Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

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Friday, August 13, 1948 @ 1700
LORD O'NEILL (General cargo ship) Own Page

Cargo ship LORD O'NEILL on charter to Anchor Line, Glasgow closes at Glasgow for New York

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Thursday, August 12, 1948 @ 1700
The date shown is the date advertised on the published timetable
CLAN CAMERON (1937-1959 General cargo ship of Clan Line, Glasgow : 1959 scrapped) Own Page

CLAN CAMERON closes at Birkenhead for receiving cargo for Red Sea and Eastern Ports

Sailing forPort Said, Suez, Indian Coast Ports, Madras, Calcutta and ChittagongPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, LiverpoolGross Tonnage7,243

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Wednesday, March 1, 1961 @ 1700
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
GLENGYLE (1948-1970 General cargo ship of Glen Line, London : 1971 Scrapped) Own Page

Painting of Glen Line's cargo ship GLENGYLE (1948-1970) in 1961

Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Gross Tonnage9,919

News Event

Wednesday, April 18, 1962 @ 1050
SALAGA (1947-1965 General cargo ship 408 feet long of Elder Dempster Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Elder Dempster's SALAGA arrives in Prince's Dock, Glasgow to load general cargo for Apapa (Nigeria)

Arrived fromSwansea (South Wales, U.K.)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berth22 Prince's Dock, Glasgow (with her head east and stem 1 blind in)Gross Tonnage4,810
Sailing forApapa (Nigeria) via Dublin (Ireland)
Sailed from berth22 Prince's Dock, Glasgow (with her head east and stem 1 blind in)
Draught forward on arrival12' 03"
Draught aft on arrival17' 03"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo outwards
Commened loading outward cargo1300 on 18th April
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 1,900 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer & Company, 165 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, C 3 Tel CEN 5224 (5 lines)
Completed loading outward cargo1330 on 24th April
Draught forward on sailing17' 04"
Draught aft on sailing20' 03"
Ships agentRoxburgh, Colin Scott & Co. Ltd., 69 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, C. 1.

News Event

Sunday, September 13, 1959 @ 2100
TABARISTAN (1947-1968 Refrigerated / General cargo ship 476 feet long of Strick Line / F C Strick, London) Own Page

TABARISTAN arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to load steel tubes for Damman (Persian Gulf)

Arrived fromLiverpool (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Arrived in berth9 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head north)Net Tonnage4,346
Sailing forDamman (Persian Gulf) via LiverpoolGross Tonnage7,173
Sailed from berth9 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head north)Deadweght Tonnage9,850
Draught forward on arrival12' 10"
Draught aft on arrival21' 04"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo outwards
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 14th September
Outward cargoSteel Tubes 1,563 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer & Company, 165 Finnieston Street, Glasgow, C 3 Tel CEN 5224 (5 lines)
Completed loading outward cargo1900 on 19th September
Draught forward on sailing20' 03"
Draught aft on sailing21' 11"
Ships agentFrank C Strick & Co. (Glasgow) Ltd., 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C.2. Tel CITy 6131

News Event

Thursday, September 25, 1958 @ 1050
CLAN MACKINNON (1946-1961 General cargo ship 449 feet long of Clan Line / Houston Line, Glasgow) Own Page

CLAN MACKINNON arrives at 6 King George V Dock, Glasgow for tank cleaning and bunkering

Arrived fromElderslie Drydock, Elderslie, GlasgowPort of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth6 / 6A King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)Gross Tonnage7,373
Sailing forMiddlesbrough (England, U.K.)
Sailed from berth6 / 6A King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival8' 02"
Draught aft on arrival12' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing8' 10"
Draught aft on sailing18' 01"
Vessel bunkered1st October bunkered 400 tons of fuel oil from oiler CLANITY
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

   King George V Dock, Glasgow around 2pm on 6th October 1958

and Clan Line's CLAN MACKINNON at berth 6 is preparing to

leave at 5pm for Middlesbrough (England).   The signal flag "P" ... Blue

Peter... is flying at her foremast and showing her intention to soon

leave.   

The Blue Peter flag was often seen hoisted in those past days

and is rarely, if ever, to be seen in modern times.

   Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel LYCAON is seen in the background

 at berth 4 and discharging general cargo

from the Far East.

News Event

Wednesday, October 1, 1958 @ 1200
LYCAON ( 1954 - 1976 General cargo liner 487 feet of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Alfred Holt's LYCAON arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to unload and load for Eastern Ports

Arrived fromFar East via LiverpoolPort of RegistryLiverpool
Arrived in berth1 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Sailing forFar East via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth1 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Draught forward on arrival15' 03"
Draught aft on arrival21' 04"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 1,956 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1300 on 1st October
Stevedore discharging inward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed discharge of inward cargo1535 on 3rd October
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 7th October
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 2,100 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed loading outward cargo1845 on 13th October
Draught forward on sailing17' 00"
Draught aft on sailing20' 06"
Ships agentRoxburgh, Colin Scott & Co. Ltd., 69 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, C. 1.

The image below shows King George V Dock, Glasgow around 2pm

on 6th October 1958 and Clan Line's CLAN MACKINNON at berth 6

is preparing to leave at 5pm for Middlesbrough (England).   The signal

flag "P" ... Blue Peter... is flying at her foremast and showing her

intention to soon leave.   The Blue Peter flag was often seen hoisted

in those past days and is rarely, if ever, to be seen in modern times.

   Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel LYCAON is seen in the background

 at berth 4 and discharging general cargo from the Far East.


News Event

Tuesday, September 30, 1958 @ 1550
BRITISH FULMAR (1959-1973 Oil tanker 525 feet long of BP Tanker Co., London : 1983 Sank after collision off Hong Kong)) Own Page

Newly launched BP tanker BRITISH FULMAR arrives at Shieldhall Wharf, Glasgow for fitting out

Arrived fromAlexander Stephen & Sons Ltd Shipyard, Linthouse, GlasgowPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berthShieldhall Wharf, Govan, Glasgow (Alexander Stephen Shipyard) ..... with her head westNet Tonnage5,952
Sailing forTail-of-the-Bank anchorage off Greenock for acceptance trials, then to LondonGross Tonnage11,169
Sailed from berthShieldhall Wharf, Govan, Glasgow (Alexander Stephen Shipyard) ..... with her head westDeadweght Tonnage15,983
Draught forward on arrival4' 06"
Draught aft on arrival13' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Engine trials10 February 1959 from 1230 to 1420 and on 11 February 1959 from 1330 to 1635
Vessel bunkeredAt 1100 on 30th January 1959 bunkered 150 tons of fuel oil from oiler CLANITY
Vessel drydockedSee note below
Ships agentAlexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Linthouse, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2421

   Degaussing … demagnetising the ship  … involved a

specialized vessel arriving at 0850am on 8th December

1958 and the demagnetising was made on 11th December,

and the degaussing vessel left at 0810am on 12th December.

  

  12th January 1959 at 1120am BRITISH FULMAR, draught

10’ 02” forward  and 14’ 08” aft left Shieldhall Wharf  and

was towed upriver to Govan Drydocks for drydocking.

 

   At 1445pm on 16th January she returned from drydock,

draught forward 10’ 03” and aft 14’ 02” to Shieldhall Wharf,

this time berthing with her head west.

News Event

Monday, May 15, 1961 @ 0600
The date and time shown is the date and time advertised on the published timetable
PATRIS (Emigrant ship of Greek Australia Line, Greece) Own Page

Greek liner PATRIS expected to berth at No. 13 Pyrmont, Sydney

Ships agentMcIlwraith, McEacharn Limited, Caltex House, 167 Kent Street, Sydney Tel BU 1481Port of RegistryPiraeus (Greece)

News Event

Friday, May 22, 2020 @ 1353
Own Page

Cruise ships may be laid up in the Clyde

Cruise ships may be laid up in the Clyde

 22 May 2020

1353

From Jimmy Johnston (Paisley)

 

   In the news they are talking about laying up idle cruise

liners in the Clyde.   Where in the Clyde  or even in

 Scotland could be good places to put these big ships.

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News Event

Thursday, May 21, 2020 @ 1714
Own Page

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

 

e-mail from Tommy Robertson   (Dumbarton)

21 May 2020

 

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

 

Does anyone know the name of the Alfred Holt Blue Funnel

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

  She was definitely a Blue Funnel job but had the Elder

Dempster buff funnel.

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News Event

Thursday, May 17, 1951 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
ELMORE (General cargo ship of Australian National Line) Own Page

ELMORE of Australian National Line leaves Sydney with general cargo for Launceston and Devonport

Sailing forLaunceston and Devonport (Tasmania)Port of RegistryAustralia

News Event

Tuesday, November 5, 1963 @ 1435
OCEAN COAST (1935- 1964 General cargo 3-island type coaster 262 feet long of Coast Lines, Liverpool : Wrecked in 1969) Own Page

Coast Line's OCEAN COAST arrives at Clydebank to load 1,363 tons of Pig Iron for Rotterdam

Arrived fromDublin (Eire / Ireland)Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berth3 / 4 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head east)Net Tonnage657
Sailing forRotterdam (Netherlands)Gross Tonnage1,173
Sailed from berth9 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (with her head east)Deadweght Tonnage1,790
Draught forward on arrival8' 00"
Draught aft on arrival12' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 6th November
Outward cargoPig Iron 1,363 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoHoneyman & Company, 12 Waterloo Street, Glasgow C.2. Telephone CENtral 6922
Completed loading outward cargo1200 on 7th November
Draught forward on sailing14' 02"
Draught aft on sailing16' 01"

News Event

Monday, January 18, 1960 @ 2000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
MANIPUR (1945-1967 General cargo ship of T & J Brocklebank, Liverpool : 1967 scrapped) Own Page

MANIPUR leaves Birkenhead for Port Said, Suez, Aden, Visakhapatnam, Calcutta and Chalna

Sailing forPort Said, Suez, Aden, Vizhapatnam, Calcutta and ChalnaPort of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Ships agentThos. & Jno. Brocklebank Ltd., LiverpoolGross Tonnage8,559

News Event

Saturday, January 23, 1960 @ 1700
PACIFIC ENVOY (1958-1967 then 1970-1971 a 500 feet long cargo liner of Furness Withy Line, London : 1974 scrapped at Whampoa (China) Own Page

Furness Withy's PACIFIC ENVOY closes at Glasgow for cargo for Pacific Coast of North America

Ships agentFurness Withy & Co. Ltd., 19 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, C.1. Telephone CENtral 8193 / 6Port of RegistryLondon

News Event

Monday, September 13, 1965 @ 1605
EDISON (1956-1973 General cargo coaster 185 feet 56.74 metres long of E. Wagenborg's Scheepvaart, Delfzijl) Own Page

Wagenborg's coaster EDISON arrives at Clydebank to load salt cake for Harnosand (Sweden)

Arrived fromDumbarton (near Glasgow)Port of RegistryDelfzyl (pronounced Delf-zell) Netherlands
Arrived in berth9 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank (near Glasgow)Net Tonnage324
Sailing forHarnosand (Sweden)Gross Tonnage498
Sailed from berth9 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank (near Glasgow)Deadweght Tonnage788
Draught forward on arrival5' 06"
Draught aft on arrival8' 10"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 14th September
Outward cargoSalt Cake 723 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoR P Shaw & Sons, 24 Prince's Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone IBRox 2454
Completed loading outward cargo1200 on 14th September
Draught forward on sailing10' 06"
Draught aft on sailing12' 00"

News Event

Monday, June 24, 1957 @ 0700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
EASTERN PRINCE (1950-1960 General cargo ship of Prince Line, London) Own Page

Prince Line's EASTERN PRINCE due at Cochin (India) to load cargo for Canada and USA

Ships agentMatheson, Bosanquet & Co Ltd, P.O. Box 26, Cochin 1 / Darragh Smail & Co Ltd, P.O. Box 50, AlleppeyPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage8,827

 

Contributed by C Santhanam (Calcutta / Kolkata, India)


 

 

News Event

Wednesday, June 5, 1957 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

A London bus makes an interesting arrival at Calcutta / Kolkata, India

Contributed by C Santhanam (Calcutta / Kolkata, India)


News Event

Wednesday, January 20, 1965 @ 1700
CITY OF LANCASTER (1958-1979 General cargo ship Ellerman Line, London : 1982 Scrapped) Own Page

Ellerman's CITY OF LANCASTER closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Aden, Calcutta and Chalna

Ships agentCity Line Ltd., 75 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C 2 Tel Central 9971Port of RegistryU.K.

News Event

Wednesday, March 11, 1925 @ 1245
TRANSYLVANIA (1925-1939 Passenger / cargo liner of Anchor Line, Glasgow : 1939 converted to Armed Merchant Cruiser, 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Inishtrahull; loss of 48 lives. Own Page

Invitation to the launch of Anchor Liner TRANSYLVANIA at Fairfield Shipbuilders, Govan, Glasgow

Ship's locationFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Govan, GlasgowPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage16,923

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Wednesday, January 12, 1983 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
BENLEDI (1981-1984 Bulk carrier of Ben Line Steamers Ltd., Edinburgh) Own Page

Ben Line company postcard of bulk carrier BENLEDI (1981-1984)

Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage35,706
Deadweght Tonnage64,060

   Ben Line company postcard of their BENLEDI, a 35,706 gross ton bulk carrier which was built in 1976 for Sheaf Steam Shipping Company as their ROS CASTLE.   In 1976 Sheaf was taken over by Ben Line and in 1981 the ship was renamed BENLEDI, continuing until 1984 when she was sold to Philippine owners and renamed ARNICA.


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Thursday, May 29, 1958 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
Own Page

Ross & Marshall's Clyde Puffer fleet around 29th May 1958

STORMLIGHT had left Glenarm (Northern Ireland) on 27 May

with a cargo of Lime for Port Ellen (Isle of Islay).  On 28 and

29 May she was discharging, and on the afternoon of 29th she

left Port Ellen for Paisley to load 1000 bags of Malt and Empty

Casks for Port Ellen.

 

MOONLIGHT at Troon (Firth of Clyde) on 28th May loaded 114

tons 13 cwts of coal for Eriskay, for the account of S. McIsaac. 

She also loaded 17 tons 6 cwts of coal for her bunkers

and then left on passage to Eriskay.   At  2.30pm on 29th May

while MOONLIGHT was approaching Eriskay Sound she struck

a reef at the south end of “Harlimeal Isle.” ????

 

SEALIGHT in the morning attended the Cunard passenger

liner CARINTHIA which had arrived from Montreal (Canada)

at Tail-of-the-Bank anchorage off Greenock and the Greenock

dockers (= stevedores) who had embarked on SEALIGHT

unloaded the mails and passengers’ luggage from the liner

and the items were taken to Princes Pier where they were

landed.    In the afternoon SEALIGHT underwent a deck

survey at Greenock.

 

WARLIGHT had left Glenarm (Northern Ireland) on 28th May

with a cargo of Limestone Dust for Glasgow (account of

Eglinton Limestone Co. Ltd.) and on 29th discharged at

Prince’s Dock, Glasgow. In the afternoon WARLIGHT went

on hire to the G.P.O. cable ship IRIS.

 

RAYLIGHT was laid up / repairing at Scotts Shipyard at

Bowling (near Glasgow).

 

POLARLIGHT on 26th May arrived at Corpach (near Fort William)

and that afternoon loaded 130 tons of tarred metal for

Tobermory (Isle of Mull) for account of Banavie Quarries Ltd.

  On 28th and 29th  May she discharged her cargo at Tobermory

and then left, returning to Corpach for another 130 tons of

tarred metal, again for Tobermory and again for Banavie Quarries Ltd.

 

LIMELIGHT was laid up / repairing at Scotts Shipyard at

Bowling (near Glasgow).

 

 

STARLIGHT arrived at Furnace (Loch Fyne) from

Campbeltown and loaded 110 tons of crushed granite

for Glasgow, for account of William Sim & Co. Ltd., Glasgow.

 

SKYLIGHT on 28th May had loaded a cargo of coal at

Rothesay Dock, Clydebank for account of the Dunoon

Gas Works and that morning she left for Dunoon.   Next day

she would discharge the coal at Dunoon Coal Pier, and then

leave for Troon to load a cargo of coal for

Lochranza (Isle of Arran).

 

TEXA (on charter from McCorquodale of Troon / J & J Hay Ltd)

had left Troon on 27th May with a cargo of coal for

Eoligarry (North Bay, Isle of Barra) for the account

of M M McLeod) and arrived at the Bay on 29th but

was unable to beach due to lack of sufficient

water.  

The puffer was intended to sit on the beach when

the tide went out and the purchasers of the coal would bring

horse-drawn carts or motor lorries to the side of the beached

puffer and the boats crew, working in the hold, would shovel

the coal into a large steel bucket and tip the coal into the carts

and lorries.

   Unloading was halted when the tide next came flooding in,

and was resumed when the tide went out and the puffer was

again high and dry on the ground.

   It was only on 31st May and 1st June that TEXA was finally

able to discharge the cargo of coal.

News Event

Tuesday, March 1, 1960 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
GLEN SANNOX (1957-1989 Passenger / vehicle ferry 256 feet long of Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Gourock) Own Page

Car ferry GLEN SANNOX rescues a man from the water off Isle of Arran

Ship's locationFirth of Clyde (Scotland, U.K.) .... near to Isle of ArranPort of RegistryGlasgow
Net Tonnage388
Gross Tonnage1,107
Deadweght Tonnage301

 

   The Caledonian Steam Packet car ferry GLEN SANNOX was on passage on her evening trip from Fairlie to Brodick (Isle of Arran)

and was nearing Brodick when a passenger rushed to the bridge telling of seeing a person in distress in the water off Corrie.

   GLEN SANNOX was immediately turned and saw a man wearing

a lifejacket and struggling in the freezing sea.

   A lifeboat was lowered and the man, aged 29 years, was pulled

from the water and brought onto the ship.

   He told of paddling his canoe off Corrie (a small village a few

miles north along the coast from Brodick) and the canoe filled

with water and sank.   He had been some time in the sea and

was suffering from exhaustion and hypothermia (a dangerous

drop in body temperature) and the water, even at that time of

year is very, even bitterly cold.

   When GLEN SANNOX arrived at Brodick the man was taken

ashore and removed by ambulance to the Cottage Hospital at

Lamlash for treatment.

 

News Event

Wednesday, October 27, 1954 @ 1100
EMPIRE HALLADALE (1945-1956 Troop Transport 526 feet long of British Government Ministry of Transport and managed by Anchor Line, Glasgow: scrapped in 1956 at Dalmuir, Glasgow) Own Page

Troopship EMPIRE HALLADALE arrives at Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow to store and bunker

Arrived fromElderslie Wall, Elderslie, GlasgowPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berth5 Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow (with her head east)Gross Tonnage13,589
Sailing forSingapore via Liverpool
Sailed from berth5 Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow (with her head east)
Draught forward on arrival21' 09"
Draught aft on arrival22' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Outward cargoStores
Completed loading outward cargo1600 on 2nd November (completed storing)
Draught forward on sailing23' 05"
Engine trialsFrom 1445 to 1555 on 1st November
Vessel bunkeredSee "Remarks" below
Ships agentAnchor Line, 14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, C.1. Telephone CENtral 9809

   From 1135 till 1425 on 29 October bunkered 350 tons of fuel oil from oiler SHELL MEX 5.

   From 1210 till 1413 on 1 November bunkered 253 tons of fuel oil from oiler SHELL MEX 5.

   From 1500 on 2 November bunkered 197 tons of fuel oil from oiler SHELL MEX 5.

News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1626
MORAR ( 1959-1967 Ore carrier 427 feet long of Denholms/ St Andrews Shipping, Glasgow) Own Page

Ore carrier MORAR passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)Port of RegistryGreenock

Ore carrier MORAR left the River Kelvin, Glasgow, being towed at the bow by tugs FLYING DOLPHIN and FLYING WITCH and towed at the stern by tug FLYING BUZZARD

News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1511
CITY OF KARACHI ( 1951 - 1972 general cargo liner 489 feet long of Ellerman Line, London) Own Page

Tug STRONGBOW towing CITY OF KARACHI passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Gross Tonnage7,320
Deadweght Tonnage11,056

 


News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1356
CLANITY ((1956 -1969 Coastal and Harbour oiler 171 feet long of F T Everard, London) Own Page

Oiler CLANITY coming from Queen's Dock passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Net Tonnage224
Gross Tonnage495

 


News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1206
ISLE OF HARRIS (in 1962 General cargo coaster) Own Page

ISLE OF HARRIS passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)

 


News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1150
SEMPER VIGILO (1937-1970 Police motor launch operated by City of Glasgow Police to patrol the River Clyde) Own Page

Police launch SEMPER VIGILO passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)Port of RegistryGlasgow

 


News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1118
QUEEN MARY 11 (Passenger excursion vessel 263 feet long of Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Gourock) Own Page

QUEEN MARY 11 passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)Port of RegistryGlasgow

 


News Event

Friday, July 6, 1962 @ 1010
WAVERLEY (1947 - 1974 Excursion paddle steamer 240 feet long of Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Gourock) Own Page

Paddle steamer WAVERLEY passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west

Ship's locationPassing Govan Wharf Watch House, Glasgow and heading downriver ( = heading towards Greenock)Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage693

 


News Event

Thursday, July 5, 1962 @ 2350
MAREN SKOU (1961-1979 General cargo ship of Ove Skou, Copenhagen, Denmark Own Page

MAREN SKOU passes Govan Wharf Watch House, Govan, Glasgow heading west towards Greenock

Port of RegistryKobenhavn (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Gross Tonnage7,075
Deadweght Tonnage9,250

MAREN SKOU was assisted at bow by tug VANGUARD and at stern by tug FLYING METEOR

News Event

Sunday, June 7, 1959 @ 1130
CLAN MACKAY (1946-1962 General cargo ship 449 feet long of Clan Line Steamers, Glasgow : scrapped in 1965) Own Page

CLAN MACKAY arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow with general cargo from Indian ports

Arrived fromIndian ports via LiverpoolPort of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth6A / 7 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)Gross Tonnage7,387
Sailing forDundee (Scotland)
Sailed from berth6A / 7 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 110 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 8th June
Stevedore discharging inward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed discharge of inward cargo1430 on 8th June
Outward cargoPart same inward general cargo
Draught forward on sailing12' 00"
Draught aft on sailing18' 03"
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CENtral 7050

News Event

Tuesday, May 26, 1959 @ 1540
I.N.S. KIRPAN (1959-1977 Blackwood Class Anti-Submarine Frigate 330 feet overall Pennant F144 of Indian Navy) Own Page

New Indian Navy Frigate I.N.S. KIRPAN arrives at Shieldhall Wharf, Glasgow to complete fitting out

Arrived fromGovan Dry Dock, GlasgowPort of RegistryIndia
Arrived in berthShieldhall Wharf, Govan, Glasgow (Alexander Stephen Shipyard)
Sailing forAcceptance Trials at Tail-of-the-Bank anchorage off Greenock and then to Portsmouth (England)
Sailed from berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow (with her head east)
Draught forward on arrival8' 10"
Draught aft on arrival10' 11"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing10' 01"
Draught aft on sailing15' 02"
Engine trials30th June from 1930 to 2050
Ships agentAlexander Stephen & Sons Ltd., Linthouse, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2421

News Event

Monday, May 25, 1959 @ 1220
EUMAEUS (1953-1962 General cargo ship of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line : 1962-1978 NMSO : 1978 scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan) Own Page

Alfred Holt's EUMAEUS arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to load for Far Eastern Ports

Arrived fromHamburg (Germany)Port of Registry1953-1962 Liverpool : 1962-1978 Netherlands
Arrived in berth3 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)Gross Tonnage7841
Sailing forFar East via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth3 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)
Draught forward on arrival16' 00"
Draught aft on arrival21' 07"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo outwards and 12 passengers
Commened loading outward cargo1300 on 25th May
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 800 tons and 8 heavy lifts
Stevedore loading outward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Heavy lifts loaded29th May loaded by Holt's crane 8 heavy lifts, each 8 tons 5 cwts, total 66 tons
Completed loading outward cargo1015 on 30th May
Draught forward on sailing15' 06"
Draught aft on sailing19' 06"
Ships agentRoxburgh, Colin Scott & Co. Ltd., 69 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, C. 1.

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Monday, May 25, 1959 @ 0055
RAPHAEL (1953-1976 General cargo ship 473 feet long of Lamport & Holt Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Lamport & Holt's RAPHAEL arrives at Shieldhall, Glasgow with timber and general cargo from Vancouver

Arrived fromVancouver via AvonmouthPort of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow (with her head east)Gross Tonnage7,971
Sailing forSpringfield Quay, Glasgow
Sailed from berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow (with her head east)
Draught forward on arrival13' 08"
Draught aft on arrival15' 08"
Cargo carried on arrivalTimber and general cargo 1,158 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 25th May
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClutha Stevedoring Co .Ltd.,, Prince's Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone IBRox 1233
Completed discharge of inward cargo1400 on 27th May
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing9' 00"
Draught aft on sailing16' 02"

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Wednesday, June 4, 1969 @ 1700
ADVENTURER (1960-1980 Cargo liner 490 feet long 15 knot of Charente S S Co / T & J Harrison, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison Line's ADVENTURER closes at Glasgow for Lobito, Durban, Lourenco Marques and Beira

Ships agentPrentice, Service & Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow, C.1. Tel 0141- 248-4011Port of RegistryLiverpool
Gross Tonnage8,971

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Sunday, September 11, 1960 @ 1000
MARIPOSA (1956-1971 Passenger liner 563 feet long of Matson Lines, USA) Own Page

1960 Advert by Matson Lines of USA for their California to New Zealand and Australia service

Ships agentMatson Navigation Company, 120-121 Pall Mall, London, S.W.1, Telephone TRAFalgar 4932 / 3Gross Tonnage14,812

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Wednesday, January 13, 1960 @ 1000
HANSEATIC (1958-1966 Passenger Liner of Hamburg-Atlantic Line, Hamburg) Own Page

1960 Advert by Hamburg Atlantic Line for HANSEATIC sailings from Southampton to New York

Ships agentE H Mundy & Co Ltd., 87 Jermyn Street, London, S.W.1. Tel. TRAfalgar 1321Port of RegistryHamburg (Germany)

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Wednesday, September 15, 1948 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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Clyde excursion steamers in Albert Harbour, Greenock around 1948

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

 Clyde excursion steamers in Albert Harbour, Greenock

around 1948.

   Of the three small vessels nearest the camera the one

on the right is ASHTON, the middle one is her sister LEVEN

and the one on the left is unknown.  The  much larger two

funnel steamer behind the small vessels is also unknown.

   Would anyone care to have a go at naming the two

unknown ships.

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Wednesday, November 6, 1963 @ 1600
AUTOLYCUS (1949-1976 General cargo liner 487 feet long of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Blue Funnel's AUTOLYCUS arrives in King George V Dock, Glasgow from Birkenhead

Arrived fromBirkenheadPort of RegistryLiverpool
Arrived in berth3 King George V Dock, Glasgow (head South)Gross Tonnage7,635
Sailing forSingapore via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth3 King George V Dock, Glasgow (head South)
Draught forward on arrival13' 3"
Draught aft on arrival18' 2"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo6th November @ 1600
Outward cargoGeneral 800 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Completed loading outward cargo10th November @ 1530
Ships agentRoxburgh, Colin Scott & Co. Ltd., 69 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, C. 1.

She sailed for Birkenhead at 1550 on 10th November

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Tuesday, February 15, 1955 @ 0800
The date and time shown is the date and time advertised on the published timetable
JALAYAMUNA (1936-1959 General cargo ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company, Bombay) Own Page

JALAYAMUNA due Madras to load for Colombo, Tuticorin, Cochin, Bombay and Port Okha

Ships agentK P V Shaik Mohamed Rowther & Co., 41 Linghi Chutti Street, Madras 1, (India) Port of RegistryBombay (India)
Gross Tonnage4,981

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Monday, April 14, 1958 @ 0800
The date and time shown is the date and time advertised on the published timetable
EASTERN PRINCE (1950-1960 General cargo ship of Prince Line, London) Own Page

Prince Line's EASTERN PRINCE due at Alleppey / Cochin 14th / 15th April for Canada and USA

Sailing forHalifax, Boston, New York, Portland, Philadelphia and BaltimorePort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Ships agentMatheson, Bosanquet & Co Ltd, P.O. Box 26, Cochin 1 / Darragh Smail & Co Ltd, P.O. Box 50, AlleppeyGross Tonnage8,827

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Thursday, March 19, 1959 @ 1700
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
CILICIA (1938-40 Anchor Line passenger/cargo ship : 1940-44 Armed Merchant Cruiser : 1944-46 Troopship : 1946 Returned to owners : 1966-80 training ship / Hostel in Rotterdam : 1980 scrapped Bilbao) Own Page

Anchor Line's CILICIA passing Meadowside Granary and inbound for Yorkhill, Glasgow

Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage11,136

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Tuesday, June 6, 1961 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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Broomielaw and Kingston Dock, Glasgow probably around early 1960's

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Wednesday, February 1, 1939 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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1939 advert by Anchor Line and Canadian Pacific for a round trip from Glasgow to Canada and USA

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Tuesday, June 6, 1967 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

A Ben Line cargo ship unloading pressure vessels in the Far East. Can anyone name the ship ?

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Thursday, March 16, 1967 @ 1015
HERMAN BODEWES (1965- General cargo coaster 226 feet long of Rederij m.s. "Herman Bodewes," / Fa J Seven, Hoogezand) Own Page

HERMAN BODEWES arrives in Queen's Dock, Glasgow to unload then load for Bordeaux (France)

Arrived fromBordeaux (France), Bristol and DublinPort of RegistryHoogezand (Netherlands)
Arrived in berth1 / 3 Queen's Dock, Glasgow (with her head west)Net Tonnage308
Sailing forBordeaux (France) via LiverpoolGross Tonnage500
Sailed from berth1 / 3 Queen's Dock, Glasgow (with her head west)Deadweght Tonnage1,150
Draught forward on arrival10' 10"
Draught aft on arrival11' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 130 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1030 on 16th March
Stevedore discharging inward cargoScruttons Ltd., 52 Robertson Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CITy 7771
Completed discharge of inward cargo1120 on 17th March
Commened loading outward cargo1930 on 16th March
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 2 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoScruttons Ltd., 52 Robertson Street, Glasgow, C.2. Telephone CITy 7771
Completed loading outward cargo1130 on 17th March
Draught forward on sailing9' 00"
Draught aft on sailing10' 03"
Ships agentMoss Hutchison Line Limited, 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C.2. Tel. Central 6643

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Saturday, March 18, 1967 @ 1745
ROBERT MIDDLETON (1938 - 1974 Coastal store carrier 220 feet overall of Royal Fleet Auxiliary : pennant no A241 : Scrapped 1983) Own Page

R.F.A. Store Carrier ROBERT MIDDLETON arrives at Glasgow to load Government Stores for Belfast

Arrived fromPortsmouth (England)Port of RegistryAdmiralty, London
Arrived in berth17 Queen's Dock, Glasgow (with her head east)Reg Tonnage582
Sailing forBelfast (Northern Ireland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage1125
Sailed from berth17 Queen's Dock, Glasgow (with her head east)
Draught forward on arrival7' 08"
Draught aft on arrival13' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 20th March
Outward cargoGovernment Stores
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo1700 on 21st March
Draught forward on sailing9' 03"
Draught aft on sailing13' 09"
Ships agentDavidson, Park & Speed, 4 Bothwell Street, Glasgow Telephone CENtral 4501

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Friday, February 10, 1967 @ 0522
POLYPHEMUS (1966-1972 Cargo liner 487 feet long of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Alfred Holt's POLYPHEMUS arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow from Penang via Liverpool

Arrived fromPenang via LiverpoolPort of RegistryLiverpool
Arrived in berth1 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Sailing forPenang via Birkenhead
Sailed from berth1 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Draught forward on arrival15 06"
Draught aft on arrival18' 04"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 542 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 10th February
Stevedore discharging inward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed discharge of inward cargo1530 on 15th February
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 10th February
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 543 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo1530 on 15th February
Draught forward on sailing16' 02"
Draught aft on sailing19' 05"
Ships agentRoxburgh, Colin Scott & Co. Ltd., 69 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, C. 1.

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Thursday, February 9, 1967 @ 1650
S A VANGUARD (1964-1969 General cargo ship formerly SOUTH AFRICAN VANGUARD and 139m 456 feet overall of South African Marine Corporation Ltd Cape Town : 1972 sank off Karachi) Own Page

S A VANGUARD arrives in Glasgow from Swansea to load for South Africa

Arrived fromSwansea (South Wales, U.K.)Port of RegistryKaapstedt (South Africa) ..... Cape Town
Arrived in berth9 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)Net Tonnage4,553
Sailing forCape Town (South Africa) via BirkenheadGross Tonnage7,612
Sailed from berth9 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)Deadweght Tonnage10,600
Draught forward on arrival17' 03"
Draught aft on arrival19' 09"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo outwards
Commened loading outward cargo1730 on 9th February
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 402 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo1500 on 10th February
Draught forward on sailing17' 08"
Draught aft on sailing21' 00"
Ships agentF W Allan & Ker Ltd., 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C. 2. Telephone CENtral 0925-8

She commenced loading 402 tons general at 1730 9th February, and completed loading at 1500 10th February. Stevedore was Strathclyde.

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Thursday, February 2, 1961 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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1961 Advert by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon (Scotland)

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Monday, April 29, 1963 @ 1410
HALCYON (1947-1966 General cargo puffer lighter 84 feet long of William McMillan, Campbeltown / Irvine Shipping & Trading Company, Irvine) Own Page

Puffer lighter HALCYON arrives at Ardrossan Harbour to load drums of bitumen for Lamlash (Arran)

Arrived fromCampbeltown (Kintyre, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryIrvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Net Tonnage57
Master of vessel on arrivalJ McMillanGross Tonnage101
Draught aft on arrival6' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Ships agentR L Alpine & Co. Ltd., Winton Buildings, Ardrossan Telephone Ardrossan 65 / 66

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Monday, April 29, 1963 @ 0810
MONICA (1932-1965 Coastal oil tanker 144 feet (44.10 metres) long of NV United Tank Coastal Rotterdam, Netherlands) Own Page

MONICA arrives at Ardrossan Harbour to load a cargo of Tar for Belfast

Arrived fromDublin (Eire / Ireland)Port of RegistryRotterdam, Holland
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Net Tonnage126
Master of vessel on arrivalC ZekkenheimerGross Tonnage325
Draught aft on arrival8' 00"Deadweght Tonnage419
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Ships agentR L Alpine & Co. Ltd., Winton Buildings, Ardrossan Telephone Ardrossan 65 / 66

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Monday, April 29, 1963 @ 0635
ANABISI (General cargo coaster of S W Coe, Liverpool) Own Page

ANABISI arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with general cargo from La Pallice (France)

Arrived fromLa Pallice (France) Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Net Tonnage248
Master of vessel on arrivalF SanchezGross Tonnage483
Draught aft on arrival10' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo
Ships agentRennie & Watson Ltd., 73 Robertson Street, Glasgow, C. 2. Telephone CENtral 4741

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Tuesday, July 24, 1962 @ 2110
PACIFIC RELIANCE (1951-1971 cargo liner 500 feet long of Furness Withy Company) Own Page

Furness Withy's PACIFIC RELIANCE arrives in Glasgow from Swansea to load for North America

Arrived fromSwanseaPort of RegistryLondon
Arrived in berth77 Plantation Quay, Glasgow, head East, stern 1 blind into berth 79Gross Tonnage9442
Sailing forVancouver and Los Angeles
Sailed from berth77 Plantation Quay, Glasgow, head East, stern 1 blind into berth 79
Draught forward on arrival19' 7"
Draught aft on arrival21 feet
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral (out)
Commened loading outward cargo25th July at 0800
Outward cargo800 tons general and 10 passengers
Stevedore loading outward cargoClutha Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo26th July at 1600
Draught forward on sailing21 feet
Draught aft on sailing22' 5"
Ships agentFurness Withy & Co. Ltd., 19 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, C.1. Telephone CENtral 8193

PACIFIC RELIANCE arrived at Glasgow's Plantation Quay from Swansea on 24th July at 2110 She departed Glasgow for Vancouver and Los Angeles on 26th July at 1835

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Wednesday, December 21, 1966 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
ANDES (1939-1945 Troopship then 1945 - 1959 Passenger Liner then 1959-1971 cruise ship of Royal Mail Lines, London) Own Page

Passenger liner ANDES leaves on 17 days cruise to Lisbon, Dakar and Madeira

Ships agentRoyal Mail Lines Ltd., 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C. 2. Telephone CENtral 0925Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage15,620

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Thursday, March 15, 1962 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
ARIEL (1939- Cable ship 252 feet long of H M Postmaster General, London) Own Page

Cable ship ARIEL arrives at Deep Water Berth, Greenock to take on water

Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Net Tonnage453
Gross Tonnage1,486
Deadweght Tonnage1,061

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Friday, June 10, 1955 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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List of Fairfield Shipbuilders built ships sunk by enemy action during wartime 1939-1945

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Monday, March 3, 1969 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

Around 1969 or so Advert by Ellerman Group to commerate their service to South Africa

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Thursday, January 10, 1957 @ 0800
The date and time shown is the date and time advertised on the published timetable
JALAGOVIND (1956-1970 General cargo ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company, Bombay, India)) Own Page

Scindia's JALAGOVIND due at Madras (India) to load for Mauritius and ports in West Africa

Sailing forMauritius and then ports in West AfricaPort of RegistryBombay, India
Ships agentK P V Shaik Mohamed Rowther & Co., 41 Linghi Chutti Street, Madras 1, (India) Gross Tonnage7,487

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Tuesday, March 8, 1955 @ 0800
The date and time shown is the date and time advertised on the published timetable
MALAYAN PRINCE (1954-1959 General cargo ship of Prince Line, London) Own Page

Prince Line's MALAYAN PRINCE due at Alleppey / Cochin 8th / 9th March for Canada and USA

Sailing forHalifax, Boston, New York, Portland, Philadelphia and BaltimorePort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Ships agentMatheson, Bosanquet & Co Ltd, P.O. Box 26, Cochin 1 / Darragh Smail & Co Ltd, P.O. Box 50, AlleppeyGross Tonnage7,698

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Sunday, October 18, 1959 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
WEATHER OBSERVER (Ocean Weather Ship of Air Ministry, London) Own Page

Ocean Weather Ship WEATHER OBSERVER fuels at Custom House Quay, Greenock

Ship's locationCustom House Quay, GreenockPort of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Reg Tonnage213

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Tuesday, June 25, 1963 @ 1100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
LCM.4 (Landing Craft of U.S. Navy) Own Page

LCM 4 of U.S. Navy lands 1 periscope and loads periscopes for U.S.S. HUNLEY at Holy Loch

Ship's locationAlbert Harbour, Greenock (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryUnited States Navy
Cargo carried on arrivalLands 1 periscope and loads periscopes for U.S.S. HUNLEY at Holy Loch
Ships agentSupply Officer, U.S.S. HUNLEY (A.S.-31)

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Thursday, June 7, 1962 @ 0930
BALLYGALLY HEAD (1954-1968 General cargo ship 242 feet long of Head Line / Ulster Steamship Company, Belfast) Own Page

Head Line's BALLYGALLY HEAD arrives at Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow to unload then load for Antwerp

Arrived fromAntwerp (Belgium) via Belfast (Northern Ireland) and Prince's Dock, GlasgowPort of RegistryBelfast (Northern Ireland, UK)
Arrived in berth61 / 63 Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow
Sailing forAntwerp (Belgium)
Sailed from berth57 / 59 Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow
Draught forward on arrival8' 03"
Draught aft on arrival13' 03"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo both inwards and outwards (415 tons)
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0940 on 7th June
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClyde Shipping Company, 78 Carlton Place, Glasgow
Commened loading outward cargo0830 on 8th June
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 90 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoClyde Shipping Company, 78 Carlton Place, Glasgow
Completed loading outward cargo1545 on 8th June
Draught forward on sailing9' 06"
Draught aft on sailing11' 00"
Ships agentClyde Shipping Company Ltd., 78 Carlton Place, Glasgow, C.5. Telephone SOUth 2181

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Friday, February 3, 1984 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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Brochure of Ivory & Sime, Investment Fund Managers, Japan ... Ben Line was one of their clients

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Monday, January 3, 1966 @ 1430
LAIRDSGLEN (1954-1974 Livestock / general cargo ship 298 feet long of Burns and Laird Lines, Glasgow) Own Page

Burns & Laird's coaster LAIRDSGLEN leaves Glasgow with 110 tons of general cargo for Dublin

Port of RegistryGlasgow
Net Tonnage523
Gross Tonnage1,544

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Friday, April 26, 1963 @ 0050
JAGA (Oil tanker) Own Page

Swedish tanker JAGA arrives at Ardrossan Harbour from Stanlow via Belfast

Arrived fromStanlow (on Manchester Ship Canal, England, U.K.) via Belfast (Northern Ireland) Port of RegistryGothenburg (Sweden)
Arrived in berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland) .. tugs SEAWAY and WRESTLERNet Tonnage6,523
Master of vessel on arrivalR Tornquist
Draught aft on arrival21' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalPetrol & Gas Oil
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

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Thursday, April 25, 1963 @ 1415
MAUREEN CROAN (Deep-sea fishing trawler of Joe Croan Ltd.) Own Page

Deep Sea Trawler MAUREEN CROAN arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with 635 boxes of fish

Arrived fromSea (Deep sea fishing grounds)Port of RegistryAberdeen
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Net Tonnage75
Master of vessel on arrivalJ MilliganGross Tonnage220
Draught aft on arrival12' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalFish 635 boxes

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Thursday, April 25, 1963 @ 1900
CLIPPER ( 1956 - 1968 General cargo coaster 191 feet long of A C Hoff, Rotterdam : 1973 sank near Calais) Own Page

CLIPPER leaves Ardrossan Harbour on her Container service to Larne

Sailing forLarne (Northern Ireland, U.K.)Port of RegistryRotterdam
Sailed from berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Net Tonnage315
Outward cargoContainersGross Tonnage499
Master of vessel on sailingVan EsDeadweght Tonnage780
Ships agentAnglo Continental Containers, The Harbour, Ardrossan

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Wednesday, April 24, 1963 @ 1230
KELSO PATON ( 1956 - 1973 Deep-sea trawler GW2 of Ardrossan Trawling Company, Aberdeen) Own Page

Deep sea trawler KELSO PATON arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with her catch of 860 boxes of fish

Arrived fromSea (Deep sea fishing grounds)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berthEglinton Dock, Ardrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Reg Tonnage86
Master of vessel on arrivalP WanlessGross Tonnage274
Draught aft on arrival12' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalFish 860 boxes

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Wednesday, July 5, 1967 @ 0025
STAD ZWOLLE (1962- ? General cargo / bulk carrier 535 feet long of Halcyon Line, Netherlands : scrapped 1995) Own Page

STAD ZWOLLE arrives at Meadowside Quay, Glasgow with 14,969 tons Yellow Corn and Wheat

Arrived fromDuluth (Lake Superior, Minnesota, USA) and Montreal (Canada)Port of RegistryNetherlands
Arrived in berth3 / 4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow (with her head east and bow 10 blinds east of 3 / 4 wall)Gross Tonnage10,394
Sailing forEl Ferrol (Spain)Deadweght Tonnage15,550
Sailed from berth4 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow (with her head east and bow 2 1/2 blinds west of 3 / 4 wall)
Draught forward on arrival30' 03"
Draught aft on arrival30' 03"
Cargo carried on arrival14,969 tons of yellow corn and wheat
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0830 on 5th July
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClyde Port Authority, 16 Robertson Street, Glasgow, C. 2.
Completed discharge of inward cargo1610 on 10th July
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing13' 10"
Draught aft on sailing19' 06"
Vessel bunkered5th July bunkered 30 tons fuel from oiler CLANITY
Ships agentJ & J Denholm Ltd,, 37 Renfield Street, Glasgow Telephone CENtral 5571

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Thursday, June 12, 2014 @ 0800
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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Early morning ferry backing out from Palma (Majorca) on passage to Barcelona

Ship's locationPalma (Majorca)

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Wednesday, April 24, 1963 @ 1150
NORTH EARL (1962-1977 Oil tanker 556 feet long of Palmyra Cia. Naviera, Piraeus : scrapped 1977) Own Page

Tanker NORTH EARL arrives at Ardrossan Harbour with fuel oil from Heysham (England) via Belfast

Arrived fromHeysham (England) via BelfastPort of RegistryPiraeus (Greece)
Arrived in berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.) .. tugs SEAWAY and STRONGBOWNet Tonnage7,411
Sailing forBirkenhead (England, U.K.)Gross Tonnage12,402
Sailed from berth12 Ocean Tanker Berth, Ardrossan Harbour (Scotland, U.K.) .. tugs SEAWAY and WRESTLERDeadweght Tonnage18,640
Master of vessel on arrivalS Vlassopoulos
Draught aft on arrival20' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalFuel oil
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught aft on sailing18' 00"
Master of vessel on sailingS Vlassopoulos
Ships agentT L Duff & Company, 13 Montgomerie Street, Ardrossan Tel 29 and 40

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Sunday, January 20, 1957 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
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Passenger ferry DUKE OF ARGYLL and paddle tug GEORGE BROWN at Troon Shipbreakers

Ship's locationWest of Scotland Shipbreaking Company, Troon (Scotland)

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Tuesday, December 27, 1960 @ 1710
DEVON COAST (1947-1963 General cargo coaster of Coast Lines, Liverpool) Own Page

DEVON COAST leaves Ardrossan Harbour with general cargo for Belfast

Port of RegistryLiverpool

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Monday, March 3, 1969 @ 1000
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Advert in 1969 by Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, England for a Harbour Engineer

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Monday, March 3, 1969 @ 1700
CITY OF BIRMINGHAM (1949 - 1971 General cargo Liner 481 feet long of Ellerman Line, London) Own Page

Ellerman's CITY OF BIRMINGHAM closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Las Palmas and Africa

Sailing forLas Palmas, Lobito, Durban, Lourenco Marques and BeiraPort of RegistryLondon
Ships agentCity Line Ltd., 75 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C 2 Gross Tonnage7,492

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Friday, March 14, 1969 @ 1700
WANDERER (1951 - 1970 general cargo liner 448 feet long of T & J Harrison Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison Line's WANDERER closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for the West Indies

Ships agentPrentice, Service & Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow, C.1. Tel 0141- 221-1016Port of RegistryLiverpool

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Wednesday, March 12, 1969 @ 1700
TREVAYLOR (1959-1976 General cargo ship of Hain-Nourse, London) Own Page

TREVAYLOR on charter to Frank Strick closes at Grangemouth for Arab - Persian Gulf Ports

Ships agentFrank C Strick & Co. (Glasgow) Ltd., 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C.2. Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)

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Tuesday, January 16, 1968 @ 0700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
CHINDWARA (1950-1970 General cargo ship of British India Steam Navigation Company, London)) Own Page

British India's CHINDWARA loads at Madras for London, Dundee, Middlesbrough and Antwerp

Ship's locationMadras (India)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Sailing forLondon, Dundee, Middlesbrough and AntwerpGross Tonnage7,525
Ships agentBinny & Company (Madras) Ltd., 7 Armenian Street, Madras, 1, (India)

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Wednesday, July 8, 1970 @ 1700
MAGICIAN (1968-1981 General cargo ship of Thos & Jas Harrison, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison Line's MAGICIAN closes at Glasgow for Lobito, Durban, Lourenco Marques and Beira

Ships agentPrentice, Service & Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow, C.1. Tel 0141- 248-4011Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage8,454

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Wednesday, March 18, 1959 @ 1300
CALEDONIA (1948-1965 Passenger - Cargo Liner 506 feet long of Anchor Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Invitation to a luncheon and meet the High Commissioner for India on CALEDONIA at Birkenhead

Ship's locationEast Float, East Quay, BirkenheadPort of RegistryGlasgow
Gross Tonnage11252

News Event

Saturday, July 1, 1978 @ 0900
Own Page

Ben Bulletin July 1978 - The Company Magazine of Ben Line, Edinburgh

 

News Event

Saturday, January 12, 1963 @ 0800
SOUTHERN CROSS (1955-1973 Passenger liner of Shaw Savill & Albion Line, London) Own Page

Shaw Savill Line's SOUTHERN CROSS arrives at Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Ship's locationNo, 1 Darling Harbour (Millers Point) Sydney, AustraliaPort of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Ships agentShaw Savill & Albion Co. Ltd., 8a Castlerengh Street, Sydney Telephone 28-1828

News Event

Thursday, June 21, 1962 @ 1715
SANDA (1950-1963 General cargo coaster 219 feet overall of Clyde Shipping Company, Glasgow : 1972 scrapped) Own Page

Clyde Shipping's SANDA report to owners of damage caused by KILKENNY at Liverpool

Vessel MasterJ McKellarPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Net Tonnage397
Gross Tonnage854
Deadweght Tonnage1,156

Report by Master of SANDA to the ship owners Clyde Shipping Company in Glasgow

News Event

Sunday, January 1, 1967 @ 0000
Own Page

Front cover of the Ben Line calendar for 1967

News Event

Sunday, January 3, 2016 @ 1000
Own Page

Navigational buoy washed ashore by winter storm at entrance to Irvine Harbour

Ship's locationIrvine Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)

News Event

Sunday, June 1, 1958 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

Ardrossan Harbour, showing Old Dock and Shipyard, in 1950s / 1960s

News Event

Sunday, February 2, 1975 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
GLENFALLOCH (1963-1977 General cargo ship 544 feet overall of Glen Line, London / Elder Dempster / Ben Line) Own Page

Voyage diary of Glen Line's GLENFALLOCH from 2 February 1975 to 28 October 1977

Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Net Tonnage6,966
Gross Tonnage11,918
Deadweght Tonnage11,400

News Event

Monday, July 1, 1968 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
EMPRESS OF CANADA (1961-1972 Passenger liner 650 feet 198 metres of Canadian Pacific Steamships, Liverpool) Own Page

EMPRESS OF CANADA leaves Greenock for Liverpool

Ship's locationTail-of-the-Bank anchorage off GreenockPort of RegistryLiverpool
Gross Tonnage27,284
Deadweght Tonnage9,400

The liner had called at Greenock anchorage on passage from Montreal to Liverpool, and after disembarking passengers to a chartered Clyde steamer, the liner left Greenock to continue on her passage to Liverpool.

The puffer SPARTAN attended the liner at the anchorage to carry the passengers' luggage from the ship to Prince's Pier, Greenock, where the passengers would be landed from the liner and be reunited with their luggage

News Event

Friday, August 10, 1962 @ 1130
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
SNAEFELL (1948-1978 Passenger vessel 345 feet (105 m) 21.5 knots of Isle of Man Steam Packet Company) Own Page

Isle of Man Steam Packet passenger ferry SNAEFELL at Ardrossan Harbour

Ship's locationArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryDouglas ( Isle of Man )
Gross Tonnage2,489

News Event

Monday, December 5, 1955 @ 1000
Own Page

1955 Advert by London Liners for their service from UK to Toronto, Hamilton and Sarnia

News Event

Sunday, September 2, 1956 @ 0940
SICILIAN (1948-1964 cargo liner 362 feet long in service with Ellerrman Papayanni Line : scrapped Shanghai 1971) Own Page

Ellerman & Papayanni Line's SICILIAN arrives at Prince's Dock, Glasgow from Mediterranean Ports

Arrived fromMediterranean Ports via LiverpoolPort of RegistryLiverpool
Arrived in berth28 Prince's Dock, Glasgow (with her head west)
Sailing forLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Sailed from berth27 Prince's Dock, Glasgow (with her head west)
Draught forward on arrival14' 05"
Draught aft on arrival20' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalEsparto Grass
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 4th September
Stevedore discharging inward cargoSmith Coggins & Co. Ltd.
Completed discharge of inward cargo1315 on 10th September
Outward cargoLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Draught forward on sailing11' 06"
Draught aft on sailing18' 02"
Engine trialsSlow turn at 1200 on 10th September
Ships agentCity Line Ltd., 75 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C 2 Tel Central 9971

News Event

Thursday, October 1, 1964 @ 2100
HECTOR (1950 - 1972 passenger/cargo liner 523 feet long of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool : 1972 scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan) Own Page

Alfred Holt's HECTOR arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow to load for Melbourne via Liverpool

Arrived fromElderslie Drydock, Elderslie, GlasgowPort of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Arrived in berth3 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head south)Net Tonnage5,922
Sailing forMelbourne (Australia) via LiverpoolGross Tonnage10,125
Sailed from berth1 King George V Dock, Glasgow (with her head South)
Draught forward on arrival16' 02"
Draught aft on arrival19' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight-ship (= empty of cargo = no cargo on board)
Commened loading outward cargo0800 on 5th October
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 3,050 tons and 6 heavy lifts totalling 60 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoRenfrew Stevedoring Company Limited, King George V Dock, Glasgow, S.W.1. Telephone GOVan 2241
Heavy lifts loadedOn 8th October loaded 6 heavy lifts totalling 60 tons from floating crane NEWSHOT
Completed loading outward cargo1530 on 15th October
Draught forward on sailing21' 10"
Draught aft on sailing24' 02"
Ships agentRoxburgh, Colin Scott & Co. Ltd., 69 Buchanan Street, Glasgow, C. 1.

News Event

Tuesday, January 1, 1963 @ 1000
ACTUAL DATE and TIME are unknown and those shown are our best estimate
Own Page

1963 Advert by Burns & Laird Lines Limited, Ardrossan Harbour, Scotland

News Event

Tuesday, November 6, 1951 @ 0830
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
TAHSINIA (1946-1959 General cargo ship of Anchor Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Fire in the cargo of Anchor Line's cargo ship TAHSINIA berthed at Avonmouth Docks, Bristol

Ship's locationAvonmouth Docks, Bristol, EnglandPort of RegistryGlasgow
Vessel MasterCaptain William McVicar, M.B.E,Gross Tonnage5,680

 

   Just after 8am, when discharging her cargo had recommenced

for the day, fire broke out in number 2 hold, just forward of the

superstructure, on the Anchor cargo ship TAHSINIA at

Avonmouth Docks, Bristol.   The fire had started among 500 tons

of cotton oil seed and 200 tons of wool and large clouds of

thick black choking smoke covered the port.

   At first the intense smoke made in impossible for firemen to

enter the hold, even using breathing apparatus, and they had

to work from the deck.   Heavy duty pumps and the port fire

float were used to spray water to cool the ship’s hull plating.

   Later the Fire Brigade reported that the fire was under control.

   TAHSINIA had arrived at Avonmouth from Bombay (India)

on Thursday 1st. and had been scheduled to leave for Liverpool

that evening.

   The ship, built on Clydeside in 1946, is owned by Anchor Line

of Glasgow and was a regular visitor to Avonmouth.

News Event

Friday, September 15, 1961 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
CRANE (1937-1964 General cargo coastal ship 223 feet long of General Steam Navigation Company, London) Own Page

General Steam's coastal cargo ship CRANE at Prince's Pier, Greenock for shelter

Ships agentMoss Hutchison Line Limited, 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C.2. Tel. Central 6643Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Net Tonnage370
Gross Tonnage835
Deadweght Tonnage1,080

News Event

Tuesday, February 11, 1958 @ 1600
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is unknown : the time shown is our best estimate
DENMAN (General cargo ship of James Patrick & Co. Pty. Ltd.) Own Page

James Patrick's cargo ship DENMAN leaves Sydney (Australia) for Brisbane

News Event

Sunday, May 4, 1952 @ 1000
Own Page

1952 Advert by David MacBrayne Ltd., Glasgow for their services to the Western Highlands and Islands

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Cruise ships may be laid up in the Clyde

 

22 May 2020

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From Jimmy Johnston (Paisley)

 

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

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e-mail from Tommy Robertson   (Dumbarton)

21 May 2020

 

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

 

Does anyone know the name of the Alfred Holt Blue Funnel

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

  She was definitely a Blue Funnel job but had the Elder

Dempster buff funnel.

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Paddle Steamers at Pusser River, Chalna, Bangladesh

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Why was Irish Lights Tender IERNE registered in Liverpool ?

 19 March 2020 @ 1057

J R of Birkenhead e-mails :

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

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

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

A viewer e-mails 

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

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

Can anyone help ?

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Stewardesses and Nurse on Burns & Lairds IRISH COAST in 1966

 2019-12-29

By e-mail

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

Mary D.

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Old Mississippi – type passenger steamer in Sydney (Australia)

Jim Middleton (London) e-mails

29 December 2019

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

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

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

   Thanks, JM.

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CLAN FRASER and a rope across the dock at Glasgow

 4 November 2019

Jim McGoogan e-mails :

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

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

 

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

 

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

   Can anyone help ?

14 September 2019

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Where is the “Chapman Anchorage” ???

   Robbie Keen (CarlisleEngland) emails:

 I see in the entry for BENWYVIS that she

was in “Chapman Anchorage.”   Where is

Chapman Anchorage and what would she

 be doing there ???

Robbie.  31 August 2019

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Teak fronts on the front of ship's bridges

By Eric S.     8th July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

All comments are welcome.

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Can anyone identify this cap badge ?

Samms of Nantwich e-mails:    07 July 2019

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

 

anyone identify the cap badge ? 

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

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

    There was a programme on television the other evening

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

Atlantic man and never ventured to the Far East.

   I wondered what difficulties would be experienced by

ships during the Monsoon season’s heavy rainfall and

swollen rivers and storms.

    And also, I can only think of maybe 3 shipping

companies which regularly traded to the area – Calcutta,

Chalna, Chittagong, Rangoon.   What other companies

were there ?

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Where did this ship come from in Sweden ???

Haltst…….. ?????

January 2020 and Bryn Wayt e-mails

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

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

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

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

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

20 May 2019  @ 1540

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

at Tail-of-the Bank.

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

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

bringing stores for the Holy Loch vessels, and the stores

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

lighters and small coasters.

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

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

and blue bands.

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

could be MARSHFIELD or MARSHLAND ….. or something like

that, was obviously a WW2 type but always immaculate

 and a frequent caller.

   Does anyone else remember these ships calling at

the Clyde ?

 

Alan and Jean.

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Clyde Navigation Trust launches NEWARK, GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

 

 14 March 2019   @ 1239

Richard Danielson e-mails

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

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

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

THANK YOU.
Richard Danielson.
 

 

Admin Note :

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

 

20 March 2019  @ 1604

 

Jim Howie  (Partick, Glasgow)

 

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

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

  

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

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

12 Hopper Barges.

1 Dumb grab hopper barge.

1 Tug CLYDE.

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

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

11 passenger ferryboats.

1 60-ton floating crane NEWSHOT.

1 Diving Bell barge.

2 Divers’ motor boats.

1 Oil Separating Barge PLOVER

3 motor launches NEWARK, GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS.

1 Hydrographic Survey launch CRANNOG.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Jim Howie.

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Looking for images / photos of BALLYGALLY HEAD of 1950s

 23 January 2019  1011

Joseph McGurk Jr. e-mails

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

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

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

he sailed on her

   Thank you, regards Joseph mc gurk jr

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Renfrew Harbour, Firth of Clyde, around 1980

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

 

   Does anyone have any idea what the other ships are ?


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The advert for paddle steamer EAGLE 111 in 1937

 6th  January 2019.

   James Barrowman (Brighton, England) e-mails :

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

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

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

   Thanks, Jim Barrowman.

7th January 2019 

   J.S. (Pollokshaws, Glasgow) replies :

The River Clyde runs generally east to west through

the centre of Glasgow and essentially divides the city

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

   In the past and even today people talk of coming

from or living in the South Side.

   Up to around 1970’s passenger excursion steamers

and cross-channel to Ireland steamers left Broomielaw,

Anderston Quay and Lancefield Quay on the North Side

and in the summer months left Bridge Wharf on the

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

= Down the Water = sailing down the River Clyde to

Clyde piers such as Dunoon and Rothesay and

Tighnabruaich.

   The advert mentions the steamer calling at Govan

 Wharf and Renfrew to pick up passengers.

   Today Govan Wharf is only recognisable by a derelict

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

South Bank essentially between the Govan Drydocks

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

yard) and beside the playing field between Wanlock Street

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

small Govan Passenger Ferry used to ply from near

Govan Wharf across the river to the east end of Meadowside

Quay

   It was news to me that excursion steamers stopped

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

   Perhaps someone can help.

 

Ref The advert for paddle steamer EAGLE 111 in 1937.

12 January 2019   Robert Orr replies :


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

occupied by Simons and Lobnitz shipyards in Renfrew.

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

10 December 2018   Geoff in Australia e-mails :

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

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


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

 

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

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Ellerman’s CITY OF EXETER at Plymouth in 1958    

I was quite surprised to read that CITY OF EXETER called

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

African service passenger liners?

   Jim Hesketh, Liverpool 

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12 November 2018

 

TWEED, a 1959-built 112 foot water carrier of

Furness Withy, Port of Spain, Trinidad

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

    Looking at your list of ships I was surprised to see

TWEED of Furness Withy, a 112 foot water tanker at

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

   Anyone have information on this ship ?

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Can anyone name this British coaster ?

 

05 November 2018

Billy Fullarton writes :

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

HarbourScotland.   Can anyone name this coaster. ?

 

   I think her name ends in SOUND.

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British & Irish KILKENNY in 1935

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

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

     I was with Brocklebank’s and sometimes called at

Gan Island in the Indian Ocean to discharge stores for

the RAF overside to landing craft in the lagoon.

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

which carried a small naval tug from Trincomali in

Ceylon to Gan, around late 1960s.

   Anyone know about this ?

    J.S., (Wallasey)

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

Jim J. of Liverpool e-mails :

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

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

Funnel ship there.

   Can anyone enlighten me as to why a Blue Funnel would

be in the Gulf of Mexico ?

   Also in conversation someone told of Blue Funnel having

Chinese crews on deck and catering.   I had always thought

that Blueys had British crews.   Someone please tell me

what is correct.

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Deck cadets Critchley and Doherty on RAMON DE LARRINAGA in 1965

 22 May 2018

 Alan Rutherford e-mails :

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

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   Looking for information on some British ships around 1950-1954

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

 Great website.

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

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


Regards,
Ian Rae

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Can anyone identify this USN lapel badge ?

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

   Can anyone identify the badge ?

2018-02-18 @ 1320

 

19 May 2018

Hello Douglas,

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

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

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

Bill Steel e-mails

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

17 February 2018 @ 2307

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

    Jim Harrison  (Brighton, England) e-mails :

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

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

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

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   German cargo ship MILLERNTOR in 1954

 

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

 

   After unloading she left Ardrossan returning to Narvik.

 

Does anyone have any information or details of MILLERNTOR ?

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" If sufficient inducement "

 James Bridges (Canterbury, England) e-mails –

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

“ If sufficient inducement “

 

23 January 2019 at 2113

 Geoff  (Australia)  e-mails :

 

James Bridges (Canterbury, England) e-mails –

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

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


My understanding of "sufficient inducement" meant if there was

 enough cargo to be lifted to be commercially viable. ”

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Was she “ LAIRDS OAK “ or “ LAIRDSOAK ” ?

   Robert Bothwell (Glasgow) e-mails :

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

 

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Coaster BALLYCASTLE in 1953

 

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

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   Carebeka's coaster RIAN in 1953

 

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

 

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

 

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

  


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

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

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

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

Additional note :

Can anyone supply details of ALPHERAT ?


 

Norwegian Tanker RAILA in 1953

 

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

 

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

 Fred from Formby (Merseyside, England, writes

 

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

 

Can someone tell something about these services ? ”

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CHANTALA  (Worcester Park, Surrey) writes :

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

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

   All I can remember now is “Asti aria kurro”

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

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

 

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

  


 

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

 

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

  


Anchor Line advertisement of 1871

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

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

Thank you.

Still laughing

Fred of Formby, Merseyside, England.

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

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German cargo ship RUHR in 1953

 

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

 

   Has anyone got any details of this ship ?

 

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British coaster J B KEE in 1957

 

 Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England) writes :

 

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

 

   Anyone have details of this ship ?

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 Jim Allbright (London) e-mails :

 

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

 

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

 

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SUNBEAR of Saguenay Terminals.

 

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

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

Captain Bryn Wayt writes :

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

James Jeffries replies :

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

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

   In 1972 she was scrapped in Santander, Spain.

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

 

Billy MacAulay (Moderator and Senior Member) writes :

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

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

  

 

  


 

   Why was LADY McGOWAN IN Loch Riddon ?

 

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

 

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

 

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

  


John Kelly's coaster BALLYCLARE in late 1953.

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

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Small boat sailor writes from Inverkip :

 

 

 

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

 

   Does anyone know anything of these two launches ?

 

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

 

   Sandy

  


Mystery of CVC in Prince’s Dock area of Glasgow

   In 1958 the Clyde Shipping Company’s coaster PLADDA

 was listed as berthed in CVC in Prince’s Dock

 area in Glasgow.

   Does anyone know where CVC was ?

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

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Pacific Steam Navigation’s KENUTA at Puna in 1957

 

Tom Hayworth e-mails :

 

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

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Ben Line’s Far-East coaster BENVEG in 1957

 

Leith Man e-mails

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

for BENVEG as I had never heard of her.

 

Anyone have any more information please ?

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SPRINGFIELD QUAY, GLASGOW

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

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

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

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


MYSTERY SHIP PORTHOLE

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I have a very short video posted on youtube of a porthole that I am trying to identify. It is more than likely WW1 era. Glass window is 14" in diameter and the entire assembly weighs 132 lbs. The name of the youtube video is Mystery Ship Porthole and I will leave a link. Thanks

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

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LASHERCIA ..... A Spanish coaster in 1962

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

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Clyde Navigation Trust launches GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

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

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Carrickfergus (Northern Ireland) in January 1963.

From Sean R  (Larne, Northern Ireland)

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


 

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Netherlands coaster MADO in 1963

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

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CARGOES FOR BEIRA BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ONLY

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

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

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Holland America cargo ship DUIVENDYK

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


 

Information needed on cargo ship KORBACH in 1958

 

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

 

Does anyone have any information on KORBACH ?


 

“Conducting their business in Great Waters” series

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


WHERE IS " PULO BOKOM "

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

"Hydatina" of Croydon, England, writes :

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

Note : The event for CALCHAS has been amended accordingly.


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

 

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

          

Click on these images to enlarge them

First is maybe.... Cruzeiro Do Sul

Below it is maybe.... Templar

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

Further down maybe... La Manche

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

     

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


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

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

A Manson writes :

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


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


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


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

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


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

A Manson writes :

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


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


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


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


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

A Manson replies; 

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


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.