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.
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).
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.
Friends of TID 164 raise funds through a membership scheme,
sponsorship, donations and fundraising activities.
run a fundraising stall at the Dartford Steam Festival, May