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M.S.C. MALLARD - Yard No 294 - Tug - Manchester Ship Canal Co Ltd - Built 1939


The MSC MALLARD another of the
tugs ordered by the Manchester Ship
Canal Company, launched at the end
of 1939. The year the second world
war started.
Owners    Manchester Ship Canal
Registered    Manchester Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Tug Launched    12/12/1939
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    86' 0" Weather    
Beam    23' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 0"      
G.R.T.    131 tons      
Engines   Diesel 2 stroke, single acting, Reciprocating Internal Combustion by Crossley Brothers.      
Props    2      
Speed    10.25 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on the MSC MALLARD will be added as and when available. 
MSC MALLARD at work on the Manchester Ship Canal.
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.

The MSC MALLARD was one of a four ship order, for the Manchester Ship Canal, the type of vessel still required very much at the start of WWII, where other orders had been hastily cancelled to allow the building of warships.

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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