I very much enjoyed reading Stephen Nunn’s article a fortnight ago and then how lovely to see Don Baines very informative letter, “Steam Tug Brent is testament to our wartime work force” last week.

Just one point I would like to make. Brent was built as oil fired, as were all the later build TID tugs. When Brent first came to Maldon she was making so much smoke, that anyone seeing her would presume that she was burning coal!

The last Coal fired TID tug was the Biddick. She was built in 1943, as TID 54, and was scrapped in 1987.

As the only remaining steam vessel of the many working for the Port of London Authority, in the London Docks, and as part of Maldon’s waterfront scene since 1971, Brent is certainly a vessel which needs to be preserved. The Steam Tug Brent Trust are working towards having Brent in steam once more.

Janet Hall, Chairman, Steam Tug Brent Trust, The Hythe, Maldon