Metric units


Status: Active use

Owner: North Western Steamship Company


Area: UK-North West


Tug. Construction: Riveted steel.
Built 1913 by Montrose Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
LOA: 77' 0", LWL: 72' 0", Beam: 18' 3", Draft: 10' 0", Displacement: 336600 lbs.
Straight stem, counter stern; 8 knots. Single anchor Compartments are Chain Locker, For'd peak, For'd cabin fitted out with oak panelling with seating for 12, Boiler room, Bunkers, Engine room, Aft cabin/galley with seating for a further 8 and Aft peak. Hard wood Wheelhouse and whaleback toilet compartment. Wheel, rod & chain steering


RT Scotch Built 1936 by Admiralty at Chatham Dockyard
Fuel: Coal, Pressure: 180 psi, Grate area: 33 sqft, Heating area: 1156 sqft,
132" dia X 120" Steel 176 X 3" dia Steel tubes. Riveted Steel construction,
condensing, engine driven pump, injector, steam feed pump, whistle,
Weirs pump boiler feed, Duplex horizontal general service pump, Twin Furnace, Wet back with 116 smoke tubes and 60 stay tubes


Triple Expansion. 10" + 17" + 28" X 18"
Built 1913 by W.V.V. Lidgerwood at Coatbridge
pv on HP, sv on IP & LP valve. SLRG valve gear.
Power: 308 HP
W.V.V. Lidgerwood No.397. 308 IHP @ 85 rpm. Stuart Turner steam driven 24v alternator Engine driven pumps: Boiler, Ram, Bilge, Air pump (condenser), Salt Water circ pump


Cast Iron, 3 blades, Right Hand,


Built 1913 as VIKING. Sold to the Admiralty when new and renamed TERRIER To J.P. Knight, London in 1947 and renamed KERNE. To Straits S.S.Co. Ltd., Liverpool in 1948 and in 1963 to Liverpool Lighterage Co. Acquired for preservation by North Western Steamship Co. Ltd in 1971. Steamed regularly. No 34 in National Historic Ship Collection. Chartered on a long term basis to the Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society who are responsible for the running and maintenance of Kerne

Last Modified: 2021.03.22.

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