Registration number 2394
Status Registered

Previous names

  • Tugaddie


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Tug
Location London
Current use Ongoing conservation
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required Yes


Builder Abdela & Mitchell, Brinscombe
Built in 1915
Hull material Iron
Rig None
Number of decks 2
Number of masts 2
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 2
Primary engine type Inboard diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
13.11 feet (4.00m)
7.74 feet (2.36m)
Length: Overall
63.93 feet (19.50m)


ADDIE is a tug of steel plate construction with twin Sabre Marine diesel engines. She was built in 1915 by Isaac Abdela and Mitchell of Brimscombe Port Gloucester. The vessel worked as a Bristol Channel tug until 1947. She was subsequently bought by British Waterways and worked until 1968 when she was sold out of service to a private buyer by the name of Cyril Taplin who undertook major modifications to ADDIE to provide living accommodation and disabled access, an unusual modification at that time.

ADDIE eventually fell into disrepair and has been brought back to fair condition with the intention by her present owners to restore her further and cruise UK and continental waters. She has special links with the Sharpness and Gloucester Waterways where she spent all her working life. She is now moored in Docklands, London.  It is believed that ADDIE is the last surviving British Waterways steam tug, which makes the vessel a significant part of the local waterways heritage. The current owner is keen to celebrate the vessel's unique heritage by continuing restoration work with the eventual aim to open the tug to the public as a part of the new Arts & Heritage Berth in West India Docks. 

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Key dates

  • 1915 Built as a tug by Isaac Abdela and Mitchell of Brimscombe Port Gloucester
  • 1947 Bought by British Waterways
  • 1968 Sold to a private buyer
  • 1991

    Sold to present owner  

  • 1999

    Sailed to Menorca via the Bay of Biscay

  • 2011

    Vessel dry docked in Hull. Work carried out included major improvements to rudder, rolling chocks, full survey, inspection and repair to various rivet heads, new anodes, antifoul paint and fitting of rope fender. After return to Goole, internal work and the reconditioning of hydraulic steering has taken place. British Transport Waterways logo is now on the funnel

  • 2011

    Sailed to Woolwich, London from the Humber and is now moored at Gallions Point, Royal Albert Basin, Royal Docks

  • 2015

    Sailed to Blackwall Basin London where she is now moored and underwent internal refurbishment to all rooms

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