The Cervia Steam Tug

Moored in Ramsgate harbour, next to the Maritime Museum, the largest vessel in the harbour, at 320 tons, is hard not to miss. Its large black funnel with a red band in the middle, the original livery of William Watkins, dominates the skyline.

Visitors are welcomed on board during the summer at weekends, and are given a guided tour around this magnificent vessel, and the full history of her working life on the river Thames explained. Meet some of the original crewmen who served on board, view archival films of the River Thames and London docks where the Cervia spent much of her working life, from 1947 right up to her current position in the only royal harbour in the country. On board you will marvel at the original and fully restored Wheelhouse, containing the huge steering wheel, telegraph and binnacle.

On the lower decks visitors have the opportunity to see the galley where meals were prepared by the boy cook for the crew of nine.

After descending a small ships ladder, you will be able to step into the captain’s cabin, completely restored. Next on your tour, you will be amazed at the sheer size of the Cervia’s boiler, before entering into the heart of the tug, the engine room, and get up close to the 1000hp triple expansion engine.

There are numerous areas and cabins on board to observe and learn about, your volunteer guide will be happy to explain to you, how each and every aspect of this wonderful steam powered tug worked.

Please note that as this was a full working vessel, it is not able to accommodate wheelchairs, and there are three normal steel ladders to access various decks.

Opening Times

Please check times as undergoing restoration


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Entry Price

Adults: £2.50
Children: £1
Child age range: Accompanied children under 12