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Name: M O W T NO 4
Type: Crane Barge
Launched:
Completed: 06/1943
Builder: Palmers Hebburn Co Ltd
Yard: Hebburn
Yard Number: 306/4
Dimensions: 615grt, 571nrt, 125.0 x 62.5 x 8.2ft
Engines: None
Engines by: n/a
Propulsion: None
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 168419
History:
06/1943 Ministry of War Transport (Port of London Authority, managers), London
02/1947 Tees Conservancy Commissioners
08/1948 Renamed TEES FLOATING CRANE
01/01/1967 Tees & Hartlepools Port Authority
1969 Company restyled Tees & Hartlepool Port Authority
05/1974 Sold to Risdon Beasley Ltd
Broken up
Comments: Built from pre-fabricated parts supplied by other contractors
The pontoon was built by the Fairfield Ship Building & Eng Co Ltd, Chepstow
Lifting capacity 60 tons
05/1974: Sold with the intention of scrapping, however she was then used to remove wreckage on the River Neath
The PANDO SOUND (8782/54, ex Bendigo-68) had been delivered to Briton Ferry on the River Neath in May 1972. Partial demolition commenced in mid-September 1973, but she was then blown broadside across the River Neath and sank.
Risdon Beasley was awarded the contract to clear the wreckage and the TEES FLOATING CRANE was taken to Briton Ferry to help with the clearance. She was towed there minus her jib, which had either been removed, or it had fallen off during a previous attemp to tow her (sources differ). Another jib was sourced from Christian Neilson for the job.
The hulk of the PANDO SOUND was removed only with considerable difficulty and afterwards the crane was scrapped at Briton Ferry


Above 2 photos as TEES FLOATING CRANE copyright of Harold Appleyard

Above photo as TEES FLOATING CRANE copyright of Albert Weller