Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

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Tuesday, October 6, 1936 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
HECTOR (1924-1942 Passenger/cargo liner of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool : 1942 bombed and sunk in Colombo Harbour, 1946 scrapped.) Own Page

In 1936 Blue Funnel Line HECTOR offers a six-day cruise from London to Glasgow via Holland

Ship's locationLondon (UK)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Gross Tonnage11,198








Rail Concessions to London


“ HECTOR “    11,198 tons    October 6



Also Attractive Trips to





For Particulars and Bookings apply to :


69 Buchanan Street,  Glasgow,  C.1 ;


80 Buchanan Street,  Glasgow,  C.1;

or Local Agents


News Event

Sunday, September 27, 1936 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
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The Radio Conference of Seafaring Nations recommend a new common wave-length for ships

   At a meeting in The Hague of The Radio Conference of Seafaring Nations a recommendation was agreed to have a new common wave-length of between 1900 and 2000 metres for radio messages sent by ships.

   The present wave-length is 1875 metres and this has been found liable to interference by the Dutch Transmitting Station at Kootwyk and also the Roumanian station at Bod.


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Sunday, September 27, 1936 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
H.M.S. NELSON (1927-1948 Nelson-class Battleship of Royal Navy, London : Scrapped 1949) Own Page

Royal Navy Battleship H.M.S. NELSON anchors off Invergordon in Scotland

Ship's locationInvergordon (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryAdmiralty, London

   Part of the Royal Navy Home Fleet anchored off Invergordon in Scotland.

   Among the ships were the Battleships H.M.S. NELSON and H.M.S. RODNEY, the Cruisers H.M.S. NEPTUNE and H.M.S. ORION, the Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. COURAGEOUS  and the Destroyer H.M.S. CAIRO which was leading a number of Destroyers of the Fifth Flotilla.

   Many Liberty Men went ashore and took part in games and local people were able to visit some of the ships.

   The Fleet will leave for four days of exercises and gunnery practice.




News Event

Sunday, September 27, 1936 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
H.M.S. ESCORT (1934-1940 E-class Destroyer 329ft 100m long of Royal Navy, London : 1940 Sank after being torpedoed) Own Page

Royal Navy Destroyer H.M.S. ESCORT brings 56 refugees to Saint-Jean-de-Luz from Bilbao

Ship's locationSaint-Jean-de-Luz (Basque Province of Labourd in south-western France)Port of RegistryAdmiralty, London

   The Royal Navy E-class Destroyer H.M.S. ESCORT arrived at the French port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz with 56 refugees, including 12 Britons, from Bilbao in Spain.

   The Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939 was raging and the refugees told of about 80 hostages being shot by Government supporters.


News Event

Wednesday, March 28, 1956 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
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Conducting their business in Great Waters at the end of March 1956

ADRASTUS from Swansea, at Aden March 31

AKITA MARU left Port Said March 30 for London

AMERICA left Southampton March 30 for Bremerhaven

AMERICAN FORWARDER left Gravesend March 31 for Philadelphia

AMERICAN REPORTER at Philadelphia March 30 from London

ASCANIA left New York March 29 for Southampton

BENALBANACH left Port Swettenham March 31 for U.K.

BENLEDI at Singapore March 30 for Port Swettenham

BENMACDHUI left Suez March 30 for Far East

BENVEG at Bangkok March 31 for Singapore

BENVENUE at Suez March 30 for U.K.

BENVORLICH at Yokohama March 31 for U.K.

CALCHAS from Glasgow at Aden March 31

CANTON at Suez March 31 for London

CAPTAIN COOK from Glasgow at Wellington March 29

CEDRIC left Aden March 30 for London

CHUSAN at Bombay March 30 for Kobe

CIRCASSIA from Glasgow at Bombay March 30

CITY OF DELHI left Madras March 30 for Manchester

CITY OF DONCASTER passed Gibraltar March 30 for Karachi

CITY OF GLASGOW from Glasgow at Bushire March 31

CITY OF NEWPORT from Glasgow left Suez March 29

CITY OF OXFORD from Glasgow at Port Elizabeth March 30

CLAN BUCHANAN left Aden March 30 for Liverpool

CLAN MACKAY from Glasgow at Durban March 30

DEVONSHIRE from Liverpool at Port Said March 30

FREETOWN left Las Palmas March 31 for Douala

IVERNIA from Liverpool at New York March 31

IXION from Glasgow passed Gibraltar March 30

JALAKALA at Port Said March 29 for Bombay

JESSIE MAERSK from Glasgow at Baltimore March 31

KOHIMA from Accra at Takoradi March 30

LISMORIA left Saint John (N.B.) March 28 for Glasgow

MALANCHA left Aden March 30 for Calcutta

MARTABAN left Rangoon March 31 for Glasgow

MATHERAN at Colombo March 31 for Calcutta

MEDIA left New York March 30 for Liverpool

NESTOR from Glasgow at Adelaide March 30

ORONTES left Suez March 30 for Sydney

PARAGUAY STAR at Santos March 30 for London

SALACIA left Milford Haven March 29 for Saint John (N.B.)

SALWEEN at Colombo March 31 for Rangoon

SAMANOO left Callao March 30 for Valpariso

SAXONIA called Cobh March 30 for Liverpool

SCHOLAR left Las Palmas March 29 for Beira

SETTLER from London at Dominica March 31

ST HELENA left Buenos Aires March 30 for London

STRATHAIRD at Adelaide March 31 for London

TIMARU STAR at Montevideo March 31 for London

TREVETHOE from Glasgow at Las Palmas March 31

TYRIA left Aden March 30 for Glasgow

UNITED STATES from Bremerhaven at Southampton March 31

WARWICKSHIRE left Port Sudan March 31 for Rangoon


News Event

Saturday, March 31, 1956 @ 1800
DEVONSHIRE (1939-1962 Troopship 517 feet long of Bibby Line, Liverpool - later DEVONIA of British India Line) Own Page

British Troopship DEVONSHIRE leaves Port Said with the last major British Army Units in Egypt

Ship's locationPort Said (Egypt - the port at the Mediterranean entrance to the Suez Canal))Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)


   The Troopship DEVONSHIRE leaves Port Said for U.K. bringing home the 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards and the D Squadron of the Life Guards, being the last major British Troop Units remaining in Egypt, however a small garrison will remain in Port Said until June 18.


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Tuesday, April 3, 1956 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
FRANCONIA (1923-1956 Passenger / cargo liner 601 feet long of Cunard Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Cunard liner FRANCONIA returns to Southampton with machinery problems

Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Net Tonnage12,185
Gross Tonnage20,175

   The Cunard 20,175-gross ton passenger liner FRANCONIA arrived in Southampton today, having turned back when off the south of Ireland after experiencing turbine engine problems.

   The ship had left Southampton and Le Havre on Thursday 29 March with 669 passengers bound for Halifax (Nova Scotia) and New York.

   Another Cunard ship, the cargo/passenger liner ASIA, which was on passage from New York to U.K. stood by FRANCONIA and accompanied her on her way back to Southampton.

   A Cunard spokesman said that “the trouble arose from a failure of the oil supply to the bearings in the turbine which powers the port propeller.   At sea the ship’s engineers made some progress towards a temporary repair and the propeller began to turn again but a thorough overhaul of the port turbine will be necessary.”

   The spokesman also said that all passengers would be found alternative transport as quickly as possible.   Urgent travellers would be flown and others would go in the QUEEN MARY, which leaves next Thursday, or in the liner SAXONIA which leaves Liverpool for Canadian Ports on 10 April.   All of the 79 passengers who embarked at Le Havre would be accommodated in British Hotels.

   FRANCONIA was built by John Brown & Company at Clydebank and completed in May 1923.   She is 601 feet long and 74 feet breadth, has a capacity for 1,700 passengers and is powered by two sets of geared steam turbine engines which drive twin propellers giving a service speed of 16 ½ knots.

   During the Second World War she was requisitioned by the British Government and refitted as a Troopship, and she saw much active service including Allied landings in Madagascar, North Africa, Italy and the Azores and repatriated British Troops, including freed Prisoners of War from India.       

News Event

Monday, April 2, 1956 @ 1000
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Royal Australian Navy warn of Prohibited Area for Atomic Tests on Montebello Islands

   The Royal Australian Navy have warned that, from 1 May, the sea within a radius of 150 nautical miles of the Montebello Islands will be a prohibited area for all shipping and 500 miles for all aircraft as United Kingdom will be conducting Atomic Tests on Alpha and Trimouille Islands.

   Montebello Islands are an archipelago of around 174 small islands about 12ml (20km) north of Barrow Island and 130km (81ml) off the Pilbara Coast of north-western Australia.

   Australian Naval vessels will patrol the outer limits of the prohibited area to warn ships.


News Event

Monday, April 2, 1956 @ 0900
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Advert in 1956 by Glasgow Wireless College to train Wireless Officers for Marconi Company









Full particulars of training from Secretary


26 Newton Place, C.3.    Tel.  DOU 0696


News Event

Friday, August 30, 1968 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
UGANDA ((1951- 1986 Passenger (700) / refrigerated cargo liner 517 feet long of British India Steam Navigation Company / P & O, London) Own Page

British India's UGANDA returns to Greenock from a cruise with a Portuguese stowaway

Ship's locationGreenock (Scotland U.K.)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage14,464

   Crowds of parents and sightseers were at the Scott Lithgow repair berth at Greenock to welcome the British India Educational cruise ship UGANDA and her 893 schoolchildren passengers as she returned from a 14-day cruise to Spain, Portugal and North Africa.

   On the outward leg of the voyage two children became ill with appendicitis and, on the orders of the ship’s Doctor, they were landed at Lisbon, the first port of call, and were taken to hospital.

   UGANDA continued on the cruise and, incredibly, on the return journey, another two children became ill with appendicitis and the ship was diverted to Vigo where the patients were landed and taken to hospital.

   Later an unknown youth was seen to be walking around the decks and, on being questioned, admitted that he was Portuguese, 20 years old and had boarded the ship at Lisbon by mingling with a group of children who were returning to the ship, and had hidden in one of the lifeboats for 17 hours until UGANDA was well at sea.

   The stowaway was removed by Greenock Police and returned to the ship for her leaving on her next cruise, which calls also at Lisbon, and he will be put ashore then.   


News Event

Sunday, September 29, 1968 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
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Ben Line at the end of September 1968

BENALLIGIN at Singapore Sept 29 for Penang

BENARMIN at Hull Sept 29 for Hong Kong

BENARTY left Singapore Sept 30 for Bangkok

BENCLEUCH at Labuan (Malaysia) Sept 30 for Kota Kinabalu (formerly known as Jesselton, the capital of the Kota Kinabalu District in Sabah, Malaysia)

BENCRUACHAN at London Sept 30 for Singapore

BENEDIN left Port Swettenham Sept 29 for London


News Event

Wednesday, August 10, 1960 @ 1000
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How the Clyde helped to win World War 2

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Friday, December 17, 1926 @ 1000
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TUSCANIA (1922-1939 Passenger / cargo liner of Anchor Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Anchor Line's TUSCANIA in the Clyde

Ship's locationClydePort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage16,991

News Event

Saturday, June 1, 1946 @ 1000
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METAL INDUSTRIES FLOATING DOCK of Metal Industries, Faslane, Gare Loch, Firth of Clyde Own Page

METAL INDUSTRIES FLOATING DOCK, looking forward, of Metal Industries, Faslane, Gare Loch

Ship's locationGare Loch (Firth of Clyde, U.K.)

   The Admiralty FLOATING DOCK 1V, seen looking forward, now owned by Metal Industries, Faslane, Gare Loch, is seen moored in Gare Loch

News Event

Tuesday, March 13, 1945 @ 1100
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ARRAN MAIL (1936-1951 General cargo coaster 95ft long of L.M.S. Railway Company / Caledonian Steam Packet Co.Ltd.) Own Page

ARRAN MAIL takes civilian baggage to MALOJA at Clyde Emergency Port Anchorage off Gourock

Ship's locationPrinces Pier, GreenockPort of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Net Tonnage48
Gross Tonnage137

13th   From Firth, ARRAN MAIL arrived at Princes Pier, Greenock and embarked civilian baggage then left for MALOJA at Clyde Emergency Port Anchorage off Gourock

15th  ARRAN MAIL arrived at Princes Pier, Greenock from Gourock and took gangways on board and then left for Gourock.

27th  ARRAN MAIL arrived at Princes Pier with RCAF (Royal Canadian Air Force) baggage from AQUITANIA which was at Clyde Emergency Port Anchorage off Gourock, and, empty, then left for Gourock Pier.


News Event

Tuesday, February 1, 1927 @ 1100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
PROCRIS (1924-1950 General cargo ship of Hutchison Line / Moss Hutchison Line Own Page

Moss Hutchison's cargo ship PROCRIS

Port of RegistryU.K.

News Event

Monday, September 30, 1968 @ 0800
CLAYMORE (1955-1976 Passenger/cargo/mail ship 191 feet long of David MacBrayne Ltd, Glasgow: Scrapped 2001) Own Page

David MacBrayne's CLAYMORE is unable to sail to Coll, Tiree and Barra due to mechanical trouble

Ship's locationOban, Scottish HighlandsPort of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Net Tonnage433
Gross Tonnage1,024


   The David MacBrayne mail steamer CLAYMORE was unable to sail from Oban in the Scottish Highlands owing to mechanical trouble.

   Her scheduled sailing to the outer islands of Coll, Tiree and Barra was cancelled and the ship’s engineers were working to make repairs and it is hoped that she will be able to resume service on 2nd October.


News Event

Tuesday, October 1, 1968 @ 0900
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Hay Hamilton of Glasgow and Ross and Marshall of Greenock merge to form Glenlight Shipping Ltd.


   Today the Clyde’s two most prominent “Puffer” owners, Hay Hamilton Ltd of Glasgow and Ross and Marshall of Greenock, merged to form a new Company, Glenlight Shipping Ltd., and the firm will operate from the offices of Clyde Shipping Company at 78 Carlton Place, Glasgow, Clyde Shipping Company being the parent company of Ross and Marshall.


   Glenlight Shipping will operate a fleet of 15 vessels, most of them being modern diesel powered ships, although there are also a few of the old, traditional steam-powered “Puffers.”


   The new company has retained all of the existing shore and sea staff and will continue to trade primarily throughout the Clyde and Western Isles and will also visit the Irish Sea and East Coast and other ports and areas as required.

   The name "Glenlight" was chosen as it combines the "Glen" from the Hay Hamilton nomenclature for their ships (example GLENSHIEL, GLENARAY, GLENCLOY) and "Light" from the Ross & Marshall ships (examples RAYLIGHT, DAWNLIGHT, POLARLIGHT). 


News Event

Saturday, July 6, 1963 @ 0910
ATLANTIDE (1959-1974 General cargo coaster 61.8meters 203ft long of N.V. Scheepvaartkantoor Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands Owner: Rederij 'Atlantide', Groningen, Netherlands) Own Page

Coaster ATLANTIDE arrives at Clydebank to load pig iron for Rotterdam

Arrived fromBuncrana, Lough Swilly, County Donegal, IrelandPort of RegistryGroningen (Netherlands)
Arrived in berth3/4 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glashow (with her head East)Net Tonnage290
Draught forward on arrival6' 06"Gross Tonnage499
Draught aft on arrival8' 6"Deadweght Tonnage1,050
Cargo carried on arrivalLight ship - no cargo on board

News Event

Sunday, May 31, 1936 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
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Conducting their business in Great Waters at the end of May 1936


MORETON BAY, Brisbane for London, at Suez May 29



CALEDONIA, Glasgow for New York, left Moville 8pm May 30

CALIFORNIA, New York for Glasgow, due Greenock a.m. June 1

CASTALIA, Bombay for Glasgow, left Gibraltar 7.30 pm May 30

TUSCANIA, New York for Glasgow, left Boston 3pm May 30 



MAGDAPUR, Calcutta for London, at Suez May 30

MAHSEER, for Calcutta, left Gravesend May 30

MAIHAR, Birkenhead for Calcutta, left Suez May 28

MANDASOR, Calcutta for Leith, at Barcelona May 28

MASIRAH, Calcutta for Dundee, Leith, Hull, Dieppe and Birkenhead, at London May 28 



BENALDER, from London, at Hankow (now known as Hankou, China) May 30

BENCLEUCH, from Leith, at Yokohama May 30

BENNEVIS, Kobeichang for Southampton, at Suez May 30

BENRINNES, Otaru (Hokkaido, Japan) for London, at Suez May 30 



DERBYSHIRE, Liverpool for Rangoon, at Marseilles May 30

OXFORDSHIRE, Rangoon for London, at Marseilles May 30

WORCESTERSHIRE, Rangoon for London, left Cochin May 29



ANDALUCIA STAR, Buenos Aires for London, called Tenerife May 29

ARANDORA STAR, from Southampton for cruise, passed Ushant (island at South-Western end of the English Channel) May 31

AVILA STAR, London for Buenos Aires, left Tenerife May 29

FRESNO STAR, for South Africa, left Liverpool May 30



MADURA, Beira for London, at Dar-es-Salaam, May 31

MANTOLA, for Beira, left Gravesend May 30



BEAVERBURN, Montreal for London, passed Lizard May 31

BEAVERFORD, for Montreal, left Gravesend May 29

DUCHESS OF ATHOLL, for Liverpool, left Montreal May 29

DUCHESS OF BEDFORD, from Montreal at Liverpool May 30

DUCHESS OF RICHMOND, for Montreal, left Greenock May 30

DUCHESS OF YORK, from Greenock at Quebec May 29

MONTCALM, for cruise, left Liverpool May 30

MONTCLARE, from Montreal at Southampton May 31 



ALAUNIA, London for Montreal, left Southampton May 30

ASCANIA, Montreal for London, called Plymouth May 30

AURANIA, for Plymouth, Le Havre and London, left Quebec May 29

BRITANNIC, for London, left New York May 30

FRANCONIA, for Greenock, Belfast and Liverpool, left New York May 30

GEORGIC, for New York, left Southampton May 30

LANCASTRIA, for cruise, left Liverpool May 30

SAMARIA, for Boston and New York, left Greenock May 31

SCYTHIA, from New York, due Liverpool 7pm June 1


News Event

Friday, January 1, 1960 @ 1000
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Salient Shipping Company (Bermuda) Limited in 1960




Office : P.O. Box 286, East Broadway, Hamilton, Bermuda

Telephone :  6391


Fleet in 1960

AUCKLAND STAR  11,799 gross tons, built 1958

CANBERRA STAR   8,398 gross tons, built 1956

GLADSTONE STAR  10,725 gross tons, built 1957

HOBART STAR  8,398 gross tons, built 1956

RONSARD  7,948 gross tons, built 1957

TOWNSVILLE STAR  10,725 gross tons, built 1957

VENIMOS  1,309 gross tons, built 1956


News Event

Tuesday, November 22, 1955 @ 1700
WILLE (1947-1960 General cargo ship of Finnlines, Helsingfors) Own Page

WILLE of Finnlines closes at Hull for receiving cargo for ports in Finland

Ship's locationWilliam Wright Dock, Hull (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryFinland
Sailing forFinland
Ships agentB Atle Ltd., Danish Buildings, 45 High Street, Hull Telephone Hull 15473

News Event

Tuesday, May 28, 1957 @ 1000
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Advert by Bank Line for their many services

News Event

Monday, November 21, 1955 @ 1700
RANGITATA (1936-1962 Passenger / cargo liner of New Zealand Shipping Company, London) Own Page

New Zealand Line's RANGITATA at London closes for cargo for Wellington and Lyttelton

Ship's location23 Shed, Royal Albert Dock, LondonPort of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailing forWellington and Lyttelton (both New Zealand)
Ships agentJ B Westray & Co. Ltd., 138 Leadenhall Street, London E.C.3 Telephone AVEnue 5220

News Event

Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 1000
Own Page

Advert by Palm Line for their service to West Africa

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Wednesday, May 29, 1957 @ 1000
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1957 Advert by Moran Towing and Transportation, New York

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Wednesday, May 29, 1957 @ 1000
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1957 Advert by British & Continental Steamship Company

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Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 1000
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1957 Advert by British India Steam Navigation Company for Certificated 3rd Officers

News Event

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 @ 1400
SERRA ATASOY (2011- General cargo ship 90m long of Atasoy Group of Shipping, Istanbul) Own Page

Turkish cargo ship SERRA ATASOY at Ayr, Scotland

Ship's locationAyr (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryIstanbul (Turkey)
Arrived fromDerince (Turkey)Net Tonnage1,535
Gross Tonnage2.870
Deadweght Tonnage4,284


News Event

Friday, November 25, 1955 @ 1300
P. M. COOPER Own Page

Steamer P. M. COOPER and tanker ALLEGHENY collide near Runcorn in Manchester Ship Canal

Ship's locationNear Runcorn in the Manchester Ship Canal

News Event

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

1955 Advert for Thorneycroft ship repairs at Southampton

News Event

Wednesday, May 29, 1957 @ 1000
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1957 Advert for Ship Delivery by Townsend Brothers, London

News Event

Saturday, May 25, 1957 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
MAHRONDA (1947-1968 Cargo liner of Brocklebank Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Brocklebank's MAHRONDA damages her stem while berthing at Colombo

Ship's locationColombo (Ceylon - now known as Sri Lanka)Port of RegistryLiverpool

News Event

Thursday, May 23, 1957 @ 1000
Own Page

1957 Advert for Sociedade Geral de Comercio, Industria e Transportes, Lisbon, Portugal

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Wednesday, June 5, 1957 @ 1700
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June and July 1957 Sailing Notice for Brocklebank Line of Liverpool

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Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 1000
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1957 Advert for Anchor Tugs, Newcastle, England

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Friday, May 10, 1957 @ 1000
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
Own Page

1957 Advert for The Hong Kong Towage & Salvage Services

News Event

Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 0900
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Advertisment for Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, Liverpool

News Event

Sunday, November 5, 2017 @ 1600
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS (1989- Passenger cruise ship 72m 236ft long of Hebridean Island Cruises, Skipton, England) Own Page

HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS at Troon and preparing to leave for Rothesay (Isle of Bute)

Ship's locationPort of Troon (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryU.K.
Sailing forRothesay (Isle of Bute, Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Gross Tonnage2,112

News Event

Monday, February 1, 1954 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
GRIPSHOLM (1924-1954 Passenger liner 573ft 175m long of Swedish American Line, Gothenburg) Own Page

Norddeutscher Lloyd return to North Atlantic passenger service with Swedish American's GRIPSHOLM

Sailing forHalifax (Canada) and New YorkPort of RegistryGothenburg (Sweden)
Sailed from berthBremen (Germany)Gross Tonnage17,993

   Today is a momentous day for Norddeutscher Lloyd (North German Lloyd Line) as they re-enter the passenger and emigrant service in the North Atlantic after an absence of 15 years.

   The 17,993 gross tons liner GRIPSHOLM has been bought from Swedish American Line and will leave Bremen for Halifax and New York.

  The North German Lloyd and Swedish American Line have agreed to operate a joint passenger service between Scandinavia and Germany to Canada and United States.

   It is intended that later this year GRIPSHOLM will be rebuilt and modernised and will be renamed BERLIN.


News Event

Thursday, May 30, 1968 @ 1500
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
H.M.S. CENTAUR (1953-1971 Hermes-class Light Fleet Aircraft Carrier 738 feet long of Royal Navy, London : Scrapped 1972) Own Page

Police investigate theft of money from Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. CENTAUR

Ship's locationRoyal Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England, U.K.Port of RegistryAdmiralty, London

   Officers from the Ministry of Defence Police and the Hampshire Police are investigating the theft of £2,600 in money from a safe on board the Royal Navy Aircraft Carrier H.M.S. CENTAUR which is berthed in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.

   The money is believed to be the pay for the ship’s complement of 1,390 men.

   The ship, a Fleet Aircraft Carrier, had been paid off from active service in December 1965 and had been used as an accommodation ship at Devonport, and is now based at Portsmouth to accommodate the crew of another aircraft carrier, H.M.S. VICTORIOUS, which is also in Portsmouth Dockyard.


News Event

Sunday, July 7, 1968 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
NORTHERN STAR (1961-1975 Passenger liner 650 feet long of Shaw, Savill & Albion Line, London) Own Page

Shaw Savill's NORTHERN STAR leaves Southampton on a 10 day cruise to Lisbon, Tangier and Madeira

Ship's locationSouthampton (England, UK)Port of RegistrySouthampton (England, UK)
Sailing forLisbon, Tangier and MadeiraReg Tonnage12,567
Gross Tonnage23,982


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News Event

Thursday, May 30, 1968 @ 0500
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Ben Line on 30 and 31 May 1968

BENARKLE at Port Swettenham May 30 for Penang

BENDEARG left Shimizu (Japan) May 30 for Kobe

BENHOPE at Grangemouth May 31 for Rotterdam

BENGLOE at Grangemouth May 30 for London

BENLARIG left Liverpool May 31 for Rotterdam

BENLOMOND at Kaohsiung May 31 for Hong Kong

BENNEVIS left Sandakan (Sabah, Malaysia) May 31 for Taiwan

BENRINNES arrived Singapore May 30 for Bangkok

BENSTAC left London May 31 for Middlesbrough

BENVALLA left Hong Kong May 31 for Singapore

BENVORLICH left London May 31 for Southampton

BENWYVIS left Pusan May 30 for Shimizu (Japan)


News Event

Saturday, September 10, 1960 @ 0420
ANTIOPE (1958-1964 Formerly Johnston Warren Line's JESSMORE, General cargo ship 432 feet long of Maritime & Commercial Corp. Inc. / Bernardo Burger, Panama :Scrapped in 1971) Own Page
Arrived fromPort Churchill (Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada) Port of RegistryPanama
Arrived in berth4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow Net Tonnage4,094
Draught forward on arrival27' 07"Gross Tonnage7,061
Draught aft on arrival28' 08"
Cargo carried on arrival10,000 tons of wheat
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 10th September
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClyde Navigation Trust
Completed discharge of inward cargo0900 on 14th September
Ships agentDenholm Agencies, Glasgow

News Event

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 0900
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Advert by D.B. Turkish Cargo Lines for their service from Continent and U.K. to Mediterranean Ports

News Event

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 1000
EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA (1953-1956 Passenger liner of Canadian Pacific Line) Own Page

Canadian Pacific's Passenger liner EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA is advertised for sale

Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Gross Tonnage19,379

News Event

Tuesday, April 15, 1941 @ 0900
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World War 2 : Restriction on movements of shipping in Clyde Anchorages during and after an air raid

Ship's locationFirth of Clyde (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Sunday, October 20, 1963 @ 2115
ARDUITY (1946-1969 Coastal Tanker 234ft long of F T Everard, London) Own Page

Everard's coastal tanker ARDUITY arrives at Clydebank with a cargo of Fuel Oil from Ellesmere Port

Arrived fromEllesmere Port (Cheshire, England)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Arrived in berth5 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (head South)Gross Tonnage950
Draught forward on arrival12' 09"
Draught aft on arrival14' 00"
Cargo carried on arrival1036.5 tons of Fuel Oil
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0830 on 21 October
Completed discharge of inward cargo1530 on 21 October

News Event

Sunday, November 20, 1955 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
Own Page

Somewhere East of Suez ....Aden 20 and 21 November 1955

Arrived in Aden 20 November 1955

MARIEKERK from Hamburg

PORT MELBOURNE from Wellington (New Zealand)

EASTERN CITY from Bunbury (Western Australia)

LEEDS CITY from Torrevieja (Spain)

NURANI from Safaga (Egypt’s Red Sea coast)

CASTEL FELICE from Sydney (Australia)

AFRICA from Cape Town (South Africa)

DEVANHA from Bombay (India)


Sailed from Aden 20 November 1955

CLYTONEUS for Glasgow (U.K.)

ST VALERY EN CAUX for Saigon (Vietnam)

CHILKA for Calcutta (India)

EASTERN CITY for Port Said (Egypt)

LEEDS CITY for Japan

NURANI for Colombo (Ceylon)

CASTEL FELICE for Naples (Italy)

AFRICA for Trieste (Italy)


BRITISH FORTUNE for Lourenco Marques (Mozambique)

ACHILLE LAURO for Ras Tanura (Saudi Arabia)

BRITISH SOVEREIGN for Mina al Ahmadi (Kuwait)


 Arrived in Aden 21 November 1955

HELLENIC SAILOR from Bombay (India)

PORT WYNDHAM from Brisbane (Australia)

NUDDEA from Port Kembla (New South Wales, Australia) 


Sailed from Aden 21 November 1955

MARINIA (Salvage tug) for Suez (Egypt)

MARIEKERK for Rangoon (Burma)

GEORGE K for Rotterdam (Netherlands)


PORT MELBOURNE for Port Said (Egypt)

NUDDEA for Antwerp (Belgium)

PORT WYNDHAM for Dunkirk (France)


News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advertisment in 1955 for Hong Kong & Whampoa Dock Co Ltd, Kowloon, Hong Kong

News Event

Thursday, November 17, 1955 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
Own Page

My kind of town, Chicago is  .... November 17 and 18 1955

Ship's locationChicago (Illinois, U.S.A.)

Arrived at Chicago November 17 1955

JOLIETTE from Genoa (Italy)

WALDEMAR PETERS from Naples (Italy)


 Sailed from Chicago November 17 1955

ELISABETH HENDRIK FISSER for Gothenburg (Sweden)

INGRID WEIDE for Stockholm (Sweden)


Arrived at Chicago November 18 1955

ASKOT from Genoa (Italy)

KOLLFINN from Marseilles (France)

GRINDEFJELL from Antwerp (Belgium)


 Sailed from Chicago November 18 1955

RAGNEBORG for Stockholm (Sweden)


News Event

Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 1614
Own Page

“ 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 ?”


News Event

Saturday, December 3, 1955 @ 1700
SUNLAND (1954-1966 Cargo ship owned by A. I. Langfeldt of Kristiansand, Norway, and on long-term charter from 1954-1966 to the Saguenay Terminals Company.) Own Page

Saguenay's SUNLAND closes at Liverpool for receiving cargo for Caribbean Ports

Ship's locationLiverpool (England, UK)Port of RegistryKristiansand. (Norway)

News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advertisment by Svea Line for their services from London to Sweden

News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advert for Dodero Lines service to River Plate ports

News Event

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 1600
SOUTHPORT (In 1955 General cargo coaster) Own Page

Steamer SOUTHPORT sinks off Gravesend after collision with Trinity House steamer READY

Arrived fromAntwerp (Belgium)
Sailed from berthOff Gravesend, Thames Estuary, London

News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advertisment for Henry Robb Limited, Leith

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Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advertisment for Chr. Salvesen & Co., Leith, Scotland

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Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 1900
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
HALMSTAD (1909-1957 General cargo ship of Bissmark Linie, Hamburg : Scrapped 1957)) Own Page

German steamer HALMSTAD aground near Neuwerk Island, Cuxhaven (Germany)

Ship's locationNeuwerk Island, Cuxhaven (Germany)Port of RegistryHamburg (Germany)
Arrived fromLeningrad (Russia)Gross Tonnage814
Sailing forAmsterdam (Netherlands)
Cargo carried on arrivalTimber

News Event

Sunday, January 10, 1960 @ 0800
Own Page

Lübeck Linie A.G. .... in 1960

Hans Hasse (Hamburg) contributes


LÜBECK  LINIE  A. G.  in 1960

 Office :  Untertrave 107, Lübeck, Germany

Telegraphic  “Lübecklinie, Lübeck”   Telephone 25231

 Directors :



Marine Superintendent and Superintending Engineer



FLEET  IN  1960

CASTORP  built 1950

FREDENHAGEN  built 1952

LÜBECK  built 1956

NORDLAND  built 1930


TRAVEMUNDE  built 1953

WARENDORP  built 1953

WICKEDE  built 1950 



CONDOR  built 1954


News Event

Wednesday, September 21, 1960 @ 1155
NORDLAND (1930- General cargo ship 471 feet long of Lubeck Linie A G) Own Page

NORDLAND arrives in Glasgow with a cargo of Grain from Port Churchill (Canada)

Arrived fromPort Churchill (Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada) via LiverpoolPort of RegistryLubeck (Germany)
Arrived in berth4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow (head West)Gross Tonnage1,808
Sailing forMontreal (Canada)
Sailed from berth4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow (head West)
Draught forward on arrival17' 03"
Draught aft on arrival24' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalGrain
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1530 on 23rd September
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClyde Navigation Trust
Outward cargoLight ship - no cargo on board
Draught forward on sailing13' 00"
Draught aft on sailing14' 08"
Ships agentDenholm Agencies

News Event

Sunday, June 14, 1959 @ 1055
PRINS FREDERIK WILLEM -- pronounced Villem (1951-1967 General cargo ship 258 feet long of Oranje Line, Holland) Own Page

Oranje Line's PRINS FREDERIK WILLEM arrives in Glasgow to load for Montreal and Toronto

Arrived fromAntwerp (Belgium)Port of RegistryRotterdan (Netherlands)
Arrived in berth83 Plantation Quay, Glasgow (head West)Gross Tonnage1,600
Draught forward on arrival12' 00"
Draught aft on arrival13' 10"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo
Ships agentJ C Peacock & Co Ltd, 166 Buchanan Street, Glasgow C 1 tel DOUglas 7101 'Grams "Peacock"

News Event

Thursday, October 26, 2017 @ 1045
LAIRDS OAK (1946-1960 General cargo coaster 163 feet long of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow) Own Page

Burns & Laird Lines of Glasgow - was their coaster LAIRDS OAK or was she LAIRDSOAK ?

Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Gross Tonnage606

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 ?  


News Event

Tuesday, November 29, 1955 @ 1600
PRETORIA CASTLE (1948-1966 Passenger / cargo liner of Union Castle Line, London) Own Page

Union Castle's PRETORIA CASTLE closes at Southampton for receiving cargo for South Africa

Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage28,705

News Event

Saturday, March 23, 1957 @ 1000
KENYA (1951-1969 A 700- Passenger / refrigerated cargo liner 517 feet long of British India Steam Navigation Company, London) Own Page

Captain Gun Cunninghame of KENYA is appointed Commodore Commander of British India S.N.Co

Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage14,464

News Event

Friday, March 4, 1966 @ 1700
PACIFIC NORTHWEST (1954-1971 General and refrigerated cargo liner 501 feet long of Furness Withy & Co. Ltd., London : Scrapped 1974) Own Page

PACIFIC NORTHWEST closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for North Pacific ports of U.S.A. and Canada

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, UK)Port of RegistryLondon (U.K.)
Sailing forNorth Pacific ports of U.S.A. and CanadaNet Tonnage5,529
Ships agentFurness Withy & Co. Ltd., 19 St Vincent Place, Glasgow Tel Central 3193/6Gross Tonnage9,442
Deadweght Tonnage11,410









s.s. PACIFIC NORTHWEST  ….  Closing March 4

* Calls Victoria if inducement offers




      Cen 3193/6

News Event

Wednesday, March 30, 1966 @ 1700
CITY OF GUILDFORD (1957-1979 Cargo liner of Ellerman Hall Line, Liverpool) Own Page

CITY OF GUILDFORD closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Aden, Bombay and Calcutta

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, UK)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Ships agentCity Line Ltd., 75 Bothwell Street, Glasgow C 2 (telephone 9971)Gross Tonnage4,945


C  I  T  Y      L  I  N  E


CITY OF GUILDFORD  ….  Closing Glasgow March 30  …..  Birkenhead April 7 1966



( CENtral  9971 )



12 20  Camomile  Street,   London  E. C. 3



Tower  Building,   Liverpool   3

News Event

Thursday, November 24, 1955 @ 1500
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
BIRGITTE SKOU (1947-1969 General cargo ship of Ove Skou Rederiaktieselskab, Kobenhaven, Denmark) Own Page


Ship's locationKiel (Germany)Port of RegistryCopenhagen (Denmark)
Sailing forSwansea (South Wales, U.K.)
Sailed from berthVentspils (Latvia)

News Event

Wednesday, April 15, 1846 @ 1100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
FLORA McDONALD (In 1846 sailing ship Barque) Own Page

Sailing Notice for Barque FLORA McDONALD leaving Glasgow for Calcutta in 1846

Ship's locationBroomielaw, Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Sailing forCalcutta (India)
Outward cargoGeneral cargo
Master of vessel on sailingDavid Proud



The A 1 Barque FLORA McDONALD, David Proud, Master, is now proceeding rapidly with her fine goods, and will be despatched positively on Wednesday the 15th April, full or not full.

For freight or passage, apply to


17 Royal Exchange Square.

 Glasgow, 8th April 1846

Will be succeeded by the 12 years A 1 Barque BENARES, just arrived.


News Event

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 2300
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
SAINT ENOCH (1918-1955 General cargo coaster 142 feet long of J & A Gardner, Glasgow) Own Page

Gardner's coaster SAINT ENOCH aground on Magee Island (Northern Ireland)

Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Net Tonnage138
Gross Tonnage362
Deadweght Tonnage430

News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Sailing Notice for Macandrew Line in November and December 1955

News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
PARKGATE (1925-1955 Port Bunkering tanker of Esso Petroleum Company Ltd., London) Own Page

Esso Petroluem Company propose to change name of Bunkering tanker PARKGATE to ESSO PARKGATE

Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Reg Tonnage24
Gross Tonnage52

News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advert in 1955 by Blundell & Crompton Ship Repairers, London

News Event

Monday, May 1, 1972 @ 1000
Own Page

1972 Advert by Napier Company for an Assistant Naval Architect and a Ship Designer


Owing to expansion

Consultants require an





and a




Applications are invited from progressive, experienced persons,

especially those familiar with the design of all classes of dry cargo ships (up to about 20,000 t.d.w.) and / or fishing vessels and specialised craft, plus associated work – stability calculations etc. etc.

Please write with full details, stating salary required, to



Bank of  Scotland Buildings


Angus,  Scotland


News Event

Thursday, November 3, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

Advertisment for Taikoo Dockyard, Hong Kong

Ship's locationHong Kong (at that time a British Colony)

News Event

Wednesday, November 23, 1955 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
J. L. LUCKENBACH (1949-1960 General cargo ship of Luckenbach Steamship Company, New York : Scrapped 1971) Own Page

Steamer J L LUCKENBACH surveyed on account of heavy weather damage encountered December 1954

Ship's locationSeattle (Washington State, U.S.A.)Port of RegistryNew York, USA
Gross Tonnage7,959

News Event

Monday, May 1, 1967 @ 0800
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
CARRIGAN HEAD (1958-1972 General cargo ship of Ulster Steamship Company/ Head Line, Belfast) Own Page

Youtube film about Head Line's CARRIGAN HEAD on her 1967 run from Belfast to the Great Lakes

Sailing forGreat Lakes of North AmericaPort of RegistryBelfast (Northern Ireland, UK)
Sailed from berthBelfast (Northern Ireland)

   There is a rather wonderful B.B.C. Documentary film which was made in 1967 about the Head Line’s cargo ship CARRIGAN HEAD travelling from Belfast to Detroit and Chicago.

   The film is in black-and-white and about 26 minutes long and is pure nostalgia for the times when vessels worked on the U.K. to Great Lakes run.

   Find it on Youtube  ....


News Event

Monday, November 21, 1955 @ 0900
Own Page

Advert by Constantine Lines for their services to Mediterranean Ports

News Event

Monday, November 21, 1955 @ 0800
Own Page

Advert by Greek Line for services from Southampton, Bremerhaven and Cherbourg to North America

News Event

Monday, November 21, 1955 @ 0800
Own Page

Advert for Compagnie de Navigation Paquet services from Marseilles to Africa and Las Palmas

News Event

Monday, November 21, 1955 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
CAPE SABLE (1939-1958 General cargo ship of Lyle Shipping Company, Glasgow : Scrapped 1968) Own Page

Lyle Shippings CAPE SABLE grounds in Suez Roads

Ship's locationSuez RoadsPort of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Gross Tonnage4,398 

News Event

Friday, November 25, 1955 @ 1700
PORT SAID (Red Rose Line / Alexandria Navigation Company) Own Page

PORT SAID of Red Rose Line closes at Manchester for cargo to Alexandria and Port Said (Egypt)

Ship's locationManchester (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryEgypt
Sailing forPort Said and Alexandria (Egypt)

News Event

Thursday, December 1, 1955 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
RYNDAM (or RIJNDAM) (1951-1966 Passenger / cargo Liner 153m 503ft of Holland America Line "Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart-Maatschappij", Rotterdam : Sank 2003 on way to Breakers) Own Page

Holland America Liner RYNDAM (or RIJNDAM) leaves Southampton for New York via Halifax

Sailing forNew York (USA) via HalifaxPort of RegistryRotterdam (Netherlands)
Gross Tonnage15,015

News Event

Tuesday, November 22, 1955 @ 1700
RANEE (1950-1971 General cargo ship 443ft (135m) long of Asiatic Steam Navigation Company Ltd, London : Scrapped 1973) Own Page

RANEE on Brocklebank charter closes for cargo at Birkenhead for Red Sea and Indian Ports

Ship's locationBirkenhead (River Mersey, England, UK)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailing forRed Sea and Indian PortsNet Tonnage3,361
Gross Tonnage5,791
Deadweght Tonnage8,300

News Event

Monday, December 5, 1955 @ 1700
ARAKAKA (1946-1963 General cargo ship of Booker Line, Liverpool : Scrapped 1972) Own Page

Booker Line's ARAKAKA closes for receiving cargo at Liverpool for Demerara

Sailing forDemerara (Guyana)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Sailed from berthLiverpool (England, UK)Gross Tonnage2,814
Ships agentBOOKER LINE LTD., Martins Bank Building,  Water Street,  Liverpool 2

News Event

Wednesday, December 7, 1955 @ 1700
MAPLECOVE (1952-1856 General cargo ship 476 feet long of Canadian Pacific Line) Own Page

MAPLECOVE closes at London for receiving cargo for West Saint John (via Antwerp and Le Havre)

Ship's locationLondon (UK)Gross Tonnage9,824
Sailing forWest Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada)
Ships agentCanadian Pacific Steamships, London)

News Event

Tuesday, November 4, 1952 @ 1700
PORT TOWNSVILLE (1951-1972 General cargo liner of Port Line, London : Scrapped in 1972) Own Page

PORT TOWNSVILLE closes at Hamburg for receiving cargo for Australia

Ship's locationHamburg (Germany)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Gross Tonnage8,070

News Event

Monday, November 3, 1952 @ 1700
GLENROY (1938-1966 General cargo ship of Glen & Shire Line, London : Scrapped 1966) Own Page

Glen & Shire Line's GLENROY closes at Middlesbrough for receiving cargo for Far East

Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Gross Tonnage9,809

News Event

Monday, November 24, 1952 @ 1700
RUAHINE (1951 - 1968 Passenger / cargo liner of New Zealand Shipping Company, London) Own Page

New Zealand's RUAHINE closes at London for receiving cargo for New Zealand

Ship's locationLondon (UK)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)

News Event

Friday, November 14, 1952 @ 2000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
SALAVERRY (1946-1967 General cargo ship of Pacific Steam Navigation Company, Liverpool) Own Page

Pacific Steam Navigation's SALAVERRY sails fro Liverpool for Caribbean and South America

Ship's locationLiverpool (England, UK)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage6,647

News Event

Tuesday, November 11, 1952 @ 1700
JALJAWAHAR (1948-1954 General cargo ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., Bombay) Own Page

Scindia's JALJAWAHAR closes at Antwerp for receiving cargo for Bombay and Karachi

Ship's locationAntwerp (Belgium)Port of RegistryBombay, India
Gross Tonnage8,580

News Event

Monday, November 3, 1952 @ 0800
GULLFOSS (1950-1973 Passenger / Cargo ship of Eimskip, Reykjavik) Own Page

Advert for Eimskip's GULLFOSS sailings between Reykjavik (Iceland), Leith and Copenhagen

Port of RegistryReykjavik (Iceland)

News Event

Monday, November 3, 1952 @ 0800
Own Page

Advertisment for Nordenfjeldske sailings from Grimsby to Trondheim, Vardo and intermediate ports

News Event

Sunday, November 2, 1952 @ 0800
Own Page

Advertisment for Booth Line sailings to North Brazil & Iquitos

News Event

Thursday, November 13, 1952 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
LANGTON GRANGE (1946-1960 General Cargo ship of Houlder Brothers & Co. Ltd., London : Scrapped in 1960) Own Page

Houlder Brothers cargo ship LANGTON GRANGE leaves London for Montevideo and Buenos Aires

Sailing forMontevideo and Buenos AiresPort of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailed from berthLondon (England, UK)Gross Tonnage7,043

News Event

Tuesday, November 11, 1952 @ 1700
ARUNDEL CASTLE (1921-1958 Passenger / cargo liner of Union Castle Line, London) Own Page

Union Castle's ARUNDEL CASTLE closes at Southampton for receiving cargo for South Africa

Ship's locationSouthampton (England, UK)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage19,023

News Event

Wednesday, January 19, 1927 @ 0800
Own Page

Advertisment by French Line (Compagnie Generale Transatlantique) for Motor Car tours in North Africa




31 Distinct Independent Itineraries to choose from covering over 4000 miles of splendid roads with a famous “Transatlantique” Hotel erected specially for the purpose of these Motor Tours at each stop.   3, 4 and 5 Seater Cars, Open or Closed, for Private Tours.   10 Seater Cars with 10 Armchair Seats, for Individual Bookings.

Where the Fashionable World now Winters.

The Glowing Lands of Islam within Two Days Travel of England 



Visit the Palm-clad Oases of the Romantic Sahara, the Mighty Snow-capped Atlas, the Orange Groves and Cedar Forests.   Cross the Rolling Sands of the Real Desert – the ERGS OCCIDENTAL and ORIENTAL.   See the Great Native Cities, the Bazaars, the Costumes and Colours – more Eastern than the East.

Journey’s by the Company’s “ Desert Cars “ to the Wonder Cities of the Extreme South Land of the Mirage and Marvellous Sunsets.

Smouldering torches    strains of wild music    Serpentine caravans    perfume-laden airs    plashing fountains    evoke visions of the “Transatlantique” Hotels some of which are transformed Princes’ Palaces.

Let us arrange a Perfect Tour for you this winter.

Private Tours to every part of the country, also over 200 Set Tours to Fixed Itineraries.   The Company’s Motor Tour Tickets alone guarantee you Reserved Rooms at the “Transatlantique” Hotels.

Write for Booklet “The Magic of Islam.”






News Event

Thursday, November 7, 1963 @ 1650
DUNCRAIG (1957 - 1973 Ore carrier, 505 feet long of St. Andrews Shipping Company / Denholms, Glasgow : Scrapped 1982) Own Page

Ore carrier DUNCRAIG arrives in Rothesay Dock, Clydebank with Iron Ore from Pepel (Sierra Leone)

Arrived fromPepel (Sierra Leone, West Africa)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth12 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head west)Gross Tonnage10,687
Draught forward on arrival26' 04"
Draught aft on arrival27' 10"
Cargo carried on arrival13,156 tons of Iron Ore
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 8th November
Stevedore discharging inward cargoHoneyman Stevedores
Completed discharge of inward cargo1500 on 12th November
Ships agentBISCO (British Iron & Steel Corporation Ltd.)

News Event

Wednesday, January 19, 1927 @ 0800
Own Page

Advertisment in 1927 by Donaldson Line for sailings from U.K. to ports in U.S.A.







NORFOLK (Va.),  SAVANNAH  (Ga.),  BRUNSWICK (Ga),   GALVESTON  (Texas),   and  NEW ORLEANS  (La.)


For Rates and other particulars apply to


Liverpool, London and 14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow


News Event

Saturday, January 12, 1963 @ 1400
THUNDERER (1958-1973 Tug 114 feet long of Steel & Bennie, Greenock) Own Page

Thomas Slater, Master of Steel & Bennie's tug THUNDERER

Ship's locationVictoria Harbour, GreenockPort of RegistryGlasgow
Vessel MasterThomas SlaterGross Tonnage208

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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 ?”


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 ?





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 ?




   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 ?




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 ? ”



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 ?



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.





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 ?





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 ?





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.




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. ?





SUNBEAR of Saguenay Terminals.


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


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 ?



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 ?




Mystery of CVC or CUC in Prince’s Dock area of Glasgow


 In 1958 the Clyde Shipping Company’s coaster PLADDA

 was listed as berthed in CVC ….. or CUC …… in Prince’s Dock

 area in Glasgow.


   Does anyone know where CVC or CUC was ?



Pacific Steam Navigation’s KENUTA at Puna in 1957


Tom Hayworth e-mails :


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


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 ?



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.


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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


LASHERCIA ..... A Spanish coaster in 1962

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


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 ?


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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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




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.


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)


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.

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
   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
   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 " ? " (see the image)  Can anyone hazard a guess what the place "" 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.

CAN YOU HELP   Joe Matthewson asks where Paddy Henderson's offices and the Ellerman City Line offices were in Glasgow and is looking for details from the Ellerman deck cadet recruiting brochure around 1965

A reply :   Ellerman once had offices at City line, Managers George Smith and Sons 76 Bothwell Street Glasgow.

Clan Line offices were at Clan Line 109 hope Street Glasgow

CAN YOU HELP  Joe Matthewson remembers that around 1980 an Ellerman vessel was a long time at Yorkhill Quay with bow damage. What was her name, and what was the story of the damage.

A Manson replies : 

The Ellerman vessel was the City of Lancaster but renamed Lancaster by Greek owners who simply painted over the City of .She arrived in Glasgow having suffered severe bow damage in a collision. The forecastle was shored using two of the ship's derricks
She discharged a cargo Mediterranean potatoes at Merklands Quay. The cargo was in a severe state of rot due to exposure to the elements. Thereafter the vessel was berthed at Meadowside Quay and the entire crew, including the master, vanished overnight abandoning the vessel . There was difficulty in contacting agents 
Subsequently I believe she was taken to a shipbreakers.
A photograph of her can be seen in ,I think, November or Decembers copy of Ships Monthly

CAN YOU HELP  Tommy Campbell remembers the ore boats at General Terminus, and asks if anyone rememers Livanita, Vivita, Dapo Sky, Welsh something or other.

A Manson replies: The "Livanita" of Norwegian Registry was one of many iron ore carriers which discharged at General Terminal Quay Mavisbank. She did on one  occasion run aground at Elderslie Dry Dock area Partial discharge to lighten the vessel was done by grab into Puffers which were of shallow draught and able to go alongside for that purpose.  She was eventually re-floated and thereafter completed Discharge at General Terminus.

BILL McKELLAR WRITES : I really like reading about the old boats and think that todays boats don't have the good looks of the old ones.  My favourites were the Blue funnel ones and the Palm boats, and I always thought that the newer Clan boats were too squat for my liking.   The dredgers and hoppers had character and at new year time they were all tied up in KG5 and the top of the dock was jammed full of them.  Ellerman had nice colours.  My favourite was Scottish Coast.

A MANSON writes:   At one time it was not uncommon for a vessel to conduct an engine trial while alongside a berth in port and prior to sailing probably after some engine repair or adjustment. Particular attention had to be given to secure mooring often meaning putting out "insurance wires" for added safety.

ADRIATIC COAST   Jack Lennon writes "I was surfing and found your item on the Coast Line's Adriatic Coast at Glasgow. I was on her at the time. great site for detail and nostalgia. Can you do a forum on the site.   

Douglas replies : I don't have plans for a Forum at present, but possibly in the future.

MEMORIES FROM THE ORE CARRIER DAYS  Peter Best of Newcastle e-mails : I spent seven years on the ore carriers on the Glasgow run carrying ore for the steelworks at Ravenscraig. One of me mates and me were going to the pool office just across the river, and instead of taking the ferry boat from the pier just astern of the ship, me mate said we could go under the water on a tunnel. We hunted for the doorway but coudent find it.  When we were leaving the pilot said that there was a tunnel but there was no way he would go through it. Strange thing was I gave up the sea and got work in the steelwork at Redcar.  One time we left Glasgow along with one of the Glasgow liberty ship passenger boats that was going to Canada and we kept in company with her all the way over until we turned off to Seven Islands.  We usually passed one of the empress or cunard boats, and the old man took us closer to give them a wave.  Me mate and me were in a pub beside the boat and got talking to the barmaid.  all the crews of the ore boats went in there and the barmaid said that she stayed just behind the big cranes and when a boat was being unloded the red dust covered all her washing and the windows had to be kept shut all the time to keep out the dust.


Robert Stewart fills up his car with petrol at Sainsbury's at Braehead Retail Park, Glasgow, and tells of a derelict old building, which is falling to bits, which is just yards from the petrol station on the King George 5 Dock side of the fence.   Does anyone know the history of the building

A Manson writes :

If they are still in existence, it is possible that the derelict premises at Shieldhall/ Braehead could the remains of house or outbuildings of the farm that once stood on that site, Remains of WW11 gun emplacements were also evident for some time before the new developments.


On 24th August 1965 the Clyde passenger Excursion Steamer "Queen Mary 11" left her usual berth at Bridge Wharf, Glasgow,  at 11am taking her passengers on a trip downriver to Tighnabruaich.  But a few minutes later she berthed on the opposite side of the river - in the commercial shipping berth at Stobcross Quay just under the tall Stobcross Crane - and again boarded passengers for Tighnabruaich.  This was a most unusual stop  for an excursion steamer - just minutes after leaving her berth.  Anyone have any idea why the special stop would have occurred ?  Detail of the stop are in the "Events" for 24th August 1965.

30th January 2014


Douglas writes :  There have been seven e-mails recently received which comment or try to discuss    Scottish Independence,   Government "Bedroom Tax",   Government lack of aid to flooded areas in South of England,    Military forces being made redundant,    Amount of rainfall this winter,   Cost of living and electricity prices,    and today, the closure of certain Fire Brigade Control Rooms in Scotland.

None of these messages have the slightest relevance to this website or to shipping, and I have deleted them all and advised the senders accordingly.

Please only post messages which have a connection to shipping, Glasgow or the Clyde or appropriate.   Any other messages will be deleted, as this site will not become a platform for anyone to express their complaints or views or dis-satisfaction on Government policy or similar or anything unconnected to ships or shipping.

There are other sites and avenues where opinions can be posted .... but not on this site, thank you. 


"Brescia" is listed as arriving from Aiyow via Belfast.  Where on earth is Aiyow?


The Riverside Wharf has two berths, numbers 1 and 2.    Does anyone know how the berths are numbered, either berth 1 at the entrance to King George V Dock and berth 2 going upriver towards the city ?

Or, like the main docks in the city, are the berths numbered as coming from the city downriver, meaning berth 1 would be nearest the city and berth 2 being at the entrance to King George V Dock ?


A Manson writes :

Previously, when standing on King George V Bridge looking down-river the Berthing positions on the North side from Broomielaw to Berth 85 Plantation were designated in even numbers while those on the south side were in odd numbers from Bridge Wharf to Berth 85 Plantation. Berth 83 was colloquially known as "Starvation Point" Berth 85 was separated from Berth 83 by the entrance to Princes Dock and was adjacent to Govan Dry Docks.


Bill McKellar e-mails :

I've been looking at the replies about Kingston Dock and General Terminus, and got to thinking.   Who actually owned or operated Terminus and the cranes, and when were the cranes demolished.


Liz Chalmers e-mails :   I'm sending this message for my dad who worked in Connels Yard and worked on Port Chalmers.   He was reading your stuff and remembers the day whem she went aground at Barclay Curles.   The yard manager was going daft in case she was badly damaged and would be late in going to the owners.  But it was all right and when she was going away all the yard men gave her a loud cheer as it went past.  He says it was a huge tall ship and bigger than the ben boats.


Alaister McKenzie e-mails :

First time in years I was in dumbarton and at the river side.   Got to thinking.  Last time i was here there was Glenlight boats taking the remains of Dennys yard somewhere.   Where did the stuff go to.   And is there a way for boats to go from dumbarton to loch lomond.   and how did the Maid of the Loch and the todays passenger boats on the loch get there as surely the maid is too deep to get up past dumbarton


On 14th October 1961 (the details are on site) a coaster steamship "Meta" arrived in Prince's Dock to load for Sweden, and during her stay loaded 270 tons of bunker coal.   It was quite unusual to have a steam-ship in those days.   Does anyone have any information on this ship ?

Vessel Meta was owned by Glen Line of Glasgow who operated between the U.K and Scandinavian Ports.Their inward cargo usually consisted of Matches and timber and allied products Exports from Scotland at one time were the chassis of the Volvo cars which were taken to Sweden for the final completion the exported from there. This was,as I recall the car driven by "The Saint" in the early detective series. The Meta was built in the early 1930,s


Jim Hillhouse e-mails :   

I find it very interesting how you  show the berth numbers for the ships at Mavisbank and Plantation Quays.   I was wondering what berths numbers were in Mavisbank and which berths were in Plantation, and was there any separation or dividing line between Mavisbank and Plantation quays.


A Manson writes :

Previously, when standing on King George V Bridge looking down-river the Berthing positions on the North side from Broomielaw to Berth 85 Plantation were designated in even numbers while those on the south side were in odd numbers from Bridge Wharf to Berth 85 Plantation. Berth 83 was colloquially known as "Starvation Point" Berth 85 was separated from Berth 83 by the entrance to Princes Dock and was adjacent to Govan Dry Docks.

Jim Hillhouse e-mails :  Thank you Mr Manson for explaining about berth 85.   Can I ask what that berth was used for? and you tell that from Broomielaw to berth 85 plantation were designated even numbers...... should that read broomielaw to berth something at stobcross were even numbers??


"puffer fan of Scotstoun" e-mails :     My favourite book is Dan McDonalds "The Clyde Puffer" but I'm a wee bit sceptical about a caption in it.   On page 30 he has a photo of puffer "Stormlight" passing downriver before 1959, and the caption is that she was returning from custom house quay and had  to negotiate five city bridges.   Surely it would be four bridges or would coasters at chq have to under the suspension bridge at south portland street also.   any ideas?


For a history of Puffers Go on "Puffers-The supreme Marine achievement of man's invention".


On 19th February 1962 (the item is on site) the coaster WOLFGANG VOGELSANG left "Kelvin" and berthed in Prince's Dock.    Can anyone hazard a guess what she would be doing in the Kelvin and where she would be berthed there ?


Alan Brown writes that he remembers a Clyde Shipping tug helping a Steel and Bennie tug to dock a big tanker at Ardrossan in early 1960's.   Any information would be appreciated.

Douglas replies :  The tanker was SOUTHERN CLIPPER and docked at Ardrossan on 7th August 1962 assisted by the tugs CAMPAIGNER and FLYING WITCH.    Details will be put on site soon.


Andy Hiddleston writes  : Following on to the thing about Paddy Henderson Line, I never understood why Anchor and Glen and Donaldson Lines all shut down.   Somebody please tell me why.


Jim Muir writes  : I really like this website as it brings a lot of memories back.   When I was a boy and sailing doon the watter we passed a French ship in one of the riverside berths and me being silly and learning French at school shouted across to the French ship "Bonjour" as we passed.   Only now I realise it might not have been the French crew I shouted at but could have been the Glasgow dockers on the ship.

Another time on going doon the watter we were passing the Lang Dyke near Dumbarton Rock and we met a Lamport & Holt ship inward bound for Glasgow.  I think her name began with R... maybe Ronsard, but she was beautiful and immaculate with a massive black, white and blue funnel.  as we passed her the officer at the bow raised his white cap and waved it above his head, and the crowd on the Queen Mary 11 gave him a big cheer.

This is a great site and I enjoy looking up the visiting ships that I remember.


"Volturno" of Italy e-mails   (this is a rough translation of the message in Italian

I am overjoyed to read about the Liberty ship K HADJIPATERAS as I saw her many times in Napoli (Naples) and went on ship with my papa who was agent.    Good ship site.   Volturno


David Hall asks if there is any information on Blue Funnel's passenger ship GUNUNG DJATI in Glasgow in 1960's as he remembers seeing it at Shieldhall.

Douglas replies : I've now put details on site for you.

Norman Horrocks e-mails Historical information :

The ship was actually built in 1936 by Blohm & Voss, Hamburg, for Deutsche Ost-Afrika linie, and named PRETORIA.   She was employed on passenger service from German and continental ports to East Africa.

At the end of World War 11 the ship was taken as taken from the Germans as a British war prize and renamed EMPIRE DOON and used as a Troopship and managed by Orient Line for the British Ministry of War Transport.     In 1948 - 1949 she was reconditioned, again as a Troopship, and renamed EMPIRE ORWELL.

In 1958 she was chartered to Pan Islamic Steam Ship Company of Karachi, Pakistan, for pilgrim service.

November 1958 saw her sold to Blue Funnel Line of Liverpool (Ocean Steam Ship Company) and was refitted for the carriage of pilgrims from Indonesia to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and was renamed GUNUNG DJATI

In 1962 Blue Funnel sold her to the Indonesian Government who continued to use her for carrying pilgrims.

1979 saw a change of use, when the Indonesian Government transferred her to the Indonesian Navy as a Naval accommodation ship and renamed her KRI TANJUNG PANDAN

Her end came in 1987 when she was sold for scrap, and arrived at Kaosiung, Taiwan, for demolition

Andy Miller writes :   Blue Funnel boats were all named after Greek Gods?    What did GUNUNG DJATI refer or relate to ?


Roy Twigg of Liverpool writes   " What an amazing site that brings back memories of coming to Glasgow.   We always docked in King George V Dock and it always seemed to be crammed full of Blue Funnels and Clans with a Shaw Savill and Palm boat thrown in for good measure.   The dock was a long way from the town centre but there were always tramcars and buses to take us.    Thanks for such a good site.    Roy Twigg


David Stevenson remembers being on a ship in King George V Dock and when loading or unloading cargo a cargo net caught the ships ventilator and knocked it clean off and the unhappy ventilator went over the side into the drink.    David thinks the ventilator was brought back up by the port diver


Frank McManus asks if anyone remembers an ex-London river flat-iron collier which had come to Glasgow and berthed at Shieldhall Riverside Quay maybe 30 years ago, and the Admiralty Marshal arrested the ship for non-payment of the crew's wages.   there was a crew's banner at the gangway saying "We are not prisoners"        Anyone remember this ?


James Gallagher e-mails:

I am looking for information on a metcalf motor coaster the EILEEN M.   Me and my brother Tony sailed on her late 1950s from Stanlow to the Scottish islands.   Has anyone got info or photos of her. or know how I can find info of her thanks jim gallagher


When I was a boy and spent my summers on the Clyde steamers from Gourock and Largs I remember going on cruises to the "Three Lochs"   I can't remember what were the three lochs involved.  Can anyone tell me ?       Sam McNaughton


Sam mcNaughton e-mails :

I remember there was a Blue Funnel ship inbound to Glasgow that went aground near James Watt Dock around 1960's.     Anyone remember this ?


Jim Hall writes:       One of my earliest memories of Gourock pier was around 1960 when my parents and I were at the pier and literally just maybe a hundred yards off the pier was a new Palm liner stopped in the water,    I think it was LOBITO or LAGOS PALM.    She was waiting for the Gourock pilot who was late for her, and Palm had come just off the pier to wait for the pilot.     Soon a pilot appeared and climbed down to the pilot boat and went off to the Palm.


Robert Wotherspoon asks :   Does anyone remember the cable ship ALERT that used to frequent Rothesay Dock and the Gare Loch


Harry Roy writes :   Thanks very much for starting the entries for Elderslie Dry-Docks that I asked for.      There were 3 dry-docks there, numbers 1,2 and 3.     What docks had the numbers, what I mean is what dock was number1, and what dock was number 2 and what dock was number 3


Hugh Fagan e-mails :

My father recently passed and I have his papers from his time on the City of Pretoria and a couple of pictures of the ship. I would like to find out more about her ,my father served from 1955 to 1957 when an injury forced an end to his service.


Alan-Kirkintilloch writes :

I was today reminded that, a few years ago, a visiting U.S. warship threatened to open fire on the small Gourock passenger ferry KENILWORTH.      Does anyone know what the circumstances were ?



Tom Menzies writes :

Reading the previous letters about Rothesay Dock reminds me of the 1960's when the Dock was always full of Everard coasters carrying clinker. It seemed that every berth was an Everard boat.    And there were the big ore carriers unloaded there, as well as going upstream to General Terminus.   I never knew what clinker was used for, and still don't know - 50 years on.