Certificate no 2620
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Tug
Location London
Vessel type Tug
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No
Web address www.thames.org.uk


Builder Dunston, Richard, Thorne
Built in 1952
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts 0
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Length: Overall
80.00 feet (24.38 m)
Breadth: Beam
19.60 feet (5.97 m)
9.60 feet (2.93 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


SWIFTSTONE was built in 1952 by Richard Dunstone Ltd at Thorne and delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd at London.  She represents the prime of Thames Lighterage tugs during the height of lighterage on the River Thames.  Her daily routine would be to tow Thames barges/lighters for Cory Lighterage up and down the Thames. 

SWIFTSTONE is believed to be one of the few remaining tugs from this period, others include TOUCHSTONE and other working tugs of the same era being REVENGE, MERSINA and RECRUIT. 

SWIFTSTONE was donated to The Swiftstone Trust in 1999 and in 2001, ongoing restoration began.  She is currently in the original livery of Cory Lighterage from the 1950s and regularly maintained by the Trust to keep her in operational condition.

Key dates

  • 1952 Vessel built by Richard Dunston Ltd at Thorne and delivered to Cory Lighterage Ltd for use on River Thames
  • 1999 Vessel donated to The Swiftstone Trust

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