Brocklebank

built 1964 by Yarwood, W J & Sons Ltd, Northwich

Designated ensign Designated house flag

629

Registered


Service Vessel

Tug


Liverpool


Museum based

Museum: floating


No

No


23/08/1996

13/01/2015


Web site

www.liverpoolmuseum.org.uk

Propulsion

Motor

Diesel


None

None


Dimensions

To be confirmed

27.08 feet (8.26 metres)


92.95 feet (28.35 metres)

To be confirmed


172.00


History

One of five motor tugs built y W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd, Northwich, between 1962 and 1965 for Alexandra Towing Co. Ltd, Liverpool, BROCKLEBANK was launched in 1964 and completed in February 1965. She was mainly used for ship handling at Liverpool, but had occasional duties at Heysham, Larne and Barrow. In 1989, she was purchased by Merseyside Maritime Museum and manned by experienced mariners on behalf of the Friends of the National Museums Liverpool. Normally berthed in the Albert Dock next to the maritime museum, she also attends maritime festivals around the coast of the United Kingdom.

Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors, Amberley, 2010, updated March 2011.

Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993) pub: Anthony Nelson

Subsequent Developments

  1. Brocklebank escorted the Royal Yacht Britannia into the Mersey and pushed and pulled countless liners, warships freighters and tankers around the docks. Following retirement in 1989, she is now the only seagoing vessel owned by a UK national museum. Brocklebank sails around Britain’s coast as a floating ambassador for Merseyside Maritime Museum. This Bank Holiday Monday, families can tour the tug for free at Albert Dock. She is the last operation-al example of a traditional tug built for the Mersey. Captain Colin Sandman heads a volunteer crew of 18 regular members. He said: “Brocklebank is a rare and important survivor from Liverpool’s 1960s port history. “There is an art to keeping her classic look while meeting modern maritime regulations. “We enjoy showing her off and people love looking onboard”

Bibliography

    One of five motor tugs built y W. J. Yarwood & Sons Ltd, Northwich, between 1962 and 1965 for Alexandra Towing Co. Ltd, Liverpool, BROCKLEBANK was launched in 1964 and completed in February 1965. She was mainly used for ship handling at Liverpool, but had occasional duties at Heysham, Larne and Barrow. In 1989, she was purchased by Merseyside Maritime Museum and manned by experienced mariners on behalf of the Friends of the National Museums Liverpool. Normally berthed in the Albert Dock next to the maritime museum, she also attends maritime festivals around the coast of the United Kingdom.

    Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors, Amberley, 2010, updated March 2011.

    Norman J Brouwer, International Register of Historic Ships (Edition 2, 1993) pub: Anthony Nelson

If you are the owner of the vessel and would like to provide more details or updated information please contact info@nationalhistoricships.org.uk

parrel:

a rope, chain or iron collar which attaches the yard to the mast but which allows vertical movement