Zee Bart periodically sends me photos from the North Sea and adjoining ports.  A few months back he sent these, and I’ve filed them until now.  These photos illustrate what can be done with old work boats.  

Here’s what Zee Bart writes:  “The old tug here is Grada, a 1927 tug with a Stork engine.  Dutch pilots are using Grada to train not only for propulsion but also as supplement to the vessel’s movement/thrust capacity.   Tender 1 is a 1954-build stand-by safety vessel.  I took these photos in Amsterdam in the Westhaven, opposite of the Suezhaven.”

 

 

Here’s more info on Grada.  If you don’t read Dutch, paste the text into a translation site and get the particulars there.    Here’s more info on Tender 1. 

Many thanks to Zee Bart for these photos and explanation.  I hope you find it as interesting as I do to see how things are done elsewhere.   He has a blog called uglyships.com I’ve mentioned before . . .  a wholly subjective, unscientific look at some unusual vessels.

Repurposing vessels is certainly not unique to this example.  For previous tugster posts about second lives, click here.