FRISTON DOWN in the locks

Jack Willis

The river tug FRISTON DOWN in the locks. She was built in 1964 for Humphrey & Grey Lighterage.

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  • Now GPS Anglia

    By Ben (09/10/2014)
  • The lighterage tug FRISTON DOWN, measuring 99 tons gross, has had a varied career, but its days might be numbered.

    Starting life at the Thorne, Yorkshire, shipyard of Richard Dunston Ltd, it was delivered in October 1964 to Humphery & Grey (Lighterage) Ltd, of London. It was sold when nearly 20-years old, in 1983, to London & Rochester Trading Ltd (Crescent Shipping), Rochester, with which company it remained until 1988. Its next owner was Medway Port Services Ltd, of Chatham, which sold her in ’92 to General Port Services Ltd, also of Chatham. In 1995 her original 550bhp diesel engine was found to be a bit iffy and it was replaced in 1996 with a new Caterpillar diesel of 1150bhp. General Port Services changed its title a couple of times, but was still its owner, when, in July 2012 it was reported that FRISTON DOWN had “picked up a chain, ripped out its prop shaft, and caused much engine damage”. The veteran tug is now laid up at Chatham and its future is in doubt.

    By Roger Jordan (23/07/2014)

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