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Name: TURQUOISE
Type: Lighter
Launched: 17/09/1894
Completed: 1894
Builder: Palmers' Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd
Yard: Jarrow
Yard Number: 696
Dimensions: 239grt, 125.0 x 21.1 x 9.2ft
Engines: None
Engines by: n/a
Propulsion: None
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 104802
History:
1894 Wm Cory & Son, London
1896 Owner renamed Wm Cory & Son Ltd
1896 Henry Gamman, London
1899 The Admiralty; renamed YC ??
No later history known
Comments: 1894: Jury rigged with two masts and fitted with a jib, two lug sails, and a main staysail.
Built as a steel sea-going jury rigged towing lighter for the Goole trade
The BOT Wreck Report states that TURQUOISE was one of six vessels built on the same lines, for carrying coal cargoes from the north-east ports to the Thames. They have no propelling power, it being the intention of her owner that they were to be towed from one port to the other. The sails with which they were fitted were merely for the purpose of being used in the event of the tow-rope breaking or to keep them steady in bad weather; and in my opinion they were quite sufficient for that purpose.
She had a wheel-house aft built of steel, one half of it being sunk below the deck; it had a steel top which could be opened in fine weather, or closed as required, the top being about three feet above the deck, and at the fore part of the house there are three circular bull's-eyes. Below the wheel-house there is accommodation for the crew, which consisted of four hands.
23/01/1895: Damaged in a gale and abandoned. Subsequently driven ashore at Weybourne. Later refloated and repaired
1899: For use as a coaling lighter
See OPAL 1894 for a photo of a sister ship