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GENERAL IV - YARD No 222 - Motor Tug - General Lighterage Co Ltd - Built 1936

General-IV-Tug

 

The Tug GENERAL IV

was to work on the river Thames for many years. 

 Seen here some where in England, looking the worse for wear.

(photo credit unknown)

 
Owners    General Lighterage Co
           
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Tug Launched    26/02/1936
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    65' 0" Weather    
Beam    16' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     8' 6"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    50 tons      
DWT          
           
Engines    390Bhp, 6 cyl Atlas Polar Engine      
Props    1 screw      
Speed          
           
Other known names   1980-Chalky White, 1983-Sarah Burns, 1990-GENERAL IV    
           
Current Status  

It is not known whether GENERAL IV has been scrapped or if an attempt to restore her has been carried out.

As is seams that only her hull remained at Bowling Harbour

   
Content onthe Motor Tug GENERAL IV will be added as and when available. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to
pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.


Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was
hoped for a long and successful working life.

The Motor Tug GENERAL IV was another of the fine tugs working on the River Thames for many years, she was ordered by the General Lighterage Co just one of the many towing Companies operating on what was perhaps the busiest waterway in its day in the whole of the British Isles.

She was requisitioned by the Admiralty for work on the West African Coast during World War II before being returned to her owners to ply her trade on the River Thames, before being sold on a few times and to end up sinking in Bowling Harbour near Glasgow after a failed attempt at restoration, all that was left of her was her hull after being re-floated in 2004.
A sad end for a once very familiar sight on the River Thames in better days.


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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0 #1 Ben 2015-03-27 15:06
The hull of GENERAL IV is all that remains and can be seen at Bowling Harbour - google her and you can see photographs
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