AFRICA SN1397 / SA15


As a tug in Swansea docks, alongside what is believed to be the tug CHALLENGER

Courtesy of John Ernest Parfitt, Mumbles.

Official No:  84878   Port and Year:  North Shields, 1883 (SN1397)

                                                             Swansea, 1891 (SA15)

Description: Iron side trawler; single screw, coal burning.  Ketch rigged.  .


Built: 1883, by Armstrong Mitchell & Co., Low Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne (Yard no. 452)

Tonnage:  122 grt  40 net.

Length / breadth / depth (feet): 100  / 19.8 / 10.1

Engine: C 2-Cyl. 80 rhp.  Engine and boiler: Ross & Duncan, Glasgow



27 Jan1883: Charles Dyble & Others, North Shields


As SA15

1 Jan1891: Thomas Hooper & Co., Swansea


1896: Edward Towers. Swansea.  (Converted to a tug.)


1896: Africa Steam Tug Co., Swansea

Manager: William H. Towers


1897:  James Wood Hartlepool.


1903: Lawson Steam Tugboat Co., South Shields.

1906: Renamed NESTOR

1906: Registered at South Shields.


1915: Chartered to William Watkins, London.


17 Apr1920: Lawson-Batey Tugs, South Shields.


Landed at Milford:  20 Nov 1889 - 11 Apr 1893

Skippers: 1889: Hodge

1890: Harvey, Cook, Chamberlain, Beckett

1891: Beckett; Foster; Horth; Dayes; Thain; Wales.

1892: Chapman; Walker; Jackson; Wales; Dayes

1893: Dayes; Jackson; Jennings

Notes: Feb1918: Requisitioned as a tug  and renamed VELMAR.

Dec1918: Returned to Owners and reverted to NESTOR .

Jun 1937: Broken up by Clayton & Davie, Dunston.

Information kindly supplied by Andy Hall



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