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LECTRO - Yard No 197 - Diesel Electric Tug - Union Lighterage Co Ltd - Built 1933

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The Diesel Electric tug LECTRO was the first such vessel to work on the river Thames.
Owners    Union Lighterage Company Ltd
Registered    London Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Electric Tug Launched    21/09/1933
      Handed Over    04/11/1933
Ship Details          
Length Overall    92' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    86' 0" Weather    
Beam    22' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld    11' 6"      
Draught    9' 6"      
Grt    120 tons      
Engines    2x 360bhp 4SCSA 6cyl 12.5"x19" Mirrlees-Bickerton-Day diesels driving BTH 580hp electric motor      
Props    1      
Speed    11.63 (trials)      
Other known names        
Current Status   Deleted from Lloyds 1995    

Content on LECTRO will be added as and when available. 



The Tug LECTRO, at work on the Thames

(Photo credit unknown)

Ships History

The diesel/electric tug LECTRO was the first such tug powered this way to operate on the river Thames through London.She was to work on the river for Union Lighterage until sold to Lambert Barge Co in 1972, her whereabouts after 1995 are unknown.

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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