The JR More

One of the last remaining steam powered tugs in South Africa is the JR More which is moored at the Port Natal Maritime Museum in Durban, having been handed over on 11 July 1982. I first saw her in January 1987 when she was being looked after by the Port Natal Branch of the World Ship Society. Our local WSS branch spent many hours on this vessel exploring what she had to offer.
Sadly, she is oil fired as opposed to a coal burner and was amongst the last tugs in our waters which was in service which had a conventional engine. A few years after I first saw her she was taken over by the newly established Maritime Museum, the long derelict RA Leigh was removed from the mooring alongside and the SAS Durban was put in her place. The museum, which I last saw in the mid 90’s was very active and had 3 vessels on display (JR More, SAS Durban and Ulundi, a pilot tug). The More and her fellow museum ships were undergoing constant maintenance and assuming things didn’t turn sour, had found a suitable resting place.
During the 2007 a visitor to the museum reported that photography at the museum, and in the harbour was strictly VERBOTEN! and getting any sort of updated photographs was very difficult under the circumstances. At one point the SAS Durban took on a list and she had to be tended to and I believe her condition is very poor.
(Photo of JR More after drydocking by Terry Hutson), Last 3 photos courtesy of Mrs. Bee.

JR More alongside, with Ulundi behind her

JR More alongside, with Ulundi behind her

Technical details of the JR More.

  • Overall length: 53,72m (176, 3 ft)
  • Moulded breadth: 11,303m (35 ft)
  • Moulded depth: 5,48m (18 ft)
  • Mean draught: (Fully loaded) 4,712m (15,5 ft)
  • Displacement: 1654,94 tonnes.
  • Gross Tonnage: 817,689 tonnes.
  • Built by: Ferguson Brothers, Glasgow. 1961
  • Decommissioned: 22 November 1982.
  • Propulsion: 3 Scotch, 3 furnace multi-tubular boilers driving 2 sets of triple expansion steam engines of 3110 indicated horsepower each. Twin screw. (Rankin & Blackmore, Eagle Foundry, Greenock. Engine no. 593 (both units). 1960)

 

Bridge

Bridge

Radio room?

Radio room?

Wardroom?

Wardroom?

Looking Aft

Looking Aft

Masthead view

Masthead view

Wardroom?

Wardroom?

Engine room

Engine room

Engine room

Engine room

Boiler Room

Boiler Room

Engine Room

Engine Room

Emergency steering

Emergency steering

Engine room

Engine room

Looking Forward

Looking Forward

Midships

Midships

SAS Durban

SAS Durban

JR More after periodic drydocking (Terry Hutson)

JR More after periodic drydocking (Terry Hutson)

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