PETER ROBIN in Tilbury.

Jack Willis

The very old lady, PETER ROBINSON in Tilbury. Any details RWJ?

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  • The “motorised barge” PETER ROBIN had traded on the Thames for many years and when Jack took this photo it was owned by Albert Rutland, and I think that Dick King, of Grays, was the skipper. It had been built in 1916 at Glasgow as the naval craft X-lighter X-156 and was of 130 tons gross, 203 deadweight. Many of these vessels saw active service in the First World War and were used for ferrying cargo and troops ashore, including in the Gallipoli campaign. A large number of these lighters were built and most were still in naval service after the Second World War. After it was sold out of naval service in 1946, it was named MARDY, and in 1951 became PETER ROBIN.

    There seems to be a bit of disagreement about the demise of PETER ROBIN. One source states that it was broken up at Ward’s scrapyard in Grays in 1992, but that is wrong because shipbreaking at Ward’s ceased on 11 March 1983 and the site was then cleared. One of Albert Rutland’s other vessels, the “sistership” FLAGON (which features in Jack’s photo of EBOE), was broken up at Bow Creek in 1992, and there is a good chance that PETER ROBIN ended up there at the same time.

    By Roger Jordan (30/07/2014)

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