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M.S.C.QUEST - Yard No 414 - Tug - Manchester Ship Canal Co Ltd - Built 1952

The Manchester Ship Canal Tug

QUEST Ship No 414

Owners    Manchester Ship Canal Co, Ltd
Registered    Manchester Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Twin Screw Diesel Tug Launched    04/11/1952
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    88' 0" Weather    
Beam    24' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 0"      
G.R.T.    154 tons      
Engines   2-stroke cycle. Single acting diesel Crossley oil engine producing ihp 1200      
Props    2      
Speed    11.5 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   Scrapped in 1972    
Content on the MSC QUEST 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 MSC QUEST was another of the new breed of tug on the canal, the twin screw tugs where a bit more powerful than the previous ships built for the company in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. 

All part of the Manchester Ship Canal Company expanding and renewing the fleet of tugs at there disposal for the ever growing trade needing to bring there goods right into the heart of Manchester a City with around a million inhabitants 28 miles from the sea.

The records of ships kept in this country are of course no problem to find, and much thanks must go to the Manchester Ship Canal Co, Ltd for there help with records of the many tugs built in Leith for the Company.

The M.S.C.QUEST was the second of the four ship order from the Manchester Ship Canal Company, Ltd

All the same size with the same type of engine from Crossley Brothers in Manchester, yet another example of how so many different industries relied on the shipbuilding industry, it was reckoned that for every job in the yard another nine jobs were created outside of the yards working on some part or other of the ship.

She was of traditional design with a straight stem and an eliptical stern, built to tow the large ships up and down the canal like a mother duck looking after her ducklings.

The QUEST was not sold on at the time but instead she went to the breakers yard in 1972.

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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