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    Default Fate of the Vigilant

    Came across this pic' in my saved stuff,and other than the name of the ship,the "Vigilant", I've no info' of the incident! Anyone here have any?
    thanks Steve.


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    Great photo Steve. Is it in Liverpool?

    Not sure if its the same ship but I found this.

    Launched 1903: ss VIGILANT
    ss VIGILANTbuilt by Murdoch & Murray Port Glasgow,
    Yard No 191
    Engines by David Rowan & Co, GlasgowLast Name: STEADFAST (1952)
    Port of Registry: Liverpool
    Propulsion: 2 x T3cy 80nhp 500ihp 10kn 2sc
    Launched: Friday, 13/02/1903
    Built: 1903
    Ship Type: salvage/buoy vessel
    Tonnage: 344grt 133nrt
    Length: 140.2ft
    Breadth: 24.2ft
    Owner History:
    Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, Liverpool
    1954 Ronald Fielding, Leeds
    Status: Arrived for Scrapping - 17/05/1954

    Remarks: Broken up at Dublin
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    I believe the vessel on her side was the liner "Empress of Canada" which caught fire and was gutted in the early 1950's.
    I think that the foremast of the "Vigilant" is the one that is currently located
    alongside the Liver Building.

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    I think The Empress is correct

    http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/empcanada.html

    Well done Harbourm
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    I think I boobed. The mast alongside the Liver Building is from the "Salvor",
    the fireboat and not from "Vigilant". I drove past it last weekend when I was over there and remember seeing the name on the top.

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    Fascinating story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Great photo Steve. Is it in Liverpool?

    Not sure if its the same ship but I found this.

    Launched 1903: ss VIGILANT
    ss VIGILANTbuilt by Murdoch & Murray Port Glasgow,
    Yard No 191
    Engines by David Rowan & Co, GlasgowLast Name: STEADFAST (1952)
    Port of Registry: Liverpool
    Propulsion: 2 x T3cy 80nhp 500ihp 10kn 2sc
    Launched: Friday, 13/02/1903
    Built: 1903
    Ship Type: salvage/buoy vessel
    Tonnage: 344grt 133nrt
    Length: 140.2ft
    Breadth: 24.2ft
    Owner History:
    Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, Liverpool
    1954 Ronald Fielding, Leeds
    Status: Arrived for Scrapping - 17/05/1954

    Remarks: Broken up at Dublin
    Thanks Spike,but I thought it looked a bit big,for a salvage boat! The post from Harbourm would seem to be right,but I can only wonder why it was titled "Vigilant", a mistake,probably!

    P.S. I assume it's Liverpool,maybe Prince's dock?
    Last edited by wsteve55; 08-22-2009 at 04:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harbourm View Post
    I believe the vessel on her side was the liner "Empress of Canada" which caught fire and was gutted in the early 1950's.
    I think that the foremast of the "Vigilant" is the one that is currently located
    alongside the Liver Building.
    Thanks for that,but any info' on the "Vigilant" anyway??

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    Here she is in her normal place at the pier head
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    Thanks for that,GD! She must be getting on, now?

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    Hi all, If you go to the Unseen Liverpool forum,page 15,post 147, there is a picture from Sirob of the "Salvor" and "Vigilant" at Garston,awaiting their last voyage in 1979. Sad end for two ladies of the sea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harbourm View Post
    Hi all, If you go to the Unseen Liverpool forum,page 15,post 147, there is a picture from Sirob of the "Salvor" and "Vigilant" at Garston,awaiting their last voyage in 1979. Sad end for two ladies of the sea.
    Where they ever replaced?

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    The 671-ton triple expansion steam salvage ship T S SALVOR, was built by Ferguson Bros of Port Glasgow in 1947, as well as a salvage role, she also acted as a buoy tender. The 728-ton T S VIGILANT, built by Thorneycroft in 1953 was a similar buoy, salvage and survey ship. A replacement VIGILANT, of 817 grt, was built by Scheepswerf Waterhuizen BVJ in 1978, but unlike the older steam tenders was powered by twin Ruston diesel engines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wsteve55 View Post
    Came across this pic' in my saved stuff,and other than the name of the ship,the "Vigilant", I've no info' of the incident! Anyone here have any?
    thanks Steve.
    Vigilant pictured with burning Empress of Canada in Gladstone Dock. Liverpool. Can`t remember the year but I`m sure you can look that up on the net.

    Regards,
    Ken.

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    31st of January 1953 I saw it .

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    Not much luck through my old pal Google...

    But I did find this...

    http://www.old-merseytimes.co.uk/mer...eshipping.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harbourm View Post
    Hi all, If you go to the Unseen Liverpool forum,page 15,post 147, there is a picture from Sirob of the "Salvor" and "Vigilant" at Garston,awaiting their last voyage in 1979. Sad end for two ladies of the sea.
    I would love to see those pics of Salvor and Vigilant. Tried the above but failed miserably. Maybe I`m a bit `thick` when it comes to PC`s, but can someone please tell me how to navigate my way to `unseen Liverpool forum` and then to relevant page/ post ? PLEASE !

    Ken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trampshipman View Post
    I would love to see those pics of Salvor and Vigilant. Tried the above but failed miserably. Maybe I`m a bit `thick` when it comes to PC`s, but can someone please tell me how to navigate my way to `unseen Liverpool forum` and then to relevant page/ post ? PLEASE !

    Ken.
    Not so much 'forum' as thread...

    http://www.yoliverpool.com/forum/sho...verpool/page15

    REMEMBER, post 147.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trampshipman View Post
    I would love to see those pics of Salvor and Vigilant. Tried the above but failed miserably. Maybe I`m a bit `thick` when it comes to PC`s, but can someone please tell me how to navigate my way to `unseen Liverpool forum` and then to relevant page/ post ? PLEASE !

    Ken.
    Hi T/MAN,
    here's a couple of Sirob's pic's, of ships waiting to be broken up,at Garston! The "Salvor",and the "Vigilant" are in amongst them! The mast of the "Vigilant" is now on the roundabout, next to the Liver buildings.
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    Had a look around for some better pic's,but surprisingly,with no luck! I've posted these 2,which have part views of the "Vigilant".

    photo's origin unknown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Great photo Steve. Is it in Liverpool?

    Not sure if its the same ship but I found this.

    Launched 1903: ss VIGILANT
    ss VIGILANTbuilt by Murdoch & Murray Port Glasgow,
    Yard No 191
    Engines by David Rowan & Co, GlasgowLast Name: STEADFAST (1952)
    Port of Registry: Liverpool
    Propulsion: 2 x T3cy 80nhp 500ihp 10kn 2sc
    Launched: Friday, 13/02/1903
    Built: 1903
    Ship Type: salvage/buoy vessel
    Tonnage: 344grt 133nrt
    Length: 140.2ft
    Breadth: 24.2ft
    Owner History:
    Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, Liverpool
    1954 Ronald Fielding, Leeds
    Status: Arrived for Scrapping - 17/05/1954

    Remarks: Broken up at Dublin
    It really pees me off when you ask for info and all you get is vague facts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harbourm View Post
    I think I boobed. The mast alongside the Liver Building is from the "Salvor",
    the fireboat and not from "Vigilant". I drove past it last weekend when I was over there and remember seeing the name on the top.
    I haven`t been around for a while, but just came across your above post whilst browsing.

    You quote the `Salvor` as a fireboat. I recall the `William Gregson` as the fireboat permanently berthed alongside St Georges landing stage for quite some time. Was the `Salvor` a fireboat pre `William Gregson` then ? I was of the impression that the `Salvor`
    was of the same ilk as the `Vigilant` ie:- a sister salvage vessel. You`ve got me curious now. Anyone ???

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