Found at last - or is it?

By Andy Gilbert

Photo:Builder's model of Meeching

Builder's model of Meeching

Gorringes Auctions, Lewes

When researching the history of the tug Meeching, I looked at all the models that had been made of her. Until now I had details and photos of the following:

1) The Bassett-Lowke waterline model, now held at Newhaven Museum.

2) The radio controlled one that I have

3) The radio controlled one built by George Boyd of Gravesend

4) The radio controlled one built by James Power in Ireland

5) The small waterline model built by Rita Goretti Murphy in Ireland

I knew that there was at least one more - an original builder's model - and knew that it was probably somewhere in Sussex but had not been able to find it. 

So I was very surprised to see that this one had been sold in a Lewes auction! It's a builder's model and the style is very much that of Bassett-Lowke. There's a clear resemblance to the one at the Museum. It sold for just £110. If I'd known, I'd have bid more than that!

However, I'm not sure that this is the builder's model I was thinking of, as I understood that it was made in her original 1960 livery, rather than the blue 1965 livery. So perhaps there's one more to be found!



This page was added by Andy Gilbert on 23/07/2021.
Comments about this page

Charlie Hutchings, made a model of Meeching from tin rescued from the Vacco's waste heap whilst still at school. He may still have it! 

By Ian Bishop
On 02/08/2021

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