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Name: DRUDGE
Type: Gunboat
Keel: 12/01/1887
Launched: 15/06/18887
Completed: 23/08/1887
Builder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd
Yard: Low Walker
Yard Number: 504
Dimensions: 890disp, 125.0 x 35.2 x 12.5ft
Engines: T3cyl (12, 19.5 & 32 x 20ins), 300ihp, 52rhp
Engines by: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 8.0knots
Construction: Iron
Armament: Various
Reg Number: 92866
History:
23/08/1887 Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd
28/02/1901 British Royal Navy
21/11/1916 Renamed EXCELLENT
26/01/1919 Renamed DRYAD
1919 Renamed DRUDGE
1920 Stanlee Shipbreaking & Salvage Co Ltd, Dover
by 1930 Middlesbrough Salvage Co Ltd, London
by 1936 North East Salvage & Shipbreaking Co Ltd, London
1937 Thomas Round & Sons, London
by 1946 Overseas Towage & Salvage Co Ltd, London
1948 "Les Abeilles", Soc de Remorquage et de Sauvatage, Le Havre
1948 Renamed FRANCOIS QUERE
01/1969 Broken up
Comments: Built as a trials vessel for Armstrong's guns and mountings
Also used to carry waste slag from the iron works to be dumped at sea
1920: Converted for use as a salvage vessel
01/1969: Broken up at Quai du Rhin, Le Havre by Etablissements R Fablon


As fitted with a 9.2 inch mounting in 1907. Photo copyright of National Maritime Museum

Above photo as EXCELLENT copyright of the Imperial War Museum

Above photo as EXCELLENT courtesy of Photoship