Lowestoft tug to take part in Diamond Jubilee

A Lowestoft-built tug boat should be catching the eye of the queen when it takes part in a Diamond Jubilee pageant on the Thames.

The M. T. Kent, which was built by Richards Ironworks and launched in 1948, will be moored by Tower Bridge for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant to help celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign.

About 1,000 boats and ships will be mustering on the Thames to take part in the pageant on Sunday, June 3.

Because of its size the M. T. Kent the 88ft long tug will not being travelling in the pageant but will be moored in a prominent location by Tower Bridge.

She was one of 3,000 ships and boats that had applied to take part in the pageant, which will also feature Lowestoft-based torpedo boat MTB 102 and the Caister lifeboat Bernard Matthews 2.

After being launched in 1948 the tug, which has a five cylinder British polar diesel engine, worked on the River Medway.

She was taken out of service in 1988 and was acquired by the South Eastern Tug Society for �1 in 1995. She is now based at Chatham Dock.

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