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Two Tugs in the background of this photo of a railway engine on the quay in Aberdeen.

Date late 1940s - can anyone identify the Tugs.

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The navigation lights on the mast we can see are not tug nav lights when they desided to have three mast head lights each light was 6ft. apart don't think them there lamps are 6ft. apart not sure if it's a trawler Fred Denman(H)
 

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Going by the building opposite,it looks like they are lying at Blaikies quay.Sometimes ships under repair(North Boats) at Hall Russells were laid up in the corner.Quite possible the plain funnel with black top could be one of the Orkney Inter-island boats.Earl Thorfinn or Earl Sigurd.(Buff funnel with Black top)
 

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Is it possible that the photo is from the Wartime Years and the vessel's are Minesweeping Trawler's or ex M.T's awaiting conversion back to "Civilian" after the War
 

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I have studied pictures of the two Earls and I think they are ruled out. Current favourite is that the buff? black topped funnel belongs to a trawler just out of overhaul. What detail can be seen could put it as one of the WWI Strath Class.


I wish I could find a list of Aberdeen Trawlers.
 

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Going by the number on the shunting engine this would date the photo somewhere between 1946 when 8191 was allocated to it and August 1948 when it was renumbered by British Railways.

Ian
 

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Yes, that would be about right - but what also puzzles me after looking at the film North Sea is that if they were trawlers they woulde have the registration number painted on the front of the funnels.
 

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As Supergoods says, the locomotive's number indicates that the photo was taken 1946 to 1948.
The loco itself dates from 1915, when it was built by Manning Wardle, Hunslet, Leeds as No 44 for the Great North of Scotland Railway for Dock shunting duties in Aberdeen.
At the grouping of the railway companies in 1923 it became LNER Class Z4 no 6844; then 8191 with the company's renumbering programme of 1946. At nationalisation it became 68191 and survived until 1959, when it was scrapped by British Railways at Inverurie Works
 

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