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MULBERRY HARBOUR

BRITISH, FRENCH AND DUTCH TUGS [2]

The following named vessels took part in the various operations concerned with the construction and operation of the Mulberry harbours. It concerns vessels used in river or cross-channel towage of the various units, tugs in the 'overlord' pool, or those under control of COTUG. As in the Dunkirk section of this site, for the sake of completeness I have listed vessels other than those based on the River Thames. Thames based vessels have their  name shown in blue, with a guide as to where their details may be found elsewhere on this site. Details of other tugs will be expanded in due course.
 
page last updated 23-3-2013
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 EMPIRE DORIS
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Corncob, Portland for towing/escorting Gooseberry's.

Built 1944 by Scott and Sons., Bowling. YN371. Modified Warrior class tug. L105.9'. B30.1'. D12.4'.  258grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 16.5"x27"x46"x30"s oilfired steam engine by Plenty and Son Ltd., Newbury. ON169410 Callsign MNGP. 
 
14-3-1944  Launched. 25-4-1944 Completed for  MoWT, Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd., London managers. 6-6-1944 Allocated to tow/escort blockships in group 2 of Operation Corncob. 12-1944 Towed pierhead 42C Arromanche to Southampton. 2-1945 Towed timber raft ex Portsmouth to Terneuzen.  4-1945 Relieved by Empire Belle at Antwerp. 5-1945 Engaged in coastal towing ops. 6-1945 Towed barges Chestnut and Bremen ex Plymouth to Gravesend. 4-6-1945 Released from Overlord tug pool. 1945 Operating in the Persian Gulf on Admiralty duties. 12-1945 Chartered by Anglo-Iranian Oil Co Ltd., London, managers British Tanker Co Ltd., London. Operating at  at Bandar Mashur. 1947 Sold to Petroleum Steamship Co Ltd., managers British Tanker Co Ltd., London. 5-1948 Renamed Bahramand. 1958 Transferred to B.P. Tanker Co Ltd.,  London. 1968 Sold to A. Shafei & Partners.  Renamed Tahamtan. Operating Khorramshahr. 17-10-1969  L.R. class withdrawn. 1998 Deleted from  Register,  'existence in doubt'.
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EMPIRE FOLK

British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey to tow Phoenix and Whale units.
 
Built 1942 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne.  YN T365. Maple class tug. L92.5'. B20.5'. D8.4'. 129grt. 500ihp 3cylTE 12"x20"x32"x22"s coal fired steam engine by McKie and Baxter Ltd., Paisley. ON168782 Callsign MKRW.

18-3-1942 Launched. 13-5-1942 Completed for MoWT, handed over to Pedder & Mylchreest Ltd., London for delivery. 13-5-1942 Employed on naval duties.  23-3-1944 C. Rowbotham & Sons Ltd., London, appointed managers and employed  on coastal towing operations. 6-6-1944 Allocated local rescue work in Portsmouth area. 6-6-1944 First tug to arrive off Normandy beaches, on ammunitioning duties towing LCT413. 11-6-1944 Transferred to naval duties. 28-6-1944 Reported to Selsey. 12-1944 Towed hopper barge Millwall Arromanche to Portsmouth. 1945 Ponts et Chaussées, France, appointed managers. Allocated to Calais.  6-1947 Sold to Government of France.  1947 Sold to Chambre de Commerce de Dieppe, Dieppe. 1950 Renamed  Jean De Bethancourt. 1962 Owners Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Dieppe, Dieppe.7-1965  L.R. class suspended as surveys overdue. 1969 Sold for scrap  to Jean Thommerel, Fécamp. 4-1970 Scrapping completed.
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EMPIRE HENCHMAN
 
Requisitioned tug. Allocated to SNO Corncob, Portland, to tow/escort Gooseberry's.
 
Built 1939 by Cochrane and Sons Ltd., Selby. YN1206. L105.4'. B26.6'. D12.3'. 243grt. 950ihp  3cylTE 15.5"x26"x42"x30"s 200psi oil fired steam engine by C D Holmes Ltd., Hull. ON167402. IMO5426625.  Callsign MQYM.
 
31-8- 1939  Launched for Goteborgs Bogserings och Bargnings AB (Goteborg Towage and Salvage Co Ltd), Gothenburg, Sweden, named Karl. Req by British Government whilst fitting out. 23-1-1940 Completed for MoWT renamed Empire Henchman. United Towing Co. Ltd., Hull, appointed managers. 1940 Involved in the Dunkirk evacuation under Skipper J E Fishe. 30-5-1940 Towing small boats from Dunkirk beaches to Destroyers. 6-1944 Assigned to tow/escort blockships in group 3 of operation corncob. 6-1944 Towed 60ton crane 1227 Falmouth to Mulberry A. 13-6-1944 20.05 Arrived Mulberry A towing whale unit 536/L2. 22.00 Released. 16-6-1944 22.30 Arrived Mulberry A towing whale unit 537Q. 2-1945 Towed barge Hook ex Sheerness to Terneuzen. 6-4-1945 Proposed to be relieved by Empire Polly at Antwerp.  4-1945 Towed dredger Foremost Clan ex Folkestone to Southampton. 5-1945 Towed barge ex Portsmouth to Gravesend. 5-1945 Towed BW No1 ex Sheerness to Rosyth. 17-5-1945 Owners' request for return of  vessel refused. 6-1945 Towed naval stores lighter ex Hull to Glasgow. 6-1945 Towed naval stores lighter ex Hull to Liverpool. 29-9-1945 Returned to owners, renamed Karl . 1963 Sold to  Societa di Navigazione SpA.,  Messina Italy renamed Capo Faro. 10-1964  L.R. class withdrawn. 1969 Owners restyled to Capieci SpA Societa di Navigazione e Rimorchiatori. 198? Owner Carmello Picciotto fu Giuseppe, Messina. 1982 Reported sold for breaking up but some sources state 'still in service' in 1988.
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EMPIRE HUMPHREY
 
Allocated SNO Corncob for towing Gooseberrys. See William Watkins/managed Tugs page.
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 EMPIRE IVY
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Portland to tow Bombardons.
 
Built 1941 by Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co., Goole. YN373. Warrior class tug. L107.9'. B26.1'. D12.6'.  263grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 16"x26"x43"x30"s Steam engine by George Fletcher and Co. Ltd., Derby. ON168786 IMO5280227 Callsign MJFB.
 
20-10-1941  Launched. 4-7-1942  Completed for  MoWT, Overseas Towage & Salvage Co.,  London appointed managers. Employed on coastal towage. 24-8-1944 Transferred to naval duties. 4-1946 Owners Ministry of Transport, London.  16-5-1946  Sold to Clyde Shipping Co Ltd., Glasgow  for £20,500, renamed Flying Tempest. 11-1959 Converted to oil firing 7-9-1962 Sold to Rimorchiatori Sardi SpA, Italy, renamed Poetto. 1963 owners Societa Salvataggi Siciliana SpA., Palermo. 1968 Renamed Montelungo. 1971 Owners restyled Societa Siciliani Salvataggi SpA. 1982 Scrapped.
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EMPIRE JESTER
 
Allocated SNO Portland to tow Bombardons. See William Watkins pages as Napia
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EMPIRE JOHN
 
Allocated SNO Oban to tow Gooseberrys. See William Watkins pages.
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 EMPIRE JONATHAN
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Corncob, Portland for escort/towing of Gooseberry's.
 
Built 1944 by Alexander Hall and Co. Ltd., Aberdeen. YN697. Foremost class tug. L105.2'. B27.1'. D11.7'. 232grt.  850ihp 3cylTE 16"x25"x42"x27"s 200psi oil fired steam engine by builder. ON165266. IMO7515016. Call sign MNKR.

27-1-1944 Launched. 20-3-1944 Completed for MoWT, United Towing Co., Hull appointed managers. Employed on coastal towing. 6-6-1944 Allocated to tow/escort blockships in group 5 of operation corncob. 7/8/9/10-6-1944 Off Normandy beaches and positioned 11 Gooseberry ships for scuttling. 18-6-1945 Departed Selsey towing Phoenix unit. Worked off beaches until 2-7-1944 under command of Capt. Wilkinson. 4-1945 Towed concrete barges PB40 & PB165 ex Gravesend to Flushing. 5-1945 Towed barges Midge & Orient ex Plymouth to Gravesend. 5-1945 Towed drifter Amiable ex Portsmouth to Eyemouth and MFV Successful ex Portsmouth to Whitby [tandem tow]. 5-1945 Towed barges Statwood and Spey ex Plymouth to Gravesend. 4-6-1945 Released from COTUG control. 12-6-1945 Handed over to Townsend Bros ferries Ltd for onward delivery to Singapore via Bombay. 9-7-1945 departed for Bombay. 18-10-1945 On station Bombay. 12-1945 On station at Singapore under control of Captain of Dockyard. 31-5-1947 Allocated to Admiralty. 8-1947 Renamed Fidget.  12-4-1955 Collided with the steamer Shillong at Port Swettenham. 5-6-1971 Transferred to Government of Singapore , managed by Sambawang Towing Company. 1975 Owners World Dredging Ltd Panama, re-engined 2x diesel V16cyl GM Detroit type 16V-149 1060bhp. 1983 Sold to Straits Engineers Ltd, managers Straits Engineers Contracting Pte Ltd., Panama 1988 Still in service.
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 EMPIRE LARCH
 
British commercial tug allocated to SNO Corncob, Oban for towing/escorting Gooseberry's. Later towed Phoenix units.

Built 1941 by Goole Shipbuilding and repair Co L:td., Goole. YN353. Englishman/Larch class tug.  L135'. B30.1'. D15.2'. 482grt.1350ihp  3cylTE oil fired steam engine by Amos and Smith Ltd, Hull.  ON164910. IMO5332484. Callsign BCKR later MAPD

30-1-1941 Launched. 14-6-1941 Completed for MoWT, United Towing Co Ltd., Hull appointed managers. 30-6-1941 Damaged by  bombs off Great Yarmouth and later repaired. 1942 Towed damaged Empire Pilgrim Aberdeen to Blyth. 9-7-1943 Departed Gibraltar for Loch Ewe via Liverpool with convoy MKS16G. 22-7-1943 Arrived UK. 27-10-1943 Departed Liverpool for Gibraltar with convoy OS57/KMS31. 10-11-1943 Arrived Gibraltar. 6-6-1944 Allocated to tow/escort blockships in group 4 of operation corncob. 16-6-1944 22.30 Arrived Mulberry A towing whale unit 537Q. 22.45 Released. 24-6-1944 Towed Thames Queen to Solent. 12-1944 Towed SS Twickenham ex Plymouth to Hull. 4-1945 Towed IA107 ex Hull to Chatham. 4-1945 With Thames towed SS Empire Beatrice ex R. Blackwater to R. Clyde. 5-1945 With Empire Winnie towed SS Liseta ex London to Middlesborough. 5-1945 Towed LC27 ex Middlesborough to London. 5-1945 With Thames towed SS Compiegne ex R. Tyne to Gravesend. 6-1945 Towed barges Wilfred & Mary III ex Terneuzen to Gravesend. 6-1945 Towed 2 barges ex Plymouth to Antwerp. 6-1945 Towed dredger Dredgewell ex Calais to Southampton. 6-1945 Towed barges Munster & Rose ex Portsmouth to Gravesend. 30-10-1945 On Admiralty service towing  US barge from Cherbourg to Antwerp. 2-11-1945 Ordered to Scapa Flow to tow a trawler to Leith. 13-4-1946 Sold to United Towing Co Ltd.,Hull for £37,620, renamed Masterman. 1962 Sold to Brodospas Poduzece za Spasavanje i Teglenje Brodova, Split,  renamed Smjeli. 23-10-1971 Towed to owners yard at Sveti Kajo, Yugoslavia for demolition. 11-1973 Demolition completed.
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 EMPIRE MEADOW
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Portland for towing Bombardons.

Built 1942 by J S Watson [Gainsborough] Ltd, Gainsborough. YN1528. Birch class tug. L106.7'. B26.7'. D11.6'. 242grt. 1015ihp 3cylTE 16"x26"x43"x30"s 115rpm coal fired steam engine by C D Holmes Ltd., Hull. BP 7 Tons. Bunkers 91 tons. Prop dia 11'. Prop pitch 11.7'. ON167128. IMO5230387. Callsign MKZR
 
6-1-1942 Launched. 12-8-1942 Completed for MoWT, John Cooper Ltd., Belfast appointed managers. 6-1944 Towed composite barge Portland to Utah beach. Towed salvage lighter Portland to Mulberry A 1946 Owners Ministry of Transport, London. 1946 Sold to John Cooper Ltd., renamed Meadow. 12-1949  L.R. class withdrawn at owner's request. 1959 Owners restyled as John Cooper (Belfast) Ltd. 1963 Re-engined, with 800bhp 12cyl (1952) Mirrlees, Bickerton and Day 4SCSA 9.75"x10.5" diesel engine , by T. Mitchison Ltd., Gateshead. BP8.5 tons. 1969 Owners R. & J.H. Rea Ltd., London [Following company take-over]. 1970 Transferred to Cory Ship Towage (Northern Ireland) Ltd. 6-1971 Sold to Northern Slipways Ltd., Dublin. 1972 Chartered to Dublin Port and Dock Board. 1973 Sold to Maritime Commercial Enterprises Ltd., Greece, renamed Hector. 11-12-1978 Delivered to H and N Spiliopoulos OE, Perama for scrapping. 1981 Scrapping completed. 
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EMPIRE PIXIE

British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey to tow Phoenix and Whale units.

Built 1942 by Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co Ltd., Goole. YN736. Warrior class tug.  L107.9'. B26.1'. D12.6'. 263grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 16"x25"x43"x30"s coal fired steam engine by George Fletcher and Co., Derby. ON168790. IMO5123912. callsign MLBQ
 
27-8-1942 Launched. 5-11-1942 Completed for MoWT, Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd., London. appointed managers. Employed on naval duties. 29-3-1944 Employed on coastal towing. 23-8-1944 Employed on naval duties. 12-1944 Towed BK barge Portland to Le Havre. 2-1945 Towed LCG[M]191 ex Middlesborough to Millwall. 21-2-1945 Allocated to relieve Empire Seraph at Calais. 5-1945 Based Le Havre. 1-1946 France Fenwick, Tyne & Wear Co., Newcastle, appointed managers. Employed on coastal towing. 4-1946 Owners Ministry of Transport, London. 5-1946  Sold to Clyde Shipping Co Ltd., Glasgow  for £21,250, renamed Flying Swordfish. 3-1955 Converted to oil firing. 2-8-1957 Sold to Premuda SpA, Italy,  1957 Resold to D. Tripcovich e Ci. Soc. di Navigacione Rimorchi e Salvataggi per Azione, Trieste, renamed Fulgor. 1978 Scrapped by Cantierei de Demolizione Runti at Scala Legnami, Trieste.
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EMPIRE RACE
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Portland for towing Bombardons.
 
Built 1941 by Henry Scarr Ltd., Hessle. YN S421. Birch class tug. L106.7'. B26.7'. D11.6'. 242grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 16"x26"x43"x30"s 210psi Oilfired steam engine by C D Holmes Ltd., Hull.  ON167121. IMO5062522 Callsign BDXF later MAJD
 
21-11-1941  Launched. 1-6-1942 Completed for  MoWT, C. Rowbotham & Sons, London, appointed managers,  employed on naval duties. 14-2-1944  Transferred to coastal towing operations. 13-6-1944 1430 Arrived Mulberry A towing bombardons 284 and 289. 17-2-1945 Six weeks overdue for boiler clean at Calais and relieved by Empire Sophy. 30-11-1945 Transferred to  naval duties. 1-12-1945  Based at Harwich for handling troopships. 31-8-1958  Returned to the  Ministry of Transport. 1962 Sold to Capieci Societa di Navigazione SpA.,  Messina  renamed Capo D'Orlando. 4-1962  L.R. class withdrawn. 1969 Owners restyled to Capieci Societa di Navigazione e Rimorchiatori SpA. 1973 Sold to Italian Navy  renamed Ustica [ Y 448] 1991 Believed scrapped.
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EMPIRE ROGER
 
Built 1944 by A Hall and Co Ltd., Aberdeen. YN698. Foremost class tug. L112'10". B27'. D12'6".  232grt. 750ihp 3cylTE oil fired steam engine by builder. ON165267.
 
10-4-1944 - Launched. 15-5-1944 Completed for  MOWT, managers Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd.,London. 6-1944 Towed NL Pontoon Inverness to Portsmouth. 28-6-1944 03.00  Whale unit under tow sank off MULBERRY B. Later rescued survivors from Maid of Orleans.  3-10-1944 Transferred to Admiralty. 12-9-1945 Departed UK for Gibraltar. 12-1945 Allocated to Kure, Japan. 5-1946 Allocated to Hong Kong. 2-1947 Released from Admiralty service. 11-3-1947 Chartered to Hong Kong Harbour Authority., Hong Kong. 1948 Sold to James Fisher & Sons Ltd., Barrow-in-Furness. 1949 Renamed Fisherstown. 6-1968 Scrapped by T.W. Ward Ltd., Barrow.
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EMPIRE RUPERT
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Oban to tow/escort Gooseberry's.
 
Built 1943 by Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co Ltd., Goole. YN388. Englishman class tug. L136'. B30.1'. D15.3'. 479grt. 1150ihp 3cylTE 16.5"x27"x46"x30"s 215psi. Oilfired steam engine by  Walker Bros. Ltd., Wigan. ON169085. Callsign MQZK
 
10-11-1943 Launched. 13-5-1943 Completed for MoWT,  United Towing Co Ltd., Hull appointed managers. 6-6-1944 Allocated to tow/escort blockships in group 4 of operation corncob. 6-1944 Towed LST852 Portsmouth to Nore. 12-1944 Towed SS Saltflat Gravesend to S. Shields with tug Seaman. 24-1-1945 Foundered after collision with  steamer Twickenham Ferry, 10 miles south east of Dover at posn. 51.03N, 01.32E. 11 lives lost.
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EMPIRE SARA
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey to tow Phoenix and Whale units.
 
Built 1943 by Cochrane and Sons Ltd., Selby. YN1267 Hoedic class tug. L105.2'. B26.6'. D12.2'. 276grt. 850ihp 3cylTE 15"x25"x42"x27"s coal fired steam engine by Amos and Smith Ltd., Hull.  ON169307 Callsign MQSR
 
6-5-1943  Launched. 10-8-1943 Completed for MoWT, France, Fenwick Tyne & Wear Co Ltd., Newcastle appointed managers. Engaged in commercial service. 2-1944 Transferred to coastal towing operations. 23-5-1944 Departed Tees towing Phoenix unit to Dungeness with Euston Cross. 16-6-1944 20.30 Arrived Mulberyy A towing whale unit 502/M1. 14-9-1944 Alexandra Towing Co Ltd., Liverpool appointed managers and  transferred to naval duties. 22-5-1946  Sold to Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd., Hull, for £22,500, renamed Presto. 1968 Taken over by United Towing Co Ltd., Hull and laid up. 15-6-1968 Arrived under tow at Blyth for scrapping by Hughes Bolckow Ltd.
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 EMPIRE SERAPH
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey to tow Phoenix and Whale units.
 
Built 1942 by Richard Dunston Ltd., Thorne. YN T374. Maple class tug. L92.5'. B20.5'. D8.4'. 129grt. 500ihp 3cylTE 11.75"x19.25"x32"x22"s 200psi steam engine by Crabtree [1931] Ltd., Gt. Yarmouth. Eng No 633. ON169077 Call sign MFXF,

25-10-1942  Launched. 22-12-1942  Completed for MoWT, C. Rowbotham & Sons., London appointed managers and engaged on naval duties. 22-5-1944 Transferred to  coastal towing duties. 10-6-1944 On ammunitioning duty in Solent. 19-6-1944 Towed Whale unit to Mulberry A. 10-8-1944 Engaged on naval duties at Calais. 21-2-1945 Serious boiler problems at Calais and relieved by Empire Pixie. 6-4-1945 Allocated to relieve Empire Polly at Ostend.  4-1945 Towed MFV  Liv ex Tyne to Buckie. 5-1945 Towed barge KLK25 ex Leith to Flushing.  3-9-1947  Sold to Gdynia-America Shipping Lines Ltd., Gdynia, renamed Bizon. 1951 Taken over by Polish Government. 1959 Managed by Zarzad Portu Szczecin 1960 Believed scrapped.
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EMPIRE SILAS
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey to tow Phoenix and Whale units.
 
Built 1943 by Cochrane and Sons Ltd., Selby. YN1279 Hoedic class tug. L105.2'. B26.6'. D12.2'. 274grt.  850ihp 3cylTE 15"x25"x42"x27"s 200psi oil fired steam engine by Amos and Smith Ltd., Hull. ON180236. IMO5158254. Callsign MNKC.

13-12-1943 Launched.  20-4-1944 Completed for MoWT, Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd., London appointed managers, employed on coastal towing operations. 6-1944 Towed NL pontoon Osbourne Bay to Gold Beach.  6-1944 Towed Ammunition barges Falmouth to Southampton. 8-6-1944 Arrived off Normandy beaches. Later towed ammunition barges Solent to Juno beach. 12-1944 Allocated as harbour tug at Rouen. 4-1945 Towed TID29 ex Dieppe to Southampton. 5-1945 Towed 2 barges ex Plymouth to Gravesend. 11-2-1946 Returned to commercial service. 12-8-1946 SS Kedah broke away from tug off St Agnes Head whilst under tow for Antwerp in heavy weather. 10 crew taken off tow by Padstow lifeboat. 1946 Sold to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Co Ltd., London, for £24,000, renamed Fairplay Two. 22-6-1947  Capsized in Flushing Roads whilst assisting SS Kurtanus. 13-8-1947 Salved and towed to Antwerp where she was taken over by the Salvage Association. 1947 Repaired by  Union de Remorquage et de Sauvetage SA., Antwerp. 1948 Sold to Société Chérifienne de Remorquage et d'Assistance., Casablanca, renamed Ifrane. 12-1953  L.R. class withdrawn at owner's request. 1978 Sold for scrapping to Maroc Métaux, Casablanca. 25-9-1978 Scrapping commenced.
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EMPIRE SINEW
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Portland to tow Bombardons.
 
Built 1942 by Scott and Sons, Bowling. YN365. Warrior class tug. L107.1'. B26.1'. D12.4'. 260grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 16.5"x27"x45"x30"s coal fired steam engine by Walmsleys [Bury] Ltd. ON168740 Callsign MPRL

14-7-1942  Launched. 5-12-1942 Completed for MoWT, Overseas Towage & Salvage Co., London appointed managers. Employed on Naval duties with South Atlantic Command. 9-1944 Transferred to South West African Command.  1-1946 Entreprise Ossude SA.,  Oran appointed managers and served with Mediterranian Command on Naval duties. 1948 Sold to Union des Remorqueurs de l'Océan,  Dakar, renamed Faidherbe. 1951 Converted to oil firing. 1954 Sold to The Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd., Port Adelaide. 24-10-1954 Departed Capetown for Mauritius following boiler repairs.  25-10-1954 Requested assistance due to boiler trouble. 27-10-1954 Transmitted distress call due to heavy list, 230 miles SW of Port Elizabeth. . 28-10-1954 Air Sea Rescue search initiated and later wreckage and oil slick found at positiion 34.32S 21.32E. 1-11-1954 A lifeboat washed up at Still Bay, 200 miles east of  Capetown and vessel presumed lost along with crew of 14, 12 of whom were Britons emigrating to Australia and New Zealand.
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 EMPIRE SOPHY
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey for towing Phoenix and Whale units.
 
Built 1943 by Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Co., Goole. YN401. Modified Warrior/Roach class tug. L105.8'. B30.1'. D12.5'. 261grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 16.5"x28.5"x47"x30"s oil fired steam engine by Amos and Smith Ltd., Hull. ON180117. Callsign GSTV.

13-12-1943 Launched. 6-1944 Completed for MoWT, Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd., London appointed managers. 6-6-1944 Allocated to tow/escort blockships in group 5 of operation corncob. 12-1944 Towed pierhead Arromanche to Portsmouth. 17-2-1945 Allocated to relieve Empire Race at Calais. 4-1945 Towed barges Chalkwell Park and Eton ex Southampton to Gravesend. 4-1945 Towed 10 ton crane ex Dartmouth to Plymouth. 4-1945 Towed LCT7072 ex London to Southampton. 4-1945 Towed trawler Trojan ex Portsmouth to Plymouth. 4-1945 Towed 2 insulated barges ex Plymouth to Gravesend. 5-1945 Towed barge HAM635 ex Portsmouth to Flushing. 6-1945 Towed hopper Tatem 1 ex Terneuzen to Gravesend. 6-1945 Towed 2 BK barges ex Plymouth to Antwerp.  5-1945 Engaged in coastal towing ops. 21-6-1945 Released from COTUG control to Director of Sea Towing. 25-8-1945 Handed over to Pedder & Mylchreest Ltd., London  for delivery to Trincomalee. 31-5-1947 Permanently allocated to UK Admiralty  renamed Behest. 1950 Transferred to Colombo Port Authority. 1962 Reported submerged in Colombo harbour. 1966 No longer listed in LR 
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EMPIRE VINCENT
 
British commercial tug. Allocated to SNO Selsey for towing Phoenix and Whale units.
 
Built 1943 by Cochrane and Sons Ltd, Selby. YN1274. Hoedic class tug. LL105.2'. B26.6'. D12.2'. 274grt. 1000ihp 3cylTE 15"x25"x42"x27"s 200psi oil fired steam engine by Amos and Smith Ltd., Hull. ON169353 Callsign MGRK
 
3-9-1943 Launched. 18-1-1944 Completed for MoWT, United Towing Co Ltd., Hull appointed managers, engaged on coastal towing operations. 6-6-1944 Allocated to tow/escort blockships in group 3 of Operation Corncob. 8-6-1944 Damaged prop whilst on Solent ammunitioning duty. 13-6-1944 21.00 Arrived Mulberry A towing whale unit S16/L1. 22.20 Released.  4-6-1945 Released from COTUG control. 7-1945 Handed over to Pedder & Mylchreest Ltd., London, for  delivery from Gibraltar to Bombay and later to Townsend Brothers Ferries Ltd.,London for onward delivery to Bangkok. 1945 Sold to Government of Thailand, renamed Samaesan and transferred to the Royal Thai Navy, renamed YTB 7. 1983 Reported scrapped.
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 EMPIRE WINNIE
 
Allocated SNO Oban to tow /escort Gooseberrys. See William Watkins pages as Zealandia [2].
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