ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
THOMAS GOULDEN
Construction
Steel
Type
COLLIER
Date
1955
Official Number
186225
Description
Yard Number: 837

Subsequent Names; BRICK OTTAVO

Operator: North Thames Gas Board; Managers: Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd,London.

Machinery: Triple-expansion steam reciprocating by North-East Marine Engineering Co (1938) Ltd, Sunderland.; Power: 1,450 ihp; Speed: 10.5 knots.

1968: Sold to Gino Gardella, Genoa, Italy (who operated a fleet of venerable, ex-British, steam colliers), renamed BRICK OTTAVO.
1983: To breakers at La Spezia.

Aberdeen Press & Journal, 2nd July 1954:
'Two new vessels, a tug and a collier, took the water yesterday at neighbouring shipbuilding yards in Aberdeen.
The third of three sister colliers built in Aberdeen for the North Thames Gas Board, the S.S. THOMAS GOULDEN, left the ways to the cheers of hundreds of workmen at the yard of Messrs Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd.
The last of six vessels ordered by the Rea Towing Co. Ltd. Liverpool, the steam tug THROSTLEGARTH was launched from the yard of Messrs A Hall & Co. Ltd. The brief ceremony was marred by heavy rain.
Mrs Burns, wife of Dr J. Burns, chief engineer of the North Thames Gas Board, named the THOMAS GOULDEN. Dr Burns is a graduate of Aberdeen University. In 1941 he was awarded the George Medal for heroism at Bromley Works during the blitz.
Mrs Ney, wife of Mr T. Ney, director of the Rea Towing Co. Ltd., named the THROSTLEGARTH.
The THOMAS GOULDEN is a single screw, self-trimming collier of about 4600 tons. It is designed for service between the North of England coal ports and the Thames.
The new tug is a steel screw river and sea going vessel, designed for use on the Mersey.'
Owner
North Thames Gas Board, London
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 320' x breadth 46' 1" x depth 22' 5"
Gross Tonnage: 3332 ton

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