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                       The steam tug "Fairplay II" was wrecked on Redcar’s Salt Scar Rocks on 2nd March 1940; the previous year she had been requisitioned by the Admiralty to serve as a rescue vessel.

The incident occurred in thick fog and all the 19 crew were rescued.


                        Built in Hamburg in 1922 she sailed under a German flag until 1938 when she was registered under a British flag by owners the Fairplay Towage and Shipping Company Ltd of London. At the commencement of WW II she was taken over by the Royal Navy for what transpired to be short service.


                         She carried no armament, had a displacement of 282 tons and her

1 X 3 cylinder triple expansion engine with a single boiler produced 111nhp. Propulsion was via a single shaft and 1 screw.


                         Today there is little left of the Fairplay II and the remains, (bow and boiler dry at springs)  lie on the edge of Batt Height at  54° 37' 631N  001° 03' 063W

on a bearing of 43° magnetic from the lifeboat slipway.

Coastwatch Redcar is associated with the

Sea Safety Group

with stations at Hartlepool, Winterton, North Denes, Sheringham, Happisburgh, Pakefield,

Irvine Scotland

St. Monans Scotland, Coastwatch Tay, Berwick Coastwatch and Sunderland Coastwatch.

COASTWATCH REDCAR is a registered charity and is supported entirely by public donations

Charity No. 1177709.

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