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In addition to maneuvering Titanic after launch, Herculaneum also assisted during Titanic’s sea trials out of Belfast on 2 April 1912.

Alexandra Towing Co., Ltd.

Port of Registry: Liverpool
Flag of Registry: British
Funnel: Buff, black top with white stripe of equal width below, thin white stripe separating white from buff funnel.
Company Flag: White, quartered by a broad red cross, red block letters, one in each quadrant A T )top) C L (bottom)
Signal Letters: (1912) HNQK Steel hull, sloop rig, one iron deck
Engines: Compound. 2 cyc. 21” 44” by 27” stroke
Single screw
Tonnage: 172 gross; 165 underdeck; 4 net
Dimensions: length 95.2 ft. width 22.6 ft. depth 12/3 ft.

1909 Built and engineered by Cran & Co. Leith (yard no. #68)

1909 Trials March 5th

Through 1932 Herculaneum was registered at Liverpool and worked mainly out of Swansea.

During 1933-34 and 1947-48 her name does not appear in Lloyd’s Register.

Reappearing in the 1948-49 register, her port of registry now is Swansea. Signal letters are now MCXR but ownership remains unchanged.

In December 1960 the Lloyd’s classification was withdrawn and she was scrapped at Passage West in October 1961, replaced in 1962 by another tug of the same name.

© 2004 John P. Eaton all rights reserved.
This item first appeared in Voyage, Journal of the Titanic International Society.

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  1. nagromnai said:

    I have a ships bell with the name Herculaneum. It was given to my father who lived in Swansea and had contacts with Swansea Docks. I have no idea if this is the ships bell off the original tug, or off the new one. However my father received this bell in the late 60's, less than 10 years after the new tug was in operation. I have no paperwork or documentation to go with the bell. I do not know if anyone on here can help me with further information.

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