The GENERAL IV was brought to Scotland by Ian Fraser of Argyle Charters in 1989 in Campbeltown, she was sold to Frank Warling , she was later laid up in Campbeltown and sold to Garry Oates. In 2002 she was sold to Simon Sawers , at the time Simon was an engineering cadet at Glasgow nautical college and took the project on.
“When i got the tug she needed lots of engine work, A lot of work and tears went into her. Had to buy a new connecting rod (previous owner had messed up the small end bearing).
I Spent months gutting out intake manifold and one-way flap valves. All air system was rebuilt with new seals. Engine was ready to fire. Had a great lengthy telephone conversation with the chief engineer of the Kent for advice. Had assembled an air compressor which was about to be installed when the berth fell through after the site was sold for demolition and we had to relocate to the dump which is bowling harbour.
Whilst there she burst a rivet under the main engine and flooded. She was raised and run up the beach. An offer was made by a chap who had another tug. (Cannot recall the name now) and they spent a few months painting her up before they changed minds and the gas axe came out 🙁 The only bits i saved were a porthole and the engine room telegraph
Below are some photos , We were in process of chipping and painting lower hull when we had to relocate and she sank, we were heartbroken