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A rather incident-prone vessel. Built as the LPG carrier TEVIOT for Geo. Gibson, she was sold to Panamanian owners in 1979 and renamed RUDI M. As such, she became a familiar feature in London's Regents Canal Dock, under arrest. She suffered a fire whilst at RCD and a fireman tragically lost his life fighting the blaze. She was later purchased by medway tug owner JP Knight who repaired and converted her to a waste disposal carrier with the name KINGSABBEY. As the KINGSABBEY her biggest claim to fame came in 1986 when, on one of her regular runs on the Thames, she sliced through Southend Pier causing massive damage to the Pier and lifeboat house. The person at the helm was later found to be intoxicated. In 1988 she was sold again and renamed ST. STEPHEN, a name which she still carried in 2010.

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