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Watercolour of two Rhea tugs at work on the Mersey.

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ALCINOUS (1952 - 1961) “A” class steel motorship - Mk.III.
O.N. 185428. 7,999g. 4,538n. 462.9 x 62.3 x 31.7 feet.
7-cyl. 2 S.C.S. A. (750 x 1500mm) B&W type by J. G. Kincaid & Company Ltd., Greenock. 6,970 BHP. 16 kts.
1951: Laid down as CADMUS by Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd., Newcastle (Yard No. 126), for the Ocean Steamship Company Ltd.
27.11.1951: Launched as ALCINOUS by Mrs J. M. Ormston.
12.3.1952: Registered at Liverpool.
4.1952: Completed.
5.9.1960: Transferred to the Nederlandse Stoomvaart Maatschappij “Oceaan” N.V., Amsterdam, at Birkenhead.
9.1.1961: Renamed POLYDORUS, at Glasgow.
9.11.1973: Transferred to the China Mutual Steam Navigation Company Ltd., at Glasgow.
12.1975 until 3.1976: Transferred to Elder Dempster Lines Ltd.
4.1976: Sold to S. H. Alatas & Company, (Blue Funnel’s agents) Jeddah, and renamed JOHARA.
9.1976: Reverted to the China Mutual Steam Navigation Company Ltd., and to POLYDORUS.
6.1977: Sold to Hesperus Navigation Corporation, (Zenith Management Corporation, Piraeus), Liberia, and renamed MATINA, under Panama registry.
21.4.1978: Arrived at Gadani Beach for demolition.
5.7.1978: Work commenced by unspecified shipbreakers.

The nearest tug appears to be GRASSGARTH one of six of the type as per below This would place the scene between 1953 and 1960 being ALCINOUS still has Red Ensign

AYSGARTH (1950 - 1972)
O.N. 183795. 231g. 103'1" x 26'8" x 11'10"oa.
T.3-cyl. (16", 25" & 42" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 1,120 ihp. 13 tons bollard pull. 10 kts.
29.8.1950: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 738) for Rea Towing Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
11.10.1950: Completed.
16.10.1950: Registered at Liverpool; Vessel 61 of 1950.
11.1958: Converted to burn oil fuel.
1972: Sold to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co. Ltd., for demolition at Troon.

APPLEGARTH (1951 - 1971)
O.N. 183807. 231g. 103'1" x 24'8" x 11'10"oa.
T.3-cyl. (16", 25" & 42" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 1,120 ihp. 13 tons bollard pull.10 kts.
28.12.1950: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 739) for Rea Towing Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
24.4.1951: Completed.
28.4.1951: Registered at Liverpool; Vessel No. 12 of 1951.
19.8.1954: Left Canning Dry Dock, Liverpool after overhaul and was found to be filling with water, subsequently sinking in the Canning Dock.
22.8.1954: Raised and returned for repair.
9.1956: Converted to burn oil fuel.
13.1.1960: Sank with the loss of her entire crew, whilst assisting PERTHSHIRE (10,496g. /36).
28.1.1960: Raised and sent for repairs which lasted 6 months. 1971: Sold to Holyhead Towing Ltd., Anglesey, and renamed AFON CEFNI. Registered at Beaumaris.
1973: Sold to Maritime Commercial Enterprises, Greece, and renamed ACHILLES.
1975: Sold to Nikolas E. Vernicos Shipping Company, Greece and renamed VERNICOS CHRISTINA.
1980: Sold to Kyriakou Brothers and Goutis, Greece for demolition at Perama.
10.1980: Work commenced.

BANGARTH (1951 - 1969)
O.N. 185421. 231g. 103'1" x 27'10" x 11'10"oa.
T.3-cyl. (16", 25" & 42" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 1,120 ihp. 13 tons bollard pull.10 kts.
19.6.1951: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 740) for Rea Towing Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
8.12.1951: Completed.
10.12.1951: Registered at Liverpool; Vessel No. 44 of 1951.
3.1959: Converted to burn oil fuel.
10.1969: Sold to Remorquage Letzer S. A., Belgium, who had planned to convert her into a pusher type tug to power a barge between Poland and Belgium.
22.10.1969: Handed over at Birkenhead and departed under tow for Antwerp the same day.
23.10.1969: Foundered off Strumble Head.
GRASSGARTH (1953 - 1972)
O.N. 185462. 231g. 103'1" x 26'8" x 11'10"oa.
T.3-cyl. (16", 25" & 42" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 1,120 ihp. 13 tons bollard pull.10 kts.
7.8.1952: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 737) for Rea Towing Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
20.2.1953: Completed.
25.2.1953: Registered at Liverpool; Vessel No. 8 of 1953.
1.1959: Converted to burn oil fuel.
1972: Sold to West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co. Ltd., for demolition at Troon.

ROSEGARTH (1954 - 1970)
O.N. 185493. 231g. 102'6" x 26'7" x 14'3"oa.
T.3-cyl. (16", 25" & 42" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 1,120 ihp. 13 tons bollard pull.10 kts.
22.1.1954: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 748) for Rea Towing Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
5.7.1954: Completed.
9.7.1954: Registered at Liverpool; Vessel No.16 of 1954.
10.1956: Converted to burn oil fuel.
1970: Sold to Holyhead Towing Co. Ltd., Anglesey, and renamed AFON WEN. Registered at Beaumaris.
1973: Sold to Angelo Decima, Italy, and renamed PESCASSEROLI.
1984: Sold for demolition.

THROSTLEGARTH (1954 - 1972)
O.N. 185500. 231g. 103'1" x 26'8" x 14'3"oa.
T.3-cyl. (16", 25" & 42" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 1,120 ihp.13 tons bollard pull. 10 kts.
1.7.1954: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 749) for Rea Towing Co. Ltd., Liverpool.
8.9.1954: Completed.
13.9.1954: Registered at Liverpool; Vessel No. 23 of 1954.
11.11.1972: Delivered at Troon, for demolition by the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Co. Ltd.
 

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BillH many thanks for the detailing of the ship and tugs. As non seaman it’s often difficult to know what the ships are that your painting. I am aware that the superstructure is not always correct, but for me it the look and feel of the ship that make me want to paint it.
I try to do colours of funnels etc as accurate as possible, but sometimes I use black and white photos so the it mostly guess work of finding the shipping line.
 

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