Lyttelton Icon – 100 years of steam


The historic tug Lyttelton’s working career for the Lyttelton Harbour Board spanned the age of sail to the container era, and she is still going strong running passenger cruises for the Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society.

This publication by Nick Tolerton was commissioned by the ‘Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society’ to mark the tug’s centenary in September 2007 tells the tug’s fascinating story.

She was built on the Clyde the same year the Lusitania was launched and in her early days handled the Antarctic expedition ships of Scott and Shackleton, and was requisitioned by the Navy in World War Two.

When the Lyttelton Harbour Board pensioned her off, the Tug Society was formed and saved her from the breakers. Keeping the ship going for 100 years has not been without a few hiccups, and as well as a comprehensive history of the tug, this book is full of reminiscences and anecdotes from seafarers who worked on her in her Lyttelton Harbour Board days and who have kept her afloat for the society.

48 pages, A4 size, softback, 34 colour and 24 B&W illustrations

All proceeds from the sale of these book goes to the Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society and will be used help with the preservation of vessel.

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