TID 172 was built by Henry Scarr Ltd, Hessle, (which had been taken over by Dunston) and completed in 1946. Her oil-fired engine was by J. Dickinson & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was allocated to the Nore Command under the Naval Officer in charge at Lowestoft, and given the name MARTELLO. On 11 July 1946, she reverted to the name TID 172 with a civilian crew. On 20 October 1946, she was transferred to the Civil Engineer-in-Chief, Chatham, becoming W92 (which indicates that she was operated by the Ministry of Works). On 1 October 1959, she was allocated to the Port Auxiliary Service at Chatham and was once again renamed TID 172. She was sold to T. W. Ward Ltd, Grays, on 9 July 1973 for demolition, but was reprieved through her onward sale to an owner based in Maldon for preservation. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010).
Having been located in Essex, undergoing conservation and an overhaul to her boiler, it was reported in December 2020 that the vessel was at Stargate Marine in Hoo, Rochester.
Update, Feb 2021: Vessel up for sale
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Built by H. Scarr Ltd, Hessle, Yorkshire
Admiralty service initlally in Lowestoft before transfer to Chatham
Sold initially to ship breakers and then to Albert Groom for preservation
Used for pleasure and as source of steam power for tug Challenge
Laid up in Ipswich Wet Dock
First trip in 5 years after extensive renovation and overhaul of boiler
Damaged steelwork replaced following onboard explosion
Boiler had all its plain tubes replaced
Change of ownership following death of Albert Groom
Vessel in regular steam including trips across English Channel
Restoration programme underway
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