Certificate no 635
Status Registered


Function Service Vessel
Subfunction Tug
Location Irvine
Current use Museum based
Available to hire No
Available for excursions No
Info required No


Builder Brown, George & Co Ltd, Greenock
Built in 1956
Hull material Steel
Rig None
Number of decks 1
Number of masts
Propulsion Motor
Number of engines 1
Primary engine type Diesel
Boiler type None
Boilermaker None


Breadth: Beam
21.90 feet (6.68 m)
8.20 feet (2.50 m)
Length: Overall
71.70 feet (21.87 m)
Tonnage: Gross
Air Draft
To be confirmed


Built in 1956 by George Brown & Co. Ltd, of Greenock, for the Irvine Harbour Company (a subsidiary of ICI), GARNOCK is a harbour tug of steel construction with a hull partially riveted and partly welded. She was regsitered at Irvine for operation on the Clyde estuary, towing ships which loaded and unloaded explosives at the nearby ICI (Nobel Explosives) works. Latterly she was also used to dump explosives in the estuary. In February 1984, GARNOCK was severely damaged by an explosion while dumping explosives west of Ardrossan. Repairing the damage to her aft end and propeller was not an economic proposition, and after essential work, she was donated to the Scottish Maritime Museum. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Feb 2011.


Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, 1993  
McCall, Bernard, Tugs Around Britain, 1996

Key dates

  • 1956

    Built by George Brown & Co, Greenock, Scotland as a Tug for ICI, Nobel Explosives for use in Irvine Harbour and at their Ardeer site

  • 1956-84

    She worked as an Explosives Tug

  • 1984

    She was badly damaged by part of her load catching and detonating under her rudder.  She was donated to the Scottish Maritime Museum

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