Portwey – The First 85 Years, a Very Brief History

Selecting the date or event will take you to that period in Peter Clisby's "History of Steam Tug Portwey".

10 October 1926 Ordered from Harland & Wolff, Govan
10 August 1927 Launched and handed over to Portland & Weymouth Coaling Company at Weymouth
 ?1938 Purchased by G.H.Collins & Co. Ltd. of Dartmouth and moved to Dartmouth.
 Date unknown Owner’s name changed to Channel Coaling Company.
1942 – 46 War Service
1946 – 51 Based at Weymouth, back with the Channel Coaling Company.
August 1951 Sold to Falmouth Dock & Engineering Co.
June 1967 End of working life. Saved from scrap by Richard Dobson at Dartmouth.
June 1982 Sold to Maritime Trust, steamed to London
April 1988 Awarded 1st Prize, British Coal Steam Heritage Awards.
August 1996 Awarded £82,000 by Heritage Lottery Fund for major hull steel replacement under the boiler.
June 2000 Steam Tug Portwey Trust created
June 2002 Awarded £10,200 by the Heritage Lottery Fund for complete rebuild of the original lifeboat.
April 2010 2020 TV filmed aboard Portwey for the Channel 4 series TITANIC.
June 2012 Portwey took part in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.



This new and revised 44 page edition of the history of the Steam Tug Portwey also includes a full tour guide and description of this amazing survivor from the age of the steam ship. Read about the vessels and seafarers that Portwey rescued during her working life, her Second World War service and her preservation by a dedicated band of volunteers.

Costing £5.00, plus £1.20 postage, the booklet is available from the Chairman, Steve Page. Email him at speedbirdsteve@gmail.com with your request for a booklet and use the donate page to donate £6.20 via InvestMyCommunity.