Dai Thomas Tugs of Swansea Docks

 

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The following tug photos were kindly submitted by Mr. Anthony Thomas, son of
the late David 'Dai Pop' Thomas, former Chief Engineer with Alexandra Towing
at Swansea and Port Talbot.


The Wallasey with D Shed in the background and the 70 ton crane on the end of D Wharf. At the time of the photo she may have been new


WALLASEY (sistership  WATERLOO)

Registered: IMO 5385493 /(GBR)ON 185490
200 GRT, L31,15m(28,50), B7,80m, D3,588m(3,81) (102'2"(92'6")x25'7"x11'9,1/4"12'6"))
1 scr, T3cyl by "C.D. Holmes & Co", oil fired, 825ihp-709kW, sp 12kn



1953 -23/11: Built by "Cochrane & Sons Ltd" at Selby (GBR) (YN 1390) (keel laid 22/05/1953)
1954 -17/06: delivered to "ATCL - Alexandra Towing Co Ltd" at Liverpool (GBR), stationed at Swansea
(GBR flag, regd Liverpool, ON 185490, c/s GRPJ)
1972: To "South Ocean Services Ltd" (Kenneth Ratcliffe) at Portsmouth (GBR), renamed KENDIKEN
1973: laid up in Portsmouth harbour (GBR)
1983: sold for breaking up, laid up at the Woolston yard on the Itchen (GBR)
1993 -07/08: last spotted still afloat
1993: broken up ?? Lloyd's Register deleted entry as "Vessel's continued existence in doubt"

 



On the bridge the manager Tom Richards

On deck Glyn Jefferies, Paddy ? and Oxo Hyatt



 

Dai Thomas David Jones Richard Heslop and 2 Dry dock employees

Dai Thomas in the engine room of the Fabians bay



 



 

Alexandra and Herculaneum

Alexandra in Dry Dock



Tom Jones on the tug Hendon

Mike Arthurs and Dai Thomas



 


 

Dai Thomas

Dai Thomas and Leonard Hicks



 


Unknown engine room

Gower on Regent's Wharf



Hendon

Waving his arms Glyn Vaughan




 

Alexandra going to Port Talbot

Herculaneum on Regent's Wharf



 


Herculaneum

Along side the car Clive Dacy



 


Could be Grenville Taylor

The Margam



 


Guiding a Royal Navy Ship out of Port



 


Tug towing a barge from Milford Haven

Believed to be one of the Rea Tugs



The Sun Tugs

The Talbot



On the deck of the Mumbles Brian Israel and Tony Lewis

Unknown Tug



This  picture  is  of  the  Talbot  inside  the  No.  2  Jetty  at
Foynes.

Behind the car The Victoria. Now working in Minorca



 


Billy Jones

Tug in the Dry Dock



Dai Thomas helping with the line of a Blue Funnel Boat


The man in the foreground nick name Safe Hands

 

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