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JOHN LAING (1792), NORTH SANDS
JOHN AND DAVID LAING (1793/1796), NORTH SANDS
JOHN LAING (1796/1797), NORTH SANDS
JOHN AND PHILIP LAING (1797/1805), NORTH SANDS & (1804/1818) BRIDGE DOCK
JOHN & JAMES LAING (1816/c.1830), SOUTHWICK
PHILIP LAING (1818/1834), DEPTFORD
LAING & SIMEY (1834/1837), DEPTFORD
PHILIP LAING (c.1837/1843), DEPTFORD
JAMES LAING (became Sir James Laing in 1897) (1843/1898), DEPTFORD
SIR JAMES LAING AND SONS LIMITED (1898/1966), DEPTFORD (name is good per an 1899 share certificate)
OF NORTH SANDS (1792/1805), OF MONKWEARMOUTH, BRIDGE DOCK, JUST WEST OF THE IRON BRIDGE (1804/1818) THEN SOUTHWICK (1816/1830), THEN DEPTFORD, SUNDERLAND (1818/1966)
Lists? Firstly there is, on site now, a 'Laing' build list from its earliest days in 1794 thru to the very end. Here. Miramar lists? 21 pages, (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:- 33, 62, 90, 170, 200, 231, 263, 291, 323, 514, 545, 574, 605, 635, 669, 695, 724, 754, 785, 815, 838. The list continues re 'Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. or maybe 'Group'' then to 'Doxford & Sunderland Ltd.' and then to 'Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd.'
Names of just a few of the vessels constructed by the 'Laing' companies - added as I happen to spot references to them. In a table in build date sequence. And alphabetically within a year. But just a start! The third of 3 pages, the first being here & the second here.
8057 (or 8058) tons
A cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 (Silver Line), 3 [Scindia, Jalagouri (1)], 4 (builder's boardroom ship model sold on Apl. 30, 2014 by Charles Miller Limited, of London. Click to see the images in a larger size.), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 452 ft. 7 in. long (137.9 metres) overall, 421 ft. 0 in. long (128.3 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, service speed of 13.5 knots, signal letters VWFY. Built for Silver Line Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Dene Line Ltd., of London. The vessel was sold in 1964 to 'Scindia Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.', of Bombay, India, which company in 1964 commenced service from Calcutta, India to the Great Lakes. They renamed her Jalagouri. In 1981, the vessel was sold to 'Jai Doot Shipping Private Ltd.', also of Bombay, & renamed Jaldoot Ashok. And then sold to 'Moti Shipping Private Ltd.', also of Bombay, & renamed Brighu. Was that announcement in error? Or could it be that the vessel was never recorded in any edition of Lloyd's Register or elsewhere as Brighu, due to timing or other circumstances. I am just asking the question - I do not know the answer. Or was Brighu then renamed Jaldoot Ashok? Since in May 1983, the vessel, apparently recorded as Jaldoot Ashok, arrived at Santander, Spain, to be broken up at the San Esteban de Pravia ship breaking facilities of 'Desguaces Vige S.A.' Actual break-up would seem to have commenced on Jul. 15, 1983. Anything you can add?
5869 & 8058 tons
A cargo ship. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silverlake), 2 [Scindia, Jalaganga (2)], 3 (Scindia), 4 (image Silverlake), 5, 6, & 7 (all images Jalaganga), 8 (builder's boardroom ship model sold on Apl. 30, 2014 by Charles Miller Limited, of London. Click to see the images in a larger size.), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 425 ft. 7 in. long (129.72 metres) overall, 421 ft. 0 in. long (128.3 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters VWBJ. Built for Silver Line Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Dene Line Ltd., of London. On Nov. 14, 1963 the vessel was sold to 'Scindia Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.', ('Scindia') of Mumbai (Bombay), India, & renamed Jalaganga. Scindia's flag, visible at 3, bears a swastika, an Indian good luck symbol, not in any way related to the Nazi party. Jalaganga was presumably engaged, at part at least, in a Scindia India/Great Lakes service, inaugurated in 1964. The vessel arrived at Mumbai (Bombay), India, in Jun. 1979 to be broken up at the ship-breaking facilities there of J. M. Industries. Can you add anything!
An ore carrier. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silversand), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 503 ft. 5 in. long (153.4 metres) overall, 475 ft. 0 in. long (144.78 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots, signal letters GXML. Built for Silver Line Limited ('Silver Line'), a fully owned subsidiary of Dene Line Ltd., of London. However the vessel would seem to have been registered in the name of 'St. Helen's Shipping Co. Ltd.', of London, which company was most clearly a Silver Line company. Silver Line were the vessel's managers, at least in 1968/69. In 1969, the vessel became owned by Bishopsgate Shipping Co. Ltd. ('Bishopsgate'), with no change of vessel name. Most sites advise that the vessel was 'sold' to Bishopsgate, but it may very well be that it was rather 'transferred' since Bishopsgate likely was another Silver Line company. Why do I say that? A Google 'snippet' advised that in 1973, the vessel was sold for £200,000 by Silver Line to 'Cia Alecos SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & was renamed Alecos. It is possible however, but perhaps not likely, that Silver Line were then the managers rather than the owners of Silversand. Can anybody clarify the corporate relationships? During a 1972 voyage, returning to U.K. from Morocco, the vessel hit a major storm in the Bay of Biscay which destroyed half of the vessel's bridge. On Sep. 15, 1975, while en route from Melilla (an autonomous Spanish city, located on the N. coast of Africa, surrounded by Morocco, known as Spanish Morocco), to Szczecin, (Poland, on the Baltic), with a cargo of iron ore pellets, Alecos ran aground at Los Cabezos & was wrecked. At 36.05.57N/5.43.08W, which seems to be near Tarifa, Spain, close to Gibraltar. What happened to her? The WWW is essentially silent on the matter. But from Google data 'snippets' the story becomes a little clearer. It would seem that in the early hours of Sep. 15, 1975, Alecos did not run aground in the normal sense of the words. Rather it hit a submerged wreck & suffered major hull damage. Robust, a tug, likely a Royal Navy salvage tug from nearby Gibraltar, came to her assistance & it would seem partially succeeded in floating Alecos off until Robust herself hit yet another submerged wreck. Robust gave up its attempts at towing Alecos, but did take aboard its 26 person crew & landed them at Gibraltar, where Robust itself had to be repaired. Alecos? The ship was taking on water, could not be re-floated, & was declared a constructive total loss. Can anybody add additional detail and/or correct my 'snippet' based text.
An oil tanker. Per 1 [Thirlby (4)], 2 (images & text), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 559 ft. 3 in. long (170.46 metres) overall, 536 ft. 0 in. long (163.37 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letters MYDZ. Built for Ropner Shipping Company Ltd. (4th vessel of the name), managed by Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. Under charter to Shell Oil (maybe Shell Tankers U.K.) for 20 years initially & then for another 3 years also. The vessel was sold in 1981 to 'Dioskouri Shipping Co. Ltd.' of Piraeus, Greece, (or maybe rather of Famagusta, Cyprus) & renamed Diamondo. The vessel arrived at Aliaga, Turkey, on Dec. 12, 1984 to be scrapped at the ship-breaking facilities there of 'Verel Gemi Sokum Ticaret A.S.' (actually scrapped in 1985). Is it possible that you have anything to add?
13195 (later 12821) tons
A tanker. Per 1 (image, Corhampton), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 559 ft. 3 in. long (170.46 metres) overall, 536 ft. 0 in. long (163.37 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 or 15 1/2 knots, with a turbo-charged, 6 cylinder Doxford engine, signal letter 5LYA. Built for Cory Tankers Ltd., Wm. Cory & Sons Ltd., the managers, both of London. When entering Aruba, on Jan. 16, 1961 perhaps, John Anderson, the ship's Chief Officer, disappeared & was presumed to have drowned. He had descended the side of the ship on a rope-ladder to check the draft. The police did not suspect foul play. The vessel was sold, in 1965, to Zinnia Shipping Co. Ltd. ('Zinnia') of Hong Kong & renamed Eastern Mobility. Zinnia would seem to have later become Singapore based. Just one reference to a voyage that I could spot - carrying 18,834 tons of oil ex the Mobil Oil Australia Ltd. facilities at Barrow Island, off the coast of Western Australia, to the Juron Island refinery at Singapore. In 1970, the vessel was sold to 'Tollana Shipping Corp.', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Tollana. On Sep. 11, 1978, while loading at Port Allen, Louisiana, U.S.A., a valve broke resulting in flooding & major engine-room damage. The vessel was then towed, but the 'snippet' of data that I read did not state the destination. It was likely Cobh (Cork), Ireland, however. On Dec. 27, 1978, the vessel, which had been sold 'as-is' at Cork, to Spanish ship breakers 'for a price in the region of $72 per ltd', left Aviles, Spain, in tow for San Esteban de Pravia, also Spain, to be broken up at the facilities of 'Desgiaces Aviles'. And was broken up commencing on Jan. 18, 1979. The above data is largely derived from WWW 'snippets' of data, easily misinterpreted. Can you add to, or correct the above?
206 Sheaf Field
4783/10882 (N/G) tons (recorded as 6678 tons only in Lloyd's Register of 1973/74)
An ore carrier, which was launched on Dec. 29, 1958 & completed in Apl. 1959. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 503 ft. 5 in. long (153.44 metres) overall, 475 ft. 0 in. long (144.78 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 knots, signal letters GCNE later 5LDE, 4400 BHP oil engines by William Doxford & Sons (Engineers) Ltd., of Sunderland. Sister to Sheaf Wear. Built for Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., of Newcastle, with W. A. Souter & Co. Ltd. serving as her managers. The vessel was sold, in 1969, to 'Compagñia de Navegación Tornado S.A.', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Tornado. It was sold again, in 1977, 'for a price in the region of $750000', to 'Greekhymne Shipping Co. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Stenies. On Dec. 14, 1986, the vessel arrived at the Aliağa, Turkey, ship breaking facilities of 'Nigdeliler' (which means, I believe, 'Nigdeliler Gemi Söküm Ticaret AS'), to be broken up. There is not a lot of WWW data available about this vessel. Is it possible that you have anything to add?
8981/14611 (N/G) tons
A bulk carrier which was launched on May 16, 1961. Per 1 (image, Atomena), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 566 ft. 1 in. long (172.54 metres) overall, 538 ft. 3 in. long (164.06 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots, signal letters SICO, later ICGP, 7500 BHP oil engines by North East Marine Engineering Co. Ltd., of Newcastle. Built for 'Partrederiet Atomena (Torbjörn Öström)', with Nordström & Thulin A/B, of Stockholm, Sweden the managers. On May 23, 1970, Atomena collided with Bridge 13 of the Welland Canal, a lift-bridge, known as the Welland Main Street bridge. I wonder what damage was there to the Welland Canal bridge? And to the ship? I read that the Welland Public Library has a file of cuttings etc. re the incident. It used to WWW refer to the matter, but no longer, alas, so I have had to cut the link! In 1970 the vessel was sold to "Albasarda" S.p.A. di Navigazione of Olbia, Italy, & renamed Gattopardo. The vessel was sold again in 1978, to 'Atlantica Trasporti Srl' of Torre del Greco, Italy, & renamed Aurora. And sold in 1981 to 'Micha Co.' of Panama & renamed Divonne. The vessel arrived at San Esteban de Pravia, Spain, on Aug. 21, 1982, to be scrapped at the ship breaking facilities there of Desguaces La Arena. Need help! Is it possible that you have data to add?
A bulk carrier. Per 1 (data & fine painting about 1/2 way down), 2 (Forrestal, '5-16 Mar 1975', about 55% down), 3 ('wrecksite.eu', Freights Queen), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 566 ft. 2 in. long (172.57 metres) overall, 538 ft. 3 in. long (164.06 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots, signal letters JXOI later SYFE, with a hull especially strengthened for the carriage of heavy cargoes. Built for I/S m.s. "Mogen", of Oslo, Norway, Simonsen & Astrup maybe Simonsen & Astrup A/S, also of Oslo, the manager. The vessel was sold in 1969 to 'Melitria Cia Naviera SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Melina. And sold in 1972 to 'Scientist Shipping Corp.', also of Piraeus, & renamed Oinoussian Scientist. The vessel was sold again in 1973, to either 'E. F. Marine SA', or 'Efmariners Cia SA', of Piraeus & renamed Freights Queen. On Mar. 11, 1975, the vessel broke in two as a result of a catastrophic explosion while en route from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Emden, Germany, with a cargo of iron ore. At 36.00N/14.00W, about 600 miles W. of Gibraltar. 25 lives were lost. USS Forrestal received a call for assistance. Searchers discovered one body, a life raft & some debris. Have not located any WWW data as to exactly what happened. And why. Was there an Inquiry, I wonder? Can you tell us about it?
A bulk carrier. Per 1 (data in Swedish & image, Barbara), 2 (data in Swedish, Barbara), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 566 ft. 2 in. long (172.57 metres) overall, 538 ft. 3 in. long (164.06 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots, signal letters SJAO later SVDE, with a hull especially strengthened for the carriage of heavy cargoes. Built for 'Tore Ulff A/B', of Stockholm, Sweden. Sold (or maybe transferred) in 1968 to 'Anders Smith Rederi A/B', of Gothenburg, Sweden, & renamed Barkand. The vessel was sold in 1969 to Cia. Naviera Rimaran S.A., of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Marianna. And sold again in 1980, to 'Maria Bacolitsa Shipping Corporation' also of Piraeus & renamed Maria Bacolitsa. On Mar. 1, 1980, the vessel, carrying 22,000 tons of pig iron from Vitoria, Brazil, to Constantza, Romania, sent out an SOS signal when in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania. At 8 p.m. There was no further contact & the vessel did not give its position. The vessel foundered on Mar. 1, 1980, at 43.53.06N/28.46.54E, 3 1/2 miles off the Romanian port of Mangalia. The wreck at the above location was only found on May 2, 1980, at a depth of 42 metres. The entire crew, 26 or maybe 30 lives (Miramar) were lost. The cause is not known but hull failure seems likely. I would have thought that an inspection of the wreck would have indicated what had happened. No? Can you tell us more?
A bulk carrier. Per 1 [Barlby(2)], 2 (sinking data, Agios Giorgis), 3 (extensive data re legal matters arising from the sinking), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 598 ft. 5 in. long (182.4 metres) overall, 570 ft 0 in. long (173.86 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots, signal letters GHYP, with a hull designed for the carriage of heavy cargoes. Per a now long gone web page, Barlby had 'P' type Doxford Engines of 5 cylinders - said to be very rare. Built for Ropner Shipping Company Ltd. & managed by Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd. of West Hartlepool. The vessel was sold, in 1968, to 'Evimeria Compania Naviera SA', of Panama, & renamed Agios Giorgis. The vessel sank on Jan. 11, 1980, in heavy weather off Tokyo, Japan (at 34.13N/152.12E), while en route from Newark, New Jersey, to Mizushima, Japan, with 25,000 tons of scrap metal. On Jan. 7, 1980, the vessel's hull suffered a crack in No. 5 hold & the ship was taking on water. A distress signal was sent & Nichiin Maru was advised that there were 2 large cracks, that the vessel had a 5 degree list, but that the water was under control. The cracks widened to 4 or 5 feet. The weather deteriorated, became a full gale, & another distress message was broadcast on Jan. 8, 1980. On the 11th, the vessel sank, in sight apparently of Hoegh Miranda, with the loss of all aboard - 29 lives including the Captain's wife & infant son & also the wife of a crewman. Much fuller detail as to the circumstances & particularly about an earlier & significant fire in the vessel can be read at 2 & 3. In a few sentences, however, it would seem that the vessel was chartered to 'Luria Brothers & Company, Inc., et al.' ('Luria'), an international dealer in scrap metals. On Aug. 22, 1979, the vessel loaded 14586 tons of metal turnings at Chicago, such turnings i) having been not chemically treated as required & ii) being at too high a temperature. I wonder who was in command? The vessel left for Newark, New Jersey, & arrived there on Sep. 17, 1979 intending to load additional scrap. On Sep. 18, 1979 a fire broke out in No. 5 hold, however, since the port of New Haven primarily dealt with petroleum products, the vessel was ordered moved. By Sep. 22nd when the vessel arrived at Luria's terminal at Port Newark, the fire had spread - attempts were of course made to extinguish the fire, which reached temperatures in excess of 1100 degrees Fahrenheit, but the fire had spread to all of the vessel's holds. The decision was made to discharge all of the cargo, a task completed on Nov. 9, 1979. I presume that the vessel must have suffered damage in such a fire. Now the shipment of the metal turnings ex Chicago had voided Luria's insurance coverages & the repair of the ship became Luria's responsibility. The decision was accordingly made to send the cleaned up but not repaired ship, with a cargo of scrap, to Japan, where repairs could be more cheaply effected. The rest you already know - except for the financial consequences which are perhaps best left aside - the ship & 29 lives were lost. But ... in the early 1960s, Mike Gale served aboard Barlby as its 5th Engineer. He advises that, in a storm, cracks appeared in Barlby's engine room bulkhead. The cracks were welded up, in Visakhapatnam, India, Mike believes, & that after the welding was done there was no further trouble. How very interesting! In view of what later happened to the vessel. Can you tell us more?
6551, later 6249 & 9092, later 8771 tons
A cargo ship that was launched on Sep. 27, 1951 & completed in Mar 1962. Per 1 (image & data, Medcape), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 472 ft. 8 in. long (144.07 metres) overall, 443 ft 1 in. long (135.05 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots. signal letters GHTJ later SWJG, 7800 BHP engines by J. G. Kincaid and Company Ltd. of Greenock, Scotland. Built for John I. Jacobs & Co. Ltd., of London, which company seems to have been primarily a tanker company. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, on May 25, 1962. In 1970, the vessel was sold to 'Armenistis Shipping Co. Ltd.', with 'Empros Lines Shipping Co. Special S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, the managers, & renamed Alikrator. And in 1976, the vessel was sold again, for $2.75 million, to 'Alge Cia. Naviera S.A.', also of Piraeus, Medluck S.A. of Piraeus the managers, & renamed Medcape. I read that the vessel was laid up, at Piraeus, on May 31, 1982. On Jun. 29, 1984, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of Chin Hsin Metal Industry, to be broken up. WWW data about this vessel is limited. Can you tell us more? Rowen Baker, a site visitor, is looking for the vessel's plans. If you can help in any way, do be in touch with Rowen directly or via the webmaster.
212 Pass of Glenogle
A tanker which became a sand dredger. Per 1 (Pass of Glenogle, image), 2 (image, Sand Sapphire), 3 (Sand Sapphire), 4 (Alwardi, Sand Sapphire, 11th June & 12th July 2005 items), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 203 ft. 0 in. long (61.874 metres) overall, 190 ft. 4 in. long (58.01 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 knots, designed to carry chemicals & solvents, signal letters GLDH. Built for 'Bulk Oil Steamship Co. Ltd.', of London, a subsidiary of William Cory & Son Ltd. Later (in 1965) the vessel was owned by 'Cory Maritime Ltd.'. In 1970, at certain speeds, the vessel suffered vibrations &, to correct the problem, the tips of the bronze propeller blades were trimmed off, underwater, by divers of 'Underwater Maintenance Company'. The vessel was sold, in mid Mar. 1973, to 'Ball and Plumb Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Gravesend, & renamed Cy-Threesome. In 1974, the vessel was sold to 'Sand Supplies (Western) Ltd.' of Bristol, & renamed Sand Sapphire. The vessel was converted at 'Saul' perhaps (where is it? It may relate to Saul Junction on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal), to a suction sand dredger - I previously referenced the name of 'British Dredging (Sand & Gravel) Co. Ltd.', of London, at about this time, perhaps they were the vessel's manager? In 1991, the vessel was sold to 'Hellebore Ltd.' of Kingstown, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, & renamed Alwardi 5. I previously have referred to 'Alwardi Marine & Dredging Co. Ltd.', of Bahrain, as being the new owner. I have also seen references to Alwardi 5 being a passenger vessel - at St. Vincent. In Aug. 2003, the vessel arrived at Gadani Beach, near Karachi, Pakistan, to be broken up at the ship breaking facilities of Bismillah Maritime Breakers. WWW data is quite limited. And confusing. Can you tell us more?
A 'Tree' class tanker. Per 1 (image, British Beech), 2 (image, British Beech), 3 (data Seawind), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 561 ft. 2 in. long (171.04 metres) overall, 531 ft. 0 in. long (161.85 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots, signal letters GLNH. Built for BP Thames Tanker Co. Ltd., of London. Later owned by BP Tanker Company Ltd., also of London. The vessel visited New Zealand 5 times between Nov. 1966 & Apl. 1979. In 1976 the vessel was transferred to Solamole Ltd. of Hamilton Bermuda? Later perhaps the vessel was owned by 'Border Energy Marine Ltd.', of London (or perhaps of Bermuda), which company sold the vessel in 1992 to 'Schiff Holdings Inc.', of Panama, with 'Bakri Navigation Company Ltd.' the managers, also of Panama. They renamed the vessel Seawind. The demolition of Seawind commenced on Aug. 24, 2002, at the Alang, Gujarat, India, ship breaking facilities of Shreeji Traders. WWW data is quite limited. No data as to her service history. Can you help with more info?
214 British Willow
A tanker. Per 1 (5 images available via this page but you must now be registered to be able to access anything), 2 (image, British Willow), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 561 ft. 2 in. long (171.04 metres) overall, 531 ft. 0 in. long (161.85 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots, signal letters GNPH. Built for BP Thames Tanker Co. Ltd. In 1975, the vessel became owned by British Tanker Company Ltd. & in 1981 by BP Shipping Ltd. In 1983, the vessel was sold to Newstead Shipping Corp., of Panama, 'Castle Shipping Co.' of Gibraltar likely the managers, & renamed Newcastle. The vessel was sold again, in 1988, to 'Flamingo Shipping Co.', of Honduras, & renamed Flamingo I. In 1990, Flamingo Shipping Co. Ltd. of Valletta, Malta, became the vessel's owner. WWW data is most limited. The vessel was broken up at Alang, Gujarat, India, in late Dec. 1992 (or maybe in 1994) at the ship breaking facilities of Gujarat Shiptrading. Can you help with more data?
215 Tower Bridge
22367 tons (or
Gen. M. Makleff
Laid down as Silverhow
A bulk carrier. Per 1 (Silver Line), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 645 ft. 6 in. long (196.75 metres) overall, 612 ft. 6 in. long (186.69 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 1/2 knots, signal letters GRKH, with hull especially strengthened for the carriage of ore. The vessel, laid down as Silverhow, was launched as Tower Bridge. Built for Silver Line Limited, of London. The vessel was sold in 1970 to 'A/S Ivarans Rederi', of Norway & renamed Sneholt. In 1973, the vessel was sold to 'Saint Michael Maritime Co. Ltd.' of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed St. Providence. And in 1976 the vessel was sold to Timor Shipping Ltd. of Hong Kong & renamed Ocean Valour. 'Gannel Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Hong Kong, became the vessel's owner in 1977 with no change of vessel name. Similarly, in 1979, 'Navios Viatlantica SA', of Singapore, became the vessel's owners. In 1980, the vessel was acquired by 'Dhalit Rosenfeld (Shipowners) Ltd.', of Haifa, Israel, & renamed Gen. M. Makleff. And last of all, in 1987, the vessel was bought by 'Silver Dragon SA.' of Panama & renamed Enera. On Oct. 5, 1987, the vessel arrived at Bangkok, Thailand, to be broken up at the ship breaking facilities of Thai International Steel. Can you help with more data?
The first page, with 100 'Laing' vessels, is available here. The second such page is here.
The list continues re 'Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. or maybe 'Group''
A Sunderland build list, available to the webmaster, records just 8 vessels built by 'Lanchester' over the period of 1837 thru 1841.
If you have data about the builder, do consider providing it to the webmaster, for inclusion here.
227/242 later 220 tons
A snow or brig. The vessel is Lloyd's Register ('LR') recorded from 1839/40 thru 1846/47 & again from 1855/56 thru 1858/59. For its entire lifetime, the vessel was, per LR, owned by R. (Richard) Walker of Sunderland, per LR the vessel's captain thru 1846/47 at least. For service from Sunderland to London & in 1855/56 & 1856/57 for service from Sunderland to the Baltic. With, per LR, 'Gordey' the vesssel's captain from 1855/56 thru 1858/59.
The North of England Maritime Directory of 1848/9 records the vessel, in Apl. 1848, as registered at Sunderland & owned by R. Walker of Monkwearmouth, Sunderland. While the equivalent register of 1854/55 lists Richard Walker as her owner in Mar. 1854 with David Davison her then captain. Turnbull's Shipping Register lists the vessel in 1856, with Richard Walker recorded as her owner, as does Christie's Shipping Register of 1858.
I note that 'Christie's' also notes, at page bottom here, that the vessel had been lost.
Some operational history. i) Wikipedia advises (thanks!) that on Nov. 15, 1854, Equivalent was driven ashore at Sunderland, further that her crew were all saved. Per a 'Times' of London newspaper report. I read that a major gale in the area forced not only Equivalent, but as many as 14 other vessels also, ashore at Sunderland. As per this contemporary report which states, surely incorrectly, that the vessel had broken up. James Crozier was Equivalent's captain at the time. ii) This U.K. Government page tells us that on Mar. 2, 1857, Equivalent left Sunderland for Hamburg, Germany, with a cargo of coal. A powerful squall suddenly arose causing the vessel to become dismasted - but the vessel was able to make its way back to Sunderland. From somewhere on the E. coast between Farn Islands & Flamborough Head.
What finally happened to Equivalent? Wikipedia advise a) that the vessel was wrecked at Wyk auf Föhr, Holstein, Germany, on May 2, 1858 while en route from Sunderland to Hamburg & b) her crew were rescued. I learn that the vessel was stranded on Hevers Knob Sand, off the island of Amrum, a North Frisian island on the German North Sea coast, south of Sylt & west of Föhr. Could 'Oliver Goadin' have then been the vessel's then captain?
No crew lists seem to be available.
Can you tell us anything additional? Or correct the above in any way. #2548
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