History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 28, 2010

RESCUE AND SALVAGE SHIPS

NO less than in the land operations, the fight at sea was also an engineers’ war. The new methods and techniques, some only invented and perfected as the war proceeded, called for special ships to perform difficult and hazardous operations and at the same time protect themselves from enemy attack. The need for powerful rescue tugs became apparent even before the full weight of the submarine
attack was felt.

Before the war the firm had designed for the Overseas Towage and Salvage Corporation the most powerful tugs afloat in an attempt to gain for this country a lead in this class of vessel and to remove the stigma under which British shipping has lain of having to go to a foreign country for any very heavy salvage or towing operation.

When war came these plans were placed at the disposal of the
Admiralty, who adopted them with suitable modifications. Eight tugs
were ordered and all were built at Leith. The service they were able to
render the country fully justified the confidence of the designers.

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