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M.S.C. ONWARD - Yard No 371 - Tug - Manchester Ship Canal Co - Built 1947

 

MSC-Flag

The flag of the Manchester Ship Canal Co, Ltd.

   
Owners    Manchester Ship Canal Co Ltd 
           
Registered    Manchester Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Tug Launched    02/09/1947
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    88' 0" Weather    
Beam    24' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 0"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    154 tons      
DWT          
           
Engines   2-stroke cycle. Single acting diesel Crossley oil engine producing ihp 1200      
Props    2      
Speed    11.5 knots      
           
Other known names        
           
Current Status   Unknown    
Content  will be added as and when available. 

 msc-onward

The Tug MSC ONWARD with a tow through the Manchester Ship Canal

(photo credit unknown)

 
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 ONWARD was the start of the new breed of tug on the canal, a bit more powerful than the previous ships built for the company in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. 

Sister ship to MSC ONSET she was sold on to French interests in 1975 and she was then sold on to Greek shipping interests in 1976, after which she was lost to records.

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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