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On the Wear in Sunderland with JL Thompsons shipyard in the background.

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There was one of these ex US Army tugs in San Francisco that had been repowered with a surplus EMD 20 cylinder railroad engine of 3600 horsepower. It was a lot of horsepower in such a small hull but she was fitted with a kort nozzle and shuttle rudders and had a lot of push. This led to a revolution of repowering older tugs with similar engines but most of the conversions utilized larger hulls such as ex US Navy YTM's and YTB's that worked out better.
There was also one of this class of ex US Army tugs up in the Port of Stockton which had been retired from Long Beach and brought up to Stockton. She was in her original configuration and as I recall her name was also Long Beach. While I never ran the boat, I remember her being a pretty sluggish and under powered tug. Maybe we pilots had just gotten spoiled with all that horsepower down in the main bay!
 

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Wally,
I had a great time running that Delta Jessica, ex: Capt. Jack when I worked for Bay Delta in the mid and late nineties. Very strong boat that had a tendency to climb up the side of ship when working alongside. You also had to be very careful alongside a ship with more than a couple of knots of headway on. With most of the engine manifold above the main deck line in the fidley, she could be a little top heavy.
Ran all three of those boats for Captains Going, Charlesworth and Ware, but especially enjoyed the Delta Lindsey the most. She was very stable and great on a stern line.
I'll look around and see if I have any images of my time there, but I don't think I do. Don't know why I didn't have a camera, might have had to pawn it to keep from starving in between ships with the SUP.
Hope all is well with you.
 

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Many thanks Wally and capnfab for the very interesting info, In Sunderland we had the Cornhill, Whitburn and Ryhope all in France Fenwick colours.
Kind regards, Steve.
 

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Thanks Stephen, How could I forget Grangetown!!! its where I was brought up.
Best wishes, Steve.
 

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Hi Capnfab
Bob Whipple repowered the Captain Jack which started the trend to repower so many older boats in the bay and lengthen their lives. Bob started that trend when he repowered a ex US Navy YTL with a Cat 399 of about 2000+ horsepower. The YTL's were originally about 600 HP, so it was a big step up and a very popular boat. The Captain Jack was named for Captain Jack Frost, a well known pilot in the bay who later was the owner of Bay and Delta and subsequently sold the company to Going, Charlesworth, and Ware when he retired. Jack was a remarkable pilot whom I had great respect for that did most of the passenger ships calling in San Francisco. All of these older single screw tugs were quickly found to be obsolete with the advent of tractor tugs and the enactment of the tug escort regulations for tankers.
 

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Thanks Wally.
If I am not mistaken and have my history correct, Whipple was the founder of AmNav?
Never got to meet Capt. Frost, but I heard a ton of stories from some of the other operators I worked with at BD. I had a pretty good thing working for Bay Delta. I would run the old single screw boats when needed and deck on the new tractors, trying to get experience on the Z drive boats which were completely foreign to me.
This of course, in between ships with the SUP.
It took me months to get the courage up and walk into BD's office on the Embarcadero. Walked in one day, a dispatcher pointed me towards Capt. Going and he had me turned around and heading out the door within a few minutes saying, "I get fifty people a week walking in here telling me they're tug captains".
I was halfway out the door when he asked me who I worked for back east. I said Curtis Bay, McAllister. Turecamo, Moran etc.
Suddenly, he was very interested in me and 2 hours later, I was on my way over to Oakland to sail an NYK box boat with the Delta Cathryn.
Capt. Going said I needed to learn how to sell myself a little better. LoL
Good times.
 

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