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CHARLES HEARN - Yard No 475 - Diesel Tug - Preston Dock Commission - Built 1959

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The Twin Screw Tug CHARLES HEARN Ship No 475
   
Owners    Preston Dock Commission
           
Registered    Preston Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Twin Screw Diesel Tug Launched    
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    86' 0" Weather    
Beam    23' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 0"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    139 tons      
DWT          
           
Engines    5 cyl twin screw Crossley Diesel, producing 720 bhp      
Props    2      
Speed          
           
Other known names        
           
Current Status        
Content will be added on the Tug CHARLES HEARN 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.

CHARLES HEARN

Another in the long line of tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, one of three ordered from the then Preston Dock Commission when the Port of Preston was a thriving inland port on the North West Coast of England.

A typical harbour tug design for the time, she was a familiar site moving the larger ships around in this busy harbour.

 

As a sister ship to the two earlier tugs also built at Henry Robb she was powered by a twin crossley diesel engine and up to the time of writing we don't have much information on her and don't know what happened to her with the demise of the docks at Preston.


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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