With reference to Mr Gowran’s letter in the October 2011 issue of Sea Breezes, the two tugs in your photo are the Sir Milne and the Somerton (not Smeaton). They were members of a series of war built tugs known as the ‘TID’ type. The name was an abbreviation of Tug, Inshore and Dock.
A total of some 182 were built, numbered TID 1 to 12 and 14 to 183. They were designed to be mass-produced, with a straight-line hull form for ease of fabrication. Hull dimensions were 65 ft length (bp), 74 ft overall, 17 ft breadth and 8 ft depth - 54 gross tonnage. The draught was 7.3 ft. The steam engine was a two cylinder compound developing 220 indicated horse power. One hundred of the vessels were coal burners, 82 burnt oil.
Particulars of the two ships were: Sir Milne - built as TID 152 by William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. Launched August 1945, completed 1945. Sold in 1947 to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners and renamed Sir Milne. In 1984 she was reported as lying derelict in a bankrupt shipbreaker’s yard at Malahide, near Dublin. She was broken up some time after in Dublin, as you mention.
Somerton - built as TID 156 by William Pickersgill, Sunderland, launched and completed in 1945. Sold 1946 to Belfast Harbour Commissioners and renamed Somerton. Subsequent disposal same as Sir Milne.
A J SMYTHE
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