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GRAIGLEITH - Yard No 467 - Diesel Tug - Leith Dock Commission - Built 1958




Single Screw Tug


 The tug CRAIGLEITH berthed at Leith

(photo credit unknown)


Owners    Leith Dock Commission
Registered    Leith Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Tug (Harbour) Launched    16/05/1958
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    88' 0" Weather    
Beam    25' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 6"      
G.R.T.    175 tons      
Props    1      
Other known names   Beaufort Spirit    
Current Status   Broken up in 1984    
Content will be added on CRAIGLEITH as and when available. 

Seen again berthed at Leith

(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 tug CRAIGLEITH was an order from the local Leith Dock Commission as it was called at the time, she was a traditional tug design for her day with nice lines and a lot of timber used in her wheel house and surrounds so she looked like a tug. She was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1958.

She was ordered at a time when Leith Docks was a pretty busy port it was still tidal at this time, and the CRAIGLEITH would work along with the other tugs of the Leith Dock Commission, she was one of the few ships ordered by the Leith Dock board that was actually built in Leith another case of local is not always best!

I used to pass this old tug every morning on the way to the yard and by that time the docks had a loch gate built which meant no tide to effect the movement of ships, but of coarse to get into the docks the ships had to pay more for passing through the new loch gates, wonder if this had anything to do with the decline in ship dockings at Leith.

She was later sold on by the then Forth Ports authority and she ended up in Canada, where a lot of ex Henry Robb ships seemed to end there working days.

After a very respectable working life of 46 years she was finally broken up for scrap in 1984.

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.


Part of Leith Docks with the Henry Robb shipyard in the background (cranes)

(photo credit unknown)


Tales from the Ship


The ex CRAIGLEITH seen here in Canada under her new name of Beaufort Spirit

(photo credit unknown)


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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