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Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical Collection
Original name: Empire Paul

Other name(s): Beamish; Queensgarth; Thunder Cape

Ship owner: British Ministry of Transport; France, Fenwick, Tyne & Wear Co.; Western Engineering Service, Ltd.

Ship builder: J.S. Watson, Ltd., Gainsboro, England

Engine builder: C.D. Holmes & Co., Hull

Year ship built: 1944

Year engine built: 1944


Original triple expansion engine replaced in 1947 with a 16 cyl. diesel engine built by General Motors (last 1963).  (8.5 diameter, 10 in. stroke.)


b) Queensgarth

c) Beamish

c) Thunder Cape


1) British Government

2) France, Fenwick, Tyne & Wear Co., Newcastle, Northumberland

3) Western Engineering Service, Ltd., Thunder Bay, Ontario

Registry number: BR. 180286

Hull number: 1545

Vessel type: Tug

Height: 12.4 ft.

Width: 26.8 ft.

Length: 113.5 ft.

Stroke length: 30 in.

Gross tonnage: 264

Net tonnage: 59

Materials: Steel

Engine type: Triple Expansion

Piston 1: 16 in.

Piston 2: 26 in.

Piston 3: 43 in.

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