Canning

Tug built 1954 by Cochrane & Sons Ltd, Selby

Designated ensign Designated house flag

4

Registered


Service Vessel

Tug


Tug

Swansea


Museum based

Museum: floating


No

No


19/01/1996

28/09/2010


Web site

www.swansea.gov.uk

Gallery


Propulsion

Steam

Steam triple expansion


1954

Scotch Return Tube


C D Holmes & Co Ltd, Hull

1954


Dimensions

To be confirmed

27.97 feet (8.53 metres)


103.61 feet (31.60 metres)

11.97 feet (3.65 metres)


200.00


History

Built in 1954 by Cochrane & Sons of Selby for the Alexandra Towing Co. Ltd, CANNING is an oil burning steam tug with a triple expansion engine by C D Holmes & Co. Ltd., Hull. She was the first oil burning tug built for the company and, for the next 5 years, all other company tugs were of similar design and appearance. CANNING was based at Liverpool until being transferred to Swansea in 1966. Her main duties at both ports were towing and berthing large ships in the harbours and docks, but barge towage and coastal towage were also undertaken. She became the last steam tug to operate in the Bristol Channel, serving until 1974. In December 1974, she was acquired by Swansea City Council for preservation and has retained the fleet colours of the Alexandra Towing Co, Ltd; her original owners. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Mar 2011.

P N Waine, British Steam Tugs (1983) pub: Waine Research
Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles (May Edition 6, 1994) pub: Steam Boat Association of Great Britain
W B Hallam, Blow Five: A History of the Alexandra Towing Co Ltd (1976)
C R Kaye, Fact Sheet: The Alexandra Towing Company Ltd pub: Swansea Maritime and Industrial Museum
C R Kaye, Exhibit Sheet: Steam Tug Canning pub: Swansea Maritime and Indistrial Museum

Key dates

  1. 1954

    Built by Cochrane of Selby

  2. 1974

    Bought by Swansea City Council for preservation

Bibliography

  1. unknown Exhibit Sheet: Steam Tug Canning - Kaye, C R
  2. unknown Fact Sheet: The Alexandra Towing Company Ltd - Kaye, C R
  3. 1976 Blow Five: A History of the Alexandra Towing Co Ltd - Hallam, W B
  4. 1983 British Steam Tugs - Waine, P N
  5. 1994 Steamboat Register: An illustrated Register of surviving steam vessels in the British Isles
If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

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