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My late father's last ship was the tug Meeching. She was built in 1960 at PK Harris's yard in Appledore, Devon. I'd be interested if anyone has any info or pix of tugs built by Harris in the 1950's and 1960's, especially those with hydroconic hulls. I wonder how many are still around? If they're anything like Meeching, probably quite a few.
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Kingston Buci

Ah yes, I remember her, Shoreham ordered her as a 'mini-Meeching', after seeing how she worked at Newhaven. (Which is exactly what British Railways had done - ordering a slightly larger and more powerful version of Diligent and Dominant from Dover.) Buci's move to Poole went with a name change to Kingston Lacey, I believe.
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Tugs Built By Pk Harris Are As Follows
1955. Prestwick,ashbrooke,alnwick Bamburgh 119tons Each.sidney Cove 245.90 Tons,m.s.c Sabre,sceptre 147 Tons Each,jarrara/hove 107 Tons.
1956. M.s.c Scimitar 147 Tons,marsden 122 Tons.
1957.m.s.c Sovereign 147 Tons,delphinus 178.60 Tons,diligent,dominant 161 Tons,carrickfergus 101 Tons
1958. Lady Cecilia/licorne/taikoo Wanchun/tay Tam. 162 Tons,tur/lew 113 Tons,thunderer 208 Tons,hazelgarth 230 Tons,hart,seaton 145 Tons Each
1959,stanton/helen M Mcallister 152tons,throstan/taqatwar 145 Tons,willowgarth 230tons,st Woolos,llanwern 152 Tons,ekole Creek 158 Tons,stranton 145 Tons,salvage Monarch 219 Tons,orkan 113 Tons,clomel/cruiser 207 Tons,cashel/portgarth 207 Tons
1960.burgermaster Vandamme 150 Tons,meeching 152 Tons.foundation vibert 236 tons
1961 Maplegarth,cedergarth 213 Tons,m.s.c Tern,tallisman 124 Tons Each
1962 Svarta Bjorn,castor 275.56 Tons Each
1963 Pollux 253 Tons,brittonia/decca Navigator 568.75 Tons,last Tug Under Pk Harris,then On It Became Appledore Shipbuilders,in The 50,60s They Built Many Smaller Tugs With The Hydroclonic Hull Shape.
 

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Ashbrooke plans

Would any one have any drawings for the superstructure of the Ashbrooke, or Alnwick. My late Grandfather worked on the Ashbrooke and I'm trying to build a model of her.
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Hydroconic

There were quite a few trawlers built on the Burness & Corlett patented Hydroconic design mainly by the Mitchison shipyard. I have a few shots of this type.
Also licensed to built in odd locations abroad.
Try Don Jones at Southampton office of Burness & Corlett for drawingsa very helpful chap.
 

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You could try ringing DML APPLEDORE,I belive they still have drawings at the yard in storage,but how far they go back iam unsure.
 

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They're not much help. I asked about plans for the Meeching (1960) and all they could do was refer me to the local museum. They unfortunately didn't have anything on record.

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Thanks for the replys. I did write to the shipyard sometime ago but unfortunatly they didn't reply. Pat Wiggett at the North Devon Maritime Museum was very helpfull. She told me that the hydroconic tug plans had to be returned to Burness Corlet as soon as the tugs were finished. When Burness Corlet changed over to CAD all the old paper plans were throwen out. NE Murray in Kent owns the Nore Swale ex Alnwick but so far hasn't replied to letters or e mails. Would the Ashbrooke and her sisters have been in the shipping press eg.The Motor Ship?
 

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I have spoken to pat at the museum on wednesday,and she is going to try and sort something out for me regarding some drawings,or poss were they could be obtained.
 

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dates query

Sandman, your list of dates of PK Harris tugs was most informative, but I was curious about a couple of things.

Kingston Buci is not on your list but was, as far as I can find in the local museum (Newhaven) records, built in 1960 for the Shoreham Harbour Board. She was a '1/2 size Meeching' (a quote from one of the museum's books) and served the port for many years before becoming Kingston Lacy at Poole.

Lady Cecelia is on your list as built in 1958. However, I can remember going to Appledore in 1965 with my parents to see the P K Harris yard. On the slip was a tug called Lady Cecelia, in the dock was a dredger called Hoveringham 1, and moored alongside was the tug Carrickfergus. In the Appledore museum is an aerial photo of the yard, dated 1965, with Hoverigham 1 being built and a tug on the slip. Our museum's books on tugs show Lady Cecelia as built in 1965 or 1966 respectively.

Any ideas. Was the 1958 Lady Cecelia replaced in '65? Would the yard still have been Harris at the time?

Cheers,
Andy G

PS. I managed to find a pic of Burgemeester Vandamme. Very different superstructure and only one funnel, but identical hull design (allowing for the belting strip) and engines. She and Meeching came off the slip one after the other
 

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You Are Correct Pk Did Build The Kingston Buci She Was Aprox 76 Tons,i Had Only Put The Larger Of The Tugs They Built, Also They Built Two Lady Cecilia The One In 1965,was Larger Than The One Built In 1958,and By Then Pk Harris Was Then Appledore Shipbuilders(1964)
 

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Many thanks for the info, Sandman. (Thumb) I also wondered what tug you were skipper of.

As there's been a bit of interest in the many PK tugs and hydroconics, maybe there's scope for a gallery of their own? (Subtle hint to admin??) Also, anyone know if there's been a Sea Breezes / Ships Monthly article on this? If not, I may write one.

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The Tug I Skippered Belonged To The Shipyard,and She Was The Lundy Puffin,around 25 Tons And Built In 1966,she Is Used For Launches And Sea Trials.
 

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Hazelgarth

Hi There,
I was an apprentice engineer at WILLIAM CUBBINS in Birkenhead when the "Hazelgarth" came around to the mersey on her maiden voyage. It had to be about 1961-62. William Cubbins was a ship repair company that was owned by Rea Towing, we used to do all the repair work on Rea's tugs. I did a repair on the Hazelgarth the second day after she arrived, one of the journeymen was installing a small water line in the galley, and was fitting a clip to the pipe and drilled a hole right through the bulkhead into the engine room and into the main engine cooling water expansion tank, causing a big leak in the engine room. We had to cut an even bigger hole through the galley bulkhead and weld the hole in the tank, then weld a blank over and grind it all flush and have it painted.
What a job,
I remember it was an awesome tug compared with what was sailing on the river in those times.
In the five years I was an apprentice I worked on all the Rea tugs on the Mersey, some of them were coal burners that we converted to oil, all steam reciprocating engines.
Sorry I don't have a photo of the Hazelgarth
Best regards
Geoff Bray
 
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