Category:IMO 5133034

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  • Type: Tug
  • Design by:
  • Order date:
  • Built by: Scott & Sons, Bowling, United Kingdom
  • Yard No: 407
  • Keel laid:
  • Launch date: 24.03.1955
  • Date of completion: 07.1955
  • Length over all: 86 feet 3
  • LPP: m
  • Beam: 23 feet 11
  • Draught: 10 feet 3
  • GRT: 132
  • DWT:
  • NET:
  • Main engine: Oil 2SA 4 cy Crossley Bros Ltd Manchester
  • Speed: 9 kn


  • 1955 Christened by Mrs Alice Fairweather and named GOLDEN CROSS for Tees Towing Ltd to commemorate Sir William and Lady Crosthwaite's Golden Wedding.
  • 04.06.1956 the GOLDEN CROSS and the INGLEBY CROSS had the honour of towing the Royal Yacht Britannia from No. 1 Teesport Oil Berth at the beginning of a trip to Sweden.
  • 01.1962 The inward bound British India vessel PINJARRA (9,888/1944) stranded on the north bank of the river opposite Tees Dock and it took nearly 24 hrs of towing by the Tees fleet which included the GOLDEN CROSS to pull her off.
  • 01.11.1965 at 0300 hrs the oil drilling platform OCEAN PRINCE broke away from her moorings at Smith's Dock in an 85 mph gale. She careered down river for about 2 miles and grounded on the south side about half a mile seawards of Tees Dock. All the Tees Tugs were involved in a 36 hour struggle before the rig was finally brought under control and remoored at Smiths Dock by 1300 hrs on the 2nd. Further Salvage money was earned by the whole fleet in February 1966 when the tanker OCEANIC LIBERTY (12,482/1952) ran aground approximately 6 cables ESE of the South Gare Breakwater at 0100 hours on the 16th. She was refloated and berthed at 1355 hrs on the 17th with a salvage award of £19,000 being shared by all nine tugs in the fleet.
  • 1968 Sold to Newport Screw Towing Ltd Renamed: DUNHERON Used as pilot boat
  • 1971 Sold to Cory Ship Towage Ltd, Newport
  • 1972 Sold to A.C. Cranes Ltd, Dublin Renamed: ORCA
  • 1978 Sold to Carmet Tug Co, Bromborough
  • 1991 Sold to Tyne Towage, Newcastle
  • 07.1993 Involved with the Tall Ships Race, escorted big square riggers downstream.
  • 1994 Sold to Lawrence & Co, London
  • 05.1996 Sold to Pounds Shipowners & Shipbreakers, Portsmouth
  • 07.1996 Sold to Captain Stuart White and Suzie (Wong) White in a derelict condition. They have restored her with the help of volunteers from the RAF, RNLI, Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy. She flies the RAF Ensign and is used to promote maritime heritage and safety at sea on her tours around the UK.
  • 1997 Renamed: GOLDEN CROSS Flag: Guernsey
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