Taken in the early fifties.

By John Quinton

Taken by my father.

Does anyone recognise the barge she is alongside? - Andy, Editor.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'TUG TIDWORTH AT WEST QUAY' page
This page was added by John Quinton on 03/05/2009.
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She is moored alongside the refueling barge for the cross channel ferry's. The fuel came to Newhaven in tankers by Rail. It was stored in a large tank near the lifeboat house. The tug would take this barge to the ships and the barge would pump it aboard

By w
On 04/05/2009

The barge alongside Tidworh is the oil barge used to bunker the Cross Channel ships the "Londres and Brighton". She used to lay just astern of Meeching on No5 Berth. There was an oil storage facility nearby which was serviced by rail tankers. It was heavy oil and had to be heated to thin it down to enable satisfactory pumping.
Tidworth looks in excellent condition with her open wheelhouse, prior to the fitting of an all weather one at a later date.

By Jim Still
On 04/05/2009

The barge was called "Nitrogen". I was once told an amusing anecdote by Fred Hart of the Marine Shops: A sign in the pump-room read "NO SMOKING". This might sound reasonable, but the cargo pump was powered by a Bolinder hot-bulb engine, i.e. the combustion chamber in the cylinder head was continually heated by a blowlamp!

By Bruce MacPhee
On 01/02/2014

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