Will cost nearly half-a-million pounds
A twin-screw diesel-electric ice breaker for the Polish Government, to be built at the Appledore shipyard of P K Harris and Sons Ltd, is believed to the first ice-breaker to be built in the United Kingdom for the past 20 or 30 years.
The order was secured in the face of intense European competition by Seawork Ltd, who control P K Harris and Sons, and the cost of the vessel, was said by a spokesman of the firm to be ‘approaching half a million pounds’.
This will be the second vessel built at Appledore for Poland. In January 1959 the yard delivered the tug Tur.
This contract secured by Seawork Ltd follows closely upon one earlier this year by the Government of Ghana for six vessels for their long-range fishing fleet.
The full Gazette article is dated 21 July 1961