Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

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Wednesday, May 1, 1963 @ 1000
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1963 Advert by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland for Relief Officers

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Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 1434
S D RELIABLE (2009- Ship-handling and coastal tug of Serco Denholm Marine Services, London) Own Page

Tug S D RELIABLE and barge S D 1710 U pass Custom House Quay, Greenock

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage271

It was a thoroughly unpleasant day to take photographs.

   Thick overcast sky, continual heavy rain with fierce

squalls and poor visibility.

   “Teeming down” or “pouring down” as they

say in the west of Scotland.

 

   At 1414 hours the Serco Denholm tug S D RELIABLE left

Great Harbour, Greenock with the unmanned fuel barge

S D 1710 U  fast alongside.   It’s not known where they

were bound.   Possibly the Royal Navy base at Faslane

in the Gare Loch or the NATO fuelling facility at

Loch Striven.   Who knows ?

 

   1434 hours and the pair passed Custom House Quay,

Greenock.  The tug was seen to be moving astern on

her passage.

 

In the last image just above the tug's bow is

a small vessel named TONKA.  

   You may be surprised where it has been.

News Event

Tuesday, April 2, 1963 @ 1035
THEODORA (1958-1972 Coastal oil tanker 57.64m long of N.V. Teerbedrijf Uithoorn (TEBU), Uithoorn) Own Page

THEODORA arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with a cargo of fuel oil from Heysham

Vessel MasterP van HoevePort of RegistryUithoorn (Netherlands)
Arrived fromHeysham (England)Net Tonnage230
Arrived in berthArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage499
Draught aft on arrival12' 09"Deadweght Tonnage740
Cargo carried on arrivalFuel oil
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

News Event

Tuesday, April 2, 1963 @ 0845
FRAGUM (1952-1964 Coastal oil tanker 332 feet long of Shell Tankers, London :1976 scrapped at Hong Kong) Own Page

Shell coastal tanker FRAGUM arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with Bitumen from Stanlow

Vessel MasterJ DistonPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Arrived fromStanlow (on Manchester Ship Canal, England, U.K.)Reg Tonnage1,280
Arrived in berthArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.) ... assisted by tug SEAWAY
Draught aft on arrival17' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalBitumen
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

News Event

Monday, April 1, 1963 @ 2125
JACINTH (1939-1970 General cargo coaster 178 feet long of William Robertson's Gem Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Gem Line coaster JACINTH arrives in Ardrossan Harbour with a cargo of Limestone from Llanddulas

Arrived fromLLanddulas (Conwy County Borough, Wales, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Net Tonnage332
Master of vessel on arrivalA McKinnonGross Tonnage650
Draught aft on arrival14' 10"
Cargo carried on arrivalLimestone
Ships agentR L Alpine & Co. Ltd., Winton Buildings, Ardrossan Telephone Ardrossan 65 / 66

News Event

Tuesday, September 12, 1967 @ 1700
CLAN ROSS (1966-1976 General cargo ship of Cayzer Irvine / Clan Line, Glasgow) Own Page

CLAN ROSS closes at Birkenhead for cargo for Tenerife, Durban, Lourenco Marques and Beira

Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage10,542

News Event

Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 1000
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May and June 1957 sailing notice for T & J Harrison Line of Liverpool

News Event

Saturday, February 10, 1962 @ 0500
ELYSIA (1945-1973 General cargo liner 497 feet long of Anchor Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Anchor Line's ELYSIA arrives at Prince's Dock, Glasgow from Bombay via Liverpool

Arrived fromBombay (India) via LiverpoolPort of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth7 / 8 Prince's Dock, Glasgow (with head west, 2 blinds from west end of berth 8)Gross Tonnage6,936
Sailing forYorkhill Quay, Glasgow
Sailed from berth6 Prince's Dock, Glasgow
Draught forward on arrival19' 01"
Draught aft on arrival22' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 3,767 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 10th February
Stevedore discharging inward cargoJames Spencer & Company, 165 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, C 3 Tel CEN 5224 (5 lines)
Completed discharge of inward cargo1415 on 19th February
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing11' 02"
Draught aft on sailing20' 00"
Ships agentAnchor Line, 14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, C.1. Telephone CENtral 9809

News Event

Monday, March 16, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
WEATHER RECORDER (1947-1961 Meteorological reporting ship of Air Ministry, London (formerly Royal Navy Flower Class Corvette H.M.S. GENISTA) : 1961 scrapped at Antwerp) Own Page

Greenock Harbour Dues for ocean weather ship WEATHER RECORDER fuelling at Princes Pier

Ship's locationPrinces Pier, Greenock (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage227

News Event

Wednesday, January 7, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
LADY ISLE (1956-1974 Steam then oil engined puffer lighter 66 feet long of Irvine Shipping & Trading Co., Irvine)) Own Page

Greenock Harbour Dues for Puffer LADY ISLE bunkering 5 tons of coal at Basin of James Watt Dock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock Basin, GreenockPort of RegistryTroon (Scotland)
Gross Tonnage96

News Event

Monday, August 21, 1967 @ 0110
CLAN MACTAGGART (1949-1971 General cargo ship 507 feet overall of Cayzer, Irvine & Co Ltd / Clan Line) Own Page

CLAN MACTAGGART arrives at 8 King George V Dock, Glasgow to load for Durban via Birkenhead

Arrived fromHull (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth8 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Sailing forDurban via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth8 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival11' 09"
Draught aft on arrival20' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 22nd August
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 460 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo1630 on 25th August
Draught forward on sailing12' 06"
Draught aft on sailing21' 03"
Engine trials25th August from 1551 to 1610 ... with rope across the dock
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

News Event

Monday, May 18, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
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The Ross & Marshall's Light Shipping "Clyde Puffer" vessel diary for Monday 18 May 1959

News Event

Thursday, June 10, 1982 @ 1300
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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Unknown coaster at Ardrossan Harbour, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

News Event

Saturday, June 1, 1985 @ 1000
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Ben Bulletin June 1985 .....The Company magazine of Ben Line of Edinburgh (Scotland)

News Event

Sunday, May 17, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
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The Ross & Marshall's Light Shipping "Clyde Puffer" vessel diary for Sunday 17 May 1959

News Event

Wednesday, April 18, 1956 @ 0600
The date shown is the date advertised on the published timetable and time is our best estimate
VELEBIT (General cargo ship of Yugoslav Line) Own Page

VELEBIT due at Madras to load for Rangoon, Penang, Port Swettenham, Singapore, Djakarta, Hong Kong

Ship's locationMadras (India)
Ships agentF X Pereira & Sons, 99, Godown Street, Madras-1, India Telephone 3879 Grams "Perfex"

News Event

Friday, March 8, 1935 @ 1107
LAIRDSHEATHER (1922-1937 General cargo coaster 190 feet long of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow : 1937 scrapped in Barrow in Furness, England) Own Page

Burns & Laird's coaster LAIRDSHEATHER leaves Belfast for Liverpool

Vessel MasterMcCorkindalePort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Net Tonnage215
Gross Tonnage515

News Event

Friday, April 6, 1956 @ 0600
The date shown is the date advertised on the published timetable and time is our best estimate
STEEL ARTISAN (1946-1973 Freighter 492 feet long of Isthmian Steamship Lines, New York, USA : 1973 Scrapped Kaohsiung, Taiwan) Own Page

Isthmian's freighter STEEL ARTISAN due to arrive at Alleppey Cochin to load for North America

Ship's locationAlleppey Cochin (India)Port of RegistryNew York (USA)
Ships agentA. V. Thomas & Co. Ltd., Cochin / Alleppey (India)Gross Tonnage7,948

News Event

Sunday, June 9, 1935 @ 1017
LAIRDS ISLE (1932-1939 then Admiralty service then 1945-1957) Passenger ferry 323 ft (98.5 m) of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow) Own Page

Burns & Laird's LAIRDS ISLE leaves Ardrossan on an excursion via Ayr to Bangor (Northern Ireland)

Vessel MasterNeil CampbellPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage1,675

News Event

Saturday, October 10, 2020 @ 1411
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Does anyone remember Isthmian Steamship Lines of USA in 1950 / 60's

E-mail October 10  2020 

 From Bobby Ford  (USA)

Do you have anything about Isthmian Steamship Lines,

or anyone remember them, who did freighter service

from India and Far East in 1950 / 60’s.

   Any memories of the "STEEL" boats ?

News Event

Thursday, September 13, 1951 @ 2000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
USHIO MARU (General cargo ship) Own Page

Japanese ship USHIO MARU arrives at Cochin (India) with 7,000 tons of wheat from America

Arrived in berthCochin Harbour (India)Port of RegistryJapan
Master of vessel on arrivalNishi

 

   The Japanese cargo ship USHIO MARU arrived at

Cochin Harbour (India) with 7,000 tons of wheat from

America, the wheat being supplied under the American

Food Aid to India Bill.

    The wheat will help the food shortage and out of

the 7,000 tons received 1,000 tons will go to

Travancore - Cochin State and the rest to Madras.

 

News Event

Friday, December 19, 1958 @ 1630
STATESMAN (1948-1962 General cargo ship 442 feet long of T & J Harrison Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison Line's STATESMAN arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to load steel tubes for Venezuela

Arrived fromManchester (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Arrived in berth10 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head north)Gross Tonnage7,259
Sailing forVenezuela via Liverpool
Sailed from berth10 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head north)
Draught forward on arrival12' 00"
Draught aft on arrival18' 03"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 20th December .... there was a dockers strike on 26th December
Outward cargoSteel tubes 1,921 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer & Company, 165 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, C 3 Tel CEN 5224 (5 lines)
Completed loading outward cargo1900 on 25th December
Draught forward on sailing16' 06"
Draught aft on sailing20' 10"
Ships agentPrentice, Service & Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow, C.1. Tel CENtral 1016

News Event

Friday, October 31, 1958 @ 0410
CLAN SHAW (1950-1960 General cargo ship 512 feet long of Cayzer Irvine / Clan Line, Glasgow) Own Page

CLAN SHAW arrives at 8 King George V Dock, Glasgow to discharge then load for Calcutta

Arrived fromMombasa (Kenya) via LiverpoolPort of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth8 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Sailing forCalcutta (India) via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth6A / 7 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival12' 06"
Draught aft on arrival23' 01"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 1,997 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 31st October
Stevedore discharging inward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed discharge of inward cargo1800 on 4th November
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 5th November
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 1,376 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed loading outward cargo0930 on 8th November
Draught forward on sailing13' 09"
Draught aft on sailing20' 10"
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

News Event

Saturday, August 19, 1967 @ 1950
CLAN MACINNES ( 1952 - 1978 General cargo liner 471 feet long of Clan Line Steamers, Glasgow) Own Page

CLAN MACINNES arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to load for Chittagong via Birkenhead

Arrived fromNewport (South Wales, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth7 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)Gross Tonnage6,389
Sailing forChittagong (East Pakistan = now known as Bangladesh) via BirkenheadDeadweght Tonnage8,945
Sailed from berth7 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Draught forward on arrival14' 02"
Draught aft on arrival18' 10"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo outwards
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 20th August
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 500 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo1445 on 22nd August
Draught forward on sailing15' 00"
Draught aft on sailing19' 10"
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

News Event

Thursday, February 12, 1953 @ 1000
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1953 Advert by N.V. Holland Coastal and Salvage Towage, Haarlem, Holland

News Event

Thursday, October 8, 2020 @ 1045
ARKLOW CLAN (2017- General cargo ship IMO 9757113 being 87m long of Crinnis Shipping Ltd.) Own Page

ARKLOW CLAN passes Braehead on her way upriver inbound from Liverpool to Shieldhall, Glasgow

Ship's locationPassing Braehead Shopping Centre, GlasgowPort of RegistryArklow (Ireland / Eire)
Gross Tonnage2,999

   It was a dull and cold - but thankfully dry - morning when, at 1045

on 8th October 2020, ARKLOW CLAN passed Braehead Shopping

Centre on the River Clyde inbound to Shieldhall Riverside Quay,

Glasgow to load a cargo of scrap for Sevilla, Spain.

ARKLOW CLAN is passing the new British Royal Navy offshore

patrol vessel H.M.S. SPEY which is fitting out at the BAe Systems

yard at Elderslie, Glasgow. 


 

Just as she was passing, ARKLOW CLAN was overtaken by the

Police Scotland RIB  =  Rigid Inflatable Boat  - "DELTA" which

was charging upriver at a great rate of knots.   Perhaps the

Officers were late for their morning cup of tea or coffee.


 

   Look ahead of ARKLOW CLAN.   Just under the big crane

and a little to the right you will see the white superstructure

and green hull of a ship.

    It is ARKLOW VENUS, built in 2018, registered in

Rotterdam and owned by Ferrybank Shipping BV.

    She is at Diesel Wharf on the North Bank of the

River Clyde and loading a cargo of scrap for Liverpool.

News Event

Wednesday, November 4, 1953 @ 1500
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
JALAGOPAL (1933-1956 Passenger / cargo ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Bombay) Own Page

Scindia's JALAGOPAL leaves Madras for Nagapattinam, Penang, Port Swettenham and Singapore

Ships agentK P V Shaik Mohamed Rowther & Co., 41 Linghi Chutti Street, Madras 1, (India) Port of RegistryBombay (India)
Gross Tonnage5,284

News Event

Wednesday, September 30, 1953 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
DWARKA (1947-1982 Passenger / cargo liner of British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London : 1982 scrapped at Karachi) Own Page

3 men dead and 18 injured in a fight on British India Line's DWARKA

Ship's locationKarachi (Pakistan)Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage4,851

   Three men died and eighteen others were injured

in a fight aboard the British India Line’s DWARKA,

26 miles off Karachi.

    The ship is now in Karachi Harbour.

    A Line’s spokesman said

 

“ It appears that a fight broke out between some

members of the crew and some unberthed passengers.

    In the fight that ensued three members of the crew

were killed and eighteen others, both from the

crew and passengers were injured.

   DWARKA was on it’s way from Basrah to Karachi

  and was due to leave Karachi later today for Bombay.

   Police have detained the vessel to complete their

investigation and obtain witness statements”


    Harbour Officials state that four Arab passengers have been

detained.   According to reports the fight started when some Arab

passengers tried to use baths which were meant for the crew. 

  Knives were freely used, and two of the knives have been recovered

by the Police.

    One of the crew who died, an Indian, was a cook on the ship.

News Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 1412
CEMVALE (2006- Cement carrier IMO 9048287 and 88m long of ms "Cemvale" Schiffahrts GmbH & Co KG) Own Page

CEMVALE passes Custom House Quay, Greenock inbound with Cement from Dublin (Ireland)

Ship's locationCustom House Quay, Greenock, ScotlandPort of RegistryLimassol (Cyprus)
Gross Tonnage2,894
Deadweght Tonnage4,257

CEMVALE passing container ship MSC MONICA at Greenock

Ocean Terminal and approaching Custom House Quay, Greenock

on her way upriver to King George V Dock, Glasgow with a

cargo of Cement from Dublin (Ireland).


News Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 1350
SVITZER MILFORD (2004- Shiphandling tug IMO 9292876 of Svitzer Marine, Middlesbrough, UK) Own Page

Tug SVITZER MILFORD passes Custom House Quay on her way to her base at Great Harbour, Greenock

Ship's locationCustom House Quay, Greenock, ScotlandPort of RegistryMilford Haven (Wales, UK)
Gross Tonnage384
Deadweght Tonnage226

A heavily overcast sky, frequent torrential rain and often

poor visibility when the tug SVITZER MILFORD

(nearest the camera) followed by tug ANGLEGARTH

pass Greenock Ocean Terminal on their way inbound

to their base at Great Harbour, Greenock.

 

Both tugs were returning after sailing the Russian

tanker NS LION from Finnart Oil Terminal on Loch Long.

 

The (stern of) container ship MSC MONICA can be seen

at the Ocean Terminal.   She had arrived at 0140 that

morning from Liverpool

News Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 1315
SOUND OF SOAY (2013- Passenger and 54-vehicle ferry of Western Ferries, Hunter's Quay, Dunoon( Own Page

SOUND OF SOAY arrives at McInroy's Point, Gourock on her service from Hunter's Quay

Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 1315
NS LION (2007- IMO 9339313 Crude oil tanker 248.96m long of NS LION Shipping Corp. / SCF Novoship - Novorossiysk, Russia) Own Page

Russian tanker NS LION leaves Finnart Oil Terminal (Firth of Clyde) for Murmansk (Russia)

Sailing forMurmansk (Russia)Port of RegistryMonrovia (Liberia)
Sailed from berthFinnart Oil Terminal (Loch Long, Firth of Clyde) .... tugs SVITZER MILFORD and ANGLEGARTHGross Tonnage61,449
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)Deadweght Tonnage115,831

At 1220 the tanker NS LION left Finnart Oil Terminal, Loch Long,

to make her way down the deep, narrow water to the broad

expanse of the Firth of Clyde to start her passage to Murmansk, Russia.

 

   She was assisted from the Finnart berth by the tugs

SVITZER MILFORD and ANGLEGARTH.


 

About 1310 she left Loch Long and entered the waters of the  Firth of Clyde.   The sky was heavily overcast

with frequent heavy rain squalls.   You can see how the hills behind her are obscured by low cloud.


Coming into relative sunshine the tanker is seen passing the town

of Blairmore.


 

Note the smoke ahead of her bow, coming from the area of the houses.

The Pilot Boat has come from Estuary Control at Greenock to land

the Pilot from NS LION.


See you didn’t need to be concerned about the smoke at her foredeck.

 


 

1329 hours.

   NS LION is passing the entrance to the Holy Loch.   In the past the U.S. Navy nuclear submarines were based there.

   The tanker is now slowing down to disembark the Pilot on her starboard side, and then start on her passage

to Murmansk (north Russia).

News Event

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 1249
BUTE (2005- IMO 9319741 Passenger / Ro-ro ferry 72m long of Caledonian MacBrayne, Gourock) Own Page

Caledonian MacBrayne ferry BUTE approaches Wemyss Bay on her regular service to / from Rothesay

Ship's locationWemyss Bay, Firth of Clyde, ScotlandPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

Under the colourful rainbow the land on the far side, the Cowal shore, is obscured by heavy and torrential rain.   It was better that

the rain was on the other side of the Firth, otherwise the images

would not have been taken.

News Event

Saturday, April 10, 1982 @ 1900
HALIA (1958-1985 Oil tanker 556 feet long 14.5 knots of Shell Petroleum Company, London) Own Page

Navigation class visiting Shell U.K. tanker HALIA at Ardrossan Harbour, Clyde, Scotland

Ship's locationArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryLondon
Reg Tonnage6,930
Gross Tonnage12,183
Deadweght Tonnage18,200

News Event

Sunday, March 17, 1957 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
BARON KILMARNOCK (1953-1957 Oil products tanker 547 feet long of Hugh Hogarth & Co. / Baron Line, Glasgow : 1979 scrapped) Own Page

Hogarth's tanker BARON KILMARNOCK broadcasts that she is in distress with engine trouble

Port of RegistryArdrossan (Scotland, U.K.)
Net Tonnage6,427
Gross Tonnage11,810
Deadweght Tonnage16,875

   The Glasgow owned Hugh Hogarth / Baron Line tanker

BARON KILMARNOCK broadcast that she was in distress

with engine trouble.


   She reported her position as 50 miles north-west of

Terschelling, Netherlands, and on passage light-ship

from Oslo (Norway) to Texas (USA).


   The Dutch salvage tug HOLLAND of  NV Schheepvaart

Mij G. Doeksen & Zonen attended from Harlingen and

stood by the tanker whose crew were attempting to make repairs.

  

    BARON KILMARNOCK was built in 1953 by the Caledon

Shipyard at Dundee and is registered in Ardrossan, Scotland.

News Event

Monday, September 12, 1960 @ 0900
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
APEXITY ( 1945 - 1964 Harbour and coastal oil tanker 136 feet long of F T Everard Company, London) Own Page

Greenock Harbour Dues for oiler APEXITY bunkering NAPIER STAR at James Watt Dock, Greenock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock, GreenockPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Net Tonnage49
Gross Tonnage136
Deadweght Tonnage180

News Event

Tuesday, August 1, 1944 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

Wartime supply operations at Cherbourg (France) after liberation by American Forces

Ship's locationCherbourg (France)

News Event

Sunday, April 7, 1963 @ 0600
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
CHESHIRE (1959-1968 General cargo ship of Bibby Line, Liverpool) Own Page

CHESHIRE due about 7 April at Pondicherry (Pondy) India to discharge 120 tons of general cargo

Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage7,201

 

 

News Event

Friday, March 29, 1963 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
CLAN MACIVER ( 1958 - 1979 General cargo liner 503 feet long of Clan Line, London) Own Page

CLAN MACIVER is the first ship to anchor in the new Pondicherry Port (Pondy) in India

Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage7,105
Deadweght Tonnage9,937

  An official reception was given to Clan Line’s CLAN MACIVER

when she arrived and anchored at the new Pondicherry Port

(known locally as Pondy), India, being the first vessel to arrive

at the new port.

   350 tons of cotton clothing and cotton waste were loaded

for the U.K.

News Event

Tuesday, November 1, 1977 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
BENNEVIS (1977-1982 General cargo ship (formerly BARON DUNMORE 1968-1977) of Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

Voyage diary for Ben Line's cargo ship BENNEVIS from November 1977 to November 1980

Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland)
Gross Tonnage12,660

News Event

Monday, May 30, 1960 @ 1705
LAIRDSROCK (1947-1966 General cargo 2-hatch coaster 166 feet long of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow : Sank 1980 in Greek waters) Own Page

Burns & Laird's coaster LAIRDSROCK leaves Greenock with 392 tons of steel for Belfast

Vessel MasterJohn M SinclairPort of RegistryGlasgow
Net Tonnage234
Gross Tonnage471

News Event

Thursday, September 2, 1965 @ 1600
The date shown is the date advertised on the published timetable and time is our best estimate
Own Page

Matson Lines passenger liner leaves Sydney on a 14-day cruise to Noumea and Fiji

Contributed by J.S. (SydneyAustralia)


News Event

Monday, May 10, 1965 @ 0800
GUGLIELMO MARCONI (1961-1976 Passenger 1,150 liner 701 feet 213.7m long of Lloyd Triestino, Italy : 2001 scrapped) Own Page

May 1965 advert by Lloyd Triestino for their sailings from Sydney by liners MARCONI and GALILEO

Ships agentGilchrist Watt & Sanderson Pty, Ltd., 17 O' Connell Street, Sydney Telephone BL5801Port of RegistryTrieste (Italy)
Gross Tonnage27,905

Contributed by J.S. (Sydney, Australia)

News Event

Tuesday, September 20, 1966 @ 2315
INDORITA (1920-1970 General cargo coaster 115 feet long of Coppack Brothers, Chester)) Own Page

British coaster INDORITA arrives at Meadowside Quay, Glasgow to load Flax Seed for Drogheda

Arrived fromColeraine (a town near the mouth of the River Bann in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland)Port of RegistryChester, UK
Arrived in berth4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow (west end)Gross Tonnage201
Sailing forDrogheda (Ireland)
Sailed from berth4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow (west end)
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0840 on 21st September
Outward cargoFlax Seed 216 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoClyde Port Authority, Glasgow
Completed loading outward cargo1430 on 21st September

News Event

Saturday, September 3, 1960 @ 0145
SISTINA (1959-1966 General cargo ship 144.90m 474 feet long of Tschudi & Eitzen, Oslo : 1982 scrapped Gadani Beach, Pakistan) Own Page

Norwegian SISTINA arrives at Shieldhall, Glasgow to load Tubes and Steel Plates for Calcutta

Arrived fromRotterdam (Netherlands)Port of RegistryOslo (Norway)
Arrived in berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow (with her head east : with bow on ladder)Net Tonnage4,874
Sailing forCalcutta (India) via Liverpool and Stobcross Crane (Glasgow)Gross Tonnage8,780
Sailed from berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow (with her head east : with bow on ladder)Deadweght Tonnage12,612
Draught forward on arrival15' 01"
Draught aft on arrival19' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo outwards
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 3rd September
Outward cargoTubes and steel plates 2,100 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoClutha Stevedoring Co. Ltd., Prince's Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone IBRox 1233
Completed loading outward cargo1455 on 7th September
Draught forward on sailing17' 00"
Draught aft on sailing24' 09"
Ships agentJohn G Borland & Peat Ltd., 200 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CITy 3651

News Event

Sunday, February 22, 1959 @ 0600
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
TOWARD (1947- General cargo coaster of Clyde Shipping Company, Glasgow) Own Page

Master's letter to Clyde Shipping Company advising of damage to their vessel TOWARD

Ship's locationLondon Dock, LondonPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Vessel MasterJ McKellarGross Tonnage1,271

News Event

Friday, November 18, 1955 @ 0600
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

Ship arrivals and sailings at Lobito (Angola) on 18 and 19 November 1955

Ship's locationLobito (Angola)

 

Lobito (Angola)

 1955

 

18 November

PURFINA NEDERLAND arrived from Augusta (Sicily, Italy)

BAUDOUINVILLE arrived from Matadi (Congo)

BAUDOUINVILLE sailed for Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain)

 

19 November

CHARLESVILLE arrived from Antwerp (Belgium)

PURFINA NEDERLAND sailed for Ango Ango (Congo)

 

News Event

Saturday, July 3, 1937 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
CALIFORNIA (1923-1939 Passenger liner of Anchor Line, Glasgow : 1939-1943 Troopship : 1943 Sunk_) Own Page

Anchor Line's passenger liner CALIFORNIA sails from New York for Belfast and Glasgow

Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Gross Tonnage16,792

News Event

Sunday, June 1, 1975 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

Radio Officer and his equipment in a Ben Line vessel around 1975

News Event

Monday, July 26, 1965 @ 1500
Own Page

Anchor Line announce the withdrawal of their U.K. to Aden, Karachi and Bombay passenger service

 

   The crews of Anchor Line ships were astonished when the company announced

that their passenger sailings from Liverpool to Karachi and Bombay are to be discontinued early next year.

  

A spokesman for the long established Glasgow-based company

said that although the service had been operating between India

  and the U.K. for more than 100 years the decision had been taken

because the ships employed on the routes had reached an age

when their replacement had become necessary if the service

was to continue.

 

 “The volume of passenger traffic over the route is not enough

to justify the high capital cost of passenger tonnage.

   The regular cargo service from Glasgow and Liverpool to

Aden, Karachi and Bombay will be maintained.

   A North Atlantic cargo service the company operates jointly

with Cunard between London, Glasgow and New York was not

affected and would continue.

   The three passenger ships –  CILICIA, built in 1938, CIRCASSIA

in 1937 and CALEDONIA, 1948, will be withdrawn after

completing scheduled homeward voyages by March 1966.”  

 

   These vessels - well known and instantly recognisable on the

service – are all products of the Fairfield Shipbuilding

& Engineering Co. Ltd. of Govan, Glasgow. 

  CILICIA and CIRCASSIA will be scrapped and CALEDONIA

will be sold.

 

   About 50 shore staff and the crews of the three ships will be

made redundant.

News Event

Thursday, June 1, 1995 @ 0800
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
BELARD (1985-1997 Chartered Ro-RO Trailer ferry IMO 7725362 of P & O Pandoro : 1997 returned to owners) Own Page

P & O Pandoro chartered ferry BELARD arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with trailers from Belfast

Ship's locationArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryManchester (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage1,599

News Event

Saturday, May 16, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

The Ross & Marshall's Light Shipping "Clyde Puffer" vessel diary for Saturday 16 May 1959

News Event

Friday, January 7, 1966 @ 1832
SCOTTISH COAST (1957-1969 Passenger cargo ship 342 feet long of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow : 2002 scrapped at Mumbai, India)) Own Page

Burns & Laird's SCOTTISH COAST leaves Glasgow for Dublin

Vessel MasterFlintPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Net Tonnage1827
Gross Tonnage3817

News Event

Sunday, January 10, 1965 @ 1000
Own Page

1965 Advert by Houlder Brothers & Co. Ltd., London for Navigation and Engineer Officers

News Event

Monday, January 25, 1965 @ 1700
SUNHILL (1955- General cargo ship of Lundegaard and Sonner, Farsund, Norway) Own Page

Saguenay's SUNHILL closes at Glasgow for Barbados, Trinidad, Demerara and other West Indian Islands

Ships agentConstantine & Co. Ltd., 120 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, C.2. Tel CITy 6171 Grams "Constantine"Port of RegistryFarsund (Norway)

News Event

Thursday, January 14, 1965 @ 1700
DARINIAN (1947-1970 General cargo ship of Ellerman & Papayanni Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Papayanni Line's DARINIAN closes at Glasgow for Marseilles, Genoa, Leghorn, Naples and Sicily

Ships agentJohn Bruce & Co. (Shipping) Ltd., 75 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C.2.Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage1,533

News Event

Friday, January 15, 1965 @ 1000
Own Page

1965 Advert by David MacBrayne Ltd. for their services from Glasgow to West Highlands of Scotland

News Event

Thursday, June 1, 1967 @ 1200
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
LAIRDSFOX (1966-1973 General cargo coaster 189 feet long of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow : 1989 scrapped at Cadiz, Spain) Own Page

Burns & Laird's coaster LAIRDSFOX and Link Line's coaster POINTER in Eglinton Dock, Ardrossan

Ship's locationEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage563

News Event

Sunday, September 30, 1973 @ 1100
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
BENALDER (1972-1992 Container ship of Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

Captain K Hardie on Ben Line's container ship BENALDER at Southampton

Ship's locationSouthampton (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage57,887

News Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1620
AMUR STAR (2010- Chemical / oil products tanker IMO 9480368 being 128m long of Amur Star GmbH & Co. KG, Bremen, Germany) Own Page

Tanker AMUR STAR approaching and passing Custom House Quay, Greenock and inbound to Clydebank

Ship's locationApproaching and passing Custom House Quay, Greenock Port of RegistryValletta (Malta)
Gross Tonnage8,581
Deadweght Tonnage13,019

 

    1620 hours on Friday 25th September 2020 and

German-owned tanker AMUR STAR passes Custom

House Quay, Greenockinbound to Rothesay Dock,

Clydebank with a cargo of oil grades from Mongstad

(Vestland County, Norway).

    The tanker was escorted by Svitzer tug SVITZER MILFORD who

met her at Tail-of-the-Bank off Greenock and would follow her

astern upriver to near Dumbarton where she would attach her

tow line to berth her in Rothesay Dock.

   Almost one hour earlier, at 1522, the Clyde Marine tug

BATTLER left her base at Victoria Harbour and made her way

upriver on River Clyde to wait near Dumbarton where she

would attach to the bow of AMUR STAR and assist her into

the berth.

    When AMUR STAR finished discharging she would leave

Clydebank and make her way “North About” around the

north coast of Scotland to return to Mongstad.



News Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1517
SVITZER MILFORD (2004- Shiphandling tug IMO 9292876 of Svitzer Marine, Middlesbrough, UK) Own Page

SVITZER MILFORD passes Custom House Quay Greenock to wait for tanker AMUR STAR

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock Port of RegistryMilford Haven (Wales, UK)
Gross Tonnage384
Deadweght Tonnage226

Tug SVITZER MILFORD had left Great Harbour, Greenock,

and was passing Custom House Quay, Greenock on her

way to Tail-of-the-Bank anchorage where she would wait

to meet the inbound tanker AMUR STAR


News Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1547
S D ORONSAY (2000- IMO 9201607 Naval Auxiliary passenger ferry 27m long) Own Page

Naval Auxiliary S D ORONSAY passes Custom House Quay, Greenock on passage to Faslane

Ship's locationCustom House Quay, Greenock, ScotlandPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage199
Deadweght Tonnage109

 

   At 1547 hours on Friday 25 September 2020

  the Naval Auxiliary passenger ferry S D ORONSAY passed

Custom House Quay, Greenock.

    She had left Great Harbour, Greenock about 15 minutes earlier

and was outbound to cross the Clyde Estuary to the Royal Navy

base at Faslane in the Gare Loch.

 

 

In the background are the towns of Helensburgh and Craigendoran and the hills are the start of the Scottish Highlands

 


In this image, just above the red buoy, is the Clyde tug

SVITZER MILFORD which is waiting at Tail-of-the-Bank

for the inbound tanker AMUR STAR and to follow her up

river to around Dumbarton where she would attach to

the tanker’s stern to berth her in Rothesay Dock, Clydebank.

  

 Barely visible in the distance is the M.O.D. Pilot Vessel SKUA

which was outbound from Faslane Naval Base to board an

Admiralty Pilot onto the Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate H.M.S. SUTHERLAND which was inbound to Faslane.

News Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1459
AILEEN M (2010- IMO 9570888 Workboat / Utility vessel 25m long) Own Page

AILEEN M passing Custom House Quay, Greenock and inbound from Loch Long to Inchgreen, Greenock

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock and inbound from Loch Long to Inchgreen, GreenockPort of RegistryUK

News Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1343
CHIEFTAIN (Passenger ferry of Clyde Cruises, Greenock) Own Page

Passenger ferry CHIEFTAIN leaving Gourock Pier on her 10 minute journey to Kilcreggan

Ship's locationLeaving Gourock Pier (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryGreenock (Scotland)

News Event

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1330
CHIEFTAIN (Passenger ferry of Clyde Cruises, Greenock) Own Page

Passenger ferry CHIEFTAIN approaching Gourock Pier after her 10 minute journey from Kilcreggan

Ship's locationApproaching Gourock Pier (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryGreenock (Scotland)

News Event

Friday, May 15, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

The Ross & Marshall's Light Shipping "Clyde Puffer" vessel diary for Friday 15 May 1959

News Event

Friday, May 15, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
SEALIGHT (1930-1963 Steam engined general cargo Clyde puffer lighter 86 feet long of Light Shipping Co. / Ross & Marshall Ltd : 1963 scrapped at Troon)) Own Page

SEALIGHT at Glenarm (Northern Ireland) : loading Lime for Rothesay (Isle of Bute)

Outward cargoLime for Rothesay (for account of J Gibson & Son)Port of RegistryGreenock (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage154

News Event

Wednesday, January 7, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
LADY ISLE (1956-1974 Steam then oil engined puffer lighter 66 feet long of Irvine Shipping & Trading Co., Irvine)) Own Page

Greenock Harbour Dues for Puffer LADY ISLE bunkering 5 tons of coal at Basin of James Watt Dock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock Basin, GreenockPort of RegistryTroon (Scotland)
Gross Tonnage96

News Event

Friday, January 1, 1937 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

1937 Advert by Ellerman & Bucknall, London for their passenger service from London to South Africa.

News Event

Tuesday, November 12, 1963 @ 2100
CLAN URQUHART (1946-1966 General cargo liner 500 feet long of Clan Line / Cayzer Irvine / Houston Line, Glasgow : 1966 scrapped at Taipei, Taiwan) Own Page

CLAN URQUHART arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to load for Durban via Swansea

Arrived fromGovan Dry Dock, GlasgowPort of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth7 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Sailing forDurban via Swansea
Sailed from berth8 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival14' 10"
Draught aft on arrival18' 02"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 13th November
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 800 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed loading outward cargo1630 on 14th November
Draught forward on sailing16' 07"
Draught aft on sailing19' 09"
Engine trialsAt 2055 on 13th November
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

News Event

Saturday, October 3, 1959 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

Telex from Donaldson Line, Glasgow to their Agents Cunard Steam Ship Co.in Montreal, Canada

News Event

Saturday, August 26, 1967 @ 1610
CLAN ALPINE (1967-1981 General cargo ship 508 feet long of Cayzer Irvine / Clan Line, London) Own Page

CLAN ALPINE arrives at 8 King George V Dock, Glasgow from Beira (Mozambique) via Manchester

Arrived fromBeira via ManchesterPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Arrived in berth8 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)Gross Tonnage8,713
Sailing forMombasa (Kenya) via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth8 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival15 01"
Draught aft on arrival17' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 2,407 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 28th August
Stevedore discharging inward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed discharge of inward cargo1630 on 1st September
Outward cargoGeneral cargo and 1 X 40-ton Locomotive
Heavy lifts loaded1 X 40-ton Locomotive loaded by ship's Jumbo Derrick (Locomotive delivered by road transport)
Engine trials12th September from 1700 to 1720 (with rope across the dock)
Vessel drydocked2 September @ 0742 left King George V Dock for Elderslie Drydock, Glasgow
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

News Event

Tuesday, May 5, 1964 @ 1700
WANDERER (1951 - 1970 general cargo liner 448 feet long of T & J Harrison Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison Line's WANDERER closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for West, South and East Africa

Ships agentPrentice, Service & Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow, C.1. Tel 0141- 248-4011Port of RegistryLiverpool

News Event

Saturday, May 29, 1954 @ 1200
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
JALAGOPAL (1933-1956 Passenger / cargo ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Bombay) Own Page

Scindia's JALAGOPAL leaves Madras for Nagapattinam, Penang, Port Swettenham and Singapore

Ships agentK P V Shaik Mohamed Rowther & Co., 41, Linghi Chutti Street, Madras 1, (India) Tel. 4972 / 3Port of RegistryBombay (India)
Gross Tonnage5,284

News Event

Wednesday, December 2, 1953 @ 1000
Own Page

Renewal of licences to transport goods from and into the harbour of Madras (India)

News Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1446
MOUNT STUART (Pilot boat of Peel Ports Clydeport) Own Page

Pilot boat MOUNT STUART at James Watt Dock Marina, Greenock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock Marina, GreenockPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 1410
RED PRINCESS (1970- IMO 8748828 Ro-Ro twin screw landing craft 64m long of Troon Tug Co. Ltd, Troon) Own Page

Troon Tug Company landing craft RED PRINCESS loading timber at Brodick (Isle of Arran)

Ship's locationBrodick (Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistrySt Kitts & Nevis

   RED PRINCESS had arrived at Brodick at 1300 hours

on 17th September 2020, having come light-ship from

Troon on the mainland.

 

   Using her bow ramp she commenced loading logs from

the yard at Market Street, Brodick and, at 1225 the next

day, left with a full cargo of logs for Troon.

News Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1518
Own Page

Unknown yacht entering James Watt Dock, Greenock and making for the Marina

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock, Greenock

News Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1445
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS (1989- Passenger cruise ship 72m 236ft long of Hebridean Island Cruises, Skipton, England) Own Page

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS laid up at James Watt Dock, Greenock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock, GreenockPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage2,112

News Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 1400
CEG COSMOS (1983- IMO 8303173 General cargo ship 63.21m long of Fehn Ship Management GmbH & Co. Ltd., Leer, Germany) Own Page

CEG COSMOS discharging Aggregates at Brodick Pier, Isle of Arran

Ship's locationBrodick Pier (Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryRiga (Latvia)
Net Tonnage460
Gross Tonnage1,139

Brodick, Isle of Arran, in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

 

    16th September 2020 at 2135 hours the Riga (Latvia)

registered cargo ship CEG COSMOS anchored in Brodick Bay.  

  

She had arrived with a cargo of Aggregates from Glensanda

in the Scottish Highlands and, as there are no Pilots for

Brodick, the Master decided to wait until daybreak the

following morning to berth at the pier.


    And so at 0610 hours on 17th September

 CEG COSMOS came alongside west quay and made fast.

  

 Discharge soon commenced and, at 1550 hours, shortly

after these images were taken, the vessel backed out from

the pier and left Brodick, light-ship, for Kilkeel in County

Antrim in Northern Ireland.

In the background is “Goatfell” the highest mountain on the island


A short distance from CEG COSMOS can be seen RED PRINCESS

of Troon Tug Company, beached at Market Street, Brodick

and loading Logs for Troon.

 

News Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1515
H.M.S. PEMBROKE (1997- Sandown-class Minehunter M107 172 feet long of Royal Navy, London)) Own Page

Royal Navy Minehunter H.M.S. PEMBROKE at James Watt Dock, Greenock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock, GreenockPort of RegistryAdmiralty (Royal Navy, London)

News Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1415
Own Page

Clyde Marine base at Victoria Harbour, Greenock with CLYDE CLIPPER, BITER and CMS WRESTLER

Ship's locationVictoria Harbour, Greenock (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1405
SLOMAN HELIOS (2016- IMO 9466740 Chemical / Oil products tanker 145.15m long of SLOMAN HELIOS / Sloman Neptun Schiffahrts-Aktiengesellschaft, Langenstrasse 44, 28195 Bremen, Germany) Own Page

Tanker SLOMAN HELIOS passes Greenock inbound to Rothesay Dock, Clydebank

Port of RegistrySt John's (Antigua and Barbuda)
Gross Tonnage11,246
Deadweght Tonnage16,241

   The Gods of the weather must have been in a most

unpleasant mood today by deciding to make an exceptional

effort to greet the tanker SLOMAN HELIOS on her arrival in

the Firth of Clyde early this morning.   Rough sea, a strong,

biting cold wind, frequent heavy rain squalls which blanketed

visibility and thick overcast skies.   The large Isle of Arran on

her port side was invisible in the rain.

 

   However, the land of glens and bens and heroes saw a

drier afternoon as the vessel entered the River Clyde at

Greenock.

  The rain almost stopped, not completely, or largely,

but sometimes just came down in light showers.

 

   The chemical / oil product tanker SLOMAN HELIOS was

arriving with a cargo of oil grades from Havens van, Rotterdam,

 and was heading inbound to Rothesay Dock, Clydebank.

SLOMAN HELIOS approaching Greenock Ocean Terminal with Clyde Marine’s tug BATTLER escorting ahead

 

BATTLER passing Custom House Quay, Greenock

 

 Closer image of  tug BATTLER

 

SLOMAN HELIOS approaching Custom House Quay with the Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS following close astern

 

SLOMAN HELIOS approaching Custom House Quay with the Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS following close astern

 

SLOMAN HELIOS approaching Custom House Quay with the Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS following close astern

 

SLOMAN HELIOS approaching Custom House Quay with the Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS following close astern

 

SLOMAN HELIOS passing Custom House Quay

 

   SLOMAN HELIOS passing Custom House Quay with AYTON CROSS astern and a rainbow decorating the distant sky

 

Superstructure of SLOMAN HELIOS

 

Tug AYTON CROSS astern of the tanker

 

    Another image of AYTON CROSS

 

   SLOMAN HELIOS and AYTON CROSS passing Victoria Harbour, Greenock

 

SLOMAN HELIOS passing Victoria Harbour, Greenock

 

SLOMAN HELIOS and AYTON CROSS passing Victoria Harbour, Greenock

 

Turning towards Garvel Point, Greenock.   Years ago an

Alfred Holt Blue Funnel cargo ship, inbound to Glasgow,

ran aground on Garvel Point.

 

Turning towards Garvel Point, Greenock.

 

 

   Turning towards Garvel Point, Greenock.  Tug BATTLER can

be seen ahead in the distance     

News Event

Saturday, February 20, 1960 @ 1450
MAY Own Page

MAY arrives at Ardrossan Dockyard for a four week repair and overhaul

Arrived fromGranton (near Leith, Scotland)Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland, UK)
Arrived in berthOld Dock, Ardrossan Dockyard (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.) on arrivalReg Tonnage237
Master of vessel on arrivalR Williamson
Draught aft on arrival13' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)

News Event

Friday, February 19, 1960 @ 1450
MOSBORG (1954-1962 Oil products tanker 556 feet long of A/S Mosvold Shipping Co., Farsund / (manager) Martin Mosvold, Farsund. 1971 sank near Azores) Own Page

Norwegian tanker MOSBORG arrives at Ardrossan Harbour from Cabimas (Venezuela) via Stanlow

Arrived fromCabimas (Venezuela) via Stanlow (on Manchester Ship Canal)Port of RegistryFarsund (Norway)
Arrived in berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.) .. tugs SEAWAY and WARRIORNet Tonnage7,451
Sailing forPersian GulfReg Tonnage12,940
Sailed from berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.) .. tugs SEAWAY and FORAGERDeadweght Tonnage18,560
Master of vessel on arrivalO Hessen
Draught aft on arrival21' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalCrude Oil and Fuel Oil
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught aft on sailing20' 06"
Master of vessel on sailingO Hessen
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

News Event

Friday, February 19, 1960 @ 1205
EMMY S (1957-1975 General cargo coaster 53.25m long of Carebeka, Groningen / Swiers & Moolbroek, Groningen) Own Page

EMMY S arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with a cargo of scrap metal from Emden (Germany)

Vessel MasterJ MosterdykPort of RegistryGroningen (Netherlands)
Arrived fromEmden (Germany)Net Tonnage303
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage499
Draught forward on arrival11' 03"Deadweght Tonnage690
Draught aft on arrival12' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalScrap metal
Ships agentR L Alpine & Co. Ltd., Winton Buildings, Ardrossan Telephone Ardrossan 65 / 66

News Event

Thursday, October 1, 1964 @ 1000
TRBOVLJE (1960-1983 IMO 5193838 General cargo ship of Splosna Plovba Line, Yugoslavia : 1983 scrapped at Alang, India) Own Page

October 1964 Sailing Notice for Splosna Line's TRBOVLJE from India to Far East, USA and Vancouver

Sailing forSingapore, Hong Kong, Japan, U.S. Pacific Ports and VancouverPort of RegistryYugoslavia
Sailed from berthIndian PortsGross Tonnage8,645
Ships agentNew India Maritime Agencies Private Ltd., 21, Sunkurama Chetty Street, Madras-1 (India)Deadweght Tonnage13,547

News Event

Thursday, September 17, 2020 @ 1440
ISLE OF ARRAN (1984- Passenger and vehicle ferry 84.9m long of Caledonian MacBrayne, Gourock) Own Page

Caledonian MacBrayne's ISLE OF ARRAN at Brodick and on passage to Ardrossan Harbour

Ship's locationBrodick (Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde) then on passage to ArdrossanPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Outward cargoPassengers and vehiclesGross Tonnage3,296

17th September 2020 was a beautiful Autumnal (American = Fall) day.

   Not a cloud in the sky.   And not warm, but cool,

but pleasantly cool.   Just the slightest breath of wind to

sometimes ripple the glassy sea.

 

   And at 2.40 pm (1440 hours) Caledonian MacBrayne’s

passenger and ro-ro ferry ISLE OF ARRAN  is approaching

Brodick (Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland) on her

regular daily service from Ardrossan Harbour on the mainland.

 

   ISLE OF ARRAN and another Caledonian MacBrayne

ferry CALEDONIAN ISLES are together on the Arran run from

Ardrossan.   When one vessel leaves Ardrossan the other

leaves Brodick, and they go back and forward each day,

passing each other about midway in the Firth of Clyde.

 

   So, now that all you lovely viewers know the score, please

join us on ISLE OF ARRAN on her 55 minute passage from

Brodick back to Ardrossan.

   Here is your ticket.   It has been paid for.


   2.40 p.m. and ISLE OF ARRAN is approaching Brodick

 Bay and the new pier


In Brodick Bay


Turning in Brodick Bay.   The highest mountain on

the island “Goatfell” is in the background

 

Approaching the pier

 

Approaching the pier

 

Swinging to bring her starboard side to the berth

 

Having left Brodick at 3.15 p.m. we have a look at

the Shipbuilders plate (situated just below the bridge)

 


A view of the bow

 

 Notice reminding passengers not to throw

rubbish overboard

 

3.42 p.m. and we pass CALEDONIAN ISLES on

her way from Ardrossan to Brodick. 

    As a matter of interest just about here, well below us,

is the sunken wreck of the Royal Navy Escort Aircraft

Carrier H.M.S. DASHER which exploded and sank during

World War 2.   There was a great loss of life, and bodies

which were washed ashore at Ardrossan are buried in the Town Cemetery.

   More modern times, this area of the Firth is a Submarine

Exercise Area for Royal Navy Submarines and these “boats”

are known to use the Arran ferries as training targets

 

CALEDONIAN ISLES approaching Arran

 

A lifebuoy

 

One of her lifeboats

 

Upper deck, looking forward.    Someone is making

good use of the seating.   Poor thing must be tired.

   However, look more closely at the red coloured seats.

   They must be about the most uncomfortable seats ever

made : the back end is deep and when you sit down on

them you fall backwards and downwards

 

Ship’s details

 

Looking back at Arran across the silvery wake.   A

fishing boat from Troon is in the distance


Approaching Ardrossan Harbour 


Approaching Ardrossan Harbour 


4.10 p.m. Ardrossan Ferry Terminal, and ISLE OF ARRAN

will turn hard to starboard to berth port side-to and meet the ramp.

   The voyage is now finished.   

You can now go for a cup of tea or coffee

News Event

Monday, August 10, 1953 @ 0600
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
CHILKA (1950-1972 General cargo ship of British India Steam Navigation Company, London) Own Page

British India Line's cargo ship CHILKA due at Madras (India) to load for U.K. and Continent

Ship's locationMadras (India)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Ships agentBinny & Company (Madras) Ltd., 7 Armenian Street, Madras, 1, (India)Gross Tonnage7,132

News Event

Tuesday, August 17, 1965 @ 2100
OTTO PORR (1961-1985 General cargo coaster 235 feet long) Own Page

OTTO PORR arrives in Rothesay Dock, Clydebank with 1,491 tons of Clinker from Linkoping (Sweden)

Arrived fromLinkoping (Sweden)Gross Tonnage998
Arrived in berth3 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head west)Deadweght Tonnage1,644
Sailing forRuncorn (England)
Sailed from berth2 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival14' 06"
Draught aft on arrival14' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalClinker 1,491 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 22nd August
Stevedore discharging inward cargoJ F Wilson, 24 Prince's Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone IBRox 2345
Completed discharge of inward cargo1130 on 23rd August
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing5' 05"
Draught aft on sailing10' 00"

News Event

Wednesday, August 25, 1965 @ 0340
INGSE (1957- 1965 General cargo coaster 59.6m 196 feet long of Solgt til Skips-A/S Ingse (Reidar Bjerk, Wollert Hvide & Tore R. Stensaker), Bergen : 28 October 1965 sank Langholmen, Norway) Own Page

Norwegian coaster INGSE arrives in Rothesay Dock, Clydebank with felspar from Drog (Norway)

Arrived fromDrog (Norway)Port of RegistryBergen (Norway)
Arrived in berth4 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head east)Gross Tonnage499
Sailing forBergen (Norway)
Sailed from berth4 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head east)
Draught forward on arrival10' 07"
Draught aft on arrival12' 09"
Cargo carried on arrivalFelspar 787 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1300 on 25th August
Stevedore discharging inward cargoHoneyman & Company, 12 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 6922
Completed discharge of inward cargo1330 on 31st August
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing4' 06"
Draught aft on sailing9' 00"

News Event

Tuesday, February 9, 1960 @ 1245
ADMIRAL NELSON (1949-1969 General cargo coaster of G. de Ruiter's Kustvaart- en Rederijbedrijf (K. de Ruiter), Scheveningen / Gerrit de Ruiter, Scheveningen Own Page

Netherlands coaster ADMIRAL NELSON arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with scrap metal from Hamburg

Vessel MasterT KjiporPort of RegistryScheveningen (Netherlands)
Arrived fromHamburg (Germany)Net Tonnage178
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage365
Draught forward on arrival8' 10"Deadweght Tonnage425
Draught aft on arrival11' 03"
Cargo carried on arrivalScrap metal
Ships agentR L Alpine & Co. Ltd., Winton Buildings, Ardrossan Telephone Ardrossan 65 / 66

News Event

Tuesday, February 9, 1960 @ 1105
IRISH HOLLY (1954 - 1967 coastal tanker of Irish Shipping Company, Dublin) Own Page

Irish Shipping's tanker IRISH HOLLY arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with gas oil from Faslane

Vessel MasterN GillespiePort of RegistryDublin
Arrived fromFaslane (Gare Loch, Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Reg Tonnage1,381
Arrived in berthArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage2,940
Draught aft on arrival18' 00"Deadweght Tonnage3,350
Cargo carried on arrivalGas Oil
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

News Event

Thursday, May 14, 1959 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

The Ross & Marshall's Light Shipping "Clyde Puffer" vessel diary for Thursday 14 May 1959

News Event

Thursday, September 2, 1965 @ 1055
EMERALD ISLE (1965- General cargo coaster 165 feet long of N. V. Scheepvaartbedr "Gruno", Amsterdam) Own Page

Gruno coaster EMERALD ISLE arrives at Rothesay Dock, Clydebank from Ballina (Ireland)

Arrived fromBallina (County Mayo, Ireland)Port of RegistryAmsterdam (Netherlands)
Arrived in berth12 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head east)Net Tonnage260
Sailing forRotterdam (Netherlands)Gross Tonnage390
Sailed from berth12 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head east)Deadweght Tonnage540
Draught forward on arrival5' 00"
Draught aft on arrival7' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo1300 on 2nd September
Outward cargoPig Iron 492 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoHoneyman & Company, 12 Waterloo Street, Glasgow C.2. Telephone CENtral 6922
Completed loading outward cargo1545 on 2nd September
Draught forward on sailing9' 00"
Draught aft on sailing10' 06"

News Event

Tuesday, August 24, 1965 @ 1030
OLIVINE (1952-1976 General cargo coaster 245 feet long of William Robertson's Gem Line, Glasgow : 1976 foundered in Mediterranean) Own Page

Robertson Gem Line coaster OLIVINE arrives at Rothesay Dock, Clydebank from Lidkoping (Sweden)

Arrived fromLidkoping (Sweden)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth3 Rothesaock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head west)Reg Tonnage728
Sailing forLLanddulas (Conwy County Borough, Wales, U.K.)Gross Tonnage1,354
Sailed from berth5 Rothesaock, Clydebank, Glasgow
Draught forward on arrival14' 05"
Draught aft on arrival15' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalClinker 1,673 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1300 on 24th August
Stevedore discharging inward cargoJ F Wilson, 24 Prince's Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone IBRox 2345
Completed discharge of inward cargo1100 on 25th August
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing5' 06"
Draught aft on sailing10' 08"
Ships agentWilliam Robertson (Shipowners) Ltd., 45 West Nile Street, Glasgow, C.1. Telephone CENtral 9402

News Event

Saturday, August 7, 1965 @ 2125
THUNTANK 2 (Coastal oil products tanker of Thunrederiema, Sweden) Own Page

THUNTANK 2 arrives at Pudzeoch Basin, Renfrew with Lubricating Oil from Nynashamm (Sweden)

Arrived fromNynashamm (Sweden)Port of RegistrySweden
Arrived in berthPudzeoch Basin (Renfrew Harbour, River Clyde,.... with her head south)
Sailing forBremen (Germany)
Sailed from berthPudzeoch Basin (Renfrew Harbour, River Clyde,.... with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival11' 04"
Draught aft on arrival12' 08"
Cargo carried on arrivalLubricating Oil 976 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1200 on 8th August
Stevedore discharging inward cargoBuchanan Brothers
Completed discharge of inward cargo9th August
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing6' 06"
Draught aft on sailing9' 03"

News Event

Saturday, December 12, 1959 @ 1020
SALVEDA (Ocean going salvage tug of Metal Industries (Salvage) Ltd., of Faslane,, Firth of Clyde, Scotland) Own Page

SALVEDA arrives at Ardrossan Harbour to bunker with fuel oil

Vessel MasterH SutherlandGross Tonnage781
Arrived fromClyde
Arrived in berthArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)
Draught aft on arrival15' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Ships agentR L Alpine & Co. Ltd., Winton Buildings, Ardrossan Telephone Ardrossan 65 / 66

News Event

Monday, June 4, 1962 @ 0225
CARMENCITA (1959-1975 Ore carrier 517 feet long 66 feet beam of J M Ugland Shipping, Grimstad) Own Page

Ugland ore carrier CARMENCITA arrives at Terminus Quay, Glasgow with 14,620 tons iron ore

Arrived fromWabana (Bell Island in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador., Canada)Port of RegistryGrimstad (Norway)
Arrived in berthTerminus Quay West, Glasgow ...Pilot Foster and 3 Steel & Bennie tugsNet Tonnage4,231
Sailing forVitoria (EspĂ­rito Santo, Brazil) via Las Palmas (Gran Canaria island, Canary Islands, Spain)Gross Tonnage10,858
Sailed from berthTerminus Quay West, Glasgow ...Pilot Johnstone and 2 Steel & Bennie tugsDeadweght Tonnage16,300
Draught forward on arrival28' 02"
Draught aft on arrival28' 04"
Cargo carried on arrivalIron Ore 14,620 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 4th June
Stevedore discharging inward cargoColvilles Ltd.
Completed discharge of inward cargo0755 on 5th June
Draught forward on sailing13' 09"
Draught aft on sailing18' 06"
Vessel on groundLow water 4th June @ 0750 : vessel on ground lying 8 feet off quay : Fwd 23' 3" and aft 23' 4"
Ships agentBISCO (British Iron & Steel Corporation)

News Event

Thursday, December 10, 1959 @ 0805
CLAVELLA (1939-1960 Oil products tanker 147m long of Shell Netherlands / LA CORONA / Petroleum Maatschappij La Corona : 1960 scrapped Inverkeithing) Own Page

Shell Tanker CLAVELLA berths at Ardrossan Harbour with Petrol and Avtur from Stanlow via Belfast

Vessel MasterH LotsyPort of Registry's-Gravenhage (The Hague, Netherlands)
Arrived fromStanlow (on Manchester Ship Canal, England, U.K.) via Belfast (Northern Ireland) Gross Tonnage12.025
Arrived in berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.) .. tugs SEAWAY and WRESTLER
Sailing forFaslane (Gare Loch, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)
Sailed from berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.) .. tugs SEAWAY and CAMPAIGNER
Draught aft on arrival21' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalPetrol and Avtur
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

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Isthmian Steamship Lines of USA

E-mail October 10  2020 

 From Bobby Ford  (USA)


Do you have anything about Isthmian Steamship Lines,

or anyone remember them, who did freighter service

from India and Far East in 1950 / 60’s.

   Any memories of the "STEEL" boats  ?

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What do you want (or not want) on this website ?

    It is the time of year to ask you, the readers, what you want  -  or

do not want  -  on this website.

    More of this, or less of that, or maybe something new ?

    Please let us know what you want, so that we can try to provide the material which is of interest to YOU.

    Also we are always interested in receiving material from our readers.   So, wherever you are in the world, how about sending

stories, images or items to put in the website ?

 Thank you.  11 August 2020

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Information needed on Cunard Line's ASCANIA (1911-1918)

10th August 2020    E-mail from a viewer. 

Cunard Lines ASCANIA  (1911-1918)

 I am wondering if you might have more information and pictures

on the Vessel Ascania - Shipping line Cunard 1911-1918

Master - SGS Mihal.

This is a ship that my grandfather travelled from Southampton,

England to HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada in 1914.

Please any information would help.

Thank You

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Where did the Royal Navy families from H.M.S.MAIDSTONE stay in Rothesay ?

    Port of Registry Admiralty (Royal Navy, London)

 

Where did the Royal Navy families stay in Rothesay ?

 

E-mail 03 June 2020 from Helen G (Glasgow)

 

   As a young girl in 1960s my parents and I often visited my

aunt in Rothesay …(Isle of Bute, Firth of Clyde,)

   It was exciting to see a big Royal Navy ship, I remember

her name was MAIDSTONE, and she was anchored in the bay. 

  There was always submarines about her and sailors in

uniform in the town.

   My aunt used to tell that some sailors and their families

stayed in “Navy Houses” in Rothesay.   Does anyone know

where the houses were ?

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Song about the Clyde and the musical band on Glasgow excursion steamers in 1950s / 60s

 

Email from Margaret Rose (nee Wilson)   May 31 2020 Montreal  

 

In the early 1960s my family emigrated from Scotland to Montreal(Canada).

   Dad always used to tell of sailing down the Clyde from

Glasgow on excursion steamers and there was a musical

band aboard which played Scottish tunes to entertain

passengers.

   A favourite song was something about the Clyde.   I know

it’s a long shot but does anyone know the name of the

song and the band ?

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Lightship ALBATROSS built at Robbs Shipyard, Leith in 1927

E-Mail from a viewer   31 May 2020

Hello- I wonder if anyone can please help. I am researching a lightship built at Robbs shipyard in 1927. Her name is Albatross and I believe she was built in yard 30. I would dearly love to see her build plans but I know that is a massive ask. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks

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Cruise ships may be laid up in the Clyde

 

22 May 2020

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From Jimmy Johnston (Paisley)

 

   In the news they are talking about laying up idle cruise liners in the Clyde.   Where in the Clyde or even in Scotland could be good places to put these big ships.

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e-mail from Tommy Robertson   (Dumbarton)

21 May 2020

 

Elder Dempster / Blue Funnel ship scrapped at Dalmuir (Glasgow) around 1980

 

Does anyone know the name of the Alfred Holt Blue Funnel

ship that was scrapped at the Arnott Young yard at Dalmuir. 

  She was definitely a Blue Funnel job but had the Elder

Dempster buff funnel.

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Paddle Steamers at Pusser River, Chalna, Bangladesh

 

E-mail 23 March 2020 from N.L. of Cardiff, Wales

 

   I was looking at your item on the WAVERLEY which calls herself the “Last seagoing paddle steamer in the World.”

  It reminded me of the last time I was at Chalna (Pusser River, Bangladesh) in early 1980s where there were many largish paddle steamers about 300 feet (100 metres) long chugging around.  

   I never thought of what they were doing, maybe bringing the gangs of workers to the anchorage to load Jute (who remembers the biting Jute Flies) onto the ships, or maybe taking passengers to some place downriver.

   But these were big working paddle steamers.   Does anyone else remember them ?

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Why was Irish Lights Tender IERNE registered in Liverpool ?

 19 March 2020 @ 1057

J R of Birkenhead e-mails :

   I read your item about the IERNE, a lights tender owned by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, DublinIreland.  

   Why was she registered in Liverpool and not Dublin ? and what was her eventual fate ?

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Maclay and McIntyre of Glasgow ships DOMIRA and KASSANGA and a ship LYNFIELD of Stockton on Tees

A viewer e-mails 

   I am particularly looking for some information about a Glasgow Tramp Shipping Co called Maclay and Mc intyre and 2 ships of there's Domira sold 1919 and Kassanga bought 1911 sunk 1917. 

 Also a ship called Lynfield belonging to a shipping co called Field from Stockton on Tees 

Can anyone help ?

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Stewardesses and Nurse on Burns & Lairds IRISH COAST in 1966

 2019-12-29

By e-mail

Does anyone remember the Stewardesses (usually student school-teachers who were working during the summer holidays) and the Nurse who worked on Burns & Lairds IRISH COAST in 1966.

Mary D.

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Old Mississippi – type passenger steamer in Sydney (Australia)

Jim Middleton (London) e-mails

29 December 2019

 The BBC news today showed the wild fires at Sydney and the smoke at Sydney Harbour.

   I was surprised to see in the news report, in the background, an old Mississippi type passenger steamer, with two tall abreast funnels (stacks) passing under the Harbour Bridge.

   Can anyone give details of this vessel and its route and timetable ?

   Thanks, JM.

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CLAN FRASER and a rope across the dock at Glasgow

 4 November 2019

Jim McGoogan e-mails :

   Your article of CLAN FRASER of 8th January 1964 says a rope was put across King George V Dock, Glasgow while the ship was making an engine trial.

   Why put a rope across the dock and where would the rope be attached to the ship and also attached to the dock ?

 

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Glasgow shipping line Maclay and Mcintyre and ship pictures of DOMIRA 2 and LYNFIELD.

 

   A reader asks for any information on Glasgow shipping line Maclay and Mcintyre and ship pictures of DOMIRA 2 and LYNFIELD.

   Can anyone help ?

14 September 2019

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Where is the “Chapman Anchorage” ???

   Robbie Keen (CarlisleEngland) emails:

 I see in the entry for BENWYVIS that she

was in “Chapman Anchorage.”   Where is

Chapman Anchorage and what would she

 be doing there ???

Robbie.  31 August 2019

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Teak fronts on the front of ship's bridges

By Eric S.     8th July 2019

Many cargo vessels and tankers built as late as the 1950s had

teak fronts to their bridges, even though the rest of their

superstructures was steel. Why was this so? Was the teak

front at these late dates merely a design feature, or an echo

of past practice, perhaps, or were there practical reasons?

All comments are welcome.

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Can anyone identify this cap badge ?

Samms of Nantwich e-mails:    07 July 2019

 I saw this officer’s cap at a flea market.   Can

 

anyone identify the cap badge ? 

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What shipping Companies served Calcutta, Chalna, Chittagong and Rangoon and what problems did the Monsoon rains and storms cause to the ships ?

By e-mail from R.S. (London)  2 July 2019

    There was a programme on television the other evening

about the Monsoon in the Bay of Bengal.   I was a North

Atlantic man and never ventured to the Far East.

   I wondered what difficulties would be experienced by

ships during the Monsoon season’s heavy rainfall and

swollen rivers and storms.

    And also, I can only think of maybe 3 shipping

companies which regularly traded to the area – Calcutta,

Chalna, Chittagong, Rangoon.   What other companies

were there ?

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Where did this ship come from in Sweden ???

Haltst…….. ?????

January 2020 and Bryn Wayt e-mails

A chap was asking where ship came from: the spelling was incorrect using Haltstwik on the 'docket'.

The origin of the ship must have been HALLSTAVIK in Sweden.

The place was/is famous for it paper-mill, hence the ships cargo bound for Belfast.
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hallstavik

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U.S. Navy supply ships calling at Fairlie (Firth of Clyde)

From Alan and Jean, (Fairlie, Firth of ClydeScotland)

20 May 2019  @ 1540

    We were very interested in your mention of U.S.S. YELLOWSTONE

at Tail-of-the Bank.

   It reminded us in 1960s, 1970s and 1980s when U.S. Navy

supply ships were common callers at the Navy jetty at Fairlie,

bringing stores for the Holy Loch vessels, and the stores

were taken from Fairlie to Holy Loch in the Ross & Marshall

lighters and small coasters.

   The U.S. ships were quite colourful (colorful) with their

grey hulls and their funnels (stacks) painted grey with yellow

and blue bands.

   Our favourite, her name began with M, not quite sure but

could be MARSHFIELD or MARSHLAND ….. or something like

that, was obviously a WW2 type but always immaculate

 and a frequent caller.

   Does anyone else remember these ships calling at

the Clyde ?

 

Alan and Jean.

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Clyde Navigation Trust launches NEWARK, GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

 

 14 March 2019   @ 1239

Richard Danielson e-mails

 The Clyde Navigation Trust harbour launches: Newark, Garmoyle and Dunglass have had little written about them. 

I have a photo showing two of them (which two I cannot tell) giving a tow to the Duchess of Hamilton to help her turn at Bridge Wharf in 1969. 

Please ask anyone who knows about the work of the launches to get in touch with me by email.

THANK YOU.
Richard Danielson.
 

 

Admin Note :

   For safety and security of our readers we do not normally show e-mail addresses.    Any reply to this interesting question should be made to our “CONTACT US” and we will forward the message to Richard.

 

20 March 2019  @ 1604

 

Jim Howie  (Partick, Glasgow)

 

   I am replying to Richard’s query about the small boats at Glasgow.

   Sorry to disappoint you Richard but there was a small but bulky booklet produced possibly about 50 years ago that described in great detail all the Clyde Navigation Trust / Clyde Port Authority vessels.   I did have a copy but it’s been lost.

  

In 1960’s the Clyde Trust / Authority had quite a few vessels.

6 Dredgers : CESSNOCK, CRAIGIEHALL, ELDERSLIE, LENNOX 11, ROSSLYN and SIR WILLIAM H. RAEBURN.

12 Hopper Barges.

1 Dumb grab hopper barge.

1 Tug CLYDE.

4 high-level Vehicular Ferryboats : FINNIESTON, GOVAN and WHITEINCH.  The remaining one was a spare in case of breakdowns.

3 chain-operated ferries : RENFREW and ERSKINE.  The remaining one was a spare in case of breakdowns.

11 passenger ferryboats.

1 60-ton floating crane NEWSHOT.

1 Diving Bell barge.

2 Divers’ motor boats.

1 Oil Separating Barge PLOVER

3 motor launches NEWARK, GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS.

1 Hydrographic Survey launch CRANNOG.

And a number of very small rope boats which were used in the docks and piers to bring the mooring ropes from ships to the pawls on the dockside.

 

I think CRANNOG did an awful lot of the surveying for the placement for both Finnart and Hunterston jetties.

And around mid 1990s NEWARK was fitted with an A-frame at the stern and spent a week in Ardrossan Harbour dragging the bottom of Eglinton Dock to clear all debris prior to the construction of the Marina in the dock.

   The motor launches normally berthed at the Trust / Authority workshops at Renfrew although at odd times they laid alongside the dredgers and hoppers in Queen’s Dock.

 

   If you would care to put the photograph on this site I have a friend who may be able to identify the boats in question.

 

Jim Howie.

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Looking for images / photos of BALLYGALLY HEAD of 1950s

 23 January 2019  1011

Joseph McGurk Jr. e-mails

Hi, I am looking for any photos of the tramp steam ship, BALLYGALLY HEAD, I think

there were two built, one in the late 1800s and the other in the mid 1950s

   I would appreciate if you could find any as it would make my father very happy as

he sailed on her

   Thank you, regards Joseph mc gurk jr

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Renfrew Harbour, Firth of Clyde, around 1980

    January 2019 : Robert Orr contributed this image of Clyde Navigation Trust / Clyde Port Authority HOPPER No. 25 at their wharf at their workshops at Renfrew Harbour around 1980.

 

   Does anyone have any idea what the other ships are ?


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The advert for paddle steamer EAGLE 111 in 1937

 6th  January 2019.

   James Barrowman (Brighton, England) e-mails :

I am an enthusiast for paddle steamers and read your item on EAGLE 111.

   The advertisement shows the ship departing from Glasgow (Bridge Wharf) s. s.

   Assuming that s.s. does not mean Steam Ship, can anyone help with what s.s. means ?

   Thanks, Jim Barrowman.

7th January 2019 

   J.S. (Pollokshaws, Glasgow) replies :

The River Clyde runs generally east to west through

the centre of Glasgow and essentially divides the city

into two halves, the  “North Side” and the “South Side.”

   In the past and even today people talk of coming

from or living in the South Side.

   Up to around 1970’s passenger excursion steamers

and cross-channel to Ireland steamers left Broomielaw,

Anderston Quay and Lancefield Quay on the North Side

and in the summer months left Bridge Wharf on the

South Side (hence S.S.) on excursions “Doon the Watter”

= Down the Water = sailing down the River Clyde to

Clyde piers such as Dunoon and Rothesay and

Tighnabruaich.

   The advert mentions the steamer calling at Govan

 Wharf and Renfrew to pick up passengers.

   Today Govan Wharf is only recognisable by a derelict

and ruined few baulks of timber.   It was situated on the

South Bank essentially between the Govan Drydocks

(now also derelict) and the Bae Shipyard (formerly Fairfields

yard) and beside the playing field between Wanlock Street

and Dunvegan Street, Govan.   Up to the 1960s the

small Govan Passenger Ferry used to ply from near

Govan Wharf across the river to the east end of Meadowside

Quay

   It was news to me that excursion steamers stopped

at Renfrew.   I have no idea where the stop was located.

   Perhaps someone can help.

 

Ref The advert for paddle steamer EAGLE 111 in 1937.

12 January 2019   Robert Orr replies :


The steamer berth at Renfrew was on the river bank at 'The Green' in

Renfrew and as far as I'm aware was destroyed during the 'Clydebank

Blitz' in 1941, (this being air attacks on the town of Clydebank on the

opposite bank of the Clyde, home amongst other things to John Browns

shipyard). If you go to Google maps and search Clyde Street Renfrew

the bollards for mooring ropes are still visible at the edge of the Green.

The Scania Yard visible in street view was the start of the land

 

occupied by Simons and Lobnitz shipyards in Renfrew.

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Questions about Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line in 1960's

10 December 2018   Geoff in Australia e-mails :

I was on the Ulysses which traded between the Far East,mainly Indonesia and the East Coast and Gulf of the US.I understand it was a route which belonged to the Indra Line which Holts acquired in 1915. I believe that it may have been incorporated into a round the world service later.My time was during the late 50s and ended in 1960.

Crews during my time consisted of Europeans on deck and Chinese in the engine room, and catering,on ships trading from Liverpool. The Ulysses had Malays on deck and Chinese in the engine room,I cant remember who were the catering staff.


Gunung Djati was the name of the leading Javanese Haji and Islamic missionary.

 

With regards to crewing, the Dutch arm of Blue Funnel had all Chinese crews with Dutch officers, certainly in the 1950s.

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Ellerman’s CITY OF EXETER at Plymouth in 1958    

I was quite surprised to read that CITY OF EXETER called

at Plymouth in 1958.   Was Plymouth a normal call for Ellerman

African service passenger liners?

   Jim Hesketh, Liverpool 

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12 November 2018

 

TWEED, a 1959-built 112 foot water carrier of

Furness Withy, Port of Spain, Trinidad

 James R. (Avonmouth, England) e-mails :

    Looking at your list of ships I was surprised to see

TWEED of Furness Withy, a 112 foot water tanker at

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

   Anyone have information on this ship ?

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Can anyone name this British coaster ?

 

05 November 2018

Billy Fullarton writes :

  I took this photograph in 1970s or 1980s at Ardrossan

HarbourScotland.   Can anyone name this coaster. ?

 

   I think her name ends in SOUND.

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British & Irish KILKENNY in 1935

Does anyone have details of this ship in 1935 ???

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Ben Line carried a Naval tug from Trincomali to Gan ???

     I was with Brocklebank’s and sometimes called at

Gan Island in the Indian Ocean to discharge stores for

the RAF overside to landing craft in the lagoon.

   Talking to someone he said that he was on a Ben ship

which carried a small naval tug from Trincomali in

Ceylon to Gan, around late 1960s.

   Anyone know about this ?

    J.S., (Wallasey)

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Questions about Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line in 1960's

Jim J. of Liverpool e-mails :

   Around 1966 I was on a Royal Mail or Pacific Steam ship

in Houston / New Orleans area and saw an Alfred Holt Blue

Funnel ship there.

   Can anyone enlighten me as to why a Blue Funnel would

be in the Gulf of Mexico ?

   Also in conversation someone told of Blue Funnel having

Chinese crews on deck and catering.   I had always thought

that Blueys had British crews.   Someone please tell me

what is correct.

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Deck cadets Critchley and Doherty on RAMON DE LARRINAGA in 1965

 22 May 2018

 Alan Rutherford e-mails :

   Interested in whereabouts of other deck cadet officers Critchley and Doherty from RAMON DE LARRINAGA in 1965 ?

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   Looking for information on some British ships around 1950-1954

 Ian Rae e-mails  ....  4 March 2018 @ 1221

 Great website.

I am trying to find information on some of the voyages my late brother -in-law made.
Blairdevon-this was his first trip, signed on 30 April paid off 12 June 1950.This was a fairly ancient coal burner.Dont know owner
Tahsinia-20Jun-13 Oct 1950-to
Bombay
Saxon (?) Star-28 Sep -25 April 1952-(paid off Manchester)
Camerionia9 Jun to 10 Sep 1952
Empire Halladale-a troopship-23 Oct 1952 -paid off Birkenhead 22 Jan 1953
Retainer 6 Feb-31 Oct 1953-paid off Antwerp
Cortona 15 Dec 1953-19 Jan 1954

Thereafter he sailed out of London and latterly on Manchester Liners
When I tried your search the year 1951 was missing


Regards,
Ian Rae

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Can anyone identify this USN lapel badge ?

     Dominique and her husband from Lyons (France) were on vacation in Spain and bought this lapel badge in a street market in Tarragona (near Barcelona).

   Can anyone identify the badge ?

2018-02-18 @ 1320

 

19 May 2018

Hello Douglas,

It's Bryn (Wayt) here - you helped me with the Austerland cargo vessel last year. Thanks again.

This message is about the image of the USN "Anchor pin".
There are loads on eBay just type in "US Navy Petty Officer gold tie pin" 

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First ship was CHARLTON MIRA of Charlton Steam Shipping Company, London

Bill Steel e-mails

Charlton Mira was my first ship. Built in Sunderland at Bartram's yard. Doxford 670LB4 diesel oil engine. She had two scotch boilers and steam auxiliaries. Lovely vessel but would roll on wet grass.

17 February 2018 @ 2307

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 What is the difference between Agents / General Agents and Freight Brokers ?

    Jim Harrison  (Brighton, England) e-mails :

 I am using the India Steamship Company sailing notice as a simple example, but my question actually can also relate to many other shipping companies.

   The India Company shows that intending shippers can contact the U.K. General Agents Stelp & Leighton or the U.K. Freight Brokers J. H. Wackerbarth.

   My question is : what is the difference between using Agents / General Agents and Freight Brokers ?

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   German cargo ship MILLERNTOR in 1954

 

    In January 1954 the cargo ship MILLERNTOR, registered in Hamburg, 2,787 nett tons and Master T. Goldsweer, arrived at Ardrossan Harbour, Scotland, with a cargo of Iron Ore from Narvik (Norway).

 

   After unloading she left Ardrossan returning to Narvik.

 

Does anyone have any information or details of MILLERNTOR ?

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" If sufficient inducement "

 James Bridges (Canterbury, England) e-mails –

   Many of your sailing notices show that a ship will go to a port “if sufficient inducement.”      What exactly is “if sufficient inducement ?”

“ If sufficient inducement “

 

23 January 2019 at 2113

 Geoff  (Australia)  e-mails :

 

James Bridges (Canterbury, England) e-mails –

 “Many of your sailing notices show that a ship will go to a port “if

sufficient inducement.” What exactly is “if sufficient inducement ?


My understanding of "sufficient inducement" meant if there was

 enough cargo to be lifted to be commercially viable. ”

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Was she “ LAIRDS OAK “ or “ LAIRDSOAK ” ?

   Robert Bothwell (Glasgow) e-mails :

I have always had an affection for Burns & Laird Lines of Glasgow and refer to your entry of their coaster LAIRDS OAK in 1954.

   The Ships in Focus book shows her name as LAIRDSOAK but the accompanying photograph clearly shows the name LAIRDS OAK.

   I know it’s a bit pedantic but what was her name, LAIRDS OAK or was it LAIRDSOAK ?  


 

Harbour oilers CLYDE ENTERPRISE and CLYDE VENTURE in late 1960’s

 

   Does anyone have details of these two oilers which were working in the Clyde in late 1960’s ?

 

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Coaster BALLYCASTLE in 1953

 

In 1953 the coaster BALLYCASTLE of John Kelly, Belfast, was at Ardrossan Harbour loading a cargo of coke for Londonderry.   Does anyone have details of this ship ?

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   Carebeka's coaster RIAN in 1953

 

 In December 1953 the Carebeka’s Groningen registered coaster RIAN arrived at Ardrossan Harbour from Hamburg.

 

   The handwriting in the Harbour Log-book is not easy to read.   The master’s name could be Cloinga or Eloinga : can any Netherlands reader tell what the name is ?

 

   Also the cargo is shown as  “M of Potash” …. What is “M of Potash” ???

  


Details needed of Van Nievelt, Goudriaan's ALPHERAT in 1954

When the Blue Star Line cargo ship PARAGUAY STAR was leaving Montevideo for Buenos Aires her docking bridge fouled the housed port anchor of the Dutch cargo ship ALPHERAT.

   The docking bridge sustained displaced and buckled bridge rails and started deck plank caulking.   Repairs at Buenos Aires cost 5,850 Argentinian Pesos.

   PARAGUAY STAR. a passenger and cargo liner of 10,722 gross tons, was on passage from Liverpool for Buenos Aires and ALPHERAT is a passenger and cargo ship of Rotterdam South America Line (Rotterdam-Zuid Amerika Lijn) and operated by Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co. Stoomvaart Maatschappij, Rotterdam.   ALPHERAT is well known for carrying Jewish emigrants from Rotterdam to South America.

Additional note :

Can anyone supply details of ALPHERAT ?


 

Norwegian Tanker RAILA in 1953

 

   Does anyone have details of the Tanker RAILA, registered in Oslo, which was working around the British coast in 1953 ?

 

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Elder Dempster services from USA and Canada and Calcutta to Africa.

 Fred from Formby (Merseyside, England, writes

 

“ I was surprised to read in the Elder Dempster Lines entry of 27th May 1957 that they did sailings from U.S.A. and Canada to West Africa, also Canada to South Africa and also Calcutta to West Africa.

 

Can someone tell something about these services ? ”

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CHANTALA  (Worcester Park, Surrey) writes :

British India Steam Navigation handbook for Hindustani for Navigating Officers and Deck Cadets

   In 1965 when joining BI as a Deck Cadet a necessary handbook was for issuing commands in the Hindustani Language.

   All I can remember now is “Asti aria kurro”

   Does anyone still have the book and can scan or photograph a few pages to show the commands ?

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Sailings from Glasgow Bridge Wharf in April, May and June 1968 to Rothesay and Tighnabruaich.

 

      Thank you so very much for putting in the sailings from Bridge Wharf in Glasgow that I asked for.   Anne G., Isle of Bute

  


 

British Army Tank Landing Craft LCT 4086 and her base at Cairnryan in 1954

 

   Tank Landing Craft LCT 4086 of the British Army’s Royal Army Service Corps arrived at Ardrossan Dockyard in February 1954.   Anyone have details of this vessel and of her life and also details of her base at Cairnryan (which is near Stranraer in south-west Scotland)

  


Anchor Line advertisement of 1871

    I did laugh on seeing the wonderful Handyside and Henderson address of their office in Londonderry as 96 ½ Foyle Street.

   If anyone is in Londonderry can they please, please take a photograph of that building and post it on this site.

Thank you.

Still laughing

Fred of Formby, Merseyside, England.

11 June 2018  Bryn Wayt replies that the building has been demolished and modern housing has been built on its site

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German cargo ship RUHR in 1953

 

  On 15th December 1953 the German cargo ship RUHR, registered in Hamburg and 1,725 nett tons, Captain Ekelman, brought a cargo of scrap metal from Halifax (Canada) to Ardrossan Harbour.

 

   Has anyone got any details of this ship ?

 

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British coaster J B KEE in 1957

 

 Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England) writes :

 

   I have put in a short article about J B KEE making a distress call on 4th November 1957.

 

   Anyone have details of this ship ?

 

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Which Donaldson Line ship collided with a Cunard Liner in 1960’s in Quebec or Montreal ?

 

 Bas Buma (Rotterdam) e-mails ….. translated by Google

 

   Does anyone remember in 1960’s when a Donaldson cargo ship collided with a Cunard passenger liner, maybe CARINTHIA or SYLVANIA at Quebec or Montreal?   My memory is not good now.

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At what time did Union Castle mailships leave South Africa for U.K. ?

 

 Jim Allbright (London) e-mails :

 

   I thoroughly enjoy reading your “Conducting their business in Great Waters” articles as they remind me of places and ships of long, long ago.

 

   Something which I have always pondered – Union Castle passenger liners left Southampton at 4pm on Thursdays for South Africa, --- but did they have a set time, say 4pm when sailing from, for example Cape Town or Durban, when returning to U.K. ?

 

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SUNBEAR of Saguenay Terminals.

 

   In 1962 Saguenay had chartered a general cargo ship named SUNBEAR.   Does anyone have details of this vessel ?

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Can anyone identify or help with a cargo ship AUSTERLAND around 1955-1960 ? === ship is now firmly believed to be AUSTRALIND 

Captain Bryn Wayt writes :

 My father fitted a T/V to a ship that visited the Clyde around the years 1955-60 and I accompanied my him to assist - I was young and have only a limited memory of the event.
The 'Master' invited us both to sail with him "around the world" - so my guess was it was a long-range merchant vessel. It was NOT a "liner" but more of an "ocean freighter".
The name that sticks in my limited memory bank is the "AUSTERLAND".
I've tried various sources to find her, but have not been successful.
I was born and bred in
Glasgow, but I was not acquainted with the Dock in which the ship was anchored to narrow the search.
It was there for at least a week, as the "Master" visited my father's shop and asked for a T/V to be fitted in his vessel.
It took a little time to gather the required bits and bobs to accommodate the order that's why I say a week all told in dock.
Anybody who can give me a clue where to look would be thanked in customer fashion.

James Jeffries replies :

   I saw the message from Captain Wayt and I don’t know off-hand of AUSTERLAND but the name makes me think of AUSTRALIND of the Australind Steam Shipping Company / Bethell, Gwyn & Trinder Anderson & Company, London.

    AUSTRALIND was a 7,214 gross ton tramp cargo ship and was built in 1944 by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, for Australind,  and in 1959 was sold to Argus Steam Ship Company, Liberia and renamed PORTALON.

   In 1972 she was scrapped in Santander, Spain.

However it’s an interesting problem and I’ll start looking for an AUSTERLAND

 

Billy MacAulay (Moderator and Senior Member) writes :

   I have never heard of AUSTERLAND, but as Jim says AUSTRALIND is a possibility as Trinder Anderson vessels were visitors – though not too frequently – to Glasgow - and AUSTRALIND was in Govan Drydock, Glasgow around 1954.

   But I will also look for AUSTERLAND and being a cargo ship will search at Queen’s and Prince’s Docks and surroundings.   It will take some time as there is a lot to plough through.

  

 

  


 

   Why was LADY McGOWAN IN Loch Riddon ?

 

 The small I.C.I. explosives carrying coaster LADY McGOWAN was in Loch Riddon on 29 November 1953.

 

   Loch Riddon is a small Loch situated near Tighnabruaich in the Kyles of Bute, a lonely and sparsely populated hilly area off the main area known as Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

 

   Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions as to the reason why LADY McGOWAN would be in this unusual locality ?

  


John Kelly's coaster BALLYCLARE in late 1953.

   In our entries for this ship it is difficult to read the Master's name... possibly Capt. Crab.   Anyone know if this is correct ?

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Small boat sailor writes from Inverkip :

 

 

 

   I see that motor launches P.D.1 and 8641 passed King George V Dock, Glasgow in January 1967.   Their names vaguely ring a bell in my memory but I don’t remember anything about them.

 

   Does anyone know anything of these two launches ?

 

Just a guess could P.D.1 refer to the launch being the mooring rope boat in Prince’s Dock ?

 

   Sandy

  


Mystery of CVC in Prince’s Dock area of Glasgow

   In 1958 the Clyde Shipping Company’s coaster PLADDA

 was listed as berthed in CVC in Prince’s Dock

 area in Glasgow.

   Does anyone know where CVC was ?

Jim Sloan replies : CVC was Clyde Vila Crane on the quay around berth 81 Plantation Quay, Glasgow

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Pacific Steam Navigation’s KENUTA at Puna in 1957

 

Tom Hayworth e-mails :

 

Your homepage shows KENUTA at Puna in 1957.   Where is Puna ?

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Ben Line’s Far-East coaster BENVEG in 1957

 

Leith Man e-mails

I was very surprised to see your entry for BENVEG in January 1957

for BENVEG as I had never heard of her.

 

Anyone have any more information please ?

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SPRINGFIELD QUAY, GLASGOW

Harry Cochrane e-mails :and conveniently close to the city centre. With restaurants, casino, bingo, bowling, cinema and hotel, everything you need is at The Quay.

For a good few years what was Springfield Quay in Glasgow has been redeveloped into an entertainment area with a cinema, hotel, casino and restaurants.   There was always a big sign at the entrance reading "SPRINGFIELD QUAY" but now the sign has been removed and replaced with a much smaller and more modern one saying "THE QUAY"

It's sad to have the last of the great Glasgow dockside quayside names disappear from public view.

aand conveniently close to the city centre. With restaurants, casino, bingo, bowling, cinema and hotel, everything you need is at The Quay.nd conveniently close to the city centre. With restaurants, casino, bingo, bowling, cinema and hotel, everything you need is at The Quay.


MYSTERY SHIP PORTHOLE

 From Michael Irwin (michaelj87836@gmail.com)
When: 16 September 2016 15:09
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I have a very short video posted on youtube of a porthole that I am trying to identify. It is more than likely WW1 era. Glass window is 14" in diameter and the entire assembly weighs 132 lbs. The name of the youtube video is Mystery Ship Porthole and I will leave a link. Thanks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbgNppQ8XWM

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LASHERCIA ..... A Spanish coaster in 1962

   Does anyone have information on LASHERCIA which was trading around the Irish Sea and Liverpool in 1962 ?

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Clyde Navigation Trust launches GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

Jim Allison writes : I see from arrivals and sailings that the Clyde Navigation Trust launches GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS were busy on the River, even in the middle of the night.  What was their occupation ?

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Carrickfergus (Northern Ireland) in January 1963.

From Sean R  (Larne, Northern Ireland)

   Thanks very much for showing the ships bringing explosives from Irvine to Carrickfergus in January 1963.   After 53 years I've now found out the two ships in the photographs, CASCADE the Dutch coaster and LADY ANSTRUTHER of ICI.    Sean R.


 

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   Please use the "Contact us" button and tell the team in as much detail as possible so that we can try to provide items which are of interest to you.

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Netherlands coaster MADO in 1963

   In January 1963 the Groningen registered coaster MADO was at Irvine, Scotland, having arrived with a cargo of 200 tons of fertilizer from Rotterdam.   Does anyone have any information or details of this ship

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CARGOES FOR BEIRA BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ONLY

I see from the sailing notices (such as in SYDNEY STAR) that cargoes for Beira in East Africa are often accepted by special arrangement only.  Why by special arrangement ?

  Charlie and Misty Fennelly, New Jersey. U.S.A.

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Holland America cargo ship DUIVENDYK

Holland America cargo ship DUIVENDYK was at Glasgow from August 27 1959 to September 2 1959 loading scrap metal for Japan.   Does anyone have any information about this vessel.


 

Information needed on cargo ship KORBACH in 1958

 

KORBACH was closing for receiving cargo in Glasgow on 25 July 1958 and loading for the Great Lakes, Detroit and Chicago.    She was probably on a charter by Anchor Line or Head Line or Cunard Line.

 

Does anyone have any information on KORBACH ?


 

“Conducting their business in Great Waters” series

Just to say how much we enjoy reading your “Conducting their business in Great Waters” series.   Really good to read of BENDORAN at Zamboanga and DURBAN CASTLE at St. Helena Island and British India’s KENYA at Zanzibar. And Misty appreciates the diary of Donaldson Line's LETITIA that you included for her.  This is the only website that brings the voyages to life.   Even the kids read it and are sure learning their world geography.   Charlie and Misty Fennelly,  New Jersey. U.S.A (Misty was born in Canada and her family were Pilots on Saint Lawrence)


WHERE IS " PULO BOKOM "

On 5th January 1957 Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel CALCHAS was at Pulo Bokom.   It's not on Wikipedia.   Where is Pulo Bokom ?

"Hydatina" of Croydon, England, writes :

Pulau Bukom, also known as Pulau Bukum, is a small island belonging to Singapore that is located about five kilometres to the south of the main island of Singapore, off the Straits of Singapore. The size of Pulau Bukom is about 1.45 km².   Royal Dutch Shell Group had a refinery there which I visited a number of times on Shell U.K. Tankers.

Note : The event for CALCHAS has been amended accordingly.


MEANING OF CERTAIN SHIPPING DESCRIPTIONS
Mandy Skinner writes :
   I teach Modern Studies and Geography and my classes use this amazing website to learn of the trade and shipping business on the Clyde from the 1950's, and how the Port of Glasgow and Britain supplied to, and received goods from, every part of the world.
   However, as a non-sailor, I am mystified as to the actual meanings of some descriptions regarding ships.   Can someone please enlighten me ?
   The terms are
   
   Gross tonnage
   Net tonnage
   Deadweight tonnage
   Loading coal or oil bunkers / bunkered
   The ship was "ranging"
   On the ground
   Stevedore
   Longshoremen
   Bad spillage while unloading cargo  (I would have thought that any spillage was bad)
   Dragging her anchor
   Hopper barge
   Canting in Prince's Dock
   Shifting along the wall
   Palm oil cargo
   Shelphate
   Weatherbound / Windbound 
   Cleaning tanks  (as in the ship TULIPBANK)
   Fitting out
   Thank you,   Mandy Skinner

 

A question about Alfred Holt and the King George V Dock in Glasgow

Jim Alison e-mails :   Your event of 25th August 1958 tells that Blue Funnel's PELEUS loaded a 6-ton lift by "Holt's crane".   Did Alfred Holt have a company crane at Glasgow, or could it be the ship's own derrick that was used. ?


CLAN MACINTOSH and help needed on the origin of three launches loaded at Glasgow.

On 9th July 1958 CLAN MACINTOSH loaded 3 launches by her own gear at Glasgow.   The launches came from "Mechano / Medano.   Please have a look at the image, which has been enlarged, and see if you can throw some light on the launches.


Scottish motor coaster PIBROCH built in 1956 by Scott & Sons of Bowling

Does anyone have details of her owners and employment after being sold by Scottish Malt Distillers Company ?


CAN YOU HELP  The oilers "Invertest, Apexity and Clanity" are noted as daily supplying bunker fuel oil to vessels. Have you any images or information on these three ships. ? 

A. Manson replies: Apexity and Clanity were owned by F.T Everard later taken over by Fisher.


CAN YOU HELP   Ore ships at General Terminus Quay .....when leaving, they left Terminus Quay astern.... where were they turned, to go downriver ahead.  Did they turn in Princes Dock...or at Yorkhill Basin...or at King George V Dock ?

  A. Manson replies "Ore carriers leaving General Terminus Quay were canted at Princes Dock ; the area inside the entrance was known as the Canting Basin."


CAN YOU HELP   Glasgow fire-boat "St. Mungo"    Billy and Terry Kelly noted that Glasgow had a fire-boat named "St. Mungo" operated by Glasgow Fire Service, moored at Yorkhill Quay at the entrance to Queens Dock,  and crewed by firemen based in Yorkhill Fire Station (just across the road from Yorkhill Quay.)  Does anyone have a photograph of "St. Mungo" ?

A. Manson replies :Photographs and history the early and latter St. Mungo Fireboats can be seen by going on website "St. Mungo Fireboat"


CAN YOU HELP    Blue funnel liner "Pyrrhus" is shown as arriving on 16th July 1958 (see the image) at berth 3 King George V Dock, head South, bow 5 1/2 ...something...into berth 4.   Any idea what the 5 1/2 something is ?


Ref. "Pyrrhus Berthing. The large timber or metal doors on the dockside of the cargo sheds are referred to as Blinds. There may six or seven of these so the bow or stern of a vessel may be sited in a position relative to the blinds.


CAN YOU HELP   The coaster "Salling" arrived at KG5 on 16th July 1958 from " G.at ? " (see the image)  Can anyone hazard a guess what the place "G....at" is ?

A Manson replies "Destination of "Salling" could possibly have Ghent, Belgium."


CAN YOU HELP.   Princes Dock logbook shows these vessels arriving, but the writing is hard to read.   Can you make out the names?

          

Click on these images to enlarge them

First is maybe.... Cruzeiro Do Sul

Below it is maybe.... Templar

Further down is maybe... Kaduna ...or Kadura

Further down maybe... La Manche

Just below that ......Barbanihalis (or something)

Still further down..... Prins W J or G Frerderick

And also on that page for 28th June at 2045 arrives "Somme" at berth 65 annexe.   I had never heard of "65 annexe"     Can anyone enlighten me? 

A Manson replies "berth 65 Plantation was an Annex abutting on the West end of Mavisbank Quay."    and Kaduna was owned by Paddy Henderson, vessels trading to Burma and associated areas.

Prinz Willem 1V and Prinz W J Fredrick were owned by Dutch Company Oranje Lijn and traded to, and spent some time in the Great Lakes.


CAN YOU HELP   What is the name of this ship?  Is it Sunnarhav or Sunnanhav.  She arrived in Glasgow on 6th July 1965.  Just to allow continuity of entering details, the ship is listed in events as being "Sunnanhav" unless otherwise corrected.

A Manson replies : "Sunnanhan" could possibly have been owned by Saguenay Terminals who prefixed several of their ships names by "Sun"


CAN YOU HELP   The vessel "Mango" or "Manyo" arrived at Princes Dock from Ardrossan on 14th July 1965, draft 5' 10" forard and 12' 8" aft, which would be the draft of a coaster.  But the logbook shows her sailing on 18th July for Three Rivers (Canada) draft forard 17' 07" and aft 19' 06"   Any thoughts or information on this vessel would be welcome. 


THANKS FOR THE MEMORY   Mrs  Margaret Buckner e-mails from Canada.

"I was browsing and chanced on your website, and was astonished to discover mention of the Donaldson ships taking passengers from Princes Dock to Montreal.   I was a little girl in 1960 when my folks emigrated from Kirkintilloch to Canada on Laurentia, and it was a very rough crossing, but was calm when we passed Newfoundland.  The mention of "Laurentia" brought the memories flooding back, having been forgotten for 50 years. Thanks for bringing back the memory.


CAN YOU HELP   : This interesting little advert was in the 23rd June 1906 issue of "Largs and Millport Weekly News"   Note the early start for the days sailing, and the unusual name "Bute 4"     Any information on the firm or the vessels?   Click on the image to enlarge it to full size.

     

A Manson replies: For full history on SS Bute suggest Logging on" SS Bute at Greenock" With information regarding builders of same and SS Kyle then follow Princess Alice Disaster where all will be revealed re ultimate fate of Vessel. 


CAN YOU HELP  : The vessel "Cedric" arrived at KG5 on 10th October 1967. It's difficult to decipher where she came from.  Any suggestions?  Click on the image to enlarge it.

A Manson writes : 
The "Cedric" which arrived at KG5 dock 10th October 1967 would have come from Napier, New Zealand, where she would have loaded refrigerated cargo, e.g. lamb, butter, etc. This was a regular run for vessels belonging to the New Zealand Shipping Company.

A Manson writes :

Ref. the "Cedric" The port referred to is Napier New Zealand.


CAN YOU HELP   This vessel "Stern" or "Stein" arrived KG5.   Is the name "Stern" or "Stein"    Click on the image to enlarge it.


CAN YOU HELP   : What is the name of this 1967 arrival.  Click on the image to enlarge it.


CAN YOU HELP  : Falcon Reefer arrived from USA and Newfoundland.   Which was the USA port concerned?   Click on the image to enlarge it.

A MANSON replies: Gloucester Massachusetts USA is on of America's oldest Ports.


CAN YOU HELP  : Harrison's "Statesman" in Jan 1968 at Shieldhall Riverside Quay conducted an engine test.   What is the word after the test.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

A Manson writes :

Ref. the engine test on "Statesman" at Riverside Shieldhall . The engines would have been run on slow speed. Vessels having such must be securely moored probably with insurance wires as an added precaution .


MANOEUVERING ON THE RIVER   : Jim Allison e-mails that when a vessel was moving on the river Clyde and passing the entrances to Rivers Kelvin, Cart and Leven, after heavy rainfall, the amount of water coming off these rivers would hit any passing vessel on the side and tend to push her in the opposite direction.  You needed a strong steady hand on the wheel at these points.


CAN YOU HELP  :  On 3rd May 1965 a vessel "DCV 401" arrived.  Any information on that vessel ?


THE BIG EX-BP TANKER AT PLANTATION.    : Jim Allison writes that a big ex-BP tanker which lay at Plantation for some time, around 1980, and was leaving for breaking in the far east, was towed astern downriver to Shieldhall and her stern put into KG5, and she was turned there to go downstream ahead.   He doesn't remember the name.


SEAMEN'S MISSION AT YORKHILL/SCOTSTOUN  ; Tam Thomson asks if anyone remembers the "Seamens Mission" at Yorkhill or Scotstoun in 1970s, run by pensioners/church, where seamen/retired sailors could get a hearty cooked meal at a reasonable price.

A Manson replies; 

There once was a"Flying Angel " Seamens Club in York Street Glasgow long since gone. There is still a Stella Maris Club for seamen situated at 937 Dumbarton Road Yoker Glasgow open several days a week .It is affiliated to St. Brendans Church on Kelso Street close by.

Tam Thomson replies: Much appreciated for your answer Mr Manson. I didn't know about the Flying Angel but you have made me think.  was there a seamens club beside the Clyde Shipping offices at the suspension bridge.  The stella Maris, yes that is the very one.  I had a dinner in there must be twenty years ago. the ladies had finished meals but made me one specially when i came in.  Its great that you have brought back memory and i like all your ansers to the help bit as you really know your stuff about the clyde.  Have a good new year mr Manson, and Douglas please keep up the internet site as it is great to read about the ships at Glasgow, and i hope you have a good new year to. 

A Manson replies:Re the Stella Maris Club which may stir a memory of the subscriber. It was for many years situated in Carlton Place on the South side of the Upper Clyde close to the Suspension Bridge.


MEXICAN WARSHIPS IN PRINCE'S DOCK  ; Joe Barrowman asks if anyone remembers some "Mexican ?" frigates which visited Princes Dock in early 1970s.


CAN YOU HELP    Can you decipher the name of the ship Bleuersand?   And she has come from Sfax via ?????   Could it be Ayr?   Click on the image to enlarge it.

Bill McKellar e-mails : I would say that it's Ayr for Bluersand.


CAN YOU HELP   Can you clarify the ships names Jozina and Teun ?   Click on the image to enlarge it.