Salvonia (1951); Service vessel; Tug; Salvage tug

Scale 1:48. A contemporary full hull model of the ‘Salvonia’ (1951) an ocean-going salvage tug. Model is constructed in the builder’s style and is decked, fully equipped and rigged. Built by L. Smit and Co., Maasslius, Holland, it measures 159 feet in length by 29 feet in the beam and has a tonnage of 473 gross. It is powered by a 2,000 horsepower diesel engine producing a service speed of 12 knots, and can remain at sea for 60 days with a working range of 15,000 miles. It is also fitted with a large electric towing winch, 400 fathoms of 5-inch towing wire and spare towing equipment for most eventualities. The salvage equipment carried includes large anchors to aid grounded vessels, salvage pumps and oxy-acetylene cutting plant. This model illustrates one of the smaller ocean-going tugs, of a type which has developed since the Second World War.

Originally named the ‘Ocean’ in 1951, it was extensively refitted in 1968 and its longest tow was a distance of 14,000 miles with an oil rig tender from Marseilles to New Caledonia.

Object Details

ID: SLR1646
Collection: Ship models
Type: Full hull model; Rigged model
Display location: Not on display
Vessels: Salvonia 1951
Date made: circa 1951
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Overall model: 505 x 978 x 180 mm; Base: 95 x 766 x 205 mm

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