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Sunday, 4 July 2010


Ship No 371

As part of the large modernisation programme for the Manchester Ship Canal, an order was placed for the supply of two, latest designed, twin screw diesel tugs.

Onward was the second of the tugs built at Leith. One of the eight tugs to be built by the Henry Robb Company to help make up the post war renewal fleet. She was sold by the Manchester Ship Canal in 1973 and she was to go onto have a few more names.

She was sold by the Manchester Ship Canal to become the tug Fairlight of AN Vogel; then Hastings of Sterling Finance, both in 1975; she was sold on again in 1976 to Greek interests.

She was 154 tons, with a length between perpendiculars (L.B.P.) of 88 feet, with a beam of 23 feet. Powered by a single screw Crossley oil engine I.H.P. 1200

Launched 2nd of September 1947, one month after her sister ship M.S.C. ONSET.

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