SMS Towage Scotsman

Thanks to Paul Escreet, Graham Hackney, Vince and Tim of SMS Towage for an eye-opening tour of Alexandra dry dock and a visit to The Scotsman undergoing her 5 yearly scheduled ‘MOT’.

SMS Towage Scotsman - Dry Dock
SMS Towage Scotsman photographs  by Richard Duffy-Howard

When we saw the tugs and the brand new SMS Superman at Open Bridges waiting in the Humber to welcome HMS Pickle, Comrade and Syntan they looked so imposing – stately and mysterious with searchlights shining out in the mist on the estuary. We were delighted to be invited to have a close look at The Scotsman in the dry dock. The tugs really are powerhouses and the view from underneath the hull is fascinating and impressive.

Rich took this gallery of photographs of The Scotsman in the dock. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…

Visit the SMS Towage Website to find out more about the vessels and the work they do.

The dock itself is a fine work of Victorian engineering. Scroll through the photographs below to see more…

Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads, a celebration of the lifeblood of the city, the River Hull and its 13 movable bridges – more than any other city. Beautiful historic vessels representing three centuries – 18th century HMS Pickle, 19th century Humber Keel Comrade and 20th century MV Syntan mustered on the River Hull, met on the Humber by powerful 21st century tugs from SMS Towage and Svitzer. Open Bridges is an exploration of the notion of freedom during the City of Culture’s Freedom Season. The culmination of Open Bridges – the live world premiere of John Stead’s new musical work, Moments in Time was magical. And the city momentarily split in two when all 13 bridges over the River Hull closed simultaneously for the first and only time in the city’s history – at 20:17 hours on the autumnal equinox 2017.

Open Bridges is an independent all Hull based project by Duffy-Howard Music taking place during the Hull City of Culture Freedom Season. We are delighted that every aspect of planning and delivery of Open Bridges is by people in Hull.

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard