NORTH ROCK (1956 - 1972)
O.N. 187127. 206g. 0n. 104' 3" x 28' 2" x 11' 6½"
T.3-cyl. (15", 25" & 42" x 27") engine by Charles D. Holmes & Company Ltd., Hull. 1,050ihp.
Post 1963: 8-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (381 x 457mm) KMR8 type engine by Mirrlees Blackstone (Stockport) Ltd,, Stockport. 1,440bhp.
28.11.1955: Launched by George Brown & Company (Marine) Ltd., Greenock (Yard No. 264) for the Alexandra Towing Company Ltd.
1972: Sold to Rimorchiatori Sardi SpA, Cagliari and renamed CAPO FERRATO.
1998: Operated by Achille Onoratu fu Vincenzo, Naples.
2005: Sold to Moby SpA, Portoferraio.
11.2010: Still in service.
A lovely shot, and it holds great interest for me because as well as the tug, it has a panoramic view of Cammell Lairds Shipyard from No4 Drydock on the extreme right to the black welding bays on the extreme left of the picture.
Partly obscured by the tug's funnel, is the jib of Cammel Laird's own floating crane 'Cammell' built in 1917, and which spent it's whole working life in Laird's wet basin, lifting main engines and other large machinery. It was beached on a disused slipway in 1976 and dismantled for scrap. It was the only crane in the yard which I never got to drive, being the home from home of a pair of ancient crane drivers who never seemed to go home.