Friday, 4 January 2013

The dredger "Jean Ingelow"

In March 1950 the Jean Ingelow, Boston's newest dredger, was launched by the Mayor of Boston (Coun. E.C. Stanwell) in a shipyard at Leith, Scotland. It was launched in the traditional way by breaking a bottle of champagne on her bows, chocks were knocked away, and as she glided into the waters of the Firth of Forth the Mayor remarked, "God bless you and all who sail in you." She was driven by a single screw diesel engine and was specially designed for dredging harbours and rivers. Her speed was seven and a half knots and her hopper capacity was 3,000 cubic feet which meant she was able to lift about 150 tons at each loading.

The Jean Ingelow in Boston dock, March 1950.


  1. My grandfather William Wilson worked on the Jean Ingelow.

    1. My father Sid Phillips was the engineer on the Jean Ingelow in the 1950's