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Tugboats - Great Britain: books - history and ships

A book about tugboats from Great Britain? Here you will find books about the history, development and shipping companies of British sea, harbor and river tugs.

Tugs in Colour - British Built

This book is a sequel to Andrew Wiltshire's first book on tugs Looking Back at British Tugs. This time he concentrates on examples that were completed in British Shipyards. He has always been fascinated by the number of small shipyards that once existed around the UK, and often by the location of these yards.
Many of these yards specialised in building tugs large and small for the homemarket as well as for customers overseas, and not just in the British colonies.

Such was the quality of British-built tugs, that some went onto give many years of service. In 2016 a surprising number that have exceeded their 50th birthday can be found hard at work at locations around the world.

This book covers tugs built at 46 different UK shipyards.

Author:Andrew Wiltshire
Specs:80 pages, 19.5 x 24.5 cm / 7.7 x 9.7 in, hardback
Illustrations:100+ colour photographs
Publisher: (, 2016)
EAN:9781902953809
Book: Tugs in Colour - British Built

Tugs in Colour - British Built

Language: English

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Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 1)

This latest Tugs pictorial album contains a selection of stunning colour photographs of tugs that have visited ports in the Bristol area over the last fifty years.
Volume 1 includes tugs used for ship handling and in the fleets of C J King and Cory / Wijsmuller / Svitzer. Each photograph is accompanied by an informative caption.

Author:Bernard McCall
Specs:64 pages, 16 x 23.5 x 0.7 cm / 6.3 x 9.25 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher:Bernard McCall (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781902953700
Book: Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 1)

Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 1)

Language: English

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Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 2)

This latest Tugs pictorial album Volume 2, documents some of the smaller tugs that used to be seen in Bristol City Docks plus some of the rarer and larger tugs that have paid only one or two visits to the port in recent years.
Each photograph is accompanied by an informative caption.

Author:Bernard McCall
Specs:64 pages, 15.5 x 23.5 x 0.5 cm / 6.1 x 9.25 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:60+ colour photographs
Publisher: (, 2016)
EAN:9781902953779
Book: Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 2)

Bristol Tugs in Colour (Volume 2)

Language: English

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Mersey Tugs Through Time

The main role of the tug is to assist vessels in the river or within the dock system by moving them by pushing or towing. They are also used to tow barges or platforms which have no engines or methods of propulsion. Tugs are designed to be highly manoeuvrable and powerful as they normally work with large vessels in restricted spaces.
The main towing companies operating on the Mersey in the twentieth century were J. & J. H. Rea Limited, Liverpool Screw Towing Company and the Alexandra Towing Company Limited.

Mersey tugs were employed to work with passenger liners, cargo vessels, oil tankers and other vessels working on the river. The modern tug is equipped with azimuthing thrusters or Voith Schneider Vertical propellers which enable them to generate the thrust required for towing the larger vessels which are now being built.

In this book, Ian Collard charts the development of the Mersey tug from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Author:Ian Collard
Specs:96 pages, 23.5 x 16.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:180 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Amberley Publishing (GB, 2016)
EAN:9781445654102
Book: Mersey Tugs Through Time

Mersey Tugs Through Time

Language: English

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Thames Tugs in Colour

This Tugs pictorial album contains a selection of stunning colour photographs of Thames tugs. Each photograph is accompanied by an informative caption

Andrew Wiltshire acquired in 2001 a superb collection of colour transparencies of shipping from C.C. Beazley who lived in Dagenham, Essex, and who sadly passed away in 2012. The slides comprised many ships both large and small taken along the River Thames.
One of his favourite areas appeared to be the Royal Docks in the years 1968 to 1972. Needless to say there were some splendid shots of tugs, many of which are included in this book.

Initially the book takes a look at smaller lighterage tugs, many of which are performing the role for which they were originally built. Later on the book concentrates on tugs involved with ship-handling on the River Thames and within the various dock systems from the early 1960s right up until 2016.

Full colour, large, high quality images. 80 pages.

Author:Andrew Wiltshire
Specs:80 pages, 15.5 x 23.5 x 0.5 cm / 6.1 x 9.25 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:80+ colour photographs
Publisher:Bernard McCall (GB, 2017)
EAN:9781902953823
Book: Thames Tugs in Colour

Thames Tugs in Colour

Language: English

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Svitzer Tugs (1) - UK

The story of Em. Z. Svitzers Bjergningsentreprise (Svitzer) begins in 1833 when Emil Zeuthen Svitzer, a Danish entrepreneur, established a salvage business after noticing many losses occurring on trade routes to and from Denmark.
Its business extended to harbour towage in due course. The company has expanded considerably over the past two decades and claims to have 430 vessels working in about 100 different locations throughout the world.

Because of the huge size of the Svitzer fleet, it will be covered in two volumes. This first volume looks at the company's tugs working in the UK and it will be followed by the second volume which will cover tugs working outside the UK.
The album is organised in chronological order according to year of construction, the exception being at the end of the book where the latest Milford Haven tugs are grouped together.

Author:Bernard McCall
Specs:88 pages, 15.5 x 23.5 x 1.2 cm / 6.1 x 9.25 x 0.47 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous colour photographs
Publisher: (, 2017)
EAN:9781902953854
Book: Svitzer Tugs (1) - UK

Svitzer Tugs (1) - UK

Language: English

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