DHB Lady Curzon – Past and Present

Lady Curzon

Steel twin screw steam tug built in by JP Rennoldson & Sons, South Shields (Yard No 233).

Technical Data

  • Length: 120 ft (overall) (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 25.1 ft
    Depth: 12 ft
    Draught: ft
    Tonnage: 253 gross/12 net/ deadweight
    Engines: 2 x C 4 cyl JP Rennoldson & Sons
    Power: kW/138 nHP
    Speed:  knots
    Call Sign: HCDT (@ 1930), MCDX (@ 1945)
    LR Number (1945): 10121
    Official Number: 114093
    Port of Registry: London/UK


April 1904: Launched

November 1904: Completed for Dover Harbour Board,

December 1904: Arrived in Dover

Courtesy of Paul Wells

🆕Courtesy of Paul Wells @ Dover (Kent) History Pages

July 13th 1906: Together with LADY VITA assisted the fastest liner of her time, DEUTSCHLAND, to leave the port. “As the manoeuvre progressed the vessel suddenly shot stern first, breaking one of the tug’s two ropes and making straight for the southern breakwater. Instead of colliding, however, the DEUTSCHLAND then changed direction once more for some explicable reason heading bow first in the opposite direction and on a direct course for the end of the Prince of Wales Pier….. In desperation, the starboard anchor was let go only 20 yards from the pier, but the was hardly sufficient to check the liner’s momentum and shortly after she stuck the jetty a glancing blow, doubling her stem over at right angles and damaging the plating on either side of her bow. The ship rebounded, struck again, though only slightly this time, then managed to back out of the harbour and into the Channel without further damage.”. Together with the Admiralty, who deemed the harbour unsafe for foreign liners, Hamburg – Amerika line also decided not use Dover as a port of call.

August 5th 1907: Acted as “Pilot Boat” for failed attempt to swim the Channel by Edmund “Ted” Heaton”.

August 31st 1907: Acted as “Pilot Boat” for failed attempt to swim the Channel by Edmund “Ted” Heaton”.

September 3rd 1907: Acted as “Pilot Boat” for failed attempt to swim the Channel by Edmund “Ted” Heaton”.

1912: To S Pearson & Son, London

1913: To General Works Construction Co Ltd, London

1914: Requisitioned?

1915: To British Tanker Co Ltd, London

1921: To Petroleum Steamship Co Ltd, London

1953: To Hanna El Sheik River Transport Co, Iraq

1955: Entry removed from Lloyd’s Register as existence in doubt

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.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Paul Wells @ Dover (Kent) History Pages for his assistance in producing this feature.

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

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