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A, R & S SALES.

ARSENAL WHARF, WOOLWICH.

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CORONATION
 
Built 1902 by Mordey Carney & Co Ltd., Southampton. YN 426. L75'. B18.1'. D8.4'. 41grt. 320ihp 2cyl 15"x30"x22"s  compound steam engine by builder. ON114555.
 
 
12-4-1902 Launched by  Miss Stone. 1902 Delivered to Thomas, Arthur & Sarah Sales,  Woolwich. 1912 Owners A., R. & S. Sales Ltd., Woolwich. 1930 Sold to Charles Lefever, London. 1930 Believed sold to Greek interests.
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ENTERPRISE
 
Built  1868 Robert J Blyth, Southtown, Great Yarmouth. Iron screw tug. L60.2’. B12.0’. D6.8’. 31grt.  40nhp Steam engine by builder. 

1868 owner Robert John Blyth, Yarmouth. 1872 Owner Richard Cory, Lambeth 1884 Owner  Francis Cory-Wright, London. 1887 Owner George Etheredge, Stepney, London.  1891 Owners Arthur, Thomas & Sarah Sales, Woolwich 1903 Scrapped.
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PYTHON
 
See under H R MITCHELL LTD.
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Also owners of the Thames Spritsail sailing barges:-
 
 
Ben; Bras de Fer; Charley Baker; The Darenth; Edward VII; Ernest; Fairway; Fairwind; Formby; Gertie; G.H.I.; His Majesty; Hudson; Infant; Lilian; Lizzie; Maureen; Mars; Meeson; Messenger; Nellie; Nelson; Norrab; Phillippa; Pomona; Rowland; Sales; Sallie; Siola; Tom Tuff; True Love; Veronique; Violet; William; Winifred.
 
 
 
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R J SCOTT

 
 
 SCOTIA
 
 Built 1879 by H.M. McIntyre & Co.,  Paisley. YN 47. L59.6'. B13'. 30grt. 1cyl steam engine. ON89563.
 
1879 Delivered to R.J. Scott, London. 1911[by] Owner Arthur Bridge, London.
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SILVERTOWN SERVICES [LIGHTERAGE] LIMITED

 
Funnel; Black with two blue bands alternating between three silver bands.
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SILVERBEAM [1]
 
Built 1901 at Papendrecht, Holland. L72'. B17'. D8.65'. 60.21grt. 70nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by Mordey, Carney Ltd., Newport. ON114804.
 
1901 Delivered to W.H.J. Alexander Ltd., London. Named Sunbeam.  12-1914 Sunk by ship while attending WW1 Pontoon bridge between Tilbury and Gravesend. Salved. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd (£1500), renamed Silverbeam. 2-1940 Req by RN. 1947 Returned to Owners. 1948 Sold to Milford Dock Company, Milford Haven, renamed St. Govans. 1965 Scrapped by C. Purdy, Milford Haven.
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SILVERBEAM [2]
 

Photo L Sherritt colln.
 
Built 1949 by James Pollock Sons & Co Ltd., Faversham. YN 1925. L83.6’. B21.4’. D7.8’. 92grt. 615bhp British Polar diesel engine. ON184379.
 
1950 Launched. 3-1951 Delivered to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London named Silverbeam. 1971 Sold to Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed Mercedes II. 1972 Re-engined 800bhp Lister-Blackstone ESS8 diesel BP9tons.  1982 Sold to Cleanaway Ltd., London, renamed Jean Raby. 2003 Sold to Medway Towing Services, Sevenoaks, renamed Silver Beam. 2010 Owner Mr D Birthright [Medtow Marine].
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SILVERCLAD [1]
 

 As Sunclad. Photo Les Sherritt colln.
 
Built 1892 by Summers and Scott Ltd., Gloucester. L67.6'. B16.2'. D7.95'. 54.38grt. 50nhp 2cyl compound steam engine.  ON101971.
 
1892 Delivered to W. H. J. Alexander, London, named Star Of The East. 8-2-1902 £450 Award for assisting salvage collision damaged and sinking SS Cordilleras off Regents Canal Dock. 19?? Renamed Sunclad. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd for £1000, renamed Silverclad. 2-1950 Arrived at  T. W. Ward Ltd., Grays Essex, for scrapping
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SILVERCLAD [2]
 
Built 1953 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd., t Northwich. YN 886. L75'. B19'8". D8'4". 77grt. 550bhp 5cyl Crossley diesel engine. ON186011.
 
1-1954 Delivered to Esso Petroleum Co Ltd., London. Named Esso Reading. 1966 Sold to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London, renamed Silverclad. 1971 Sold to J.P. Knight Ltd., London, renamed Kokoda. 1974 Sold to H.G. Pounds Ltd., Portsmouth. 1974 Sold to South Ocean Services Ltd., Portsmouth. 1977 Sold to Christiani & Nielsen Ltd., , renamed Chrianie IV. 1982 Believed in service in Far East. No further trace.
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SILVERDASH
 
Built 1940 by J Pollock Ltd., Faversham. YN1725. L40'. B12'. D4.7'. 18grt 100bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON167432.
 
2-1940 Launched. 4-1940 Delivered to Silvertown Services Ltd., London. 19-1-1944 Req for Admiralty service. 16-7-1945 Returned to owners. 1957 Still owned.
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SILVERDIAL [1]
 
Built 1899 by Dundee Shipbuilding Co Ltd., Dundee.  L69'. B16.4'. D9.2'. 54.81grt. 60nhp 2cyl compound steam engine.  ON110060.
 
1899 Delivered to Samuel Williams Ltd., London, named Prince. 1916 Acquired by W.H.J. Alexander ltd., renamed Sundial. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd (£1500), renamed Silverdial. 4-7-1940 Bombed and sank in Portland Harbour.


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SILVERDIAL [2]


Photo D Castle colln

Built 1950 by James Pollock Sons & Co Ltd., Faversham. YN 1924. L83.6'. B21.4'. D7.8'. 92grt. 605bhp 4cyl British Polar M44M diesel engine. ON183297.
 
7-3-1950 Launched. 7-1950 Delivered to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London. Named Silverdial. 1970 Sold to APCM Ltd., London. Renamed Sandtex. 1983 Sold to AAP Tugs, Rainham Kent. 1987 Sold to Blackstone Offshore Ltd, Basildon. 1988 For conversion to diving vessel at Hartlepool. 2007 Berthed in Hartlepool marina. 
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SILVERDOT
 

Photog unknown
 
Built 1939 by James Pollock Ltd., Faversham. YN1737. L40'. B4.7'. D4.7'. 100bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON167237.
 
3-1939 Launched. 4-1939 Delivered to Silvertown Services Ltd., London. 1957 Still owned.
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SILVERDOT II
 

Photo RGR Colln
 

Silverlit at Swale Barge Match in 1989. Photo Mike Adams.
 
Built 1945 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L41'. B12'. D4.7'. 18grt. 120bhp 3cyl National diesel engine. ON180800.
 
1945 Delivered to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd.,  London. 15-10-1953 Renamed Silverlit. 1972 Sold to M. Tugs Ltd., London. 1982 Chartered to W.S. Crouch & Sons Ltd., Greenhithe. 7-1983 Sold to Mike Adams for conversion to pleasure craft, re-engined  at Eel Pie Island with Ford diesel taken from a fire pump in the Gannex mackintosh factory in the East End of London. New engine fitted in rear hold and old engine room converted into cabin. Tug cruised extensively including to Paris. 12-1993 Sold to Tugstar Ltd, St Ives, Hunts,[manager Felix Aebi, Switzerland and based in France. Last seen at St John de Losne on River Saone. 2010 Believed still in existence in France.
[My thanks to Mike Adams for details]
 

Silverlit in France. Photo Mike Adams.     
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SILVERGILT
 
Built 1953 by W.J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd., Northwich. YN 879. L75'. B19'8". D8'4". 77grt. 550bhp 5cyl Crossley diesel engine. ON185851
 
2-1953 Delivered to Esso Petroleum Co Ltd., London. Named Esso Greenwich. 1966 Sold to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London, renamed Silvergilt. 1971 Sold to J.P. Knight (Rochester) Ltd., Rochester, renamed Kitava. 1978 Sold to Metal Recoveries Ltd., Newhaven, renamed Metrec. 19?? Owners Pounds Shipowners Ltd., Portsmouth. 1980 Sold to Pagasitikos Shipping Company, Piraeus, renamed Lacon. 2005 Still registered.
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SILVERLANE
 

Photo Rays colln
 
Built 1925 by Alexander Hall Ltd., Aberdeen. YN596. L77.5'. B19.6'. D9.4'. 90grt. 37nrt. 76nhp 3cylTE steam engine by builder.  Official No 148664.
 
8-1925 Delivered to T. C. & D. Co Ltd., London. Named Mincing Lane.  1938 Transferred to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London, renamed Silverlane. 31-12-1939 On RN service with Thames Balloon Barrage. 12-11-1940 To RN examination service. 7-2-1946 to 23-5-1946 laid up. 20-1-1948 Rescued bargeman Dick Virgo from river off Jenningtree Point when barge he was on was sunk following collision with a collier. 1953 Rebuilt and re-engined with 480bhp Crossley diesel engine. 1966 Sold to Flower and Everett Ltd, renamed Pursuer. 1967 Renamed Bankside. 1969 Transferred to Land Reclamation Services Ltd., London. 197? Sold to A. B. King, Gravesend, renamed Pursuers. 1976[by] Owner G Bullas, Gravesend. 197? Scrapped by Mayer, Newman, Erith.
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SILVERLIT [1]
 
Built 1890 by Stewart and Latham Ltd., Blackwall.  . L67.5’. B15.1’. D7.8’. 47grt. 8nrt. 45nhp 2cyl compound engine by Vulcan Ironworks Co., Hull.  ON98041.
 
1890 Delivered to George J Lucas Ltd, London, named Stockwell. 3-1890 Owner W. H. J. Alexander, London. 1899 Renamed Sunlit. 1918 Service with US Army. 1929 Owner W P & G F Alexander, London. 1931 Owner W H J Alexander Ltd., London. 3-10-1938 Sold to Silvertown Services Ltd for £1000, renamed Silverlit. 11-1940 Req by Admiralty for patrol service. 3-4-1942 War Dept. service. 4-11-1942 On Admiralty service in South Atlantic. 23-11-1942 Sold to British Government [MoWT], for service in Africa. 3-1946 Sold - no further trace.
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SILVERLIT [2]
 
See Silverdot II.
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SILVERMARK
 

 Photo V. Chandler colln.
 
Built 1937 by Alexander Hall Ltd., Aberdeen. YN662. L78.1'. B21.1'. D7.6'. 88grt. 1nrt. 500bhp British Polar M44M diesel engine.  Official No. 165474.
 
Launched 4-1937. 1937 Delivered to T. C. & D. Co., London. Named Seething Lane. 1938 Transferred to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London, renamed Silvermark. 1966 Sold to W. E. White and Sons, London, renamed John White. 1973 Scrapped by T. W. Ward Ltd., Grays, Essex. 

Photo RGR Colln
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SILVERTOWN
 

Photo K Watson colln.
 
Built 1940 by Cochrane & Cooper Ltd., Selby. YN 1207. L75.5'. B19.1'. D7.1'. 83grt. 520bhp 7cyl British Polar diesel engine. ON167389.
 
1940 Delivered to Silvertown Services Lighterage Ltd., London. 1966 Sold to W. E. White & Sons (Towage) Ltd., London, renamed Keith White. 1972 Sold to Michael J. Batty, Singapore.
        
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SOUNDY AND SON

 
SECRET [1]
 
No details known.
 
Original owner Richard Ross, London. 28-8-1851 Bows damaged following collision with SV Arrow off Deal. 5-2-1857 Awarded £3500 for salvage of barque Spirit Of The Age, in the Downs. 2-11-1859 Collided with SV Julia. 1888 [by]Owners Messrs Soundy and Son, London. [ may have been scrapped about 1892]
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SECRET [2]
 
Built 1892 by Spink and Edmundson, Lytham. L67'. B14'. D8'. 200ihp 2cyl compound steam engine.
 
22-10-1892 Launched. 11-1892 Disappeared without trace and loss of all crew in Irish Sea on delivery voyage to Soundy and Son, London.
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 SOUTH METROPOLITAN GAS BOARD 

 
[Later South Eastern Gas Board.]
 
Funnel; Black with broad red band carrying white panel with letters 'S E G B' in blue with narrow white bands above and below.
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GEORGE LIVESEY [1]
 
 
Built 1887 at Blackwall. L68'3". B14'. D7'5". 42grt. 30nhp steam engine. ON91994.
 
1887 Delivered to South Metropolitan Gas Company, London. 1926 Renamed Frank Livesey. 1929 Believed scrapped.
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GEORGE LIVESEY [2]
 
Built 1925 by Harland and Wolff Ltd., Govan. L83'. B21'. D10.5'. 2cyl 18"x38"x27"s coke fired compound steam engine. 
 
30-11-1925 Ordered by South Metropolitan Gas Company from Harland and Wolff Ltd., Govan. 20-5-1926 Launched. Order later cancelled and completed vessel sold to Belgian Owners.
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GEORGE LIVESEY [3]
 
Built 1928 by Lytham Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd., Lytham. YN753. L77.6'. B21.6'. D10.6'. 110grt. 550ihp 3cylTE 14"x22"x36"x24"s steam engine by builder. ON161212. IMO5423506.
 
29-11-1928 Launched. 3-1929 Delivered to South Metropolitan Gas Co Ltd., London. 1949 Owners restyled  South Eastern Gas Board. 1957 Sold to W.J. Reynolds Ltd., Torpoint Plymouth, renamed Carbiele. 1972 Acquired by Cory Ship Towage Ltd., London. 1972 Sold for breaking up to Davis & Cann Ltd., Plymouth. 1982 Vessel awash at breakers yard. 1984 Scrapped.
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METRO 1 [1]
 
No details known.
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METRO 1 [2]
 
Launch tug.
 
Built 1947 by Clelands [Successors] Ltd, Willington Quay, Newcastle. YN108 L39'. Diesel engine.
 
7-2-1947 Launched for SMGB. Transported to London by road following trials. Probably used on Surrey Canal servicing Peckham Gas Works. 1949 Owners South Eastern Gas Board, London.
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METRO 2
 
Built 1928 by James Pollock and Sons Ltd., Faversham. YN1327. L31'10". B9'4". D4'3". 40hp Bolinder diesel engine.
 
4-1930 Completed and delivered to South Metropolitan Gas Co., London.
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MIDGE
 
Built 1892 by G Napier and Son Ltd.,  Southampton. Wood. L40.3'. B9'. D5.2'. 11grt. 8nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by builder. ON102826.
 
1892 Delivered to Board of Trade, London. 1915 Owner George Austen, Northfleet. 1915 Owner Percy Albany, Ware. 1917 Owners South Metropolitan Gas Board, London. 1950 [by] Scrapped
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PARTNERSHIP
 

Photog. unknown
 
Built 1901 at Greenwich. L71.5'. B17.4'. D9.1'. 65grt. 75nhp steam engine. ON114710
 
1901 Delivered to South Metropolitan Gas Board, London. 1949 Owners restyled South Eastern Gas Board. 1956 Scrapped by T W Ward Ltd., Grays.
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T B HEATHORN.
 
Built 1893 by J.S. Watson (Gainsborough) Ltd., Gainsborough. L68.6'. B15.6'. D8.9'. 76grt. 60nhp 2cyl compound steam engine by Edward Young, Millwall. ON102810.
 
1893 Delivered to South Metropolitan Gas Co Ltd., London, named T B Heathorn. 1949 Owners became South Eastern Gas Board, London. 1956 Sold to Greenhithe Lighterage Co Ltd., Greenhithe, renamed Britannia. 1957 Re-engined 360bhp National diesel. 1982 Sold to Atlas Transport Ltd., London. 1983 Sold to Greenhithe Salvage Services, Greenhithe. 1987 Sold to Douglas Steven & Partners, for intended preservation at Butlers Wharf. 199? Sold to Mr. Tears, Rainham. 200? Believed sunk. 2002 Salved by W  Blake and moved to Barking Creek. 2011 Still in existence in Barking Creek.
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JOHN SPICER

 
JUBILEE
 
Built 1887 by Steward and Latham, Blackwall. Steel screw tug. 47.40grt. 71'x14.5'x8.6'. 2cyl 14.5"x28"x22" compound steam engine. Boiler 9'3"dia x 8'9". 80psi. ON94278 
 
21-5-1887 On trials on Thames. 1887 Delivered to John Spicer, London. 1892[by] Owner J Constant, London.
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ST. MICHAEL
 
See under D Barker
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JAMES STEVENS

 
VICTORY
 
See in Etheredge fleet list.
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FRANK A STONE

 
CHAMPION
 
Built 1890 by Union Lighterage Ltd.,  Blackwall. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London ship number 51. L69'. B16'2". D8'5". 56grt. 45nhp 2cyl compound steam engine. Boiler 10'dia x 9'. 100psi. ON98128.
 
1890 Delivered to  Union Lighterage Co Ltd., London.1911[by] Owner Frank A Stone, Erith. 1919[by] Owners General Wharfage and Supply Co Ltd., Erith. 1937 Same owner.
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 THAMES AND GENERAL LIGHTERAGE CO LTD

 
Including Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd. General Lighterage Co Ltd.
 
Funnel; Blue with red top and large white letter "T".

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THAMES STEAM TUG AND LIGHTERAGE COMPANY

 
Although a few records exist showing the company tugs towing small ships in the early years it was essentially a lighterage company. A prospectus was issued on July 9th 1856 showing a capital of £200,000  and advertising an issue of twenty thousand £10 shares. The Directors were Thomas Brassey, John Blake, Horatio Day, Sir S Morton Peto, William Swann and W H Tyler. Managers were Messrs Keen and Blake of Northumberland Wharf, Brentford. Company secretary Charles Eley Jnr. was also secretary of the Great Western and Brentford Railway Company. The stated aim of the company was to provide a fleet of lighters and steam tugs to take advantage of the ever increasing lighterage traffic on the Thames, and in particular to capitalize on traffic from the newly opened Victoria Dock, possible traffic from a proposed new dock at Dagenham, and that from a dock at Brentford, operated in collaboration with the GWR to take advantage of the Welsh coal trade. It is also evident from the prospectus that this was a re-financing and expansion of an existing lighterage business, presumably that of Keen and Blake of Brentford and Isleworth. 
The company commenced operation on the first day of December 1856 with offices at Northumberland Wharf, Brentford, and Corn Exchange, London. In 1857 it announced it had reached an agreement with the Victoria Dock Company  to service all its lighterage requirements. In December 1857 the Head office moved to 148 Fenchurch Street, London. Growth seems to have been fairly rapid and by 1881 the company employed over 300 men. By 1889 the offices had moved to 65 Fenchurch Street and company secretary was T. W. Jacob. T W Jacob was with the company many years, being both secretary and manager in 1889 and managing director by 1902. 
The workforce went on strike in November 1881 over pay and conditions and similar disputes were to arise in 1889 and from October 1900 to January 1901. 
In 1904 the company was in conference with various bodies, including Thames Conservancy regarding plans to build a barge repair yard on Lot’s Eyot near Brentford, a small islet which they owned. In December 1904 the company owned 340 barges and five tugs. Trading continued through various ups and downs including the two World wars and on 16th March 1959 a large notice appeared in the Times celebrating the companies centenary. By 1961 however there was a downturn in business beginning, and although employing over 400 lightermen a take-over bid of £780,000 from the Transport Development Group, announced on the 3rd October, was recommended and accepted. An amalgamation with the General Lighterage Company was to follow and in 1980 the whole setup was taken over by William Cory Ltd.
 
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AGNES
 
Built 1907 by H.J. Koopman, Dordrecht. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London, ship number 146. L71'. B18.1'. D9.3'. 67grt. 375ihp 2cyl 14"x30"x22" compound steam engine. Boiler 11'3"dia x 9'6". 130psi. ON125581
 
1907 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Agnes.  25-12-1925 Towing Lighter Teneriffe which collided with S/B Reliance in Limehouse Reach, River Thames. 1-10-1931 Collided with German SS Adriana in Thames. 1936 Sold to J.P. Knight (London) Ltd., London, renamed Kieve. 1947 Sold to John Deheer Ltd., Hull, renamed Ian. 1958 Sank in Victoria Dock, Hull, raised and scrapped.
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BLACKBOYS
 


Photo's 2011 by Alan Chapman
 
Built 1958  by E.C. Jones & Son (Brentford) Ltd., Brentford. L46’. B13.6’. D5.6’. 22grt. 100bhp 6cyl Thornycroft diesel engine. BP 31.5cwt. ON187780
 
1958 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Blackboys.  1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1970 Renamed General V. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1982 Sold to J. Darling, London. 1984 Sold to Cleanaway Ltd.,  London renamed Caspar C. 2002 Sold to The Environment Agency, London, renamed Falconbrook. 2011 Still in service.
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BRENT LEE

Built 1957 by E.C. Jones & Son (Brentford) Ltd., Brentford. L43.6'. B10.4'. D4.5'. 14grt. 178bhp diesel engine. ON187565.
 
1957 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Ltd., London. 198? Sold to Environment Agency, London, renamed Ver. 2005 Still in existence
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BRONS
 
Built 1928 by Rowhedge Ironworks Ltd, Rowhedge. YN 386. L34.2'. B8.4''. D3.3'. 6grt. 30bhp  2cyl 180mmx270mm diesel engine by Bronsmotorenfabriek Co., Appingedam. . ON160396.
 
6-1928 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Brons. 1955 Sold to R.G. Odell Ltd., Shepperton renamed Oxford. 1972 Sold to Saunders Marine. 19??: Sold to Genet Marine. 2005 Still in existence.
[Reengined at some stage with Gardner 6LX diesel]
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CONSTANCE
 

 Built 1904 by Otto & Zonnen, Krimpen a/d Ijssel. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London, ship number 106. L51.5'. B13.1'. D5.5'. 24grt. 95hp 2cyl 10"x17"x12" compound steam engine by J H van Capellen, Bolnes. Boiler 6'dia x 8'6". 100psi. ON118443

1904 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1939 Sold to  Henry Earnell, Frank Earnell, William Stapleton and William Pocock London.  1941 Reengined 95bhp 4cyl diesel by Buda Engine Corp, Detroit. [manufactured 1935]. 1941 Owners Henry and Frank Earnell, William Stapleton and Charles Judd, London. 1966 Owners W J Earnell Sons & Co Ltd., London. 1992 Deleted from registers.
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DUCKETT
 
Built 1938 by James Pollock Sons & Co Ltd.,  Faversham. L49.6'. B13'. D4.9'. 19grt. 180bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON166581.
 
1938 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd.,  London. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1972 Sold to E.M. Mayhew, Queenborough. 3-1983 Sold to A.E.White Ltd. 1992 Sold to Tilbury Douglas Construction, Erith. 199? Sold to Bill Blake, Barking. 2005 Sold to Spithead Trading Ltd., Braintree. 2006 Still in service
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EAGER
 

Photog unknown.
 
No details known.
 
1966 Owned by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1982 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London [ Not operated by Cory]. 198? Sold to Mr B Birthright, Gravesend. 1985 Scrapped.
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ENDEAVOUR
 

Photographed in 2011 by Alan Chapman
 
Built 1932 by Van Duijvendijk's Scheepswerf., Lekkerkerk. YN 12. L36.6'. B9.43'. 40bhp Kromhout diesel engine. 
 
1932 Delivered to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1942 Req by  MoWT, shipped to East Indies. 194? Returned to owner. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1982 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. [Not operated by Cory]. 1982 Sold to Ken Dwan, London. 198? Owner Tidal Cruises Ltd., London. 200? Owner Eel Pie Boatyard., Twickenham. 2011 Still in existence.
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ENERGETIC
 

 
Built  1936 by Rowhedge Ironworks Co Ltd, Rowhedge. L45'. B10.5'. D5'. 5cyl Ruston 5VQMR diesel engine.
 
1936 Launched for General Lighterage Co Ltd, London, named Energy. 10-1936 Completed named Energetic.  1963 Delivered to Thames & General Lighterage Ltd, London. 19?? Sold to W E White & Sons (Towage) Ltd, London renamed Sneezy. 19?? Owner Alfred E White, London. 1983 Sold to R Cardy, Maldon. 8-2010 Still in existence with private owner.
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ENID BLANCHE
 

Photog unknown
 

As WARRENDALE. Photo A Hughes colln.
 
Built 1925 at Sliedrecht. L78.2'. B20.2'. D10.7'. 99grt. 400ihp steam engine. ON148619.
 
1925 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1940 Sold to Richard Abel & Sons Ltd., Liverpool. 195? Renamed Warrendale. 1954 Grounded in fog off Stanlow Point on the Mersey whilst towing the barges Plata and Cheedale. 1955 Still in service. No further trace.
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ENSIGN

Built 1934 by T. van Duijvendijk's Scheepswerf, Lekkerkerk. YN 16. L36.7'. B9.4'. 35bhp Atlantic diesel engine. 
 
1934 Delivered to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 29-5-1942 Req by  Admiralty. 24-11-1945 Returned to owners. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1980 Acquired  by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1981 Sold to Ken Dwan, London. 198? Owners Tidal Cruises Ltd., London.
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EXPRESS
 
No details known
 

Photo Alan Chapman.

19?? Owners General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Co Ltd.,  London. 198? Sold to C Robson, London. 19?? Sold to Paul Wilson, Cherry Garden Pier ?? 21-4-2008 Drydocked at Pipers Wharf, Greenwich. 9-2010 Owners Thames Drydocking, Greenwich.
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FRAMFIELD



 

Photo M Wemban colln.
 

 
Built 1935 by J Thornycroft Ltd., Woolston, Southampton. L77.7'. B19.6'. D8'. 90grt. 2x 6cyl English Electric type K diesel engines driving English Electric generators [diesel electric drive]. ON163580.
 
1935 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1969 Sold to W E White & Sons Ltd., London renamed Pusher White. 1972 Sold to M J Batty and Associates, Singapore. Shipped as deck cargo from Rotterdam to Singapore. Renamed Josephine B and re-engined 1200bhp Mirrlees diesel.

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GENERAL I [1]
 
Built 1926 by T. van Duijvendijk, Lekkerkerk. YN 4. L59'. B14.4'. D6.2'. 35grt. 140bhp 4cyl Gardner diesel engine. ON161407
 
1926 Delivered to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1934 Owners London Bridge Lines Ltd., London. 19?? Sold to R.G. Odell Ltd., London. 16-9-1942 Req by Admiralty. 22-10-1942 Sank.
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GENERAL I [2]
 

Photo RGR colln
 
Built 1937 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L66'. B17.6'. D6.8'. 58grt. 390bhp diesel engine. ON165584.
 
1937 Delivered to Vokins & Co Ltd., London, named Vanoc.1975 Sold to Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed General I. 1982 Owners Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1983 Sold to Ron Livett,  London, renamed Warrior. 1984 Owners Thames & Medway Towage Ltd., London. 19?? Re-engined 860bhp Diesel. 5-2007 Still in existence.
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GENERAL II
 
Built  1926 by J. Vos, Groningen. L54.6'. B13.9'. D5.5'. 34grt. 164bhp diesel engine. ON149780
 
1926 Delivered to unknown owner named Wega. 27-7-1926 Advertised for sale, price £1600, lying Thames. 1929 Sold to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed General II. 1934 Owners London Bridge Lines Ltd., London. 1941 Sold to W.J. Earnell & Sons, London. 1957 Owners Earnell and Judd Ltd., London. 1976 Owners W J Earnell Sons & Co Ltd., London. 
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GENERAL III [1]
 

 
Built 1930 by James Pollock Sons & Co Ltd., Faversham. YN 1266. L75'. B17.5'. D9.3'. 65grt. 400bhp 4cyl Bolinder diesel engine. ON162529.
 
11-1930 Launched. 1-1931 Completed for James Pollock, Faversham, named Leneh [Probably a speculative build]. 1934 [by] Owners Bolinders Company Ltd., London. 1936[by] Owners General Lighterage Co Ltd., London renamed General III . 1937 Reengined by Harland and Wolff Ltd., Surrey Docks with 340bhp Ruston Hornsby 6VGRD diesel engine. 1984[by] Owners Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. No further trace.
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GENERAL III [2]
 

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Built 1947 by Henry Scarr Ltd., Hessle. YN510. L70.8'. B19.1'. D8.3'. 77grt. 465bhp Diesel engine. ON181810.
 
1947 Delivered to APCM Ltd., London. Named Snowcem. 1962 Sold to Vokins Ltd., London renamed Vortex. 1975 Sold to Thames & General Lighterage Ltd., London renamed General III. 1980 Taken over by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 198? Owners General Marine Services Ltd., London. 1992 Register closed. 200? Converted to houseboat moored at Hoo, Kent.
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GENERAL IV
 

Photo R Cox.
 
 Built 1936 by Henry Robb Ltd Leith. YN 222. L65'. B16'. D6.6'. 50grt. 390bhp 6cyl Atlas Polar diesel engine. ON164604.
 
1936 Delivered to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London named General IV. 24-9-1942 Req by Admiralty. 12-1942 On Admiralty service in West Africa. 194? Returned to owners. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd.,  London. 19?? Sold to Mr B Birthright, Gravesend. 1970 Sold to Electro Marine Engineering Co Ltd., London. 1979 Owners Millwall Lighterage Ltd., London. 1980 Sold to A.E. White & Sons Ltd., London, renamed Chalky White. 1983 Sold to Penfold, Erith, renamed Sarah Burns. 1987 Sold to Able Towing and Marine Services, Rochester. 1989 Sold to Argyle Charters, Campbeltown. 1990 Renamed General IV. 1994 Sold to  Frank Warling for use as a private vessel. 1994 Laid up at Campbeltown. 2003 Sold to Simon Sawers, Firth of Clyde, for restoration. 2004 Sank in Bowling harbour.
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GENERAL V [1]
 
Built 1937 by Henry Scarr Ltd., Hessle. YN 388. 50grt. 340bhp diesel engine. [Rebuilt from 3cylTE] ON184441.
 
1937 Delivered to Lion Wharf Ltd., London, named Isleworth Lion. 27-4-1941 Req by Admiralty for use as M/S skid towing tug based Gravesend.. 1944 Returned to owner. 1960 Sold to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed General  V.  1962 Sold to Erith & Dartford Lighterage Co Ltd.,Erith renamed Caroline. 1975 Renamed Caroline  Bodkin. 198? Sold to Albert Coffey, Gravesend. 1989 Sold to Medway Towing Services, re-renamed Caroline.  2004 In Hoo Marina. 2006 Still in existence.
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GENERAL V [2]
 
See BLACKBOYS above.
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GENERAL VI [1]
 

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Built 1939 by W.H. Donovan Ltd., Greenwich. 50grt.  396bhp Mirrlees diesel engine.
 
1939 Construction halted following air raid damage. 1946 Completed for unknown owner, named Caledonian. 19?? Owners W.G. Marriott & Sons Ltd., London, renamed Mick. 196? Sold to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed General VI. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1974 Sold to M. Tugs Ltd., London, renamed Handyman. 19?? Re-engined  200bhp Gardner diesel. 1982 Sold to W.S. Crouch & Sons Ltd., Greenhithe.
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GENERAL VI [2]
 

Built 1937 by J.Thornycroft & Co Ltd.,  Woolston Southampton. L77.5'. B19.6'. D7.8'. 90grt. 2x 265bhp Ruston 6KM diesel engines driving BTH generators [diesel electric drive]. ON165612.
 
1937 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London, named Robertsbridge. 1962 Reengined 450bhp diesel. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1975 renamed General VI. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. [Not operated by Cory] 1981 Chartered by Reef [Underwater Services] Ltd, renamed Barra Reef. 10-1981 Returned to Cory Lighterage Ltd, renamed General VI. 1982 Sold to Mr Mayhew, Queenborough, Kent. No further trace.
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GENERAL VII
 

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Built 1962 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L75’. B20’. D9’. 64grt. 665bhp National diesel engine. ON302978.
 
1962 Delivered to General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co. Ltd.,  London. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 15-10-1985 Sank following collision with freighter Rorahead off Tilbury. The master, mate and two lightermen drowned. Engineer and two lightermen survived. [Lost: Victor Goodale - Master; Lew Thompson - Mate; Colin Baker - Lighterman; Michael Lawrence - Lighterman. Saved; Edward Hurley - Engineer; Kenneth Elliott - Lighterman ; Robert Gray - Lighterman]. 1985 Salved and later scrapped. 

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GENERAL VIII
 

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Built 1965  by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L84.3’. B21’. D10.3’. 94grt. 1000bhp National Diesel engine. ON307914.
 
 1965 Delivered to Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1990 Re-engined 1196bhp Mirrlees-Blackstone  ESL6 diesel. 199? Transferred to Cory Environmental Ltd., London. 2006 Still in service.
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GENERAL IX
 
Built 1940 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. L68.9'. B18'. D7.4'. 71grt. 420bhp British Polar diesel engine. ON167613.
 
1940 Delivered to Vokins and Co Ltd., London, named Vista. 1975 Sold to Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London, renamed General IX. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. 1982 Sold to Hastings Bros., London. 1984[by] Owners Atlas Transport and Shipping Co Ltd., London. No further trace.
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GLEN LEE
 

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Built 1952 by Scheepswerf G. de Vries-Lentsch Jr.,  Alphen a/d Rijn. L39.8'. B10.3'. D4'. 14grt. 80bhp 4cyl Gleniffer diesel engine. ON185850
 
1952 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London.1963 Acquired by Thames & General LighterageCo  Ltd., London. 1969 Sold to M. Tugs Ltd., Chiswick. 1974 Owner Fred Saunders. 19?? Sold to Riley Banks Marine Ltd. 19?? House boat at Brentford with engine removed. 1993 Registration closed. 6-2004 At Penton Hook Marina. Seen at Richmond, possibly renamed Hobo. 7-2011 Still in existence on Lee Navigation at Enfield.

Photographed 28-6-2011 on Lee Navigation at Enfield Dock by Alan Chapman

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HILDA
 
Built 1893 by Thames Ironworks Co Ltd, Blackwall. L70.6’. B15.8’. D8.3’. 50grt. 7nrt.  60nhp 250ihp 2cyl compound steam engine by  Young & Son, Blackwall. ON101990
 
1893 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd, London named Hilda. 1925 Sold to The Maritime Lighterage Co (J R Francis & Co) Ltd, London renamed  Ratcliff. 1942 Sold to   William E White, Erith. 1949 Owners James H & Alfred E White, Erith. 1953 Scrapped.
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IRANDE
 

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 Built 1929 by J.I. Thornycroft & Co Ltd., Woolston, Southampton. YN 1085. L77.5'. B19.6'. D10.4'. 96grt. 340bhp Ingersoll Rand diesel engine. ON161357.
 
1929 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Irande. 1940 Collided with tug Ditto off Convoys Wharf. Ditto, in danger of sinking, was beached by Irande at Millwall. 1947 Re-engined 340bhp National diesel. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1970 Sold to W.E. White & Sons (Towage) Ltd., London. 1973 Sold to Thomas J. Dilks., London, renamed John White. 197? Sold to Alfred E. White, London. 1983 Sold to Thames & Medway Towage Co Ltd., Rochester. 1985 Owner Alan C. Bennett & Sons Ltd., Rochester renamed Irande. 1992 Scrapped.
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JANE LEE
 
Built 1951 by Richards Iron Works Ltd., Lowestoft. YN 404. L46.3'. B13'. D3.9'. 16grt. 204bhp 4cyl Crossley diesel engine. ON184462

1951 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd.,  London. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co  Ltd., London. May at some stage have been renamed Thames IV. 1980 Acquired by Mercantile Lighterage Co Ltd., London but laid up waiting sale. 19?? Sold to J. Butcher, Portsmouth. 198? Sold to Paul Mercer, Rye. 1991 Acquired by Branford Marine Ltd., Portsmouth. 1999 Company dissolved. 2009 Seen at Strood Basin.
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JOHN BLAKE
 
Built 1877 at Poplar. L63'. B13'. D7'. 42grt. 30nhp steam engine. ON76972.
 
1877 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1904[by] Owner Robert Forster, Scotswood-on-Tyne. 1911[by] Owner William Bingham, Hull.
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KENWARD
 

Following conversion to motor tug.
 
 Built 1946. L55.1'. B12.7'. D5.2'. 27grt. Steam engine. ON186277.
 
1946 Delivered to Thames Conservancy Commissioners,  London, named Cherwell. 19?? Sold to Page & East Ltd., London. 1955[by] Sold to Perkins & Homer Ltd., London, renamed Kenward. 8-1955 Rebuilt at Rotherhithe. Re-engined by Greenwich Marine Engineering Ltd with 216bhp 4x54bhp 6cyl Lister diesel engines driving single 48" prop. BP3.75t. 1957 Acquired by Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London.  1976 Ownership shown as T S T & L but may since 1963 have been operated by Thames and General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 19??  Possibly sold to owners in Southampton. No further trace.
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LETTIE
 

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Built 1914 by Burgenhout's Scheepswerf en Machinefabriek, Rotterdam. YN 29. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London, ship number 572. L76.5'. B19.6'. D10.4'. 89grt. 380ihp 2cyl 15"x34"x24" compound steam engine by builder. Boiler 12'6"dia x 10'. 140psi. ON136701.
 
1914 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 18-4-1916 Req for Admiralty service at Harwich. 20-3-1919 Returned to owners. 8-1940 Req for  Admiralty service as auxiliary patrol vessel. 9-11-1941 Lost off St Abb's Head, Scotland to unknown cause.
 

Merchant Navy Memorial, Tower Hill, London
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MARGARET
 
 Built 1898 by Rennie Ltd.,  Greenwich. L70'. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London, ship number 85.B16.6'. D8'. 58grt. 70nhp 2cyl 14"x28"x22" compound steam engine. Boiler 9'3"dia x 10'3". 120psi. ON108370.
 
4-1898 Launched. 1898 Delivered to  Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd, London. 1-8-1906 Lighter George being towed swamped and sank owing to excessive wash from LCC steamer Colechurch. 1924 Still owned by TST&L Ltd., London.  1934[by] Owners Clements Knowling Ltd., Brentford. 1956 Owners Clements Knowling Ltd., London. 11-09-1956 Scrapped by T W Ward Ltd., Grays.
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MARY BLAKE
 
Built 1910 by Hepple & Co Ltd.,  South Shields. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London, ship number 263. L71.3'. B19.1'. D9.3'. 70grt. 375ihp 2cyl 14"x30"x22" compound steam engine. Boiler 11'3"dia x 9'6". 130psi. ON129073.
 
1910 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Mary Blake. 7-1911 Collided with pleasure steamer Koh-I-Noor near London Bridge. 193? Sold to R.G. Odell Ltd., London renamed Denton. 19-12-1939  Req by Admiralty for  balloon barrage service. 7-1942 On Admiralty service. 19-8-1946 Returned to owner. 1953 Re-engined 480bhp diesel, renamed Churchill. 1972 Sold. 19?? Owner  John Sullivan at Greenland Dock during building of Marina. No further trace, believed scrapped in 1970's..
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MAUD
Built 1900 by G Rennie & Co, Greenwich. Designed by James Pollock Ltd., London, ship number 98. L70'. B17.2'. D8.9'. 63grt. 300ihp 2cyl 15"x32"x20" compound steam engine by T A Young, Blackwall. Boiler 11'dia x 9'6". 120psi. ON112750
 
1900 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd, London. 1929 Sold to Clements Knowling Co Ltd, Brentford 1954 Scrapped.
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MIDGE
 
Built 1861 at Millwall. Iron. L60'. B12.6'. D6.8'. 27grt. 10nrt. 25nhp steam engine. ON43952.
 
1861 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co., London. 18-11-1887 Collided with SS General Havelock off Ratcliff Cross. 1904 Sold to Charles Kent, Hull. 12-1914 Req for Admiralty service. 6-1915 Returned to Owner. 1923 Sold to John Broady, Hull. 1930 Same owner. 
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NANCY LEE
 
Built 1936 by J Pollock Ltd., Faversham. YN1580. L47'. B13'. D3.8'. 17grt. 70bhp Bolinder diesel engine. ON165334
 
9-1936 Launched. 10-1936 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London.
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RENNIE
 
 Built 1906 by Napier Ltd,  Southampton. Designed by James Pollock Ltd. Ship No 141. L31.9'. D7.1'. B3.3'. 5grt. Steam engine.  ON148693.
 
1906 Delivered to unknown owner named Rene. 192? Re-engined  20bhp 1cyl Bolinder diesel by James Pollock Ltd., Faversham. 1925 Sold to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd. Renamed Rennie. 1933 Rebuilt at Brentford. 1949 Sold to R.G. Odell Ltd., London. 1992 Registration cancelled. 199? Sold to Environment Agency, London, renamed Gade. 199? Sold to J. Please, Kingston, renamed Tom. 2004 Still in service.
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ROBERTSBRIDGE
 
See GENERAL VI [2] above.
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THAMES
 
Built 1897 by A W Robertson, Canning Town. 32grt. 120ihp 2cyl compound steam engine.
 
1897 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug Co?. 193? Sold to Clement Knowling Ltd, renamed Albion??. 
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THAMES II
 
Built 1957 by Vokins & Co Ltd., Brentford. diesel engine.
 
1957 Delivered to Vokins & Co Ltd., Brentford named Valkyrie. 1975 Sold to Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London , renamed Thames II. 1980 Acquired by William Cory Ltd and laid up for sale.19?? Sold to General Marine Services, London, renamed Major. 200? Sold to John Read, Brentford.
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THAMES III
 
No details known
 
ex Vampire [Vokins] ex Cemarco. [ APCM] 1980 Acquired by William Cory Ltd., London and laid up for sale.
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THAMES IV
 
See JANE LEE above
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THORN LEE
 

Built 1955 by G de Vries Lentsch,  Amsterdam. L43'2". B10.3'. D4'. 14grt 100bhp Thornycroft RZ6 diesel engine. ON186224
 
1955 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug and Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1975 Owners Thames and General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1976 Owners Taylor Woodrow International Ltd., London. 
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TOM JAY
 
Built 1948 by Richards (Shipbuilders) Ltd., Lowestoft. L72'. B18.1'. D7.4'. 67grt. 415bhp 4x102bhp Gardner diesel engines. Hydrostatic  drive. ON182847.
 
1949 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 19?? Sold to W.R. Cunis Ltd, London. 1977 Sold to Marine & Industrial Transmissions Ltd., Queenborough, deck crane and workshop added. 9-1983 Went aground at Horton Beach, Gower Peninsular during operation to salvage Prince Ivanhoe. Later broken up in situ.
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TOMMY LEE
 

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Built 1938 by James Pollock Ltd., Faversham. YN1685. L49.5'. B13'. D5'. 19grt. 100bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON166582
 
8-1938 Launched. 8-1938 Delivered to Thames S T & L Ltd., London. 5-6-1942 Req by Admiralty. 2-1944 On MoWT service Far East. May not have been shipped back to UK.
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TOMMY LEE II
 
Built 1949 by J.R. Hepworth Ltd., Paull. L46.2'. B12.9'. D4.3'. 21grt. 120bhp Crossley diesel engine. ON183138
 
1949 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd, London 19?? Re-enginedl Deutz diesel. 1980 Acquired by William Cory Ltd., London and laid up for sale. 1980 Sold to Mr Newman, laid up at Hurlingham and believed converted to pleasure craft. 7-2005 Seen at  River Thames Barge Race. 6-2012 Still in existence as pleasure craft moored at Saint-Venant, France.
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VASSAL
 
Built 1938 by James Pollock Sons & Co Ltd.,  Faversham. YN 1684. L38.2'. B10.5'. D4'. 13grt. 60bhp 2cyl Widdop diesel engine. ON165519.

1938 Delivered to Vokins & Co Ltd., London. 1975 Sold to Thames & General Lighterage Ltd., London. 1980 Acquired by Cory Lighterage Ltd., London. [Not operated] 198? Sold to Darling Brothers Ltd., London. 1982 Sold to General Marine Services,  London, renamed Vassel. No further trace.
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VICTORIA
 
Built 1856 by  George Harrison, Birkenhead. Iron Screw tug. L92.3’. B16.1’. D7.6’. 86grt. 24nhp 1cyl steam engine by Peto, Brassey & Bett, Liverpool. ON12587
 
1857 Owner  Alfred J Reece,  Brentford. 1858 Owners Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd, London. 1871 Registered at  Goole. 1875[by] Owners The Goole Steam Shipping Co. Ltd, Goole. 1881 [by] Owner John Wilkinson, Louth. 1-12-1883 Foundered off Brancaster.
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VISTA
 
See GENERAL IX above.
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VORTEX
 
See GENERAL III above.
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WORTHA
 

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Built 1929 by J. Thornycroft & Co Ltd., Woolston. YN 1086. L77.5'. B19.6'. D8'. 96grt. 276bhp Worthington diesel engine. ON161318
 
1929 Delivered to Thames Steam Tug & Lighterage Co Ltd., London named Wortha. 16-7-1941 Req by  MoWT. 18-2-1946 Returned to owners. 1948 Re-engined 340bhp  Ingersoll Rand diesel. 1962 Re-engined 405bhp Diesel. 1963 Acquired by Thames & General Lighterage Co Ltd., London. 1973 Sold to John Ramsey, Ipswich. 1974 Sold to Maritime Towage & Salvage Ltd.,London. 1975 Sold to W.G.S. Crouch & Sons Ltd., Greenhithe. 1978 Renamed Wortha Spearing. 1984 Engine removed & hull sold in 1985. Presumed scrapped.
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GENERAL LIGHTERAGE COMPANY  also owned the registered barges;-

Binder; Boatswain; Engineer; Fireman; Hayesash; Hayesbirch; Hayesbush; Hayeselm; Hayesfir; Hayesleaf; Hayesnut; Hayesoak; Hayespine; Hayesroot; Hayestree; Hayestwig; Leebay; Leeflower; Leesky; Leevalley; Leewater; Leewood; Marine C; Mate; Mechanic; Paymaster; Pilot C; Purser; Steward; Stoker; Seaman C; Sower.
 
THAMES STEAM TUG AND LIGHTERAGE CO also owned the Thames Spritsail sailing barge;-
Unity. 
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