ST Sea Alarm
ST Sea Alarm, formerly Empire Ash.
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|Builder:||John Crown & Sons Ltd, Sunderland|
|Launched:||13 August 1941|
|Completed:||17 October 1941|
|Length:||107 ft 8 in (32.82 m)|
|Beam:||26 ft 2 in (7.98 m)|
|Draught:||12 ft 5 in (3.78 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 x triple expansion steam engine (Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne) 102 hp (76 kW)|
ST Sea Alarm was a 263-ton tug which was built as Empire Ash in 1941 for the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). She was sold in 1947 and renamed Flying Fulmar. She was sold in 1956 and renamed Sea Alarm. On retirement in 1973 she became an exhibit at the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum, but was controversially scrapped in 1998 after the forced closure of the museum.
Empire Ash was built by John Crown & Sons Ltd, Sunderland as yard number 201. She was launched on 13 August 1941 and completed on 17 October 1941.  She was built for the MoWT. On 15 May 1946, Empire Ace was sold for £18,750 to Clyde Shipping Co Ltd, Glasgow and renamed Flying Fulmar. In May 1956 she was sold to C J King & Sons, Bristol and renamed Sea Alarm. Operated under the management of the Alarm Steam Tug Co Ltd. In January 1973 she was sold to Thos W Ward, Briton Ferry for scrapping, but was resold the following month to the Welsh Industrial and Maritime Museum, Cardiff. She was restored by 1978 and was dry-docked for many years at Roath Dock. The museum closed on 1 June 1998 and Sea Alarm was scrapped apart from her engine. Questions were asked by the Select Committee on Welsh Affairs about the scrapping of the tug as there was public outcry at the time.
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