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Name: JOFFRE
Launched: 22/11/1915
Completed: 05/1916
Builder: Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Ardrossan
Yard Number: 265
Dimensions: 260grt, 3nrt, 115.0 x 26.1 x 11.7ft
Engines: T3cyl (18, 28.5 & 46 x 30ins), 177nhp, 650ihp
Engines By: JG Kincaid & Co Ltd, Greenock
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 11.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 135730
History:
05/1916 Lawson Steam Tug-boat Co Ltd, Newcastle; registered at Ardrossan
06/1920 Transferred to Lawson-Batey Tugs Ltd, Newcastle
1925 Registered at Newcastle
01/1959 Chartered to Tyne Tugs Ltd
03/1966 Broken up
Comments: Original owner defaulted on the shipbuilder and Lawson took over the contract
23/11/1917: On Admiralty service as a rescue tug & for coastal towing
15/03/1919: Returned to owners
27/05/1925: Ran ashore in fog off Bolt Head, South-Devon, when
on a voyage from Falmouth to Antwerp
30/05/1925: Refloated by tug TROVER and beached at Salcombe
Subsequently towed to Falmouth for 10 days of repairs.
Towed to the Tyne, where she spent a further 28 days at Tyne Dock Engineering Co Ltd at a cost of 1,750. But repairs were actually carried out by JP Rennoldson and a bill from them for 4,218 was disputed and eventually settled at 3,150.
03/1935: New boiler fitted
01/1953: Damaged when run down by BLENHEIM at Stanhope Buoys, South Shields.
03/1966: Broken up by PW MacLellan at Bo'ness. Cost 4,075


Above photo copyright of Tyne & Wear Museums

Above photo courtesy of Kevin Blair

Above: Aground at Bolt Head, courtesy of Alan Hughes

Above photo courtesy of Alfred Turner

Above photo courtesy of George Robinson

Above photo is copyright of Simon Elsdon

Above photo, copyright of Graeme Turner, shows JOFFRE at Bo'ness in 1966

Above information kindly provided by Tom Patterson