We are a group of volunteers and enthusiasts who are passionate about steam, with a mission to preserve this very special 1945 steam tug, currently berthed on the River Medway at Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent.

Most of the 182 TID tugs built have been scrapped, and only a handful remain in working order. TID 164 is very rare in that it still retains most of the original equipment and fittings. It is listed on the National Historic Fleet Register by National Historic Ships (Certificate Number 70).

Keeping the tug in a seaworthy condition requires a constant programme of repairs and maintenance, especially the oil fired boilers and steam-driven engine. The hull and superstructure have to be protected from rust, an all-year-round task of welding, chipping and painting.


The Friends of TID 164 raise funds through a membership scheme, sponsorship, donations and fundraising activities.

Volunteers run a fundraising stall at the Dartford Steam Festival, May 2011

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