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The Steam Tug Portwey Trust

The Steam Tug Portwey Trust

Who we are

Portwey is the last active twin screw, coal fired steam tug in the UK, and possibly the entire Northern Hemisphere. Built in 1927 by Harland and Wolff in Glasgow for the Portland and Weymouth Coaling Company ( hence the name Portwey ) she helped supply large steam ships with coal and water while also being on call for any ship requiring assistance or salvage. In 1967 she was rescued from the breaker's yard by Richard Dobson with the intention of restoring and maintaining the tug to be enjoyed for generations to come. Dobson's vision for Portwey has been carried out by a dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly to keep her seaworthy and provide the public with a glimpse into the tug's history. She is now based at South Quay, Canary Wharf, London. Unfortunately, years of operation have taken their toll on the tug and she is in dire need of major work on the hull frames and plates as well as the propellor shafts. Now, the Steam Tug Portwey Trust is hoping to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund in order to make the necessary repairs and keep the tug operational. In order to do so, the crew must raise 10 percent of the £2 million needed and they need your help. Please donate what you can to help save Portwey from the breaker's yard and keep a bit of British history alive.

Additionally,our running costs are very high with coal costing £300 per tonne and we need 1/2 tonne just to warm up to operating temperature.

Suggested donations:-

£15 will pay for 50KG ( 1/20th tonne ) of coal.

£25 will pay for membership of the trust for one year.

£250 will pay for a Steam Experience Day (see website for details).

Regular monthly donations are especially welcome as they enable us to plan ahead for our expenditure.

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Charity details

Registered address
8 St. Peters Road,St. Leonards-on-sea
East Sussex,
TN37 6JG


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