Now I see there are in fact two pictures attached to my original post. But the markers are so very close together, and not always visible (I only ever see a hyphen) - the best guide is a slow scroll watching for the little hand to light up a link - is this everyone's experience or is my computer playing tricks?I tried to post 2, but maybe ...
Now I see there are in fact two pictures attached to my original post.QUOTE]
Magnificent photos! Exceptionally clear.
The Ellerman ship could be one of four sisterships... City of Port Elizabeth, City of York, City of Durban or City of Exeter.
Of the two tugs, the fellow at left is the DANIE HUGO and the tug astern is the T.S. McEWEN of 1925. The McEWEN was stripped and then sunk off Robben Island in June 1977 after a career 52 years while the 1959-built HOGO was withdrawn in December 1984. What a shame that one of these steam tugs was not preserved.
Refs: A Century of South African Steam Tugs - David Reynolds 1992.
Hi Stephen, 1 tug, the (initial?) CAMBELL is preserved in Durban. I was on her when I joined the S.A. Harbour Service in the mid 60's. Beautiful vessels. I didn't stay long in that service as the then government, in it's infinite wisdom, decided that all their staff had to pass an exam in the Afrikaans language. I have nothing against the language, but the way it was done was so heavy handed that I left in disgust. Back to coasters!
Thanks Stephen. Perhaps you already know this, but I see on TugsList that Danie Hugo was eventually beached in Namibia, broken up, and now in part forms the basis for the popular Tug Boat Restaurant in Swakopmund. It is said that the wheel house is still recognisable, but fom the photos I have seen, I think you would be hard pressed!
I like (also from the TugsList), the McEwen's nicknames: "'SMOKY SUE' for her smoking capacities or 'GREEDY SUE' for her coal consumption"
Hi Stephen. Sorry, it is the J.R.MORE. They were practically sister ships. I should know better, I live in Durban! Put it down to old age and wishful thinking. a contributary factor to my leaving that service was that they transferred me from the tugs to the suction dredger BONTEBOK. Stuck down the pumproom for most of the day wasn't my idea of fun.Jock...
Just found a note that say that it is the J.R. More that is preserved at the Durban Maritime Museum.
none of the tug links open ?JR More - see the stunning photo at http://www.tugtalk.co.uk/images/2005/03/67926.jpg
And the equally stunning one of Danie H at www.tugtalk.co.uk/images/2005/03/67918.jpg
And a nice colour one of the McEwen at http://www.tugtalk.co.uk/images//2004/09/51546.jpg
Stephen - I put up one or two others in new threads, but rather than me sending all sorts to Nostalgia, go poke around at http://www.mccrow.org.uk/EastAfrica/Index East Africa.htm
You'll find some planes and trains there too. I have a bit in most pages, but the RN section is mainly mine (quality quite variable though).
Don't be surprised if you see some misnamed UC ships (my nostalgia thread "Puzzle Castles" might hopefully set some of the record straight)