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WEAR Grab Dredger No 2 - Yard No 180 - Saddle Back Grab Hopper Dredger - River Wear Commission - Built 1930


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Owners    Wear River Commission
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Saddle Back Grab Hopper Dredger Launched    1930
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    100' 0" Weather    
Beam    30' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     11' 6"      
G.R.T.    275 tons      
Other known names        
Current Status        
As info on WEAR GRAB DREDGER No 2 becomes available it will be updated here. 
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 Saddle Back Grab Hopper Dredger WEAR  No2 was an interesting ship built to the order of The River Wear Commission and she was specially designed for the duel purposes of transporting stones from the quarries to the sites of new breakwaters, and when rough weather prevented such work she could be used as an ordinary grab dredger.

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.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 

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