LONDON SAMPSON floating crane.

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Jack Willis

By Jack Willis

The PLA floating crane LONDON SAMPSON in Tilbury.  Along the berth is the Chinese ship LUO FU SHAN.

This page was added by Jack Willis on 24/06/2014.
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The floating crane barge LONDON SAMSON (built in the Netherlands; 1075 tons gross), joined the Port of London Authority fleet in 1963 and was used mainly in the Royal Docks and Tilbury. Powered by diesel-electric machinery, and 54.9 metres in length, the vessel stayed with the PLA until 1991, when it was sold to a firm in the West Country. Three years later it went to Devonport Management Ltd for service in HM Dockyard, Devonport. In 1997 it ceased to be used as a crane, and I am not sure if the vessel still exists.

By Roger Jordan
On 15/07/2014

If anyone is interested in this vessel I served on it for in excess of 15 years so may be able to assist with information required for historical purposes.tyst

By Roy Oneill
On 14/08/2015

hello ROY     I would be very interested in hearing of any activities you can recall regarding the LONDON SAMSON.     Have you any photographs ?    Regards JACK WILLIS    

By Jack Willis
On 19/08/2015

Did anyone remember my dad Charles Stewart who worked on floating cranes for the PLA

By Ken Stewart
On 11/07/2017

Is the wreck off the coast of Ireland the same Samson that was owned by the PLA

By Ken Stewart
On 11/07/2017

It's still in Devonport Dockyard now called Devon Samson. Owened by Bacock Marine. 

By Phil
On 06/08/2017

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