Roy Thornton CollectionDHB Lady Crundall – Past and Present

SS Lagos Hercules

ex Hercules, DHB Lady Crundall

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

Steam twin screw salvage steamer built in 1906 by J P Rennoldson & Co, South Shields (Yard No 246) for Dover Harbour Board

Technical Data

  • Length: 39.62m (130.1 ft)
  • Breadth of hull: 8.56m (28.1 ft)
  • Depth: 4.21m (13.8 ft)
  • Tonnage: 366 gross/146 net/deadweight
  • Engines: 2 x 2-cylinder  (22 & 46 x 30ins) J P Rennoldson comp
  • Power: 235nhp, 1600ihp
  • Winches: 5BH
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Code/Call Sign:
  • ID Number: 114905
  • Registry: Dover
  • Sister-ships: LADY BRASSEY


October 9th 1906: Launched.

November 1906: Completed for Dover Harbour Board & South Eastern & Chatham Railway Co; registered at Dover.

1910: Dover Harbour Board as DHB Lady Crundall.

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August 2nd 1914: Admiralty service at Dover.

Internet Source

Internet Source

1919: Crown Agents for the Colonies, (Nigerian Government at Lagos); renamed HERCULES.

August 1st 1919: Returned to owners.

1922: Government of Nigeria

1923: Renamed LAGOS HERCULES.

July 5th 1925: Reportedly in a collision the steamer AKABO near Lagos and sank.

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright.

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

1 Comment

  1. My grandfather was Mate on this boat in 1919. I have a set of binoculars with an engraving commemorating the part he played in the rescue of the crew of USS Piave, which ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, on her maiden voyage from New Jersey to Rotterdam.

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