Vessel name on Arrival: George Brown
Original Builder: S. McKnight of Ayr
Original Yard No: 10
Official Number: 20240
Vessel Type: Tug
Year Built: 1887
Arrival Date: 14/01/1957
Breakup Started: 07/02/1957
Date First Beached: 08/02/1957
Date Breakup Completed: 08/04/1957
Draught For’d: 06' 00"
Draught Aft: 06' 08"
Steam Paddle Tug for Irvine Harbour service Launched on 11-01-1887
Gave a 70 year life span at Irvine Harbour and the Ayrshire coastline
The lower picture shows the steam paddle tug sandwiched between two other vessels under demolition. This was the Inner Basin at Troon (that is now a Yacht Marina) where ships were taken when all the topworks and engines had been already removed at the main Harbour East Breakwater berths and the lightened hull could be dragged up by shore steam cranes and demoilition continued at low water when the Basin almost dried out – a primary reason why J. J. King decided on this site for his business in 1904.
The vessel astern of GEORGE BROWN is the 1909-built BANNQUEEN, ex-WHEATFIELD, J.F. V and FENCHURCH, and the vessel ahead of her is, I think, either the MALLOWDALE or the BALLYBEG, which vessels were also undergoing demolition at that same time, i.e. around February/March 1957.