Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

Ship: PRIAM (1966-1978 cargo liner 563 feet long of Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool)

Port of Registry: Liverpool
Net Tonnage: -
Reg Tonnage: -
Gross Tonnage: 12,094
Deadweight Tonnage: -

British cargo liner PRIAM of the Company's Priam class of ships,
563 feet/171,9m/ 12,094gt/ 21kn; 11/1966 completed by Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle, for the Ocean Steam Ship Co. She was the first in a class of eight ships of which four were initially operated by Glen Line; 1978 the growth of the containership rendered them obsolete and the Priam, the PEISANDER, the PROMEHEUS and the PROTESILAUS where sold en bloc to C. Y. Tung. Operated by Panocean Shipping of Liberia the PRIAM was renamed ORIENTAL CHAMPION; 1979 she was converted into a container ship, being lenghhned to 195,4m/14.626gt; 1980 she was transferred to C. Y. Tung's Carterfold Shipping Co. retaining her name, and in 1982 was sold to Vanderhoff Shipping Co. of Panama, again, retaining her name. Two years later she was sold to Island Investment & Agency Corp. Ltd and Wattling Nav. Inc of Panama without a change of name; 10/10/1985, during the Iraq-Iran war, about 60 miles North of Bahrain her steering gear housing was hit by an Iraqi missile and she had to be towed to Bahrain. The cost of repairs proved to be uneconomical and she was towed to Kaohsiung in Taiwan on 13th February 1986, where she was broken up.