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A timber constructed tug built in 1936 by Peter Keay and Son.

Her dimensions are recorded on several survey reports as being length 50ft beam 7 ft and draft 2ft 9”.

The hull underwent top plank and bow framing repairs by Ken Keay in 1978 and was subsequently totally restored by Jem Bates in 1998 –2002.
The hull bottom was restored using 3” oak. The chine edges were fitted with galvanised shoe plates. The sides were reconstructed with 4 x 10” oak planks.

It is also reported in the survey of 2000 to have received a new back cabin, and new tanks for diesel and water.

The counter was completely renewed along with a forward section of Keelson in 1988. She was last backed and repainted in 2022, when some of the front deck was also replaced and the main deck resealed.

FIT OUT– BOATMANS CABIN—(13ft 6”/4.1m)

She comprises of a boatman’s cabin and engine room. There are all the usual items you would expect in these, with a range stove and drop down table . There is the addition of a small sink, and a toilet compartment housing a new 12v electric porta potti.  There are a number of electric lights  and there is room for a fridge to be placed in a cupboard.

Height to Cabin Centre 5ft 6” (1.65m)

ENGINE ROOM (6ft 1”/ 1.85m)& ELECTRICS:

Mounted on 8” x 4” wooden bearers is the Fowler 2DYM engine, built in 1944 this 2 cylinder raw water cooled engine is reported to produce 11hp at 1,000 rpm. There is some engine history with the boat from 1992 and it was last serviced in 2023.

.Although she can be hand started she does now have an electric start and to that end has 1 Start/domestic battery, a landline and a battery charger. There is a hot and cold water system with a calorifier which is heated from the engine and or by an immersion heater.

The vendor informs me he has many parts from another Fowler engine which would also form part of the sale.


Life ring x 4 , Mooring Equipment, Trad water bucket.



50ft (15.24m) BCN Tug 1936
Timber Construction – Peter Keay & Son
Fowler 2DYM Engine Circa 1944


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