Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

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Sunday, July 2, 1944 @ 1000
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
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Glasgow's Queen's Dock in World War 2

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Wednesday, June 6, 1956 @ 1100
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND (1942-1958 Passenger liner of Canadian Pacific Line, Liverpool) Own Page

EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND boarding Pilot in the Firth of Clyde

Ship's locationFirth of Clyde (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage26,032

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Tuesday, April 12, 1966 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
SPARTA (1940- General cargo coaster 41 meters long owned by Klaas Rense Pronk, Groningen and managed by Carebeka N.V., Groningen) Own Page

Carebeka coaster SPARTA goes aground at Berwick on the east coast of Scotland

Ship's locationBerwick (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryGroningen (Netherlands)
Net Tonnage136
Gross Tonnage291



   The Dutch general cargo coaster SPARTA went aground on the estuary of the River Tweed at Berwick on the East coast of Scotland.


   Heavy seas were running outside the port and SPARTA, despite being warned that the port was closed to shipping, attempted to enter and crossed the sandbar at the entrance and grounded about 100 metres up the estuary.


   A Coastguard rescue team stood by and an attempt was made to free the vessel but she remained fast aground.



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Saturday, February 6, 1954 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
PARAGUAY STAR (1947-1969 Passenger / cargo liner 503 feet long of Blue Star Line, London : Scrapped in 1969) Own Page

Blue Star Line's PARAGUAY STAR fouls port anchor of Van Nievelt, Goudriaan's ALPHERAT

Sailing forBuenos Aires (Argentina)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Sailed from berthMontevideo (Uruguay)Gross Tonnage10,722

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.


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Tuesday, April 13, 1954 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
DEERPOOL (1950-1961 General cargo ship of Ropner Shipping Company : Scrapped in 1972) Own Page

Ropner's DEERPOOL closes at Liverpool for receiving cargo for U.S. Gulf Ports

Ship's locationLiverpoolPort of RegistryU.K.
Sailing forU.S. Gulf PortsGross Tonnage5,169
Ships agentBahr, Behrend & Company, India Buildings, Liverpool 2 Phone CENtral 4871

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Friday, April 1, 1955 @ 1000
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Undated Clan Line & Holt Shipping Itineraries possibly for around 1955

This listing was found in Clan Line company correspondence.   There was no date on the pages and we have suggested that 1955 may be relevant as the list was in papers for around that time.

However if anyone can suggest a more appropriate date then please let us know.



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Monday, June 1, 1908 @ 1000
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Map of Irvine Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland) in 1908

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

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Wednesday, March 13, 1968 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
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Ross & Marshall's coastal general cargo vessels around West of Scotland on 13th March 1968

DAWNLIGHT 1 had arrived from Brodick (Isle of Arran) and now at Glenarm (Northern Ireland) loading Lime for Stranraer, for the account of J. Smith

 MOONLIGHT on passage from Workington (England) to Ayr.  P.M. at Ayr and loading Bagged Malt for Bruicladdich, Isle of Islay, for the account of Bruichladdich Distillery.

 POLARLIGHT on passage from Lochboisdale (South Uist, Outer Hebrides) where she had discharged a part cargo of Coal from Ayr, to Portree, Isle of Skye with the remaining part cargo of Coal (account of Beaton, Coal Merchants)

 RAYLIGHT at Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay, discharging empty whisky casks which she had loaded at Paisley (for various accounts)

 WARLIGHT on passage from Paisley to Port Ellen, Isle of Islay with a cargo of bricks, etc. (for account of Costain & Sons)

 STORMLIGHT at Craighouse, Isle of Jura, loading casks of whisky for Paisley (account of J & J Distillers) and building materials for Paisley (account of Bovis Ltd.)

 TOWARD LASS on charter from William Burke and on hire to U.S. Navy at Holy Loch for 3rd day


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Tuesday, September 10, 1963 @ 1815
GEORGINA V EVERARD ( 1951-1978 General cargo coaster 306 feet long of F T Everard, London) Own Page

GEORGINA V EVERARD arrives at Rothesay Dock, Clydebank with a cargo of clinker from London

Arrived fromLondon (England, UK)Port of RegistryLondon
Arrived in berth5 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (head North)Gross Tonnage2,535
Draught forward on arrival17' 00"Deadweght Tonnage3,297
Draught aft on arrival19' 09"
Cargo carried on arrival3,040 tons of clinker

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Monday, February 1, 1960 @ 2120
DEVON COAST (1947-1963 General cargo coaster of Coast Lines, Liverpool) Own Page

DEVON COAST leaves Ardrossan Harbour for Belfast

Sailing forBelfast (Northern Ireland)Port of RegistryLiverpool
Sailed from berthArdrossan Harbour (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)
Master of vessel on sailingP G Lynch
Ships agentBurns & Laird Lines Ltd, Harbour, Ardrossan

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Monday, April 30, 1962 @ 0800
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Vessels due or expected by Glasgow Harbour & Traffic Dept. dated 30 April 1962

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

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Saturday, May 18, 1957 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
SHILLONG (1948-1957 Cargo liner of P & O Line, London) Own Page

P & O cargo liner SHILLONG in collision with two dhows in the Suez Canal

Ship's locationSuez Canal at Km 76.7Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage8,934

The Suez Canal Authority at Port Said reported that the P & O cargo liner SHILLONG on passage from Hamburg to Kobe was southbound in the Suez Canal at Km 76.7 when she was in collision with two dhows which had drifted in the centre of the Canal and were unable to clear passage due to lack of wind, despite repeated warning signals by SHILLONG.

   DHOW No 79 is alleged to have sustained a broken mast and DHOW No. 336 sank with her full cargo of gravel.

   A Canal Authority crane later lifted the sunken Dhow in pieces and dumped them on the east bank.


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Sunday, June 1, 1902 @ 1000
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Advertisment for sailings in 1902 from Ardrossan to Belfast and Portrush (Northern Ireland)

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Thursday, April 1, 1954 @ 1200
SWEDRU (1948-1965 General cargo ship of Elder Dempster Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Elder Dempster Lines cargo ship SWEDRU struck Apapa Wharf, Lagos while berthing at the port

Ship's locationLagos (Nigeria)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Arrived fromLiverpool (England, UK)Gross Tonnage4,809

      Lagos Port Authority reported that the Elder Dempster Lines cargo ship SWEDRU struck Apapa Wharf while berthing at the port.   The vessel had experienced a fault in her steering gear and had sustained a twisted stem. 

   She left later that day for DUALA


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Friday, April 1, 1966 @ 1100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
ROSEBANK (1959-1976 General cargo ship of Andrew Weir & Co Ltd, London) Own Page

Woman passenger from Bank Line's cargo ship ROSEBANK is killed by a terrorist grenade at Aden

Ship's locationAden (Yemen - a port at the southern entrance to the Red Sea)Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Gross Tonnage8,694

      A British woman passenger from the Bank Line cargo ship ROSEBANK was killed by a grenade at Aden.

   The ship was bunkering with fuel oil at the buoys in Aden Harbour and the woman and her husband and a number of other Britons from the vessel had gone ashore and were standing outside a restaurant when a terrorist threw a grenade at them.

   The woman was killed and her husband and three others from her party were injured.   A number of Arabs in the vicinity were also injured in the explosion and the killer immediately ran off.

   British Army personnel were quickly at the scene and the injured Britons were taken to the Army Hospital for treatment.

   An Official at Aden, which is a British Protectorate, stressed that passengers and crews from ships should not go ashore as terrorists had murdered six people in the previous two weeks.


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Saturday, March 16, 1957 @ 1000
LAIRDSGLEN (1954-1974 Cargo vessel with Burns and Laird Lines, Glasgow) Own Page

Fire in number 1 hold of LAIRDSGLEN at Dublin

Ship's locationDublin (Eire / Ireland)Port of RegistryGlasgow

   A fire broke out in number 1 hold of the Burns & Laird coastal cargo ship LAIRDSGLEN while she was at Dublin and loading cargo for Glasgow.  

   The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished and some cargo was damaged but the vessel herself was not thought to have been damaged.   The damaged cargo was discharged back to the dockside.


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Wednesday, January 24, 1912 @ 1230
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
ITAPURA (1912-1961 A140-passenger / refrigerated cargo steamer 300 feet long of Companhia Nacional de Navegacao Costeira, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: Scrapped 1961)  Own Page

Brasilian Steamer ITAPURA launched by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon

Ship's locationAilsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Troon (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryRio de Janeiro, Brasil
Net Tonnage1,179
Gross Tonnage2,080


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Wednesday, August 27, 1958 @ 1405
CLAN MACTAVISH ( 1949 - 1971 General cargo liner 506 feet long of Clan Line Steamers, Glasgow : Scrapped 1971) Own Page

CLAN MACTAVISH arrives in Glasgow from Aden via Belfast

Arrived fromAden via BelfastPort of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berth6 King George V Dock, Glasgow (head South)Gross Tonnage8,035
Draught forward on arrival17' 07"
Draught aft on arrival21' 06"
Cargo carried on arrival1,886 tons of general cargo
Commenced discharge of inward cargo0800 on 28th August
Stevedore discharging inward cargoRenfrew Stevedore Company
Completed discharge of inward cargo1100 on 2nd September
Ships agentCayzer, Irvine & Co. Ltd. / Clan Line, 109 Hope Street, Glasgow

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Friday, April 15, 1966 @ 0800
LAURENTIA (1947 - 1967 Passenger/cargo liner 455 feet long with Donaldson Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Donaldson Line's LAURENTIA opens for receiving cargo for Montreal

Ship's locationPrince's Dock, Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Gross Tonnage8249






s.s.  LAURENTIA  Receiving 15th – 22nd April




Receiving 25th April – 29th April




For freight rates apply 14 St Vincent Place (CENtral 3901)

and for Passenger Fares phone CITy 8577


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Tuesday, September 16, 3017 @ 0945
QUEEN MARY (2016- Static Museum ship berthed at Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow) Own Page

The QUEEN MARY undergoing restoration at her permanent berth at the Glasgow Science Centre. 

Ship's locationGlasgow Science Centre, Pacific Quay, Glasgow.Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)


Jim McIntosh writes:

   I am on holiday in Glasgow (born in Pollokshaws) and touring the West of Scotland for the next four weeks.

   The QUEEN MARY undergoing restoration at her permanent berth at the Glasgow Science Centre.  

   This is the first time that I have seen her since about 1970 when we emigrated to Sydney. Australia and I was aghast at seeing that horrendous yellow colour on her funnels.   The buff colour she had in the Caledonian Steam Packet days suited her much better, as did the wider single funnel.

   Surely the restorers could have had a buff paint mixed at one of the Glasgow Hardware Stores.    


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Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 0935
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Derelict and disused Govan Drydocks, Govan, Glasgow on 16 September 2017

Ship's locationGovan Drydocks, Govan, Glasgow


   In the first image you will see in the background the tall Glasgow Tower of the Glasgow Science Centre at Pacific Quay (the quay was formerly called Plantation Quay).

   Just below the tower are the twin yellow funnels (Americans call them Stacks) of the former Clyde excursion steamer QUEEN MARY 11, but now known simply as QUEEN MARY.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 0920
GLENLEE (1992- A 3-masted barque 245.34 feet (74.83 met long and a static floating museum ship at Riverside Museum, Glasgow)) Own Page

GLENLEE at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Ship's locationRiverside Museum, Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)



Noticeboard for the free-of-charge small passenger ferry which runs the short distance across the River Clyde from the public car park at Govan directly to a pontoon beside the GLENLEE at the Riverside Museum



GLENLEE at the Riverside Museum of Transport, Pointhouse, Glasgow.   The Museum is built on the land which once housed Inglis Shipyard at Pointhouse, the West Basin (now infilled) and Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow.



Pontoon at River Kelvin adjacent to the Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow.    


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Tuesday, March 26, 1957 @ 1700
PORT LAUNCESTON (1957-1977 Cargo Liner of Port Line Ltd., London) Own Page

PORT LAUNCESTON closes for receiving cargo at London for Australia

Sailing forAdelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Launceston and Hobart Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailed from berth8 King George V Dock, LondonGross Tonnage10,468
Ships agentPort Line Ltd., Cunard House, 88 Leadenhall Street, London E.C.3.






PORT LAUNCESTON      Closing London March 26

8 King George V Dock

Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Launceston and Hobart                                     

Closing March 23 for Tasmanian cargo


PORT MELBOURNE    Closing Hamburg April 8,

Antwerp April 10,  London April 16 (8 King George V Dock)

Melbourne, Sydney,  Launceston and Hobart                                     

Closing April 13 for Tasmanian cargo





TREWELLARD     Closing London April 8

for  Lyttelton and Timaru, via Suva




LONDON  E.C.3.    Phone  AVEnue 1270


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Tuesday, March 19, 1957 @ 1525
IRISH ELM (1953-1963 General cargo ship of Irish Shipping Ltd., Dublin : Scrapped 1972 ) Own Page

IRISH ELM arrives in Glasgow with a cargo of grain from Philadelphia (U.S.A.)

Arrived fromPhiladelphia (U.S.A.)Port of RegistryDublin (Ireland)
Arrived in berth3 Meadowside Quay, GlasgowGross Tonnage5,828
Draught forward on arrival24' 02"
Draught aft on arrival26' 00"
Cargo carried on arrival7,500 tons of Grain
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1300 on 20th March
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClyde Navigation Trust
Completed discharge of inward cargo1815 on 25th March
Outward cargoLight ship - no cargo on board
Ships agentJohn S Braid, Glasgow

   Irish Shipping’s cargo ship IRISH ELM arrived at berth 3 Meadowside Quay, Glasgow at 1525 on 19th March 1957.

   Two Clyde Shipping Company tugs brought her to the berth and she tied up with her head west (that is heading downriver) and drawing 24’ 02” forward and 26’ 00” aft and was carrying 7,500 tons of grain from Philadelphia U.S.A.   Her Agent in Glasgow was the John S Braid Company.

   At 1100 on 20th March, to position the ship for unloading, IRISH ELM shifted along the quayside to berth 2, her draught being unchanged.

   Clyde Navigation Trust began unloading the grain to the adjacent huge Meadowside Granary at 1300 on 20th March and completed discharge at 1815 on 25th March.

   On 22nd March the harbour oiler SHELL MEX 5 came alongside and bunkered her with 300 tons of fuel oil and on 25th March SHELL MEX 5 again came alongside, this time bunkering her with 220 tons of fuel oil.

   Assisted by two Clyde Shipping tugs, IRISH ELM left her berth light ship (= no cargo on board = empty of cargo) at 2155 on 25th March and, drawing 11’ 00” forward and 18’ 00” aft, made her way down the River Clyde and out past Ireland and across the Atlantic Ocean to Key West in Florida, U.S.A. for orders.   Quite quaintly, the Dock Log-Book describes Key West as “Quay West.”


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Tuesday, May 19, 1970 @ 1500
UGANDA ((1951- Passenger (700) / refrigerated cargo liner 517 feet long of British India Steam Navigation Company, London) Own Page

UGANDA leaves Leith on a cruise to Vigo, Gibraltar, Malaga and Lisbon

Ship's locationLeith (Scotland)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Sailing forVigo, Gibraltar, Malaga and LisbonGross Tonnage14,464

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Wednesday, April 27, 1966 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
H.M.S. WALRUS (1961-1987 Porpoise class submarine 290 feet long of Royal Navy, London) Own Page

Girl stows away on Royal Navy submarine H.M.S. WALRUS

Ship's locationNear Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.Port of RegistryAdmiralty, London


   Incredible as it may sound a girl stowed-away on a British Navy Submarine.

   The Royal Navy submarine H.M.S. WALRUS had been at Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. on a courtesy visit after completing Naval exercises in the Atlantic and had left Baltimore on passage for the Holy Loch in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.

   About five hours after leaving Baltimore a girl stowaway was found hiding in the submarine’s conning tower.   She said that she wanted to go to England to see her father who was stationed there with the U.S. Military.

   The submarine returned to Baltimore and Police removed the girl from the ship.

   H.M.S. WALRUS is a Porpoise class submarine and was built by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Greenock.   She was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1961, is 290 feet long, has a complement of 71 men and has 8 torpedo tubes and carries 30 torpedoes.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 1900
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Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 0800
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Elder Dempster Lines sailings to West Africa in May and June 1957




 Head Office :  India Buildings, Water Street, Liverpool 2

Agencies at Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow.

London Freight Agents : Killick Martin & Co. Ltd.,

Dunster House, 20 Mark Lane, London, E.C.3.

Palm Line Ltd., Unilever House, Blackfriars, London E.C.4.

Guinea Gulf Line Ltd., India Buildings, Water Street, Liverpool 2




U.K. and CONTINENT  and   U.S.A. and CANADA

to and from  WEST AFRICA




FROM  LIVERPOOL            Cargo received


GAMBIA PALM               May 27-29

(North No. 2 Queen’s Dock) for Freetown


SHONGA                       June 1-5 for Takoradi

May 24-31 for Cape Coast, Winneba, Accra

(S.W. Brunswick Dock)


ACCRA            May 30 – June 6

( S E No. 1 Canada Dock) for

Freetown, Takoradi, Apapa


 FROM  SWANSEA   (via Liverpool)


EBOE          May 23 – June 1

( “F” Shed Kings Dock) for

Freetown, Takoradi, Accra, Lagos, Apapa,

Duala, Victoria, Calabar


FROM  GLASGOW   (via Liverpool)


KADUNA     Dates to be announced

(Berth to be arranged) for

Freetown, Takoradi, Accra, + Cotonou,

Apapa, Port Harcourt, Duala, Victoria,

*Tiko, Calabar






(13/14 Tilbury Dock)   

June 3-11 for Apapa

June 3-7 for

Lagos, Calabar, Victoria, *Tiko, Duala




EGORI       Antwerp June 8,  Bremen June 11

Hamburg June 15,  Rotterdam June 19  for

Dakar, Takoradi, Lagos, Port Harcourt


* If sufficient inducement

+ Limited quantity only


 All Sailings and itineraries are subject to alteration or

cancellation without notice, and all bookings are made subject to Terms and Conditions of Carrier’s B/L.



Additional e-mail :   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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Sunday, April 24, 1966 @ 0800
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Ben Line on 24 and 25 April 1966


BENARMIN at London 24 April for Hamburg

BENARTY at Singapore 25 April for Hong Kong

BENATTOW at Rejang 24 April for Bugo

BENCLEUCH at Port Said 25 April for Aden

BENDEARG at London 24 April for Suez

BENDORAN at Hong Kong 24 April for Singapore

BENGLOE at Yokohama 24 April for Kaohsiung

BENHIANT left Bugo 25 April for Rejang

BENLOYAL left Port Swettenham 24 April for Aden

BENMACDHUI at Bangkok 22 April for Hong Kong

BENMHOR at London 25 April for Port Said

BENNEVIS at Singapore 25 April for Port Swettenham


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Sunday, April 24, 1966 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
TRENEGLOS (1964-1974 tramp-cargo ship of New Zealand Shipping Co. / Hain-Nourse Ltd, London : Scrapped 1985) Own Page

Hain-Nourse cargo ship TRENEGLOS in collision with the Greek tanker JOANNA V at Beira

Ship's locationBeira (Mozambique)Port of RegistryLondon
Net Tonnage5,793
Gross Tonnage9,976
Deadweght Tonnage14,457

The Beira Port Authority in Mozambique reported that the British cargo ship TRENEGLOS had been in collision with the Greek tanker JOANNA V in Beira Port.

   The tanker had arrived about two weeks previously amid controversy about bringing oil to Beira in contravention of the British Royal Navy blockade of oil imports which could be going to Rhodesia.

   JOANNA V sustained damage to her stern.   There was no report of any damage to TRENEGLOS, a general cargo ship 505 feet long and 9,976 gross tons and owned by New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd., London, and managed by Hain-Nourse Ltd, London.

Additional note : Does anyone have details of JOANNA V ?


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Sunday, April 17, 1966 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
MANCHESTER MERCHANT (1951-1967 General cargo liner of Manchester Liners, Manchester) Own Page

MANCHESTER MERCHANT makes a distress call reporting a fire in a hold

Ship's locationNorth Atlantic about 450 miles from Cape Race, NewfoundlandPort of RegistryManchester (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage7,651

   The U.S. Coast Guard at New York reported that the British freighter MANCHESTER MERCHANT had radioed a distress call asking for assistance in tackling a fire in a hold which is next to a hold containing 600 tons of fuel oil.

   The ship is in the North Atlantic about 450 miles from Cape Race, Newfoundland, and on passage from Jacksonville, Florida with a general cargo to Belfast and Manchester.   She has a crew of 46 and is carrying 12 passengers.

   MANCHESTER MERCHANT was built by Barclay Curle’s Blythswood Shipbuilding Company at Whiteinch, Glasgow in 1951 and is a general cargo ship of 7,651 gross tons and owned by Manchester Liners of Manchester, England.

   The Coast Guard later advised that MANCHESTER MERCHANT had cancelled her earlier distress call and that the fire was now under control.


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Monday, May 27, 1957 @ 1700
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P & O / B. I. Sailings from U.K. and Continent in June and July 1957


P & O  /  B. ­I.




With liberty to proceed via Suez, The Cape or Panama




Australia  (Closing Dates)


(s)  PINJARRA  ….  London (9 KGV Dock) May 27

Marseilles June 1   Genoa June 3



(s)    STRATHEDEN  ….  London (Tilbury Dock)

June 19 (Sydney cargo),  June 20 (other ports)



(s)  BALLARAT  …. Middlesbrough June 17

   London June 29 (Sydney cargo),  July 1 (other ports)



  Refrigerated Space

(s)  Via Suez


Far East via Suez  (Closing Dates)


(r)  SUNDA  …. Southampton May 25


* (r)  CORFU  ….  Southampton May 29


§ ¶ (r)  SALSETTE  …. (a) London June 5

London June 6   Southampton June 11

(a)  Manila,  Hong  Kong,  North China cargo


  (r)  SALMARA  ….  (a) London June 12

Antwerp May 27,  London June 13,  Rotterdam June 17

(a)  Manila,  Hong  Kong,  Japan,  North China cargo


*  Penang,  Singapore,  Hong  Kong

  Penang,  Port  Swettenham,  Singapore,  Manila,

Otaru,  Yokohama,  Nagoya,  Kobe  and  Shanghai

  Port  Swettenham,  Singapore,  Manila,  Hong  Kong,

Hsinkang  and  Tsingtao

§  Also calls Penang

(r)  Refrigerated Space

 Licensed cargo only

  Also calls Otaru,  Yokohama,  Nagoya  and  Kobe

All vessels take cargo for Bangkok with transhipment at Singapore





via  SUEZ

(Closing Dates)

With liberty to call at other Indian and East and West Pakistan Ports

KARMALA  (P & O)  Rotterdam June 12

Antwerp June 14,   Middlesbrough June 18,  London June 20


* CHILKA  (B.I.)  ….  Middlesbrough June 21,

Antwerp June 25,  Rotterdam June 27,  London July 4


§  CHINKOA  (B.I.)  ….  Hamburg June 28,

Antwerp July 3,  Rotterdam July 6,  Middlesbrough July 10,  London July 18


§  SOCOTRA  (P & O)  ….  Middlesbrough July 19

Rotterdam July 23,  Antwerp July 25,  London August 1


* Calls Port Sudan and Aden

§  Calls Aden



(Closing Dates)

 (With liberty to call at other Indian and Pakistan Ports.  

Cargo also accepted under through Bills of Lading via

Bombay to Bedi Bunder, Navalakhi, Port Okha, Bhavnagar, Seychelles, Cochin, and Persian Gulf Ports etc.)


DONGOLA  (P & O)  Marseilles May 28,  Genoa May 30


  TREVEAN  (P & O)  ….  Antwerp May 29

London May 6,  Marseilles June 16,  Genoa May 18


§  PADANA  (B.I.)  ….  Middlesbrough June 9,

Rotterdam June 13,  Antwerp June 15,  London June 22


A  STEAMER  (P & O)  ….  Middlesbrough June 26,

Rotterdam June 30,  Antwerp July 3,  London July 11


  Also calls Gibraltar if sufficient inducement

§  Also accepts cargo for Jeddah, Massawa and Aden









* PADANA  ….  Middlesbrough June 9

Rotterdam June 13,  Antwerp June 15,  London June 22

*  Not calling Port Sudan

The above vessel has liberty to call at Ceuta or Algiers






 KENYA  ….  London June 4

 Also calls Nacala



122 Leadenhall Street,  E.C.3    (AVEnue 8000)

14/16 Cockspur Street,  S.W.1   (WHItehall 4444)


4 Lloyds Avenue,  E.C.3.   (ROYal 9181)

Zetland Buildings, Middlesbrough   (M’bro 2381)

G.S.N. CO. LTD.,  91 Bothwell Street,  Glasgow  C.2.

(CENtral 2803 & 6643)



B.I.S.N. CO. LTD.,  One Aldgate, E.C.3.   (ROYal 4535)


One Aldgate, E.C.3.   (ROYal  1272)

GOSMAN & SMITH LTD.,   Middlesbrough and

Newcastle to Bombay, Kathiawar Ports & Karachi,

96/98 Leadenhall Street,  E.C.3.   (AVEnue 5171)


Zetland Buildings, Middlesbrough      (M’bro 3086)


News Event

Saturday, April 1, 1950 @ 1000
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
RAJULA (1926-1973 Passenger / cargo liner 462 feet long of British India Steam Navigation Co Ltd., London : Scrapped 1974) Own Page

British India Steam Navigation Company Postcard of RAJULA on Madras-Nagapattinam-Straits Service

Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Net Tonnage4,702
Gross Tonnage8,478


Company Postcard of RAJULA.

   On the reverse side of the card is


s.s. “RAJULA”                                 STRAITS SERVICE

8496 tons 



News Event

Wednesday, March 6, 1963 @ 1400
Own Page

Ice on the River Clyde at Glasgow Harbour

Ship's locationUpper Harbour at Glasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 1345
Own Page

Former Admiralty Jetty (now used by yachtsmen and small boats) in Gourock Bay

Ship's locationGourock Bay (Firth of Clyde. Scotland, U.K.)


   Contributed by Jim McKenzie :

 I was brought up in Gourock and remember the jetty being often used by small RMAS (Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service) vessels.   The big Ocean-going tug ROYSTERER (or was it ROLLICKER ?) always seemed to be a permanent fixture at the jetty.

Something I often wondered about was why this big tug was stationed in Gourock Bay, which is relatively remote, when the tug could have been berthed at the Admiralty bases at Great Harbour, Greenock or across the water at R.N. Base at the Gare Loch.


News Event

Monday, January 6, 1969 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
OTHELLO (1966-1977 Deep-sea Fishing Trawler Registered H389 and 224 feet long of Associated Fisheries Ltd.of Hull : Scrapped 1984) Own Page

British trawler OTHELLO reported on fire 100 miles off Norway and crew taken off

Ship's locationNorth Sea about 100 miles off the coast of NorwayPort of RegistryHull (England)
Net Tonnage672
Gross Tonnage1,574


   The Norwegian Coastguard reported that the British fishing trawler OTHELLO owned by Associated Fisheries Ltd. of Hull was on fire about 100 nautical miles off the coast of Norway.   The crew have been taken aboard another British trawler, the ROSS AQUILA, owned by the Ross Group of Grimsby.

   OTHELLO was built in 1966 by Yarrow & Co. Ltd. at Scotstoun, Glasgow and is 224 feet-long and employed in fishing in the deep-sea and middle-waters off Norway and Iceland


News Event

Tuesday, April 12, 1966 @ 0800
CITY OF OTTAWA (1963-1971 General cargo ship of Ellerman & Bucknall Line, London) Own Page

Ellerman's CITY OF OTTAWA opens for receiving cargo at Glasgow for the Persian Gulf

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Sailing forPersian GulfGross Tonnage10,017
Ships agentFrank C .Strick & Co. (Glasgow) Ltd., 95 Bothwell Street, Glasgow C 2 Telephone CITy 6131









Receiving Glasgow  ….  12th – 20th April







Receiving Grangemouth  ….  12th – 18th April






 For further details, apply



Phone  CITy  6131


News Event

Monday, February 11, 1946 @ 1000
Own Page

February 1946 Advert by McCallum, Orme & Co. Ltd for their sailings from Glasgow to West Highlands



For  Islay,  Colonsay,  Oban,  Iona,  Mull,

Coll,  Tiree,  Skye,  Harris,  Uist  &  Barra





 Carrying  Subject  to  Conditions  on  Sailing  Bill


News Event

Sunday, September 10, 2017 @ 1500
Own Page

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


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 ?



News Event

Monday, September 2, 1963 @ 2200
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
BRITISH CAVALIER (1962-1975 Bridge amidships crude oil carrier 760 feet long of B P Tanker Co. Ltd, London : Scrapped 1975 Own Page

B.P. Tanker BRITISH CAVALIER lands a sick crewman at Gourock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland

Ship's locationFirth of Clyde (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Gross Tonnage32,184
Deadweght Tonnage54,557


   The 32,184 gross ton B.P. oil tanker BRITISH CAVALIER had to make a full 180° turn in the Firth of Clyde to land a sick crewman.

   The ship had left Finnart Oil Terminal in Loch Long after discharging a cargo of crude oil from the Middle East and was on her way out from the Clyde when a crewman was reported to be seriously ill.

   The Master turned the 760-feet long ship in the Firth of Clyde off Arran and brought her to Gourock where a Clyde Pilot vessel came alongside the tanker and took the man to Gourock Pier where an ambulance was waiting to take him to Hospital.


News Event

Wednesday, June 1, 1955 @ 1000
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
Own Page

Dorland Agency Advert in William Sloan Company Correspondence

News Event

Friday, February 26, 1960 @ 1530
LAIRDSROCK (1947-1966 General cargo 2-hatch coaster 166 feet long of Burns & Laird Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Burns & Laird's LAIRDSROCK leaves Greenock for Belfast and shelters from Gale in Loch Ryan

Sailing forBelfast (Northern Ireland)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Sailed from berthGreenock, ScotlandNet Tonnage234
Gross Tonnage471

News Event

Thursday, March 23, 1933 @ 1100
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
CRAIGIEHALL (1903-1963 Bucket Ladder Dredger 192 feet long of Trustees of Clyde Navigation, Glasgow : Scrapped 1963) Own Page

Dredger CRAIGIEHALL and HOPPER NO. 9 at work in the River Clyde

Ship's locationRiver Clyde near GlasgowPort of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Net Tonnage315
Gross Tonnage693

News Event

Wednesday, June 22, 1955 @ 1230
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
EMPRESS OF BRITAIN (1956-1964 Passenger Liner 640 feet long of Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Liverpool : Scrapped 2008) Own Page

New passenger Liner EMPRESS OF BRITAIN launched by Fairfield Shipbuilders, Govan, Glasgow

Ship's locationFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, Govan, Glasgow, Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Net Tonnage13,681
Gross Tonnage25,516
Deadweght Tonnage8,771

News Event

Wednesday, March 20, 1957 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
MONTE URQUIOLA (1949-1975 Passenger / cargo ship of Aznar Line, Bilbao, Spain) Own Page

Aznar Line's MONTE URQUIOLA struck Tower Bridge, London, when arriving from Canary Islands

Ship's locationRiver Thames at Tower Bridge, LondonPort of RegistryBilbao (Spain)
Arrived fromCanary IslandsGross Tonnage7,723
Cargo carried on arrivalPassengers and fresh fruit


   The 7,723 gross ton Spanish passenger and cargo ship MONTE URQUIOLA struck Tower Bridge, London, as she was passing through the bridge on her way upriver to the Upper Pool to berth at New Fresh Wharf.

   The ship, owned by the Aznar Line of Bilbao, was arriving with passengers and a cargo of fresh fruit from the Canary Islands and  sustained only slight damage to her port side


News Event

Sunday, March 24, 1957 @ 1700
BENDORAN (1956-1977 General cargo liner 508 feet long 17 knots of William Thomson's Ben Line of Leith) Own Page

Ben Line's BENDORAN closes at London for receiving cargo for Singapore and Bangkok

Ship's locationC Shed, Victoria Dock, LondonPort of RegistryLeith
Sailing forSingapore and BangkokGross Tonnage10,355
Ships agentKILLICK MARTIN & CO. LTD. (Brokers) 20 Mark Lane, London, E.C.3.  MINcing Lane 3100  (32 lines)Deadweght Tonnage12,100






(r)  BENDORAN  ….  Closing London March 24

for Singapore and Bangkok



Closing Antwerp Mar 25  ..  London Mar 29  ..  Southampton Apr 2

for  Penang,  Singapore,  Port Swettenham,  Hong  Kong



Closing Hamburg Mar 25,  Antwerp Apr 1,  London Apr 8

for Singapore,  Bangkok,  Manila,  Cebu



Closing Hamburg Apr 6  ..  Middlesbrough Apr 12    London Apr 17

for Penang,  Port Swettenham,  Singapore,  Hong Kong



Closing Hamburg Apr 15    London Apr 23

for  Singapore,  Port Swettenham,  Bangkok


Keelung with transhipment    (r) Refrigerator space

London Loading Berth :  C Shed, Victoria Dock



20 Mark Lane, E.C.3.    MINcing Lane 3100  (32 lines)



News Event

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 1515
CW3 (Barge in 2017) Own Page

Barge CW3 working at new construction at Western Ferries Terminal at McInroy's Point, Gourock

Ship's locationWestern Ferries Terminal at McInroy's Point, Gourock, Firth of Clyde



Can anyone tell any details of this barge and what is being constructed ?

News Event

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 1530
SOUND OF SOAY (2013- Passenger and 54-vehicle ferry of Western Ferries, Hunter's Quay, Dunoon( Own Page

SOUND OF SOAY at McInroy's Point, Gourock, Firth of Clyde

Ship's locationWestern Ferries Terminal at McInroy's Point, Gourock, Firth of ClydePort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Arrived fromHunter's Quay, Dunoon, (Firth of Clyde)

SOUND OF SOAY operates on the Western Ferries passenger and vehicle service in the Firth of Clyde between McInroy’s Point and Hunter’s Quay, Dunoon.   The ship was built at Cammell Lairds shipyard in Birkenhead in 2013 and can carry 54 cars.

News Event

Friday, June 1, 1962 @ 1000
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
Own Page

Sealink "We'll show you the way to Europe" poster around 1962

News Event

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 1300
Own Page

Watt Memorial College, Dalrymple Street, Greenock pre-sea Cadet course and sailing in a lifeboat

Ship's locationRoyal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club at Greenock Esplanade


   In the 1960’s the pre-sea Navigating Cadet course at the Watt Memorial College, Dalrymple Street, Greenock used a ship’s lifeboat for practical experience in boat-handling, rowing, sailing and berthing.

   The boat was kept at what was referred to as “Gourock Yacht Club” but now known as “Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club” at their Clubhouse at the Gourock end of Greenock Esplanade.   The boat was rowed and sailed around the lower Firth and Tail-of-the-Bank and Gare Loch and the Cadets were given experience in commanding the others in rowing and also in bringing the boat alongside the stone slipway.

   Captain John Pearson, who taught the Cadets, was in charge of the boat and it is interesting to note that he was President of the Club from 1967 to 1970 as is shown on the Wall-Plaque in the Clubhouse.


The Clubhouse and shore




The slipway where the Cadets practiced bringing the lifeboat alongside.  The approach was made under oars and the Cadet at the tiller gave appropriate orders to the rowers and steered the boat to bring the boat gently to rest at the slip.



News Event

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 1530
RED BARONESS (In 2017 Steel twin screw RO-RO cargo landing craft of Troon Tug Company, Troon) Own Page

Landing craft RED BARONESS arrives in Old Dock of Troon Harbour

Ship's locationOld Dock, Troon, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryTroon (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 @ 0900
Own Page

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News Event

Wednesday, July 28, 1915 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
CLAN CAMPBELL (1914-1916 General cargo ship of Cayzer Irvine / Clan Line, Glasgow : Sunk 1916) Own Page

Clan Line's CLAN CAMPBELL calls at Honolulu to load coal bunkers

Ship's locationHonolulu. (Hawaii)Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Arrived fromPhilippinesGross Tonnage5,988
Sailing forNew York and Boston via Panama Canal
Master of vessel on arrivalWilliam H Price
Cargo carried on arrivalSugar and Hemp

Contributed by Graeme McIver

The British steamer Clan Campbell
carrying a cargo of about 7500 tons of
sugar and hemp from the Philippines,
came into the harbor this morning to
take bunkers. William H. Price is her
master. She will go to New York, and
Boston via Panama 

News Event

Monday, June 1, 1914 @ 1400
CLAN FORBES (1903-1918 Cargo Liner 360 feet long turret-deck steamer of Clan Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Officers of Clan Line's CLAN FORBES probably around 1914 time

Port of RegistryGlasgow
Net Tonnage2,509
Gross Tonnage3,946

Contributed by Graeme McIver

Here is the Clan Forbes crew picture. My grandfather Charles McIver is sat on the front row with his arms folded. He was born in 1871 - my guess is that this was the ship he was on before the Clan Campbell. I think he finished his working life with the White Star line. From a remark between my father and grandmother when I was a child, I think he was on the Clan Campbell when it was sunk (without loss of life). I also attach the Clan Campbell 1915 roster from the national archives. I also attach a text from  a newspaper that I found on the web. I have the original in.PDF but I doubt you'd want to publish that. 
Can anyone put names to the other Officers in the photograph ?


News Event

Monday, March 18, 1957 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
ARAKAKA (1946-1963 General cargo ship of Booker Line, Liverpool : Scrapped 1972) Own Page

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

Ship's locationN.W. Harrington Dock, LiverpoolPort of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Sailing forDemerara (Guyana)Gross Tonnage2,814
Ships agentBOOKER LINE LTD., Martins Bank Building,  Water Street,  Liverpool 2






ARAKAKA  ….  Receiving Mar 18 / Apr 8

N. W. Harrington Dock


For Freight, Passage, etc. apply to


10/12 Little Trinity Lane, E.C.4.

or Owners


Martins Bank Building,  Water Street,  Liverpool 2



Demerara (Dutch: Demerary) is a historical region in the Guianas on the north coast of South America which is now part of the country of Guyana. It was a Dutch colony until 1815 and a county of British Guiana from 1838 to 1966. It was located about the lower courses of the Demerara River, and its main town was Georgetown.

The name "Demerara" comes from a variant of the Arawak word "Immenary" or "Dumaruni" which means "river of the letter wood". Demerara sugar is so named because originally it came from sugar cane fields in the colony of Demerara. 

News Event

Monday, August 12, 1963 @ 1700
ANONITY (1947-1966 Coastal tanker 193 feet long 59m of F T Everard, London : Scrapped 1970) Own Page

Everard's coastal tanker ANONITY arrives at Clydebank with fuel oil from Ellesmere Port

Arrived fromEllesmere Port (Cheshire, England)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Arrived in berth5 Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, Glasgow (head North)Net Tonnage379
Draught forward on arrival12' 04"Gross Tonnage890
Draught aft on arrival14' 10"Deadweght Tonnage900
Cargo carried on arrival846.75 tons of fuel oil
Commenced discharge of inward cargo1830 on 12th August
Completed discharge of inward cargo0110 on 13th August
Outward cargoLight ship - no cargo on board

   Everard’s coastal tanker ANONITY arrived at Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, River Clyde on 12th August 1963 at 1700.

   She had come from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, England and tied up at berth 5 with her head north and was carrying 846.75 tons of fuel oil and her draught forward was 12’ 04” and aft 14’ 10”.

   Discharging commenced at 1830 on 12th August and was completed at 0110 on 13th August.

   On 12th August she bunkered 30 tons of marine diesel fuel oil.

At 0613 on 13th August, light-ship (that is = empty of any cargo) and drawing 7’ 06” forward and 13’ 06” aft she left Rothesay Dock and left the Clyde for sea, to await orders from her owners directing her to somewhere for her next cargo.

News Event

Thursday, May 28, 1992 @ 1400
H.M.S. GANNET (Royal Naval Air Station, Prestwick, Scotland, U.K.) Own Page

Plaque presented by RNAS H.M.S. GANNET to the "Tea Dancers" at Troon Concert Hall, Troon

Ship's locationTroon Concert Hall, Troon, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryAdmiralty, London

Plaque presented by 819 Squadron Royal Naval Air Station H.M.S. GANNET at Prestwick to the "Tea Dancers" at Troon Concert Hall, Troon

News Event

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 0935
1710 U Own Page

Vessel 1710 U in Great Harbour, Greenock

Ship's locationGreat Harbour, Greenock (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)

Can anyone please supply details of this vessel ?

News Event

Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ 0930
S D KYLE OF LOCHALSH (2008- Tug of Serco Marine) Own Page

Tug S D KYLE OF LOCHALSH in Great Harbour, Greenock

Ship's locationGreat Harbour, Greenock (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Gross Tonnage120


Can anyone please supply details of this vessel ?

News Event

Monday, April 3, 1916 @ 1000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
CLAN CAMPBELL (1914-1916 General cargo ship of Cayzer Irvine / Clan Line, Glasgow : Sunk 1916) Own Page

CLAN CAMPBELL sunk by German U-boat U-39 in the Mediterranean

Ship's locationMediterranean Sea, 29 miles south east of Cape BonPort of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Sailing forGlasgow (Scotland, UK)Gross Tonnage5,988


On 3rd April 1916 CLAN CAMPBELL was on passage from Tuticorin (India) to Glasgow with a general cargo when she was torpedoed, shelled then sunk by German U-boat U-39 (Commander Walter Forstmann) in the Mediterranean, 29 miles south east of Cape Bon, in position 36° 47"N  11° 33"E and there were no casualties.


News Event

Wednesday, July 28, 1915 @ 0000
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
CLAN CAMPBELL (1914-1916 General cargo ship of Cayzer Irvine / Clan Line, Glasgow : Sunk 1916) Own Page

Crew List for CLAN CAMPBELL in 1915

Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Gross Tonnage5,988


Contributed by Graeme McIver

BT 400/3990/2  


Ship: Clan Campbell; Official number: 136320. 

W H Price; rank/rating, Master; age, 57; place of birth, Liverpool; previous ship, Clan Macdougall. 

W P Smith; rank/rating, 1st Mate; age, 36; place of birth, Glasgow; previous ship, Clan Macquarrie. 

W Pollock; rank/rating, 2nd Mate; age, 30; place of birth, Swatow, Nbbs; previous ship, Clan Sutherland. 

J W Durling; rank/rating, 3rd Mate; age, 23; place of birth, London; previous ship, Clan Macdonald. 

John S Munro; rank/rating, 4th Mate and Assistant Wireless; age, 24; place of birth, Edinburgh; previous ship, Oriflamme. 

N Grady; rank/rating, Carpenter; age, 38; place of birth, Govan; previous ship, Clan Mcarthur. 

J H Morton; rank/rating, Steward; age, 39; place of birth, Dublin; previous ship, Clan Urquhart. 

Charles McIver; rank/rating, 1st Engineer; age, 43; place of birth, Cookstown; previous ship, Clan Macbride. 

John Creber; rank/rating, 2nd Engineer; age, 48; place of birth, Devonshire; previous ship, Clan Macewan. 

J M Arnott; rank/rating, 3rd Engineer; age, 25; place of birth, Ibrox; previous ship, Clan Macintyre. 

Thomas D Symons; rank/rating, 4th Engineer; age, 23; place of birth, Selkirk; previous ship, Clan Murray. 

Andrew C Fraser; rank/rating, 5th Engineer; age, 21; place of birth, Kirkaldy; previous ship, first. 

L G Sparks; rank/rating, Wireless Operator; age, 18; place of birth, Bristol; previous ship, first. 

Richard Hay; rank/rating, Apprentice; year of birth, 1895; place of birth, Leith; Indentured at Glasgow in 1911. 

Frederick Joseph Hurst; rank/rating, Apprentice; year of birth, 1896; place of birth, Londonderry; Indentured at Liverpool in 1913. 



News Event

Wednesday, March 13, 1957 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
Own Page

Palm Line vessels in mid-March 1957

AFRICA PALM arrived Takoradi 15 March from Sapele

ASHANTI PALM arrived Douala 13 March for Liverpool

ASHANTI PALM sailed from Douala 14 March for Accra

ASHANTI PALM arrived Accra 17 March

BAMENDA PALM arrived Freetown 15 March from Port Harcourt

BENIN PALM arrived Freetown 15 March from Warri

BENIN PALM sailed from Freetown 15 March for Hamburg

DAHOMEY PALM sailed from Sapele 16 March for London and Tyne

GAMBIA PALM sailed from Lagos 16 March for Douala

LAGOS PALM arrived Liverpool 16 March from west coast Africa

MATADI PALM arrived Abonnema 16 March from London

MATADI PALM sailed from Abonnema 16 March

NIGER PALM sailed Takoradi 14 March for Lagos

NIGER PALM arrived Lagos 16 March from Takoradi and London

OGUTA PALM arrived Accra 15 March from London

OPOBO PALM sailed from Liverpool 16 March for west coast Africa

SAPELE PALM arrived Freetown 15 March from Antwerp

SAPELE PALM sailed from Freetown 15 March for Sapele

TAKORADI PALM sailed from Las Palmas 14 March


News Event

Wednesday, May 29, 1957 @ 1700
UMTATA (1944-1960 Passenger /cargo liner of Bullard King's Natal Direct Line, London) Own Page

Bullard Kings UMTATA closes at Middlesbrough for receiving cargo for South and East Africa

Sailing forSouth and East AfricaPort of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailed from berthMiddlesbrough (England)Gross Tonnage7,288
Ships agentT A Bulmer & Co. Ltd.






Cargo and Passenger Service


U.K.  and  CONTINENT  to





UMTATA  Closing Middlesbrough May 29,

Antwerp June 1,  and  London June 6


For rates of Freight etc., apply —



Telephone  Mansion House 5681

Telegrams  “Baronet, Bilgate”

MIDDLESBROUGH  T. A. Bulmer & Co. Ltd.

ANTWERP — John P. Best & Co.,  34-35 Groenplaatz


News Event

Tuesday, November 22, 1955 @ 1700
PORT HARDY (1954-1961 General cargo ship of Port Line, London) Own Page

Port Line's PORT HARDY closes for receiving cargo at London for Australian Ports

Ship's locationLondon (UK)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailing forAustralia Gross Tonnage8,320






PORT HARDY  ….  Closing 8 King George V Dock, London Nov 22





Closing Hamburg Nov 24   Antwerp Nov 26  and

8 King George V Dock, London Dec 6





CRAGMOOR  ….  Closing 17/19 Royal Albert Dock, London Nov 21 for





LONDON     Phone   AVEnue 1290




News Event

Saturday, February 16, 1946 @ 1000
PONCE DE LEON (1943-1962 General cargo "Liberty" ship of U.S. Maritime Commission : Scrapped 1962) Own Page

Liberty ship PONCE DE LEON aground off Dunoon and Clyde puffers lightening her of cargo

Ship's locationGantocks Rocks off Dunoon Pier (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)Port of RegistryU.S.A.

From Wikipedia : Juan Ponce de León 1474 – July 1521) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He became the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown. He led the first known European expedition to La Florida, which he named during his first voyage to the area in 1513. Though in popular culture, he was supposedly searching for the Fountain of Youth, there is no contemporary evidence to support the story, which is likely a myth.

Ponce de León returned to southwest Florida in 1521 to lead the first large-scale attempt to establish a Spanish colony in what is now the continental United States. However, the native Calusa people fiercely resisted the incursion, and de León was seriously wounded in a skirmish. The colonization attempt was abandoned, and its leader died from his wounds soon after returning to Cuba. He was interred in Puerto Rico, and his tomb is located inside of the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista in San Juan.

News Event

Monday, November 21, 1955 @ 1700
EURYBATES (1928-1964 General cargo liner of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool : Scrapped in 1964) Own Page

Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel EURYBATES receiving cargo at Glasgow for the Far East and Indonesia

Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)
Gross Tonnage6,436










† EURYBATES  ….  Receiving now at Glasgow

Closing for cargo at Birkenhead Nov 24





†(R)  AUTOMEDON  ….  Closing for cargo at Birkenhead Nov 24



*MACASSAR  via Amsterdam and Malayan Ports


†(R)  ANTILOCHUS  ….  Closing for cargo at Birkenhead Nov 29





MELAMPUS  ….  Closing for cargo at Birkenhead Dec 2




†Receiving now    (R) Refrigerator space

*With transhipment


Before despatch of goods Shippers must apply—

ALFRED HOLT & CO.,  Liverpool.



BURGESS & CO. LTD.,  Swansea

T. H. COUCH LTD.,  Swansea

JONES, HEARD & CO. LTD.,  Newport



Carriers’ option to proceed via other port

to load and discharge cargo


News Event

Tuesday, March 28, 1961 @ 0800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
Own Page

Conducting their business in Great Waters at the end of March 1961

AMERICAN BANKER from London at Hampton Roads March 28

APAPA at Takoradi March 28 for Lagos

BENAVON from Hong Kong at Hamburg March 29

BENCLEUCH from Hong Kong left Singapore March 29

BENLOMOND from Hamburg at Singapore March 29

BENMACDHUI left Hamburg March 29 for Immingham

BENVANNOCH from East Java left Muntok March 29

BENVRACKIE from Bangkok left Port Swettenham March 29

CANBERRA STAR from Glasgow at Port Elizabeth March 28

CANTON at Southampton March 29 for Hong Kong

CEDRIC at Auckland March 29 for Lyttelton

CHINDWARA left Madras March 28 for London

CITY OF DURHAM from Glasgow at Tanga March 28

CITY OF ELY left Cochin March 29 for London

CITY OF EXETER left Cape Town March 29 for London

CITY OF LIVERPOOL left Liverpool March 28 for Bombay

CITY OF MANCHESTER at Lourenco Marques March 28 for London

CORNWALL left Melbourne March 28 for London

DURANGO at Santos March 28 for Buenos Aires

EBRO at Vitoria March 28 for London

EMPRESS OF ENGLAND at Liverpool March 29 from New York

EVA JEANETTE from Glasgow at Hampton Roads March 28

HIMALAYA left Fremantle March 29 for London

IXION at Brisbane March 29 from Glasgow

KADEIK at Cape Coast March 29 for London

NORDIC at Fremantle March 28 from Glasgow

OTAKI at Fremantle March 29 for Brisbane

QUEEN ELIZABETH from Southampton at New York March 29

RANGITIKI left Wellington March 28 for London

SINALOA from Southampton at Kingston (Jamaica) March 28

SURREY left Aden March 28 for London

TARANAKI left Napier March 29 for Southampton

WAROONGA left Suez March 28 for Sydney

WORCESTERSHIRE at Colombo March 29 for Rangoon

WOODARRA at Brisbane March 29 for London

YOMA from Glasgow left Suez March 29


News Event

Friday, January 1, 1960 @ 0000
HERRIESDALE (1957-1962 General cargo coaster 160 feet long of P. D. Hendry, Glasgow) Own Page

P. D. Hendry & Sons of Glasgow in 1960

Port of RegistryU.K.
Gross Tonnage471


P. D. HENDRY & SONS    in 1960

 Managing : Herries Shipping Lines Ltd.

 Office : 121 St Vincent Street, Glasgow C.2.

Telegraphic Address : “Loadline”

Telephone : Central 0901

Telex : 77-112


Partner : J. H. Henderson

Superintendents : McArthur Morison & Co.,

                             40 St Enoch Square, Glasgow C.1.


HERRIESDALE  (a 3-island general cargo coastal motor ship) 538 gross, 275 net, 10 knots, built 1937, bought 1957


News Event

Tuesday, May 23, 1961 @ 0100
SIDONIA (1961-1967 General cargo liner 472 feet / 144 metres of Anchor Line / Moor Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Anchor Line's new ship SIDONIA on her maiden voyage from Rotterdam to and at London

Ship's locationRotterdam (Netherlands) towards and at LondonPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Net Tonnage2.740
Gross Tonnage5,704


ROTTERDAM towards and at LONDON

0100  Starboard side to quay.   All Company and Port Regulations strictly observed.   Continuous gangway watch, fire and security patrol maintained.   Moorings tended.

0400  Cloudy, fine and clear.  Light airs, force 1.   Barometer 29/65     Air temperature 49°

0600  All Bridge and Navigation Gear tested.   Steering gear and whistle …? …..

0700  Pilot M.B.Tegelaar on board. 

0734  Bridge and Engine Room clocks synchronised.  Master's orders and Pilot's advice.

0756  Let go for'd.

0757  Let go aft.

0759  Slow ahead.   Helm and engine.

0800  Light airs, force 1.  Barometer 29/70.  Air temperature 50°

0802  Let go after tug.

0803  Let go for'd tug.

0812  Waalhaven Harbour.

0920  Poortershaven abeam to starboard.

0932  No. 4 Beacon abeam.

0946  Hook.

1018  RFA (Rang full away /rang full ahead) on passage.  Maas buoy bearing 329° distant 1 mile.

1020  Log streamed.

1100  Course 249°

1130  Crew wearing lifejackets exercised at boat and fire drill.  All LSA and FFA (… = Life saving appliances and fire fighting appliances) examined.

1200  Course 261°  Distance run 27 miles. Slight sea and low swell, overcast, fine and clear.  Wind NW (… = coming from the North West) force 3.   Barometer 29/75   Air temperature 51°

1207  Green wreck buoy bearing 171°T distant 1.2 miles °  (Remainder of line ????? is unreadable)

1300  Course 249°

1400  Course 263°   Light airs force 1, sea smooth force 1, Barometer 29/70, Air temperature 55° 

1448  GALLOPER LIGHTVESSEL bearing 353°T distance 3 miles

1457  GALLOPER LIGHTVESSEL bearing 037°T distance 4.1 miles

1500  Course 320°  

1551  SUNK LIGHTVESSEL bearing 290°distance 1 mile   Master's orders     Engines Half Ahead    EOP ( .. = what is this ????)   Approaching Pilot Cutter.

1600  Light airs force 1, Sea smooth, force 1, Barometer 29/64, Air temperature 56°

1604 ½  Master's orders and Pilot's advice.   Half ahead, helm and engines at Master's Orders and Pilot's Advice as per movement book.

1720  MID BARROW LIGHTVESSEL abeam to port    

1741  West Barrow buoy abeam to starboard

1800  Light airs, force 1.   Barometer 29/68   Air temperature 55°

1801  No.1 Sea Reach Buoy     Pilot Cairns disembarked.

1930 ½  Tilbury Landing Stage abeam to starboard.

1953  Stoneness Buoy abeam

2000  Light airs, force 1.   Barometer 29/69   Air Temperature 52°

2045  Tug SUN V fast for'd.

2051  Margaret Ness Point abeam to starboard

2113 ½  Vessel entering lock

2112  Lines ashore for'd and aft

2120  Vessel secure.

2140 ½  Vessel clear of lock.

2142  Vessel passing through oil in dock.

2211  Vessel secure for'd and aft, starboard side to quay.

2212  RWFE (.. = Rang finished with engines).   All Company and Port Regulations strictly complied with.   Continuous gangway.

2400  Starboard side to quay.   Light airs, force 1.   Barometer 29/72    Air Temperature 49°


0200  Kidde Marine Smoke Detector run continuously.


Draught sailing                       Draught arriving

Fw'd  10' 03”                         Fw'd  10' 03”

Aft     20' 03”                         Aft     20' 03”

Mid   15' 03”                         Mid    15' 03”


Regulation Lights lit from Sunset to Sunrise

News Event

Thursday, June 18, 1914 @ 1730
LAKONIA (1899-1924 Refrigerated / general cargo ship 402 feet long of Donaldson Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Donaldson Line's LAKONIA on voyage 109 in 1914 from Glasgow to Canada and U.S.A.

Sailing forCanada and U.S.A. via St. John’s (Newfoundland) Port of RegistryGlasgow (UK)
Sailed from berthGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage4,686
Ships agentDonaldson Line, 14 St Vincent Place, Glasgow Phone CENtral 3901


Voyage 109 to Saint John (New Brunswick, Canada) and Baltimore and Newport News (U.S.A.) via St. John's (Newfoundland)

Captain W. E. Mitchell

3 Mates

1st Mate Johnstone   £14

2nd Mate Hartley      £11

3rd Mate McKenzie  £9

Carpenter                 £7  5/-

Bosun                       £6  5/-

8 AB's                      £5  10.-

1 O.S.                       £3  10/-

1 O.S.                       £2  10/-

Chief Steward Ritchie   £8

2nd Steward                    £4  5/-

Assistant Steward          £3

Apprentice Passmore     -

5 Engineers

Chief Engineer Young  £18

2nd Engineer Carswell   £13  10/-

3rd Engineer Anderson  £9  10/-

4th Engineer Johnston   £7  10/-

5th Engineer Orr           £6

Storekeeper                  £5  15/-

3 Donkeymen & Firemen   £5  15/-

8 Firemen                    £5 10/-

4 Trimmers                 £4  10/-

Ship's Cook & Baker £7

Assistant Cook & Baker  £4  10/-

43 Hands



June 18  5.30p.m. sailed from Glasgow, draft fwd 24' 04' and aft 25' 00'

June 28 arrived St. John's, Newfoundland

July 3 sailed from St. John's, Newfoundland

July 7 arrived Saint John, New Brunswick

July 11 sailed from Saint John, New Brunswick

July 15 arrived Baltimore

July 19 sailed from Baltimore

July 20 arrived Newport News

July 24 sailed from Newport News

Aug 6 arrived Glasgow

50 Days over Voyage

News Event

Sunday, January 1, 1956 @ 0000
Own Page

Donaldson Line of Glasgow - Offices and Agents



DONALDSON LINE of Glasgow — Offices and Agents





Head Office : 14 St. Vincent Place, Glasgow C.1.

Dock Office : Prince’s Dock, Glasgow S.W.1

London Office : 31-35 Fenchurch Street, London E.C.3.

Store & Repair Works : 219 Govan Road, Glasgow S.W.1.



 United Kingdom

BELFAST                       Anchor Line Limited

BRISTOL                       The Cunard Steam-Ship Co. Ltd.

CARDIFF & BARRY    T. T. Pascoe Ltd.

LIVERPOOL                 The Cunard Steam-Ship Co. Ltd.

MILFORD HAVEN      Stockwood, Rees & Co. Ltd.

NEWPORT, MON        Jones, Heard & Co. Ltd.

SWANSEA                   T. H. Couch Limited   



The Cunard Steam-Ship Co. Ltd. — General Agents

MONTREAL              TORONTO           HALIFAX  N.S.

QUEBEC                                           SAINT JOHN  N.B.

With Sub-Agents at





ST. JOHN’S  N.F.                A. Harvey & Co. Ltd.


United States of America

NEW YORK                      Funch, Edye & Co. Inc.


Panama Canal Zone

BALBOA                           Payne & Wardlaw

CRISTOBAL                     Payne & Wardlaw


Nederlands Antilles

CURAÇAO                        S. E. L. Maduro & Sons Inc.


South America

BUENOS AIRES              Blue Star Line de la Argentina

MONTEVIDEO                Soc. Anon. J. R. Williams (Montevideo)

RIO de JANEIRO             Wilson, Sons & Company

RIO GRANDE do SUL      Cranston, Woodhead & Co. Ltd.

SANTOS                        Grant & Cia. Ltda.



SANTA CRUZ                 Hamilton & Company


 New Zealand

WELLINGTON              The New Zealand Shipping Co. Ltd.


Suez Canal

PORT SAID                   William Stapledon & Sons


News Event

Friday, April 7, 1961 @ 1700
Own Page

Loading Notice for Harrison Line sailings from Glasgow in March and April 1961

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)







*By transhipment

“ FORESTER “  ……  Closing Glasgow April 7




“PACIFIC RELIANCE”  …..  Closing Glasgow March 22




“ARBITRATOR”  …..  Closing Glasgow March 27


Full particulars apply to the Agents :




News Event

Sunday, April 1, 1962 @ 1000
U.S.S. WASP (1943-1973 Anti-submarine Aircraft Carrier CVS-18 of 872 feet long (266m) of U.S. Navy) Own Page

Bad weather stops the public visiting the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. WASP at Tail-of-the-Bank, Greenock

Ship's locationTail-of-the-Bank anchorage off Greenock (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, UK)Port of RegistryU.S. Navy


   Plans to allow the public to visit the U.S. Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. WASP at the Tail-of-the-Bank anchorage off Greenock were cancelled today due to strong winds and rough seas.

   It had been intended, as had happened yesterday when about 700 people had visited the Carrier, that the public were to be taken from Greenock by the ship’s boats to the WASP, but it was felt that the weather made it too dangerous to operate the boats and there would be difficulties in members of the public embarking and disembarking at the Carrier.

   WASP (CVS-18), classified as an anti-submarine carrier and other American warships of Carrier Division 14 under the command of Rear Admiral Paul D. Buie, is on an operational visit to the Clyde and this is not her first visit to Greenock.   She had called there in the Autumn (Fall) of 1952 when taking part in the NATO “Exercise Mainbrace” in which naval vessels from U.S.A., Britain, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Netherlands and Belgium operated in the Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea, North Sea and near the Jutland Peninsula and the Baltic Sea, and the objective of the exercise was to convince Denmark and Norway that their countries could be defended from attack by the Soviet Union.                       


News Event

Friday, January 1, 1960 @ 0000
Own Page

Federal Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. in 1960


Contributed by Charlie & Misty Fennelly, New Jersey, U.S.A.



 Office : 138 Leadenhall Street, London, E.C.3.

             Telegraph  “Sarculus, Stock”   Telephone Avenue 1041

Marine Superintendent : J. J. YOUNGS, O.B.E., D.S.C., R.D., R.N.R.

Superintendent Engineer : R. R. STRACHAN

Naval Architect : R. A. BEATTIE



United Kingdom, Canada and U. S. A. to and from Australia and New Zealand


FLEET in 1960

ADEN  9943 gross tons built 1943

CORNWALL  7583 gross tons built 1952

CUMBERLAND  11,281 gross tons built 1948

DEVON  9,940 gross tons built 1946

DORSET  10,108 gross tons built 1949

DURHAM  10, 984 gross tons built 1934

ESSEX  10,936 gross tons built 1954

GLOUCESTER  8,532 gross tons built 1941

HERTFORD  11,276 gross tons built 1948

HUNTINGDON  11,281 gross tons built 1948

LINCOLN  12,780 gross tons built 1958

MIDDLESEX  8.284 gross tons built 1953

NORTHUMBERLAND  10,335 gross tons built 1955

NOTTINGHAM  6,689 gross tons built 1950

SUFFOLK  11,145 gross tons built 1939

SURREY  8,227 gross tons built 1952

SUSSEX  11,272 gross tons built 1949

Additional comment by Charlie & Misty Fennelly :

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News Event

Friday, January 1, 1960 @ 0000
Own Page

United States Lines in 1960


Contributed by Charlie & Misty Fennelly, New Jersey, U.S.A.


UNITED  STATES  LINES  Co.  …….  in 1960

Head Office :  1 Broadway, New York 4, N. Y., U.S.A.

                        Telegraph  “Seapost”    Telephone  Digby 4-5800

London Offices : United States Lines Operations Inc.

European Executive Offices : 58 St. James’s Street, London S.W.1

       Telegraph  “Seaurop Picc, London    Telephone Whitehall 5454

Passenger Office : 50 Pall Mall, London S.W.1.

      Telegraph  “Seapostes, London    Telephone Whitehall 5454

Freight Office : 38 Leadenhall Street, London E.C.3.

     Telegraph  “Lerum, Fen, London    Telephone Royal 6677


SERVICES — Passengers and cargo

East Coast U.S.A., U.K., Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.

East, Gulf and West Coast U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Hawaii and Hong Kong



U.K. and European Ports to Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Miami 


FLEET  …… in 1960

AMERICA Passenger liner built 1939

































PIONEER COVE built 1946

PIONEER GEM built 1945

PIONEER GLEN built 1945

PIONEER ISLE built 1944

PIONEER MAIN built 1952

PIONEER MART built 1953

PIONEER MILL built 1953

PIONEER MING built 1953

PIONEER MINX built 1953

PIONEER MIST built 1953

PIONEER MOOR built 1953

PIONEER MUSE built 1953

PIONEER MYTH built 1953

PIONEER REEF built 1943

PIONEER STAR built 1945

PIONEER SURF built 1945

PIONEER TIDE built 1946

SOUTHLAND built 1944

SOUTHPORT built 1944

SOUTHSTAR built 1944

SOUTHWIND built 1944

UNITED STATES Passenger liner built 1952 


Additional comment by Charlie & Misty Fennelly :

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News Event

Saturday, January 14, 1871 @ 0900
Own Page

January 1871 Advertisment by Anchor Line for passenger sailings from Glasgow to New York

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)






The Steamers of this Line will be

despatched as follows :—




(Calling at Moville, Lough Foyle, on following day, to embark Passengers)


Saloon Cabin —

£12 12s,  £13 13s,  £14 14s  and  £15 15s

According to Accommodation and Situation of berths


Intermediate  ………. £8 8s

Steerage  ………..…..£6 6s


Steerage Passengers are Booked Through, via New York

to BOSTON and QUEBEC at same Rates of

Passage as to New York.   They are also forwarded to

all Railway Stations in the United States of America

and in the Dominion of Canada, as Safely, Speedily,

Comfortably, and Cheaply as by any other Route or Line.


For further particulars, apply to



96 ½ Foyle Street, Londonderry ; or

51 Union Street, Glasgow ; or

J. BROWN & SON, House and Insurance Agents, Kilmarnock

A. & J. MACKIE, House and Insurance Agents, Kilmarnock


W. McJANNET, Ardrossan

JOHN SERVICE, Kilwinning


ROBT. MENZIES, Kilbirnie


MR. A. ANDREW, Irvine



JAMES SMYTH, Postmaster, Dalmellington


News Event

Monday, November 11, 1957 @ 1000
Own Page

Advert for P & O Passenger sailings to Australia and East via Suez in Nov & Dec 1957 and Jan 1958







via  SUEZ


Ship and Captain                    From                      To       


 STRATHMORE                    London                  Colombo          

H. P. Maller                           November 11         and Australia


CORFU                                 Southampton         Bombay

G. A. Wild                            November 15         Colombo


                                                                       Hong Kong


*HIMALAYA                     London                   Bombay

R. G. Freeman                November 15         Colombo

                                                                 and Australia


 CARTHAGE                      Southampton           Bombay

W, T. C. Lethbridge           December 13           Colombo


                                                                            Hong Kong


 CHUSAN                           London                    Bombay

J. C. W. Last, O. B. E.       December 17           Colombo


                                                                           Hong Kong



IBERIA                             London                    Colombo

C. E. Pollitt                       December 18           and Australia


STRATHEDEN                London                    Bombay

K. A. H. Cumming           January 7                 Colombo

                                                                          and Australia


CANTON                       Southampton            Bombay

G. K. Fox                        January 9                 Colombo


                                                                        Hong Kong


*Calls Gibraltar

 For fares and accommodation, apply to your


P. & O.,  14/16 COCKSPUR STREET,

LONDON,  S. W. 1


News Event

Saturday, April 8, 1961 @ 1700
PACIFIC UNITY (1948-1964 General cargo ship of Furness Withy Line, London : Scrapped in 1970) Own Page

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

Ship's locationGlasgow (Scotland, UK)Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailing forNorth Pacific ports of U.S.A. and CanadaGross Tonnage9,511
Ships agentFurness Withy & Co. Ltd., 19 St Vincent Place, Glasgow Tel Central 3193/6









s.s. PACIFIC UNITY  …………  Closing April 8

s.s. PACIFIC NORTHWEST  ….  Closing April 29



19  ST  VINCENT  PLACE      Cen 3193/6


News Event

Monday, November 4, 1957 @ 0200
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
J B KEE (General cargo coaster of J B Kee, Ramsey, Isle of Man) Own Page

British coaster J B KEE near Isle of Man broadcasts an SOS and Swedish ship KARIN THORDEN responds

Ship's location11 miles west of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, England U.K.Port of RegistryRamsey, Isle of Man, U.K.
Gross Tonnage241


Contributed by Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England)  


   An SOS message was picked up from the general cargo coaster J. B. KEE reporting that her cargo had shifted and that she had a heavy list to starboard.   She gave her position as 11 miles west of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire, England.

   The Swedish cargo ship KARIN THORDEN reported that she was going to her assistance.

   J. B. KEE is owned by J. B. Kee (1930) Ltd. of Ramsey, Isle of Man (the company is associated with Ramsey Steamship Company).

    KARIN THORDEN is a refrigerated / general cargo ship owned by Rederi Arabas of Uddevalla, Sweden and managed by Rederi Thorden Line also of Uddevalla.


News Event

Wednesday, November 6, 1957 @ 1800
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
SOMALI (1948-1969 General cargo ship of P. & O., London: sold 1969) Own Page

P & O cargo liner SOMALI leaves Grangemouth for Far East ports

Ship's locationGrangemouth (Firth of Forth, Scotland)Port of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Sailing forFar EastGross Tonnage9,080
Ships agentGeneral Steam Navigation Company Limited, 91 Bothwell Street, Glasgow, C 3






s.s.  “SOMALI”  …..  6th November 1957

for   Penang,   Port  Swettenham,   Singapore,

Manila,   Hong  Kong,   Otaru,   Yokohama,

Nagoya,   Kobe,   *Hsinkang,   *Tsingtao

and   *Shanghai


m.v. “SOUDAN”  …..  28th December 1957

for   Port  Swettenham,   Singapore,   Hong  Kong,

Otaru,   Yokohama,   Nagoya,   Kobe   and



s.s.  SURAT  ….  11th January 1958

for   Penang,   Port  Swettenham,   Singapore,

Manila,  Hong  Kong,  *Hsinkang   and



*Licensed cargo only


Further  details  from


91  Bothwell  StreetGlasgow


 36  West  Nile  StreetGlasgow

or   direct   from

P.  &  O.,  122  Leadenhall  StreetLondon  E C 3 


News Event

Thursday, July 1, 1965 @ 0800
THIS DATE IS APPROXIMATE, and is our best estimate of the correct date
Own Page

Coast Lines Limited of Liverpool, England Company poster of representative vessels of their fleets


News Event

Monday, January 5, 1959 @ 0030
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
INGA (1958-1976 General cargo coaster 105 metres long of AB Transmarine, Helsingborg, Sweden) Own Page

Stornoway Lifeboat takes an ill five-month old baby from Swedish ship INGA to Hospital in Stornoway

Ship's location10 miles off Tiumpan Head, Isle of Lewis, Western Isles of ScotlandPort of RegistryHelsingborg, Sweden
Net Tonnage1,075
Gross Tonnage2,411
Deadweght Tonnage3,750

Contributed by Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England) 

   A five-month old Swedish baby boy who is seriously ill is being treated at Lewis Hospital in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland after being brought ashore by the Stornoway Lifeboat from a Swedish ship.   The child’s mother, Mrs. Johansen of Kalmar, Sweden, was also taken ashore and is staying in a private room in the Hospital to be near her baby.

   The ship, the general cargo vessel INGA, on which Mrs. Johansen’s husband is chief officer, and owned by Rederi AB Transmarin of Helsingborg, Sweden, was on passage from Preston to Narvik and in the Minch, about 10 miles from Tiumpan Head on the Eye Peninsula, Lewis, when the baby became ill.

   INGA contacted Stornoway Coastguard and reported that the baby was ill and had a temperature of 103 and requested that the baby be removed from the ship to Hospital.   The Coastguard tasked the Stornoway Lifeboat to attend and the Lifeboat, with a local Doctor on board launched about 11.20pm on Sunday and took the mother, her young daughter and the baby from the ship to Stornoway.

    Mrs. Johansen and her daughter are being accommodated in a room next door to the Hospital Operating Theatre.   Baby is reported to be very sick but improving.

   A local Church Minister who can speak Swedish has been acting as interpreter and the townspeople of Stornoway, hearing that Mrs. Johansen and her children had to leave the ship to the Lifeboat, in the middle of the night and in the midst of a severe winter gale and heavy seas, with only the clothes they were wearing, have brought gifts of money, clothing, toiletries, toys and food to support the family.

   The Swedish Consulate in London are making arrangements for Mrs. Johansen and her children to be flown back to Sweden as soon as baby is fit to travel.

   Mr. Johansen on the ship was told by radio of the baby’s improvement and of care and arrangements of his family.


News Event

Sunday, January 4, 1959 @ 0800
TILAPA (1928-1959 Banana carrier / general cargo ship of Elders & Fyffes Shipping Limited : Scrapped in 1959) Own Page

Elders & Fyffes TILAPA in Liverpool Bay has a woman passenger suspected of having smallpox

Ship's locationLiverpool Bay (England, U.K.)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage5,392

Contributed by Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England)

Sun 4 January 1959

    A woman passenger in the Elders & Fyffes passenger-carrying “Banana Boat” TILAPA, which is expected to arrive at Garston in the Mersey this evening, is suspected of having smallpox.

  An official of the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board, who operate the port, said that their medical officers will board the ship in the approaches to the Mersey and examine the woman.   If smallpox is confirmed then arrangements have been made for the patient to be taken to the Port Smallpox Hospital in New Ferry, Cheshire, and all crew members and the other 9 passengers would be vaccinated.   It is known that smallpox is prevalent in Dakar and that the woman had been in the city.

   The TILAPA had sailed from British Cameroons in British West Africa on 20th December and had called at Dakar in Senegal on 27th December.

   The ship was built in 1928 and has a crew of 35 and can carry 12 passengers.


Further update :

   As a precaution the Liverpool Health Authority have spent the weekend vaccinating about 500 men who work in the Docks.

   Port medical officers boarded the ship in Liverpool Bay and examined the woman who had boarded the ship with her husband at Dakar on 27th December.  At the same time all the crew and the other 9 passengers were vaccinated.

   Also the Port Health Office has written to the Medical Officers of the towns where the other passengers and ships crew will be going to warn them of the risk to which they have been exposed.


Woman’s illness was not smallpox

Monday 5th January 1959

    The alarm at Liverpool was called off when the Liverpool Medical Officer of Health, Professor Andrew Semple, boarded the ship in Liverpool Bay.   He said that the woman had a bad skin eruption and was very ill but it was definitely not smallpox.

   TILAPA later docked at Stalbridge Dock, Garston and immediately began to discharge her cargo of bananas.

   The woman was carefully taken from the ship and removed to Fazakerley Isolation Hospital in Liverpool.

   Health Officials explained that symptoms of smallpox, which is a dangerous infectious disease, are a characteristic skin rash followed by raised fluid-filled blisters, and praised the Master of the ship for taking appropriate steps to prevent further infection.


News Event

Friday, October 9, 1964 @ 1000
METEOR (1955-1970 Passenger cruise liner 90.4 metres long of Bergemske Dampskipsselskap A/S Bergen Norway- Bergen Line) Own Page

National Trust for Scotland announce three cruises in 1965 by Bergen Line's passenger ship METEOR

Port of RegistryBergen (Norway)
Net Tonnage1,548
Gross Tonnage2,856
Deadweght Tonnage640

9th October 1964

    The National Trust for Scotland have announced that they have arranged three cruises for next year on the passenger ship METEOR of the Bergen Line of Bergen, Norway.

   The first, called the “Western Coasts Cruise” will leave Southampton on 8th May and will visit Breton Chateaux in France, then Dublin and Inverary and ending at Ardrossan on 14th May.

   The next cruise, a “Gardens Cruise” starts at Ardrossan on 15th May and will visit Gardens in Ireland and Scotland and returns to Ardrossan on 22nd May.

   The final cruise, appropriately called “Islands Cruise” leaves Ardrossan on 22nd May and will visit Arran and islands of the Western Isles of Scotland, including the remote St. Kilda, and should visit 12 islands in total before finishing at Oban on 29th May.


News Event

Thursday, January 1, 1987 @ 0000
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Ships in port in London on 1st January 1987

Ship's locationLondon (UK)


Contributed by "Hydatina" of Croydon, England


Ships in London 1st January 1987


ADELPHIA laid up at Denton Shiprepairers

ALEKSANDR PROKOFYEV at 43 Berth, Tilbury

ANNE S at Southend Anchorage for Lovells Wharf

AQUILA at Mountfields Jetty

ATREUS at 31 Berth, Tilbury

ARCTURUS at Purfleet Deep Wharf

BALSA 7 at Southend Anchorage for Thames Refinery Jetty

BASSEIN at 30 Berth, Tilbury

BORAX TRADER at Borax Wharf

BRITISH ESK at C Jetty, Shell Haven

BULK MOON at Ranks Mill, Battersea

BURE at Dowells Wharf

CEREBUS tug at Tilbury

COMERS CROSS at Southend Anchorage for Thames Refinery Jetty

CON ZELO at Denton Shiprepairers

DONNINGTON at Southend Anchorage

DOWLAIS at Denton Shiprepairers

EGLANTINE at Tilbury Grain Terminal

EKTOR tug at 23 Berth, Tilbury

ELECTRON at Tilbury Grain Terminal

EPIMELIA at Southend Anchorage for Thames Refinery Jetty

FARO at 45 Berth, Tilbury

FERGUS H at White Mountain Jetty

FINNSNES at Bowaters Jetty


HELEN at A Jetty, Shell Haven

JIANG CHUAN at 32 Berth, Tilbury

JOHANNA SCHULTE at Southend Anchorage for Thames Refinery Jetty

JOHN M at West Leigh Middle Anchorage for Wouldham Jetty

JOVIAN LAUREL at Outer Tongue Anchorage for Tower Wharf

LA PIA at Seabrights Wharf

LIBRA 11 at Pinns Wharf

LINCOLNSHIRE at No. 5 Jetty, Coryton

LLOYD SANTOS at 2 Berth, Tilbury

LORD HINTON at Southend Anchorage for London

LOTTELITH at Tower Wharf

MERCHANT PATRIOT at Gravesend Swing Buoy for Denton Wharf

MOBIL JADE at No. 1 Jetty, Coryton

MUNKSUND at 44 Berth, Tilbury

NEFELI I at Southend Anchorage for Thames Refinery Jetty

NORTHGATE at Continental Oil Jetty

OTHONI at No. 3 Jetty, Coryton

OTTO at No. 2 Jetty, West Thurrock Oil Terminal

PAILAS at Denton Wharf

PAMELA EVERARD at Everards Wharf

PEKARI laid up at Denton Shiprepairers

QATARI IBN AL FUJA’A at Northfleet Hope Container Terminal

RAIMUNDO A at Mayer Newmans Wharf

REINA DEL CANTABRICO laid up at 17 Berth, Tilbury

RELIANT at Southend Anchorage for Thames Refinery Jetty

RIVER JIMINI at 25 Berth, Tilbury

RONEZ at Bevans Jetty

RORA HEAD at Tilbury Power Station

ROVER T at Berth 5, Tilbury

SAGACITY laid up at Everards Buoys

SAGITTA 1 at 43 Berth, Tilbury

SANTA MARIA at Denton Shiprepairers

SEVERN SIDE at Denton Wharf

SPORADES at Wouldham No. 1 Jetty

SPRING SWALLOW at Tilbury Grain Terminal

SUBRO VALOUR at Vogans Wharf

SUMBURGH HEAD at West Thurrock Power Station

TARNFJORD at Southend Anchorage

THAMWELL at Pinns Wharf

THOMAS MANN at Fords Jetty

TUTOVA at Convoys Wharf

VANGUARD at 44 Berth, Tilbury

VITA F at Thunderer Jetty

WARDEN POINT at Southend Anchorage for London


News Event

Monday, January 5, 1959 @ 1000
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1959 Advertisment by Watts Watts & Co. Ltd., for Engineer Officers to serve on 28,000-ton tankers





WATTS WATTS & CO. LTD. invite applications from

certificated Engineer Officers to serve in Steam and Diesel

Tankers of about 28,000 d.w.t. under their Management with

British Registry.

   Vacancies are also available for Junior Engineer Officers,

preferably with Tanker experience.

Apply giving details of experience, etc., to Watts Watts &

Co. Ltd., 37 Threadneedle Street, London, E.C.2.  


News Event

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 2100
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Complimentary map issued around 1985 by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey


   Images contributed by Charlie and Misty Fennelly of parts of a complimentary Facilities Map issued around 1985 by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, U.S.A.


   Charlie and Misty reside in New Jersey and Misty’s father was a Pilot on the St. Lawrence.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 1900
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United States Navy recruiting poster of 1942

News Event

Sunday, January 4, 1959 @ 0100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
BRITISH TENACITY (1939-1959 Oil products tanker 466 feet long of B.P. Tanker Company, London : Scrapped 12 January 1959) Own Page

Tanker BRITISH TENACITY and collier MINSTER collide in the Thames Estuary near Shoeburyness

Ship's locationThames Estuary, England, near ShoeburynessPort of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Deadweght Tonnage12,254


   Two British ships, the tanker BRITISH TENACITY (8,439 gross tons) and the coastal collier MINSTER (3,194) gross tons  collided in the Thames Estuary near Shoeburyness.

   BRITISH TENACITY, owned by B.P. Tanker Company of London was bound for the oil terminal at Isle of Grain with a cargo of oil, and she was towed to Sheerness buoys for inspection.

   MINSTER, owned by Stephenson Clarke Ltd. of London made her way upriver to Gravesend.

   It was a sad end to the life of BRITISH TENACITY as she had been built in 1939 and came through WW2 without any damage and, after discharging her cargo of oil, she was sold for demolition to Hughes, Bolckow Shipbreakers at Blyth, Northumberland, England, arriving at Blyth on 12th January.


News Event

Wednesday, March 22, 1961 @ 1300
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
BEAVERFIR (1961-1972 General cargo ship 373 feet long of Canadian Pacific Railway Co., Liverpool) Own Page

Canadian Pacific's cargo ship BEAVERFIR being launched at Sarpsborg, Norway

Ship's locationSarpsborg (Norway)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England)


   Canadian Pacific Railway Company of Liverpool have bought a cargo ship being built at Sarpsborg, Norway, and is due to be launched 22nd March.

   She will be named BEAVERFIR and registered in Liverpool and is 4,539 gross tons, is 373 feet long, 50 feet breadth, has a service speed of 14 ½ knots and is expected to be delivered in June for service on the U.K. to Great Lakes service.


News Event

Thursday, March 16, 1961 @ 0800
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Conducting their business in Great Waters in middle of March 1961


ALSATIA left Saint John (N.B.) 15 March for London

ARCADIA at Port Said 17 March for Sydney

ATHENIC left Auckland 17 March for London

BENALBANACH at London 17 March for Grangemouth

BENCLEUCH at Iloilo 16 March for Rejang

BENCRUACHAN left Port Sudan 17 March for Suez Canal

BENLOMOND left Aden 17 March for Singapore

BENLOYAL at Bangkok 16 March for Hong Kong

BENMACDHUI at Hamburg 17 March for Immingham

BENVRACKIE at Hong Kong 17 March for Port Swettenham

BRASIL STAR at Montevideo 16 March for Buenos Aires

CITY OF BRISTOL left Calcutta 16 March for London

CITY OF EXETER at Durban 16 March for London

CITY OF RIPON left Port Said 16 March for London

CORFU left Penang 17 March for London

DORSET at Port Said 15 March for Adelaide

EDINBURGH CASTLE left Southampton 16 March for Durban

HERDSMAN at Beira Roads 15 March from London

IVERNIA left New York 16 March for London

KUMBA at Lagos 16 March on passage from Glasgow to Abonema

LOCH GARTH at San Francisco 16 March for London

NEVASA at Southampton 16 March from Singapore

ORCADES at Melbourne 17 March for Sydney

ORIANA at Suez 17 March for Southampton

ORION at Colombo 17 March for Sydney

ORONTES at Melbourne 17 March for London

PENDENNIS CASTLE left Cape Town 17 March for Durban

ROCKHAMPTON STAR left Adelaide 16 March for Brisbane

ROWALLAN CASTLE at Cape Town 17 March for Southampton

SCHOLAR left Barbados 16 March for London

SOUTH AFRICA STAR left Lourenco Marques 17 March for Beira

STATESMAN at St Lucia 16 March for Grenada

STRATHNAVER at Bombay 16 March for London

SUEVIC on passage Glasgow for Sydney, at Hobart March 17

WARWICKSHIRE at Rangoon 17 March from London

WAYFARER left New Orleans 16 March for Liverpool

WINDSOR CASTLE at Southampton 17 March from Durban

WORCESTERSHIRE at Port Said 16 March for Rangoon


News Event

Friday, January 1, 1960 @ 0000
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Rudolf A. Oetker  ……  in 1960


Rudolf  A.  Oetker  ……  in 1960

Head Office  :  Holzbrücke 8,  Hamburg 11,  Germany

                        Telegraphic  “Oetkerreeder”   Telephone  36  22  55   Telex  021  2171

Managing Director  :  Dr. ROLF KERSTERN

Marine Superintendent & Superintending Engineer  :  HEINRICH HABERMANN


Fleet in 1960 

ALEPPO built 1949

BELGRANO built 1953

BLUMENAU built 1952

BONANZA built 1929

BONITA built 1956


DAMASKUS built 1954

GUSTAV PISTOR built 1953




RUDOLF OETKER built 1954


News Event

Friday, January 1, 1960 @ 0000
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Walter Runciman & Co. Ltd.  …..  in 1960


Walter  Runciman  &  Co.  Ltd.  …..  in 1960

 Office :  52 Leadenhall Street, London, E.C.3

              Telegraphic  “Moorish London    Telephone   Royal 4500

Marine Superintendent  :  Capt. J. WOODWARD

Superintending Engineer  :  G. CLARKSON


 FLEET IN 1960



 BASKERVILLE built 1954

CASLON built 1949

CAXTON built 1958

ISAAC CARTER built 1952


News Event

Friday, October 28, 1960 @ 1200
SANTONA (1959-1967 General cargo ship 297 feet long of Donaldson Line, Glasgow) Own Page

Donaldson Line's SANTONA on Voyage 11 from Glasgow to the Great Lakes of North America

Port of RegistryGlasgow



Donaldson Line of Glasgow 

Voyage 11 in 1960

 Captain A. J. Dougall


28 Oct. 1200 left Glasgow for Montreal

8 Nov. 0812 arrived Montreal

8 Nov. 1042 left Montreal for Toronto

9 Nov. 2139 arrived Toronto

12 Nov. 1750 left Toronto for Hamilton

12 Nov. 1800 contact with Toronto Elevator Pier

12 Nov. 2105 arrived Hamilton

15 Nov. 1632 left Hamilton for Port Colborne

15 Nov. 1700 contact with Burlington Bridge at Hamilton

16 Nov. 2315 arrived Port Colborne

17 Nov. 1035 left Port Colborne for Sarnia

18 Nov. 1415 arrived Sarnia

18 Nov. 2300 left Sarnia for Humberstone

20 Nov. 0014 arrived Humberstone

20 Nov.  0800 contact damage – date and cause unknown – discovered at Humberstone

20 Nov. 2030 left Humberstone for Toronto

22 Nov. 0648 arrived Toronto

23 Nov. 2130 left Toronto for Montreal

25 Nov. 1952 arrived Montreal

26 Nov. 1700 left Montreal for Three Rivers (Trois-Rivières)

26 Nov. 2307 arrived Three Rivers

27 Nov. 1305 left Three Rivers for Avonmouth

7 Dec. 2328 arrived Avonmouth

9 Dec. 2300 left Avonmouth for Glasgow

11 Dec. 0506 arrived Glasgow

19 Dec. 0046 left Glasgow for Liverpool

19 Dec 2357 arrived Liverpool

This completes Voyage 11


News Event

Sunday, April 2, 1961 @ 1100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
DESPATCH (Dutch coaster in 1961) Own Page

Dreadful accident when Captain’s daughter aged 4 and ship’s cook drown from coaster DESPATCH

Ship's locationEast Greenwich Barge Roads, LondonPort of RegistryNetherlands
Vessel MasterLugthart



  A dreadful accident happened at London at the East Greenwich Barge Roads when the Captain’s daughter Aliena Lugthart aged 4 years and the ship’s cook Willem Frederik Post aged 42 fell overboard from the Dutch coaster DESPATCH and were drowned.


News Event

Friday, March 30, 1973 @ 0240
EASTGATE (1957-1973 Oil products tanker of Turnbull Scott Shipping Company, London) Own Page

Three crew dead after British tanker EASTGATE and French ship CIRCEA collide near Hong Kong

Ship's locationApproaches to Hong Kong HarbourPort of RegistryLondon (England, UK)
Gross Tonnage12,166

   Three crewmen from the London registered tanker EASTGATE were killed and 31 others were injured when fire broke out after the ship collided in fog with the French cargo ship CIRCEA on the approach to Hong Kong Harbour.

   The incident happened about 0240 today when EASTGATE was inbound to Hong Kong with a full cargo of oil from Pulau Bukom, a small island just south of Singapore, and she was severely damaged with a very large hole extending from the port side just forward of the amidships bridge structure and extending almost to the centre line of the ship where the bow of CIRCEA ploughed into her.   The French ship was departing from Hong Kong with general cargo for Taiwan 

   A spokesman for the Hong Kong Government said that 13 of the injured crew from EASTGATE were being detained in Hospital in Hong Kong.   None of the crew of CIRCEA were injured.

   The owners of EASTGATE, Turnbull Scott Shipping Co. Ltd. of London named the dead men as J. McDermort, married of Watford, Herts, J. Richards, single, second steward of Stevenage, Herts, and A. Vizins, single, a seaman of Malmo, Sweden.


   Oil in the EASTGATE’s ruptured tanks immediately caught fire and poured from the ship into the water, much of which became covered with blazing oil.

   The tanker’s crew, responding to the abandon ship signal, took to the lifeboats or jumped into the blazing sea.

   Hong Kong Police Launches and Fire Boats attended within minutes and they, and local fishing boats and passing Chinese junks rescued the men and took them to Hong Kong Harbour where waiting ambulances conveyed them to Hospital.

   Crewmen who were not injured and those who were discharged after treatment in Hospital were accommodated in a Hong Kong Hotel.

   The CIRCEA, having assisted in the rescue operation, returned to Harbour to have her damage inspected.


Further information

   EASTGATE built in 1957 and of 11,907 gross tons and of the same style of Shell Tankers "H" and "K" series of 1950's was severely damaged both by the collision and the ensuing fire and was towed in to Hong Kong Harbour.   Despite the damage she was sold, apparently for further trading, but a few months later was delivered to shipbreakers for demolition.

   CIRCEA, registered in Dunkerque, a 172.4m long 7,832 gross ton general cargo ship was built in 1963 and owned by Cie. Maritime des Chargeurs Réunis, Verdon, France, was repaired and was sold in 1976, eventually being broken up in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1986


News Event

Friday, March 30, 1973 @ 1100
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
OLGA (Coaster in 1973) Own Page

Norwegian coaster OLGA refloated by the tug WARRIOR after grounding on Isle of Islay

Ship's locationIsle of Islay (Western Isles of Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryNorway

   The 500-ton Norwegian coaster OLGA which ran aground on the Isle of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland on Tuesday night was refloated at high tide today by the Steel & Bennie tug WARRIOR which had come from Greenock.

   OLGA, with a salvage team on board, made her way to West Loch Tarbert on the Kintyre Peninsula where she will be examined to see how badly she is damaged.

   Observers state that she has a slight list but does not appear to be badly damaged.


News Event

Wednesday, May 24, 1961 @ 1700
DATE is correct but ACTUAL TIME is not known - any TIME SHOWN is our estimate for guidance only
QUEEN MARY (1936-1940 Passenger liner 1,019.4 ft (310.7 m) of Cunard Line: 1940-1946 Troopship: 1946-1967 returned to service with Cunard Line, Liverpool) Own Page

May 1961 Advertisment by Thomas Cook for escorted tours of U.S.A. and Canada

Ship's locationSouthampton (England, UK)Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)







Sail by R.M.S. “QUEEN MARY” to join our

escorted tour of U.S.A. and Canada,

visiting  New York,  Philadelphia,  Washington,

Richmond,  Williamsburg,  Niagara Falls,

Toronto,  Montreal  and  Quebec.   Return by R.M.S. “IVERNIA”

31 days holiday 300gns.

Departure May 24.   Other departures June 21 and August 22


Ask for booklet at


15-17  GORDON  STREET,   GLASGOW,  C. 1.

and  branches


News Event

Wednesday, March 30, 1966 @ 1000
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March 1966 advertisment by Clyde River Purification Board for an Able Seaman







Applications are invited for the above post to serve on the Board’s survey vessel T.S.M.V. ENDRICK, on the General Division rising to £730 with placing according to age and experience.

Applicants should have a broad working knowledge of diesel engines and small craft electrical installations.

They should be capable of taking charge, and only men with

several years’ experience of coxswain will be considered.

The post is superannuable.

Applications stating age, qualifications and experience,

together with the names of two referees, should be sent to

the River Inspector, 62 Virginia Street, Glasgow  C.1. not

later than 11th April 1966 


News Event

Thursday, March 17, 1966 @ 1000
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1966 Advertisment for Chief and Second Engineers for Booth Steamship Co. Ltd, Liverpool




with First Class Motor Certificates

required for NEW YORK / NORTH BRAZIL service.

Twelve months’ engagement.


Apply Booth Steamship Co. Ltd.,

Cunard Buildings,  Liverpool  3


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

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

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

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

Additional note :

Can anyone supply details of ALPHERAT ?


Norwegian Tanker RAILA in 1953


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




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

 Fred from Formby (Merseyside, England, writes


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


Can someone tell something about these services ? ”



CHANTALA  (Worcester Park, Surrey) writes :

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

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

   All I can remember now is “Asti aria kurro”

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



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


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



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


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




Anchor Line advertisement of 1871


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


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


Thank you.


Still laughing


Fred of Formby, Merseyside, England.





German cargo ship RUHR in 1953


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


   Has anyone got any details of this ship ?





British coaster J B KEE in 1957


 Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England) writes :


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


   Anyone have details of this ship ?





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


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


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




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


 Jim Allbright (London) e-mails :


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


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





SUNBEAR of Saguenay Terminals.


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


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

Captain Bryn Wayt writes :

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

James Jeffries replies :

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

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

   In 1972 she was scrapped in Santander, Spain.

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


Billy MacAulay (Moderator and Senior Member) writes :

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

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





   Why was LADY McGOWAN IN Loch Riddon ?


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


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


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


John Kelly's coaster BALLYCLARE in late 1953.

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



Small boat sailor writes from Inverkip :




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


   Does anyone know anything of these two launches ?


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




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


 In 1958 the Clyde Shipping Company’s coaster PLADDA

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

 area in Glasgow.


   Does anyone know where CVC or CUC was ?



Pacific Steam Navigation’s KENUTA at Puna in 1957


Tom Hayworth e-mails :


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


Ben Line’s Far-East coaster BENVEG in 1957


Leith Man e-mails

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

for BENVEG as I had never heard of her.


Anyone have any more information please ?



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

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

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

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


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


LASHERCIA ..... A Spanish coaster in 1962

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


Clyde Navigation Trust launches GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

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


Carrickfergus (Northern Ireland) in January 1963.

From Sean R  (Larne, Northern Ireland)

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


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Netherlands coaster MADO in 1963

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




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

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


Holland America cargo ship DUIVENDYK

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


Information needed on cargo ship KORBACH in 1958


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


Does anyone have any information on KORBACH ?


“Conducting their business in Great Waters” series

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


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

"Hydatina" of Croydon, England, writes :

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

Note : The event for CALCHAS has been amended accordingly.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Click on these images to enlarge them

First is maybe.... Cruzeiro Do Sul

Below it is maybe.... Templar

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

Further down maybe... La Manche

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

A Manson writes :

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Manson writes :

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

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

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

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

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

A Manson replies; 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clan Line offices were at Clan Line 109 hope Street Glasgow

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

A Manson replies : 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

A Manson writes :

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


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

30th January 2014


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


A Manson writes :

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


Bill McKellar e-mails :

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


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


Alaister McKenzie e-mails :

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


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

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


Jim Hillhouse e-mails :   

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


A Manson writes :

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

Norman Horrocks e-mails Historical information :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


James Gallagher e-mails:

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


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


Sam mcNaughton e-mails :

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


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


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


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


Hugh Fagan e-mails :

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


Alan-Kirkintilloch writes :

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



Tom Menzies writes :

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


Liz Chalmers writes :     I see from the entries that many of the ships, like the Blue Funnel ships, coming to Elderslie Dry-Docks only stay for 2 or 3 days.     What work would they be having done in that short time ?


Harry Sharkey writes :  Reading some entries for Rothesay Dock I see that some ships were berthed in Number 1 recess berth.    I didn't know there was such a place.    Anybody enlighten me please?


Harry Sharkey writes :   I'm astonished.   Being brought up and still living in Renfrew this is the first time I heard about the colliding with the Renfrew Ferry.    When I was a boy I knew all the dredgers and hoppers and workboats that used the Pudzeoch and the Navigation trust workshops there.


Colin Hosken writes : In 1965/66 I served as a cadet on the African Coasters "Bulwark" 2219 ton which I believe was formerly the Ellerman Line Anglian. Does anybody have any photographic details of her earlier history which they would like to share with me.


 I am currently looking to construct a scale model of
Anchor Lines Vessel 'Circassia' and would greatly value any
information that would assist me in this venture.   Ken Perrins

Tommy MacLean writes :  I knew Anchor Line well.   Are you referring to the CIRCASSIA which was sold in 1966, and if so what information are you actually needing?