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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. (bottom of prior page).

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:- 881, 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 (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 1 (Bristol City Line), 2 (Bibby Line, Coventry City), 3 (Bristol City Line, Coventry City), 4 (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. I have read that the vessel was 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. This May 1974 magazine page (in blue) tells us that Coventry City & Toronto City (below) were sold for a en-bloc price of £3,000,000. 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 (Bristol City Line), 2 (Bibby Line, Toronto City), 3 [Bristol City Line, Toronto City (3)], 4 (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. Was 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. This magazine page (in blue) tells us that Toronto City & Coventry City (above) were sold for a en-bloc price of £3,000,000. And sold in 1980 to Threadneedle Steamship Co. of Monrovia, & renamed Free Spirit. And sold again, in 1982, to Javelin Maritime S.A., or maybe 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
1972

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 eBay 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, 901

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

7 Fernriver
29506 tons
Hull 718

6619968

Pilio
Welfare
1967

A bulk carrier. Per 1 (modest data Welfare & image, Pilio), 2 (image, Pilio), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 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 eBay 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, 20% 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 (Bibby line, Berkshire), 2 (image, Berkshire), 3 (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. 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 (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, sister to Berkshire & Oxfordshire. Built for 'Britain Steamship Co. Ltd.', owned by 'Bibby Line Ltd.', of Liverpool. But beware! This was the 4th Cheshire. A now long-gone link advised 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 U.S.A., grain from the U.S.A. to Japan then cars back to Europe.' Thanks to Kevan Dickin for that data. (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 (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. Kevan Dickin used to advise 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, image, Naess Crusader), 2 ('pdf', data) 3 (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?

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