South Eastern Tug Society

South Eastern Tug Society

The South Eastern Tug Association is an organisation that aims to preserve and maintain a collection of historic tugs and allow them to be used to further study of this area of maritime history. The society has a base within the former Royal Navy Dockyard at Chatham where its small but growing collection is permanently on display.

The collection currently consists of the 1948 Kent, and the 1966 Fearnought, both previously operated by JP Knight, kept company by the 1928 steam tug Barking which is owned by the VIC96 trust.

The tugs are based in Basin No.1 at Chatham Marina in Kent. They take part in events throughout the year. Every Tuesday and Saturday morning the volunteers will be pleased to show interested people around and talk about the boats.

The tugs are often seen at maritime festivals around the east coast of England, and across the sea in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Contact: Keith Toms (MT Kent)


Email: keith (at)