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Alexandra Towing Company funnel markings and based on the mountain in top left, fairly certain Swansea. Alexandra also bases in Liverpool and Southampton.- no mountains.
 

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The tug in middle is the GOWER. (1905 - 1955 ish)

The mast on this tug is stepped immediately in front of the funnel. This is the only one that I can find like this one. Other features seem to match.

The near tug? Can't match this one. Looks like three words in the name. Might be two words. Anyhow, I can find a match.

Here is photo of GOWER.

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I agree Swansea and the tugs are those of the Alexandra Towing Company although I can't identify them individually as I have little or no expertise with tugs. The tanker is not the Kate Maersk, the funnel markings are not those of A. P. Moller. Rather they are those of the Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd., (Lykiardopoulos N. D. & G. Z.), and given the very clear name on her stern I suggest the ship is the KATE N.L. of that company. Built in 1943 as the T2-SE-A1 tanker GRANDE RONDE by Kaiser, Swan Island. Purchased in 1948 by the Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd and renamed KATE N.L. she was sold in 1960 to Leitch Tpt Ltd of Canada & renamed HILDA MARJANNE. She was lengthened & widened, 221.6/217.1 x 23.0m, 16628gt/23000dw & cv to bulk carrier in 1961 and broken up in Canada in 1984.

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HERCULANEUM (1) (1905 - 1908)
/ FORMBY (1) (1927 - 1950)
/ GOWER (1) (1950 - 1959)
O.N. 120843. 201g. 21n. 101.0 x 22.6 x 11.3 feet.
C.2-cyl. (17” & 47" x 27") by the shipbuilder. 124nhp.
7.12.1905: Launched by J. Cran & Company, Leith (Yard No. 51) for the Alexandra Towing Company Ltd.
19.4.1905: Registered at Liverpool.
4.1905: Completed.
1908: Sold to the Admiralty.
1927: Re-purchased and renamed FORMBY.
1950: Renamed GOWER.
1959: Demolished at Bromborough.



HERCULANEUM (2) (1909 - 1961)
O.N. 127966. 172g. 64n. 92.5 x 22.6 x 12.3 feet.
C.2-cyl. (21” & 44" x 27") by the shipbuilder. 79nhp. 800ihp.
5.2.1909: Launched by J. Cran & Company, Leith (Yard No. 68) for the Alexandra Towing Company Ltd.
16.3.1909: Registered at Liverpool.
3.1909: Completed. During World War 1, reported to have been hired by the Army for an unspecified period.
1961: Demolished by Haulbowline Industries Ltd. at Passage West, Cork.
 

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Thanks Bill. Lucky there are several distinctive features in design and they can be identified.
'Blow Five' by WB Hallam is great little gem. I wish it were an upgraded edition with full photo collection.
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The tug in middle is the GOWER. (1905 - 1955 ish)

The mast on this tug is stepped immediately in front of the funnel. This is the only one that I can find like this one. Other features seem to match.

The near tug? Can't match this one. Looks like three words in the name. Might be two words. Anyhow, I can find a match.

Here is photo of GOWER.

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Stephen
Thanks Stephen: Good detection.

Great photo of Gower

Regards, Mervyn
 

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I agree Swansea and the tugs are those of the Alexandra Towing Company although I can't identify them individually as I have little or no expertise with tugs. The tanker is not the Kate Maersk, the funnel markings are not those of A. P. Moller. Rather they are those of the Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd., (Lykiardopoulos N. D. & G. Z.), and given the very clear name on her stern I suggest the ship is the KATE N.L. of that company. Built in 1943 as the T2-SE-A1 tanker GRANDE RONDE by Kaiser, Swan Island. Purchased in 1948 by the Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd and renamed KATE N.L. she was sold in 1960 to Leitch Tpt Ltd of Canada & renamed HILDA MARJANNE. She was lengthened & widened, 221.6/217.1 x 23.0m, 16628gt/23000dw & cv to bulk carrier in 1961 and broken up in Canada in 1984.

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Brilliant investigation work, Alistair
Photo of the Hilda Marjanne, ex Kate N.L., ex. Grande Ronde at Hamburg in 1960, shortly after being purchased from the Cephalonian Maritime Co Ltd.

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Well impressed!
 

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Thank you for posting the original photograph Mervyn, a really interesting image that has generated an excellent thread. I raise my hat to Stephen for his IDs on the tugs, way outside my field of knowledge. It's been very interesting to pursue the identity of the tanker which was much more within my comfort zone as an ex tanker man from the 60s/early 70s. Great work from all who contributed.
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Fascinating thread guys, really enjoyable, I've got cousins in Swansea but not been near the docks, are they still there or turned into apartments? ;)
The story of the Kate.NL tick my curiosity so off I went into the googlesphere, wow, what a history, bits of her had a working life of near 65 years, they must have used good steel back in 1943 in the Kaiser yards in Oregon. The last 40 years in fresh water would have helped I guess.
Steve.
 
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