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The Invergordon Archive

The Invergordon Archive

J P Knight's tug 'Kestrel' c.1976. The old fire station and The Grange are visible in the background.
Picture added on 30 April 2005
Built by Samuel White in Cowes Isle of Wight, launched in 1955 for JP Knight of Rochester transferred to Caledonian Towage at Invergordon in the 1970s and based here until scrapping in Kent in 1983.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 28 September 2005
My name is Hector Bell and I was mate aboard the Kestrel in this photo and Munro Fraser the captain. Many happy memories of all involved at the time.
Added by Hector Bell on 19 November 2006
Hello you, good to see you are still around.
Added by Kate Bell on 16 December 2006
I was an apprentice at J. Samuel White & Co. (referred to locally as Sammy Whites) from 1953 to 1958. By 1955 I was working in the Fitting Shop and made a couple of "Clinsol Strainers" for Kestrel. They must have been used somewhere in a fuel line as they were designed to collect any gunge in oil and could be easily removed and flushed out in about 30 minutes flat.

I vaguely remember her going to Portsmouth where she was hitched to a huge horizontal Salter scale to test her pulling power.

J. Samuel White built good ships, including the ones I worked on.
Added by Bryan Smith (72) on 16 January 2009
Great to see this picture of M.T.Kestrel. I was briefly employed by Caledonian Towage in 1975 after my time in the RFA and was 2nd Engineer on board her from February through to May. I lived in Garve at the time which was some way away and I spent many a cold night on board her alone with no shore power and just the sound of her and the lapping water. Pretty sure Munro Fraser was the skipper then too. Fond memories.
Added by Bruce Bedwell on 15 October 2011
Also worked on Kestrel early seventies; Steve Parsons was skipper then Fraser Forbes. Nice to see her again. Not heard from you Bruce for along time, last I heard you were in Australia.
Added by John Ross on 26 November 2014
The Kestrel along with the Kenley were both scrapped at Sittingbourne, Kent in 1983.
Anonymous comment added on 27 February 2018
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