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The Tug Boats

The Tug Boats

The narrow ever-changing channel to the sea, the dangerous bar at the river mouth and the expansion of the slate industry resulted in the demand for towing assistance for the small sailing ships into and out of Porthmadog and a tug company was founded. The Portmadoc Steam Tug Co. Ltd.

Four steam paddle tugs worked from the port for varying periods and finally one steam propeller driven vessel.

WAVE OF LIFE (1)             Wooden paddle tug- bought 1862 – Sold 1872

JAMES CONLEY                 Wooden paddle tug – bought 1871 – Sold 1884

SNOWDON                         Iron paddle tug – bought 1885 – Sold 1900

WAVE OF LIFE (2)             Iron paddle tug – bought 1872 – Sold 1914

DRAIG GOCH                      Steel propeller driven vessel – bought 1914 – Sold 1924