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90-year-old steam tug to be saluted by the Royal Navy

An invitation to a great photo opportunity

One of the last coal fired twin-screw steam tugs in the world will be saluted by the Royal Navy in London on Friday (August 4th) to mark its 90th birthday. The ST Portwey, which was built on the Clyde in 1927, came under the command of the Royal Navy during the Second World War when she was based in Dartmouth and carried out rescues of vessels and crews sunk by enemy action in the Channel. On Friday she will steam alongside HMS President, the Royal Navy’s permanent shore establishment in London, and be saluted by Commander Richard Pethybridge. You are invited to a picture call at HMS President (72 St Katharine's Way, St Katharine's & Wapping, London E1W 1UQ) on Friday at 12.45hs when the tug will arrive. There will be an opportunity to take pictures and film the arrival as well as the “salute” and the visit of Commander Pethybridge on board. The tug will stay at President until 13.30hs when it will leave to travel down river to Gravesend, where it will spend its official birthday weekend with other historic ships as part of the town’s “Something for the Weekend” event. Film crews and stills photographers are invited to join the tug for part of the trip.

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