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Leith Shipyards

A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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BOQUHAN - Yard No 518 - Harbour Tug - Grangemouth & Forth Towing Co - Built 1976


BOQUHAN Ship No 518
 Profile of the tug BOQUHAN Ship No 518  
Owners    Grangemouth & Forth Towing Company
Registered    Leith Keel Laid    29/11/1974
Type of Ship    Harbour Tug/Fire Fighting Launched    14/08/1975
      Handed Over    18/12/1975
Ship Details          
Length Overall    38.16 metres Launch Details    
Length B.P.    34 m Weather    
Beam    9.2 m Time to Water    
Depth Mld     4.5m      
Draught    3.98 metres      
G.R.T.    326 tonnes      
DWT    271 tonnes      

4SA 12 cylinder Rushton Paxman

type 12RKCM

Props    1      
Speed    14 Knots      
Other known names   1997-Oliver, 2009-Nano    
Current Status   Thought to be still in operation in Nigeria    
Content on BOQUHAN will be added as and when available. 



 The above photograph shows the BOQUHAN and her sister ship DUCHRAY passing in the River Forth 

off South Queensferry close to the Hound Point oil terminal

(Photo supplied by Paul and re-produced here with permission)


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.

Ship No 518 was the second tug in a welcome order from the Grangemouth and Forth towing Company, sister ship to the DUCHRAY and built at the same time.

These tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb were also well equipted with fire fighting equipment as they were to shepherd the large crude iol tankers up the Firth of Forth to be berthed at the Hound Point iol terminal just of the coast of South Queensferry and within sight of the World famous Forth Rail bridge.

The tugs had a very distinctive tall mast which held the fire cannon that were to be used in case of emergency and the two distinctive tugs were a well known sight in the Forth for a number of years.

Story to continue. 


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.


The above photograph shows the two Grangemouth & Forth Towing Co tugs BOQUHAN and her sister

ship DUCHRAY berthed at Leith

(photo sent in by Paul and re-produced here with permission)


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 Glenn Fryer 2015-08-31 21:01
Was Chiefy on this vessel 1998 to 2002 in West Africa, re named "OLIVER" for Divemex Ltd ....ME Ruston ....Dorman Gen Sets.... No Bow Trusters on this vessel ....

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