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Would Be Grateful If Somebody Could Help Me With A Grab Dredger
W.d.54. In Her Early Career She Worked For The Mersey Docks And
Harbour Company.
I Would Like To Know When The Westminster Dredging Company
Bought Her And When She Was Sold For Scrap.
Also Where She Was Scrapped.

Thanks And Regards
Keith
 

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Keith, a warm welcome to the site. I'm sure you will find the good ship SN well fitted and well crewed, with someone able to assist you in your search now that you have come aboard. Bon Voyage
 

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I Know Its Been A Few Months But Thanks For The Warm Welcome.
Nobody Seems To Have Any Info On The Fate Of The W.d.54 Sadly.
She Was A Regular Vessel On The Mersey During The Seventies As A Grab Hopper Dredger And Earlier As A Hopper Barge Serving A Number Of Bucket Dredgers Europa And Amerika To Be Precise.

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Keith
 

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A belated welcome to you Keith, not often this site does not come up with the answers it looks as though you have caught the site out.
 

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Hi keith i was on the hopper wd 53 in 1952 out of swansea i have had no joy in my search for photos or information keep trying graham
 

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(Pint) (Applause) (Thumb) Hi Keith,
It could not be W.D. Africa could it? Welcome aboard this fine vessel, you will love it, Cheers bill
 

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Hi keith I was on the W.D. Seven Seas dreadging in fremantle harbour we also had a trailer suction dredge W.D. 53 I think she had been converted not built as such hope this might help you Henry K.
 

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I was on a hopper wd53 in 1952 out of swansea west minster dredgind may be she was converted henry do you have a photo regards graham
 

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I was an AB on a hopper belonging to Liverpool corporation, she was called the SHB DELTA she was sold to Westminster in the fifties I often wonder what happened to her
 

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Dredger Irk

Is it my imagination but did I see a few days ago a post here from someone wanting a photo of the Manchester Ship Canal Company Dredger Irk.
I made an attempt to respond but received a message saying it could not be delivered.
For information I actually served as a deck boy on her in 1937
Allan Wareing
 

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I WORKED ON THE BLYTH HARBOUR SUCTION DREDGER CROFTON, IN THE LATE 90s SHE WAS SOLD TO WYR WASTE MANERGMENT FLETWOOD,THEY SOLD HER ON, DOSE ANYBODDY NO WEAR TO

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Dredger WD54

Hi, Did WD54 look anthing like this, Mersey 26 & 27.
Cant remember where i got pic from. Am trying to remember, and will give credit when i do.
Barney.
 

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Not Sure If This Message Is Available For The Members To Reply To.
As I Am A New Member Here It Is Again:-

Would Be Grateful If Somebody Could Help Me With A Grab Dredger
W.d.54. In Her Early Career She Worked For The Mersey Docks And
Harbour Company.
I Would Like To Know When The Westminster Dredging Company
Bought Her And When She Was Sold For Scrap.
Also Where She Was Scrapped.

Thanks And Regards
Keith
Ahoy Keith,
Must have been this one?
 

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The picture shown is of a hopper... have to look uo some old notes but I think
there is a Builders` model of MDHB Grab Dredger No. 54 in the Maritime
Museum at Oxnard, California (Port Hueneme) of all places! North of LA..
I am sure MDHB will supply data on all their fleet. Westminster Dredging
managed ( over the course of 20 years ) managed to denude the once sandy beaches of Wallasey/New Brighton after the war. Regards, Snowy.
 

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Thanks Very Much Ruud For The Photo Of The W.d.54.
It Brings Back Some Pleasant Memories.
I Think This Picture Of Her Was Taken Off Eastham On The
River Mersey Judging By The Background.
Do You Know When It Was Taken, Would Be Interested?
Somebody In Westminster Dredging Thinks She Was Scrapped In
The Seventies.
Thats All I Have To Go On.

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Keith
 

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My Father - Paddy O'Hanlon was captain on The Westminster Dredging Company ''FAIRWAY'' Do You Have Any Recall Of Him-or Do You Know The Ship At All??

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E O'Hanlon
 

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Keith,

actually there have been 2 vessels called "W.D.54"

both were grab hopper dredges, built at Simons Renfrew in 1937.

dimensions 68,6 x 66,8 x 11,6 x 5,5 x 4,4 mtrs.

Yardnr 712, ID nr. 1164334
built as "No.24 Grab", for Mersey Docks
1947 renamed "Mersey No.24"
1957 sold to James Dredging / Boskalis as "W.D.54"
1959 broken up at Birkenhead.

Yardnr. 713, ID/IMO nr 5384190
built as "No.25 Grab", for Mersey Docks
1947 renamed "Mersey No.25"
1961 sold to James Dredging / Boskalis as "W.D.54" (so after scrapping earlier vessel)
1977 broken up, UK

Hoping this info will suit you,

Frans Lijmbach
 
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