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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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FRANK JAMIESON - Yard No 446 - Diesel Tug - Preston Dock Commission - Built 1956


The tug FRANK JAMIESON Ship No 446
Owners    Preston Dock Commission
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Harbour Tug Launched    10/08/1956
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    86' 0" Weather    
Beam    23' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 0"      
G.R.T.    146 tons      
Engines    Twin 5-cylinder Crossley diesels producing 720bhp      
Props    2      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on the Tug FRANK JAMIESON will be added as and when available. 

The tug FRANK JAMIESON at work pulling around the RAMON DE LARRINAGA preparing to depart Preston 7/5/62 RAMON DE LARRINAGA was one of the largest vessels to visit Preston.

(photo with kind permission Jim McFaul)


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 tug FRANK JAMIESON was another in the line of tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, she was built for the grand sum of 72,827 GBP at the time and was named after Alderman Frank Jamieson who was the Mayor of Preston 1949/50

The second of a double ship order from the Preston Dock Commission.

She was to work in the harbour and docks at Preston dealing with all the ships in what was a very busy port at one time, she worked a lot in tandem with her sister ship John Herbert and was powered by twin 5-cylinder Crossley diesels producing 720bhp.

She was sold on by Preston Dock Commission in 1981 to James Fisher for work at Barrow in Furness for the princely sum of 25,000 GBP at the time. She would have been on hand for the launch into the water of many famous warships and submarines from the yard at Barrow.  

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.




(photo credit unknown)


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 R.R.Anderton 2014-03-29 16:54
Dear Sir,With reference to the Preston tugs I was involved with the Preston fleet on commencing my apprenticeship at E.E.C stand road as a diesel engineer, and I started with the Steam tug "PENFOLD" then LUCAS till we got the"HEWITT" the first of the Diesel tugs which had 2x6cyl Crossley and were used byCrossley Bros of Openshaw as experimental project with the engines fitted with AIR Brakes to enable us to go from full AHEAD to full ASTERN in a quicker time for better manoeuvereing in tight positions .Then later with trade good we got JOHN HERBERT then FRANK JAMEISON which as you say had 5cyl engines. To my knowledge the HEWITT was sold to Howard Bros for use during the constuction of SEAFORTH DOCK IN LIVERPOOL to this day the last I heard of HEWITT was in MALTA unlesss you know otherwise, I would like to know what happened to her. Regards Rod.

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