James W. Cook & Co. BROODBANK

In todays post we look at the building at launching of the PLA pusher tug BROODBANK

Built in 1966 for the Port of London Authority, she was at the time completely new in design for the river being a pusher tug in design. She was 62′ in length , 31′ beam and 9′ draft. Powered by 2 x Rolls Royce DVSTM engines of 500bhp each to Rolls Royce schottel arrangement. Her main role was in use with the PLA’s dredging department for pushing hoppers and equipment.

In 1994 she was sold by the PLA to Briggs Marine and rebuilt and renamed  Forth  Constructor

The following superb photos were kindly scanned and sent to me by The Nottage Maritime Institute at Wivenhoe who have a number of items related to cooks shipyard: