Which tugs were used to launch The Titanic on her maiden voyage?


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My grandfather worked on the Tugs in Southampton Water in the early part of the 20th century. He lived in Southampton from about 1900 until his death in 1932 . My mother was born in Southampton in 1912.

The photograph attached shows him and my mother on a tug in about 1920 – 1922 as this looks as though she was about 8 or 10 years old at the time the photograph was taken. We believe that the name of the tug in the photograph was Hercules. The H E R letters are clear. The C is obscured by the lines over the side of the vessel. We believe that this tug was one of those that helped the R.M.S. Titanic out of her berth prior to sailing on April 10 1912.

Is there any confirmation of my grandfather was in fact working on this or another tug at this time? His name was Samuel McDonald. Any information about his job at that time would be interesting to know. Any photographs of the Hercules or other details of my grandfather’s employment would help me in filling out details of his story.
 

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