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I am writing here to see if someone can maybe help me. My Great Grandfather was Richard William Davey from Bristol, Master of the Fairplay Two when it sank off the Netherlands in 1947. He was also Master of the Plumgarth according to Naval records from 1918 and was Master of Iselgarth in 1914. I started looking into this for my mother who has recently passed and now its become a must do for me. Richard W Davey died in 1947 after many long years as crew on Bristol Tugs.
I am trying to get any pictures of these three tugs I can use for a family history book and for my own records. The only thing I have ever found is a small picture in the story of when the Fairplay Two sank.

Any hints on where to look would be appreciated.
 

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ISELGARTH
O.N. 117714. 93g. 81.6 x 17.6 x 9.9 feet.
C.2-cyl. (15" & 32" x 21") by the shipbuilder. 350 ihp. 6 tons bollard pull.
16.4.1904: Launched by Lytham Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Lytham (Yard No. 331) for Rea Transport Co. Ltd., (R. & J. H. Rea, managers), London.
28.5.1904: Trials and completed. Registered at Bristol: Vessel No. 1 of 1904.
4.1.1919: Owners restyled as R. & J. H. Rea Ltd., London.
18.5.1938, at 21:00hrs: Capsized and sank off Barry, S. Wales.
2.6.1938: Refloated, retaining heavy list to port and with her bow just underwater was placed on a mudbank in Barry Harbour to dry out at low water.
3.6.1938: Pumped out, refloated and berthed in the dock basin.
10.1938: Sold, in a damaged state, to Edmund Handcock (1929) Ltd., (F. D. Davies, manager), Cardiff, and sent for repair.
2.1939: Renamed CARDIFFIAN.
9.1952: Register closed - vessel demolished.

PLUMGARTH
O.N. 127062. 164g. 95.4 x 22.2 x 11.3 feet.
T.3-cyl. (12½", 21" & 34" x 24") by G. T. Grey, South Shields. 420 ihp. 6 tons bollard pull.
29.6.1908: Launched by J. T. Eltringham & Company, S. Shields (Yard No. 265) for Rea Transport Co. Ltd., (R. & J. H. Rea, managers), London.
17.7.1908: Registered at Bristol; Vessel No. 4 of 1908.
7.1908: Completed.
1.6.1916: Requisitioned by the Admiralty. 4
.1.1919: Owners restyled R. & J. H. Rea Ltd., London.
9.10.1919: Returned by the Admiralty.
8.1939: Requisitioned by the Admiralty.
27.12.1941: Returned.
1947: Sold to Cory Lighterage Ltd., London.
1953: Sold to R. & J. H. Rea Ltd., London.
1955: Sold to J. Davies Towage and Salvage Ltd., (G. A. Guy manager), Cardiff and renamed BOXMOOR.
1960: Sold to W. N. Price Ltd., Cardiff, for demolition in the West Dock, Cardiff.
1960: Register closed.
 

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WOW Thank you so Much Bill, really really impressed with the speed of your answer and the quality of your work. The tugs seem so small.
Thank you
 

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My apologies but the image of FAIRPLAY TWO is the wrong one being built in 1911. The vessel details I have on file as I researched the Rea Company history for a book a few years ago.

FAIRPLAY TWO
O.N. 180236. 274g. 0n. 105.2 (111.7-O.L.) x 26.6 (28.4 ext) x 12.2 feet.
T.3-cyl. (15", 25" & 42" x 27") by Amos & Smith Ltd., Hull. 132nhp. 850 ihp. 11½ kts
13.12.1943: Launched as EMPIRE SILAS by Cochrane & Sons Ltd., Selby (Yard No.1279) for The Ministry of War Transport, London.
29.03.1944: Registered at Hull; Vessel No.39 of 1944.
20.04.1944: Completed and handed over to Overseas Towage and Salvage Co. Ltd., London, the appointed managers
20.04.1944 until 10.02.1946: Employed on coastal towing duties.
11.02.1946: Returned to commercial service.
20.03.1946: Owners restyled as The Ministry of Transport.
28.5.1946: Sold for £24,000 to Fairplay Towage and Shipping Co. Ltd. (Commonwealth Steam Tug Co. Ltd., managers), London and renamed FAIRPLAY TWO.
22.06.1947: Whilst on voyage Cardiff to Antwerp, towing Finnish steamer KUURTANES (2795g/1906) for repairs, capsized suddenly when shortening tow in Flushing Roads. Master, five crew and Belgian pilot drowned; four crew survived.
13.08.1947: Refloated and towed to Antwerp where she was taken over by the Salvage Association. Repaired by Union de Remorquage et de Sauvetage SA, Antwerp.
1948: Sold to Societe Cherifienne de Remorquage et d'Assistance, Morocco and renamed IFRANE.
1978: Sold to Société Maroc Métaux for demolition.
25.09.1978: Work commenced at Casablanca.

the next photo is of her as IFRANE

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Bill, again my most heartfelt thanks for your answers. I did know that the Fairplay Two had been known as the Empire Silas but not that she had been re-floated.
 

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Good afternoon
I am writing here to see if someone can maybe help me. My Great Grandfather was Richard William Davey from Bristol, Master of the Fairplay Two when it sank off the Netherlands in 1947. He was also Master of the Plumgarth according to Naval records from 1918 and was Master of Iselgarth in 1914. I started looking into this for my mother who has recently passed and now its become a must do for me. Richard W Davey died in 1947 after many long years as crew on Bristol Tugs.
I am trying to get any pictures of these three tugs I can use for a family history book and for my own records. The only thing I have ever found is a small picture in the story of when the Fairplay Two sank.

Any hints on where to look would be appreciated.
Fairplay Two? I wonder if she is one of the tugs the Borchard family 'sneaked' out of Hamburg just before WW.2??? A welcome contribution to the Allied Effort and a life-saver for the family that came with them

Mervyn
 

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Merv,
The was built in UK as EMPIRE SILAS for British Government. See post No.7 above

The one that was spirited out in in the Photo in post No. 3 above details below

FAIRPLAY ONE (1938 - 1950)
O.N. 166573. 162g. 15n. 102.3 x 22.7 x 9.8 feet
T.3-cyl. (121/5”, 20½” & 321/3” x 22”) by the shipbuilder. 48nhp
1911: Completed as FAIRPLAY X by Schiffswerf (V J & Sch) AG, Hamburg (Yard No. ? ) for Schleppdampfsch. Reederei Carl Tiedemann & Pauls & Blohm AG, Hamburg.
1926: Sold to Fairplay Schleppdampfsch Reederei Richard Borchard, Hamburg.
1938: Transferred to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co. Ltd., London Lucy Borchardt), (Commonwealth Steam Tug Co. Ltd, managers) and renamed FAIRPLAY ONE.
1950: Transferred back to Fairplay Schleppdampfsch Reederei Richard Borchard GmbH, Hamburg and renamed FAIRPLAY XX.
1952: Demolished.

FAIRPLAY TWO (1) (1938 – 1940)
O.N. 166574. 282g. 79n. 118.8 x 24.2 x 15.2 feet
T.3-cyl. (14¼”, 221/16” & 357/16” x 247/16”) by the shipbuilder. 62nhp.
1921: Completed as FAIRPLAY XIV by Schiffswerf (V J & Sch) AG, Hamburg (Yard No. 605) for Schleppdampfsch. Reederei Carl Tiedemann & Pauls & Blohm AG, Hamburg.
1926: Sold to Fairplay Schleppdampfsch Reederei Richard Borchard, Hamburg..
1938: Transferred to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co. Ltd., London Lucy Borchardt), (Commonwealth Steam Tug Co. Ltd, managers) and renamed FAIRPLAY TWO.
2.3.1940: Whilst on Naval service sank (54.37. 37N., 01.03. 00W) off Redcar, Yorkshire.
 

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Merv,
The was built in UK as EMPIRE SILAS for British Government. See post No.7 above

The one that was spirited out in in the Photo in post No. 3 above details below

FAIRPLAY ONE (1938 - 1950)
O.N. 166573. 162g. 15n. 102.3 x 22.7 x 9.8 feet
T.3-cyl. (121/5”, 20½” & 321/3” x 22”) by the shipbuilder. 48nhp
1911: Completed as FAIRPLAY X by Schiffswerf (V J & Sch) AG, Hamburg (Yard No. ? ) for Schleppdampfsch. Reederei Carl Tiedemann & Pauls & Blohm AG, Hamburg.
1926: Sold to Fairplay Schleppdampfsch Reederei Richard Borchard, Hamburg.
1938: Transferred to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co. Ltd., London Lucy Borchardt), (Commonwealth Steam Tug Co. Ltd, managers) and renamed FAIRPLAY ONE.
1950: Transferred back to Fairplay Schleppdampfsch Reederei Richard Borchard GmbH, Hamburg and renamed FAIRPLAY XX.
1952: Demolished.

FAIRPLAY TWO (1) (1938 – 1940)
O.N. 166574. 282g. 79n. 118.8 x 24.2 x 15.2 feet
T.3-cyl. (14¼”, 221/16” & 357/16” x 247/16”) by the shipbuilder. 62nhp.
1921: Completed as FAIRPLAY XIV by Schiffswerf (V J & Sch) AG, Hamburg (Yard No. 605) for Schleppdampfsch. Reederei Carl Tiedemann & Pauls & Blohm AG, Hamburg.
1926: Sold to Fairplay Schleppdampfsch Reederei Richard Borchard, Hamburg..
1938: Transferred to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co. Ltd., London Lucy Borchardt), (Commonwealth Steam Tug Co. Ltd, managers) and renamed FAIRPLAY TWO.
2.3.1940: Whilst on Naval service sank (54.37. 37N., 01.03. 00W) off Redcar, Yorkshire.
Thanks for the details, Bill.

Mervyn
 
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