped' some 20 years ago. (Original photographer unknown)
· Date: Sun, 9 May 10 · Views: 254
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Don Matheson
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Sun, 9 May 10 13:10

Thanks for posting this Eriskay. What a lovely looking tug. I thought initially she was one of the Clyde built tugs for South Africa.
Very much a classic style. Thanks again

Don
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eriskay

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Sun, 9 May 10 14:16

Don :

Strangely enough, having not seen the image for a year or two, I thought exactly the same thing until I checked my old notes. She does carry a strong resemblance to those big ones that went down to South Africa.
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salvina

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Mon, 10 May 10 02:01

There was definitely an SAR tug in Durban harbour named the Sir William Hoy.

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eriskay

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Mon, 10 May 10 03:15

Salvina :

That now puts doubt in my mind as something was niggling me when I was postin g it that she was for S.A., but my notes at the time said differently. I will need to reinvestigate more thoroughly now as it is too coincidental you coming in with that info.
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salvina

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Mon, 10 May 10 09:50

Hi Eriskay, This photo possibly taken before she actually reached South Africa as the funnel hasn't got the SAR & H colours yet. (buff funnel with one broad and 2 narrower dark green bands). When I lived in SA and we were down in Durban on holiday I used to roam around the docks much to my family's annoyance.

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eriskay

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Mon, 10 May 10 11:07

Salvina - thanks due to you for spotting the glaring error in my original posting - she was always for South Africa and I just haven't a clue where I got Aden from, and Don Matheson also had his suspicions. (Jings, can't get away with anything on this site ... !) I have corrected the entry and added a few more details. (If you Google 'Sir William Hoy' the story of this gentleman is given there and also some cracking coloured photographs of the gallant wee tug working down in S.A.)
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Ian Hourston
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Sun, 22 January 12 05:56

A fine, rather exciting photograph. Shame the photographer is unknown.
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