(From Bristol Evening Post)
IN the 1930s, before the Second World War, Avonmouth was home to three main tug boat companies, R&JH Rea, R&JH Roberts and CJ King.
As I recall the first two firms had about half a dozen tugs and the latter about nine.
The CJ King's tug, the Eastleigh, was the only vessel to be equipped with a dynamo.
All the rest had oil lighting, like many other British coasters, hence the cynical name of "Parafin Dynamo".
A lot of tramp ships at that time would shut off their dynamos at the end of the day and switch to oil lamps, with a hurricane lamp at the end of the gangway.
Rea's tugs served the Federal Line, the New Zealand Shipping Company (NZSC), the Eagle Oil Shipping Company plus many others.
Robert's tugs served the lower end of the market, the tramp steamers, and King's were responsible for …