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Friday, 4 June 2010


The tug Neptune at work.

Ship No 319

M.S.C. Neptune was the third of another four ship order for Diesel-engine tugs from the Manchester Ship Canal Company Ltd. This order had been put back a little due to the outbreak of World War II. The order was still required, despite the war.

She was 131 gross tons and powered by a single screw Crossley Diesel engine producing 770h.p.

She had an overall length of 86 feet and a beam of 23 feet, and a draught of 12 feet.

She was launched late 1941.

They were superior it was said at the time to the steam powered tugs previously built for the company. The tug Neptune was scrapped in 1981 after a working life of 40 years service on the canal.

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