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allantcondie



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The non self propelling bucket dredger Taycraig laid up in Dundee in the 1960s. With the building of the Tay Road Bridge and the closure of the Earl Grey etc. docks she was made redundant. I have yet to find out what her fate was? Incidentally non-self propelled dredgers appear in the sailing ships section of Lloyds register.
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allantcondie
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Sat, 2 February 08 04:14

Taycraig, built by A Hall of Aberdeen in 1939 as the Foremost Clan for James Dredging of Southampton. Bought by Dundee Harbour Trust in 1949 to replace the T.B. Taylor. Sold to Dutch owners as the Beverwijk X in 1962. Sunk in the Bony River in Nigeria in 1964, salvage took nearly a year and she was towed to Lagos where she was written off in 1967.
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meechingman

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Sat, 2 February 08 04:27

Looks very similar to Newhaven's Testside, also James Dredging.

The name Taycraig caught my eye. Same name as one of my late father's ships, wrecked in a storm in Mounts Bay, Cornwall. Been thinking about that, given the sad events of the last day or so.

Andy
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allantcondie
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Sat, 2 February 08 08:19

Sister was the Foremost Glen, built by Halls in 1940 and also James Dredging at some stage but also attributed to Great Western Railway (Cardiff). Scrapped in 1955. Was there a connection between James Dredging and the Railways at some time?
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allantcondie
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Sat, 2 February 08 08:24

I've tried to trace Testside in Lloyds Register but with no luck _ I suspect that this was not her original name?
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Trawldoor
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Mon, 21 February 11 07:43

My father spent his whole working life (leaving RN after WW11) within Dundee Harbour's 'Floating Plant' department. He once told me about working in Leith with the harbours 'Bucket dredger'. I wonder if this was her. I can only remember the later grab dredger. I have no idea why the DHT Dredger was dredging in Leith.....that's always puzzled me too in retrospect.
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allantcondie
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Thu, 13 October 11 17:19

It was not unknown for one Harbour authority to help another out often in an hour of need. I would think however that it would be the T.B. Taylor that your father worked on at the time as she was self propelling whereas the Taycraig was 'dumb' and had to be towed to any working site. Once in situ the dredger was maneovred by the use of her winches and ropes, or by the hopper barge lashed alongside - Dundee had the J. Hannay Thompson.
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