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WILLIAM DOXFORD (1840/1875?)
WILLIAM DOXFORD AND SONS (1875?/1890)
WILLIAM DOXFORD AND SONS LIMITED (1891/1957)
WILLIAM DOXFORD & SONS (SHIPBUILDERS) LIMITED (1957/ )

(OF COX GREEN, THEN PALLION, SUNDERLAND)

This is the 4th 'Doxford' page, made necessary by the increasing number of listings re 'Doxford' built vessels. The first page, with the first 100 vessels, is available here. And the 2nd & 3rd pages, also with 100 vessels, are here & here.

Build lists? A list of 'Doxford' built vessels is now on site, at page 143. Miramar lists, (highest hull number on page). It used to be that you could click on the links that follow & get to the relevant Miramar page. But no longer! The new procedure must be to go to Miramar (here) & log in (you must be registered to view any page). And once you are logged in, return to this page & all the following links should work for you:- 30, 60, 108, 119, 149, 179, 209, 239, 270, 299, 329, 362, 389, 419, 450, 495, 515, 546, 594, 627, 656, 686, 716, 746, 792, 818, 889, 870. (889) And a list of all of the Doxford built vessels is here (including those built at the Doxford yard in its later years after it was taken over) thanks to Fred Gooch & John Bage.

Names of just a few more of the vessels constructed by William Doxford & Sons of Sunderland - as I happen to spot references to them. In a table in build date sequence. And alphabetic within a year. But just a start!

301 Belas
4448 tons
Hull 764

5039381

Esperos V
1949

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Sociedade Geral de Comércio), 2 (Companhia Nacional de Navegação), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 129.77 metres long, speed of 12.8 knots, crew of 32. Built for 'Sociedade Geral de Comércio, Indústria e Transportes', of Lisbon, Portugal, & registered there. Transferred to 'Companhia Nacional de Navegação' in 1972, when the companies merged. The vessel was sold, in 1977, (or maybe in 1978) to S. C. Vazeos, of Piraeus, Greece, who may only be the managers, renamed Esperos V (or possibly Isperos V) & registered at Panama. In Jan. 1979, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. Anything you can add? A good late image which would likely resolve the name issue?

302 British Fortune
6108 tons
Hull 763

182931
1949

A tanker. Per 1 (image, British Fortune, & -01), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 128.9 metres long, 423 ft., speed of 11 knots. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd. ('Tanker'), of London. Tanker, the ship owning & operating subsidiary of British Petroleum Company, Ltd., was later (1956) restyled as 'BP Tanker Company Ltd.' No WWW word about her service history, indeed no WWW word whatsoever about the vessel. On Sep. 12, 1961, the vessel arrived at the Briton Ferry, Wales, ship breaking facilities of T. W. Ward Ltd., to be broken up. Anything you can add?

303 British Liberty
8589 (or 6138?) tons
Hull 765

183009
505286
1949

A tanker. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 149.3 metres long overall, 141.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 1/2 knots. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd. ('Tanker'), of London. Tanker, the ship owning & operating subsidiary of British Petroleum Company, Ltd., was later (in 1956) restyled as 'BP Tanker Company Ltd.' WWW available data about this vessel is non-existent. And the available image (at left) has tonnage & length data which seems not to reconcile. Perhaps that data does not refer to this vessel after all, but it seems not to relate to any other vessel of the name either. On Jun. 27, 1964, the vessel arrived at the Hong Kong ship breaking facilities of 'Mollers' Ltd.', to be broken up. Anything you can add? No.1867

304 Trelawny
5414 tons
Hull 768

183080

Jag Rahat
Panagia Odigitria
1949

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Trelawny, & -01 & -04), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.0 metres (443 ft.) long, speed of 12 1/2 (or 13) knots. Built for The Hain Steamship Co., Ltd., of London (company previously was of St. Ives, Cornwall, until purchased by P&O in 1917). The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, once, on Mar. 4, 1956. The vessel was sold, in 1963, to 'Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Mumbai, India, & renamed Jag Rahat. And sold, in 1969, to 'Sotir Cia. Aseguratora y Maritima SA', of Famagusta, Cyprus, or maybe to 'Panagia Odigitria Shipping Co., also of Cyprus, & renamed Panagia Odigitria. In 1972, the vessel was sold to 'Pantocrator Cia Aseguratora y Maritima SA', also of Famagusta. On Aug. 9, 1974, the vessel arrived at the Karachi, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of 'Gujranwala Steel Industries Ltd.' to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Can you correct the above or add anything?

305 Trelevan
5386 tons
Hull 770

183132
5367960

Sydney Breeze
Global Envoy
Baffin Bay
1949

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Hain Line, Trelevan (2)], 2 (image, Trelevan, & -01, -02 & -04), 3 (Sydney Breeze, image, at Christmas Island), 4 (3 images, Sydney Breeze, 80% down), 5 (image, Sydney Breeze, but you must be registered to see it), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.0 metres long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Built for The Hain Steamship Co., Ltd., of London (company previously was of St. Ives, Cornwall, until purchased by P&O in 1917). The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand ('NZ'), once, on Apl. 26, 1953 - the NZ site seems to refer to the vessel being then owned by Hain-Nourse Ltd. The vessel was sold, in 1964, to 'Cambay Prince Steamship Co. Ltd.', of Hong Kong, which company was presumably owned by John Manners & Co. Ltd., also of Hong Kong, & renamed Sydney Breeze. A 1966 ref. to the vessel loading phosphates at Christmas Island, S. of Java. In 1970, the vessel was sold to Global Navigation Ltd., of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, & renamed Global Envoy. In 1973, it would seem with no change of owner, the vessel was renamed Baffin Bay & registered at Nassau, Bahamas. The vessel was laid up at Sorel, Quebec, for several years. At 6:30 a.m. on Jul. 5, 1973, the vessel, carrying a cargo of grain, was bunkering at the Texaco Canada Ltd. dock at Texaco's Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, refinery. Baffin Bay suffered a serious fire in her engine room. It would seem that 3 Canadian Forces vessels, all with fire-fighting capability, fought the fire. The damage must have been considerable because the ship was declared a constructive total loss & on Oct. 4, 1973, the vessel arrived under tow at Valencia, Spain, to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Can you correct the above and/or add anything?

306 Trelissick
5386 (or 5388) tons
Hull 769

183107
5424433

Kinross
1949

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Trelissick, & -01, -02, -03, -04 & -05), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.0 metres (443 ft.) long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 (or 13) knots. Built for The Hain Steamship Co., Ltd., of London (which company previously was of St. Ives, Cornwall, until purchased by P&O in 1917). The vessel was sold in 1963, for £112,000, to 'Chiao Mao Enterprises Limited', of Hong Kong, & renamed Kinross. In 1972, the vessel was sold to 'Yick Fung Shipping & Enterprises Co. Ltd.' of Mogadishu, Somalia, with no change of vessel name. And in 1974, again with no change of vessel name, the ship was sold to 'China Ocean Shipping Co.' of Shanghai, China. Miramar advise that the vessel was deleted from the lists in 1992. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Can you correct the above or add anything?

307 Trelyon
5414 (or 5415) tons
Hull 767

183048
5397094

Yunglutation
Hua Shan
1949

A cargo ship. Per 1 (New Zealand), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.0 metres (443 ft.) long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 or 13 knots. There was an article about the vessel, I read, in Vol. 69 of 'Sea Breezes', in 1995. Built for The Hain Steamship Co., Ltd., of London (which company previously was of St. Ives, Cornwall, until purchased by P&O in 1917). The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, 3 times between Oct. 1950 & Jun. 1961. The ship was sold, in 1963, to 'Chiao Mao Enterprises Ltd.', of Hong Kong, & renamed Yunglutation. In 1974, the vessel was sold to 'Yick Fung Shipping & Enterprises Co. Ltd.' of Mogadishu, Somalia, with no change of vessel name. And sold again, later in 1974, to 'China Ocean Shipping Co.' (COSCO), of Shanghai, China, & renamed Hua Shan. Miramar used to indicate that Hua Shan was owned by the Chinese Government. The vessel was deleted from the lists in 1992. But where & when broken up I have not read. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Anything you can add?

308 British Diplomat
6155 tons
Hull 781

184275
1950

A tanker. Per 1 (image, British Diplomat, & -02 & -03), 2 (image), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 128.9 metres long overall, 123.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 knots. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd. ('Tanker'), of London. Tanker, the ship owning & operating subsidiary of British Petroleum Company, Ltd., was later (1956) restyled as 'BP Tanker Company Ltd.' The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand once, on Feb. 20, 1958. On Dec. 21, 1961, the vessel arrived at the Grays, Essex, ship breaking facilities of T. W. Ward Ltd., to be broken up. No WWW word about her service history indeed no WWW word about the ship at all! Anything you can add?

309 Dartmoor
7657 (or 5324) tons
Hull 771

183156
5400920

Archon Serafim
1950

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Dartmoor), 2 & 3 (images & data, Archon Serafim), 4 (history, Runciman, Moor Line), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.5 metres long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots, signal letters SVQR. Sister to Exmoor. Built for Moor Line Ltd., of Newcastle, Walter Runciman & Co. Ltd., the managers. It would seem that the vessel became uneconomic to operate, & in 1962 the vessel was sold to 'Panormitis Cia SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Archon Serafim. Have seen a reference to the vessel being a 'D. Lemos' ship. They were the managers perhaps? From Mar. 10, 1971, the vessel was laid up at Piraeus. On Jan. 22, 1973 the vessel left Piraeus under tow. And on Jan. 30, 1973, the vessel arrived at the Halic, Istanbul, ship breaking facilities of Avram Kohen Bozmacilik Sirketi, to be broken up. WWW data is limited. Anything you can add?

310 Exmoor
5324 (or 7633) tons
Hull 773

183199
5027522

Astir
1950

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Exmoor, also -01 & -03), 2 (history, Runciman, Moor Line), 3 (1953 tow of Essex Trader), 4 (launch image, Exmoor, ex 'Sunderland Tugs and Shipbuilding in pictures'), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 136.4 metres long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Sister to Dartmoor. Built for Moor Line Ltd., of Newcastle, Walter Runciman & Co. Ltd., the managers. In early 1953, the vessel towed Essex Trader to Colombo, Sri Lanka, when she had lost her propeller & was drifting helplessly. A data 'snippet' advises that early in its life the vessel was chartered by the Nuffield Organization. Dartmoor, the vessel's sister, became uneconomic to operate, & was sold in 1962. It is likely that the same situation applied to Exmoor, which also was sold in 1962, to 'Astir Cia Naviera SA', of Beirut, Lebanon, & renamed Astir. On Apl. 17, 1972, the vessel left Singapore Roads for its final voyage to Chinese ship breakers. And on May 13, 1972, the vessel arrived at Shanghai, China, to be broken up. WWW data re the vessel is most limited. Anything you can add?

311 King City
5593 tons
Hull 776

181154
5187516

Panagiotis Xilas
Leon
1950

A cargo ship. Per 1 (model, King City), 2 & 3 (images King City), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 132.9 metres long overall, 126.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Built for Leeds Shipping Co. Ltd. ('Leeds'), of Bideford, Devon, & registered there. Leeds was owned by Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd., of Cardiff. A good ship in which to serve, it would seem. Malcolm Scott advises. The vessel was sold, in 1966, to 'Rimnes Cia Naviera SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Panagiotis Xilas. Miramar used to reference 'J. P. Xilas' (Xilas Shipping), the owner/manager perhaps? In 1971 or 1972, the vessel was sold to 'Vigli Maritime Co. Ltd.' ('Vigli'), of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Leon. On Oct. 23, 1978, the vessel arrived at the Villanueva y Geltru, Spain, ship breaking facilities of 'Salvamento y Demolicion Naval', to be broken up. Can you help with more data.

312 La Sierra
6183 (or 6189) tons
Hull 775

183247
5085873

Dan Fodio
Fos
Kronos II
Kronos I
1950

A cargo ship with bridge amidships. Per A (eBay image, La Sierra), 1 (data, 55% down), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.5 metres long overall, 132.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letters MFRF. Owned by Buries Markes Ltd. More than one fleet vessel of that name however & data most limited. The vessel was sold, in 1959, to Nigerian National Shipping Line Ltd., of Lagos, Nigeria, & renamed Dan Fodio. In 1974, the vessel was sold to Exeter Navigation Co. Ltd. ('Exeter'), of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Fos. The vessel, still owned by Exeter it would seem, was renamed Kronos II in 1978 & later that same year Kronos I. I think that is the sequence as at Miramar, but the sequence may be reversed. How strange! Maybe related to this vessel? And to S. C. Vazeos, of Piraeus, Greece, the manager? The vessel was broken up, at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, in Oct. 1978. Can anybody help with more data?

313 Polamhall
5507 tons
Hull 772

180090
5333268

Sokorri

Panaghia Grigoroussa
Buena Ventura II
1950

A cargo ship, 'of the complete superstructure type, with forecastle, cruiser stern and soft nosed stem'. Per A (e-Bay image, Sokorri), 1 (1961 grounding ref.), 2 [West Hartlepool Polamhall (3)], 3 (ref. 'newcastle steam ship', 02/06/2008), 4 (image, Polamhall, but you must be registered to see it), 5 & 6 (both images, Polamhall), 7 (image, Panaghia Grigoroussa), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 136.5 metres (447 ft. 9 in.) long overall, 128.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Built for West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. ('Hartlepool'), of West Hartlepool. The 3rd fleet vessel of the name. Ken Bromley, who served aboard the ship in 1956, refers to the vessel being 'newcastle steam ship co'. Can anybody explain that reference? Was 'Newcastle' associated perhaps with Hartlepool or maybe was a subsidiary of Hartlepool? Dry-docking & general repairs, in 1952, at 'Harland & Wolff Ltd.', of Belfast.  In 1961, Brian Joyce, 5th engineer, & Peter W. (William) Finnie, 3rd officer, both aged 23, were fined £50 each for stealing 25 bottles of whisky from the ship, when at New Orleans. The ship really carried 25 or more bottles of whisky? Doubtless used for medicinal purposes! In Dec. 1961, the vessel suffered an engine failure & was grounded off Walvis Bay, S. Africa. The vessel was re-floated & towed to Walvis Bay for repairs. The vessel was sold, in 1962, to 'Socoa Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Sokorri. In 1971, the vessel was sold to 'Virgo Shipping Co. Ltd.' of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Panaghia Grigoroussa. Had engine trouble off Cowes on Oct. 14, 1972. The vessel was sold again, in 1975, to 'Manites Cia. Naviera S.A.', of Panama, & renamed Buena Ventura II. In Feb. 1977, the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of 'Indus Importers', to be broken up. A Google books 'snippet' reads, however, that the vessel was sold to Taiwanese ship-breakers for about $103 per Ltd. Can you add anything?

314 Treloske
5386 (or 5388) tons
Hull 774

183219

Yungfutary
1950

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image Treloske, & -01, -02, -03), 2 (fine image Treloske, 5th image down), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.0 metres (442 ft. 11 in.) long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, (419 ft. 7 in.), speed of 12 1/2 knots. Built for The Hain Steamship Co. Ltd., of London. Who had earlier owned 3 ships of the identical name. The vessel was engaged, in part at least, in the transport of grain from Australia to Japan. In 1963, the vessel was sold to 'Chiao Mao Enterprises Ltd.', of Hong Kong, 'Yick Fung Shipping & Enterprises Co. Ltd.' the managers, & renamed Yungfutary. On Jul. 26, 27, or 28, 1968, (have read all three dates), the vessel, en route from Shanghai to Singapore with a general cargo, with a crew of 42 all told, ran aground in high seas at Breaker Rock, off the coast of Fukien Province, China. 300 miles NE of Hong Kong. The vessel both burned & was wrecked there. I have not read the detailed circumstances. There was no loss of life, all 42 aboard being rescued by Chinese patrol boats. WWW data about the vessel is most modest. Can anybody help with more data?

315 British Builder
8699 tons
Hull 782

184397
1951

A tanker. Per 1 (1954 tow details, 30% down), 2 (image), 3 (image, but you must be registered to see it), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 149.3 metres long overall, 143.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 1/2 knots. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd., later restyled as BP Tanker Co. Ltd., of  London. I read that the vessel broke her crankshaft on Aug. 18, 1954 off Albany, Western Australia. She was towed back into Albany & was towed from there to Aden by British Merit. There she loaded a full cargo of crude for the U.K. & was towed all the way home (except for passage of the Suez Canal handled by tugs) by British Baron, which was equipped with a towing winch. She reached the Isle of Grain, Kent, on Nov. 28, 1954 & after the discharge of her cargo, was towed to Doxford's at Sunderland for repairs. The distance covered during the tow was about 9,700 miles & is one of the longest on record by tankers. It would appear that the ship's engine was designed to be naturally aspirated, & upgrading the engines to charged or blown likely increased stress on the crankshaft. On Sep. 1, 1963, the vessel arrived at the Bruges, Belgium, ship breaking facilities of 'Brugse Scheepssloperij' to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is most modest. Can anybody help with more data?

316 British Craftsman
8697 tons
Hull 783

184438
1951

A tanker. Per 1 & 2 (images, also -03), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 490 ft. 0 in. long (149.35 metres) overall, 143.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 1/2 knots, signal letters GCCZ. The vessel was initially powered by a Doxford four-cylinder engine, but later, in 1953, it was converted by the installation of a 'Doxford Accumulator Fuel Injection System'. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd., of London, later restyled as BP Tanker Co. Ltd. Visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Sep. 5, 1951. I read, in a snippet of data, that the vessel ran aground near Stockholm in or before 1955. It would seem that the vessel was, in 1958, anchored for 6 months off the south coast of England. The vessel was sold to German ship breakers 'at the good price of £15 per ton light displacement' & on Sep. 2, 1964 arrived at the Hamburg, Germany, facilities of 'Eisen u.Metall AG', to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is almost non-existent. Can anybody help with more data?

317 Charlton Venus
11382 (or 11022) tons
Hull 792

184550
5225617

Marivenus
Manuella
1951

A tanker. Per 1 (image Charlton Venus), 2 ('Charlton Steam Shipping' but passenger vessels only listed), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.3 metres long overall, 153.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for Charlton Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., of London, a subsidiary of Chandris Lines since 1945. Ray Christie, a site visitor advises (thanks!), that Richard Purvis, Ray's uncle, was the Captain of Charlton Venus until her sale in 1961 & indeed was present, representing the future owners, during her construction at Sunderland. Now there were, I know, periods when cargoes of oil products were scarce & during those periods tankers would be laid up or forced to seek other cargoes. Ray advises in this regard that Charlton Venus carried grain from Texas to both Rotterdam & Antwerp & in 1958 carried cargoes of wine from Chile to Rouen, & also to Sète, both in France. Wine to France? How extraordinary! The vessel was sold, in 1961, to 'Armadores Internacional SA', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Marivenus. The vessel was sold again, in 1966, to Nicos J. Vardinoyannis (1931/1973), of Greece (Crete probably), & renamed Manuella, Varaima Shipping Agency Ltd., or Varnima Corp., the managers? Along with Ioanna V, the vessel was used, in 1966, to break the Rhodesian oil blockade, carrying (or maybe trying to carry) Iranian crude oil to Beira, Mozambique for onward shipping by pipeline to Rhodesia. Can anyone tell us exactly what happened? A boarding party from British frigate HMS Berwick boarded her on Apl. 10, 1966, 150 miles SE of Beira, the boarding being permitted by a United Nations resolution. The vessel was diverted away from Beira, I read, & had its Greek status revoked. The cargo maybe was landed at Durban? What then happened to the vessel & her captain? On Apl. 20, 1979, the vessel arrived at the Castellon, Spain, ship breaking facilities of 'I.M.Varela Davalillo' to be broken up. Can anybody help with more data?

318 Wanderer
8150 tons
Hull 790

183818
5385900

Cleopatra
Chung Thai
1951

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Wanderer (3)], 2 (image Wanderer, also -02, -05, -07, -10, -11, -13 & -15), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool (Harrison Line). 140.3 metres long overall, 132.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 or 13 knots, built on the shelter deck principle with raised forecastle, crew housed amidships, & some passenger capacity, (likely 12). Sister to Arbitrator & Wayfarer. A builder's model of the vessel was sold at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, for £6,200, on Jan. 21, 2003. In 1970, the vessel was sold to Tricia Shipping Co. Ltd., of Famagusta, or maybe of Nicosia, Cyprus, & renamed Cleopatra. In 1974, the vessel was sold again, to 'Chung Lien Nav. Co. SA', of Panama, (have also read of Monrovia, Liberia) & renamed Chung Thai. On Sep. 9, 1974, the vessel arrived at the Masan, South Korea (now part of Unified Changwon City), ship breaking facilities of Dongkuk Steel Mills Co. Ltd., to be broken up. There really is very little WWW available data about such a relatively recent vessel. Anything you can add?

319 Wayfarer
8150 (or 8032) tons
Hull 786

183811
5386980

Mitera Zafira
1951

A freighter. Per A (e-Bay image, Wayfarer, by Iain G. B. Lovie, of Wadestown, Wellington, NZ), 1 (data), 2 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Wayfarer (3)], 3 (data, images, Mitera Zafira), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool (Harrison Line). 140.3 metres long overall, 460 ft. 5 in., 132.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 or 13 knots, built on the shelter deck principle with raised forecastle, crew housed amidships, & some passenger capacity (likely 12). Sister to Arbitrator & Wanderer. In 1972, the vessel was sold to 'Cassiopeian Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, (A. & G. Kyrtatas the manager?) & renamed Mitera Zafira. On Mar. 7 or 8, 1973, while en route from Ashod, Israel, (S. of Tel Aviv), to Romania with a cargo of iron ore, the vessel grounded & caught fire 2 miles off Costinesti, near Constanza, on the Black Sea coast of Romania. The vessel was abandoned & sank on Mar. 16, 1973. But.... I have also read a) that it ran aground & simultaneously caught fire only on Mar. 15/16, 1973, & b) it was carrying phosphates, which ex Ashod seems to be more likely than iron ore. Anything you can add?

320 Caltex Calcutta
8523 (or 8527) tons
Hull 789

184703
5505833
1952

A tanker. Per A (e-Bay image), 1 (data, Caltex Calcutta), 2 (image, Caltex Calcutta, also -02, -03, -04), 3 (image, Caltex Calcutta, but you must be registered to access it), 4 ('Overeas Tankship' history), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for 'Overseas Tankship (U.K.) Ltd.' ('Tankship'), of London, part of a company which began in 1936 as a joint venture between the Texas Company (Texaco) & Standard Oil of California (Chevron Corporation), under the name of the California Texas Oil Company. Tankship later became Texaco Overseas Tankship Limited. Designed for trading in the Indian Ocean, transporting petroleum products from Bahrein, to India, Pakistan, Ceylon & East Africa with a native crew. One of 4 similar vessels built by Doxford. 149.5 metres long overall (491 ft. 0 in.), 141.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 (or 13 1/2) knots, 'designed for refined products but more importantly .. fitted with heating coils to enable them to carry lube oils.' A long list of ports visited (mainly from 1, but the data seems bo longer to be there) - U.S. Gulf ports, Fiji, Melbourne, (6 months on Australian coastal service based at Botany Bay), Auckland etc., New Zealand, (visited Auckland 3 times between Dec. 23, 1954 & Jun. 3, 1956), Port Elizabeth, East London & Cape Town in S. Africa, Bahrein & Abadan, Mombasa, Colombo, Madras, & (yes!) Calcutta in the Indian Ocean. Thru the Suez canal many times. At Galveston, Texas, in Mar. 1966 to repair damage that resulted from a hurricane. It sounds like it was a happy ship in which to serve. On Jan. 15, 1967, the vessel arrived at the Mihara, Japan, ship breaking facilities of Matsukura, to be broken up. WWW data re the vessel is really quite modest. Can you add to or correct the above?

321 Caltex Kenya
8523 tons
Hull 784

184594
5058521

Texaco Kenya
1952

A tanker. Per 1 (2nd image down, a fine painting of Caltex Kenya at sea. Have not spotted who painted it.), 2 (data, Caltex Kenya) 3 (image, also -01), 4 ('Overeas Tankship' history), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for 'Overseas Tankship (U.K.) Ltd.' ('Tankship'), of London, part of a company which began in 1936 as a joint venture between the Texas Company (Texaco) & Standard Oil of California (Chevron Corporation), under the name of the California Texas Oil Company. The first of 4 similar vessels built by Doxford. 149.5 metres long overall (490 ft. 6 in.), 141.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 (or 13 knots, 13 3/4 knots at trials). Launched by Lady Gilmour Jenkins. Designed for trading in the Indian Ocean, & specifically transported petroleum products from Bahrein, Persian Gulf, to East Africa it would appear. With a native crew. Tankship later became Texaco Overseas Tankship Limited & ownership passed to that name in 1967. The vessel ran into heavy weather & sustained substantial damage, I read in a 'snippet', while en route in 1967 from San Francisco to Manila, Philippines. In 1968, the vessel was renamed Texaco Kenya. And in 1969 the vessel was transferred to Texaco Panama Inc., of Monrovia, Liberia, with no change of vessel name. On Oct. 30, 1971, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Ta Zong Steel & Iron Co. Ltd.', to be broken up. WWW data re the vessel is modest. Can you add to or correct the above?

322 Caltex Tanganyika
8523 tons
Hull 787

184642
5505877
1952

A tanker. Per A (e-Bay image, Caltex Tanganyika), 1 (data, Caltex Tanganyika), 2 (image, also -02), 3 ('Overeas Tankship' history), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for 'Overseas Tankship (U.K.) Ltd.' ('Tankship'), of London, part of a company which began in 1936 as a joint venture between the Texas Company (Texaco) & Standard Oil of California (Chevron Corporation), under the name of the California Texas Oil Company. Tankship later became Texaco Overseas Tankship Limited. Designed for trading in the Indian Ocean, transporting petroleum products from Bahrein, to India, Pakistan, Ceylon & East Africa with a native crew. One of 4 similar vessels built by Doxford. 149.5 metres long overall (490 ft. 6 in.), 141.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 (or 13 or 13 1/2 knots, 13 3/4 knots at trials). In Oct. 1966, the vessel arrived at the Hirao, Japan, ship breaking facilities of Matsukura, to be broken up. WWW data re the vessel is modest. Can you add to or correct the above?

323 British Envoy
11349 tons
Hull 798

185985

Clyde Envoy
British Envoy
1953

A tanker. Per 1 (ref. Avocet Rock, 60% down, '3rd January 2009' #4), 2 (image, British Envoy at the official opening of the oil refinery at Kwinana, nr. Perth, Western Australia, in 1955?, & -01), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 166.7 metres long, 525.5 ft., speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd. ('Tanker'), of London. Tanker, the ship owning & operating subsidiary of British Petroleum Company, Ltd., was later restyled as 'BP Tanker Company Ltd.' ('Tanker2'). I presume that the vessel would have carried petroleum products from the Persian Gulf. In 1958, the vessel was transferred? to 'BP Clyde Tanker Company Ltd.' & renamed Clyde Envoy. In 1963, the vessel became owned by Tanker2 & the name reverted to British Envoy. It would seem that in 1964, the vessel ran onto Avocet Rock, off Yemen, 18 miles NNW of Abu Ali islands at the S. end of the Red Sea. At 14.22.8N/42.41.32E. And 'sustained serious bottom damage and had to go back to a drydock (Genoa) for repairs.' No data available however, about the circumstances. The vessel arrived at Inverkeithing, Firth of Forth, Scotland, on Apl. 4, 1970, to be broken up. As you can see from the scarcity of links above, the WWW record for the vessel is most limited. Anything to add? There is, in Jan. 2013, an image of British Envoy e-Bay available. Forgive me when I invite you to find it for yourself - it has what I consider to be an excessive logo across the image & I prefer not to reward the vendor by a link to his item.

324 Diplomat
8202 (or 8200) tons
Hull 794

185463
5090488

Antonios
1953

A freighter. Per 1 [Harrison, Diplomat (3)], 2 (Harrison, data, image Diplomat) & 3 (image, Diplomat), 4 (image, Diplomat, also -02, -05, -06), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Turbine powered. 141.3 metres long overall, 132.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots, 4 masts. Built for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool (Harrison Line). Registered at Liverpool. The vessel was sold, in 1972, to Dioskouri Shipping Co. Ltd., of  Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Antonios. And was sold again, in 1976, to Tamassos Shipping Co. SA, also of Famagusta, with no change of vessel name. On Aug. 8, 1980, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of Mao Chen Iron & Steel Co. to be broken up. Can anybody tell us more?

325 Jersey Spray
5488 tons
Hull 797

185913
5167695

Lake Pennask
Jag Rakshak
Dimitrakis
Kim
Lita
Lita 1
Rita 1
1953

A diesel freighter. Per 1 (Morel, Jersey Spray), 2 (image, Lake Pennask), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 145.6 metres long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 420 ft., speed of 12 1/2 or 13 knots. A vessel which had many names. Built for Morel Limited, of London & Cardiff. The 'Morel' family originated in Jersey, Channel Islands, hence 'Jersey' in the name. In 1956, the 'Morel' fleet of 3 vessels was sold & the company was wound up, (Jersey Dawn & Jersey Mist were the other two vessels), Jersey Spray being sold, on Mar. 25, 1956,  to Canadian interests, for about £840,000. The new owners would seem to have been 'Lake Pennask Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Glasgow & Vancouver, Canada, a subsidiary of 'Western Canada Steamship Co. Ltd.' ('Western'), also of Glasgow, & renamed Lake Pennask. 'Lyle Shipping Co. Ltd.',  of Glasgow & Canada, were the managers. Early in 1958, the vessel was converted by the addition of adjustable wooden decks in each of her 5 holds, which permitted her to carry 900 cars from U.K. to U.S.A., where previously she could carry 250-300 only. Engine repairs in 1960. It would seem that she was transferred, in 1963, into the direct ownership of  Western, with no change of name. Later in 1963, the vessel was sold to 'Great Eastern Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Bombay, India, & renamed Jag Rakshak. In 1965, the vessel was sold to 'Compañía Maritima Halki SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Dimitrakis. In 1968, the vessel was sold to 'General Nav. SA', (Nav. means Navigation?) of Mogadishu, Somalia, J. D. Criticos the manager?, with no change of name. In 1973, the vessel was sold to 'Travery SA', also of Mogadishu, no change of manager, & renamed Kim. In 1975, the vessel was acquired by 'Li-Ta Shipping Co. (Pte.) Ltd.' ('Li-Ta'), of Singapore, & renamed Lita. Li-Ta renamed the vessel Lita 1 in 1977, likely registered at Panama. From Feb. 7, 1978, the vessel was laid up at Jakarta, Indonesia. In 1979, the vessel was sold to 'Bective Shipping Corp.', of Panama, & renamed Rita 1. In 1983, the vessel was broken up by unnamed ship breakers at Jakarta. Can anybody tell us more?

326 Sylvafield
11243 tons
Hull 796

169249
5347219

Georgian Valour
1953

A tanker. Which would seem to have had quite a short life. Per 1 (ref. to 1963 refit, Sylvafield, 1st item), 2 (image, Sylvafield, the correct one? & -01), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 166.7 metres long overall, 157.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for Northern Petroleum Tank Steamship Co. Ltd., of Newcastle, owned by 'Hunting & Son Ltd.'. On Dec. 19, 1963, the vessel arrived for a refit at Smiths Docks, Tyneside. In 1965, the vessel was sold to 'Pantheon Corporation', of Liberia, & renamed Georgian Valour. On Aug. 18, 1967, (I think that is the correct year), John Panthos, Captain of Georgian Valour, was fined $500 in a Sorel, Quebec, Canada, court for discharging oil into the St. Lawrence River. On Sep. 16, 1971, Miramar advises me, the vessel arrived at the Bilbao, Spain, ship breaking facilities of 'Hierros Ardes' to be broken up. WWW data is, as you can see from the above, essentially non-existent re this vessel. Can anybody tell us more?

327 Aghia Marina
6498 tons
Hull 803

5004661

Brazen Eagle
1954

A cargo ship. Per 1 (data & image), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 147.5 metres long overall, 137.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Owned by 'Porto Blanco Cia. Nav. S.A.' of Syros, Greece, but registered Panama. The vessel was sold, in 1964, to 'Cia de Nav. Golfo Azul SA', of Syra, Greece, with no change of vessel name. The vessel was sold again in 1971, again with no change of vessel name, to 'Aghia Marina Maritima SA', also of Syra. In 1979, the vessel was sold again, to Eagle Star Maritime Co. Ltd., of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Brazen Eagle. On Jun. 15, 1980. the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of Alam Trading Co. Ltd., to be broken up. Demolition commenced on Aug. 20, 1980. WWW data is most limited. Can you add anything more?

328 Barrister
8366 (or 8365) tons
Hull 802

185501
5037371

George
Georgy
1954

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Barrister (5)], 2 (image, Barrister, also -03, -04, -07 & -08), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.4 metres long overall, 463 ft. 10 in., 132.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots, signal letters MSFP. Built for Charente Steam Ship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool, ('Harrison Line') owned & managed by Thos. & Jas. Harrison Ltd., of Liverpool. In 1974, the vessel was sold, for about £510,000, to Empire Maritime Ltd. ('Empire'), of Monrovia, Liberia, delivered at Manchester & renamed George. Empire, it would seem was Greek owned. It was sold again, in 1976, to 'Panormitis Marine Co. Ltd.', of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Georgy. The vessel was laid up, at Piraeus, Greece, from Feb. 19, 1977 to May 6, 1984. And then was sold to Spanish ship breakers to be broken up. The vessel arrived, prior to Jun. 2, 1984, at the Castellon, Spain, ship breaking facilities of 'Isaac Manuel Varela Davalillo'. Actual break up is said to have commenced on Jun. 1, 1984. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Can you add anything?

329 Border Lass
11344 (or 11343) tons
Hull 800

169255
5048409

Mikrasiatis
Juanita 1
1954

A tanker. Per A (e-Bay image, Border Lass), 1 (30% down), 2 (image, Border Lass, but you must register to see it), 3 (image), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 166.7 metres long overall, 157.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters GRBC. Owned by 'The Lowland Tanker Company Limited' ('Lowland'), of Newcastle, Common Brothers Management Ltd., or Common Bros. Ltd., the managers. A 'BP' tanker, it would seem, since Lowland was 50% owned by The British Petroleum Company (with the other 50% being split equally by 'Jardine Matheson' & 'Common Brothers Ltd.'), Lowland being formed to operate 10 chartered tankers, presumably including Border Lass. In 1970, the vessel was sold to 'Eretria Development Corp SA', ('Eretria'), of Chios, Greece, 'Vlassopulos Shipping Enterprises' of Greece the managers?, & renamed Mikrasiatis. In 1974, Eretria renamed the vessel  Juanita 1. On Aug. 29, 1974 the vessel arrived at the Split, Yugoslavia, ship breaking facilities of 'Brodospas' to be broken up. Need more data!

330 Dona Evgenia
11209 (or 11208) tons
Hull 804

5110331

Evgenia
Evgenia I
1954

A tanker. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.3 metres long overall, 153.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters HPQI. Built for 'Compania Panamena Europea Navegacion Limitada', of Panama, (Chandris Limited, the managers or maybe the owners). In 1960, the vessel was sold to 'Prometheus Nav. Co. Ltd.' ('Prometheus'), of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Evgenia. Chandris still the managers. While still owned by Prometheus, the vessel was registered at Monrovia, Liberia, in 1979, & also in 1979 was renamed Evgenia I. On Feb. 19, 1983 the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, near Karachi, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of 'Zulfiqar Metal' to be broken up. Actual break up commenced on Mar. 27, 1983. WWW data is non-existent. Can you add anything? An image?

331 Journalist
8366 tons
Hull 801

185487
5176294

Aghia Thalassini
Elissar
1954

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Journalist), 2, 3 & 4 (all images, also -01), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.4 metres long overall, 132.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for Thos. & Jas. Harrison's Charente Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool. Was on West Indies service in 1969, but was transferred to East Africa service from Jan. 1970. In 1973, the vessel was sold to Neptune Shipping Co. Ltd., of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Aghia Thalassini. The vessel sailed between Cuba & Mediterranean & N. European ports, before transfer to Asian routes in 1976. In 1976, the vessel became owned by 'Lamyra Cia. Naviera SA', of Panama City, Panama. Served Kuwait, Bedi & Piraeus. Dates here. Became Greek registered in 1979. In 1981, the vessel was sold to Lebanese owners, registered at Beirut, renamed Elissar & traded in the Mediterranean. Dates here. On Jan. 28, 1982, the vessel left Beirut, Lebanon, for Gadani Beach, Pakistan, & on Feb. 18, 1982 it arrived at the 'Karim Shipbreaking Industries Ltd.' ship breaking facilities there to be broken up. Actual demolition commenced on Apl. 11, 1982. Much of the above data is presented courtesy of Peter Hadfield, whom we sincerely thank. Anything you can add?

332 Defender
8367 tons
Hull 809

187116
5087572

Euromariner
1955

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Defender (2)], 2, & 3 (images, Defender, also -02, -04, -09), 4 (fine image & data, Euromariner, but you must register to access it), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.3 metres long overall, (463 ft. 10 in.), 132.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots, with a shortened forecastle, signal letters GTRT. Built for Thos. & Jas. Harrison Ltd., (Charente Steamship Co. Ltd.). In 1975, the vessel was sold to 'Polimaris Maritime Corp.', of Greece, with 'Thenamaris Maritime Inc.', the managers & renamed Euromariner. Later (when I wonder?) the vessel was sold to 'Euromaris Maritime Corporation' ('Euromaris'), of Panama, (Thenamaris Maritime Inc., stayed as managers). On Jul. 20, 1977, the vessel suffered engine damage off Barranquilla, Colombia, & was scrapped at nearby Cartagena, Columbia, later that year. Indeed Euromaris sold the vessel in 1977 to be broken up & on Sep. 23, 1977, the vessel arrived at Cartagena, for that purpose. This listing is incomplete. Limited data has so far been located. Anything you can add?

333 Dona Myrto
11209 (or 11378) tons
Hull 810

5092266

Al Nabila
1955

A tanker. Per 1 (brief New Zealand ref.), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.3 metres long overall, 153.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for 'Compania Panamena Europea Navegacion Limitada', of Panama, (Chandris Limited, the managers or maybe the owners). While I have not spotted the date (likely in 1956 or thereabouts however), the vessel was in collision, at night, with World Sea, off Willemstad, Curaçao, off the coast of Venezuela. A court case resulted, but the available data 'snippets' provide no detail. Visited Auckland, New Zealand, once only, on Aug. 23, 1959. In 1972, the vessel was sold to 'Armadores Dona Myrto SA', also of Panama, with no change of vessel name. In 1979, the vessel was sold again, to 'Pyramids Navigation Co. ESA' of Alexandria, or of Cairo, Egypt, & renamed Al Nabila. On Sep. 8, 1983 the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, near Karachi, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of 'Bagasara Silk Industries' to be broken up. WWW data for the vessel is most limited. Can you add anything additional? Another image?

334 Leeds City
6162 tons
Hull 807

181159
5205382

Ellispontos
Georgetta
Osia Irini Chrysovalandrou
Stelitsa

1955

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image Georgetta), 2 & 3 (images Leeds City, also -03), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 141.5 metres long overall, 133.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters GSZD. Built for Leeds Shipping Co. Ltd., owned by Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons. (Reardon Smith Line). In 1967, the vessel was sold, for approx. £390,000, to 'Cia Nav. Kanaris S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, (but Panama mentioned also) & renamed Ellispontos. In 1970, it was sold to 'Navegadora Galante S.A.', of Piraeus, & renamed Georgetta. Chartered to Thai National Shipping Lines while so named but the dates of charter are unknown to the webmaster. Can anyone read/translate the port of registry at 1? It is probably Piraeus. The vessel was sold again, in 1975, to 'Astro Navios Oceánicos SA', 'Rosalinda Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Greece, likely the managers, & renamed Osia Irini Chrysovalandrou. And sold, in 1979, to 'Suncap Maritime Co. SA', of Piraeus, 'Ayios Efthimios Shipping Co.', likely the managers, & renamed Stelitsa. Am not totally sure of the complete accuracy of those manager names. A period of lay up at Piraeus. In Jul. 1985, the vessel arrived at the Aliağa, western Turkey, ship breaking facilities of 'Gursoy Gemi Sokum' to be broken up. Actual break up commenced on Aug. 8, 1985. Anything you can add?

335 Tyria
5869 tons
Hull 808

185025
5187578

King Jaja
Esperos

1955

A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay, King Jaja), 1 (Anchor Line, Tyria), 2 (data & image, Tyria, 80% down), 3 (image Tyria), 4 (image King Jaja, also -01 & -03), 5 (image, King Jaja), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 137.5 metres long overall, 129.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 425 ft., speed of 12 knots, signal letters GTMD. Built for Anchor Line Ltd., of Glasgow, which company was owned by United Molasses Co. (Athel Line). The vessel was initially engaged on the company's India service, but in 1956 the vessel was placed in service on their New York route. On Oct. 15, 1959, the vessel was sold, for about £450,000, to 'Nigerian National Line Ltd.' later 'Nigerian National Shipping Line Ltd.' ('Nigerian'), of Lagos, Nigeria, 'managed initially by Elder Dempster & Palm Line Ltd.', who were 49% shareholders of Nigerian, & renamed King Jaja. The vessel is recorded in the In 1975, the vessel was sold again, for about $500,000, to 'Ingramar Navigation Co. Ltd., of Limassol, Cyprus (have also read of Singapore), & renamed Esperos. 2 refers to 'Ingram Navigation Co's Primula Shipping Co. of Limassol'. Can anybody clarify? On May 9, 1976, the vessel was sold 'at Shahjah' for scrapping at Gadani Beach, Pakistan. In May 1978, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

336   Dona Margarita
8716 (or 8854) tons
Hull 813

5421302

Maririta
Dona Margarita
1956

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 147.3 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters ELZF. Built for 'Compania Panamena Europea Navegacion Limitada', of Panama, (Chandris Limited, the managers or maybe the owners), registered at Monrovia, Liberia. The vessel travelled to Bunbury, Western Australia, in 1962. In 1963, the vessel was sold to 'European Grain & Commodities Corp. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Maririta. In 1966, the vessel was sold to 'Irodotes Nav. SA', of Piraeus, & the vessel's name reverted to Dona Margarita. In 1972, the vessel was registered at Monrovia. In 1966, the vessel was acquired by 'Fifth Chandris Shipping Corp.', also of Monrovia. The vessel travelled much of the world - in time sequence to Bunbury, Osaka, Fushiki (Japan), Cadiz, New Orleans, Shuaiba (Kuwait), Marseilles, Singapore, Bangkok, Tarragona, Lagos, Abidjan, Buenos Aires, Tarragona, Basrah, Colombo, Abidjan, Genoa, Gibraltar, Rijeka, Bandar Abbas. Dates are here. On Jun. 26, 1981, (or perhaps on Jul. 7, 1981), the vessel arrived at Bombay, India, to be broken up. With actual demolition commencing in Jan. 1982. Much of the above data is presented courtesy of Peter Hadfield, whom we thank (yet again). WWW data is non-existent. Can you add anything? An image perhaps?

337 Kepwickhall
5779 (or 5568) tons
Hull 816

180101
5185491

Fidentia
Premier Arctic
1956

A cargo ship. Per 1 [West Hartlepool, Kepwickhall (4)], 2 (image, Kepwickhall, also -01), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for 'West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Company' ('WHart'). The 4th fleet vessel of the name. 143.0 metres long overall, 132.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular (435.0 ft.), speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters MXDG. Registered in 1961 in the name of Kepwick Shipping Co. Ltd. & possibly managed by WHart. A WHart company perhaps? The vessel was sold, in 1966, to Metcalfe Shipping Co., of Hartlepool, for about £410,000 & renamed Fidentia. The vessel was chartered to 'Koninklijke Nederlandse Stoomboot Maatschappij' (Royal Netherlands Steamship Co.), of Amsterdam, Holland. It was sold again, in 1972, to 'Premier Shipping Corp. Inc.', of Singapore, & renamed Premier Arctic, (Singapore flag, later (1977) changed to Panama flag). In 1974, the vessel went aground on a Red Sea reef during a sandstorm. On May 30, 1979, the vessel was beached at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of Indus Steel Trading Co. to be broken up. Can you add anything and/or correct the above?

338 New Westminster City
6159 (or 8136) tons
Hull 814

187261
5250193

Protoapostolos
Agios Andreas
1956

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, New Westminster City, also -04 & -07), 2 (image, Protoapostolos), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The vessel was built for Reardon Smith Line Ltd., of Bideford (or perhaps of Cardiff). 141.5 metres long overall, 133.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters MWQD. The vessel was sold, in 1970, to Protoapostolos Shipping Co. Ltd., of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Protoapostolos. It was sold again, in 1976, to Agios Andreas Cia. Naviera S.A., of Panama, & renamed Agios Andreas. The vessel became Piraeus, Greece, based in 1978. The vessel was sold for scrap in theergion of '$1.32 per l.t.d.' On Jun. 16, 1979, the vessel arrived at the Pohang, South Korea, ship breaking facilities of Kang Won Industrial Co. to be broken up. There is not a lot of data WWW available. Can you help?

339 Welsh City
5985 & 7974 tons (later 6160 & 8136) tons
Hull 815

187262
321105
5387465

Aftadelfos
1956

A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Aftadelfos), 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Owned by Reardon Smith Line Ltd. In 1968/69 at least, Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons Ltd. of Bideford were the vessel's managers. 436 ft. 6 in. long (133.045 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, 464 ft. 3 in. long (141.5 metres) overall, speed of 15 knots, signal letters MWPR later 5BGG. A now expired website advised that the vessel was fitted with 2 nine cylinder in-line 'Ruston' engines. The vessel was sold in 1968 to Apostolos Andreas Shipping Co. Ltd., of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Aftadelfos. On Apl. 21, 1979, the vessel arrived at Whampoa, (i.e. Huangpu, an outer port of Guangzhou, China), to be broken up. Not a lot of data is WWW available. Can you help?

340 Dona Edie
9746 tons
Hull 821

5165063

Isobel
Intra Tradition
1957

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 155.2 metres long overall, 143.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots. Built for 'Compania Panamena Europea Nav., Ltda.', of Piraeus, Greece, (Chandris Lines, of London, the managers?). Registered Liberia. There are many WWW pages about Chandris Lines, but all seem to relate to passenger & cruise services. Have found, so far, no page that deals with their merchant fleet of 30/40 vessels. The vessel was sold, in 1961, to Armadores International SA, of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Isobel. And sold in 1964, with no change of vessel name, to 'General Carriers SA', also of Piraeus. In 1981, the vessel was sold to 'Intercon Transport Management', of Panama, (maybe the managers rather than the owners?) & renamed Intra Tradition. On Feb. 21, 1982, the vessel arrived at the Bombay, India, ship breaking facilities of 'Akberali & Sons', to be broken up. WWW data is non-existent. Can you add anything?

341 Dona Katerina
9746 (or 9953) tons
Hull 822

5092230
1957

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 155.2 metres long overall, 143.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots. WWW data is most limited. Built for 'Compania Panamena Europea Nav., Ltda.', of Piraeus, Greece. Registered at Monrovia, Liberia, but the vessel became Piraeus, Greece, registered in 1961. A Chandris Lines company, it would appear. In 1974, the vessel was sold or transferred to 'Sercond Chandris Shipping Corp.' of Monrovia. And in 1977, the vessel was sold to 'Democritus Navigation Ltd.' also of Monrovia. The vessel went through its entire life with its initial name. On Oct. 12, 1981, the vessel arrived at the Bombay, India, ship breaking facilities of 'Vishvanath Rooda & Co.' to be broken up. Can you add anything?

342 Firbank
6318 & 8351 tons
Hull 817

185053
511541
5115410

Aegis Beauty
Maldive Seafarer
1957

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Firbank (1)], 2 (image Firbank, also -03 & -04), 3 (image, Firbank), 4 (image, Aegis Beauty), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 487 ft. 0 in. long overall (148.4 metres), 350 ft. 0 in. long  perpendicular to perpendicular (137.2 metres), speed of 13 or 14 knots, signal letters GVLS. The vessel was designed to carry vegetable oil, hence two gross tonnages reported by Lloyd's Register. Built for Bank Line Ltd., 'Andrew Weir Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd.' the managing owners. The vessel visited New Zealand 3 times between Feb. 1962 & May 1968. And visited New Orleans & Takoradi. Dates are here. Bob Parnell, of Australia, served aboard the vessel in 1965 & advises (thanks Bob!) as follows. The vessel was sold, in 1973, to 'Faith Maritime Co. Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Aegis Beauty, (N. D. Papalios, the owner of the Aegis Group). The vessel visited New Zealand once, as Aegis Beauty, on Jul. 23, 1975. And visited many other places, such as Aqaba, Helsinki, Karachi, Kuwait, Hong Kong & Sydney. And many other ports. Details here. In 1976, the vessel was sold to Elicon Shipping Enterprises Ltd., of Piraeus, Greece, with no change of vessel name. In 1978, the vessel was sold to 'Maldives Shipping Ltd.', of Male, Maldives, & renamed Maldive Seafarer. On Jun. 14, 1981, the vessel arrived at the Howrah, Calcutta, India, ship breaking facilities of 'Salim Abbas Bhai', to be broken up. Much of the above data is presented courtesy of Peter Hadfield, whom we thank. WWW data is most limited. Can you add anything?

343 Riverbank
6410 (have also seen 6318 & 8351) tons
Hull 818

300166
5297191

Golden Season
1957

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Riverbank (1)], 2 & 3 (images Riverbank), 4 (image, Riverbank), 5 & 6 (images, Golden Season), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.4 metres long overall (487 ft.), 137.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Christened by Mrs. Jean Gilfillan, wife of the Chairman of Sunderland Shipbuilders. Built for Bank Line Ltd., of Glasgow, 'Andrew Weir Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd.' the managing owners. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 20, 1957. The vessel was sold in 1974, for about £600,000, to 'Guan Guan Shipping Pte. Ltd.' (or S.A.), of Singapore, & renamed Golden Season. On Jul. 20, 1985, the vessel arrived at Huangpu, an outer port of Guangzhou, China, to be broken up. WWW available data about the vessel is most limited. Can you add anything? No.1888

344 Administrator
8627 became 8714 tons
Hull 826

187193
5002871

Tyne
Oriental Sea
1958

A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 (Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Administrator), 2, 3 & 4 (images, Administrator), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 149.0 metres long overall, 489 ft., 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots. Built for 'Ruthin Steamship Co. Ltd.', of Hamilton, Bermuda, which company was a subsidiary of Charente Steamship Co. Ltd. ('Charente') i.e. Harrison Line, of Liverpool. The vessel was, however, registered at Liverpool.  In 1966, the vessel was transferred to Charente. The vessel was sold, in 1978, to 'Stena Atlantic Line Ltd.', of Hamilton, Bermuda, & renamed Tyne. And sold again, later that year, to 'Oriental Maritime Pte Ltd.' of Singapore, & renamed Oriental Sea. On Dec. 29, 1978, the vessel arrived at the Chittagong, Bangladesh, ship breaking facilities of 'Trans Overseas' to be broken up. The WWW record for this vessel is truly minimal. Do you have anything to add?

345 Harpalyce
6803 or 6810 tons (later 9114 or 9963 or 10153 or 10296) tons
Hull 824

187732
5143132

Patagonia
Efcharis
Intra Trophy
1958

A cargo ship. Per 1 [J. & C. Harrison, Harpalyce (6)], 2, 3, 4 & 5 (all images, Harpalyce), 6 (image Efcharis), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.1 metres long overall, 137.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 450.0 ft., speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for 'J. & C. Harrison Ltd.', of London. In 1967, the vessel was lengthened, to 164.9 metres long overall, 153.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 540 ft. 10 in., & became of 9114 or 10153 or 10296 gross tons - the reported tonnages for this vessel are confusing indeed. The vessel must have been extensively rebuilt, judging by the image of Efcharis at 6. The vessel was sold, in 1972, for a price in excess of £400,000, to 'Cia Navegadora Tropica SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Patagonia. Was renamed Efcharis in 1974. And sold again, in 1983, to 'Intra Trophy Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Intra Trophy. On May 15, 1983, the vessel arrived at the Alang, Gujarat, India, ship breaking facilities of 'NCK & Sons Exports Private Ltd.' to be broken up. The WWW record for this vessel is modest. Do you have anything to add? Some good tonnage numbers ex Lloyd's Register?

346 Teakbank
6303 (or 8313 or 8374 or 8474) tons
Hull 829

301381
5354224

Newton
1958

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Bank Line, Teakbank), 2 & 3 (images Teakbank), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.6 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Built for Bank Line Ltd. The vessel's maiden voyage, in Dec. 1958, was to South Africa. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, 4 times between Mar. 1961 & Aug. 1970. Michael Smith served aboard the vessel as 6th Engineer during the years from 1964 to 1968. In that period, he travelled much of the world - as you can read in his extensive message. Michael says he has never been successful in contacting his Teakbank shipmates - any messages received will be gladly passed on to him. In 1965, the vessel carried potash & sulphur to Fremantle, Western Australia, ex Nauru, Republic of Nauru, S. Pacific. The vessel was sold, in 1975, to 'Mid East Shipping Inc.', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Newton. In 1976, the vessel was sold to 'East Seas Shipping Inc.', also of Monrovia, who sold it in 1979 to 'Sri Saibaba Ship Breaking Co.' of Calcutta, India, to be broken up. On Aug. 25, 1979, the break up commenced. Can you add anything?

347 Miss Chandris
9855 tons
Hull 830

5237115

Genie
1959

A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, launch of Miss Chandris), 1 (Chandris Lines but passenger vessels only listed), 2 (splendid images, Miss Chandris, Panama Canal), 3 (image & data, Genie), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). WWW data is most limited. The vessel was launched, on Mar. 13, 1959, by Miss Eugenia Chandris, daughter of Demetrius Chandris, 'partner of the shipping company's London agents'. Eugenia was just 20 months old, was said to be the youngest person ever to launch a ship at Sunderland. There are many websites about Chandris Lines, of Piraeus, Greece, but they all seem to focus on cruise & passenger ships, with zero data about their freighter operations. An e-Bay listing referred to Miss Chandris being a Chandris Lines vessel. While A refers to its being built for 'Eumyrania Navegacion S.A.', with Chandris (England) Ltd., the managers. Miramar indicate that the vessel was initially owned by 'Pythagoras Nav. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, who in 1969 renamed the vessel Genie. The webmaster cannot clarify what Lloyd's Register indicated, absent availability of such register. In 1975, the vessel was sold or transferred to 'Third Chandris Shipping Corp.', of Monrovia, Liberia, with no change of vessel name. In 1981, the vessel was sold to 'Third Kambos Shipping Corp.', also of Monrovia, again with no name change. The vessel was laid up, in the Seychelles, from Nov. 22, 1981. On Dec. 8, 1982, the vessel suffered an explosion & fire in her engine room, when at Seychelles. On Jan. 26, 1985, or Feb. 1, 1985, the vessel arrived under tow at the Gadani Beach, Karachi, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of Jamal Enterprises, to be broken up. Need help! Can you add anything?

348 Plainsman
8732 tons
Hull 835

301313
5279462

Evlalia
1959

A general cargo ship with heavy lift derricks. Per 1 (brief ref. 2/3 down before 1st image of Adventurer), 2 (Thos. & Jas. Harrison), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 149.0 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots. Equipped with two 70 ton heavy lift derricks. The image at the 1st thumbnail states 'built for Charente S.S. Co. Ltd. who operate regular services between U.K. ports and East Africa, the West Indies and South America'. An artwork by Harry Hudson Rodmell. In 1979, the vessel was sold to 'Motivo Cia Naviera SA', of Panama, & renamed Evlalia. In 1981, the vessel was sold again, to 'Ierax Maritime Co. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, with no change of vessel name. On Jan. 15, 1985, the vessel arrived at the Aliaga ship breaking facilities of 'Nigdeliler AS' to be broken up. Aliaga is, I believe, 30 miles south of Izmir, Turkey. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Can anybody tell us more? I am advised that a book entitled 'Harrisons of Liverpool' by Graeme Cubbin would provide more data ('Thos. & Jas. Harrison' owned Charente Steamship Co. Ltd.).

349 Adventurer
8971 tons
Hull 834

301316
5003576

Eleftheria
1960

A dry cargo ship equipped with a heavy lift derrick. Per 1 (data, 2 images, 70% down, Adventurer), 2 (Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Adventurer), 3 (posts re Adventurer), 4, 5 & 6 (images, Adventurer), 7 & 8 (images, Adventurer, many others available, ex -03), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). A builder's model of the ship was sold in 2003 at Bonhams, New Bond Street, London. 149.4 metres long overall (490 ft. 3 in.), 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 or 16 knots, machinery aft & bridge well forward of the superstructure, especially built to handle heavier & bulkier cargoes. Built for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd. ('Charente') which operated regular services between U.K. ports & East Africa, the West Indies & South America. Adventurer was the first vessel to be fitted with a 'Stulcken' heavy lift derrick of 180 tons lifting capacity, then the heaviest in the world. A data snippet advises that the 'Stulken' equipment was manufactured in Germany & fitted to Adventurer at Hamburg, Germany, when she was being fitted out. Eric Parkin advised in 2006: 'It was amazing to see the whole ship heel over when she was Heavy Lifting with the Stulken and the Chief Officer orchestrating the men operating it.' On Apl. 26, 1963, the vessel suffered a fire when at Assab, Eritrea, a fire which broke out in chemicals stored in No. 5 hold - the fire took 30 hours to extinguish using CO2. In 1980, the vessel was sold to 'Prospel Maritime Ltd.', of Piraeus, Greece, 'European Navigation Inc.' the managers, & renamed Eleftheria (translates as 'freedom'). In 1985, the vessel was sold to 'Eleftheria Navigation Co. Ltd.', of Malta, solely for the voyage to the ship breakers, it would appear. On Apl. 20, 1985, the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of 'Haji Abdul Karim & Co.' to be broken up.  Actual break up commenced on May 11, 1985. WWW available data re the vessel is really quite limited. Can anybody tell us more? I am advised that a book entitled 'Harrisons of Liverpool' by Graeme Cubbin may well provide more data ('Thos. & Jas. Harrison' owned Charente).

350 Devon City
10300 tons
Hull 838

187267
5089336

Executive Venture
Tong Beng
Penta Y.
1960

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Reardon Smith, Devon City (3)], 2 (3 images, Devon City), 3 (image Devon City & also -03 & possibly -06), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 155.4 metres long overall, 143.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots. Built for Reardon Smith Line Ltd., of Bideford (or perhaps of Cardiff), 'Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons' the owners/managers. The vessel was sold, in 1972, to 'Executive Trader Marine Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, & renamed Executive Venture. Note that Miramar rather refer to 'Executive Venture Marine Ltd.' In 1974, the vessel was sold, to 'Kie Hock Shipping (1971) (Private) Ltd.',  of Singapore, & renamed Tong Beng. In 1977, the vessel was sold to 'Keck Seng International Pte Ltd.', also of Singapore, with no change of vessel name. In 1978, the vessel was renamed Penta Y. In 1960, the vessel was sold, without further change of vessel name, to 'Pentay Pte Ltd.', also of Singapore. On Apl. 25, 1986, (have also read Apl. 3, 1986), the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Han Tai Iron & Steel Co.', to be broken up. WWW data about this ship is quite limited. Can anybody tell us more?

351 Montcalm
6950 (or 4762 or 4999 or 5006) tons
Hull 837

301143
5240186

Capo San Marco
Siba Edolo
1960

A refrigerated cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Montcalm), 1 & 2 (images, Montcalm), 3 (image Montcalm & also -21), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.1 metres (440 ft. 1 in.) long overall, 128.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots. Built for Montship Lines Ltd., of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, (Buries Markes Ltd., the managers). Was operated, it would appear for 'Montship-Capo Lines', a joint venture of Buries Markes & 'Compagnia Gestioni Esercizio Navi Sicilia', ('Gestioni') of Palermo, Sicily, serving Canada & the Mediterranean. The vessel was sold, in 1971, or 'transferred to Italian subsidiary', to Gestioni, & renamed Capo San Marco. Miramar advise that in 1973, the vessel was converted to a livestock carrier, & became of 4762 gross tons. It looks as though that conversion was rather in 1971. The vessel was sold again, in 1979, to 'Soc. Italiana pA di Armamento e Gestion', without change of vessel name. The vessel was sold in 1983, to "SIBA" Soc Importazione Bestiame, Allevamento di Balzarini, Corvi & C., of Bari, Italy, & renamed Siba Edolo. On Aug. 8, 1988, arrived at the Chittagong, Bangladesh, ship breaking facilities of 'Mobarak Re-rolling Mills', to be broken up. WWW data is most limited. Can anybody tell us more?

352 Custodian
8850 (or 8847 or 8701) tons
Hull 844

301366
5083136

Sea Pearl
Mighty Pearl
1961

A general cargo ship. Per 1 (data & image, 70% down, Custodian), 2, 3 & 4 (images), 5 (Doxford booklet page re Custodian), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.8 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots. Designed with low masts & superstructure to permit transit of the Manchester Ship Canal. Built for Charente Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool (Harrison Line). In Apl. 1963, while en route to Durban, South Africa, the vessel suffered a fire in its cargo. The vessel anchored in Walvis Bay while it put out the fire. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to 'Petralia Navigation Co.', Patmos Navigation Co. Ltd. the managers, of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Sea Pearl. And sold again, in 1982 (or maybe 1981), to 'Cactus Shipping Co. Ltd.', also of Limassol, & renamed Mighty Pearl. On Feb. 2, 1982, while en route from Montreal, Canada, to Kingston, Jamaica, with a mixed cargo that included woodpulp, asbestos, food & provisions, the vessel went aground SE of Inagua Island, Bahamas. At 20.59N/73.07W. Fairplay IX, a tug, attempted to pull her off. But the vessel was badly holed & was abandoned where she lay, a constructive total loss, though its cargo was recovered. Might you have anything to add?

353 Larchbank
8472 (or 6354 or 8380 or 8543) tons
Hull 880

301455
5203592

New Lark
1961

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Larchbank (2)], 2 & 3 (images, Larchbank), 4 (fine image, New Lark), 5 (Ted Mitchell in the Larchbank engine room, in a 1972 image, but you must be registered to see it), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.7 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 498 ft., speed of 14 knots, signal letter GHDN. Built for Bank Line Ltd., of Glasgow, & launched by Captain Henry J. Smith, former marine superintendent of the owners. From the data snippets available, the vessel would seem to have traded all over the world. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, 'twice between 5 Jan 1968 and 17 Dec 1971'. In 1978, the vessel was sold, for about $735,000, to 'Nan Gas Shipping (Pte.) Ltd.', of Singapore, & renamed New Lark. And in 1980, the vessel was sold again, to 'Nan Chiao Shipping (Pte.) Ltd.', also of Singapore, with no change of vessel name. On Nov. 14, 1983, the vessel arrived at Beihai, China, to be broken up. Not a lot of data is WWW available. Can anybody add anything?

354 Lindenbank
8540 (or 6351) tons
Hull 883

301460
5208853
1961

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Lindenbank (2)], 2 & 3 (images), 4 (account of wreck, 55% down), 5 (the evacuated Lindenbank crew aboard USS Bolster, ex 70% down here), 6 (image aground), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.7 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Built for Bank Line Ltd., of Glasgow. The vessel was fitted (I believe not initially) with six deep tanks for the carriage of palm oil & coconut oil from the Pacific Islands & known thereafter as a 'copra boat'. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, twice, on Aug. 17, 1966 & Oct. 14, 1967. I read that the vessel was regularly engaged on the U.S. Gulf to Australia service outwards & the South Pacific service homewards. On Aug. 17, 1975, the vessel, carrying copra (chipped coconut shells) & vegetable oils, en route from Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, to Liverpool, ran aground, on Fanning Atoll (Tabuaeran), in the S. Pacific, about 1,000 miles S. of Hawaii. At 3.45N/159.24W. No loss of life, it would seem. The vessel was taking on bulk copra at Fanning Island, but had to lay off the atoll at night since no other anchorage was possible. In the early hours of Aug. 17, 1975, the vessel was driven onto a coral reef by heavy weather & unusually strong Equatorial Counter Currents. USS Bolster (ARS-38, a 'Diver class' rescue & salvage ship) & USS Brunswick (ARS-3, as Bolster, but 'Edenton class', a seagoing tug), were sent to her assistance but in the time it took for them to arrive from Pearl Harbour, Honolulu, Hawaii, the vessel was driven hard onto the reef. Strenuous attempts were made to tow her off, but all were unsuccessful. The vessel was 'pivoting' on a coral outcrop located 'just under the after deeptanks area'. To lessen the load, almost 18,000 tons of cargo were jettisoned, but to no avail. While the cargo was non-toxic, major pollution did result, with an effect similar to that of an oil spill. Fish, crustaceans, etc. died & vegetation excessively blossomed. The vessel, her back broken, was abandoned, a constructive total loss, a month later with a storm 'brewing'. And likely has since broken up in situ. The crew was evacuated, taken aboard USS Bolster & USS Brunswick & landed at Pearl Harbour. I wonder if a Court of Enquiry established the cause? Can anybody add anything?

355 Tactician
8844 tons
Hull 845

303169
5348419

Sea Luck
Kero
1961

A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Tactician (3)], 2 (data & image, Tactician, 80% down), 3, 4 & 5 (images, Tactician, others available), 6 (Doxford booklet page, bottom right, re Tactician), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.8 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 488 ft. 2 in., speed of 16 knots. Fitted with a crane on her aft deckhouse. Built for 'Charente Steamship Co. Ltd.', of Liverpool, which company was a subsidiary of Thos. & Jas. Harrison Ltd., the managing owners. I read that on Oct. 31, 1961, Hattie, a category 4 or 5 hurricane, hit Belize City, British Honduras (now Belize). Tactician was on hand & provided medicine, food & other assistance until relieved by rescue ships of the Royal & U.S. Navies. In Jul. 1968, the vessel 'suffered an engine room fire which disabled the ship'. While I have not been able to read the circumstances & detail, the silver medal of the Royal Society of Arts was awarded to F. Metham, Captain of Rapallo, for his skill & seamanship in towing & berthing the disabled Tactician at Ponta Delgarda, São Miguel island, Azores. Early on Aug. 6, 1972, Graeme Cubbin in command, the ship suffered an engine room explosion when off SW Africa. Two engineers [Brian Challenor (chief), & Michael Ford (3rd)], were severely burned & in shock & help was requested. Dr. Vaycheslav Starkov, of Rikhard Zorge, a Russian tanker, tried to save the men but both died & were buried at sea. The disabled vessel put into (maybe was towed into?) Walvis Bay, Namibia, for repairs. Another Tactician chief engineer (Tait) died in an accident, at Beira, in 1975. Also in 1975, the vessel ran aground  at Nacala, Mozambique. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to 'Petralia Navigation Co. Ltd.', of Limassol, Cyprus, Patmos Navigation Co. the managers, & renamed Sea Luck. And sold again, in 1980, to 'Naviera Neptuno S.A.', of Callao, Peru, & renamed Kero. On May 15, 1987, the vessel arrived at the Pisco, Peru, ship breaking facilities of 'General San Martin', to be broken up. Do you have anything to add

356 Testbank
8515 tons (or 8426 or 8592, or 6313)
Hull 889

301463
5356521

Bessie
Georgia F.
Emi
1961

A dry cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Testbank (2)], 2 (image, Testbank), 3 (image, Testbank, also -03 & -04), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.5 metres long (487 ft.) overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 or 14 1/2 knots. Built for Bank Line Limited, of Glasgow & London. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Feb. 14, 1966. The vessel was sold, in 1978, to 'Convington Shipping Co. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Bessie. In 1980, the vessel was sold again, to 'Sea Freight (SF) Ltd.', also of Piraeus, 'Lychnis Maritime Inc.' likely the managers, & renamed Georgia F. In 1987, 'Fairplay' reported (in a Google snippet) that the vessel was reportedly sold to Indian ship breakers for a price in the region of $126.0 per ldt. But that actually happened only a bit later after, in 1987, the vessel was sold to 'Toledo Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Emi. On Jun. 12, 1987, Emi arrived at the Alang, Gujarat, India, ship breaking facilities of 'Vikas Shipping  Corporation', to be broken up. There is really very little data WWW available about this recent ship. Anything you can add?

357 Forresbank
8582 (or 6310 or 6357) tons
Hull 851

304132
5117846

Veesky
Admiral
1962

A dry cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Forresbank (2)], 2 & 3 (images, Forresbank), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.6 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots. Built for Bank Line Limited, of Glasgow. A 'copra' boat. See Lindenbank re some words about the meaning of the term. The vessel was sold, in 1978, to 'Hertford Nav. Co.' ('Hertford'), of Cyprus, & renamed Veesky. In 1981, Hertford renamed the vessel Admiral. On Jun. 1, 1983, the vessel arrived at the Alang, Gujarat, India, ship breaking facilities of Shirchi Steel, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

358 Apsleyhall
7466 (or 10200 or 10299) tons
Hull 849

301544
5400865

Wenduyne
Angelina
1963

A cargo ship, possibly a refrigerated cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Apsleyhall), 1 [West Hartlepool, Apsleyhall (4)], 2 (image, Apsleyhall), 3 (image, Angelina), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 162.16 metres long overall, 149.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 532 ft. 1 in. & 490 ft., speed of 17 knots. Built for 'West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.', of West Hartlepool. In 1963, the vessel was chartered by Pacific Star Line, an Israeli shipping line. The vessel was sold, in 1969, to 'Wenduyne Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Gibraltar, & renamed Wenduyne. But still registered at West Hartlepool. It was sold again, in 1973, to 'Marvel Shipping Co. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Angelina. On Jun. 4, 1981, while en route, fully loaded, from Durban, South Africa, to South American ports, the ship sprang a leak in her cargo holds when about 240 miles off Mar Del Plata, Argentina. The vessel anchored about 48 miles off Montevideo, Uruguay, & there, on Jun. 5, 1981 she suffered a fire in her accommodation areas. The fire must have been most severe, because the crew of 26 soon abandoned the ship, which sank on Jun. 7, 1981 at 35.12.15S/ 55.16.42W. The WWW record for this ship is most limited. Anything you can add?

359 Houston City
10089 (or 10335) tons
Hull 854

187276
5405255

Maria Elisa
Alpac Africa
1963

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Reardon Smith Line), 2 (image, Houston City), 3 & 4 (Maria Elisa), 5 (image, Houston City, also -04), 6 (image, Houston City), 7 (image, Maria Elisa), 8 (image, Alpac Africa), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 152.3 metres long overall, (499.5 ft.), 142.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots. Built for Leeds Shipping Co. Ltd., of Bideford, with 'Sir William Reardon Smith & Sons' of Cardiff, the managers, collectively 'Smiths'. On her maiden voyage, the vessel had 2 passengers, Mr. & Mrs. Kemp. Now Mr. Kemp was the chief accountant for 'Smiths' & it was his retirement gift. I do hope the maiden voyage was to somewhere exotic! The vessel was sold, in 1972, to 'Transportacion Maritima Mexicana S.A.' of Mexico, with Smiths staying as manager, (however Miramar refer to 'Wm Brandts (Fourth Leasing) Ltd., of Bideford), & renamed Maria Elisa. In 1977, the vessel was sold to 'Venus Ltd.', also of Bideford, with no change of vessel name.  Were those last two owners really financing arrangements, perhaps? The vessel was sold again, in 1980, to 'Hi Star Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Hong Kong, John McRink & Co. Ltd. the managers, & renamed Alpac Africa. Hong Kong registered. The vessel was sold to Chinese ship breakers & on Jul. 1, 1984, it arrived at Shanghai, China, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

360 Laurelbank
6308 & 8566 (or 6167 or 8432) tons
Hull 857

304166
5416383

Vali Pero
1963

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Laurelbank (2)], 2 (brief ref. 65% down), 3 & 4 (images, Laurelbank), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.4 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters GKKA. Designed to carry vegetable oil hence two Lloyd's register gross tonnages. Built for Bank line Ltd., with Andrew Weir & Co. of Glasgow the managers. The vessel travelled much of the world - in time sequence to Cochin, Cape Town, Bunbury, Rio, Auckland, Chittagong, Apia, Nagoya, Mombasa, Keelung, London, Barbados, Osaka & Manila. Dates are here. In Dec. 1978, the vessel was sold to 'Brethelmans Shipping Co.', (Lendoudis?), of Athens, Greece, & renamed Vali Pero. As Vali Pero, it arrived at Hamburg, Germany, on Dec. 18, 1978, & then visited, in sequence, Piraeus, Lisbon, Gothenburg, Luanda. Dates are here. On Apl. 20, 1985, the vessel was laid up at Calcutta, India, & in 1990, the vessel was broken up there. Much of the above data is presented courtesy of Peter Hadfield, whom we thank. Very little WWW data is available for a most recent ship. But we are doing well with images! Can you provide more info?

361 Pearl Merchant
10868 (or 10687 or 10926) tons
Hull 858

5417117

Grace Five
1963

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.4 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letters 5MQD. Built for 'Monrovia Tramp Shipping Co.' (Livanos Group). Registered at Monrovia, Liberia. In 1972, the vessel was registered at Chios, Greece. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to Glory Marine Shipping Corp., of Panama, & renamed Grace Five. In Oct. 1982, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. WWW data re the vessel is most limited. Can you provide more info?

362 Rowanbank
6308 & 8567 (or 6169) tons
Hull 856

304159
5417442

Lendoudis Kiki
1963

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Rowanbank (3)], 2 (image, Rowanbank), 3 (image, Rowanbank, also -02, -04), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.5 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 450 ft., speed of 14 1/2 or up to 16 knots, signal letters HPCV & GKJU. Designed to carry vegetable oil hence two Lloyd's register gross tonnages. Built for Bank Line Limited, Andrew Weir & Co. Ltd., of Glasgow, the managers, & launched during a snow storm. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, 3 times between Apl. 27, 1965 & Mar. 9, 1968. In 1979, the vessel was sold to 'Ladyflora (or maybe Lady Flora) Shipping & Commercial Co. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, likely owned by 'Lendoudis', a Greek ship owner, & renamed Lendoudis Kiki. Registered at Piraeus. The vessel became Panama City, Panama, registered in 1983. Her last voyage was from Santos, Brazil, to Colombo, Sri Lanka. She then left for Huangpu, an outer port of Guangzhou, China, to be broken up, & arrived there on Dec. 13, 1984. There is not a lot of WWW data is available for this most recent ship. Can you provide more info?

363 Yannis
11195 tons
Hull 843

5425944
1963

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.4 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots, signal letters SYTD. Built for 'Humanitas Compania Naviera SA', of Syros, Greece. In Dec. 1984, the vessel was broken up in China. Data is most limited. Can you provide more info?

364 Hollybank
6310 & 8559 tons
Hull 862

304174
6405549

Nikitas F.
Nonas
1964

A cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 (images, Hollybank, but, alas, you must register to see them), 3 [Bank Line, Hollybank (2)], 4 (Vietnam), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.5 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters GMHV. The vessel was designed to carry vegetable oil, hence two Lloyd's Register gross tonnages. Built for 'Bank Line Limited', of London, Andrew Weir & Co. Ltd. the managers. On her 2nd voyage, from Hull to Australia & New Zealand, the vessel made it only as far as Amsterdam or Rotterdam & when it left port there it broke down & limped back to Hull for repair. Visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Oct. 23, 1975. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to 'Atticksky Cia. Maritime S.A.', of Panama, (of Greek ownership), & renamed Nikitas F. The vessel was detained for 8 days in Vietnam in 1979 because stowaway refugees seeking to escape were found in the ship's engine room. The Chief Engineer was forced to confess to people smuggling and the ships' Greek owners were also fined. At Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). The ship's master at the time was Samothrakitis Komniwos. In 1987, the vessel was sold to 'Newport Marine Ltd.' of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Nonas. On Mar. 2, 1990, the vessel arrived at the Alang, Gujarat, India, ship breaking facilities of 'R. I. Kalathia & Co.', to be broken up. Data is most limited. Can you provide more info?

365 Katherine
10864 (or 11198) tons
Hull 861

6410037

Nephele
Anthia
Anthi
1964

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.4 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots, signal letters 5MYB. Built for 'Neptune Maritime Co.', of Monrovia, Liberia. Registered at Monrovia. The vessel was renamed Nephele in 1973. In 1975, the vessel was sold to 'Tempest Nav. Co. Ltd.', of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Anthia. In 1981, the vessel was further sold to 'Sea Sceptre Navigation Enterprise Corp.', of Piraeus, Greece, without change of the vessel's name. In 1985, the vessel was sold to 'San Pedro Cia. Naviera SA', of San Lorenzo, Honduras, & renamed Anthi. On May 29, 1985, the vessel arrived at the Alang, Gujarat, India, ship breaking facilities of 'Ispat Traders' to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. Can you provide more info?

366 Pearl Island
10866 (or 11199) tons
Hull 864

6416275

Golden Singapore
Abha Zahabia
1964

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Data is most limited. 164.4 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots, signal letters 5MZV. Built for 'Monrovia Tramp Shipping Co.' (Livanos Group). The vessel was initially registered at Monrovia, but in 1976 it was re-registered at Chios, Greece. The vessel was sold, in 1982, to 'Yenbo Shipping Inc.', of Panama, & renamed Golden Singapore. It was sold again, also in 1982, to 'Saudi Harvest Marine Co. Ltd.', of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, & renamed Abha Zahabia. On Oct. 23, 1984, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Han Tai Iron & Steel Co.' to be broken up. Can you provide more info?

367 Tweedbank
10251 (or 7539 or 10141) tons
Hull 860

304171
6401268

Good Lion
1964

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bank Line, Tweedbank (2)], 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 (images, Tweedbank), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 155.0 metres long overall, 144.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters GMHY. Certainly 10251 tons in 1966/67. Built for Bank Line Limited, Andrew Weir & Co. Ltd., of Glasgow, the managers. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to 'Good Lion Inc.', of Greece, & renamed Good Lion. On Dec. 19, 1983, the vessel was wrecked, 4 miles N. of Corcubión, in NW Spain, while en route from Iran to Bremen, Germany, in ballast. Only limited WWW data is available. Can you add anything?

368 Baltic Venture
1581 (later 1844) tons
Hull 866

306224
6501836

Melville Venture
Gulf Venture
Progress Liberty
1965

A cargo ship. Per 1 ('United Baltic', Baltic Venture), 2 (image, Baltic Venture, also -01, -02, -03, -04), 3 ('United Baltic' history), 4 (data in Danish, Baltic Venture, 75% down), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 85.3 metres long overall, 78.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, hull strengthened for ice conditions, signal letters GNHW. Would seem to have been of an advanced design but I cannot explain exactly why. Built for United Baltic Corporation Ltd., of London. In May 1970, the vessel was lengthened (at which yard?) to increase her cargo capacity by about 400 tons - became 97.9/91.1 metres long with a gross tonnage of 1844. The vessel was renamed Melville Venture. Then sold in 1980, to 'Gulf Maritime Co. Ltd.', of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Gulf Venture. A 'Google' Books 'snippet', of an unknown date, refers to Gulf Venture being under arrest & for sale by the Admiralty Marshal at Sharpness. Can anybody explain the reference? In 1985, the vessel was sold to 'Progress Shipping Co. Ltd.', of the Republic of Maldives, 'Maldives National Ship Management Pvt. Ltd.' the managers, & renamed Progress Liberty. On Jul. 13, 1998, the vessel would seem to have run aground in the Maldives. I have not read the circumstances. On Oct. 31, 1998, the vessel arrived at Valinokkam, near Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu, India, to be broken up. Limited WWW data is available. Can you add anything?

369 Beechbank
7627 & 10221 (or 10116) tons
Hull 868

304196
6505856

Schinias
1965

A cargo liner. Per 1 [Bank Line, Beechbank (2)], 2 (image, Beechbank, also -02, -03, -04, -05, -06), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). As this entry is created, in Dec. 2010, there are many images of Beechbank e-Bay available. But forgive me, can I ask you to find them for yourself. Many of the images have truly excessive logos across them & I prefer not to reward the vendor by linking directly to them. 155.0 metres long overall, 144.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular (472 ft. 3 3/4 in.), speed of 15 knots, crew of 59, equipped with Doxford P-type engines, signal letters GNKU. I find reporting the gross tonnage of this vessel to be most difficult. Miramar states 10116 as do many sites, but there are references to 7355, 9920 & 10221 tons. Lloyd's Register of 1966/67 records two gross tonnages as at left. While the 1973/74 Lloyd's Register records 7355 & 10116 gross tons. The 'Motor Ship' documentation (at left) indicates 10220 tons (closed) & 7627 tons (open). Can anybody help with my confusion? Built for Bank Line Limited, of London, Andrew Weir & Co. Ltd., the managers. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to 'Efbridge Shipping Co. SA', of Panama, renamed Schinias, & Greek registered. On Feb. 18, 1986, the vessel arrived at Dalian, Liaoning Province, NE China, to be broken up. Limited WWW data is available. (Shipbuilders) Can you add anything?

370 Ernebank
7355 & 10116 (or 10222) tons
Hull 871

307629
6512081

Family Unity
Bengal Star
1965

A cargo liner. Per 1 [Bank Line, Ernebank (2)], 2 & 3 (data & image, Ernebank), 4 (image Ernebank, also -04), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 155.0 metres long overall, 144.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters GFDK. The gross tonnage of this vessel is confusing. Miramar states 10116 as do many sites, but there are many references to 7355 tons only. Lloyd's Register of 1973/74 records 7355 & 10116 as at left. Can anybody explain? Built for Bank Line Limited, of London, Andrew Weir & Co. Ltd., the managers. In 1968, Archibald M. (Mitchell) Williamson, the Captain of Ernebank, was awarded an MBE. The vessel was sold, in 1979, to 'Family Unity Shipping Co. S.A.', of Greece, & renamed Family Unity. It was sold again, in 1982, to 'Bengal Liner Ltd.', of Bangladesh, & renamed Bengal Star. On Jan. 7, 1988, the vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. Only limited WWW data is available about this vessel. Can you add anything?

371 Worcestershire
10040 (or 9931) tons
Hull 869

308653
6519596

Bordagain
Katrinamar
1965

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bibby Line, Worcestershire (3)], 2 (data, Worcestershire, 75% down), 3 (image, Worcestershire, also -07, -08, -09), 4 (image, Bordagain), 5 (image, Katrinamar), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 154.6 metres (508 ft.) long overall, 143.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 or 17 1/2 knots, signal letters GQSA. I find reporting the gross tonnage of this vessel to be most difficult. Miramar states 9931, but there are references to other tonnages, specifically to 7412, 9698, 9798, & 10040 tons (that last # as per Lloyd's Register of 1966/67). Built for Bibby Line Limited, of London, & engaged on general charter work. In 1973, the vessel was transferred to Bibby Bulk Carriers Ltd. The vessel was sold in 1976, for $4,600,000, to 'Bordagain Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Monrovia, Liberia, Sir Ramon de la Sota Jr. (Larringa Group) the manager, & renamed Bordagain. The vessel was sold again, in 1982, to 'Pelagos Maritime S.A.' ('Pelagos'), with Intermarine Ltd., the managers, both of Panama, & renamed Katrinamar. Note that I have also read that Pelagos were rather of Piraeus, Greece. In 1985, the vessel was sold to ship breakers, for a price 'in the region of US $117 per ldt', & on or prior to Aug. 1, 1985, the vessel arrived at ship breaking facilities at Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India, to be broken up. Only limited data is WWW available about this vessel. Can you add anything?

372 Derbyshire
7412 & 9931 (or 9806, or 10040) tons
Hull 870

308660
6523509

Captain Lygnos
Chrysovalandou
1966

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bibby Line, Derbyshire (3)], 2 (data, Derbyshire, 75% down), 3 (image, Derbyshire, also -03 & -17), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 154.6 metres long overall, 143.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 507 ft. 2 in., speed of 16 or 17 knots, signal letters GQRH. The vessel had two gross tonnages - per Lloyd's Register of 1973/74 of 7412 & 9931 tons. Sister to Worcestershire. Built for Bibby Line Limited, of London with Bibby Bros. & Co. the managers. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand once only, on Feb. 26, 1967. In 1970, the vessel was chartered to 'Messageries Maritimes', but it was probably charted frequently earlier. In 1973, the vessel was transferred to Bibby Bulk Carriers Ltd. While I have read no detail, it would seem that in 1975, the vessel was in collision with Rarau, a factory trawler, off Gibraltar. Can you advise us exactly what happened? The vessel was sold in 1976, for $4,600,000, to 'Naviera de Transportes Chrysovalandrou S.A.', of Panama, 'Lamda Servios Generales S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, the managers, & renamed Captain Lygnos. In 1981, the vessel was renamed Chrysovalandou. On Nov. 24, 1982, while en route from Piraeus to Poland, in ballast, the vessel suffered a major fire in its engine room. At 36.54N/00.10W, about 50 miles off Cabo de Palos, Spain. The crew fought the fire for two days, with the assistance  of  a Russian container vessel, (its name?), it would appear. Then, on Nov. 26, 1982, they anchored her off nearby Cartagena, Spain, (she was towed?), & abandoned her to permit her to burn herself out. The vessel ended up entirely gutted, indeed a total constructive loss. On Dec. 6, 1981, the vessel was towed to the Cartagena ship breaking facilities of 'Don Franciscu Jimenez', to be broken up. The vessel's reported tonnages are a puzzle! Only limited data is WWW available about this vessel. Can you add anything? Another image? Images of Derbyshire do seem to be available via here, at page bottom, but you must register to see them (I did not so register).

DOXFORD AND SUNDERLAND SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING COMPANY LIMITED (1961/1966)
DOXFORD & SUNDERLAND LIMITED (/1973)

(OF PALLION, NORTH SANDS & DEPTFORD, SUNDERLAND)

This company, was, it would seem, the result of the merger in 1966 of Doxfords with the subsidiaries of 'Sunderland Shipbuilding Dry Docks & Engineering Company Ltd.' i.e. a) Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd., b) Joseph L. Thompson & Sons, Ltd. & c) now additionally Doxfords, with also d) 'Sunderland Forge'.

It would seem that the name of the company was later changed to 'Doxford & Sunderland Limited' being taken over by Court Line in 1973 with the company being renamed, (on Mar. 5, 1973), 'Sunderland Shipbuilders Limited'.

I presume that some of the vessels above (and on other pages also) should be moved under this shipbuilder name. I hope to accomplish that once my facts are confirmed as to their accuracy.

Miramar lists (highest hull number on page). It used to be that you could click on the links that follow & get to the relevant Miramar page. But no longer! The new procedure must be to go to Miramar (here) & log in (you must be registered to view any page). And once you are logged in, return to this page & all the following links should work for you:- 881, 899. (24)

a) Vessels built by Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd. at the Pallion Yard that used to be owned by 'William Doxford & Sons Limited.'

1 Warwickshire
10682 tons
Hull 879

334224
6717784

Arya Bod
Warwickshire
Furama
Sea Dragon
Dragon Hill
1967

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Bibby Line, Warwickshire (3)], 2 ('pdf' file, Bibby Line history), 3 (data Warwickshire, 90% down), 4 (image, Warwickshire), 5 (image, Furama), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 161.1 metres long (528.45 ft.) overall, 149.4 metres (490 ft.) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 (or 17) knots, signal letters GWDE. Built for Bibby Line Ltd. (Bibby Line), of Liverpool. The last of three fleet vessels of the name - which name was 'pensioned off', apparently because it was difficult for many parts of the world to pronounce. In 1973, the vessel was chartered to 'Iranian Arya Shipping Lines SA', of Iran, &, for the duration of the charter, was renamed Arya Bod. The vessel's name reverted to Warwickshire in 1974, when the charter ended. In 1980, when the vessel was owned by Bibby Freighters Ltd., with Bibby Brothers & Co., the managers, the vessel was sold, 'for a price in the region of $3.6 mill', to Furama Maritime S.A., of Panama, & was renamed Furama. In 1984, the vessel was sold to Dragon Hill Maritime S.A., of Panama, & renamed Sea Dragon. Later that same year, the vessel was renamed Dragon Hill. On or about Jul. 15, 1985, the vessel arrived at ship breakers in mainland China to be broken up. All said and done, very little data is WWW available re a most recent ship. Can you help any?

2 Historian
8454 tons
Hull 885

334255
6817687

Cherry Orient
1968

A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 (brief ref. about 90% down), 2 (data & image), 3 & 4 (both images), 5 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Historian (5)], 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 150.6 metres long overall, (494 ft. 0 in.), 140.0 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, 460 ft. 0 in., speed of 18 knots. Fitted with a 150-ton 'Stülcken' derrick. Built for Charente Steam-Ship Company Ltd., manager Thos. & Jas. Harrison Ltd., known as 'Harrison Line'. Acquired & designed specifically for the Africa trade. The vessel was sold, in 1981, to 'Bunga Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd.', of Singapore, & renamed Cherry Orient. The vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on May 22, 1985, to be broken up. Very little data is WWW available re a most recent ship. Can you help any?

3 Magician
8454 tons
Hull 884

334250
6812326

Cherry Chrystal
1968

A refrigerated cargo ship. Per 1 (ref. 90% down), 2 [Thos. & Jas. Harrison, Magician (3)], 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 150.6 metres long overall, (494 ft. 0 in.), 140.0 metres long between perpendiculars, 460 ft. 0 in., speed of 18 knots. Fitted with a 150-ton Stülcken derrick. Built for Charente Steam-Ship Company Ltd., manager Thos. & Jas. Harrison Ltd., known as 'Harrison Line'. Acquired & designed specifically for the Africa trade. The vessel was sold in late 1980, or maybe in early 1981, to 'Bunga Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd.', of Singapore, & renamed Cherry Crystal. The vessel visited Bhavnagar, Kaohsiung & Dubai. Dates are here. On Jun. 19, 1985, the vessel arrived at Alang, Gujarat, India, to be broken up. Much of the above data is presented thanks to Peter Hadfield, whom we thank. WWW data is limited. Can you add more!

4 Iason
11489 tons
Hull 891

6926701

Xin Ji
1970

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.5 metres long overall, 152.4 metres long between perpendiculars, speed of 17 knots. Harold Appleyard advises (thanks Harold!) that the vessel was identical to both Finix & Feax. Built for 'Cargaisones Oceanicas S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, with Lyras Bros. Ltd., of London, the managers. The vessel was sold in 1984, to 'Xinji Shipping & Enterprises Ltd.', of Liberia, & renamed Xin Ji. The vessel may have later become China registered. I read that the vessel was broken up in 1998. Where I wonder? WWW data re this vessel is virtually non-existent. Can you add more!

5 Isokvatis
11506 (or 10618) tons
Hull 896

7109350

Ion
Gang Cheng
1971

A cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 (images, Ion), 3 (image, Gang Chang, means Gang Cheng I believe), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.45 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 1/2 knots. Was launched as Isokvatis. But delivered as Ion to 'Pacifica Navegacion S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, with Lyras Bros. Ltd., of London, the managers.  Commencing on Jul. 27, 1982, the vessel was laid up at King George V Dock, in London. The vessel stayed there for about 2 1/2 years. Was renamed Gang Cheng on Feb. 22, 1985 when the vessel was sold to 'Manda Shipping' ('Manda'), of Liberia. It seems likely that the owners of Manda were Chinese. The vessel would seem to have become, in 1986, owned directly by owners based in the People's Republic of China, likely 'Beijing SG Shipping Corp. Ltd.' (somehow COSCO related?) who later sold the vessel to Chinese ship breakers. I read that the vessel was broken up, in China, in Sep. 2000. While there are images WWW available for this vessel (thanks!), data about her is virtually non-existent. Can you add more!

6 Herefordshire
11453 (or 7463) tons
Hull 898

357435
7205881

Texas
Brooklyn
1972

A general cargo ship. Per 1 [Bibby Line, Herefordshire (3)], 2 (data, Herefordshire, 70% down), 3 & 4 (Bibby Line history), 5, 6 & 7 (images, Herefordshire), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 161.5 metres long overall, 152.5 metres long between perpendiculars, 529 ft. 8 in., speed of 16 or 16 1/2 knots. Built for Bibby Bulk Carriers Ltd., of Liverpool. Lancashire was her sister ship. 'Bibby' is noted for having, since 1888, named its ships after English counties. The vessel was sold in 1982, to 'Brittany Shipping Corp.', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Texas. The vessel was sold again, in 1985, to 'Atlas Business Co. SA', of Panama, & renamed Brooklyn. I read that on Mar. 5, 1886, the vessel suffered an engine room fire, while en route from Kandla, Gujarat, India, to Roumania. At 19.36N/62.31E, in the Arabian Sea, about 220 miles off the coast of Oman. The vessel was taken in tow, (by whom I wonder), & arrived at Karachi, Pakistan, on Mar. 13, 1986. The damage must have been extensive because the vessel was soon declared a constructive total loss. And on Oct. 6, 1986, it arrived at nearby Gadani Beach, Pakistan, to be broken up. I wonder why such different gross tonnages are reported (7463 & 11453)? WWW data re this vessel is modest. Can you add more!

7 Lancashire
11453 (or 7463) tons
Hull 899

357449
7218682

Virginia
Antibes
Amer Asha
1972

A general cargo ship. Per 1 [Bibby Line, Lancashire (4)], 2 (data, Lancashire, 75% down), 3 & 4 (Bibby Line history), 5, 6 & 7 (images, Lancashire), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 161.5 metres long overall, 152.5 metres long between perpendiculars, 529 ft. 8 in., speed of 16 1/2 knots, signal letters GOUY. Built for Bibby Bulk Carriers Ltd., of Liverpool, Bibby Brothers & Co., the managers. Herefordshire was her sister ship. 'Bibby' is noted for having, since 1888, named its ships after English counties. It would seem that the vessel was deployed on longer time charters. The vessel was sold in 1982, to 'Agincourt Shipping Co.', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Virginia. The vessel was sold again, in 1985, to 'Mediterranean Ocean Navigation Co. SA', of Panama, & renamed Antibes. In 1986, the vessel was sold again, to 'Tor Point Enterprises Inc.', of Panama, 'Amer Shipping Corp.' the managers, & renamed Amer Asha. On Apl. 1, 1998, the vessel arrived at Alang, India, to be broken up. I wonder why such different gross tonnages are reported (7463 & 11453)? WWW data re this vessel is modest. Can you add more!

b) Vessels built by Doxford and Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd. at the Deptford Yard that used to be owned by 'Sir James Laing and Sons Limited.'

1 Roslagen
29018 tons
Hull 841

6714782

Lucy
Lucy L.
1967

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (image, Roslagen), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 218.5 metres (716 ft. 7 in.) long overall, 207.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Built for 'Rederi A/B Roslagen', of Stockholm, Sweden, (Nordström & Thulin А/В the managers). The vessel was sold in 1973 by 'Partrederiet Roslagen' to 'Mercury Bulk Carriers Inc.' ('Mercury'), of Liberia & renamed Lucy. In 1981, the vessel was renamed Lucy L., & registered at Panama. The vessel arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Oct. 17, 1984 to be broken up. WWW data about the vessel is most limited. As this listing is updated, there are 2 images of the vessel available via e-Bay. The listing images, however, bear large watermarks & I prefer not to reward the vendor by providing links. Need data!

2 Orotava
28880 tons
Hull 842

334768
6805646

Orotava Bridge
Orotava
Ripon Grange
Leda
Unity
Latini
1968

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 716 ft. 4 in. long (218.34 metres) overall, 680 ft. 2 in. long (207.31 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots, signal letters GYCA, with a hull especially strengthened for the carriage of heavy cargoes. Built for Ore Carriers Ltd., with Houlder Bros. & Co. Ltd., of London, the managers. The vessel was renamed Orotava Bridge in 1969. Have read references to the vessel being part of the Seabridge Consortium when so named. What was her area of service, I wonder? Maybe carried iron ore for British Steel Corporation. The vessel rapidly became uneconomic to operate. In 1974, the vessel reverted to its original name of Orotava. In 1979 the vessel was sold to Furness, Withy & Co. Ltd. ('Furness') or maybe to Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd. & became Ripon Grange. It would seem, however, that it was Furness that later sold the vessel for about $8.9 million - in 1980 to Leda Segundo Compania Naviera S.A. of Piraeus, Greece, (or of Panama) & renamed Leda. Unity Enterprises Co. Ltd. of Valletta, Malta, became the vessel's owners in 1982 & renamed her Unity. The vessel was sold again, in 1984, to 'Romneya Shipping  Corp.' of Piraeus, & renamed Latini. The vessel was broken up Huangpu, China, in Apl. 1986. Can you add to the above or correct the text?

3 Sheaf Crest
9392 (or 9266) tons
Hull 843

305456
6813045

Father Panos
Panos
1968

A dry cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Sheaf Crest), 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 462 ft. 2 in. long (140.87 metres) overall, 445 ft. 0 in. long (135.64 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letter GYKH, with a hull especially strengthened for the carriage of heavy cargoes. Owned by Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., of Newcastle, with W. A. Souter & Co. Ltd. the managers, thru 1974. In 1974, the vessel was sold to Equality Shipping Co. SA ('Equality'), of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Father Panos. It would seem that Equality was rather from Monrovia, Liberia, for a while. I have seen references to Navarino Shipping, of Piraeus, being the vessel's owner when named Father Panos. In 1985 the vessel was sold to Thalkat Nav S.A., of Honduras, & renamed Panos. The first 'Liberty replacement' from the yard. The vessel was broken up in China, in 1986, maybe by 'China National Metals & Minerals Imp.', of Shanghai. Need help!

4 Laurelwood
15100 tons
Hull 844

338866
6918388

Saucon
Seapride
Leonis
Tuscania
Monte Rotondo
Rotondo
1969

A tanker. Which had many names. Per 1 (Saucon images & data), 2 (image, Monte Rotondo), 3 (image Laurelwood, & -06), 4 (image Saucon, + 2 others), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 169.8 metres (556 ft. 2 in.) long overall, 161.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots. Built for 'John I. Jacobs & Co. Ltd.', of London. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand once only, as Laurelwood in 1974. It was sold, in 1975, to 'Mobil Shipping & Transportation Co.', & renamed Saucon. Monrovia flagged. And sold in 1983, to 'Waterproud Navigation',  'Thenamaris Ship Management' the managers, & renamed Seapride, ? registered. The vessel was sold again, in 1986, to 'Società Italiana Marittima', of Rome, Italy, & renamed Leonis. And sold again in 1992 to 'Franconia S.r.l.', also of Italy, Nafi Gestione the managers?, & renamed Tuscania. We are not through all of the sales. The vessel was sold in 1995 to 'Marittima Fluviale di Navigazione S.p.A.', of Savona, Italy, & renamed Monte Rotondo. And was sold for the last time, in 1999, to 'Victory Trading Co. Ltd.', of Belize, & renamed Rotondo. The vessel arrived at Alang, Gujarat, India, on Nov. 11, 1999, to be broken up. Not a lot of data WWW is available. Can you help with more?

DOXFORD & SUNDERLAND LTD. (1966/1973)

(OF PALLION, NORTH SANDS & DEPTFORD, SUNDERLAND)

I as yet really have no knowledge as to this company. It may however have been a re-named Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. (immediately above).

Vessels built by Doxford & Sunderland Ltd. at the Pallion Yard that used to be owned by Doxford

Miramar lists, (highest hull number on page). It used to be that you could click on the links that follow & get to the relevant Miramar page. But no longer! The new procedure must be to go to Miramar (here) & log in (you must be registered to view any page). And once you are logged in, return to this page & all the following links should work for you:- 878, 899.

1 Baltic Vanguard
3005 (later 3984) tons
Hull 872

308135
6605101

Cortes
Lady M. A. Crosbie
Dauphine
Sheryl M.
Blue Dolphin
Jull II
1966

A cargo ship or coaster, which became a container ship. Per 1 (United Baltic, Baltic Vanguard), 2 (a splendid ship's model, Baltic Vanguard, Bonhams, 2007 - Bonhams are to be congratulated on the magnificence of their model image) 3 (Danish page, data, Baltic Vanguard, about 75% down), 4 (image, Baltic Vanguard, also -01, -03, -04, -05, -06), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 93.9 metres long overall, 86.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots, featuring 'side loading and sliding steel hatch covers'. Especially designed to carry automobiles in one direction (eastbound to Scandinavia?) & newsprint in the other direction. Built for United Baltic Corporation ('United'), then owned 50/50 by Andrew Weir & Co. & by East Asiatic Co. In 1976, the vessel was transferred to 'MacAndrews & Co.', of London, a subsidiary of United, & renamed Cortes. Used on their weekly Liverpool to Barcelona, Valencia & Cartagena, all Spain, service. In 1977, the vessel was lengthened (an 80 ft. section was added) & converted, at Middle Docks Ltd., of  Newcastle, owned by 'North East Coast Shiprepairers' Association', to a container ship, (could carry 218 20 ft. containers) & became 118.7 metres long overall (111.3 metres, perpendicular to perpendicular), & 3984 gross tons. In 1978, the vessel was sold to 'Chimo Shipping Ltd.', owned by  'C. A. Crosbie Shipping Limited' ('Crosbie'), of Montreal, Quebec, &  St. John's, Newfoundland, both Canada, & renamed Lady M. A. Crosbie. The vessel linked the ports of Montreal & St. John's. In 1984, the vessel was sold to 'Seafame Navigation Co.', of Limassol, Cyprus, 'C. M. Sarlis & M. C. Sarlis', of Piraeus, the managers, & renamed Dauphine. In 1995, the vessel was sold to 'Loraine Marine Inc.', of Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, & renamed Sheryl M. It was sold again, in 1999, to 'Goldsea Shipping Services S.A.', of St. Vincent, & renamed Blue Dolphin. And sold again, in 2002, to 'Jubilee Marine', of Majuro, Marshall  Islands, & renamed Jull II. The webmaster has seen no later data, but the vessel may very well still be in operation. Miramar advise, however, that the vessel was 'deleted 25.8.11 - existence in doubt'. Can anybody add anything? Another image perhaps?

2 Coventry City
7643 (or 5190 or 5192 or 8020) tons
Hull 873

308672
6608385

Ilkon Dalio
Javron
Bounty III
1966

A refrigerated cargo vessel. Per A & B (e-Bay images, Coventry City), 1 (data 70% down), 2 (Bristol City Line), 3 (Bibby Line, Coventry City), 4 (Bristol City Line, Coventry City), 5 (4th para.), 6 (data & images, Coventry City), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 464 ft. (141.7 metres) long overall, 131.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 knots. A sister to Toronto City. Does that mean that Coventry City also had an ice strengthened hull? Built for Bibby Line Ltd. but leased, for 20 years, to 'The Bristol City Line of Steamship Limited', (managed by Chas. Hill & Co.) for their Bristol to Canada service. 1 says delivered in Jul. 1966. The vessel became an owned & operated 'Bibby' vessel when 'Bibby' acquired a controlling interest in Bristol City in Feb. 1971 (correct?). The vessel was sold, in 1974, to 'Brandts (Leasing) Ltd.' of Liberia, & renamed Ilkon Dalio. And sold in 1976 to 'Cie. de Nav. D'Orbigny' of Rouen, France, & renamed Javron. And sold yet again, in 1981, to 'Cie Tahitenne Maritime' of Papeete, Tahiti, & renamed Bounty III. The vessel sailed, in late Nov. 1986, to Kaohsuing, Taiwan, to be broken up. Miramar indicate that the vessel was broken up, at Kaohsuing, on Dec. 26, 1986 at the facilities of 'Chi Hsiang Steel Enterprise Co.' Can anybody add anything? Another image perhaps?

3 Toronto City
7643 (or 5192 or 8020) tons
Hull 875

308684
6618392

Ilkon Polly
Free Spirit
Panamoros Horizon
Kanika III
1966

A cargo vessel with an ice strengthened hull. Per 1 (80% down, Toronto City), 2 (Bristol City Line), 3 (Bibby Line, Toronto City), 4 [Bristol City Line, Toronto City (3)], 5 (ref., Toronto City, 4th para.), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 464 ft. (141.7 metres) long, speed of 17 knots. Built for Bibby Line but leased, for 20 years, to 'The Bristol City Line of Steamship Limited', (managed Chas. Hill & Co.) for their Bristol to Canada service. 1 says delivered in Jan. 1966. Which is a puzzle, since it would appear that the vessel was only launched on Aug. 17, 1966. The vessel is notable because of a fire on Oct. 30, 1966, a fire which developed in the shaft tunnel at the time of launch when a pipe became disconnected & oil was ignited by an oxy-acetylene burner [1]. It resulted in seven Doxford workers unfortunately losing their lives. Vessel became an owned & operated 'Bibby' vessel when 'Bibby' acquired a controlling interest in Bristol City in Feb. 1971 (correct?). The vessel was sold, in 1974, to Brandts (Leasing) Ltd. or maybe Brandts Shipping Liberia Ltd., of Liberia, & renamed Ilkon Polly. And sold in 1980 to Threadneedle Steamship Co. of Monrovia, & renamed Free Spirit. And sold again, in 1982, to Javelin Maritime S.A., or mayb Javelin Maritime Co. S.A., of Panama, (pt. of John J. Rigos Maritime Enterprises), & renamed Panamoros Horizon. In 1985, the vessel was sold to Flowers Cove Shipping Co. S.A., of Panama (a ship disposal company), renamed Kanika III & then sold on to Dhirubbhai Shah & Associates, of Sachana, Gujarat State, India. It arrived there on Sep. 14, 1985 & was broken up. Can anybody add anything? An image perhaps?

4 Finix
11489 tons
Hull 890

6915879
1969

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.4 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 knots. Built for 'Compañía Naviera Santa Caterina S.A.', of Chios, Greece, with Fafalios S.A., the managers. On Oct. 24, 1985, the vessel arrived at Chittagong Roads, Bangladesh, to be broken up. WWW data is non-existent. Can you add something, anything! (Maybe built by Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited.)

5 Feax
11489 tons
Hull 892

7005059

Parnassus
1970

A general cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Parnassus), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.5 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 1/4 or 17 knots. Built for Compañía Messinia de Navegation S.A., of Greece possibly?, Fafalios S.A., the managers. In 1985, the vessel was sold to 'Palmyra Tsiris Lines' of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Parnannus. Registered in Lebanon. Have seen a limited reference to 'Parnassus Shipping Co.' also, but am not sure how it relates. On Jan. 27, 1997, the vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. WWW data is limited. Need help!

6 Atalanti
11171 tons
Hull 897

7117747

Cadmus
1971

A general cargo ship. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 164.5 metres long overall, 152.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 1/2 knots. Built for Alpha Transport Corp. of Monrovia, registered at Liberia. In 1985, the vessel was sold & renamed Cadmus. Sold to Metz Container Line? On Nov. 9, 1997, the vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. A portion of the above data came from a now expired e-Bay item. Need help!

Vessels built by Doxford & Sunderland Ltd. at the Deptford Yard that used to be owned by 'Sir James Laing and Sons Limited.'

Miramar lists (highest hull number on page). It used to be that you could click on the links that follow & get to the relevant Miramar page. But no longer! The new procedure must be to go to Miramar (here) & log in (you must be registered to view any page). And once you are logged in, return to this page & the following links should work for you:- 846, 850.

Vessels built by Doxford & Sunderland Ltd. at the North Sands Yard that used to be owned by 'Joseph L. Thompson & Sons, Ltd.'

Miramar lists (highest hull number on page). It used to be that you could click on the links that follow & get to the relevant Miramar page. But no longer! The new procedure must be to go to Miramar (here) & log in (you must be registered to view any page). And once you are logged in, return to this page & the following links should work for you:- 731, 850.

7 Fernriver
29506 tons
Hull 718

6619968

Pilio
Welfare
1967

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (data & image, Fernriver), 2 (image, Pilio), 3 (image, Fernriver, also -06 & at left), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). As this listing is updated in late Jan. 2013, an image of the vessel is e-Bay available. But may I ask you to find it for yourself. The vendor uses what I believe to be an excessive logo on his images & I choose not to reward him by a direct link. 216.0 metres long overall, 204.7 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 1/2 knots, signal letters LJLA. Built for 'Fearnley & Eger' of Oslo, Norway, certainly the registered owners in 1973/74. Miramar refer, however, to the initial owners being 'A/S Glittre & others' of Oslo. In 1975, the vessel was transferred to 'P/R Fernriver', of Oslo. The vessel was sold, in Jul. 1977, to Pilio Shipping Corp., of Piraeus, Greece, 'Mavriks Shipping S.A.' the managers, & renamed Pilio. And sold in Nov. 1980 to 'Jubilant Voyagers Corp SA', of Panama, & renamed Welfare. On Jul. 4, 1986, the vessel arrived at Huangpu (Shanghai), China, to be broken up. A portion of the above data came from a now expired e-Bay item. More than one Fernriver, it would seem. Is there anything you can add?

8 Iron Endeavour
40316 tons
Hull 724

305467
6900239

Andromachi
Kaptan Ziya Sonmez
Ocean Blue
Nagos
1969

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (extensive data, 75% down), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). There is data at 'shipsnostalgia' & 'oceaniashippingforum' but you must register now to access those sites). 243.4 metres long overall, 230.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 798 ft. 5 in., long, speed of 15 knots. Ordered as Iron King, but the name was changed (at time of the bi-centenary) to Iron Endeavour, to honour the memory of Endeavour, the barque in which Captain Cook discovered Australia in 1770. The vessel was built for Nile Steamship Co. Ltd., (part of Furness Withy Group), of Newcastle (J. & J. Denholm Pty Ltd., the managers), & registered there. Immediately bareboat chartered to Dampier Mining Co. Ltd., a subsidiary company of Broken Hill Proprietary Company ('BHP') of Australia, or, per a BHP 1969 Press Release to 'The Broken Hill Proprietary Co. Ltd.' Registered Australia. Sub-chartered to Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, of Japan, for the Japan portion of her maiden voyage (began Feb. 10, 1969) to Port Hedland, Western Australia, & Port Kembla, New South Wales, via Liberia & Japan. Her main function was, I read, the transportation of iron ore pellets from Whyalla, South Australia, to Japan to service an 8 year contract. A typical run was Port Kembla to Whyalla in ballast, load iron ore pellets for Japan, then in ballast to Port Hedland to load iron ore fines for Port Kembla. Have also read many 3-week voyages between the ports of Newcastle, Port Kembla, Port Pirie & Port Headland. On Oct. 4, 1970, the vessel grounded at Port Hedland requiring repairs to her bottom at Singapore. In 1972, her galley burnt out at sea. Nicknamed 'The Big E' to the Australians. In Dec. 1980, carrying limestone to Port Kembla & Newcastle, she topped the 10,000,000 tonnes in cargo mark & had achieved 11,722,831 tonnes when sold. The vessel was sold, in 1983, to Efold Shipping Co. S.A., of Piraeus, Greece, (Efshipping Co. S.A., of Panama, the managers, presumably Theodore & Angelos Efstathiou) & renamed Andromachi. On Apl. 27, 1987, the vessel, loaded with iron ore, ran aground in Venezuela's Orinoco river. She had to be lightened before tugs could pull her into deeper water. Hull damage was sustained requiring temporary repairs & dry docking in Hong Kong. The vessel was sold, in 1990, to Ostene Shipping S.A. ('Ostene'), a company in the 'Kýran' Group, of Turkey, & renamed Kaptan Ziya Sonmez, (Ugland Brothers Ltd., the managers). Registered at Istanbul. Miramar refers to 'Sonmez Denizcilik' re Ostene, but am unsure of the meaning. On Feb. 23, 1990, her 'collision bulkhead' cracked while loading coal, necessitating the removal of cargo & major repairs. In Mar. 1992, the vessel was sold to Good Faith Shipping Co. S.A., of Greece, & renamed Ocean Blue (Panamian registry). But soon, on Jun. 27, 1992, the vessel was sold at Admiralty Court auction at Gibraltar to Ostene but immediately sold on to Nagos Shipping Ltd., of Valetta, Malta, & renamed Nagos. In May 1993, she was carrying coal from Richards Bay, S. Africa, to Antwerp, Belgium. On May 26, 1993, she foundered 75 miles off Port Elizabeth, S. Africa, in a violent storm, as a result of a hatch cover washing away. At 35.15S/24.01E. 17 of the crew of 33 lost their lives having taken to life rafts ~ the 16 who survived were rescued by helicopter. We thank John Hoskin, of 'Flotilla Australia', for a portion of the above. The text may well need some correction. If so, do please be in touch!

9 Berkshire
19061 tons
Hull 727

7004598

Searanger
Gold Bridge I
Tiansheng No. 8
Resource I
Chang Shun 6
1970

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (at mid page), 2 (Bibby line, Berkshire), 3 & 4 (images, Berkshire), 5 (modest image, Resource I), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 182.6 metres long overall, 173.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 598 ft. 9 in., speed of 16 knots, signal letters GYZK. Sister to Oxfordshire & Cheshire. Built for Bibby Freighters Ltd., of Liverpool, (extensive company history on this & following pages. 2 advises that the vessel was built as a car carrier 'with six removable decks which, when not in use, were stowed in container-like guides on the weather deck either side of the hatches. All of her 7 holds were strengthened for the carriage of ore & when rigged as a car carrier it had capacity for 1900 medium sized cars. On completion it was chartered for five years to 'Tokyo Steamship Co.' who in turn chartered her to Oskar Wallenius. i.e. Wallenius Lines (OW on funnel) to carry cars from Japan to U.S.A., & bulk cargoes of the return voyage. Her maiden voyage was from Europe with pig iron - to Japan perhaps? In 1979, she became a bulk carrier only, modified possibly by 'Globe Engineering' of South Africa. The vessel was, I read, laid up at Glasgow in the early 1980s. In Nov. 1983, the vessel was sold to 'Takoradi Shipping Co.', of Limassol, Cyprus, (or maybe to 'Thenamaris'), who renamed her Searanger. In 1994, the vessel was renamed Gold Bridge I when sold to 'Gold Bridge Shipping SA', of Panama. In 1995, it became Tiansheng No.8 & in 1996 became Resource I. I presume that the vessel was sold on each of those occasions, but I have not spotted the names of any of the purchasers. In 1997, the vessel was renamed Chang Shun 6. It presumably was then sold, likely to 'International Resources Investment Inc.', of Panama, who sold the vessel to ship breakers in 2002. The vessel was broken up in Nov. 2002, but I cannot tell you where it was broken up. There are many gaps in the above data. Can you fill in those gaps or otherwise add to or correct the listing? Some images later in her life?

10 Cheshire
19061 tons
Hull 728

339954
7028506

Maria
Miss Maria
Nicola D.
Sunlight
Sun Light I
Golden Sunlight
1971

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (at mid page), 2 (image, Cheshire, also -05 & -16), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Data re the 1998 seizure of Golden Sunlight was at 'shipsnostalgia', thanks to 'Tonga', but you now must register to access it. 182.6 metres long overall, 173.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 598 ft. 9 in., speed of 16 knots, sister to Berkshire & Oxfordshire. Built for 'Britain Steamship Co. Ltd.', owned by 'Bibby Line Ltd.', of Liverpool, (extensive Bibby history on this & following pages. But beware! This was the 4th Cheshire). 2 advises that the vessel was built as a car carrier 'with six removable decks which, when not in use, were stowed in container-like guides on the weather deck either side of the hatches. All 7 holds were strengthened for the carriage of ore & when rigged as a car carrier they had capacity for 1900 medium sized cars. On completion they were placed on a five year charter with Wallenius Lines (OW on funnel). A typical trip would be taking cars from Europe to the USA, grain from the USA to Japan then cars back to Europe.' Glad to learn that Kevan Dickin! Thanks! (Kevan's website seems to now be gone). In Jun. 1972, while en route from Hampton Roads, U.S.A., to Yokohama, Japan, she suffered an explosion in a mast house which killed one and injured two crew members. Have not read the detail. The vessel was converted into a bulk carrier in 1979. The vessel was sold, in 1983, to 'Ambersley Ocean S.A.', of Greece, & renamed Maria. Registered at Panama, it would seem. In 1985, she was sold to 'Erotocritos Shipping Co. Ltd.' ('Erotocritos'), of Nicosia or maybe of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Miss Maria. The vessel was laid up for an extended time, from Jan. 15, 1986, in River Fal, Falmouth, Cornwall, supposedly under the care of Shipping & Produce Ltd of London. Was returned to service in 1987. In 1994, the vessel was renamed by Erotocritos as Nicola D., likely re a sale of the vessel to 'Nicola D Shipping Co. Ltd.', also of Cyprus. A flurry of name changes in 1995. First to Sunlight, when sold to 'Tak Hing Shipping Co. Ltd.', also of Cyprus. The vessel was soon renamed Sun Light I, & Golden Sunlight. Ownership changes in each case? In 1998, an Indian chemical company, or maybe 6 such companies), accused Golden Sunlight of violating a cargo agreement. The matter came to court at Ningbo (NE Zhejiang province, China), on Jan. 6, 1998. The vessel was seized & was sold, as a result, on Apl. 1, 1998, for 5.26 million yuan, or approx. U.S. $630,000, to help pay the 6 companies. It arrived in India, later in 1998, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

11 Oxfordshire
19061 tons
Hull 729

341702
7041065

Georgios Tsakiroglou
Georgios T.
Mike K.
1971

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (at mid page), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 182.6 metres long overall, 173.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 knots. Sister to Berkshire & Cheshire. Built for Bibby Line Ltd., of Liverpool, (extensive company history on this & following pages. Beware! Many Bibby vessels of identical name). 2 advises that the vessel was built as a car carrier 'with six removable decks which, when not in use, were stowed in container-like guides on the weather deck either side of the hatches. All 7 holds were strengthened for the carriage of ore and when rigged as a car carrier they had capacity for 1900 medium sized cars. On completion they were placed on a five year charter with Wallenius Lines (OW on funnel). A typical trip would be taking cars from Europe to the USA, grain from the USA to Japan then cars back to Europe.' Glad to learn that Kevan Dickin! Thanks! (Kevan's website seems to now be gone). The vessel was sold, in 1978, 'before conversion', to Marsenorio Armadora S.A. of Piraeus, Greece, who renamed her Georgios Tsakiroglou. It was sold again, in 1985, to Pericles Marine Co., of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Georgios T. In 1994, she was sold to Delcando Shipping Co., of Limassol, who changed her name to Mike K. The vessel arrived at Alang, Gujarat, India, on Jun. 13, 1996, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

12 Naess Crusader
86098 tons
Hull 731

7300813

Nordic Crusader
Cast Fulmar
Marinicki
Mount Athos
Mount Athos I
Mount I
Mountain
1973

An ore/oil bulk carrier. Per 1 (data Naess Crusader, & image, Nordic Crusader), 2 (images, Naes Crusader), 3 (image, Naess Crusader, but you must be registered to see it), 4 (image, Naess Crusader fitting out), 5 ('pdf', data) 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 291.9 metres long overall, 280.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots. The vessel was built, at North Sands, for Anglo Eastern Bulkships Ltd., of London, (Naess Group). The vessel was sold in 1974 & renamed Nordic Crusader. And sold in 1980 & renamed Cast Fulmar. Many later sales! It was sold in 1983 & renamed Marinicki. And sold in 1987 & renamed Mount Athos. In 1987 the vessel was renamed Mount Athos I. And was renamed Mount I in 1997. And sold in 1998 & renamed Mountain. I am assuming that the vessel was sold on most of those occasions. The vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on May 9, 1998, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

This page is the 4th of 4 Doxford pages, the first being here. The 2nd & 3rd pages are here & here.

TO END THE PAGE

For your pleasure and interest.

A splendid video of a 'murmuration'. What exactly is a murmuration? We can tell you thanks to Denise Antler of Toronto, Ontario, Canada - of the The Budgerigar and Foreign Bird Society - who brought the whole subject to my attention. The words that follow, which explain the meaning of 'murmuration' better than I ever could, are I understand the words of the folks who produced the actual video.

A Murmuration of Starlings

No one knows why they do it. Yet each fall, thousands of starlings dance in the twilight above England and Scotland. The birds gather in shape-shifting flocks called 'murmurations', having migrated in the millions from Russia and Scandinavia to escape winter’s frigid bite. Scientists aren’t sure how they do it, either. The starlings' murmurations are manifestations of swarm intelligence, which in different contexts is practiced by schools of fish, swarms of bees and colonies of ants. As far as I am aware, even complex algorithmic models haven’t yet explained the starlings’ aerobatics, which rely on the tiny birds' quicksilver reaction time of under 100 milliseconds to avoid aerial collisions—and predators—in the giant flock.

Despite their tour de force in the dusky sky, starlings have declined significantly in the U.K. in recent years, perhaps because of a decline in suitable nesting sites. The birds still roost in several of Britain’s rural pastures, however, settling down to sleep (and chatter) after their evening ballet.

Two young ladies were out for a late afternoon canoe ride on the Shannon River (I presume in Ireland) & fortunately one of them remembered to bring her video camera. What they saw was a wonderful 'murmuration' display, caught in a short video - available by clicking the image below. You will come to the applicable page of 'Islands and Rivers', independent filmmakers of London - the good folks who made the video.

Enjoy. Do view it in a full-screen size.

The webmaster has seen similar masses of birds in flight, near Toronto, Ontario, Canada - but never one as splendid or spectacular as this fine display.

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