This very special vessel is a small piece of British, French and American maritime history. She was first commissioned for the British Admiralty as TID174 in 1944. She was specifically designed for the D-Day landings, her shallow draft enabling her to work close inshore at Normandy without the risk of running aground. We understand that the Admiralty ordered 180 of these tugs, of which it is believed only two remain afloat. After the war she was sold to the French Admiralty and continued in the same role until, in the 50’s, the American Navy acquired her. She was then converted from steam to diesel and re-fitted with more spacious accommodation.
The engine that they put in her at that time was a Detroit, but she now has a 350hp Cummings NH engine which is thought to be the last one of its type left in commission. When the Americans had no more use for her she passed on to Red Funnel Ferries on the Isle of Wight and continued in service until she was finally laid up at Leigh on Sea, until her previous owner acquired her. She has recently had the hull re-fitted with no expense spared and full electrics throughout with 240 power in every cabin.
The owner is selling because of ill health and does not want her sat idle as he fears that this would be a real shame! So, if you want to live aboard, or simply to own and operate a vessel which has played a key role in the UK’s maritime history, log on, have a look and get in contact. As you can see some of the photos have been updated due to her new external paint work and saloon being fitted out.
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