Whitby tug - Able One

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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby Patrick Hill » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:02 pm

Seen recently still at Whitby but appears to have had a bulb fitted to the bow.
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby Whickham » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:27 pm

???

60 Watt or 100 Watt? :D
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby Poyntonian » Sat Aug 22, 2015 4:36 pm

ABLE ONE (1).jpg
12/8/2015
ABLE ONE (2).jpg
12/8/2015
She's still at Whitby, and looks like she's part way through a re-paint job.

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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby The Dolphin » Tue Sep 08, 2015 9:31 pm

Hello all I have just joined this forum after looking up info on the above tug. Can anyone tell me if this boat ever had an engine in as a friend of mine who was working at Parkol tells me it has never had engine or shaft installed however I find that hard to believe considering it was built in 1955. But having said that the hull has no signs of any damage.

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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby northeast » Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:53 am

Welcome Chris.
Yes of course, most certainly operated as a powered tug, I will seek out the details of the power plant.
I assumed the engine must be still in her, but it seems not?

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(US Army ST tug Design 3004, 82 in all)
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72 GRT, 57 NRT, (70'(65.0')x19.5'x8.5')
1 fpp, diesel White Atlas Imperial, 600bhp
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby Whickham » Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:28 am

I wish I had a memory !!

I have a feeling that I read somewhere on the web, that the hull lines had been copied and a new hull built. This may be a load of tosh, but if not would explain the comment that she had never had an engine in her. I will see if I can find the article again.
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby northeast » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:20 am

The succession of photos over the years surely point to this being the same hull .... who on earth would build a new replica of an ST?
Still, strange things happen .... even in Whitby :)
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby Whickham » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:28 am

I agree, who would? and that is what is sticking in my mind. Can't find the reference now so probably "tosh" as I first said.
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby northeast » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:47 am

TugTalk might provide an answer .... or prove beyond doubt that you are indeed making a very large Airfix ST in your bedroom :?
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Re: Whitby tug - Able One

Postby Whickham » Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:44 pm

Found the article: http://derij.co.uk/news/marine-eng/27-65-tug-survey

The article first starts talking about extending the existing hull but the final paragraph mentions a bespoke hull. Doesn't actually say that they were going to replace the ABLE ONE hull, but implies it I think.
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