This week work commenced on breaking up of Warrior (ex Vanoc) at Pipers Wharf Greenwich, and what many will see as a sad loss of a great tug and a tug which has brought many happy memories for those who worked onboard her and had the pleasure of seeing her underway during her career.
We take a look back at a brief history in photos of Warrior during her working career
Lanched as VANOC by Richard Dunston in 1937 for Vokins
By 1983 the vessel was bought by Thames & Medway Towage (Ron Livett) and a man who many still admire as being the best of the best.
In 1988 Warrior was involved in towing the turbine steamer Queen Mary to Waterloo Bridge to start her life as a floating bar
During the 1990’s WARRIOR was still busy at work and in 1993 could be seen working from Whitstable Harbour,Kent helping create local beach defenses. She can be seen in the below photo entering Whitstable Harbour
And also towing the Chrysanthemum
Perhaps one of the biggest and most regular jobs came in 1999 with the huge task of building the London Eye. WARRIOR along other local tugs tirelessly towed sections of the London Eye up through Londons Bridges using huge skill to navigate between tight bridge arches
WARRIOR’s final years as a regular working tug were involved in towing the Tattershell Castle during its refit in 2003.
The tug was still in use in 2004 but by 2005 was laid up and out of service. The final photo I have of WARRIOR underway was taken by Ken Smith on May 30th 2004 below