The tug YORKSHIREMAN was built in 1978 by Cochrane Shipbuilders Ltd of Selby, Yorkshire, for United Towing Ltd of Hull. She is one of a pair of identical tugs ordered at the same time (the YORKSHIREMAN's sister ship is the IRISHMAN). she has a length of 138 feet (42m), a beam of 38 ft (11.6m) and a displacement of 686 tons, and was constructed to class of Lloyds 100 A1 Tug LMC ICE Class 3. With a bollard pull of 70 tons and a maximum speed of 14 knots, the YORKSHIREMAN and her sister ship are two of the UK's largest and most powerful tugs. They were only surpassed in power by United Towing's largest tug, the "Salvageman".
The YORKSHIREMAN and the IRISHMAN have been involved in all types of towing work in the North Sea and around the world. Their most famous days were without doubt during the "Falklands War" when they were taken into service with the "Salvageman" by the Royal Navy. The trio formed the largest group of purpose-built tugs during the war.
The YORKSHIREMAN is a 1:48 scale model suitable for the average modeller. The kit contents include: detailed one piece glassfibre hull; rudders, Kort nozzles, prop shafts, tubes and propellers; over 90 die-cut styrene parts and 270 printed styrene parts for decks and superstructure; nearly 800 cast white metal fittings; Moulded styrene rescue boat, B.O.T.I. boat, life raft canisters, radome; two cranes, anchor winch and towing winch; rubber fendering, dowel for mast, wire for railings; water slide transfers for both the YORKSHIREMAN and the IRISHMAN; assembly instructions, drawings, and color scheme.The kit includes approximately 1200 parts and is recommended for the more experienced model maker. Paints, adhesives and tools will be required to complete. Requires 2 to 4 channel radio system, motors, couplings, battery, paints and adhesives for completion.