Model of The Bustler in National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street

As promised, here are some details of the second model on display on the 6th floor of Chambers Street Museum.

(Well worth a visit anyway if you haven’t been, as they have done an excellent job of the refurbishment, and that is high praise indeed coming from an old curmudgeon like me who is rarely in favour of changes!)

The legend beside the model says:

Salvage Tug Bustler designed and built by Henry Robb Ltd, Leith in 1942, was one of eight built for the British Admiralty to tow damaged ships to safety. The company set up in 1917 and closed in 1983.

If you’ve spotted the mistake you will understand why it’s important that the book gets published soon before more similar errors change the history of the yaird by default!

Links to previous related posts:

Bustler Tugs

Related Book Review

Copyright: Ruth Macadam 2012

About Ruth Macadam

Great Granddaughter of Henry Robb. School teacher.
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9 Responses to Model of The Bustler in National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street

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  5. Bill & Suzanne Patterson says:

    Further research shows that it was the Hesperia which sank – the dock and Hesperia pulling it were caught in a gale and driven onto rocks where both had to be abandoned.
    Bill Patterson

  6. I’m not sure if I am going about this correctly, but here goes. I am researching a book about some New Zealand corvettes built in Scotland, but served in the Solomon Islands during WWII. I am speaking specifically about HMNZS Kiwi, Tue and Moa. Before sailing these trawler/minesweepers to New Zealand, the captains and their crews first served on trawlers in British waters as part of the Royal Navy. Peter Phipps was the skipper of one of them and Gordon Bridson was another. Bridson was the skipper of HMS Walnut, and I am trying to find some details about their service prior to leaving for the Pacific. Can anybody help me?

    • Ruth Macadam says:

      Hi Bruce

      Moa, Kiwi and Tui were all built by Robbs, you are probably aware of this already.

      I have details of the orders etc, the order numbers, launch date and who launched them are as follows:

      314 Moa 15.4.41 Training Vessel S.S. Lady Alice Ferguson
      315 Kiwi 7.7.41 Training Vessel S.S. Lady Galway
      316 Tui 26.8.41 Training Vessel S.S. Countess Jellicoe

      I hope this is of some help, and doubtless readers will have more to contribute to your research

      kind regards


      • Ruth–Thanks for your reply. I know too that these New Zealand crews first served aboard other corvettes with the Royal Navy prior to sailing the other corvettes back to the Pacific. Lt. Cmdr. Gordon Bridson was skipper of HMS Walnut, and was decorated several times (DSO & DSC) during the period: 1939-40. Peter Phipps who later went on to become an admiral skippered another one. This was during a period when there was a lot of action from German E-boats, and also during the Battle of Britain. This is sort of a blank spot in my research and am interested in some details of what these men and their ships were involved in. If you can recommend any books or even the histories of the ships involved that would be most helpful. If I can’t get this information by e-mail or snail mail I might have to come to Scotland, something I am looking at doing in 2015 anyway. However, my plans to come to Scotland have more to do with research I am doing on my family tree: Petty, Marr, Sunderland, and a few others. Still if I can put this book to sleep from here that would be most helpful.

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