Name: X.044

Taken 10/04/1979 Taken 10/04/1979 Taken on 04/06/1977 Taken on 26/12/1976

Class: 105.5 foot, powered; Nos X.1 - X.200

Launch Date: 1915

Builder: Osbourne, Graham & Co., Hylton, Sunderland

Yard No: 195

Engine: BOL

Screws: 1

Other Information:

06/1920 sold to M. S. Hilton as agent.

On London register from 19/08/1926, 139grt, 88nrt

Prior to 1927 SPITHEAD, James Dredging, Towage & Transport Co. Ltd., London (ON 149705)

1937 re-engined 4 cyl. Skandia Verken diesel (made 1928), 120bhp, 7.5 knots

Prior to 1940 to F. W. Horlock's Ocean Transport Co. Ltd.

LR1954-1959 M. F. Horlock & Co. Ltd., London

1961 re-engined 3 cyl. by R. A. Lister Ltd., Dursley (made 1951)

LR1972-1974 owner J. J. Young, London

LR1976 owners A. W. Nelson & G. C. Yell, London

LR1979 owner David Anthony Haggis, London

In LR1990, not in 1993

Later in Stonar Cut as a houseboat,  last noted  04/2009 by P. Simons

Later info from David Asprey:-

8/1926 registered as SPITHEAD to James Dredging

1936 F W Horlock's Ocean Transport Co Ltd, Mistley

1954 M F Horlock & Co Ltd, Mistley

1966 M F Horlock (Dredging) Co Ltd, Wincheap (nr Canterbury)

1971 Joseph James Young, Ipswich

1974 Alan Wallace Nelson & Geoffrey Charles Yell, London

1977 Alan Wallace Nelson, Chiswick

1978 David Anthony Haggis, Wallington, Surrey


X-Lighter Classes/numbering:

X.001 – X.200: 105.5 foot, powered

X.201 – X.225: 98 foot, powered

DX.001 – DX.025: 98 foot, dumb

MISC.001 – MISC.003: Vessels believed to be former X-lighters, origins untraced

Engine Abbreviations:

‘BOL’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by J. & C. G. Bolinders Co., Stockholm

‘SVE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by J. V. Svensin, Augustendal (Avance design)

‘BEAR’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Wm. Beardmore & Co., Dalmuir</p>

‘CAMP’ = 2 cyl. ‘hot bulb’ oil engine by The Campbell Gas Engine Co. Ltd., Halifax

‘PLE’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Plenty & Son, Newbury (Kromhout design)

‘SKAN’ = 2 cyl. oil engine by Skandia