Refurbishing tug boats at Bill Quay

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A view of former US Army tugs being refurbished at the ship-repair yard of RB Harrison and Son at Bill Quay, 3 August 1950 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/5192B). The tug boats had been acquired by France Fenwick and were being refurbished before being sent to the River Wear as Ryhope, Cornhill and Grangetown.

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    • 08/Dec/2015 15:06:08

    This is ST-761, a US Army tug built in northern Alabama at Decatur in 1943. Sold to France Fenwick in 1950 as RYHOPE, she was sold again in 1970 to a Yugoslavian company as KASTOR. Scrapped 1986 at Split.

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    optimal chicken

    • 08/Dec/2015 19:39:59

    It's amazing what can be found out ^^ If I remember correctly, the foundations for cranes and other yard equipment is still visible at the rivers edge there. Could well be from the same yard. Bill Quay hides some interesting secrets - some very dark ones too. I think I know where I'll be heading soon!

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    optimal chicken

    • 09/Dec/2015 06:38:34

    Edit; It is indeed this yard I was describing. Once the weather clears I'll grab some pics and explore the area..

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    • 09/Dec/2015 10:14:04

    Wonderful sharp photo.

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    • 09/Dec/2015 19:21:48

    Easy to take this image for granted. But it would appear to have been taken from a boat, is in focus with a good acceptable depth of focus. Great shot. I was born in a house up the bank (not the one in the picture) and used to play around here. Fishing and hunting for crab bate. Those were the days.

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    Porcy Mane

    • 26/Jul/2016 00:48:58

    Apart from tree growth, one area of the river bank that hasn't changed a great deal in the intervening years. Superb photograph.

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    • 26/May/2018 19:44:13

    If you look closely there's 2 tugs there. You can just see the funnel poking out from behind the Ryhope. I believe this was named Cornhill and a third tug was Grangetown. Another one joined the fleet later and was named Whitburn, all districts/areas of Sunderland. The yard was undergoing a complete restructure with new cranes, steel cradle, fab shed, fitting shop, winch house etc, after the tug companies bought the yard. I served my time here at RBH 1959 to 1965.