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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.
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.
204 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?
206 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?
207 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''
Almost certainly unrelated to the shipbuilding 'Laings', but a visually interesting item indeed. A beer bottle label which advertises 'Laing Brothers', wine & spirit merchants, of 98 High Street West & 31 Green Street, in Sunderland. An eBay item in Jul. 2012, but with the listing image rotated & roughly straightened for inclusion on this page.
There clearly is a lot of interest in such labels. This one sold for GBP 23.09 or U.S. $36.06 on Jul. 15, 2012. After 4 bids.
Is it possible that you can advise us about 'Laing Brothers'. How long were they in business? Could they be still in business? How old is the label? If you can help any, so do please contact the webmaster here.
An old glass bottle marked 'Laing Brothers' is here, the top image on the page. Re black beer. With their distinctive logo.
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