The Last Steam Tug in Great Yarmouth

Richard Lee Barber

By Neil Cox

Although I do not remember seeing the Richard Lee Barber in use, here are some pictures of her prior to being sent to the breakers yard in Belguim.  Her hull was in good condition and was presumably used as a barge or houseboat.  I really am unsure about this information so any one with information about her would be a a great help.

Photo:the crew of richard lee barber
Photo:a stern veiw of richard lee barber
Photo:steam driven capstan
Photo:stern veiw showing engine room skylight
Photo:portside veiw of the wheel house notice the removal of the navigation lights
Photo:the funnel and small boat
Photo:richard lee barber towing other tugs into great yarmouth
Photo:final voyage to the breakers
Photo:news paper cutting of richard lee barber leaving great yarmouth
This gallery was added by Neil Cox on 07/12/2010.
Comments about this page

I recall that the Richard Lee Barber was frequently moored on the Gorleston side of the Yare at Baker Street in the period 1961-65 when as teenagers, we fished for eels nearby. Duncan Kirkwood

By Duncan Kirkwood
On 14/01/2011

I have a vague recollection of being on the Richard Lee Barber once about 1948/52, I have no idea why but the memory of sitting next to the wheel is quite vivid. Have you any idea of who owned or worked on the tug during this period?

By Peter Butterworth
On 20/01/2014

hello, i was wondering if anyone remembered a William Bush who worked on the Richard Lee Barber. And if they had any information on him . it would be the early 1900s 

By Laura
On 27/04/2015

hello, i was wondering if anyone remembered a William Bush who worked on the Richard Lee Barber. And if they had any information on him . it would be the early 1900s 

By Laura
On 12/02/2015

Been out on her a few times in late 50s was related to the then Skipper.

By Peter
On 23/06/2015

I was the last stoker on the Richard Lee Barber, Mr. Herbert King was Chief, and I was still only in my twenties when she was retired, I am now 75, I was put on the Mud Dredger after her retirement, made some good friends, all gone now.

By Edmund Earle
On 25/09/2015

I have a photograph of the Richard Lee Barber moving on the Yare taken by myself during a cruising holiday on our motor yacht when I was 9 years old in 1956. How times have changed!

By Peter South
On 13/06/2020

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