The Mumbles swinging an ore carrier at Port Talbot.
The Mumbles arrived in Swansea in 1969 fresh from the yard of Richard Dunstan at Hessle and apart from a short spell in Liverpool, spent the rest of her working life at Swansea.
The Mumbles was probably one of the best looking tugs ever to have worked in the Bristol Channel and certainly one of the best sea-boats.
After losing the contract at Port Talbot Tidal Harbour, it was decided that the Mumbles would be transferred to Howard Smith at Gibraltar,
A contract was awarded to Howard Smith Towage to tow a small Turkish tanker called the Sarihan 1 from Strood on the River Medway to Gibraltar. The money made on this operation would offset wages and fuel costs incurred by this fleet transfer.
The Sarihan 1 seen as the Firecrest
The crew of the Mumbles March 5th. 1995 Photo by Brian Murphy.
All connected and ready to go at Strood
Negotiating one of the many bends on the River Medway
Crossing The Bay of Biscay
Just visible in a full gale.
Moored alongside another of the Turkish Companies vessels at Gibraltar
On our arrival at Gibraltar both these vessels were placed under arrest by the authorities due to discrepancies with documentation. That evening a dense fog descended over the Rock and when the fog had lifted at daybreak the following day, both vessels had vanished.
The Mumbles leaves Gibraltar under tow in November 2008
bound for new owners in Portugal
Photo Courtesy of J.J.