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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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LAKE LOTHING - Yard No 450 - Diesel Grab Dredger - Dock & Inland Waterways Board - Built 1955



 LAKE LOTHING Ship No 450 looking pretty well worked

(photo credit unknown)


Owners    Dock & Inland Waterways Board
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Grab Hopper Dredger Launched    05/04/1955
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    165' 4" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    156' 0" Weather    
Beam    34'2" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 0"      
Draught    13' 5"      
G.R.T.    659 tons      
Engines   8cy Ruston & Hornsby      
Props    1      
Speed    9 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   Could be in Ireland    
Content on the Dredger LAKE LOTHING will be added as and when available. 

LAKE LOTHING Ship No 450 heading out

(photo credit unknown)

Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.
Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was hoped for a long and successful working life.

The Grab Hopper Dredger LAKE LOTHING was a specialised vessel used to keep the docks and inland waters around the town and port of Lowestoft on the South West coast of England, clear of the build up of silt and mud.

Ordered by the Docks & Inland Waterways Board, this was later to morph into the British Waterways Board.

She was another one of the type of ship that the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb specialised in.

She was to spend almost 25 years keeping the water levels correct at Lowestoft before being sold on and moved to the Milford dock company.

After another 4 years she was sold on again to a company called R & W Marine Engineering Co where it seems she was for a further year before being sold to a company in Cobh (Ireland)

It would seem from records in the National archives that her travel over to Ireland was not to the satisfaction of the appropriate departments of government as she sailed on an un-certificated voyage to Ireland in contravention of international requirements.

However it looks like she made it and could well still be operating over in the port of Waterford where she was seen in 2008

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.


 LAKE LOTHING seen here passing the Waterford bridge 2008

(photo credit unknown)


Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.



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0 #3 Phil Hannah 2017-09-29 06:15
Lowestoft is in the South East of England not is in fact the most easterly point of England... I was born there and renember this vessel when new.
0 #2 Lee Soanes 2014-12-20 22:30
I believe my dad James Soanes was the first skipper of The Lake Lothing and sailed her from Leith to Lowestoft following the completion of sea trials,
0 #1 Mike Collins 2013-10-22 16:15
Would say the colour photo of a grey Lake Lothing passing through the bridge at Waterford was taken a good bit before 2008. I saw her in very late 2008 & her hull was painted black by then, with a good coating of rust all over.

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