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[U]TORQUE - IMO : 7606346 [/U]
Built 1943 , by A. Hall and Company Ltd, Aberdeen (Yard # 690) as EMPIRE SPITFIRE
GRT : 232 / DWT : ??
Overall Length : 34.5 metres x Beam 8.23 metres.
Machinery : 1 Screw driven by a Coal Fired Triple Expansion Steam Engine manufactured by the builder
Speed : ? knot

ex RN & RFA. Also Ocean Liner enthusiast.
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Hi Tim,
This brings back dim distant memories of a tug that was moored up at the top end of Pompey Harbour in the early part of the 1970's. I could see it whilst I served on HMS Antrim and often we tied up at Fountain Lake Jetty. I think the tug eventually disappeared in 1976, I never did find out its name.

Alan G

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O.N. 165262. 232g. 0n. 105.2 (112.8 –O.L.) x 27.1 x 11.7 feet.
T.3-cyl. (16”, 25” & 42” x 27”) by the shipbuilder. 147nhp.

23.01.1943: Launched by A. Hall & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 690) for The Ministry of War Transport, London.
30.03.1943: Registered at Aberdeen; Vessel No. 5 of 1943.
31.03.1943: Completed and handed over to Townsend Brothers (Ferries) Ltd., London for onward delivery to Malta.
20.03.1946: Owners restyled as The Ministry of Transport.
31.03.1947: Permanently allocated to The Admiralty.
29.08.1947: Renamed WARDEN. 07.1951: Renamed PROMPT.
02.10.1957: Towed from Malta bound for Chatham. 07.07.1975: Sold for £ 14,000 to Thames Services (Marine) Ltd., London and renamed TORQUE.
05.1979: Sold to Shoreham Salvage and Marine Ltd., Shoreham but remained listed as owned by Thames Services (Marine) Ltd.
1982: Sold to Maryport Maritime Museum, ***bria.
21.06.1986: Arrived at Millom in tow for demolished by Duddon Shipbreakers Ltd.

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