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TID 174 Admiralty Tug

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Boat REF# 30370
This boat has been sold
Length 19.81m (65'0")
Year 1944
Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Sleeping berths 6
Engine 1 x diesel 380hp, Cummings (unknown year)
Lying Cheshire


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Extra Details

Designer Admiralty
Builder R Dunston Ltd, Thorne and Hessle
Lying Cheshire
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Fuel capacity 27,000.0 ltr (5,940.0 USG) Total - 3 Tanks
Water capacity 225.0 ltr (49.5 USG) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 01/09/2006


Engine 1 x diesel 380hp
Engine make and model Cummings (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering wheel
Drive shaft
Prop(s) 4 bladed bronze
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 12 knots
Max speed (approx) 15 knots
Generator output 3.5KVA

Caterpillar 5:1 reduction gearbox


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Length 19.81m (65'0")
LWL 16.76m (55'0")
Beam 5.18m (17'0")
Draft Min 1.00m (3'3")
Draft Max 2.00m (6'7")
Displacement 65,000kg (143,325.0lbs)
Headroom 2.40m (7'10")

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 8 batteries charged by: engine, generator


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Construction Steel
Underwater profile Full-Displacement
Finish Paint finish

Welded steel plate


Total # of berths 6
No. of single berths 6
Sink 1
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads
Stove tick
Broiler tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Fridge tick
Freezer tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick

4 burner propane Stove

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Navigation lights tick

Deck Gear

Rode tick
Fenders tick

Manual Fisher windlass
1 anchors
18.00m (59'1") of chain

Safety Equipment

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Liferaft tick
Life jackets tick
Life buoys tick
Searchlight tick
Horn tick
Emergency steering tick

2 bilge pumps (0 manual / 2 electric)

Broker's Comments

This very special vessel is a small piece of British, French and American maritime
She was first commissioned for the British Admiralty as
TID174 in 1944.
She was specifically designed for the D-Day landings, her shallow draft enabling her to work close inshore at Normandy without the risk of running aground. We understand that the Admiralty ordered 180 of these tugs, of which it is believed only two remain afloat.
After the war she was sold to the French Admiralty and continued in the same role until, in the 50’s, the American Navy acquired her. She was then converted from steam to diesel and re-fitted with more spacious accommodation. The engine that they put in her at that time was a Detroit, but she now has a 350hp Cummings NH engine which is thought to be the last one of its type left in commission.
When the Americans had no more use for her she passed on to Red Funnel Ferries on the Isle of Wight and continued in service until she was finally laid up at Leigh on Sea, until her previous owner acquired her.
She has recently had the hull re-fitted with no expense spared and full electrics throughout with 240 power in every cabin.
The owner is selling because of ill health and does not want her sat idle as he fears that this would be a real shame!
So, if you want to live aboard, or simply to own and operate a vessel which has played a key role in the UK's maritime history, log on, have a look and get in contact.
As you can see some of the photos have been updated due to her new external paint work and saloon being fitted out.
These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This TID 174 Admiralty Tug has been personally photographed and viewed by Jason of Boatshed Wales. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.