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


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


Waving his arms Glyn Vaughan


Alexandra going to Port Talbot

Herculaneum on Regent's Wharf



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

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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