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Tugs at a buoy.

Tugs at a buoy.

Three steam tugs at a buoy near Tilbury. Watercolour painting 9 1/2 x12 1/2 inch.
I could not make out the name of the centre tug as the name was not clear on the photo. Help with details would be appreciated.

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Thank you Dave, having seen the photo i just wanted to a painting them. I agree collectively they looked great.
 

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IONIA
O.N. 301193. 187g. 0n. 113' 7" x 28' 9" x 12' 6½".
6-cyl. 2 S.C.S.A. (340 x 570mm) Polar MN16 type by British Polar Engines Ltd., Glasgow. 960bhp. 27 tons bollard pull.
12.5.1960: Launched by Henry Scarr Ltd., Hessle (Yard No. 771) for William Watkins Ltd., (Ship Towage (London) Ltd., managers), London.
14.7.1960: Registered at London.
8.1960: Completed.
20.9.1968: Owners restyled as London Tugs Ltd., (same managers).
1.1.1975: Owners acquired by Alexandra Towing Company Ltd, Liverpool and London.
28.4.1976: Owners restyled as Alexandra Towing Company (London) Ltd.
1987: Sold to Falmouth Towage Company Ltd., Falmouth
1988: Renamed ST. MAWES.
2001: Sold to Mr Anderson, London and intended to be renamed IONIA, but placed in lay-up, initially at Rochester for a few months then to Bideford where she continued in lay-up as ST MAWES.
2005: Sold to Exploring Life Ltd., Buckfastleigh and renamed IONIA.
3.2009: Sold to Rachael Swain, Bideford and still laid up, as intended floating café.
11.2020: Still at Bideford looking a derelict wreck.

CONTEST (I believe)

O.N. 163323. 213g. 0n. 100.0 x 26.1 x 12.3 feet.
T.3-cyl. (16½", 27” & 45" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 116nhp. 1,100ihp.
23.2.1933: Launched by Alexander Hall & Company Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 642) for the Elliott Steam Tug Company Ltd. (John Page, manager), London.
20.3.1933: Registered at London.
3.1933: Completed.
23.7.1940 until 12.9.1944: Requisitioned by the Army.
12.1949: Transferred to the Elliott Steam Tug Company (1949) Ltd., London.
12.1955: Owners restyled as the Elliott Steam Tug Company Ltd.
3.1965: Sold to William Watkins Ltd. (same managers).
20.9.1968: Owners restyled as London Tugs Ltd. (same managers).
1972: Sold to T. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield for demolition at their Grays, Essex facility.
7.4.1972: Arrived at Grays.


CHALLENGE
O.N. 162549. 212g. 2n. 100.0 x 26.1 x 12.3 feet.
T.3-cyl. (16½", 27” & 45" x 30") by the shipbuilder. 116nhp. 1,100ihp.
22.1.1931: Launched by Alexander Hall & Company Ltd., Aberdeen (Yard No. 633) for the Elliott Steam Tug Company Ltd. (John Page, manager), London.
27.2.1931: Registered at London.
3.1931: Completed.
12.1949: Transferred to the Elliott Steam Tug Company (1949) Ltd., London.
12.1955: Owners restyled as the Elliott Steam Tug Company Ltd.
3.1965: Sold to William Watkins Ltd. (same managers).
20.9.1968: Owners restyled as London Tugs Ltd. (same managers).
1972: Withdrawn to be scrapped.
10.1973: Sold to St. Katharine Haven Ltd. (Taylor Woodrow Group), London for static preservation and loaned to the Maritime Trust at St. Katharine's Dock.
1993: Sold to The Dunkirk Little Ships Restoration Trust, Warsash and moved to Tilbury Dock for restoration.
1995: Returned to steam.
2010: Under further restoration at Shoreham.
11.2020: Still in existence.
 

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Many thanks for the information BillH. I do agree with your opinion about the middle tug been Contest as it was, what I thought it said at the time. I don’t like to put names on any ship that I don’t know, I don’t know enough to name then so leave blank. It a pleasure to do a painting then some like yourself, given a the history to finish off the job. To me they are superb and beautiful of machines that make a painting, I also think we need to preserve the images of them in their environment, in what ever way we can.
 

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Definitely! I's rather see these fine vessels than look at any line up yachts at any marina!

One small point, the thin white stripe on the funnel is actually light blue.

Stephen
 

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Thank you Stephen , I will remember that for future reference. That the good thing about putting it on here I get good information. There are a lot of b&w photos that I would love to paint but hold back due to not getting the funnels, superstructure etc the correct colours. The way forwards is to ask you guys before I start, if your willing to help , or point me in the right direction. Its not a commercial venture I paint as a amateur, and started following a spinal injury whist serving in the RAF. If any of you want to use the images please do so, be king to give me credit if you would.
 

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Dean, Well, you won't have problem finding help with anything here on SN. :) You have joined SN at a point with the Gallery is not at its best. Anyhow, if you need colour images of a any particular vessel, just shout.
Stephen
 

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Many thanks Stephen, I’m sure at some point I will take you up on the offer. There are so many superb photo in b&w that I would like to have a go at painting.
I have about three at the moment I’m wanting to paint so will be back soon.
I have found the response on SN , brilliant I did make enquiries on another site but was not give a response. My experience with ex and serving seamen is they are a bit like t military personnel , a friendly bunch with a bloody good sense of humour.
 

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We drink too!!! :)
Have a look at the Gallery. I posted a photo of CONTEST a few minutes ago. Good for colour,

Try Google in 'images' for watercolours of Tony Westmore. Lots of images of his works. If you are looking for 'good painting tips'... well worth the time.

Stephen
 

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