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Name: EMPIRE THISTLE
Launched: 21/10/1941
Completed: 06/02/1942
Builder: Clelands (Successors) Ltd, Willington Quay
Yard Number: 64
Dimensions: 254grt, 2nrt, 107.8 x 26.2 x 12.5ft
Engines: T3cyl (16.5, 27 & 46 x 30ins), 117nhp
Engines By: Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd
Propulsion: 1 Screw
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 165825
History:
02/1942 Ministry of War Transport (Clyde Shipping Co Ltd, managers); registered at Newcastle
1946 Ministry of Transport
10/05/1946 Clyde Shipping Co, Glasgow; renamed FLYING HURRICANE
04/12/1956 Britannia Steam Towing, Swansea; renamed BRYNFORTH
1962 Alexandra Towing Co Ltd, Liverpool
08/1965 Broken up
Comments: Member of the Warrior class of Empire tugs
05/1946: Cost 19,500
05/08/1965: Arrived at Silloth to be broken up by Belcon Shipping & Trading Co


Above photo as FLYING HURRICANE courtesy of Alfred Turner

Above photo as FLYING HURRICANE courtesy of Alan Hughes

Above photo as FLYING HURRICANE courtesy of Alan Hughes

Above photo as BRYNFORTH courtesy of Paul Andow

Above photo as BRYNFORTH courtesy of Paul Andow

Above photo as BRYNFORTH courtesy of Alfred Turner