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JOSEPH L. THOMPSON & SONS LIMITED

ROBERT THOMPSON (1837/1840)
ROBERT THOMPSON & SONS (1840/1871)
JOSEPH L. THOMPSON (1871/1894)
JOSEPH L. THOMPSON & SONS LIMITED (1894/ )

(OF NORTH SANDS, SUNDERLAND
)

but beware ROBERT THOMPSON & SONS (another branch of the family)

This is the second 'Joseph L. Thompson' page, made necessary by the increasing number of listings re 'Joseph Thompson' built vessels. The first page, with the first 100 vessels, is available here.

Build lists? Firstly there is, on site, a 'Joseph L. Thompson' build list from its earliest days in 1838 & onwards. Here. 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:- 133, 163, 193, 223, 253, 285, 313, 343, 373, 405, 435, 466, 494, 524, 555, 584, 614, 644, 674, 706, 717.

Names of just a few of the vessels constructed by Thompson's of North Sands, Sunderland - added as I happen to spot references to them. In a table in build date sequence. And alphabetic within a year.

101 Graiglas
4312 tons
Hull 598

167801

Lantao
Shia
1940

A cargo ship. Per 1 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Graiglas, but I am unable to check the link), 2 (image, Lantao), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 123.3 metres long overall, 404 ft. 8 in., speed of 10 or 10 1/2 knots. Built for Graig Shipping Co. Ltd., of Cardiff, managed by Williams & Co., also of Cardiff. 81 WW2 convoy references, including (I think) 11 Atlantic crossings, often independent, returning with such cargoes as grain, lumber, steel, pulp, linseed etc. The vessel spent a number of months in 1940, in 2 periods (May/Jun & Oct/Dec) on the W. coast of N. America (Los Angeles, Vancouver, etc.) & from Aug. 1944 to Mar. 1945 was mainly in the Indian Ocean. Many U.K. coastal voyages also & frequently in S. America & W. Africa. The vessel was sold, in 1952, to 'Lantao Steamship Co. Ltd.', of Hong Kong, 'Wallem & Co.' also of Hong Kong the manager, & renamed Lantao. Still U.K. registered it would seem. And later that same year, i.e. 1952, the vessel was sold to 'Pan-Norse Steamship Co. SA', of Monrovia, Liberia, with no change of vessel name. A puzzle perhaps is that a Google data 'snippet' indicated that the vessel was sold in 1952, to Indian interests, for about £106 per ton. That data does not seem to 'fit', but it likely does, in a way I do not yet understand. In 1966, the vessel was sold again, to 'General Steamship Co. SA', of Monrovia, & renamed Shia. On Feb. 13, 1967, the vessel arrived at the Hong Kong ship breaking facilities of 'Leung Yau Co.' to be broken up. Anything to add? Or correct? Another image?

102 Royal Emblem
4900 tons
Hull 596

165781
1940

A cargo ship. Per 1 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Royal Emblem, but I cannot check the link), 2 ('plimsollshipdata.org', Lloyd's Register data for the WW2 years), 3 & 4 (images, Royal Emblem), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 415.1 ft. long (126.52 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, 431.8 ft. long (131.61 metres) overall, speed of 10 or 11 knots, signal letters GDSC. Built for Hall Brothers Steamship Co. Ltd., of Newcastle, & managed by the parent company Hall Brothers. Just 14 WW2 convoy references, BUT the voyage data for the vessel is clearly incomplete. The vessel made 2 N. Atlantic crossings for sure, one of them, in Mar. 1941, returning from Halifax, Canada, with steel. Also service to West Africa & U.K. coastal.  But the data is incomplete in a major way. The vessel must have been war damaged - 'Has made wonderful progress in repairing the damage done during the war.' In 1950, the vessel 'Discovered 15 coloured stowaways when she had left Takoradi' (i.e. 'Sekondi-Takoradi', Ghana, W. Africa) for Rotterdam, it would appear. In Jun. 1952, the vessel was at sea during a hurricane while en route from Port Kembla to Newcastle, both New South Wales, Australia. The WWW record for this vessel is almost non-existent. The very few data 'snippets' I could find seem to indicate that much of its life may have been spent in Australian & New Zealand waters. In Oct. 1946, the vessel arrived at Port Adelaide with phosphate rock ex Casablanca. In 1947 the vessel was under time charter to Australian Shipping Board carrying coal & iron ore. In 1950 the vessel was chartered for 12 months to AUSN (Australasian United Steam Navigation Company) to carry general cargo or maybe more coal & iron ore. It had arrived at Birkenhead, Adelaide, carrying 269 cars & earthenware pipe. On Jun. 19, 1961, the vessel arrived at the Hong Kong ship breaking facilities of 'Patt, Manfield & Co Ltd.' to be broken up. Anything to add? Or correct? Another image?

103 Thistlegorm
4898 tons
Hull 599

163052
1940

A freighter. Per 1 (Wikipedia), 2 (fine data), 3 (map showing wreck site), 4 (data, including gunnery practice in para 1), 5 (French 2-page 'pdf' re wreck, thanks to Laurence Verjus), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). A 'dvd' & a video of wreck are available - check the current e-Bay listings - it will surely still be available. 126.5 (or 128) metres (415 ft.) long, speed of 10 1/2 knots. Owned & operated by Albyn Line Ltd. (boats known as 'Thistle' boats but not Thistle Line - there was one already), of Sunderland. The name 'Albyn, Black & Co.' had an association with Albyn Line, I think the managers. While privately owned, the vessel was funded in part by the British Government, & designated an 'Armed Freighter'. Armed but poorly so, with a 4.7 in. gun & a machine gun both of which were surplus from the First World War. A disastrous gunnery practice! Initial voyages to U.S.A., S. America & to the West Indies. Spent 2 months on the Clyde fixing her boilers. On Jun. 2, 1941, the vessel commenced a voyage at Glasgow to supply the 8th Army re the relief of Tobruk, Libya. In convoy via South Africa to the Gulf of Suez (destination Alexandria) with a varied cargo including railway engines, Bedford trucks, motorcycles, ammunition & lots more besides. The vessel moored safely at the S. end of the Gulf of Suez awaiting transit of Suez Canal. Close to Sha’ab Ali reef, near Ras Muhammad National Park today. 2 weeks there (canal blocked by Tynefield). At 1:30 a.m. (have also read 1:39 a.m.) on Oct. 6, 1941, the vessel was hit by two 1000 lb. bombs from one of two (have also read 4) Crete based Heinkel He 111 bombers. Giant explosions. The vessel was abandoned & sank with 9 lives lost of the 48 aboard. At 27.49N/33.55E. The survivors were rescued by Carlisle. The exact wreck site location was found, in 1956, with local help, by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who recovered some artefacts including a motorcycle, the ship's bell & the Captain's safe. But the wreck location was later 'lost' again. Now a dive site and how! As many as 20 dive boats can be on site at any one moment. A website I visited essentially said 'As a dive site there is no better.' Strong currents, however. The wreck is a 'museum' of WW2 artefacts. There are too many WWW links (images also) to Thistlegorm to possibly list here. A book about Albyn Line (The Thistle Boats) by D. C. E. Burrell surely will refer to the vessel. While Alberto Siliotti has written 'SS THISTLEGORM AND ROSALIE MOLLER', available, I believe in both English & Italian editions, published in 2003. Do you have more information?

104 Empire Cranmer
7460 tons
Hull 610

168996

Thraki
Arietta
1941

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Wikipedia, extensive data, Arietta, particularly WW2 convoy data re Empire Cranmer & Thraki), 2 (1941/42 Lloyd's Register, Empire Cranmer), 3 (1943/44 Lloyd's Register, Thraki), 4 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Cranmer, but I am unable to check the link), 5 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Thraki, but I am unable to check the link), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 133.8 metres long overall, 129.2 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 423 ft. 8 in., speed?, code letters BCPN. Built for the Ministry of War Transport, with 'Mungo, Campbell & Co. Ltd.' the managers. 20 WW2 convoy references as Empire Cranmer, including 4 N. Atlantic crossings, returning, re 2 voyages, with grain and/or flour, & otherwise with a general cargo. Also U.K. coastal. In 1942, the vessel was allocated to the Greek Government, of Piraeus, Greece, managed by S. G. Embiricos Ltd., of London & Piraeus, & renamed Thraki. Her first convoy voyage as Thraki was on Oct. 10, 1942. 31 WW2 convoy references as Thraki, including 4 N. Atlantic crossings returning principally with grain, but also with 'fads' & 'MT' (can anybody tell us what they were?), & service into the western Mediterranean (Bône, Bizerta, Algiers, Casablanca etc.). From Jan. 1944, the vessel was mostly independent in the Indian Ocean (Durban, Lourenço Marques, Mombasa, Aden, Massawa in Ethiopia), & from Aug. 1945 in Australian waters (Melbourne & Newcastle). In 1947, the vessel was sold, to 'Livanos Maritime Co. Ltd.', also of Piraeus, & renamed Arietta. On Mar. 17, 1961 the vessel, en route from Novorossiysk, Krasnodar Krai, Russia (on Black Sea), to Liverpool, with a cargo of grain, ran aground, near Novorossiysk. I have not read the circumstances. Any loss of life? Data 'snippets' advise that the vessel was re-floated on Apl. 1, 1961 but was declared to be a constructive total loss; further that it was broken up locally. Note there are many WWW references to the date being Mar. 17, 1960, I think incorrectly. Can you add to and/or correct the above?

105 Empire Halley
7168 tons
Hull 612

169001

Pieter de Hoogh
Britsum
1941

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Hogarth, Pieter de Hoogh, near page bottom), 2 & 3 (images, Britsum), 4 (Dutch page, data & image, Britsum, 90% down), 5 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Halley, but I cannot check the link), 6 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Pieter de Hoogh, but I cannot check the link), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.4 metres long overall, 126.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 424 ft., speed ? Built for the Ministry of War Transport. 9 WW2 convoy references as Empire Halley, 4 of the references being re a single return voyage (Dec. 24, 1941 thru Feb. 28, 1942) to Murmansk, N. Russia, via Reykjavik & Hval Fjord, Iceland, returning via Seyðisfjörður, (Seidisfjord), also Iceland, principally in convoys PQ.7B & QP.7. I have not read what cargo the vessel carried. The others were U.K. coastal. In 1942, the vessel was allocated to the Netherlands Shipping & Trading Committee, i.e. the Netherlands Government, of The Hague, Netherlands, managed by H. Hogarth & Co., & renamed Pieter de Hoogh. 44 WW2 convoy references as Pieter de Hoogh, including at least 6 N. Atlantic crossings (frequently returning with grain or flour), 4 voyages to northern Russia (Murmansk, Archangel), voyages to & from Antwerp, & U.K. coastal. At Murmansk it survived numerous German air raids & it would seem shot down one of the German aircraft. '1945 transferred to van Nievelt Goudriaan & Co.', which I think means a change of manager rather than of owner. In 1947 the vessel was sold, to 'Stoom Maats Oostzee' or Stoomvaart Mij "Oostzee" of Amsterdam, Vinke & Co. or Vinke & Zonen the managers, & renamed Britsum. On Aug. 24, 1959, the vessel arrived at the Osaka, Japan, ship breaking facilities of Kitagawa Sangyo Kisen Kaisha, to be broken up. It would seem that Empire Halley was a prototype vessel for the U.S. 'Liberty Ship' building program. Images of this vessel seem to be scarce. Can you add to and/or correct the above?

106 Empire Moon
7472 tons
Hull 605

168906

Ionian Moon
Sterling Victory
Alma
Campos
1941

A cargo ship. Per 1 (1943 torpedo attack), 2 (image, Alma), 3 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Moon, but I cannot check the link), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 135.3 metres long, speed of 10 knots. Built as a CAM (Catapult Armed Merchantman) ship (equipped to rocket launch, but not recover, a Hawker Sea Hurricane aircraft) for Ministry of War Transport & initially managed by Headlam & Sons, of Whitby. I am advised (thanks Don!), that the vessel made 7 N. Atlantic crossings, served in the Mediterranean & had many U.K. coastal voyages. On Sep. 26, 1941, the vessel collided in fog with Empire Mallard, near Point Armour, Strait of Belle Isle, between Labrador & Newfoundland, Canada. While Empire Mallard sank, Empire Moon was only slightly damaged. In 1942, the manager became Haldin & Philipps Ltd., of London. On Jun. 14, 1942, while in convoy HG 84, Empire Moon catapult launched its aircraft (Pilot Officer Sanders) to chase away a German Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft. Sanders ditched in the sea, & was recovered by Stork. On Jul. 22, 1943, while en route from Syracuse, Sicily, to Malta, with a cargo of coal, the vessel was targeted off Sicily by U-81, which fired 3 torpedoes, one of which at least hit forward, & was hit by another torpedo when stopped. 2 holds on fire. At 36.43N/15.20E. No loss of life. The vessel was towed to Syracuse, Sicily, beached, holds still afire, & was flooded to extinguish the fires. Later, in Jun. 1945, it was re-floated, towed to Palermo & repaired. In 1946, the manager became G. O. Till, of London. The vessel was sold, no change of manager, in 1947, to Mediterranean Steamship Co. Ltd., of London, & in 1949 was renamed Ionian Moon. In 1953, the vessel was sold to Sterling Shipping Co. Ltd., of Nassau, Bahamas, & renamed Sterling Victory, (A. Vergottis Ltd. of London, the manager). In 1957 it was sold again, to 'Compagnia Navigazione Campos', of Panama, & in 1968 was renamed Alma (Liberian flag). Managed by Michalinos Maritime & Commercial Co. Ltd., of Greece. It would appear to have been transferred in 1969 to 'Campos Shipping Co. Ltd.' of Famagusta, Cyprus. On Dec. 28, 1969, the vessel left Pulo Bukom (Singapore) for Shanghai, China, where it arrived on Jan. 20, 1970, to be broken up. A number of sites refer to the vessel being sold in 1952 to Alcyone Shipping Co. Ltd. & renamed Alcyone Fortune, but the listings would seem to be in error. Can you add anything?

107 Empire Barrie
7168 tons
Hull 615

169016

Clan Alpine
Umvoti
Clan Alpine
1942

A 'B'-type tramp steamer. An interesting history indeed! Per A (e-Bay image, Clan Alpine), 1 (3/4 way down, Clan Alpine), 2 [Clan Line, Clan Alpine (4)], 3 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Barrie, but I cannot check the link), 4 ('plimsollshipdata.org', Lloyd's Register data, 1941/42 thru 1945/46, Empire Barrie), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 423.8 ft. long perpendicular to perpendicular, 441.5 ft. long overall, signal letters BDRD. Built for Ministry of War Transport & initially managed by Allan, Black & Co., of Sunderland. In 1944, the vessel's manager became Clan Line Ltd., of Glasgow. 48 WW2 convoy references as Empire Barrie, including at least 2 voyages across the N. Atlantic & service to W. Africa (Freetown, Takoradi) & Aden, & many U.K. coastal trips. The vessel was sold, in 1945, to Clan Line Steamers Ltd. ("Clan"), of Glasgow, & renamed Clan Alpine. The vessel was transferred in 1957 (why that word? It would seem that they were not related until later) to Bullard, King & Company, Limited, of London, & renamed Umvoti. In 1959, the vessel was sold to Clan again & renamed Clan Alpine. And sold, in late 1959, to Japanese breakers for delivery in Nov. 1960. The vessel arrived from Glasgow & moored at Chittagong, Bangladesh, when, on Oct. 31, 1960, she broke her moorings in a cyclone & was driven ashore. Left high & dry on Sonachara Beach, in paddy fields, 11 miles from the entrance to Chittagong. Capt. Andy Logan, in 'Sea Breezes' of Feb. 1998, describes the ship, I read, as being swept astern by the storm surge associated with the cyclone at the amazing speed of 35 knots! With the engines full steam ahead in the opposite direction! Her final resting place was 1/2 mile from the nearest water deep enough to float her. The vessel's cargo was removed & the vessel was sold, in Feb. 1961, to East Bengal Trading Corporation Ltd. She was scrapped in situ that month. Can you add anything?

108 Empire Galliard
7170 (or 7097) tons
Hull 619

169025

Aert Van Der Neer
Maasland
M. Bingül
1942

An 'Empire' cargo ship. Per 1 (medals, year later corrected to 1942), 2 (image Maasland), 3 (image Maasland, also -01), 4 (image M. Bingül), 5 (Dutch page, Maasland, images), 6 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Galliard, but I cannot check the link), 7 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Aert Van der Neer, but I cannot check the link), 8 (image M. Bingül in 1963), 9 (Royal Holland Lloyd, no ref. to vessel), 10 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 424 ft. long. Built for Ministry of War Transport & managed by Common Bros. Just 8 WW2 convoy references as Empire Galliard, mainly UK coastal, but record goes only to Nov. 1943. Included was a Nov. 1942 voyage to Reykjavik, Iceland & onwards to Molotovsk, (Severodvinsk) near Archangel, Russia. Captain John Mitchell was awarded the Distinguished Service Order & 8 crew members were awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for their carrying, 'unescorted', tanks, planes & ammunition to Russia. 2 voyages, in fact, to Murmansk area. Became owned by the Netherlands Government in 1943 & renamed Aert Van der Neer. 30 WW2 convoy references as Aert Van der Neer. At least 4 voyages across N. Atlantic & many 1945 independent such voyages, service into Mediterranean (Port Said, Naples etc.) & voyage to Kola Inlet, Murmansk. Vessel was sold on Dec. 20, 1946 to 'Koninklijke Hollandsche Lloyd' (Royal Holland Lloyd or Royal Dutch Lloyd), of Amsterdam, (S. M. Oostzee the managers?), & renamed Maasland. Sold in 1959 to 'Cerrahogullari Umumi Nakliyat-Vapurculuk ve Ticaret T.A.S.', of Istanbul, Turkey, & renamed M. Bingül. Arrived at Fener, Istanbul, Turkey, on Sep. 2, 1966, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

109 Empire Iseult
7170 tons
Hull 618

169024

Frans van Mieris
Farmsum
Kin Ming
Kai Quen
1942

A cargo ship. Per 1 (image, Empire Iseult), 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 (images, Farmsum), 7 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Iseult, but I cannot check the link), 8 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Frans van Mieris, but I cannot check the link), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.4 metres long overall, 126.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 424 ft., speed of 10 1/2 knots. Built for the Ministry of War Transport ('Ministry'). 12 WW2 convoy references as Empire Iseult, incl. at least 1 N. Atlantic crossing, service to Caribbean (Trinidad, Guantanamo), to Africa (Freetown, Cape Town), in Indian Ocean (Bandar Abbas, Aden, Durban) & U.K. coastal. In 1943, the vessel was purchased by the Netherlands Government, The Hague, Netherlands, under the Allied Tonnage Replacement Scheme, was chartered to Ministry, with 'Rotterdam Lloyd' the managers, & renamed Frans van Mieris. 24 WW2 convoy references as Frans van Mieris, including likely 5 N. Atlantic crossings, extensive service in Mediterranean (Malta, Bari, Augusta, Port Said, Alexandria), in Indian Ocean (Aden, Bombay), a voyage to Antwerp, & U.K. coastal. In 1946 the vessel was sold, to 'Stoom Maats Oostzee' or Stoomvaart Mij "Oostzee" of Amsterdam, Vinke & Co. or Vinke & Zonen the managers, & renamed Farmsum. In 1959, the vessel was sold to 'E-Hsiang Steamship Co. Ltd.', of Keelung, Formosa (now Taiwan), & renamed Kin Ming. (Note: There would also seem to have been a 'E-Hsiang Steamship Co. (Hong Kong) Ltd.', of Hong Kong at the same time). In 1965, the vessel was sold to Kai Tai Marine Lines Ltd., of Keelung, Taiwan, 'China Union Lines Ltd.' the managers, & renamed Kai Quen. In Sep. 1969, the vessel arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up. Can you add to and/or correct the above?

110 Empire Johnson
7168 tons
Hull 613

169007

Paulus Potter
1942

An 'Empire' cargo ship. that had a very short life - completed in Jan. 1942, & sunk in Jul. of that year. Per 1 ('uboat.net', extensive data, modest image), 2 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Johnson, but I cannot check the link), 3 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Paulus Potter, but I cannot check the link), 4 (images, Paulus Potter, & data in Dutch), 5, 6, 7 & 8 (all Convoy PQ.17, incl. background data, some with maps), 9 (data), 10 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 424 ft. long. Built for Ministry of War Transport & managed by Sir R. Ropner & Co. Ltd., of West Hartlepool. Just 4 WW2 convoy references as Empire Johnson, including 1 N. Atlantic crossing. In 1942, the vessel was bought by the Netherlands Government & renamed Paulus Potter, Van Ommeren (London) Ltd., the managers. Named, I presume, after Dutch landscape & animal artist Paulus Potter, 1625/1654, (1 & 2). Who also had a short life! It would seem that the vessel was transferred - to 'NV Stoomvaart Maatschappij Wijklijn', 'Erhardt & Dekkers N.V.', the managers, both of Rotterdam. Just 2 WW2 convoy references as Paulus Potter - from Loch Ewe to Reykjavik, Iceland, in Jun. 1942 & onwards, also in Jun. 1942, from Hvalfjord, Reykjavik, to Archangel, Russia, with a general cargo that included, I read, ammunition, 34 tanks, 15 aircraft & 103 trucks. The ship, under the command of W. J. Sissingh, was in Convoy PQ.17 which left Reykjavik on Jun. 27; a large convoy of 41 (or 36 or 35, the data differs) merchant ships (24 of which were sunk) & 43 escort ships. Do read the extensive text at 1. The convoy dispersed & the fleet scattered, on Jul. 4, for reasons that later proved to be invalid. Paulus Potter continued with 2 other ships, & on Jul. 5, all 3 were badly damaged when attacked by German Ju 88 aircraft, a long way ENE of Bear Island (Norway, Norwegian Sea) or W. of Novaya Zemlya (an archipelago N. of Russia in the Arctic Ocean). At 77.04N/34.30E. After 2 hits, the entire complement of Paulus Potter, (76, including 14 gunners & 11 Russian passengers), took to the boats, thinking the vessel was about to sink. Many days later, on Jul. 13, 1942, the abandoned & drifting vessel was boarded by crew of U-255 (who recovered confidential papers that had been left aboard) & was torpedoed & sunk. At approx. 70.00N/52.00E, in the Barents Sea. The survivors suffered terribly from cold & hunger for 5 days in open boats, & eventually made landfall at Novaya Zemlya. On Jul. 17, they were rescued by a Soviet whaling vessel &, transferred to Empire Tide, made Archangel on Jul 24. So no lives were lost. Can you add anything?

111 Empire Tristram
7167 tons
Hull 617

169022

Hollypark
Gogovale
Avisvale
St. Nicolas
1942

An 'Empire' cargo ship. Per 1 ('Wikipedia', data, Empire Tristram), 2 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Tristram, but I cannot check the link), 3 (convoy PQ.18), 4 (V-1, flying bomb), 5 (image, Hollypark), 6 (image, Avisvale), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.4 metres long overall, 126.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 424 ft., speed of 10 1/2 knots. Built for the Ministry of War Transport & managed initially by Common Bros. Ltd. & in 1943 by J. & J. Denholm Ltd. ('Denholm'), of Glasgow. 55 WW2 convoy references as Empire Tristram, including 3 N. Atlantic crossings, carrying grain where her cargo is 'convoyweb.org' indicated. The vessel was in convoy PQ.18 in Sep. 1942, to Archangel, northern Russia. Was frequently in the Mediterranean (Algiers, Bari, Augusta, Naples, Alexandria, etc.), also many U.K. coastal voyages. In Jul. 1943, per 'convoyweb.org', the vessel was fitted with 'AND' at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Can anybody advise what 'AND' means? On Jun. 23, 1944, the vessel was hit by a V-1 flying bomb when at Surrey Commercial Docks in London, & caught fire. The damage may have been modest, since on Jul. 12, 1944, the vessel was again damaged at that same location in an air raid, (did it stay there from Jun. 23, 1944, I wonder). The vessel made it to Methil, Firth of Forth, in convoy FN.1431 & was there laid up until Dec. 20, 1944. Towed to Blyth, Northumberland, for repairs, apparently (I wonder when). In 1946, the vessel was sold to Denholm Line Steamers Ltd., of Greenock, Scotland, managed by Denholm, & renamed Hollypark. In 1955, the vessel was sold to Buchanan Shipping Co. Ltd., managed by Andrew Crawford & Co. Ltd., both of Glasgow, & renamed Gogovale. In 1957, the vessel was sold to The Aviation & Shipping Co. Ltd., managed by Purvis Shipping Co. Ltd., both of London, & renamed Avisvale. In 1961, the vessel was sold to 'Compagnia Navigazione Marcasa SA', of Panama, 'S. Catsell & Co. Ltd.', of London, the managers, & renamed St. Nicolas. Registered at Beirut, Lebanon. On Jan. 28, 1967, the vessel arrived at the Split, Yugoslavia, ship breaking facilities of 'Brodospas' to be broken up. Can you add or correct anything?

112 Middlesex Trader
7241 (later 7258) tons
Hull 621

168343

Strovili
Anker
Carnia
1942

A cargo vessel. Per 1 [Trader Navigation, Middlesex Trader (1)], 2 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Middlesex Trader, but I cannot check the link), 3 (image, Middlesex Trader), 4 ('plimsollshipdata.org', Lloyd's Register data, 1942/43 thru 1945/46, Middlesex Trader), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 423.8 ft. long (129.17 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, 441.4 ft. long (134.54 metres) overall, speed of 10 knots, signal letters BFGK later PCQZ. 441 ft. 5 in. long overall in 1957/58. Built for Trader Navigation Co. Ltd., of London. Just 36 WW2 convoy references, mainly in the western Mediterranean (Algiers, Augusta, Bari, Bone, Malta, Tripoli, etc., also Alexandria, Port Said),  a single N. Atlantic crossing, & U.K. coastal. I suspect that the vessel had many independent voyages but I am not permitted to access that data. In 1950, the vessel left Los Angeles, California, with a first shipment of 'oil pipes' for use in the construction of a pipeline across Iran. The vessel was sold, in 1955, to 'Strovili Cia Naviera SA', of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, & renamed Strovili. In 1956, the vessel was sold to 'N.V. Anker Kolen Maatschappij', perhaps, in English, the 'Anker Coal Company', of Rotterdam, & renamed Anker. In 1958, the vessel was sold, for £230,000, to 'Marisicula S.p.A.', of Palermo, Italy, Pala & Franceschini the managers, & renamed Carnia. The vessel was laid up at La Spezia, Italy, as & from Mar. 1963. In Apl. 1965, the vessel arrived at the La Spezia ship breaking facilities of 'Terrestre Marittima', to be broken up. Anything you can add?

113 Thistledale
7241 tons
Hull 620

169030

Nedi
1942

A cargo vessel. Per A (e-Bay image, Nedi), 1 (Albyn Line, Thistledale), 2 (Albyn Line), 3 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Thistledale, but I cannot check the link), 4 (image, Thistledale), 5 (image Thistledale, also -01 & -03), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.4 metres long overall, 126.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 10 1/2 knots. Owned by Albyn Line Ltd., of Sunderland, (Allan, Black & Co. Ltd., the managers). 35 WW2 convoy references, mainly in the western Mediterranean (Augusta, Naples, Bari, Bone, Algiers, but also to Alexandria),  a voyage to Archangel, Russia) & U.K. coastal. The vessel was later chartered, for a 2 year period, for trading in Australian coastal waters. Have not read when or to whom. The vessel was sold, in 1959, to 'Panamanian buyers'. In particular to 'Altis Compagnia Naviera SA', of Panama, or maybe of Beirut, Lebanon, & renamed Nedi. Registered at Panama. On Nov. 29, 1966, the vessel was in tow (by whom) to be scrapped (where?) when it ran aground at Fehmarn Island, a German island in the Baltic Sea. I have not read the circumstances. Can you tell us about them? The vessel was re-floated, sold & in Jun. 1967 arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

114 Denewood
7241 tons
Hull 626

169682

Indore
Polegate
1943

A dry cargo vessel. Per 1 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Denewood, but I cannot check the link), 2 (image Indore, also -01?), 3 (image, Polegate), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.4 metres long overall, 126.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 10 knots. Built for John I. Jacobs & Co. Ltd., of London, which company seems to have been primarily a tanker company. Sunderland was twice attacked by German aircraft in May 1943, & 153 lost their lives in those attacks. Laing's, Greenwell's & Thompson's were amongst the facilities that were hit. On May 16, 1943, Denewood, in process of being fitting out, was damaged by either shrapnel or machine gun bullets. And on May 24, 1943, a parachute mine landed on Denewood, lying at the Thompson's quay, holed her & sank her. She was re-floated on Jun. 4, 1943 & repaired at Blyth. 20 WW2 convoy references, including 3 N. Atlantic crossings, service in the Mediterranean (Augusta, Bari, Brindisi, Casablanca & Port Said), service in the Indian Ocean (Bombay, Madras, Colombo) & U.K. coastal. There were also 2 independent voyages to U.S.A., in Jun. & Aug. 1945. The vessel was sold, in 1945, to 'Maritime Shipping & Trading Co., Ltd.' ('Maritime'), also of London, 'Michalinos and Co. Ltd.' the managers, & renamed Indore. The vessel was 'transferred', in 1961, to 'United Merchants' Shipping Co. Ltd.' ('United'), of London, & renamed Polegate.  I presume that Maritime & United must have been related. On Nov. 10, 1967, the vessel arrived at the Hamburg, Germany, ship breaking facilities of 'Eisen u. Metall', to be broken up. Anything you can add?

115 Empire Brutus
7233 (or 7209) tons
Hull 624

169111

Vergmor
Southgate
Fatih
1943

An 'Empire' cargo ship. Per 1 (Wikipedia, Empire Brutus), 2 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Brutus, but I cannot check the link), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 423.8 ft. long, speed of 10 1/2 knots. Built for Ministry of War Transport & managed by W. T. Gould & Co. Ltd., of Cardiff. Later managed by Haddon Steamship Co. Ltd. ('Haddon'), of London. 25 WW2 convoy references, mainly U.K. coastal & to Seine Bay, France, (re Normandy landings, I presume) but including at least 2 N. Atlantic crossings, & Mediterranean (Port Said). On Jul. 26, 1943, while in convoy OS/KMS.52KM, en route from Newport, Wales, to Algiers & Bougie, Algeria, with ammunition, bombs & trucks, the vessel was damaged by bombs dropped by enemy aircraft when 197 miles W. of Cape Caroeiro, Portugal. At 39.50N/ 13.38W. She was towed by 261 ton tug Empire Samson at 2 knots to Lisbon, a voyage that took 5 days.  On Jul. 8, 1944, after the end of convoy ETM.27, en route from Juno Beach/Seine Bay to Southend in ballast, the vessel hit a mine off Arromanches, France (at 49.27N/00.29W). She was beached at Juno Beach, re-floated the next day & towed to Middlesbrough for repairs. The vessel was sold to Haddon in 1948, & in 1950 was renamed Vergmor. In 1950, the vessel was sold for £205,000 to 'Turnbull Scott Shipping Company Limited', a tramp ship company, of London, & renamed Southgate. The vessel was sold again, in 1955, at about £350,000, to 'Sadikzade Rusen Ogullari Kollektif Sirketi', (maybe 'Denizcilik' in the name also), of Istanbul, Turkey, & renamed Fatih. I read that Fatih was scrapped after grounding in the Parana River. Now there is a very long river indeed, in South America, named Parana. If that is the correct river, was the vessel towed back to Turkey? Have read no detail as to the circumstances. In late 1967, the vessel was sold to 'Avram Kohen', Turkish ship breakers, & on Feb. 12, 1968, the break up of the vessel commenced at Istanbul. The above text may need significant correction. Can you do that and/or add anything?

116 Empire Duke
7240 tons
Hull 628

180048

Lieutenant J. Le Meur
Zelidja
Propontis
1943

An 'Empire' cargo ship. Per 1 (Wikipedia, Empire Duke), 2 (Compagnie Générale Transatlantique i.e. French Line, Lieutenant J. Le Meur), 3 (data in French, 3 images), 4 (French, Lieutenant ..., image), 5 (image Zelidja), 6 (image Lieutenant J. Le Meur), 7 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Duke, but I cannot check the link), 8 (sepia image Zelidja, 65% down), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 424 ft. long, speed of 10 1/2 or 11 knots. Built for Ministry of War Transport (MT 48) & managed by Hugh Hogarth & Sons, of Glasgow. 53 WW2 convoy references including 2 N. Atlantic crossings, service to the continent (Antwerp & Seine Bay), West Africa (Freetown) & Mediterranean (Port Said). Involved in the Jun. 1944 Normandy landings. Sold in 1945 to the French Government & renamed Lieutenant J. Le Meur. Now links 2 & 3 state that 'Compagnie Générale Transatlantique', i.e. French Line, was the actual purchaser. Lieutenant Julien Le Meur was an officer on Ile de France, became an airman & was killed in 1944. On N. Atlantic cargo service. A voyage to Madagascar & Australia in 1947. Transferred in 1949 to 'la Compagnie Franco Chérifienne de Navigation', of Casablanca, Morocco & renamed Zelidja. Sold again, in 1955, to Compagnia de Navigazione Hellespont S.A., of Monrovia, Liberia & renamed Propontis, (word means Sea of Marmara). Sold in 1957 to Compagnie de Navigazione Propontis Liberia S.A., of Liberia, (or maybe of Andros, Greece), M. A. Embiricos or A. M. Embiricos, the managers (which is correct?), no change of name. Arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on May 24, 1966, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

117 Essex Trader
7237 tons
Hull 623

168380

Eskcliffe
Sandra
1943

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Trader Navigation, Essex Trader (1)], 2 (interesting WW2 experiences), 3 (1953 tow), 4 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Trader, but I cannot check the link), 5 (image, Essex Trader), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 134.4 metres long overall, 126.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 10 1/2 knots, equipped with heavy lifting derricks. Built for Trader Navigation Co. Ltd., of London, the first of three fleet vessels of the name. 59 WW2 convoy references including a single N. Atlantic crossing, returning with flour, extensive service in the Mediterranean (Port Said, Alexandria, Malta, Augusta, Bari, Brindisi etc.), service to West Africa (Freetown, Takoradi, Lagos) & U.K. coastal. 2 refers to carrying i) ammunition, military transport vehicles etc. from Helensborough, Scotland, to West African ports returning with peanuts ex Lagos, Nigeria, ii) Sherman tanks & military supplies to ports on the N. African coast, & iii) troops & landing craft for St. Tropez in Southern France re Operation 'Dragoon'. And, if I understand other WWW links correctly, the ship landed many (maybe 28) Spitfire aircraft at Casablanca. In 1945, the vessel was in the Indian Ocean (Colombo, Aden, Durban, Cape Town), then to South America (Montevideo, Bahia Blanca, Pernambuco). Also in 1945, & again in 1947, the vessel carried Canadian wheat from the port of Churchill, Manitoba, to the U.K. In early Mar. 1953, when in the Indian Ocean, S. of Colombo, Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka), Mooltan took off an Essex Trader seaman with suspected appendicitis & landed him at Fremantle, Western Australia, & ii) Essex Trader lost her propeller, drifted helplessly for a while, & was towed to Colombo by Exmoor. It would seem that the vessel had had other recent mechanical problems. The sick sailor indicated that on her previous voyage the ship has broken down seven times. In 1958, the vessel was sold, for about £522,500, to 'Esk Shipping Co. Ltd.', of London, & renamed Eskcliffe. In 1959, the vessel was sold again, to 'Pacific Overseas Navigation Corp. SA', of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Sandra. A little later, in 1960, the vessel was sold to 'Empresa Naviera La Libertad SA', also of Panama City, with no change of vessel name.  On Mar. 26, 1967, the vessel arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up. Can you add to and/or correct anything above? Another image?

118 Empire Ganges
3744 tons
Hull 636

180147

Bolma
Astrality
Monte Berico
1944

A tanker. Per 1 (Wikipedia, Empire Ganges), 2 (image, Bolma, plus -02, -03, -04), 3 (images Bolma), 4 (image, Astrality), 5 & 6 (images, Astrality, plus many more thru -08), 7 (image, Monte Berico), 8 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Ganges, but I cannot check the link), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 109.0 metres long overall, 102.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 344 ft. long, speed of 12 knots, signal letters GCFJ. Built for Ministry of War Transport & managed by F. T. Everard & Sons ('Everard'), of London. The vessel was completed in Dec. 1944, so just 3 WW2 convoy references. The vessel was sold, in 1946, to 'Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd.', of London, & renamed Bolma. In 1955, the vessel was transferred to related company Shell Tankers Ltd., & managed by Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd. Later in 1955, the vessel was sold to Everard & renamed Astrality. In 1965, the vessel was sold again, to 'Marittima Fluviale Méridionale', of Palermo, Italy, V. Bellerino the manager, & renamed Monte Berico. A further four sales, all with no change of vessel name. In 1967 to 'Veneziataners SAS', or 'Venezia Tankers SAS', of Venice, Italy, in 1973 to 'Misano di Navigazione SpA', of Palermo, in 1976 to 'Francesco Saverio Salonia', of Rome, & in 1977 to 'Maralba SpA', (of Venice perhaps though most references are to Palermo). In Nov. 1978, the vessel arrived at the La Spezia, Italy, ship breaking facilities of 'De. Co. Mar. SpA', to be broken up. Can you add anything?

119 Silveroak
9487 tons
Hull 629

169879

Port Stephens
Benvannoch
1944

A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Benvannoch), 1 (Silver Line, Silveroak), 2 (image, Silveroak, 50% down), 3 [Ben Line, Benvannoch (5)], 4 [Port Line, Port Stephens (3)], 5 & 6 (images Silveroak), 7 (image Port Stephens), 8 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Silveroak, but I cannot check the link), 9 (30% down, Benvannoch), 10 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 490 ft. 4 in. long, speed of 15 knots. Built for Silver Line Limited, or maybe instead 'Silver Java Pacific Co.', of London, S. & J. Thompson Limited, of Leith, Scotland, the managers. Just 5 WW2 convoy references including 2 N. Atlantic crossings. I wonder why so few? In 1951, the vessel was in dry dock at Swansea. It visited Auckland, New Zealand, once as Silveroak (Jan. 22, 1953) & later once as Port Stephens (Nov. 19, 1955), when chartered to Port Line in 1955 and, for the duration of the charter, was renamed Port Stephens. In 1956, the vessel was sold, maybe for £637,500, to Ben Line Steamers Ltd. (Wm. Thompson & Co., the managers), of Edinburgh, & renamed Benvannoch. On Jan. 15, 1969, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, facilities of 'Chin Ho Fa Steel & Iron Co Ltd.', to be broken up. Can you add anything?

120 Empire Allenby
9905 (or 9904) tons
Hull 633

180157

Drakensburg Castle
or
Drakensberg Castle
1945

An 'Empire Rawlinson' class fast ship. Per 1 ('plimsollshipdata.org', Lloyd's Register, 1945/46), 2 (Union-Castle, Drakensburg Castle), 3 (data Drakensburg Castle, 40% down), 4 (image, Drakensberg Castle), 5 & 6 (images, Drakensburg & Drakensberg Castle, also -01, -02), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 152.5 metres long overall, 141.7 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots, accommodation for 36 passengers, signal letters GJTM & ZSLF. Built for the Ministry of War Transport, Prince Line Ltd. the managers. High service speed of 14.5 knots. With this type of ship, no crew members were berthed in the forecastle because of the risk of hitting a mine; the officers were accommodated amidships & the crew in the poop. The vessel was sold, in 1946, to Union-Castle Mail Steamship Co. Ltd. & renamed either Drakensberg Castle or Drakensburg Castle. Some confusion as to the name i.e. 'berg' or 'burg' at the end. Miramar states Drakensberg Castle. As do many others - books including 'A great fleet of ships: the Canadian forts & parks' by Syd C. Heal & also Ralph C. Baker, who served as its Chief Engineer. But many say 'Drakensburg'. What does Lloyd's Register say? The vessel was transferred to South African registry on Jul. 22, 1947. Deployed on the U.S.A. - South Africa run. By the late 1950s, the vessel was operating a general cargo service round Africa. The vessel proved to be of too high a speed & too expensive to operate in peacetime requirements. On Aug. 5, 1959, the vessel arrived at the Hong Kong ship breaking facilities of to be broken up. It was scrapped in Sep. 1959, at the Hong Kong ship breaking facilities of 'Hong Kong Salvage & Towage Co.' or 'Hong Kong Towage & Salvage Co.' Can you clarify the name issue or add/correct anything?

121 Empire Ensign
3758 (or 3750) tons
Hull 637

180152

British Drummer
Anella
Norse Commander
1945

An intermediate tanker. Per 1 (image, British Drummer, also -02 & -03), 2 (image, British Drummer), 3 & 4 (images, Norse Commander, but for the second one you must now register to see it), 5 (1965 oil fire, Singapore), 6 ('convoyweb.org', WW2 convoy duty, click on 'SHIP SEARCH' then insert Empire Ensign, but I cannot check the link), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 109.0 metres long overall (357.6 ft.), 102.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular (344 ft.), speed of 12 knots. Built for the Ministry of War Transport. Just 3 WW2 convoy references, incl. a voyage from the Cyde to Gibraltar for ultimately Colombo, Sri Lanka, it would seem. In 1946, the vessel was sold to 'British Tanker Co. Limited', of London, & renamed British Drummer. In 1956, the vessel was transferred to 'BP Tanker Co. Ltd.', also of London. In 1957, the vessel was sold to 'Rederi A/S Mimer & A/S Norfart', of Oslo, Norway, Arne Blystad, also of Oslo, the manager, & renamed Anella. In 1958, the vessel was sold again, to Bucha, Godager & Co., also of Oslo, & renamed Norse Commander. 'Snippet' references - i) to the vessel being chartered in 1959, because of her shallow draft perhaps, to Esso for 'dirty trading' service between Fawley & Mode Wheel on the Manchester Ship Canal, & ii) to a 1961 ref. to the ship carrying fish oils ex Iceland. On Nov. 9, 1965, while in dry dock for repairs at King Albert Dock, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore, an oil fire, soon extinguished, broke out in the vessel. There were no casualties & damage to the vessel was minimal. In 1966, the vessel suffered boiler problems & on Sep. 6, 1966, the vessel arrived under tow at Singapore. It was uneconomic to effect repairs. So, on Nov. 12, 1966, the vessel arrived at the Singapore ship breaking facilities of Hong Huat Hardware Co. to be broken up. There is not a lot of data WWW available about this vessel. Can you add anything?

122 Bencruachan
8047 tons
Hull 644

181174

Annunciation Day
Demis
1946

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Ben Line, Bencruachan (2)], 2 (data, Bencruachan), 3 & 4 (images, Bencruachan, also -06, -09, -11), 5 (image, Annunciation Day), 6 (Lloyd's Register data, 1945/46, Bencruachan, ex 'plimsollshipdata.org'), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for Ben Line Steamers Ltd., (William Thomson & Co.), of Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland. 147.2 metres (482 ft. 6 in.) long overall, 137.4 metres (461.0 ft.) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 or 16 1/2 knots. With capacity for 26 cabin passengers & 220 in steerage. But ... Nigel Johnston advises that that passenger data is incorrect. Nigel cleaning the ship's whistle in the 1950s! He remembers only one or maybe two passenger cabins & not 26 - nor did the ship have accommodation for 220 steerage passengers - though on occasion dozens of stevedores cooked, slept and even erected their own makeshift loo over the stern on deck during the week of cargo loading/unloading! Served Far East ports, (Penang, Port Swettenham now Port Klang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai). The vessel was sold, in 1966, to 'Twenty Five March Shipping Co. S.A.' ('March'), of Greece, Union Commercial Steamship Co. the managers?, & renamed Annunciation Day. The vessel was sold again, in 1969, to Golden Star Shipping Co. Ltd., of Cyprus, & later that year sold back to March. The vessel was sold again, in 1974, to 'Demis Navigation Co. S.A.', of Greece, 'G. Eleftheriou' the manager?, & renamed Demis. As Demis, the vessel traded with Cuba, as had Annunciation Day. The vessel was laid up in 1975 at Piraeus, Greece. On Mar. 19, 1979, the vessel arrived, under tow, at the Split, Yugoslavia, facilities of Brodospas ('Brodospas Offshore Towage & Salvage Co.'?), to be broken up. Nigel Johnston seeks plans of the vessel to build a model. Can you help him or otherwise add anything?

123 British Rose
6101 tons
Hull 646

180973
500110962?
1946

A tanker that had a short life - just 15 years. Per 1 (image, British Rose), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 128.9 metres long (422 ft. 8 in.) overall, 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.'. Drydocking & repairs in 1950. Corroded tanks were renewed in 1955 at the South Shields facility of Middle Docks & Engineering Co., Ltd. Visited New Zealand once only, on Nov. 13, 1958. A British Rose fireman-greaser (his name?) was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Testimonial on Parchment for attempting to save the lives of two shipmates - at or about 1960. On Jun. 16, 1961, the vessel arrived, at the Bruges, Belgium, facilities of 'Van-Heyghen Frère S.A.' to be broken up. Actual break up commenced on Jul. 17, 1961. Very little data is WWW available about this vessel. Can you add anything?

124 Empire Gala
9074 (became 9171, or 9081) tons
Hull 640

181128

Bir Hakeim
Marionga Maris
Everlucky
Maritime Express
1946

A 'Park' type, cargo & passenger ship. Per 1 (French page, extensive data, 14 images & crew images also), 2 (link 2, WWW translated), 3 (French page, history), 4 (link 4, WWW translated), 5 (Messageries Maritimes, Bir Hakeim), 6 (data & 2 images, Bir Hakeim, 55% down), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Launched as Empire Gala for Ministry of War Transport, but delivered as Bir Hakeim  to 'Ministère de la Marine Marchande', i.e. the French Government, & assigned to 'Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes' ('Maritimes'), of Dunkirk, France, as managers. But have also read that the vessel was owned by 'Gouvernment Générale de l'Indo-Chine', of Indo-China. Can anybody explain? Do I have it correctly? 147.2 metres long overall, 460 ft., speed of 15 1/2 or 16 knots. The vessel carried originally 100 passengers & 120 crew, but 1 refers to 36 cabin passengers & 220 in steerage. Equipped with a fireplace. The vessel was named 'for the battle between 26th May and 11th June 1942 in the Libyan Desert between Free French forces and German/Italian forces which helped turn the tide against Axis forces in North Africa.' On its maiden voyage, the vessel delivered locomotives from Sunderland to Saigon, Indo-China. Or was its routing rather (data differs), Southampton to Saigon with many stops en route, & then many stops on return trip to Cherbourg, France, & Antwerp, Belgium, with wool from Sydney, Australia. On Jul. 2, 1948, the vessel ran aground on a wreck at Cap Saint Jacques - in southern Vietnam? Many voyages to Indo-China & to Australia. In 1949, the vessel was transferred to 'Compagnie des Messageries Maritimes'. On Aug. 2, 1954, the vessel suffered a modest fire in bales of jute in the hold. Also in 1954 the fireplace was 'surélevée', i.e. elevated or raised. Can anybody explain that? The vessel served in the Indian Ocean in 1955/56 then in the Far East in 1957/58. Laid up for a while at Le Havre, it would seem, from May 22, 1958. The vessel was sold on Aug. 11, 1958 to 'L'armement Marionga SA', of Monrovia, Liberia, or maybe of Panama, & renamed Marionga Maris. 'Ardena SA' the managers? Many references to 'Ardena SA' being the owners. Also of Monrovia? It would seem that the vessel became Greek registered, at Andros, in 1961, same owner. The vessel was sold again, in 1965, to 'Everlucky Nav. Co. Ltd.', of Monrovia, & renamed Everlucky. Panama flag? The vessel was sold, in 1968 or 1969, to 'Maritime Express Nav. Co. Ltd.', of Keelung, Taiwan, & renamed Maritime Express. On Dec. 6, 1969 the vessel left Ube, Japan, for ship breakers at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up. Break up commenced on Jan. 6, 1970. I have seen a reference, however, to the vessel being sold by Ardena SA, Greece, to Formosan shipbreakers & arriving Kaohsiung 23/7/1965. Can anybody explain such a reference. Some confusion in the detail, perhaps, re this vessel. Can you add anything?

125 Helix
3007 (later 3385) tons
Hull 576 of 'Hawthorn Leslie' at Hebburn

the section added by JLT in 1947 was given JLT Hull # 546

162562

Armilla
1947

A tanker which was not even built at Sunderland! Why then is it included here? Read on! Per 1 (Helix with image), 2 (Helix, #40) at page bottom, with image), 3 (image Helix), 4 (image Armilla, with tug Fulwell after being 'joined together' in 1947), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Helix was a tanker built in 1931 by 'R. & W. Hawthorn Leslie and Company, Limited', (Hawthorn Leslie), of Newcastle upon Tyne (Hebburn). Built for 'Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd.', of London, a 'Shell' company it would seem since the vessel is said to have been a Shell tanker managed by 'Société Maritime Shell', of France. 93.0 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 9 knots. In 1938, the vessel was sold to 'Nederlands Indische Tank Stoomboot Mij.', of the Netherlands, & was renamed Armilla. The tanker apparently carried benzine & over the years the benzine corroded the vessel's hull & tanks to the point that only the stern of the vessel with its machinery & fittings was salvageable. So in 1947, Joseph L. Thompson & Sons Ltd. built & launched a new bow & centre section at North Sands (a 2/3 ship) & the two pieces were joined together at nearby Greenwell's Dry Dock Co. to form a new Armilla both bigger & longer than the original. The vessel's length became 102.9 metres & the gross tonnage became 3385 tons. How very interesting! We thank Robert Hunter for telling us that the story about the '2/3 ship' is set out in 'Sunderland The Biggest Shipbuilding Town in the World' by Alan Brett & Andrew Clark, & published in 2005. The vessel became owned by 'Shell Tankers N.V.' (1955/57) & in 1957 became owned by 'Shell Tankers Ltd.', of London, (no changes of name). On Sep. 18 (or 16), 1957, the vessel arrived at Hong Kong, to to be broken up. Can you add anything re this remarkable story? Which apparently counts as '2/3 of a ship' in the 1947 records.

126 Patrician
3604 (or 3520) tons
Hull 649

181087
1947

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Ellermann & Papayanni), 2 (a poem), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 373 ft. long, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Owned by Ellerman & Papayanni Line. On Jul. 9 (or Jul. 8), 1963, vessel sank in Straits of Gibraltar, 4 miles off Tarifa, Spain, after collision in thick fog with Santa Emilia, a U.S. vessel of 7251 tons. 34 were picked up. I have not read how many lost their lives except that Captain H. Riley (known as 'Fender Riley' to his crew) of Patrician lost his life. And from the wording, he surely was not the only one to do so.

127 Venetian
3518 (or 3578) tons
Hull 650

181098

City of Leeds
Caterina P.
Transrodopi III
Acrux
Silistra
1947

A refrigerated cargo vessel. Per 1 [Venetian (2)], 2 (1947 image Venetian at London), 3 & 4 (images City of Leeds), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 113.7 metres long overall, 106.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 1/2 knots. Built for Westcott & Lawrence Line Ltd., owned by  Ellerman & Papayanni Line, Ellerman Lines, of Liverpool, which company served the Mediterranean & the U.S. The vessel was renamed City of Leeds in 1964. Along the way the vessel must have been transferred to 'Ellerman & Bucknall Steamship Co. Ltd.' who sold the vessel in 1965, to 'P. Papank Shipping Co. SA', (or 'Papank Shipping Co. SA'), of Piraeus, Greece, 'C. N. Papanicolaou', of Greece, likely the manager, registered at Liberia, & renamed Caterina P. And sold again, in 1966, to 'Kyriacos Shipping Corp.', of Piraeus, 'Transrodopi A.G.', of Greece, maybe the manager, & renamed Transrodopi III. The vessel was sold, in 1967, to the Government of Bulgaria, 'Navigation Maritime Bulgare' (Navibulgar), of Varna, Bulgaria, & renamed Acrux. Renamed Silistra in 1970. On Dec. 28, 1975, the vessel arrived at the Split, Yugoslavia, ship breaking facilities of 'Brodospas', to be broken up. Can you add anything?

128 Silverbriar
7242 (or 7228) tons
Hull 651

181841

Andria
Union Faith
1948

A cargo vessel that looked like a passenger liner, with accommodation for 12 passengers. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silverbriar), 2 [Cunard Line, Andria (1)], 3 (interesting data, images, Andria & Union Faith on fire), 4 ('pdf' file, official report of the Union Faith 1969 fire, thanks to Rodney Hall), 5 (the 1999 oil-leak aftermath, Union Faith), 6 (image Silverbriar), 7 (fine image, Andria), 8 (image Andria, also -04 & -05), 9 (image, Silverbriar, ex 'Facebook'), 10 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 153.4 metres long overall, 142.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 503.25 ft., speed of 16 (or maybe 17 1/2) knots, powered by steam turbines, signal letters GDWM. With 2 funnels, the forward funnel being false, containing the wheelhouse, captain's cabin & an officer's lounge. Plans for the vessel were published in the Mar. 1948 issue of The Shipbuilder & Marine Engine-Builder'. Do read about Andria's interior at 3. Built for Silver Line Limited, of London. Operated on the U.S. Gulf ports/South African run, returning via the East Indies. The vessel was sold, in 1951, to Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool, & renamed Andria. Engaged by Cunard on the N. Atlantic trade, mainly carrying British cars, wines & spirits, from London & Glasgow to New York. I read that they 'occasionally carried currency and bullion in their strongrooms'. The vessel later served Quebec & Montreal, both Canada. In 1963, the vessel was sold to China Union Lines Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan, & renamed Union Faith. Registered at Keelung. In the evening of Apl. 6, 1969, having travelled from Hong Kong to New Orleans with a most varied general cargo, the vessel was upbound, at 10 knots perhaps, in the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A. Under the command of Captain Yuen-Lai Fan, with Captain Scarbrough, a licensed pilot, aboard. Headed downriver at 3.8 knots, was a 'convoy' of three 194.5 ft. tank barges, each with 9,000 barrels of crude oil, which 'convoy' was being pushed by tug Warren J. Doucet, with assistance from tugs Cat & Mitch. After nightfall but in conditions clear & with good visibility a collision occurred at about 7:15 p.m. Union Faith collided with I.O.C. barge No. 7, the lead barge of the three. It hit the starboard side of the barge at a 45º angle, about 1/3 back from its bow. The barge caught fire on contact, broke free of its 'convoy', & drifted down river in flames. A series of explosions followed the first contact & Union Faith, engulfed in flames stem to stern, also drifted down river. 25 aboard Union Faith lost their lives including all who were on the bridge at the time. The vessel sank at 2:00 a.m. on Apl. 7, 1969, in the Mississippi river, about 100 yards downriver from the Greater New Orleans Bridge. The actions of tugs Cappy Bisso & McGrath II prevented Union Faith from causing what would have been a catastrophic fire on the New Orleans waterfront. While 25 lives were lost, 26 survived, 3 of them suffering from burns & smoke inhalation. Do read the full story via the two 'pdf' links above. The wreck of Union Faith, a danger to navigation, was 'removed' at a cost of about $1,647,000. It was 'removed', I read, by first removing superstructure elements & then by digging a trench 600 ft. long & 100 ft. wide alongside the ship. And on Oct. 31, 1970 'sliding' the ship into the trench. Essentially burying it. The ship had about 6,000 tons of bunker fuel aboard. Some 30 years after the disaster, oil appeared on the surface of the river & a difficult operation was conducted to remove much of the oil from the sunken ship. Anything you can add? An image as Union Faith?

129 Silverplane
7226 tons
Hull 652

182833
5373270

Alsatia
Union Freedom
1948

A cargo vessel that looked like a passenger liner, with accommodation for 12 passengers. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silverplane), 2 [Cunard Line, Alsatia (2)], 3 & 4 (data, Silverplane), 5 (Alsatia, includes description of the ship's interior), 6 (image Silverplane, also -01), 7 & 8 (images, Alsatia), 9 (image Alsatia, twin funnel, also many other images including -02 & -11), 10 (image, Union Freedom, also -02), 11 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 153.4 metres long overall, 503 ft 6 in., 142.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 483 ft. or 476 ft. 6 in., speed of 16 (or 17 1/2) knots, powered by steam turbines. Described as 'sleek', with 2 funnels, the forward funnel being false, containing the wheelhouse, captain's cabin & an officer's lounge. Plans for the sister ship Silverbriar were published in the Mar. 1948 issue of The Shipbuilder & Marine Engine-Builder'. Built for Silver Line Limited, of London. Her maiden voyage was to New York. Operated on their round-the-world service, but later on the U.S. Gulf ports/South African run, returning via the East Indies. The vessel was sold, in 1951, to Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd., of Liverpool, & renamed Alsatia. Do read about Alsatia's interior at 5, (decorated with antique swords, daggers and pewter plates and mugs). The passenger facilities became officers quarters. Her first 'Cunard' service was from Liverpool to Boston & New York on Oct. 6, 1951. Engaged by Cunard on the N. Atlantic trade, mainly carrying British cars, wines & spirits, from London & Glasgow to New York. I read that they 'occasionally carried currency and bullion in their strongrooms'. The vessel later served Quebec & Montreal, both Canada. In 1963, the vessel was sold to China Union Lines Ltd., of Taipei, Taiwan, which company was a subsidiary of the C. Y. Tung group, & renamed Union Freedom. Used on the Taiwan to New York service. Registered at Keelung. In Jan. 1977, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of Nan Fu Steel & Iron Co Ltd., to be broken up. Anything you can add?

130 St. Essylt
6855 (or 6844) tons
Hull 653

169541

Yunnan
Lucky Two
1948

A cargo vessel. Per 1 (model), 2 (image, St. Essylt), 3 ('Ships Monthly', Feb. 2001 detailed article, with plan & 3 images), 4 ('pdf' article, 1st 3 pages), 5 (image, St. Essylt, plus -01 & -02), 6 [Saint, St. Essylt (2)], 7 [China Navigation, Yunnan (4)], 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144.0 metres long, speed of 14 or 14 1/2 knots, accommodation for 12 passengers. Of a graceful streamlined appearance ('strikingly handsome') with funnel to match. Every seaman had his own cabin, amidships or above deck. A modern design which won for John E. (Edward) Church (1910/?), its designer, the Watts Prize awarded by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Launched by Lady Howard de Walden. St. Thomas, also built in 1948, was a sister ship. Built for The South American Saint Line Limited ('Saint'), of Cardiff, Wales, (its cost?), to link Europe with Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina on the E. coast of S. America & particularly Rosario, River Plate, Argentina. Coal outbound for the Argentinean railways & returning with grain. It's maiden voyage was however from Cardiff to Antwerp. The driving force behind Saint was Richard (Dick) G. M. (George Meredith) Street (1900/1961), with financing from the 8th Lord Howard de Walden and Seaford. Dick Street died on Jan. 7, 1961 & the 9th Lord Howard de Walden and Seaford decided to move his investments elsewhere. Saint was closed, the routes sold to Houlder Brothers, & the fleet was managed by R. Nerdrum, who established South American Saint Line (Management) Ltd. Fleet management became King Line Ltd., however, in 1963, until vessels were sold. St. Essylt was sold, in 1965, to 'China Navigation Co. Ltd.', of London, & renamed Yunnan. Used to provide service between New Guinea, adjoining islands, & Japanese ports. And also Australia. In 1971, the vessel was sold to 'New Asia Steamship Co. SA', of Panama, & was renamed Lucky Two. On Jan. 23, 1979, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, facilities of 'Kao Yung Steel Enterprise Co. Ltd.', to be broken up. Anything you can add?

131 St. Thomas
6855 (or 6861) tons
Hull 654

162154

Yochow
Lucky Four
1948

A cargo vessel. Per 1 (South American Saint Line, St. Thomas), 2 [China Navigation, Yochow (3)], 3 ('Ships Monthly', Feb. 2001 detailed article, re St. Essylt with refs. to St. Thomas, with image), 4 ('pdf' article,  1st 3 pages, re sister ship St. Essylt), 5 (fine image, St. Thomas), 6 (image, St. Thomas, also -01, -03, -04, -05, -06), 7 (images, St. Thomas interior), 8 (image Yochow, also -02), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144.0 metres long overall, 134.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Sister to St. Essylt, indeed an almost exact repeat, so most certainly the ship had accommodation for 12 passengers. Of a graceful streamlined appearance - 'strikingly handsome'. Every seaman had his own cabin, amidships or above deck. A modern design which won (re sister St. Essylt) for John E. (Edward) Church (1910/?), its designer, the Watts Prize awarded by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Sponsored (does that mean launched?), by Mrs. Dick Street. Built (per Miramar) for 'Shakespear Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Newport, Wales, which company was owned by The South American Saint Line Limited ('Saint'), of Cardiff, Wales. However the 'JLT' build list on site here states built for Saint. Bought to link Europe with Brazil, Uruguay & Argentina on the E. coast of S. America & particularly Rosario, River Plate, Argentina. Coal outbound for the Argentinean railways & returning with grain. The driving force behind Saint was Richard (Dick) G. M. (George Meredith) Street (1900/1961), with financing from the 8th Lord Howard de Walden and Seaford. In 1959, the vessel was, per Miramar, transferred to Saint with no change of vessel name. Dick Street died on Jan. 7, 1961 & the 9th Lord Howard de Walden and Seaford decided to move his investments elsewhere. Saint was closed, the routes sold to Houlder Brothers, & the fleet was managed by R. Nerdrum, who established South American Saint Line (Management) Ltd. Fleet management became King Line Ltd., however, in 1963, until fleet vessels were sold. St. Thomas was sold, in 1965, to 'China Navigation Co. Ltd.', of London, John Swire & Sons, Ltd., the managers, & renamed Yochow. Used to provide service between New Guinea, adjoining islands, & Japanese ports. And also serve Australia. In 1971, the vessel was sold to 'New Asia Steamship Co., SA', of Panama, & was renamed Lucky Four. In 1977, the vessel was sold to Prosperity Steamship Co., SA, of Panama, with no change of vessel name. On Jun. 13, 1978, the vessel left Hong Kong for Shanghai, China, or maybe for Whampoa, on mainland China, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

132 Benavon
8072 (or 7845 or 8079) tons
Hull 658

182691
5040768

Liziana
1949

A cargo vessel. Per 1 & 2 (images), 3 [Ben Line, Benavon (3)], 4 (a 1965 image at Tyne-Tees, ex a site now long gone), 5 (image, Benavon), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 147.1 metres long overall, 137.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 or 16 1/2 knots. Built for Ben Line Steamers Ltd., of Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland. The vessel served routes from the U.K. to Singapore, Bangkok & Hong Kong. It was sold, in 1969, (or maybe in 1970), to 'Safety Shipping Co. SA' of Panama City, Panama, 'S. Gee-King Hsu' the managers?, renamed Liziana, & registered at Panama. On Nov. 8, 1971, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Shieh Sheng Shipping Co. SA', or maybe 'Shieh Sheng Fut Steel & Iron Co. Ltd.', to be broken up. Anything you can add?

133 Brandanger
7396 (or 7329 or 7476) tons
Hull 657

5050309

Alkaid
Petar Beron
1949

A refrigerated cargo vessel with accommodation for 12 passengers. Per A (e-Bay image, Brandanger), 1 [Westfal-Larsen, Brandanger (2)], 2 (3 fine images, Petar Beron), 3 (historical data in Norwegian, Brandanger), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 139.2 metres long, speed of 15 knots, signal letters LNOV. Built for 'Westfal-Larsen and Co. A.S.' ('Westfal'), i.e. Interocean Line, of Bergen, Norway. Westfal was noted for linking the Pacific coast of N. America with Europe via the Panama Canal. The word ending of 'anger' refers, I read, to a small fjord or inlet. Its 21 day maiden voyage was London to Los Angeles. In 1954, while en route from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Antwerp, her engines failed east of Bermuda. She was towed to Antwerp by tug Joseph H. Moran II. It would seem that the vessel had engine trouble again in 1962, when en route from London to Vancouver with a cargo of automobiles. It put into Plymouth for repairs. The vessel was sold in 1964, to Imextracom Etablissement ('Imextracom'), of Port au Prince, Haiti, & renamed Alkaid. There are references, however to Sofia & to the Bulgarian Government, who perhaps owned Imextracom? I suspect, however, that Imextracom was rather owned by Bulgarian interests & that the Bulgarian Government became involved only in 1966, when the vessel would appear to have been sold to 'Navigation Maritime Bulgare', (Navibulgar perhaps), of Bourgas (Burgas). In 1971, the vessel was renamed Petar Beron, & became a stationary training ship at the port of Varna, Bulgaria. Removed from Lloyd's Register in 1991? It was still a training ship at Varna in 2008. The above may well need correction. I particularly need help in the translation of 3. On Apl. 10, 2011, Wytze B. (Buitenrust) Hettema, of Varna, was in touch with 6 very fine images of Petar Beron, taken at Varna on Apl. 09, 2011. Three of his images are now available through the thumbnails at left. Anything you can add?

134 Silverholly
8976 tons
Hull 659

183737

Ulysses
Aegis Saga
1949

A cargo vessel with passengers accommodation. Per 1 [Blue Funnel, Ulysses (5)], 2 (Ulysses 55% down), 3 (image Aegis Saga, 60% down), 4 (1960 image Ulysses, but you must be registered to see it), 5 (image, Ulysses, page bottom), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144.4 metres (473 ft. 8 or 10 in.) long, speed of 16 (or 15) knots. Launched as Silverholly for Silver Line Limited, of London. But delivered as Ulysses to China Mutual Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. i.e. Blue Funnel Line, of Liverpool, (Alfred Holt & Co. managing owners), which company, over time, had 5 vessels of the name. Her maiden voyage, in Aug. 1949, was from Birkenhead to the Far East. Was (initially maybe), 'uncomfortably hot in the tropics due to an under powered ventilation system.'  Sold in 1971 to Apsyrtos Shipping Co. ('Aegis Group'), (N. G. Papalios), of Cyprus, & renamed Aegis Saga. The vessel left Singapore Roads on Feb. 18, 1974 for ship breakers at Whampoa, (i.e. Huangpu, an outer port of Guangzhou, China). Anything you can add?

135 Silveryew
6491 tons
Hull 660

191466

Eastern Glory
Bennachie
1949

A cargo vessel. Per 1 [Ben Line, Bennachie (2)], 2 [Jardine, Eastern Glory (1)], 3 (image, Eastern Glory, also -02), 4 (image, Benacchie, also -04), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144.4 metres (474 ft.) long, speed of 15 knots. Launched as Silveryew for Silver Line Limited, of London, but delivered as Eastern Glory to The Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., of Hong Kong, which company was owned by Jardine, Matheson & Co. In 1960/1 she served Hong Kong & Australia routes (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide). The vessel was sold, in 1966, to Ben Line  Steamers Ltd., of Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland, & renamed Bennachie. The vessel arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Sep. 15, 1971, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

136 City of Manchester
7585 (or 7583) tons
Hull 662

182144

Kavo Yerakas
1950

A cargo vessel with facilities for 12 passengers. Per A (e-Bay image, City of Manchester), 1 (data & image), 2 [City of Manchester (4)], 3 (Feb. 11, 1950 & Stag, 50% down 'THAT FATEFUL DAY....'), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 147.9 metres long, speed of 15 1/2 knots. Owned by Ellerman Lines Ltd. The 4th or 5th fleet vessel of that name, I believe. I read that the engines were installed at 'Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company' & that while being towed back to Sunderland on Feb. 11, 1950, a major disaster occurred 8 miles off Roker Pier, which resulted in the loss of 4 lives. Gales force winds, heavy rain & floods at the time. City of Manchester ('City') was being towed by a fleet of 8 tugs, when it was hit by a major gust. Stag, a tug, went over on her side & sank in 2 minutes. City was 'being blown across the sea like a shaving in the wind'. 2 survived the sinking including the Stag's Captain, Ernest Baister. City was later brought under control & docked at Sunderland only seven hours after the disaster. A fine, 2010 'Sunderland Echo' article about the disaster is available at left. The vessel served routes from the U.K. to South & East Africa & to India. Sold in 1971 to Greek interests & renamed Kavo Yerakas. Arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Nov. 6, 1971 to be broken up. Can you correct the above and/or add anything?

137 Gyrotoma
5930 (later 7012) tons
Hull 667

5322295

Shell Murachi
1950

A tanker. Per 1 (data, images, Gyrotoma), 2 (data, images, Shell Murachi), 3 (Shell's Lake Maracaibo Tankers, image Gyrotoma), 4 (image, Gyrotoma, also -02), 5 (modest images, Shell Murachi, also -01), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 129.2 metres long overall, 124.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 knots, signal letters PJGA. Built for 'N.V. Curacaosche Scheepvaart Maatschappij', of Willenstad, Netherlands Antilles. While the vessel was being fitted out at Manor Dock, on May 30, 1950, an insulation worker named Beckett was seriously injured in a gas explosion in a refrigerating chamber. He suffered burns to his hands, face, neck & shoulders. The matter resulted in a court case but I have not been able to read the court's decision. Gyrotoma? A genus of freshwater snails extinct since 1960. In 1960, the vessel was sold to 'Cia. Shell de Venezuela Ltda', of Maracaibo, western coast of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela. When, it would seem, still named Gyrotoma, the vessel was partially converted at the Smith's Dock Company Limited shipyard, at North Shields, to carry liquid propane in high-pressure vertical steel tanks fitted into existing oil tanks. It became of 7012 gross tons. Also in 1960, the vessel was renamed Shell Murachi. The vessel was then to trade from Punta Cardon, Venezuela, to Venezuelan coastal ports. In 1970, the vessel 'joined the lake fleet'. Does that refer to the shallow-draught fleet that serviced the Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela, oilfields? In Dec. 1975, the vessel was broken up at the ship breaking facilities of either i) 'Sirderúrgica del Orinoco C.A.' at Ciudad Guayana, i.e. Guayana City, Venezuela, or ii) 'Astilleros Orinoco', at Matanzas, Venezuela. Can anybody clarify the matter or otherwise add to or correct the data above?

138 Silverelm
8922 (or 8924) tons
Hull 666

5354561
301352

Teiresias
Telemachus
Aegis Courage
1950

A cargo ship. Per 1 [data, Blue Funnel Line, Teiresias (2) & Telemachus (5)], 2 (modest image, Teiresias, 70% down), 3 (data 55% down), 4 (image, Telemachus), 5 (image, Teiresias), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144.4 metres (473 ft. 10 in.) long, speed of 17 (or 18) knots. Launched as Silverelm for Silver Line Limited, of London. But delivered as Teiresias to N.V. Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij 'Oceaan', of Amsterdam, Alfred Holt & Company ('Holt") the managers. The vessel was transferred in 1960 to Ocean Steamship Company, Blue Funnel Line, (same ownership), British registered, & renamed Telemachus, with Holt the managers. 3 states that the vessel was with Glen Line (another related company) for a short time but I am unable to confirm that data. Certainly this page does not refer to it. Sold to N. D. Papalios (Aegis Shipping?), in 1971 & renamed Aegis Courage. The references are to Cyprus but I thought that N. D. Papalios was of Piraeus, Greece. Maybe the vessel was Cyprus registered? It may also be that 'Anax Shipping Company', perhaps of Malta, was her actual owner. Can anybody clarify? Used on the Europe to West Africa service. On Jan. 25, 1973 she left Yawata, Kyushu, Japan, bound for Shanghai, China, where it would appear she was broken up, commencing on Jan. 25, 1974. The later record is confusing indeed. Can you correct the above and/or add anything?

139 Silverlaurel
8924 (or 8922) tons
Hull 668

5354523
301354

Teucer
Telamon
Aegis Epic
1950

A cargo ship. Per 1 & 2 [same data, Blue Funnel Line, Teucer (4) & Telamon (3)], 3 ('pdf', extensive history Alfred Holt & Company/Blue Funnel Line), 4 (modest image, Teucer, 80% down), 5 (modest image, Telamon, 50% down), 6 (data & image 60% down, Teucar, Telemon, both of which seem to be incorrect), 7, 8 & 9 (images, Teucer), 10 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144.4 metres (473 ft. 10 in.) long, speed of 17 or 18 knots. Launched as Silverlaurel for Silver Line Limited, of London. But delivered as Teucer to N.V. Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij 'Oceaan', of Amsterdam, (part of Blue Funnel Line), Alfred Holt & Company ('Holt") the managers. Sister to Ulysses. The vessel was transferred in 1960 to The China Steam Navigation Company (also part of Blue Funnel Line) & renamed Telamon, with Holt the managers. Somehow Glen Line Ltd. becomes the owner. Since the vessel would seem to have been sold by Glen Line Ltd. in 1971 to 'Apsyrtos Shipping Co.', of Cyprus, N. D. Papalios, of Greece, the manager, & renamed Aegis Epic. On May 31, 1972, the vessel arrived at Shanghai, China, to be broken up. And was broken up in Dec. 1973. Can you correct the above and/or add anything?

140 Thorshavn
10083 (or 9888) tons
Hull 661

5421285

Mar del Plata
Siplata
Soverino
Permina 106
1950

A tanker. Per 1 (data in Norwegian, 2 images, Thorshavn), 2 (link 1 translated), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 153.4 metres long overall, 503 ft. 5 in., 144.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots (on trials also 13 1/2 knots). Built for 'Bryde & Dahls Hvalfangerselsk Maatschappij', of Sandefjord, Norway, 'AS Thor Dahl' the managers. The vessel was sold, on Jul. 24, 1963, to 'Whiteleaf Compania Naviera SA'. of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Mar del Plata. In 1966, the vessel was sold again, to 'Skibs A/S Avanti, A/S Glarona & A/S Navalis', of Oslo, Norway, H. F. Tschudi, the managing owners, & renamed Siplata. And sold again, in 1968, for about $300,000, to 'Dovar Shipping Corp.', of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Soverino. In 1969, the vessel was sold for the last time, to 'P. N. Pertambangan Miniak Dan Gas Bumi Nasional', known as 'Pertamina', of Jakarta, Indonesia, & renamed Permina 106. On Oct. 13, 1969, the vessel suffered a fire when loading mogas (motor gasoline) at the refinery at Sungei (or Sungai) Gerong, South Sumatra, Indonesia. A passing burning sampan caused a major explosion & fire aboard the vessel, resulting in 5 deaths, including the vessel's master. The damage was so extensive that the vessel was declared a constructive total loss & on Oct. 20, 1970, demolition commenced at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Shyeh Sheng Fuat Steel & Iron Works Co. Ltd.'. Can you correct the above and/or add anything?

141 British Navigator
6135 tons
Hull 664

184357
1951

A tanker. Per 1 (1964 collision, 'RAF', at page bottom), 2 (image, British Navigator, & -03), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 121.9 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 restyled as 'BP Tanker Company Ltd.'. It would seem that on May 29, 1964, the vessel was returning, in ballast, to the Isle of Grain, Hoo Peninsula, Kent, between the Thames & Medway rivers, (there was a refinery there), from Copenhagen, Denmark, to undergo a steelwork inspection. The tank bulkheads and deck plating were in quite a wasted state even though the ship was only 11 years old. Capt. A McMillan, the Master. Approaching her Nore anchorage the vessel was in collision, in thick fog, with Pass of Melfort, (top item at link), a small coastal tanker which was going astern. British Navigator was hit by Port of Melfort's bow, just forward of the midships accommodation on the port side, splitting the shear strake and setting back 26 frames down the port side. No word as to blame. The vessel was 3 weeks off Sheerness, Kent, determined to be a constructive total loss, & was then towed by Belgian ship breakers to Bruges, Belgium, where she arrived on Jun. 26, 1964, to be broken up. As you can see from the scarcity of links above, the WWW data is limited about this vessel. We sincerely thank 'RAF'! No word about her service history but apparently a regular visitor to Copenhagen. Anything you can add?

142 British Rover
6137 tons
Hull 665

184404
5218028

Makeni Palm
Kerkennah
Palau
1951

A motor tanker. Per A (e-Bay image, Makeni Palm). 1 (Palm Line, Makeni Palm), 2 & 3 (United Africa Co. Ltd./Palm Line/Unilever history), 4 (image, British Rover, also -01), 5 (image Makeni Palm, 4 others available), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 128.9 metres long overall, 423 ft., 121.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 knots. Built for British Tanker Co. Ltd. ('Tanker'), of London. Tanker was the maritime transport arm of the 'Anglo-Persian Oil Company', & the ship owning & operating subsidiary of British Petroleum Company, Ltd., later (in 1956) restyled as 'BP Tanker Company Ltd.' The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, on Jun. 18, 1959. In 1961, the vessel was sold to Palm Line Ltd. ('Palm') of London, & renamed Makeni Palm. (named for Makeni, in Sierra Leone). The vessel was dry-docked at Middle Docks, South Shields, to be painted in the 'Palm Line' colours. Palm was a subsidiary of United Africa Co. Ltd., of London (a 100% subsidiary of 'Unilever'). The vessel carried edible oils (palm oil) from West Africa to Unilever factories in the U.K. & on the continent. In 1967, the vessel was sold to 'Sulina Cia Naviera Corp.', of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Kerkennah. In 1971 they renamed the vessel Palau. In 1972, the vessel was sold for the last time, to 'Sarda Armatoriale Punta Scorno SpA', of Porto Torres or Sassari, Sardinia, Italy, with no change in the vessel's name. On Jun. 11, 1978, the vessel arrived at the Brindisi, SE Italy, ship breaking facilities of Fercomit SpA, to be broken up. Can you add to and/or correct the above?

143 British Warrior
6143 tons
Hull 669

184470

Anne
LSCO Pandacan
1951

A tanker. Per 1 (launch image, British Warrior, 3rd image down on Alan Hayward, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums page), 2 (image, British Warrior), 3 (image, Anne), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 128.9 metres long overall (422 ft.), 121.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 11 knots, fitted with machinery for pumping warm dry air into oil tanks to remove moisture & reduce corrosion. 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.' The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, twice - on Aug. 5, 1957 & Jul. 28, 1958. In 1961, the vessel was sold to Arne Blystad, of Oslo, Norway, & renamed Anne. In 1964, the vessel was sold again, to Luzon Stevedoring Corporation, of Batangas, near Manila, Philippines, & renamed LSCO Pandacan. The vessel was sold, for about $93 per Ltd., to Taiwanese ship breakers & in Apl. 1977, was broken up at Taiwan. WWW data is most limited about this vessel. Anything you can add?

144 Sheaf Royal
12305 tons
Hull 677

169254
5321954

Atys
1953

A tanker. Per 1 (image, Sheaf Royal), 2, 3 & 4 (images, Sheaf Royal, but you must be registered to view them), 5 (1956 grounding, Sheaf Royal, but you must be registered to view), 6 & 7 (1956 grounding), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 167.0 metres long overall, 157.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 knots. The biggest ship built to that time by 'JLT', built, at a cost of £949,817, for Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., of Newcastle, which company was owned & managed by 'W. A. Souter Co. Ltd.' (Sir William A Souter). On Jul. 4 or 5, 1956, Sheaf Royal ran aground on Batu Berhanti reef, 15 miles from Singapore, between Pulau Samboe & Peak Island, when bound for the U.K. with a cargo of oil ex Miri (Lutong), northern Sarawak, Island of Borneo, Malaysia. At approx 1.11.10N/103.52.60. The vessel ended up high & dry, apparently. 8,000 tons of her cargo had to be transferred to Rita, before the vessel could be floated off by Berguna & Sedia, two Shell Oil Company tugs, at high tide on Jul. 8, 1956. It was initially thought that the vessel had suffered no damage, but she had to be dry-docked at nearby Singapore, to repair major damage to her bottom plates. An Enquiry into the grounding was held at London, & the Court's report was issued on Jul. 5, 1957. It would be good to be able to access that report. 'captkenn', who was aboard at the time, advises (thanks!) that that 'most of our bottom was lost', that the Captain's ticket was suspended for 18 months as a result of the incident (but he was granted a First Mate's ticket), while the Chief Officer had his Master's ticket cancelled. The vessel was sold, in 1965, to 'Marutil Cia Naviera SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Atys. There would seem to have been another vessel of the identical name, also a tanker, at that time, which is a puzzle. The vessel was sold again, in 1967, to 'Marguardia Cia Naviera SA', also of Piraeus, with no change of vessel name. In Jun. 1972, the vessel arrived at Shanghai, China, to be broken up. Anything you can add?

145 Thistledowne
5635 (or 5636) tons
Hull 675

181155
5359030
517020113

Port Curtis
Thistledowne
Ratna Jyoti
1953

A cargo vessel. Per A (e-Bay image Port Curtis), 1 (New Zealand), 2 [Port Line, Port Curtis (3)], 3 (Albyn Line), 4 (German page with plan & image of vessel), 5 (data Port Curtis), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 137.1 metres (420 ft.) long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Owned by Albyn Line Ltd., of Sunderland, (maybe particularly by 'Thistledowne Line Ltd.', a subsidiary perhaps) (Allan, Black & Co. Ltd., the managers). Chartered in 1955 to Port Line Ltd. for a 5 year term, & renamed Port Curtis. Visited Auckland 8 times between Feb. 1956 & Nov. 1960. In 1961, at the end of the charter, the vessel's name reverted to Thistledowne. An expired webpage referred to a 1962 voyage carrying phosphates from Dakar, West Africa, to Moji, Japan, & also phosphates from Nauru Island (Micronesia). The vessel was sold in 1966 to Somerston Shipping Co. Ltd., of Hamilton, Bermuda, (which company owned 'Chapman & Willan, Ltd.'). And later in 1966, it was sold again, to Ratnaker Shipping Co., of Calcutta, India, & renamed Ratna Jyoti. Multiple choice! i) Arrived at Bombay, India, on Nov. 25, 1972 to be broken up at the ship breaking facilities of 'Great Steel Corp.', or ii) 'broken up by the Great Steel Corp. at Mazagan in the Philippines at the end of 1972'. Anything you can add?

146 British Vision
11349 tons
Hull 679

186096
5053351
1954

A tanker. Per 1 (page in French re Narval), 2 (ref.), 3, 4 & 5 (all images), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 166.8 metres long, speed of 13 1/2 knots. Owned by British Tanker Co. Ltd. which later (1955) became BP Tanker Co. Ltd., (owned by Anglo-Iranian Oil Company). Only modest data available on WWW. I read that in 1959, 2 engineering apprentices were killed in a pump-room accident aboard the vessel. On May 3, 1962, the vessel collided with the periscope of submerged French submarine Narval, which resulted in significant damage to & necessitated lengthy repairs of Narval. Cannot spot where it happened. No WWW data apart from that. Broken up at Castellon, Spain, in Oct. 1972. Anything to add?

147 Torvanger
12579 tons
Hull 681

5365493

Efstathios
1955

A tanker. Per 1 (large 'pdf' file, 'A century of Westfal-Larsen'), 2 [Westfal-Larsen, Torvanger (2)], 3 (data in Norwegian), 4 (image, Torvanger, & -02), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 169.6 metres long overall, 161.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 556.4 ft., speed of 14 or 14 1/2 knots. Built for 'Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S', of  Bergen, Norway. In 1968, the vessel was sold to 'Efstathios Cia. Naviera SA', of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Efstathios. On Apl. 18, 1972, the vessel was laid up at Trieste, Italy. On Dec. 19, 1972, the vessel arrived, under tow, at the "Brodospas" Salvage, Towage & Shipbreaking Enterprise, ship breaking facilities at Split, Yugoslavia, (now Croatia), to be broken up. Only modest data is available on WWW. Do you have anything to add?

148 Border Terrier
11347 tons
Hull 685

186856
5048473
1956

A tanker. Per 1 (1972 collision at Calcutta), 2 & 3 (images), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 166.7 metres long, (547 ft. 6 in.), speed of 13 1/2 knots. Built for 'The Lowland Tanker Company Ltd.' ('Lowland'), of London, Common Brothers Management Ltd., of Newcastle, 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, including Border Terrier. John Bedigan, whose father, also John Bedigan, served as her Chief Officer, recalls (thanks John!) that the vessel traded worldwide for BP including Middle & Far East, West Africa, & the E. coast of South America & also discharged oil products on coastal service around the U.K. & Irish coasts. On May 28, 1972, the vessel was in collision with a) 'Agnijoy' or b) 'Tug Agnijoy', whichever, in the Hooghly River at Calcutta, India, as a result of which collision the 'tug' sank. The Trustees of the Port of Calcutta, the owners of the tug, took the matter to court - the lawsuit failed. On Oct. 7, 1972, the vessel arrived at Whampoa, an outer port of Guangzhou, China, to be broken up. That is not very much data! WWW data re the vessel is most limited, which surprises me because the history is relatively so recent. Anything else you can add?

149 Tiderace
13146 tons
Hull 690

186336
5360998

Tideflow
1956

A 'fast fleet' tanker. Per 1 (11 images as Tideflow), 2 (data), 3 (data), 4 (Tideflow stamp), 5 (Tiderace image, refuelling Eagle, in 1956, but you must be registered to see it), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 583 ft. 4 in. long (177.8 metres), speed of 17 or 18 knots, complement of around 90. Built for the Royal Navy 'Royal Fleet Auxilliary' ('RFA') as Tiderace, A97, a 'Tide Class Replenishment Oiler'. With the role of replenishing Royal Navy warships with fuel oil, diesel, AVCAT, lubricating oils & fresh water & designed to replenish three ships simultaneously. Name rhymed with 'Liberace' I read. Can anyone explain what those words mean & why the name would ever rhyme with 'Liberace', the showman. In Sep. 1956 supplied fresh water to Sicily. Name was changed on Jun. 28, 1958 to Tideflow. I read that during the Suez conflict, 3 of the RFA vessels were at Suez. One was directed to return to Malta to reload her tanks & the wrong one returned - hence some name changes. But ... Gerald Baker (thanks!) recalls reading an article in Time Magazine, on Jun. 1, 1959, that the name was changed because Tiderace had become an embarrassment. Crew members had taken to pronouncing the name 'Tidd-ur-AH-chee,' to rhyme with 'Liberace', with the artist's 'lifestyle' connotations. De-commissioned in Nov. 1975. The vessel arrived on May 10, 1976 at 'Revalorizacion de Materiales', of Bilbao, Spain, to be broken up. Is it possible that you have anything to add? Or another image perhaps?

150 Troutpool
7989 tons
Hull 683

180100
5412985

Perene
Agis Asteriadis
Pola
1956

A cargo ship. Per 1 [Ropner, Troutpool (3)], 2 (New Zealand), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for Pool Shipping Co. Ltd. (3rd fleet vessel of the name), owned by Ropner Holdings Ltd. with Sir R. Ropner & Co. (Management) Ltd. the managers. 468 ft. 10 in. long overall, 142.9 metres, speed of 15 1/2 knots, signal letters GTXV. In 1963, the vessel was sold to 'Corporacion Peruana de Vapores' of Peru & renamed Perene. And in 1969 was sold to 'Achille Halcoussis', of Piraeus, Greece & renamed Agis Asteriadis. And sold again, in 1974, to Sea Sirene Shipping & Financing Corp. S.A., also of Piraeus, & renamed Pola. On Nov. 10, 1979, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship-breaking facilities of Chang Yang Steel Enterprise Co. to be broken up. Miramar advises that the engines were badly damaged. Is it possible that you have anything to add? Or another image perhaps?

151 Eastgate
12166 tons
Hull 691

187674
5096262

Great Fareastern
1957

A tanker. Per 1 (Report of Marine Court, Hong Kong), 2 & 3 (images Eastgate, also -07 & -08), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 557 ft. long overall, 555 ft. 10 in. perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 1/2 knots. Ordered by 'Shell' as Hiatula. But delivered as Eastgate for 'Turnbull, Scott Shipping Company Limited', a tramp ship company, of London. 'Turnbull, Scott Management Ltd.', also of London, were the managers. The 5th 'Turnbull' vessel of the name. From 1957, Eastgate was on a '20 years demise charter' to 'Shell Tankers UK'. On the night of Mar. 29/30, 1973, at or about 02:40 a.m. on Mar. 30, 1973, Eastgate, under the command of Trevor Price, (?/1995) en route from Pulau Bukom (a small island 5 km. S. of Singapore noted for its Shell refinery), to Hong Kong, collided with Circea, a 7832 gross ton French refrigerated cargo ship, outbound from Kowloon for Keelung. The conditions at the time were 'Murky fog patches, with visibility less than 2 miles.' At approx. 22.13.17N/114.18.03E, SE of Tathong Point, off Hong Kong. Circea hit Eastgate's portside, astern of the bow. Eastgate's aviation spirit cargo caught fire at the time of impact & extensive damage resulted to her No. 1 port, No. 2 centre & No. 3 starboard tanks, & to the aft accommodation areas. 2 boats left Eastgate with crew aboard, but some jumped into the water. Local boats came to the rescue & Circea also launched a lifeboat. 3 lives were however lost, out of the crew of 39, a fireman, a 2nd steward & an able seaman. I read that others were saved as a result of the actions of John Bateson (Eastgate's Chief Engineer) who suffered burns, as a result, that put him off work for 14 months. Circea caught fire also, but the damage was presumably modest. Eastgate was, on Mar. 31, 1973, towed into Hong Kong, the remaining cargo discharged, & was there declared to be a constructive total loss. The subsequent Marine Court enquiry, held in late Sep. 1973 at Hong Kong, determined that Captain Price bore no blame for the collision & stated 'the collision was caused by the excessive speed of the Circea, the way that she was handled in known conditions of reduced visibility and in a close quarters situation'. 'Flight into danger: the story of the TSS Eastgate', a book by Stephen Farley, an Eastgate fireman, describes that final voyage to Hong Kong, I understand. The vessel was sold in 1973, 'as is, as lies', damaged at Hong Kong, for a price 'in the region of $620,000' to 'Great Fareastern Maritime S.A.', of Panama, & renamed Great Fareastern, solely for the purpose of the passage (under tow?) to ship breakers at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where it arrived on Jun. 30, 1973. Broken up there by 'Great China Steel Enterprise Co., Ltd.' We thank John Bateson for his data & images, used in the preparation of this listing. Can you tell us more?

152 Spinanger
12617 (or 12616) tons
Hull 694

5336791

Hudson Trader
Konstantinos G. Chimples
Pelineon
Toplou Bay
Skopelos
Theodosia V
1958

A tanker. Per 1 (bottom - thanks!), 2 (New Zealand), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 170.6 metres long, speed of 14 1/2 knots. I am advised that when the vessel came to be launched, the River Wear tug men were on strike. So the vessel was launched, on Oct. 22, 1957, without the use of tugs - the first ship of such a size to be so launched. Sold many times. I wonder why? Initially owned by Westfal-Larsen & Co. A/S, of Bergen, Norway. Sold Jan. 1970 to John Hudson Fuel & Oil Shipping, of London, & renamed Hudson Trader. Sold 1973 to Andros Trading Ltd. of Piræus, Greece & renamed Konstantinos G. Chimples. 1977 renamed Pelineon. Maybe then owned by 'Compania Pelineon De Navegacion, S.A.' - just a guess? Sold 1978 to Universal Glow Inc., of Monrovia, & renamed Toplou Bay. Sold 1978 to Love Shipping Services? of Piræus. Sold 1979 to Skopelos Shipping Corp., of Monrovia, & renamed Skopelos. Sold 1983 to Astakos Shipping Corp. S. A. of Piræus, & renamed Theodosia V. 1983 Broken up at Castellon, Spain. Anything to add?  

153 Sunheim
9998 tons
Hull 687

5344906

Northern Venture
Navishipper
Stamoleon
Sea Lord II
Crystal
1958

A bulk carrier. Per 1 & 2 (Navishipper 1972 collision with Arthur B. Homer, at page bottom & at para#4), 3 (1972 collision images), 4 (image, Arthur B. Homer, 70% down), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 148.7 metres long overall, 139.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots. Built for A/S Tank, of Oslo, Norway, Hjalmar Bjorge (Ansjeselskapet Tankers?), the managers. The vessel was sold, in 1970, to 'Tota Shipping Co. S.A.', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Northern Venture. In the next year, i.e. in 1971, the vessel was sold to 'Alioth Navigation Corp.', also of Piraeus, & renamed Navishipper. At 11.15 a.m. on Oct. 5, 1972, in clear visibility, the unladen vessel rammed Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Arthur B. Homer ('Homer'), fully loaded with ore, in the Detroit River, off the northern end of Grosse Isle. At Buoy 83 in the Detroit River's Fighting Island Channel. Navishipper, arriving ex Toledo, had no pilot aboard as a result of a Toledo longshoremen's strike. It missed a turn in the river & strayed into the path of the downbound Homer. Nobody was hurt in the collision. Once Homer's cargo was unloaded at Detroit, it was towed to the American Ship Building Co. yard at Lorain, Ohio, to be rebuilt from her bow back to the pilot house, at a cost estimated to be approx. $750,000. On Apl. 10, 1973, Homer departed the Ohio shipyard with a new pilot house (& presumably a rebuilt bow). I read that subsequent to the collision, Navishipper was held at Detroit by Coast Guard officials until Oct. 11, 1972, when her owners posted a $1 million bond to cover potential damage claims. On the evening of Oct. 11, 1972, towed by Great Lakes Towing Company tugs, Navishipper broke her lines near the lower end of Zug Island & struck the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railway bridge across the Short Cut Canal, putting the National Steel Corporation bridge, used to transport hot iron ore from furnaces on Zug Island to the mainland to be processed into steel slabs, out of commission for about 3 days. A court case resulted. Navishipper went to Toledo for needed repairs. In 1973, the vessel was sold again, to 'Domara Shipping Co. Inc.', of Liberia, Union Commercial Steamship Co., of Piraeus, the manager, & renamed Stamoleon. Registered at Piraeus. In 1974, the vessel was sold to Progress Shipping Co., of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Sea Lord II. And sold again, in 1979 to 'Fersalina S.A.', also of Panama City, & renamed Crystal. On Jun. 1, 1982, the break up of the vessel commenced at the Seville, Spain, ship breaking facilities of 'Desguaces del Guadalquivir SA'. I thank the folks at 'The Scanner' for their data about the 1972 collision. Anything to add, or to correct? Some images?

154 Aluco
13148 tons
Hull 695

300990
5013014
1959

An oil tanker. Per 1 (data & image), 2 (image), 3, 4 & 5 (3 images), 6 (image), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 559 ft. 10 1/4 in. (170.7 metres) long, service speed of 14 1/2 knots. John Bedigan advises (thanks!) that she was sister to Arianta, & that the technical data of the two ships would be identical. Arianta, also a 13148 tons 'Shell' tanker built by 'JLT', is not however yet listed in these pages. Built for Tanker Finance Ltd., owned? by 'Shell Tankers Ltd.' of the U.K. The first tanker built for 'Shell' with the entire accommodation & navigating bridge aft. Carried crude & 'white-oil' products. In 1978, the vessel was broken up at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where it arrived Dec. 21, 1977. A number of images but very little data, it would seem. Can you help?

155 Nordic Heron
22920 tons
Hull 692

5255387

Hariclia Venizelos
1959

An oil tanker. Per 1 (at page bottom), 2 (image), 3 (page in Danish, 5 images including launch image 4), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). A launch image may have been featured in the 'Sunderland Echo' calendar for 2008. In fact, that image is almost certainly the e-Bay launch image at left. 208.3 metres long overall, 195.4 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 16 (or 15 1/2) knots. Built for 'Nordic Tankships A/S' of Copenhagen (København), which was a joint venture of British Petroleum Co. & East Asiatic Co. Ltd., of Denmark. The vessel carried crude oil from the Persian Gulf. It was sold, in 1970, to 'Hariclia Navigation', of Monrovia (or maybe of Greece?) (Naftiki Eteria Venizelos) & renamed Hariclia Venizelos (Liberian flag). In 1977, the vessel was broken up by Taiwan Shipbreakers of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, where it arrived on Apl. 26, 1977. Or maybe instead by 'Shyeh Sheng Huat Steel & Iron Co.' of Kaohsiung. Anything you can add?

156 Esso Ipswich
1103 tons
Hull 701

302515
5107657

Maldive Valour
Fulidhoo
Falcon 2
1960

An oil tanker, a very small tanker indeed. Per 1 (data, 17 images, Esso Ipswich), 2 & 3 (images Esso Ipswich, also sequence thru -08), 4 (image, Esso Ipswich), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 70.5 metres long overall (231 ft. 4 in.), 66.5 metres perpendicular to perpendicular (218 ft. 0 in.), speed 9 1/2 knots, signal letters 8QJY. Built for 'Esso Petroleum Co. Limited', of London, for the coastal trade. On Apl. 8, 1970, when approaching Cardiff, Wales, ex Milford Haven, the vessel was in collision, off Lavernock Point in the Bristol Channel, with Efthycosta II, then a tanker, which lost 700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil as a result. Both ships were under the control of pilots & both were extensively damaged & repaired at Cardiff, while 16 km. of Glamorgan coastline (near Barry Island) were polluted. A 5 page report of the findings of the Court of Inquiry into the collision, is referenced quite everywhere. But no site (that I can find) tells us what it says. Can you tell us? A Google 'snippet' references that the fault in part lay with the pilot of Esso Ipswich, but that was clearly not the only factor. The vessel was sold, on Jun. 30, 1981, to 'Maldives Shipping Ltd.' ('Maldives'), of Male, Maldive Islands, & renamed Maldive Valour. On Feb. 11, 1984, it was transferred to 'Central Atolls Shipping (Pty) Ltd.' ('Atolls'), also of Male, & renamed Fulidhoo, named after an island in Vaavu Atoll, 40 km. from Male. Transferred? Atolls was, I read, a subsidiary of Maldives. And sold again, in 1986, (or maybe on Feb. 10, 1985) to 'Island Enterprises (Pte.) Ltd.', also of Male, & renamed Falcon 2. In 1997, the vessel was broken up at ship breakers in India. 'Sea Breezes', in its Mar. 1993 issue #567, would seem to have featured an article about the vessel. Can you add anything? #1861

157 Lindisfarne
12733 tons
Hull 699

186903
5208968

Cosmos Traders
Bong San
1960

An ore or bulk carrier. Per 1 & 2 (images, Lindisfarne), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 160 metres long overall, 153.9 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 525 ft., speed of 12 knots. Built for 'Bamburgh Shipping Co. Ltd.' of Newcastle. The vessel was sold, in 1975, to 'Singapore Cosmos Shipping Co (Private) Ltd.', or maybe, since I have read both names, to 'Inter-Globe Navigation Co. (Private) Ltd.' ('Inter-Globe'), both of Singapore, & renamed Cosmos Traders. Was Inter-Globe the manager, perhaps? Or were both owners, but at different times? It was sold again, in 1979, to the Peoples Republic of North Korea, & renamed Bong San. I have read, however, that the registered owner then was 'Korea Tonghae Shipping Co.', of Pyongyang, North Korea. Can anybody explain that? A company owned by the Republic? Then used for short haul trips, presumably in or near the Sea of Japan. In 1996, the vessel was sold to ship breakers in China (for $0.760m or $145 per ldt). Most of the above is from WWW 'snippets' of data, easily misinterpreted. Data about the ship is WWW scarce. Can you add anything?

158 St. Rosario
9183 (or 8976) tons
Hull 705

183376
5427409
& 20080373
(Am confused!)

Hermiston
Hermione
Maria Sofia
1961

A cargo ship. Per 1 [South American Saint Line, St. Rosario (2)], 2 (brief ref. 60% down, any relevance? Correct? (King Line), 3 (image, St. Rosario), 4 & 5 (images Hermiston, but for the first one you must now register to see it), 6 (Chapman and Willan, Ltd., flags & data), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 144 metres long, speed of 15 knots. Built for 'South American Saint Line Ltd.', of Newport. The vessel was sold, in 1963, to Somerston Shipping Co., of Newcastle, & renamed Hermiston, & operated, it would seem, by Chapman and Willan, Ltd., of Newcastle. And sold, in 1970, to Apollo Shipping Co. of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Hermione. And sold again, in 1979, to 'Red Rose Compania Naviera S.A.', also of Piraeus, & renamed Maria Sofia. In 1981, the vessel was bombed at Basrah, Iraq, (Iran/Iraq war) & sank. Can you tell us more?

159 Eastern Ranger
4408 tons
Hull 707

315126
5096157

Green Island
Singwind
1962

A cargo ship. Per 1 ['Jardine' & also Indo-China Steam Nav. Co., Eastern Ranger (1)], 2 (image Green Island), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 123.2 metres long overall, 116.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 14 knots. Built for 'Indo-China Steam Navigation Co.', of Hong Kong, & served the area from India to Japan, it would seem. Robert Lewis advises (thanks!) that his aunt, Mrs Muriel Flint, in fact, launched the vessel. Her husband Hugh Flint was in high office with Jardine, Matheson/Jardine Henderson. The vessel was sold, in 1974, to 'Hong Kong Atlantic Shipping Co.', of Panama City, Panama, & renamed Green Island. And sold again, in 1979, to 'Shun Cheong Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.' also of Panama City, & renamed Singwind. On Apl. 13, 1983, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Dah Yung Steel Manufacturing Co.' to be broken up. Miramar advise that  break up was completed just 5 days later. WWW data is most limited. Anything you can add? Your help would be welcomed.

160 Esso Caernarvon
1103 (or 1024) tons
Hull 710

304275
5107061

Caernarvon
1962

An oil tanker. Per 1 (17 images & history), 2 (image, also 2 more), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). There seem to be many e-Bay images of the vessel from time to time. 70.5 metres (218 ft. 0 in.) or maybe 231 ft. 4 in. long OA, the data differs. Speed 10 (or maybe 9 only) knots. Built for Esso Petroleum Co. Limited, of London. Engaged in the transportation of crude oil to Esso Penarth Dock in South Wales. It would seem that the vessel was sold in 1985, that 'Caernarvon Maritime' was the then new owner & 'Alba Petroleum' was the new manager. But I have seen references to 'C. Crawley Ltd.', of Gravesend being the manager. Both 'Caernarvon Maritime' & 'Alba Petroleum' were of Mombassa, Kenya. In 1985 it was owned, it would appear by 'Alba Oil Fields Services'. In 1986 the name was changed to Caernarvon. Registered Honduras (or Comoros?). The data is, to me at least, confusing. When this page was last updated, in Apl. 2009, the vessel would seem still to be in service. Can you clarify the data?

161 Borgsten
49054 (or 49311) tons
Hull 709

15940
6400434

Oswego Courage
1963

An oil tanker. Per 1, 2 & 3 (all Borgsten images), 4 [Fred Olsen Line, Borgsten (3)], 5 (image Borgsten under construction), 6 (image Borgsten), 7 (later data, low on page, images), 8 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). As the page was updated, in late May 2012, an e-Bay image of the ship & its navigating tower was available. I invited folks to find it for themselves (ref. borgstein) - I did not wish to reward the vendor by a link since the image contained intrusive watermarks. 265.0 metres long overall (869 ft. 6 in.), 255.8 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 15 1/2 knots, signal letters JXXI. 'It is unique in that it has no superstructure, only a navigation tower'. Built for 'A/S Ganger Rolf, A/S Bonheur, A/S Borgå, A/S Jelölinjen & Den Norske Middelhavalinje A/S', with Fred. Olsen & Co., i.e. 'Fred Olsen Line', of Oslo, Norway, the managers. The vessel was sold, in 1973, to Oswego Shipping  Corp. of Monrovia, Liberia, & renamed Oswego Courage. And it was sold again, in 1975, to Oswego Erie Corp. (Marine Transport Lines Inc., of New York, managers), also of Monrovia. On Sep. 19, 1978, the vessel arrived at the ship-breaking facilities of 'Yi Ho Steel Enterprise Co.', of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

162 Daphnella
39929 tons
Hull 716

308137
6602721

Philippine Star
Catalunya
Palaima
Arkay
Kay
Acqua Blu
1966

An oil tanker. Per 1 (data page in Dutch, #13 50% down), 2 (data & 3 images), 3 (Daphnella image), 4 (Daphnella image & many more also thru -06), 5 (Daphnella under construction), 6 (the launch of Daphnella, see also next right image), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 243.7 (or 243.84) metres long, speed of 15 1/2 knots, signal letters GRVE.  Built for Shell Tankers U.K. Ltd., of London. The vessel was sold, in 1976, to United Philippine Lines Inc. & renamed Philippine Star. And sold in 1980 to 'Nav. Alisios Ltd.', of Liberia, & renamed Catalunya. And sold again, in 1981 (or maybe 1982), to Fletamentos Y Transportes Maritimos S.A., of Maracaibo, Venezuela, & renamed Palaima. Many more sales! Was sold in 1984 to Novaport S.A., of Panama, & renamed Arkay. And sold in 1985 to Thenamaris Inc., of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Kay. And sold in 1985 (or maybe 1986) to Kazan Shipping Inc., of Panama, renamed Acqua Blu, & converted into a production tanker. Can anybody explain the meaning of the following words 'Op 7 mei 1989 als opslagtanker te Talisman Buoy N.W. Shelf Australie.' which Google translate as 'On May 7, 1989 as a Talisman opslagtanker Buoy NW Shelf Australia.' The words may relate to the vessel being chartered, 1985/1992, for use at offshore oil finds around the world [Italy, Gabon, Angola, Australia (Talisman)]. On Jul. 20, 1995, the vessel arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, to be broken up. Can you add anything?

The next list is of the vessels built by Joseph L. Thompson and Sons Ltd. at the 'Crown' yard at Monkwearmouth, which yard was acquired in 1946.

And remained a separate facility until it was closed in 1958. There were, it would appear, many (18 maybe?) 'Crown' vessels built there through 1956, when vessels became identified as 'Thompson' vessels. Presumably related to the yard being a separate facility. Then just 10 'Thompson' vessels, hull numbers 240 through 249.  Note that the hull numbers that follow are a continuation of the 'Crown' series of numbers. A puzzle perhaps is that vessels are listed below which were built after 1958, in 1960 & 1961.

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:- 242, 249.

163 Silverdene
5657 tons
Hull 241

187395
5100051

El Kanemi
Anemi
1956

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silverdene), 2 (image, Silverdene), 3 & 4 (images, El Kanemi), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 137.9 metres long overall, 128.0 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters GVDF. Built for Silver Line Limited, of London. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, once as Silverdene, on Feb. 1, 1959. The vessel was sold, in 1960, to 'Nigerian National Shipping Line Ltd.', of Lagos, Nigeria, & renamed El Kanemi. Would seem to have been a frequent visitor to Hull. It was sold again, in 1978, to 'Madina Marine Co. Ltd.', of Limassol, Cyprus, & renamed Anemi. The vessel left Hong Kong on May 7, 1980 &, on or prior to Jun. 3, 1980, arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of 'Li Chong Steel & Iron Works Co.', to be broken up. WWW data re the vessel is most limited. Can you help with more data?

164 Silverfell
7843 tons
Hull 242

187604
5413161

Rio Santa
Petunia
1957

A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Petunia), 1 (image, Silverfell), 2 (Silver Line, Silverfell), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for Silver Line Limited, of London. The vessel was sold, in 1963, to 'Corporacion Peruana de Vapores', of Callao, Peru, & renamed Rio Santa. And was sold again, in 1970, to 'Estrella Oceanica Nav. SA', of Piraeus, Greece, & renamed Petunia. Later in 1970, the vessel was sold to 'Petunia Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Famagusta, Cyprus, with no change of vessel name. And in 1977, the vessel was sold once more, to 'Laptev Sea SA', of Piraeus, again with no change of vessel name. On Jan. 15, 1980, the vessel arrived at the Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ship breaking facilities of Kao Yung Steel Enterprise Co. to be broken up. WWW data is most limited. Can you help with more data?

165 Wear Hopper No. 3
414 tons
Hull 246

187265
5387104
1959

A hopper ship, used in the dredging of the River Wear. Per 1 (image, Wear Hopper No. 3, at Sunderland), 2 (A 'Wear Hopper', moored at London, awaiting break-up), 3 (image, either 'Wear Hopper #3', or 'Wear Hopper #4'), 4 (Wear Hoppers 3 & 4, at Facebook), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Built for the River Wear Commissioners. 48.7 metres long overall, 46.8 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 8 1/2 knots. I am advised that Wear Hopper No. 3 & Wear Hopper No. 4 were launched simultaneously on Oct. 5, 1959 - what a sight that must have been! The vessels were built separately of course, but for launch the two were connected under their keels & at deck level amidships by large cross members - an extremely rare method of launch. The River Wear Commissioners, i.e. ('Commissioners'), established way back in 1717, had as its purpose to widen & deepen the harbour & river at Sunderland, to enhance safe navigability, & to control & govern the construction of quays & waterside structures. Its functions came to an end, in 1973, when its duties were taken over by the Port of Sunderland Authority ('Authority'). So in 1973 the vessel became owned by Authority. In 1992, it became owned by 'General Marine'. Can you tell us about 'General Marine'? I read that the vessel was moored, in the River Thames, near Tower Bridge, London, for several years from the early 2000s. The vessel was broken up at Greenwich, in Feb. 2005. The River Wear, like all rivers, would become increasingly shallow as sediment was deposited on the river bed by the passing current. And, particularly with the increasing size of the ships built at Sunderland, the River had to be continuously dredged by bucket dredgers. Wear Hopper No. 3 was a hopper ship into which sand, gravel, etc., dredged from the river bottom by bucket dredgers, was dropped by conveyor - & then taken out into the North Sea & jettisoned. I understand that the bottom of the ship would open up to facilitate that release. Stan Taylor, who fitted the 'doors' on the bottom of the hull, states that there were major engineering problems in getting the 6 hinges on each of the two doors to work smoothly without 'binding'. Of interest, I am advised that the River Wear, at Pallion, where Doxford & others built giant ocean going ships, is today (Jul. 2011) about 1 metre deep only. How amazing! You can scarcely float a row-boat where giant cargo ships were so recently launched! Perhaps the day will again come, when one can wade or 'plodge' across the river from bank to bank below the bridges. WWW data is most limited.  Can you help with more data?

166 Flying Wizard
116 tons
Hull 249

301418
5117298

Towing Wizard
Alexandros
1960

A tug. Per A (e-Bay image, Towing Wizard), 1 & 2 (images, Flying Wizard, but you now must register to see them), 3 (image, Flying Wizard, also -02), 4 (image, Towing Wizard, also -01), 5 (image, Alexandros, see comment at page bottom), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). There are, as this listing is created, additional images of the vessel e-Bay available. Do forgive me if I invite you to find them for yourself. They have intrusive logos across them & I prefer not to reward the vendor by referencing them directly. 26.9 metres long overall, 23.6 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 77 ft. 6 in. long. Built for 'Clyde Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Glasgow. While I have no detail, I read that the tug, in 1971, was involved in an accident, while assisting Gaasterdyk, a Dutch vessel, at Greenock. The accident must have been severe, because in 1972, Flying Wizard was sold, in a damaged condition, to 'Pounds Shipowners & Shipbreakers Ltd.', of Portsmouth. It was not broken up however & rather was repaired & placed in service at Portsmouth, likely under charter, for South Ocean Services Ltd. The vessel was renamed Towing Wizard in 1975. 'After a long period of idleness', the vessel was sold again, in 1978, to 'Makedonia II Shipping Co.', (The North Aegean Consortium for Towage & Salvage), of Panama, & renamed Alexandros. 'Michael Gigilinis Shipping Co.', of Thessaloniki, Greece, were the vessel's managers & the vessel would seem to have been based at Thessaloniki. On Nov. 7, 2002, while towing Trinity, a bulk carrier, the vessel foundered, 1 mile off the port of Thessaloniki. Can anyone tell us the circumstances? I read that the crew of four were rescued, but one of them later died in hospital. WWW data is most limited & most of the above came from Google data 'snippets'. Can you correct the above and/or add additional data?

167 Silverisle
7881 (or 7744) tons
Hull 243

301056
5328342

Industria
Alfaraj
Annajm
1960

A cargo ship. Per 1 (Silver Line, Silverisle), 2 & 3 (images, Industria), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 137.9 metres long overall, 128.3 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, 452 ft. 4 in., speed of 14 knots. Built for Silver Isle Navigation (Bermuda) Ltd., of London, Silver Line Limited the managers & surely the ultimate owners. The vessel was sold, in 1965, to 'Metcalfe Shipping Co. Ltd.', of West Hartlepool, & renamed Industria. In 1974, the vessel was sold to 'Temple Bay Shipping Co. Ltd.', of Monrovia, Liberia, Gulfeast Ship Management Ltd. the managers, & renamed Alfaraj. And was sold again, in 1980, to 'Najd Maritime Transport Co. Ltd. ('Najd'), of Jeddah, or maybe of Damman, Saudi Arabia, (Bredfill Ltd., of London, likely the managers), & renamed Annajm. Najd may relate to 'Najd Trading & Construction Company', also of Jeddah. On Apl. 24, 1983, the vessel arrived at the Gadani Beach, Pakistan, ship breaking facilities of Abbas Steel Industries, to be broken up. WWW data is most limited. Can you help with more data?

168 Thistleroy
7919 (later 5474 & 7758) maybe 7688 & 7808 tons
Hull 244

187269
5359042

Ingleton
Panetolikon
Shabaan
1960

A cargo ship. Per A (e-Bay image, Thistleroy). 1 & 2 (Auckland), 3 (data & image, Panetolikon, but you must now register to access), 4 [Albyn Line, Thistleroy (2)], 5 (Albyn Line), 6 & 7 (images, Ingleton), 8 (image, Thistleroy), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 452 ft. 4 in. long (137.87 metres) overall, 421 ft. 0 in. long (128.32 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 1/2 knots, signal letters GHFD later 5MIE. Built for Albyn Line Ltd., of Sunderland, (Allan Black & Co. Ltd., the managers) & launched by Mrs W. B. Allan. The vessel visited Auckland, New Zealand, once, on Sep. 21, 1961. The vessel was sold, in 1966, to Somerston Shipping Co. Ltd., a Bermudian company owned by Chapman & Willan Ltd., of Newcastle, & renamed Ingleton.  Chapman & Willan Ltd. were the managers. The vessel visited Auckland, on Jun. 11, 1966 (as Ingleton), when on charter to Shaw, Savill. The vessel was sold, in 1970, to 'Neptunea Mundial S.A.', of Panama, with Helikon Shipping Enterprises Ltd. the managers & renamed Panetolikon. Registered at Monrovia, Liberia, & then at Piraeus, Greece. And sold in 1981, for a price in the region of $1.25 million, to 'Askeladd Shipping Corporation', of Panama City, Panama, Bredfill Ltd., of London, the managers, & renamed Shabaan. The vessel was sold again, in 1982, to Najd Maritime Transport Co. Ltd. ('Najd'), of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Bredfill Ltd., of London, the managers, with no change of vessel name. Najd may relate to 'Najd Trading & Construction Company', also of Jeddah. Gross tonnage became 5474 & 7758 by 1973/74 & maybe 7688 & 7808 somewhere along the way. On or prior to Mar. 28, 1984, the vessel arrived at the Chittagong, Bangladesh, ship breaking facilities of Khalil & Sons, to be broken up. After having suffered collision damage, I have read, but I have no detail as to what happened & when. Actual break-up commenced on Apl. 2, 1984. Can you tell us more?

169 Silverweir
10895 tons
Hull 245

302701
5328457

Agios Antonios
1961

A bulk carrier. Per 1 & 2 (images, Silverweir), 3 & 4 (Silver Line, Silverweir), 5 (image, Silverweir, but you need to be registered to see it), 6 (New Zealand), 7 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 152.3 metres long, speed of 14 1/2 knots. Built for Silver Line Limited, of London. Visited Auckland, New Zealand, 3 times between 1963 & 1966. Sold in 1969 to 'Saerdna Shipping Co.', of Greece, & renamed Agios Antonios. On Oct. 10, 1973, vessel ran aground, at Coondapor, Karnataka, India, & was lost. At 13.37.24N/74.36.30E. Have not read the circumstances. WWW data is limited. Can you help with more data?

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