Spotted in Southwick Locks

The eye-glazing tedium of the repetitive editing and loading of countless postcard images does have its benefits as you get to enjoy in detail superb images you’ve not seen before. This one caught my eye. Do you remember the Marlipins Museum postcard of the river tug ‘George V’ towing barges up river? We’ve found another – detail from Alan Humphries’ postcard of the locks reveals what looks like the vessel’s identical sister boat ‘Edward VII’ (assuming the ‘II’ to be hidden by the rudder) – such small tugs yet obviously capable of towing two huge fully loaded barges.  I wonder what Shoreham  family worked them?

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