by tocle on June 21st, 2013 - Comments Off
A&P Falmouth’s towage fleet was recently captured on film steaming out of Falmouth.
Two of the tugs were built in 1968 in Germany, and were originally called the Komet and the Kipklop. New Cornish names were chosen and they became Percuil (meaning narrow creek in Cornish) and Ankorva (meaning safe anchorage in Cornish and Welsh). Both tugs are tractor tugs and use Voith Schneider propulsion.
The St Piran (named after the Patron Saint of Cornwall), was formerly named the Hallgarth and has a top speed of 10 knots. St Piran is A&P Falmouth’s fastest and most powerful tug, with 20.5 tonnes of bollard pull. The 28 metre vessel is also incredibly manoeuvrable thanks to twin multi-directional propulsion units instead of a conventional rudder. Thanks to Captain David Barnicoat, Senior Port Pilot for the photograph.
Photo: Copyright: David Barnicoat Left to Right: Percuil, St Piran and Ankorva.