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PT Eppleton Hall

Eppleton Hall  is a preserved British tug, having sailed under her own power to the Pacific coast city in 1969, having finished her working life at Seaham harbour on the north-east coast of England in 1967. She is now at the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park alongside other vessels including the preserved San Francisco Bay paddle steamer ferry "Eureka".

Built in 1914 by Hepple & Co at South Shields
100.5 ft : 166 GRT : 2 x 1 cyl engines 30 x 51 in
Built for Lambton & Hetton Collieries and operated on the Tyne
In 1945 she was taken over by France, Fenwick Ltd
In 1964 she was bought by the Seaham Dock Co.
Withdrawn in 1967
Bought for preservation in the USA
After conversion to oil firing, sailed sailed under her own steam to San Francisco California in September 1969 and arrived in March 1970
Became a museum exhibit in 1979

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Above : Photo by kind courtesy of Hamish Coutts who took the photo in 2010
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Seaham, Co Durham, England in 1968. Eppleton Hall is moored behind Reliant, which was also preserved for a short time indoors at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. It was subsequently deconstructed with her engines saved for exhibition (one at the NMM, the other at Markham Grange) . Photo by Alan Hoggett shown by kind courtesy of Kevin Hoggett.
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