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I have just uploaded one of the few pics of this smallish dredger to the main site Gallery that I took on a short cruise down the Tyne river on sunday the 9th of March.

The main reason why this craft interests me so much is the yellow crane which is apparently a Ruston-Bucyrus model of some kind but my attempts to contact Port of Tyne Authority or indeed posting on other forums to find out what model of crane I am looking at; have all failed. :(

Any details on the Hedwin dredger would be appreciated though. Its the first time I've actually seen it after over a dozen trips up and down the river. Maybe it covers the other local waterways as well as my own...

Thanks for any reply.

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Type Dredger Hedwin in a Google search and some photos and info pop up
 

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There where two ships called Coquet Mouth, the first was built in 1927 and the second was a grab hopper dredger built in 1955.
I think you are probably referring to the second.
You will find a photo of her on website Esk Dredging - Dredgers.
Info available on Miramar Ship Index.

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SS Coquet Mouth, Sank off the mouth of the River Coquet 04/07/1940 after setting off a magnetic mine. Three of the crew were lost, Bob English (mate) James Brown and Sydney Lockey (deckhands) all local men. There is a small plaque with a picture on the Harbour railings with plans to install a larger sign board to keep the history readily available and to commemorate the three victims.
 

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Hedwin dredger crane apparently an RB 38B I am trying to track down a serial number, this may take some time. She was powered by a British Polar 6 cyl 25tr of 1047kw, with two ***mins 5.9 6BT powered generators. also one Lister Petter and one Perkins aux engines.
 
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