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I am looking for any information on the tugs that worked Hull fish dock (ST Andrews) in the 1950s ...60s, who owned them what they were named, at that time there were over 150 trawlers in or out of that dock every three weeks 24 hours a day. I guess the tugs must of been small as the dock was small and sometimes crowded and trawlers unloaded at one side and bunkerd at the other,the tugs i bet were very busy.........Was it witickers barge that supply'd fuel oil. There may even be someone who worked on the tugs, thanks
 

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Hello good evening I worked in the ST. Andrews Dock 72/74 there were 3 tugs in dock that worked the dock and I believe the William Wright Dock when a trawler was escorted for repairs.
I worked at the Time for the UK Trawlers MUtual Insurance, which was owned and run independently, by the Trawler owners Of HULL, GRIMSBY, FLEETWOOD and Granton. I believe if my memory is correct the ST. Andrews tugs were registered under the UK Trawlers Mutual Insurance Company, Registered office ST. Andrews Dock Hull. They were drydocked on the slipways in St Andrews Dock.
The title of the tugs was TID-Tug in dock, and their propulsion units where VOITH SYNDER PROPELLER UNITS driven by a single 6 cylinder diesel engine.
I am unsure where the tugs were built The HULL or OUSE at SELBY or at the mouth of the HULL.
 

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Hello once again a little piece of information. The incoming trawlers to make the HULL Fish Markets had to signal the signalling station by Immingham and if early wait for the tide. ST Andrews DOCK was a deepwater dock to catere for the deep draft of the HULL FISHING TRAWLERS, and the dock gates were only open at before/after high tide the trawlers could safely negotiate the dock gates sill.
The deepsea trawlers were roughly deep draft 20ft by the stern, either sailing into the dock for the markets=full of fish, or outward bound to the fishing grounds-Fuel, ice bays full,
 

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St Andrews Dock, I`m pretty sure?. That`s the Old Coaling Station in the background?. Dad`s been dead since 1978, so It`s a bit hard to ask him!. Dad, Grandad, and a Uncle all worked on the "conversion" from "Hispanolia", which lay at Scarborough for years after the film Treasure Island. There are a couple of other pictures in the set, and one has the Lord-Line Building in the background, by the look of it. Looking at the Funnel`s on the tugs (light with dark top) could have been "Buff" and Black, which would suggest United Towing.? This is in another old post on here;_
Sky Building Water Boat Cloud

Taken around 1960 (ish).


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Have i been dreaming ut i am sure there was a ship on scarbrough mere called the Hisoanolia it ran on underwarter rails, i think it was 1960s i went on it i think......I may have dreamt this up.?
 

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Have i been dreaming ut i am sure there was a ship on scarbrough mere called the Hispaniola it ran on underwater rails, i think it was 1960s i went on it i think......I may have dreamt this up.?
I am slightly confused???? Dot Com!! Peasholme Park {Scarborough Mere??} used too in the summer re enacted the battle of the river plate, and they, the model ships each had a body/person within, as they acted out the scenario in the late 50,s early 60's quite a production, if one witnessed like me on my annual hols to scarborough.
A vessel on rails- I am unsure???
Hispaniola a sailing ship in south bay harbour. Tourist attraction moored- I do not think see sailed with passengers on board.
 

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Hull Steam Trawlers Mutual Insurance & Protection Co Ltd

operated steamers
TRIUNIE (ex T.I.D.28)
KIERO (ex T.I.D. 44)
DAGGER (ex T.I.D.79)
BERNIE (ex T.I.D.86)
GILDER (ex T.I.D. 87)

In the 1960's they introduced motor vessels AURORA, NEPTUNE and TRITON . These weere built at Thorne by Dunston and were a similar appearance to the first series of Navy Girl class.
 

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Peasholme park is in the north of Scarbrough and did enact the battles. The mere is in the south and it did run a ship on underwater rails but was it the Hispaniola?.... Scarbrough mere is a great place to fish and has a tea shop i think it is a fiver to fish the mere.
 

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Peasholme Park {Scarborough Mere??} used too in the summer re enacted the battle of the river plate, and they, the model ships each had a body/person within, as they acted out the scenario in the late 50,s early 60's quite a production, if one witnessed like me on my annual hols to Scarborough.
Somewhat off topic sorry but I spent a week there for 10 consecutive years, it was literally my parents annual family holiday in a small B&B just down the road from Peasholme Park( it was the only week they had off work / year)
The re-enactment was a special night out for us as kids but expensive for my Dad, family of 6 for the entry was a florin, ( two-shilling piece)

Ref the Tugs,
I was in digs from 1963 to 66 down Constable Street while at BNS. My landladies husband, a former trawler-man, worked on the tugs but we rarely saw him as much of his time was spent in the pub down West Dock Ave, didn't see much of her either as there was a Bingo Hall on Hessel Rd that accounted for most of her day.

Want true nostalgic memories of the Fish Dk then have a peep here :) .

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Google in its infinate wisdom has changed my username from Sternchallis to as seen left.
<<Can anybody recognise that name used.

Hopefully Verticalscope can sort it for me.
Darn black magic, give me a diesel any day or a boiler to survey.


Yes I remember those tugs ( tractors I think they were called), and now you named them it all comes back. I was at Humber St. Andrews Eng on the lockhead 68-73 before going to sea.
That 5 years repairing both steam and diesel trawlers gave me a good grounding for going to sea and later life, something that is missing these days with any training of youngsters.
After cycling from East Hull about 7 miles crawling round the cramped ER's picking up various odours including fish , often spending several days in the drydock in winter you accepted it. You would arrive home in the evening cold sometimes a bit wet, tired and stinking to high heaven. But that was the job.
I could just imagine the snowflakes today doing that ( well only for a day, then chucking it).
Sadly all thats gone.
I also remember the Battle of the River Plate at Peasholm Park. I would have been under 10 at the time ( did not understand the story at the time and we probably arrived late as usual) , family weeks holiday in a Guest House up Valley Road, BB&D. Then there was the Black & White Minstrals Show at the theatre, always a good night. Imagine it now, they would have to change the name to Gays & Straights now.
Yes Rusty Trawler the Hispaniola comes to mind, having seen it. I think I saw something similar at Whitby but that could have been Cook's ship, more of a mock up for the kids (to extract money from parents) rather than an exact replica. The Cook Museum is interesting and they have a miniature brewery behind the Abbey, worth picking up a mixed case of their wares if you are there. Santa's Tackle being a Christmas beer.
 
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