Pictured, at the naming ceremony of locomotive '08484' on 2nd July 2007, left to right: Peter Bennett, Chairman of Landguard Fort Trust; David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited; George Buckland, Landguard Fort Trust; and Mike Deacon, Deputy Mayor of Felixstowe
2nd July 2007
The Port of Felixstowe today [2nd July 2007] commemorated local hero Captain Nathaniel Darell by naming its new Class ‘08’ locomotive, ‘08484’, after him, in a ceremony held in the Port’s historic Dock Basin.
The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Mayor of Felixstowe, Councillor Mike Deacon, and the Chairman and members of Landguard Fort Trust, the Felixstowe History and Museum Society, and the Felixstowe Society, as well as executives from the Port of Felixstowe.
The idea to remember Captain Darell in this way was the brainchild of local historian and member of Landguard Fort Trust, George Buckland. George had been looking for a suitable locomotive to take on the hero's name, and his wish coincided with the completion of the Port’s official lease agreement with Traditional Traction Limited for locomotive ‘08484’.
Speaking at the naming ceremony, David Gledhill, Chief Operating Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) limited, which owns the Port of Felixstowe, said:
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to make George’s dream come true. It is particularly pertinent that the naming ceremony is taking place on ‘Darell’s Day’, which is celebrated annually at Landguard Fort, to commemorate the day in 1667 when Captain Nathaniel Darell and 500 brave men repelled the Dutch invasion.”
Locomotive ‘08484’ provides support to the Port of Felixstowe’s existing shunting loco, ‘Colonel Tomline’, to ensure that a reliable service is maintained to customers across the Port’s South and North Rail Terminal.
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is the largest container port in the UK, and one of the largest in Europe. PFL is a member of the Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group, a subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL). HPH is the world's leading port investor, developer and operator, with interests in 23 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Today, HPH operates a total of 257 berths in 45 ports, together with a number of transportation-related service companies. With industry-recognised core competence in the effective and efficient management and operation of ports, the HPH Group handled 59.3 million TEU in 2006.