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DUCHRAY - Yard No 517 - Harbour Tug - Grangemouth & Forth Towing Co - Built 1975


DUCHRAY Ship No 517


The fire fighting tug DUCHRAY seen here at Leith from a photo by Jim Orr

and re-produced here by permission from Paul.


Owners    Grangemouth & Forth Towing Co
Registered    Leith Keel Laid    11/11/1974
Type of Ship    Fire Fighting Tug Launched    27/06/1975
      Handed Over    28/10/1975
Ship Details          
Length Overall    38.16 metres Launch Details    
Length B.P.    34.12 metres Weather    
Beam    9.66 metres Time to Water    
Depth Mld     4.5 metres      
Draught    3.98 metres      
G.R.T.    330 tonnes      
DWT    271 tonnes      
Engines   4SA V12 cylinder Ruston/Paxman type 12RKCM      
Props    1      
Speed    14 Knots      
Bollard Pull     38 tonnes      
Other known names    Eddie Rex    
Current Status    In use out of Norway    
Content on DUCHRAY will be added as and when available. 


The tug DUCHRAY seen here on the river Tyne in 2005 as she came in to pick up a barge

from a photograph by Kevin Blair at and shown here with permission.

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.

Ship No 517 was one of three such tugs ordered to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and a welcome order it was. The first 2 tugs were for the Grangemouth & Forth towing Co and were built for operation in the River Forth at the Hound Point oil terminal, which was also built at the Leith Shipyards. 

Story will continue.

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.

 We feature some

Photographs here from the shipspotting site but will they please update

their shipbuilder records, this ship was built at Leith and the Robb Caledon Shipyard under the

British Shipbuilders logo was the Leith Yard. 

The Dundee yard was taken over effectively by the Robb yard hence the name of

Robb Caledon, Dundee built there own ships just as the Leith yard built there own ships and

all numbered back to Ship No 1 at each seperate shipyard.

© frode adolfsen
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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