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AJUDANTE - Yard No 165 - Tug - Wilson Son & Co - Built 1930

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AJUDANTE Ship No 165
Owners    Wilson Son & Company
Registered    Leith Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Twin Screw Tug Launched    1930
     Lloyds A1 for Towing Services Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    60' 0" Weather    Wind S.W. light
 Sea Calm
Beam    15' 0" Time to Water    28 sec's
Depth Moulded     7' 0"      
G.R.T.    105      
Engines    Plenty Newbury-Compound      
Props    1      
Speed    7 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on the Tug AJUDANTE 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 twin screw tug AJUDANTE was another fine vessel designed by David Arnot who was responsible for most of the early ship designs at the Henry Robb Shipyard.

Ordered by Wilson & Co who were good customers of the early shipyard, ordering many lighters and barges for work in South America.

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.



This interesting engraving is part of a launch gift that was presented to Mike Fisher's great aunt Sheila Tyrie, the day that the twin screw tug was launched at Leith in 1930.

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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