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Old 19th February 2006, 12:28
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Tug Meeching

I'm curently involved in a con-commercial 'labour of love' project for the Newhaven Maritime Museum. I'm building up a history of the harbour tug Meeching, with as much information and as many photos as I can collect. This is special and personal for me, as my father Capt. Frank Gilbert, was her skipper for many years. It was his last command before he retired in 1979.

so far, it's going well, with photos from local people as well as some of the contributors here, local press and Fotoflite allowing me to use their images.

If you're reading this and have anything that you can share, please let me know by a reply or a PM.

Now here's a long shot. I can remember reading a post somewhere on one of the forums by a gentleman from Holland, Piet van Damme. He said in the post that he had a copy of her plans. I lost my set in a house move years ago and would like to obtain copies. If anyone can help put me in contact with this gentleman, I'd be really grateful.

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Old 26th March 2007, 13:07
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Proably way to late but have sent you a PM with Piet's email address
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Old 26th March 2007, 13:19
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Would it not be possible to get a copy of the plans from P K Harris and Sons her builders in Appledore as they have been very helpfull with myself in the past
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Old 29th March 2007, 10:55
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Hi Gdynia,

I've been in touch with them and they say they no longer have them. They referred me to the Appledore Museum, which I visited, and to the North Devon records office. They referred me back to Appledore Shipbuilders.

There was also an issue with hydroconic hull designs being patented, see other posts regarding this, and plens were meant to go back to the company that held the patents.

Thanks for the thought anyway!

I was going to post in this thread this morning, as my brother (once her 2nd engineer) saw a TV report from the Medway a day or two ago. There, sitting on top of a pile of scrap, was Meeching's lifeboat. It makes us wonder if the old girl hasn't finally gone the same way.

Does anyone know if she's still lying on the Meday?

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Old 29th March 2007, 14:07
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Meeching

Last I heard of her was at Washer Wharf Queenborough attached picture taken by Ted Ingham (www.tugtalk.co.uk) on 17/06/2006.

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Old 29th March 2007, 22:28
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Thanks David, I see she was missing the lifeboat back then, so maybe all isn't lost. Hopefully someone else will have some recent news.
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Old 7th April 2007, 19:37
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I spoke to the boss of a salvage company a couple of days ago - he's just put a bid in for the MSC Napoli job - and he'd seen her at Queenborough a couple of weeks ago. She'd sunk at her moorings again, but had been refloated. Depending on the damage, I can't see anyone spending money on her this time.
Anyone have any details on this?
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My feekings!... its a crying shame. having had two members of my family who have sailed on the meeching. My late father as mate and my brother (marsat2) as AB. i also knew many of the crew who used to sail her. most of which have since crossed the bar.
I do hope someone buys her if only as a "live on"
She did some great towing/salvage jobs in her day.
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Meeching.

It may be that the plans have reached either the National Maritime Museum or the National Railway Museum. I got plans for the Humber ferries from Sealink HQ many years ago and was told that the archives would eventually go to York!
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I got plans for the Humber ferries from Sealink HQ many years ago and was told that the archives would eventually go to York!
Never thought of that. I'll get on that right away, thanks!

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I was watching "Coast" at the weekend on UKTV History, it was down in the Thames Estuary and I am sure I got a quick glimpse of the stern of Meeching moored up.

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Meeching 002.jpg

Meeching 001.jpg

Pics of the tug taken on 1st July 2007, moored on Queenborough Buoys on the Swale.
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HI
If you go to
http://gallerythames.fotopic.net
and click on the medway section there is a pic of meeching taken by myself last week
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Wonder what the future has in store for her? ... She was a damn fine tug in her day, did some interesting jobs too!
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Meeching at Queenborough 26/07/2007

Found this picture taken by Ted Ingham on www.tugtalk.co.uk showing Meeching and Nore Commander on 26th July 2007 at Queenborough.
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Try posting on Tugspotters forum - www.tugspotters.com - and ask for Piet.

I think he posts there now and again.

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Old 31st July 2007, 01:12
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Thanks for the recent pix, guys. She actually looks a bit better than when I last saw her, maybe there's life in the old girl yet. No lifeboat or liferaft yet, though, so more work to be done. Last time I heard she was still detained for several problems. Anyone have any info on this?

David, do you mean Nore Commodore rather than Nore Commander? If so, that's Newhaven's own Meeching alongside her 'replacement'.

Come to think of it, wouldn't it be weird if Murray bought her and stationed her back at Newhaven!

Andy

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Would love to hear that she had been granted a new lease of life Andy. We shall just have to wait and see what the future has in store for her.
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Yes quite right Meechingman I did mean to type Nore Commodore not Commander another "Senior Moment" !!
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Cheers David. That pic will now cause a few smiles at the museum.
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Old 3rd August 2007, 12:38
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So anybody know what tug is covering Newhaven if Nore Commodore is not there at the moment ?
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Old 5th August 2007, 21:41
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Tug at Newhaven

We were discussing this at the musuem this afternoon, after looking at Ted Ingham's photo.
Newhaven is currently tug-less, as Nore Commodore disappeared a few months back. Presumably LD/Transmanche and the port operators are totally confident of the ability of the two ferries to opearate unaided in any conditions.

Maybe a tug will suddenly appear if there's a need. Dover or Pompey (or even Dieppe) could get one here in 4-5hours or so. Hmmm....

Andy

PS. If anyone has Ted Ingham's email address, or can put me in contact (or if Ted's reading this!) could they let me know by PM, as I've lost his details and want to ask permission to use one of his photos. Thanks

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Re Ted Ingham

Andrew have put a general message on Tugtalk for Ted to get in touch with you hope that works
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Andy, Maybe the council intend to put a "nautical" parking meter at the waters edge in Seaford Bay and reap the revenue in south west gales...LOL
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Thanks for doing that, David.

Billyboy, that's a neat thought, though so far, both of the Transmanche sisters are managing to stay well away from the beach! Of course, we'll only need that tug when they do go for a walk east of the pier! According to the MAIB, Nore Commodore was too weedy to handle them anyway, and unfortunately, if you compare bollard pulls, Meeching wouldn't have fared much better. When she was designed back in 1959, the largest steamer on N/D was the Lisieux, and even though she had to pull a few 15000 tonners around in the days of Fishers, that was only in good conditions. Getting that size of ferry off a sandbank would have been a rather different matter!

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