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TUGS BUILT IN LEITH

Henry Robb Shipyard had a long and proud history of designing and building the “work horses” of the sea, these proud little ships without whom their more illustrious big sisters would be unable to leave the quayside safely.

Workers in larger shipyards would often scoff at the fact that the small ship yards only built “rowing boats” compared with the huge ships being built around the globe, never giving a thought to the fact that one off smaller vessels took so much more skill and experience to build. With no two hull plates on one side of the ship being the same, each one a different problem to be overcome, unlike some of the slab side larger vessels where much of the ship was pretty much the same and only required many rectangular plates to be joined together to make up the majority of the hull.
The yard of course carried on where the yards of Cran & Sommerville had left of as they had build a great many tugs in there time at Leith before being taken over by the Henry Robb yard, Hawthorn & Co had also built tugs along with a few built by Ramage & Ferguson, so all of this accumulated knowledge was on habd when the new yard began building ships of there own.
Henry Robb specialised in one off ships and built them very well. This page is a tribute to these little and not so little ships. Henry Robb’s built a total of 66 tugs from small harbour, river tugs to large powerful ocean going salvage tugs.

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• Ship No 16 “Westmere”, was the first in a long line of Tugboats built in Leith.

• Ship No 21 “WM. Messina”, a single screw tug for Union Castle line. (1925)

• Ship No 75 “Lena W”, single screw tug for Wilson & Son Coy .

• Ship No 76 “Busi”, single screw tug for Beira boating Co.

• Ship No 78 “Ulundi” single screw tug for Union Castle line. (1927)

Ship No 78 "Ulundi" sitting on the quayside in Natal, where she is now a tourist attraction.
Photo taken fron the J.R.More by D.Walker.

• Ship No 80 “Jersey” Motor Tug for T.B.F. Davis (1927)


• Ship No 81 “Saturno” Twin screw Tug for Wilson Son & Co Launched 22/05/1928
The first of the twin screw tugs built by the Henry Robb yard.

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• Ship No 109 “Muda” Single Screw tug for Beira Boating (1927)

• Ship No 134 “Pharos” Twin Screw Salvage tug for the Egyptian Government. Launched 28/05/1929

• Ship No 153 “ Denese” Single Screw tug for T.B.F. Davis Launched 18/12/1929

• Ship No 155S.Paulo Twin Screw Salvage tug for Companhia Docas de Santos, Launched 02/04/1930

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• Ship No 165 “Ajudante" Single Screw Tug for Wilson Son & Coy Launched in 1930

• Ship No 184 Scot II Single Screw Tug for the Ministry of Transport

What remains of "Scot II" Ship No 184

• Ship No 191 Mira Single Screw Tug for Wilson Son & Coy Launched 1930


• Ship No 195 Cochin Twin Screw Salvage Tug for the Indian Government Launched 14/02/1933

• Ship No 197Lectro Single Screw Diesel Electric Tug for Union Lighterage Co Ltd Launched 04/11/1933

• Ship No 201 Rio Single Screw Diesel Tug for Union Lighterage Co Ltd Launched 1933

• Ship No 210 Nora Single screw Tug for the Wilson Son & Company. Launched 28/04/1934


• Ship No 211 “Un-Named tug, no further information.

• Ship No 212 M.S.C. Firefly Single Screw tug for Manchester ship Canal. Launched 02/05/1935

The first in a long line of tugs for the Manchester Ship Canal
"M.S.C.Firefly"
• Ship No 218 Bhimsen Single screw tug for the State of Bhavnagar. Launched 12/10/1935


• Ship No 222 General IV Motor tug ordered for General Lighterage Company Ltd of London. Launched 1936

"General IV"
Rusting away some where in England.

• Ship No 225 George Salt Single Screw Motor tug ordered by Blackfriars Lighterage. Launched ??


• Ship No 226Abeille No 8 Single Screw Motor tug ordered from Comp.De Remarquage & De Salivatage. Launched 07/04/1936

• Ship No 265 “M.S.C.Archer” Single Screw tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched. 29/04/1938
M.S.C."Arrow"
• Ship No 266 “M.S.C. Arrow” Single Screw tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 26/07/1938

• Ship No 289 “M.S.C. Bison” Single Screw tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 21/04/1939


• Ship No 290 “M.S.C. Badger” Single Screw tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 08/03/1939

M.S.C. "Badger"

• Ship No 294 “M.S.C. Mallard” Twin screw Diesel tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 12/12/1939


• Ship No 295 “M.S.C. Merlin” Twin screw Diesel tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 27/02/1940

• Ship No 319 “M.S.C. Neptune” Twin Screw Diesel tug ordered by Manchester ship Canal. Launched 1941

• Ship No 320 “M.S.C. Nymph” Twin Screw diesel tug ordered by Manchester Ship Canal. Launched in 1942

M.S.C.NEPTUNE


• Ship No 321 H.M.R.T. Bustler Twin screw ocean going tug ordered by the Admiralty, designed and built in Leith, first of her class, launched 04/12/1941


• Ship No 322 H.M.R.T. Samson Twin screw ocean going rescue tug, ordered by Admiralty, launched 01/04/1942

• Ship No 328 H.M.R.T. Growler Twin screw ocean going rescue tug, ordered by Admiralty, launched 10/09/1942

• Ship No 329 H.M.R.T. Hesperia Twin screw ocean going rescue tug, ordered by the Admiralty, launched 10/11/1942

• Ship No 335 H.M.R.T. Mediator Twin screw “Bustler Class” ocean going rescue tug, ordered by the Admiralty, launched 21/06/1944

• Ship No 336 H.M.R.T.Reward Twin screw ocean going rescue tug, ordered by the Admiralty, launched 31/10/1944

REWARD

• Ship No 337 H.M.R.T. Turmoil Twin screw ocean going rescue tug, ordered by the Admiralty, launched 11/05/1945


• Ship No 338 H.M.R.T. Warden Twin screw ocean going rescue tug, ordered by the Admiralty, launched 28/06/1945

BUSTLER & SAMSONIA

• Ship No 370 "M.S.C.Onset” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 19/08/1947

• Ship No 371 "M.S.C.Onward” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal. Launched 02/09/1947

• Ship No 381 "M.S.C. Panther Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal, launched 11/02/1950

Manchester Ship Canal Tug M.S.C. Panther at work on the canal.

• Ship No 382 "M.S.C.Puma” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal, launched 11/02/1950

• Ship No 412 Hewitt Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Ribble Navagation & Preston Dock Company. Launched in 1951

• Ship No 413 "M.S.C.Quarry” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal, launched 01/12/1951

• Ship No 414 "M.S.C.QUEST” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal, launched 04/11/1952

• Ship No 415 "M.S.C.RANGER” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal, launched 29/01/1952

• Ship No 416 "M.S.C.ROVER” Twin screw diesel tug ordered by the Manchester Ship Canal, launched 17/02/1953
  • Ship No 417 "ARUSHA" Single Screw Steam Tug ordered by British India Steam Navigation Co, launched 17/08/1951

  • Ship No 422 "FOURAH" Twin Screw Diesel Tug order from The Crown Agent for the Colonies, launched 01/09/1953


  • Ship No 423 "FARREN" Twin Screw Diesel Tug order from the Crown Agent for the Colonies, launched

  • Ship No 444 "JOHN HERBERT" Twin Screw Diesel Tug ordered by Preston Dock Commission, launched

  • Ship No "446 "FRANK JAMIESON" Twin Screw Diesel Tug ordered by Preston Dock Commission, launched 10/08/1956

  • Ship No 460 "HMS TYPHOON" Ocean Going Salvage Tug ordered by the Admiralty, launched

  • Ship No 467 "CRAIGLEITH" Single Srew Diesel Tug ordered by Leith Dock Commission, launched 16/05/1958

  • Ship No 475 "CHARLES HEARN" Twin Screw Diesel Tug ordered by Preston Dock Commission, launched

  • Ship No 491 "ABDUL MALIKI" Twin Screw Diesel Tug ordered by the Nigerian Ports Authority, launched 1965

  • Ship No 494 "GEORGE OHIKERE" Twin Screw Diesel Tug ordered by the Nigerian Ports Authority, launched 1965


  • Ship No 509 "LLOYDSMAN" Single Screw Ocean Going Salvage Tug ordered by the United Towing Company of Hull, launched 1971



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