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.
CRESWELL Ship No 474
Built for the Port of Blyth, a port on the North East Coast of England the Grab Dredger CRESWELL was yet another in the long list of speciality ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.
Built not for their looks but to do a specific job and the dredger was just one of the types of ship that were a lot more complex than they looked with a complicated hopper system to enable the ship to dump there load of silt mud and of course sea water.
Strange as it seems the hopper would open up at the bottom of the ship while at sea.
As yet we do not have much information on the CRESWELL and hope that our readers will be able to supply some more on her.
The following pictures where sent into the website by Dave Judge who worked on the Creswell as a diver, along with his father Norman who was Skipper on the Creswell as well.
Got these pictures off my dad. One of the Creswell and the other one is of the Crofton mentioned by Raymond Daniels comment #2 both at Blythe before the ships retired and moved on from the work in the harbour.
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.