Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde

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Thursday, July 9, 1959 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
PACIFIC ENVOY (1958-1967 then 1970-1971 a 500 feet long cargo liner of Furness Withy Line, London : 1974 scrapped at Whampoa (China) Own Page

Furness Withy's general cargo ship PACIFIC ENVOY

Port of RegistryLondon

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Monday, September 26, 2022 @ 1210
RUNNER (2020- General cargo ship 82m long of Runner Sg. SA) Own Page

Liberian flagged RUNNER and Gibraltar registered TRITON at Port of Ayr, Scotland

Ship's locationPort of Ayr, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryMonrovia (Liberia)
Gross Tonnage1,882
Deadweght Tonnage2,521

 

This image was taken at 1210 on 26 September 2022 at the Port of Ayr, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.

RUNNER is on the right hand side of the image and had arrived at Ayr at 0900 on 26 September 2022 with a cargo of Road Salt from Kilroot (Northern Ireland).  Three hours after this image was taken RUNNER left Ayr for Campbeltown (Scotland) to load a cargo of logs.

TRITON on the left hand side of the image and further back from RUNNER had arrived at Ayr at 1055 on 25 September with a cargo of large cylindrical wind turbine components from Golcuk (Turkey).

 

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Saturday, November 1, 1958 @ 1200
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PENDENNIS CASTLE (1958-1976 Passenger / cargo liner of Union Castle Line, London) Own Page

Cape Town (South Africa) showing Union Castle liner PENDENNIS CASTLE at "A" berth

Ship's locationCape Town (South Africa)Port of RegistryLondon
Gross Tonnage28,582

Postcard contributed by Nigel Wells (London)

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Monday, January 1, 1968 @ 0800
LION (1968-1976 Roll on - roll off ferry 364 feet long of Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow) Own Page

Burns & Laird advert in January 1968 for LION new ro-ro service between Ardrossan and Belfast

Port of RegistryGlasgow
Gross Tonnage3,333

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Thursday, March 1, 1917 @ 1200
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"I want you for the Navy" recruiting poster for U.S. Navy around 1917

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Sunday, January 1, 1950 @ 0900
SPARTAN (1946-1961 steam Clyde "puffer" / Re-engined 1961-1980 as motor coaster of J & J Hay Ltd / Glenlight Shipping Company : 1980- Static exhibit at Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine) Own Page

Clyde steam puffer lighter SPARTAN arrives at Irvine to load a cargo of coal for Loch Riddon

Arrived fromIsle of Islay (Inner Hebrides in the Western Isles of Scotland(Port of RegistryGlasgow
Arrived in berthTown Wharf, Irvine, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Sailing forLoch Riddon (Kyles of Bute, Argyll, Scotland)
Sailed from berthTown Wharf, Irvine, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Cargo carried on arrivalLight = no cargo on board
Outward cargoCoal (probably around 100 tons)
Sailed3 January around 1200hrs for Loch Riddon

 

Clyde puffer SPARTAN was the "First Foot" of the New Year to arrive at Irvine Harbour'

 

Loch Riddon is a small sea-loch in the Kyles of Bute near Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland.

   It is a very remote and peaceful area, sparsley populated – and in 1950 even more lonely.  Surrounded by high hills there is only one steep, narrow, winding and dangerous road providing access for the few inhabitants and in the dark and deep depths of winter the people could be cut off from supplies by snow and ice.

   Thus in winter the people needed coal as fuel to heat their homes and cook their meals and the only way to obtain the coal was by being brought to them by a Clyde puffer vessel.   The people would form a club and collect money and then purchase an amount of coal – say about 100 tons or so – and then hire a puffer lighter from a puffer owner – and the puffer would load the coal – as at Irvine in this case – and bring the coal to Loch Riddon and unload it into lorries, horse-drawn carts etc.

   And that is why the puffer SPARTAN was at Irvine to load a cargo of coal for Loch Riddon.

Loch Riddon or Loch Ruel and the Kyles of Bute - geograph.org.uk - 848161.jpg

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Saturday, September 11, 1976 @ 0800
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1976 advert for Dairy Lane ship supplies in Hong Kong

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Friday, February 16, 1973 @ 0800
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1973 advert for Baste & Lange Ship Provisions in Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven (Germany)

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Monday, June 1, 1970 @ 0800
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1970 advert by Marine Radio Services for V.H.F. Radio and radar for smaller vessels

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 @ 1810
LINDA (2007- Container ship 141m long) Own Page

Container ship LINDA passing Greenock Esplanade, Greenock with containers for Rotterdam

Ship's locationPassing Greenock Esplanade, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K. outward bound for RotterdamPort of RegistryPikis (Finland)
Arrived fromDublin (Ireland)Gross Tonnage9,131
Arrived in berthGreenock Container Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Deadweght Tonnage11,487
Sailing forRotterdam (Netherlands)
Sailed from berthGreenock Container Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Cargo carried on arrivalContainers
Outward cargoContainers

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Friday, July 10, 1970 @ 1400
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
QUEEN MARY 11 (Passenger excursion vessel 263 feet long of Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Gourock) Own Page

Postcard of excursion steamer QUEEN MARY 11 at Tighnabruaich on a day cruise from Glasgow

Ship's locationTighnabruaich (Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryGlasgow
Cargo carried on arrivalPassengers

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Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
ISLAND ESCAPE (2002-2015 Cruise ship of Island Cruises) Own Page

ISLAND ESCAPE at Mahon (Minorca, Balearics, Spain)

Ship's locationMahon (Minorca, Balearics, Spain)Port of RegistryNassau (Bahamas)

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Monday, June 5, 1978 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
ROS CASTLE (1978-1981 Bulk carrier of Bamburgh Shipping Company / Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

Company postcard of bulk carrier ROS CASTLE of Bamburgh Shipping Company / Ben Line, Edinburgh

Port of RegistryNewcastle (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage35,706

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Monday, September 19, 2022 @ 1436
SOUND OF SEIL (2013- roro ferry of Western Ferries, Hunters Quay, Scotland) Own Page

Western Ferries SOUND OF SEIL approaches McInroy's Point, Gourock from Hunter's Quay

Arrived fromHunter's Quay, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Cargo carried on arrivalPassengers and vehicles
Ships agentWestern Ferries (Clyde) Ltd., Marine Parade, Hunter's Quay, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8HJ

 

Contributed by “Tighnabruaich”

Western Ferries SOUND OF SEIL approaching McInroy’s Point, Gourock from Hunter’s Quay and SOUND OF SOAY is on the right hand side of the image and has just left Gourock and heading for Hunter’s Quay.  In the far background is the town of Strone at the entrance to Holy Loch.

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Thursday, April 28, 1966 @ 1700
BARRISTER (1954-1974 General cargo ship of Charente / T & J Harrison Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison Line's BARRISTER closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for west, south and east Africa

Ship's locationGlasgow, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Sailing forLobito, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, East London, Durban, Lourenco Marques and Beira
Ships agentPrentice, Service and Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow C. 1.

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Friday, April 22, 1966 @ 1700
LAURENTIA (1947 - 1967 Passenger/cargo liner 455 feet long with Donaldson Line, Glasgow : 1967 Scrapped in Valencia, Spain) Own Page

Donaldson Line's LAURENTIA closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Montreal, Canada

Ship's locationPrince's Dock, GlasgowPort of RegistryGlasgow
Sailing forMontreal (Canada)Gross Tonnage8249
Ships agentDonaldson Line Ltd., 14 St. Vincent Place, Glasgow Tel. Central 3901

News Event

Wednesday, August 5, 1959 @ 1200
AMERICAN CHIEF (in 1959 General cargo freighter 457 feet long of United States Lines, New York) Own Page

United States Lines freighter AMERICAN CHIEF arrives in Glasgow from New York and Boston (U.S.A.)

Arrived fromNew York and Boston (U.S.A.) via LiverpoolPort of RegistryNew York (USA)
Arrived in berth6 West Basin, Yorkhill, Glasgow, with her head north
Sailing forBoston, New York, Norfolk and Baltimore (all U.S.A.)
Sailed from berth8 West Basin, Yorkhill, Glasgow, with her head north
Draught forward on arrival10' 04"
Draught aft on arrival17' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 335 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo5 August @ 1300
Stevedore discharging inward cargoJames Spencer & Company
Completed discharge of inward cargo6 August @ 1000
Commened loading outward cargo5 August @ 1600
Outward cargo6 passengers and 2,630 tons of general cargo
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer & Company
Completed loading outward cargo10 August @ 2000
Draught forward on sailing15' 01"
Draught aft on sailing26' 00"
Ships agentW. B. Woolley & Co. Ltd., 54 West Nile Street, Glasgow C.1. Tel 041-248-2929 Telex 77219
Sailed11 August at 0215 for Boston, New York, Norfolk and Baltimore (all U.S.A.)

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Thursday, December 24, 1959 @ 2200
SUNBEAM ( 1954 - 1971 General cargo ship 412 feet long time-chartered to Saguenay Terminals Company, Canada) Own Page

Saguenay's SUNBEAM arrives in Glasgow with general cargo from Canada

Arrived fromMontreal (Canada) via Avonmouth and LiverpoolGross Tonnage5,165
Arrived in berth15 Queen's Dock, Glasgow, with her head eastDeadweght Tonnage7,894
Sailing forElderslie Drydock, Scotstoun, Glasgow
Sailed from berth15 Queen's Dock, Glasgow, with her head east
Draught forward on arrival7' 10"
Draught aft on arrival19' 08"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 1,056 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo26 December @ 0800
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClutha Stevedores
Outward cargoLight = no cargo on board
Draught forward on sailing8' 00"
Draught aft on sailing15' 01"
Sailed28 December at 1015 for Elderslie Drydock, Scotstoun, Glasgow

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Friday, May 28, 1965 @ 1700
PRINS FREDERIK WILLEM -- pronounced Villem (1951-1967 General / refrigerated cargo ship 258 feet overall of Oranje Lijn (Maats Zeetransport) N.V., Rotterdam : 1977 wrecked and broken up)) Own Page

PRINS FREDERIK WILLEM closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Great Lakes of North America

Sailing forMontreal, Toronto, Hamilton, Cleveland, Detroit and ChicagoPort of RegistryRotterdan (Netherlands)
Outward cargoGeneral cargoNet Tonnage839
Ships agentJ. C. Peacock & Co. Ltd., 164 Buchanan Street, Glasgow C.1. Tel. DOUglas 7101Gross Tonnage1,598
Deadweght Tonnage2,658

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Friday, May 24, 1963 @ 0800
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British India Line advert for Junior Engineer Officers

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Saturday, July 13, 2019 @ 1105
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A novel way for Western Ferries to advertise their ro-ro service between Gourock and Hunter's Quay

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Friday, November 1, 1974 @ 1000
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
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A 1974 poster by Sealink advertising 10 routes to Europe by car or train and ship

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Sunday, December 12, 2010 @ 2200
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Postcard showing an atmospheric view of twilight at Sydney Harbour, Australia

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Sunday, August 2, 1925 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
MINDEMOYA (around 1925 Canadian Great Laker) Own Page

Painting of the Great Lakes steamer MINDEMOYA in the Welland Aqueduct, Canada

Ship's locationWelland Aqueduct, CanadaPort of RegistryCanada

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Friday, September 16, 2022 @ 1715
DISNEY MAGIC (1998- Cruise liner 984ft 300m of The Walt Disney Company / Disney Cruise Line)) Own Page

Cruise liner DISNEY MAGIC turns off Greenock Esplanade as she leaves Greenock for Dover (England)

Ship's locationPassing Greenock Esplanade, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryNassau (Bahamas)
Arrived fromBelfast (Northern Ireland, U.K.)Gross Tonnage83,338
Arrived in berthOcean Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Sailing forDover (England)
Sailed from berthOcean Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Cargo carried on arrivalPassengers
Outward cargoPassengers

DISNEY MAGIC reversing past MSC UMA out of the Terminal Greenock early evening 16/09/2022 . Spot Goofy hanging off the stern.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 1540
WILSON ASTAKOS (2009- General cargo ship 89m long of Wilson AlphaSg Ltd.) Own Page

WILSON ASTAKOS passes Greenock Esplanade outward bound for Garston in the River Mersey, England

Ship's locationPassing Greenock Esplanade, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryLuxembourg
Arrived fromStjernoya (Norwway)Gross Tonnage2,451
Arrived in berthShieldhall Riverside Quay, GlasgowDeadweght Tonnage3,597
Sailing forGarston (England)
Sailed from berthShieldhall Riverside Quay, Glasgow
Cargo carried on arrivalMinerals
Outward cargoLight = no cargo on board

 

The small Greenock tug TITAN is seen alongside on the port side of WILSON ASTAKOS

 

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Saturday, September 17, 2022 @ 1545
MSC UMA (in 2022 Container ship) Own Page

Container ship MSC UMA turns off Greenock Esplanade after leaving Greenock Container Terminal

Ship's locationOff Greenock Esplanade, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Sailing forLe Havre (France)
Outward cargoContainers

 

MSC UMA was towed astern from her berth at Greenock Container Terminal  by the Svitzer tugs AYTON CROSS and SVITZER MILFORD and the tugs canted (turned) her off Greenock Esplanade to allow her to proceed ahead on her passage from the Clyde to Le Havre (France).

 

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Monday, October 9, 1967 @ 1700
TRADER (1966-1980 General cargo ship of Thos & Jas Harrison, Liverpool) Own Page

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

Ship's locationGlasgowPort of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Sailing forBardados, Trinidad, La Guira, Puerto Cabello, Curacao and MaracaiboGross Tonnage6,488
Ships agentPrentice, Service and Henderson Ltd., 68 Gordon Street, Glasgow C. 1.

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Tuesday, October 3, 1967 @ 1700
RATHLIN HEAD (1953-1970 General cargo ship of Ulster Steamship Company / Head Line, Belfast) Own Page

Head Line's RATHLIN HEAD closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Montreal, Toronto and Hamilton

Ship's locationPrince's Dock, GlasgowPort of RegistryBelfast (Northern Ireland)
Sailing forMontreal, Toronto and Hamilton (Canada)Gross Tonnage7,378
Ships agentDonaldson Line Ltd., 14 St. Vincent Place, Glasgow Tel. Central 3901

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Tuesday, October 3, 1967 @ 1700
ADMINISTRATOR (1958 - 1978 General cargo ship 489 feet long of T & J Harrison's Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Harrison's ADMINISTRATOR closes at Birkenhead for receiving cargo for West, South and East Africa

Ship's locationBirkenhead, U.K.Port of RegistryLiverpool (England, U.K.)
Sailing forLobito, Durban, Lourenco Marques and Beira
Ships agentThos. & Jas. Harrison, Liverpool

News Event

Thursday, September 15, 2022 @ 0908
ARKLOW RAVEN (in 2022 General cargo ship) Own Page

ARKLOW RAVEN passing Greenock Esplanade, Greenock, and heading up the River Clyde to Glasgow

Ship's locationPassing Greenock Esplanade, Greenock, and heading up the River Clyde to Glasgow

ARKLOW RAVEN arrived in the Clyde from Birkenhead, England, and was heading up the River Clyde towards Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow, where she would load a full cargo of scrap metal for Setubal, Portugal.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 1420
AASFJORD (2006- Self discharger general cargo / bulk carrier 113.76m long of Aasen Shipping, Mosterhamm, Norway) Own Page

AASFJORD passes Greenock on her way up the River Clyde to King George V Dock, Glasgow

Arrived fromPort Talbot (Wales, U.K.)Port of RegistryGibraltar
Cargo carried on arrivalCementGross Tonnage4,266
Deadweght Tonnage6,300

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 0800
RANGER (in 2022 : Container ship) Own Page

Container ship RANGER passes Greenock Esplanade with containers from Dublin (Ireland)

Arrived fromDublin (Ireland)
Arrived in berthGreenock Container Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Cargo carried on arrivalContainers
0820 RANGER 7,852 CY Greenock - Ocean Terminal Containers IE DUB

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 1200
ARKLOW FUTURE Own Page

ARKLOW FUTURE arrives at the Port of Ayr, Scotland

Ship's locationAyr (Firth of Clyde, Scotland)

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Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 1100
SD ORONSAY (Personnel transfer vessel of Serco Denholm, London) Own Page

SD ORONSAY passing Custom House Quay, Greenock on her way to H.M. Naval Base, Faslane

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryLondon
Sailed from berthGreat Harbour, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.

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Tuesday, October 1, 1974 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
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Ben Line loading schedule at Hong Kong for sailings to Europe in October, November and December 1974

Ship's locationHong Kong

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Saturday, July 24, 1965 @ 1200
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CITY OF WINCHESTER (1952-1970 General cargo ship 568 feet overall of Ellerman Lines, London) Own Page

Company postcard of Ellerman Lines CITY OF WINCHESTER

Port of RegistryLondon (England, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage10,594

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Wednesday, June 20, 1973 @ 1200
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SHEAF ROYAL (1972- 1978 Bulk carrier 199.919m 656 feet overall of The Sheaf Navigation Company Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne : 1999 scrapped at Alang, India) Own Page

SHEAF ROYAL of Sheaf Navigation Company, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Port of RegistryNewcastle, England
Net Tonnage15,174.55
Gross Tonnage22,848.94
Deadweght Tonnage38,100

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Saturday, January 1, 1938 @ 0800
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Anchor Line cruise poster in 1938

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Tuesday, March 1, 1977 @ 0800
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1977 advert by Wijsmuller Towage and Salvage, Ijmuiden, Holland

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Sunday, February 16, 1975 @ 0800
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1975 advert by Thomas Watson (Shipping) Ltd., Rochester, England

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Saturday, July 10, 1993 @ 1000
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FINNJET (1993-1997 Ro-ro ferry 212.96m 698 feet 1800 passengers 380 cars of Silja Line : scrapped 2008) Own Page

Postcard of Silja Line's ferry FINNJET serving Helsinki (Finland) and Travemunde (Germany)

Port of RegistryMariehamm (Aland, Finland)
Gross Tonnage32,975

Contributed by Seppo Niinisto

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Tuesday, October 16, 1973 @ 0800
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1973 advert for Lamport's Shipping Services in Middlesbrough, England

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Monday, March 1, 1976 @ 0800
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1976 advert for Gabriel Ship Supplies in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto (Canada)

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Thursday, May 21, 1959 @ 1845
TORR HEAD (1961-1972 General cargo ship of Ulster Steamship Company / Head Line, Belfast) Own Page

Head Line's TORR HEAD arrives in Glasgow to load for New York and Baltimore

Arrived fromBelfast via LiverpoolPort of RegistryBelfast (Northern Ireland, UK)
Arrived in berth4 Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow with her head east
Sailing forNew York and Baltimore (USA)
Sailed from berth4 Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow with her head east
Draught forward on arrival11' 07"
Draught aft on arrival14' 05"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo (outwards) and motor cars (= automobiles)
Commened loading outward cargo21 May @ 1800
Outward cargo12 passengers and 1,434 tons of general cargo and 1 motor car (= automobile)
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer
Completed loading outward cargo25 May @ 1430
Draught forward on sailing12' 03"
Draught aft on sailing20' 06"
Ships agentAnchor Line, Glasgow

TORR HEAD left Glasgow for New York and Baltimore at 1515hrs on 25 May

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Tuesday, May 19, 1959 @ 2130
PHRYGIA (1955-1965 General cargo liner 348 feet long of Cunard Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Cunard Line cargo ship PHRYGIA arrives in Glasgow with 703 tons of general cargo from Malta

Arrived fromMaltaPort of RegistryLiverpool (England, UK)
Arrived in berth21 Queen's Dock, Glasgow with her head westGross Tonnage3,534
Sailing forLiverpool (UK)
Sailed from berth21 Queen's Dock, Glasgow with her head west
Draught forward on arrival20' 00"
Draught aft on arrival22' 05"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 703 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo20 May @ 0800
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClutha Stevedores
Completed discharge of inward cargo21 May @ 1145
Outward cargoPart same inward general cargo
Draught forward on sailing18' 08"
Draught aft on sailing18' 06"
Ships agentAnchor Line, Glasgow

 

PHRYGIA left Glasgow for Liverpool on 21 May at 1227hrs

 

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Monday, April 16, 1973 @ 0800
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1973 advert for John Henderson ship chandlers in Curacao (Netherlands Antilles)

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Saturday, January 1, 1972 @ 0800
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Front and back cover of Ellerman Lines company magazine "ON SHORE AND AFLOAT" of January 1972

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Sunday, August 1, 1976 @ 1130
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Radio room of a Ben Line vessel

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Friday, January 31, 1947 @ 0800
SAMHORN (1944-1948 General cargo freighter managed by Donaldson Line, Glasgow : 1948 returned to USA Administration) Own Page

Donaldson Line's SAMHORN makes a 231 days voyage in 1947

Port of RegistryGlasgow
Gross Tonnage7,253

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014 @ 1305
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
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Postcard showing a pod of dolphins in Bay of Gibraltar

Ship's locationBay of Gibraltar

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Friday, November 15, 1974 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
KIRRIEMOOR (1965-1968 Bulk carrier of Runciman's Moor Line, London : 1968-1978 Anchor Line)) Own Page

KIRRIEMOOR brings the largest ever cargo of Grain to Glasgow

Cargo carried on arrivalGrainPort of RegistryLondon
Gross Tonnage22,198

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Saturday, September 16, 1967 @ 1640
RUBENS (1966-1973 General cargo ship chartered from Booth Line 436 feet long of Lamport & Holt Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Lamport & Holt's RUBENS arrives in Glasgow with Timber from South America

Arrived fromRecife (Brazil) via LiverpoolPort of RegistryLiverpool
Arrived in berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow : with her head eastGross Tonnage4,472
Sailing for(somewhere) via Recife (Brazil)
Sailed from berth1 Riverside Quay, Shieldhall, Glasgow : with her head east
Draught forward on arrival11' 07"
Draught aft on arrival14' 10"
Cargo carried on arrivalTimber
Commenced discharge of inward cargo18 September @ 0800
Stevedore discharging inward cargoJames Spencer
Completed discharge of inward cargo20 September @ 1530
Commened loading outward cargo18 September @ 0800
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 200 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer
Heavy lifts loaded1 X 12 ton lift delivered by road transport on 21 September and loaded by floating crane NEWSHOT
Completed loading outward cargo21 September @ 1500
Draught forward on sailing9' 05"
Draught aft on sailing15' 01"

RUBENS sailed from Glasgow at 1600 on 21 September.

   We cannot identify her destination – something via Recife – on the Dockmaster’s Log Book.   Can anyone, such as Blue Star, Booth, Lamport & Holt people, recognise where it is and let us know so that we can amend the entry.

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Saturday, September 16, 1967 @ 1700
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CLAN MACNAB (1961-1980 General cargo ship 506 feet long of Clan Line / Cayzer Irvine, London : 1984 scrapped) Own Page

CLAN MACNAB arrives in Glasgow to load for African ports and Cape Town

Arrived fromCape Town via LiverpoolPort of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)
Arrived in berth7 King George V Dock, Glasgow : with her head northNet Tonnage4,994
Sailing forCape Town via SwanseaGross Tonnage9,169
Sailed from berth7 King George V Dock, Glasgow : with her head north
Draught forward on arrival8' 05"
Draught aft on arrival19' 00"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo 756 tons
Commenced discharge of inward cargo18 September @ 0800
Stevedore discharging inward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed discharge of inward cargo21 September @ 1100
Commened loading outward cargo19 September @ 1300
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 720 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo22 September @ 1100
Draught forward on sailing9' 03"
Draught aft on sailing18' 07"
Ships agentCayzer Irvine & Co. Ltd., 93 Hope Street, Glasgow Tel 041 221 7050 Telex 778133

 

CLAN MACNAB left Glasgow at 1310 on 22 September for African ports and Cape Town via Swansea

 

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Tuesday, June 9, 1970 @ 1200
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BENARKLE (1968-1974 General cargo liner of Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

Ben Line general cargo ship BENARKLE in the Far East

Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland, UK)
Gross Tonnage9,850

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Sunday, July 10, 1960 @ 0800
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EMPRESS OF ENGLAND (1957-1970 Passenger Liner 640 feet long of Canadian Pacific Steamships, Liverpool : 1975 scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan) Own Page

Postcard of EMPRESS OF ENGLAND passing under the Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal

Ship's locationJacques Cartier Bridge, Montreal, CanadaPort of RegistryLiverpool
Gross Tonnage25,585
Deadweght Tonnage8,910

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Sunday, July 25, 1965 @ 1100
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
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Postcard of Dunoon (Firth of Clyde, Scotland showing U.S. Navy Base at Holy Loch and Dunoon Pier

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

Contributed by Jim McVeigh.

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Saturday, August 16, 1980 @ 1200
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H.M.S. WARRIOR (Preserved warship at Portsmouth, England) Own Page

Postcard of H.M.S. WARRIOR : a preserved warship at Portsmouth, England

Ship's locationPortsmouth (England)

Contributed by Jim McVeigh.

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Wednesday, July 16, 1980 @ 1000
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
CAPTAIN COOK (maybe around 1970 / 1980s a 3-masted sailing ship) Own Page

Sailing ship CAPTAIN COOK in Loch Eil (near Fort William, Scottish Highlands)

Ship's locationLoch Eil (near Fort William, Scottish Highlands)

Contributed by Jim McVeigh.

      Can anyone give details of this ship?

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Tuesday, September 30, 1980 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
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Postcard of Highlands of Scotland

Ship's locationHighlands of Scotland

Contributed by Jim McVeigh.

Postcard of Autumn (America = fall) in the West Highlands of Scotland.

      Can anyone name the large white cruiser in the bottom image ? 

News Event

Wednesday, June 1, 1977 @ 1000
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

Mallaig Harbour, West Highlands of Scotland, with an unknown Caledonian MacBrayne ferry

Ship's locationMallaig Harbour, West Highlands of Scotland

Contributed by Jim McVeigh.

Postcard of Mallaig Harbour on the West Highlands of Scotland.

   The unknown Caledonian MacBrayne ro-ro ferry is on the Mallaig – Armadale (Isle of Skye) service.   Can anyone name the ship ?

News Event

Thursday, January 20, 1955 @ 1600
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
BENVRACKIE (1955-1975 General cargo liner of William Thomson's Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

BENVRACKIE leaving Singapore

Ship's locationSingaporePort of RegistryLeith (Scotland, UK)

Contributed by Jean Matthews (Falkirk, Scotland)

   A Ben Line company postcard.

News Event

Wednesday, September 1, 1954 @ 2355
CLAN FORBES (1937-1959 General cargo liner of Clan Line, Glasgow) Own Page

CLAN FORBES shifts to Stobcross Crane, Glasgow to load heavy lifts for South Africa

Port of RegistryGlasgow

News Event

Friday, November 23, 2018 @ 1600
GARNOCK (1956 -1984 Ship handling tug 78 feet long of Imperial Chemical Industries) Own Page

Museum tug GARNOCK at Wharf, Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

Ship's locationWharf, Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryIrvine (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)
Gross Tonnage78

News Event

Wednesday, June 12, 1907 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
QUEEN OF THE LAKE (1907-1940 passenger vessel of Loch Tay Steamboat Company) Own Page

QUEEN OF THE LAKE about to be launched at Ailsa Shipyard, Ayr

Ship's locationAilsa Shipyard, Ayr, Scotland, U.K.Port of Registryl

 

QUEEN OF THE LAKE was engaged in ferrying passengers on Loch Tay (Scotland)

 

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1357
AMBITION (Cruise liner) Own Page

Cruise liner AMBITION passing Custom House Quay, Greenock heading upriver to Glasgow

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K. heading upriver to Glasgow

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1411
SD KYLE OF LOCHALSH (in 2022 : tug of Serco Denholm, London) Own Page

SD KYLE OF LOCHALSH at Dales Marine Services, James Watt Dock, Greenock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock, Greenock (Scotland)Port of RegistryLondon

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1410
MOUNT STUART (Pilot boat of Peel Ports Clydeport) Own Page

Pilot vessels MOUNT STUART and GANTOCK at James Watt Dock, Greenock

Ship's locationJames Watt Dock, Greenock (Scotland)Port of RegistryGlasgow (Scotland, U.K.)

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 0815
PETROJARL FOINAVEN (1996- offshore floating storage / production vessel 250m long of Teekay) Own Page

PETROJARL FOINAVEN at Hunterston Jetty, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.

Ship's locationInside tongue of Hunterston Jetty, Hunterston, Port of RegistryBahamas
Gross Tonnage43,279
Deadweght Tonnage43,641

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1211
TITAN (in 2022 Tug of Mirren Marine, Greenock( Own Page

Mirren Marine's tug TITAN passing Custom House Quay, Greenock

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Sailed from berthJames Watt Dock, Greenock

News Event

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 1200
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

Troon Tug Company's RED EMPRESS and RED BARONESS at Old Dock, Troon

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1015
COSTA FORTUNA (in 2022 : cruise liner) Own Page

Cruise liner COSTA FORTUNA passes esplanade making for Ocean Terminal, Greenock

Ship's locationOff Greenock Esplanade, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 0945
AYTON CROSS (in 2022 Tug of Svitzer) Own Page

Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS passes Greenock Esplanade to meet incoming liner COSTA FORTUNA

Ship's locationPassing Greenock Esplanade towards Gourock to meet incoming liner COSTA FORTUNA

 

   Svitzer tug AYTON CROSS passes Greenock Esplanade on her way to meet the inbound passenger liner COSTA FORTUNA at Gourock.

   Ahead of the tug, in the far background off Kilcreggan, are the British warships H.M.S. PEMBROKE and H.M.S. BROCKLESBY, conducting joint exercises at Tail-of-the-Bank anchorage.

 

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 0900
H.M.S. PEMBROKE (1997- Sandown-class Minehunter M107 172 feet long of Royal Navy, London)) Own Page

H.M.S. PEMBROKE conducting naval exercises at Tail-of -the Bank, Firth of Clyde

Ship's locationTail of the Bank anchorage, off Kilcreggan, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryAdmiralty (Royal Navy, London)

 

H.M.S. PEMBROKE and H.M.S. BROCKLESBY were conducting joint naval exercise off Kilcreggan, at Tail-of-the-Bank anchorage in the Firth of Clyde.

   The manoeuvres lasted for most of the day and included firing flares into the air, the flares falling slowly down to the water.

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1357
AMBITION (Cruise liner) Own Page

AMBITION passes Ocean Terminal, Greenock on her way upriver to King George V Dock, Glasgow

Ship's locationPassing Ocean Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.
Arrived fromKristiansand (Norway)
Sailing forKing George V Dock, Glasgow
Cargo carried on arrivalLight = no passengers or cargo on board

 

   AMBITION is on a … maybe 6  month  …. charter by the Scottish Government to berth at 6 King George V Dock, Glasgow (exactly where Blue Funnel and Clan ships berthed) and will accommodate Ukranian refugees until they can be matched to suitable longer-term accommodation.

   She will house up to 1,750 people in 714 cabins and will provide all meals, laundry, etc. and the refugees will be able to come and go as they please on the ship at any time, day or night.

 

  As she passed Greenock, AMBITION was being assisted by tug AYTON CROSS (at the bow) and tug ANGLEGARTH at the stern.

 

News Event

Friday, September 2, 2022 @ 1345
The date is correct but time is unknown and the time shown here is only our best estimate
SARAH - B (General cargo ship) Own Page

German coaster SARAH-B passing Custom House Quay, Greenock heading upriver to Clydebank

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryElsfleth (Germany)
Arrived fromGalway, IrelandGross Tonnage1,956
Sailing forRothesay Dock, Clydebank (River Clyde, Scotland U.K.)
Cargo carried on arrivalLimestone

Looking remarkably tiny the German coaster SARAH-B passes the towering cruise liner SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE at Ocean Terminal, Greenock on 2nd September 2022.

   SARAH-B was heading up the River Clyde to Rothesay Dock, Clydebank with a cargo of Limestone from Galway, Ireland.

News Event

Sunday, August 28, 2022 @ 1342
ENERGY (Container ship) Own Page

ENERGY at Greenock Container Terminal with containers from Liverpool

Ship's locationGreenock Container Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryMadeira
Arrived fromLiverpool (UK)

News Event

Sunday, August 28, 2022 @ 1340
THE WORLD (Cruise liner) Own Page

Cruise liner THE WORLD at Ocean Terminal, Greenock

Ship's locationOcean Terminal, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryNassau (Bahamas)
Arrived fromOban (Scotland, U.K.)
Cargo carried on arrivalPassengers

News Event

Thursday, September 1, 2022 @ 1227
SD NORTHERN RIVER (1998- Offshore Supply Ship of Serco-Denholm, London) Own Page

SD NORTHERN RIVER passing Custom House Quay, Greenock outbound to sea for Military Operations

Ship's locationPassing Custom House Quay, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.Port of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailing forSea (Military Operations)Gross Tonnage3,612
Sailed from berthGreat Harbour, Greenock, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.

 

SD NORTHERN RIVER had left Great Harbour, Greenock and was passing Custom House Quay, Greenock and heading outbound to sea for military operations.

SD NORTHERN RIVER is also seen passing the cruise liner COSTA FORTUNA berthed at Ocean Terminal, Greenock. which had just arrived with a large number of German passengers.

 

Between the two vessels, in the far distance and difficult to see is a small grey-coloured ship.   It is the British Royal Naval Mine Counter-Measures warship H.M.S. PEMBROKE, which was conducting exercises with H.M.S. BROCKLESBY.

 

News Event

Thursday, April 1, 1976 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

1976 advert for Trinity House Folkestone Pilot Station (London compulsory Pilots)

News Event

Saturday, March 12, 1977 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

1977 advert by Dawood ship chandlers at Singapore

News Event

Monday, May 15, 1967 @ 0845
LYCAON ( 1954 - 1976 General cargo liner 487 feet of Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel Line, Liverpool) Own Page

Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel LYCAON arrives at King George V Dock, Glasgow from Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Arrived fromAmsterdam (Netherlands)Port of RegistryLiverpool
Arrived in berth2 King George V Dock, Glasgow with her head south
Sailing forBangkok (Thailand) via Birkenhead (England)
Sailed from berth4 King George V Dock, Glasgow with her head south
Draught forward on arrival14' 00"
Draught aft on arrival19' 06"
Cargo carried on arrivalLight = no cargo on board
Commened loading outward cargo16 May @ 0800
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 858 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoStrathclyde Stevedores
Completed loading outward cargo19 May @ 1500
Draught forward on sailing15' 05"
Draught aft on sailing20' 10"

LYCAON left Glasgow for Bangkok via Birkenhead on 19 May @ 1615

News Event

Saturday, May 1, 1976 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

1976 advert for L. J. Harri, ship supplier in Amsterdam, Netherlands

News Event

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 1700
The date is correct but time is unknown and the time shown here is only our best estimate
WILSON BLYTH (1995- ) IMO 9124419 General cargo ship 88m long of Wilson ASA, Bergen, Norway) Own Page

WILSON BLYTH leaving Ayr at sundown

Sailed from berthAyr (Firth of Clyde, Scotland, U.K.)Port of RegistryValletta (Malta)
Net Tonnage1,369
Gross Tonnage2,446
Deadweght Tonnage3,713

News Event

Wednesday, January 10, 1934 @ 0000
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

Aberdeen Line poster advertising their passenger service from Sydney to England and South Africa

News Event

Monday, August 10, 2020 @ 1100
VITALITY (2014- General cargo coaster 90m long of Faversham Ships Ltd, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK.) Own Page

Faversham Ship's VITALITY at Ayr, Scotland

Ship's locationAyr (Firth of Clyde, Scotland) on the river berthPort of RegistryPeel (Isle of Man, UK)
Gross Tonnage2,984
Deadweght Tonnage4,181

News Event

Thursday, January 1, 1976 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

1976 advert for St John's, Newfoundland College of Fisheries, Navigation, Marine Engineering, etc.

News Event

Thursday, January 1, 1976 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

Distances in nautical miles from U.K. and continent to ports on the West African coast

News Event

Tuesday, February 1, 1977 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

1977 advert for Seaspan International towage and salvage of North Vancouver, B.C., Canada

News Event

Thursday, January 1, 1976 @ 0000
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

1976 advert for Danish Government Skaw Pilots

News Event

Monday, November 21, 1960 @ 0320
DICK LYKES (1945-1970 General cargo freighter 460 feet long of Lykes Brothers, U.S.A. ) : scrapped at Kaohsiung, Taiwan 1970) Own Page

Freighter DICK LYKES arrives at Glasgow from New Orleans (U.S.A.) via Manchester

Arrived fromNew Orleans (U.S.A.) via ManchesterPort of RegistryU.S.A.
Arrived in berth29 / 31 Springfield Quay, Glasgow, with head east and bow 2 pawls from ferryGross Tonnage8,174
Sailing forHouston (Texas, U.S.A.) via Liverpool
Sailed from berth29 / 31 Springfield Quay, Glasgow, with head east and bow 2 pawls from ferry
Draught forward on arrival11' 06"
Draught aft on arrival18' 11"
Cargo carried on arrivalGeneral cargo both inwards and outwards
Commenced discharge of inward cargo21 November @ 0800
Stevedore discharging inward cargoJames Spencer
Completed discharge of inward cargo23 November @ 1430
Commened loading outward cargo22 November @ 0800
Outward cargoGeneral cargo 210 tons
Stevedore loading outward cargoJames Spencer
Completed loading outward cargo23 November @ 1600
Draught forward on sailing8' 10"
Draught aft on sailing17' 03"

Dick lykes LEAVES Glasgow for New Orleans via Liverpool at 2325 on 23 November

News Event

Thursday, August 12, 1954 @ 0920
Own Page

Ropner's DALEBY arrives in Queen's Dock, Glasgow with cargo from U.S.A.

Arrived fromNew Orleans (U.S.A.) via Liverpool
Arrived in berth29 Queen's Dock, Glasgow with her head west
Sailing forNew Orleans (U.S.A.)
Sailed from berth29 Queen's Dock, Glasgow with her head west
Draught forward on arrival8' 11"
Draught aft on arrival18' 07"
Cargo carried on arrival200 tons of general cargo inwards, and part general cargo outwards
Commenced discharge of inward cargo12 August @ 1500
Stevedore discharging inward cargoSmith Coggins
Completed discharge of inward cargo14 August @ 1200
Commened loading outward cargo13 August @ 0800
Outward cargo700 tons of general cargo and 11 passengers
Stevedore loading outward cargoSmith Coggins
Completed loading outward cargo17 August @ 1930
Draught forward on sailing12' 05"
Draught aft on sailing19' 02"

DALEBY left Glasgow for New Orleans at 0030 on 18 August

News Event

Saturday, December 21, 1957 @ 1940
ALFONSO (1950-1966 General cargo ship) Own Page

ALFONSO arrives at Glasgow with 6,800 packages of sweet and bitter oranges from Spain

Arrived fromCartagena (Spain) via LiverpoolPort of RegistryBelgium
Arrived in berthMerklands Quay, Glasgow, at west end of quayGross Tonnage1,438
Sailing forValencia (Spain)
Sailed from berthMerklands Quay, Glasgow, at west end of quay
Draught forward on arrival7' 04"
Draught aft on arrival14' 6"
Cargo carried on arrival6,800 packages of sweet and bitter oranges
Commenced discharge of inward cargo22 December @ 0800
Stevedore discharging inward cargoClutha
Completed discharge of inward cargo22 December @ 1545
Outward cargoLight = no cargo on board
Draught forward on sailing5' 00"
Draught aft on sailing14' 00"
Ships agentConstantine

 

ALFONSO left Glasgow at 1735 on 22 December bound for Valencia (Spain)

News Event

Thursday, March 10, 1955 @ 1530
CRAGMOOR (1947-1962 General cargo ship 445 feet long of Walter Runciman / Moor Line, Newcastle: 1966 wrecked near Calcutta) Own Page

Runciman / Moor Line cargo ship CRAGMOOR leaves Brisbane for Melbourne (both Australia)

Vessel MasterJ. HowiePort of RegistryLondon (UK)
Sailing forMelbourne (Australia)Net Tonnage2,909
Sailed from berthBrisbane (Australia)Gross Tonnage5,253
Deadweght Tonnage9,104

News Event

Monday, February 1, 1937 @ 0800
Own Page

An advert in Canada in 1937 for Anchor Line sailings from U.S.A. to Ireland and Scotland

News Event

Monday, March 1, 1937 @ 0800
The actual date and time are unknown and details shown here are our best estimate
Own Page

An advert in 1937 by Anchor Line of Glasgow

News Event

Thursday, February 6, 1969 @ 2000
The date is correct but time is unknown and the time shown here is only our best estimate
BENLOMOND (1957-1977 General cargo liner 508 feet long 17 knots of William Thomson's Ben Line, Leith) Own Page

BENLOMOND left Kobe for Nagasaki (both in Japan)

Sailing forNagasaki (Japan)Port of RegistryLeith
Sailed from berthKobe (Japan)Net Tonnage6,001
Gross Tonnage10,325
Deadweght Tonnage12,010

News Event

Thursday, February 6, 1969 @ 0600
The date is correct but time is unknown and the time shown here is only our best estimate
BENHOPE (1962-1972 General cargo liner 497 feet long 15 knots of William Thomson's Ben Line, Leith) Own Page

BENHOPE at Kota Kinabalu for Sandakan (both in Sabah, Malaysia)

Ship's locationKota Kinabalu (colloquially referred to as KK, is the state capital of Sabah, Malaysia)Port of RegistryLeith
Sailing forSandakan (Sabah, Malaysia)Net Tonnage6,195
Gross Tonnage9,952
Deadweght Tonnage11,660

News Event

Thursday, February 6, 1969 @ 1700
The date is correct but time is unknown and the time shown here is only our best estimate
BENCRUACHAN (1968-1980 General cargo liner 558 feet long of Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

BENCRUACHAN left London for Singapore

Sailing forSingapore Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland)
Sailed from berthLondon (UK)Net Tonnage7,097
Gross Tonnage12,892
Deadweght Tonnage14,884

News Event

Wednesday, February 5, 1969 @ 1700
The date is correct but time is unknown and the time shown here is only our best estimate
BENATTOW (1965-1977 General cargo liner of William Thomson Ben Line, Edinburgh) Own Page

BENATTOW left Middlesborough for Hull

Sailing forHull (UK)Port of RegistryLeith (Scotland, UK)
Sailed from berthMiddlesborough (U.K.)

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Walter Runciman / Moor Line’s CRAGMOOR

 

E-mail received 26 August 2022

I was staggered to read about Moor Line’s CRAGMOOR in your Latest Entries.   My father sailed in that ship in 1961-62.  Mostly a Newcastle and Sunderland crew.    Have you the details of those times.

 Name is not shown, by request.

 Douglas replies :    Yes, I’ve got the details from the Chief Officers Log Books.   There’s an awful lot in the books, maybe 100 large pages or so and masses of daily detail.   Let me know on CONTACT US what you actually want and I’ll see what can be done.  Thanks for your message.

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Does anyone remember Hogarth’s BARON FORBES which was

scrapped in 1953

and

Tracing a discharge book left aboard in 1959.

 E-mail 13 November 2020

From Murdo MacPherson

 Does anybody remember the rent boat BARON FORBES an old

ex-german ship the worst ship I sailed in she was scrapped

in 1953,  forecastle accommodation one trip was enough

The captain Mcphail was strict
ps I left my discharge book on an Everard ship in Goole

in 1959 got any ideas how I can trace it

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Isthmian Steamship Lines of USA

E-mail October 10  2020 

 From Bobby Ford  (USA)


Do you have anything about Isthmian Steamship Lines,

or anyone remember them, who did freighter service

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

   Any memories of the "STEEL" boats  ?

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

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

do not want  -  on this website.

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

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

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

stories, images or items to put in the website ?

 Thank you.  11 August 2020

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

10th August 2020    E-mail from a viewer. 

Cunard Lines ASCANIA  (1911-1918)

 I am wondering if you might have more information and pictures

on the Vessel Ascania - Shipping line Cunard 1911-1918

Master - SGS Mihal.

This is a ship that my grandfather travelled from Southampton,

England to HalifaxNova ScotiaCanada in 1914.

Please any information would help.

Thank You

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

    Port of Registry Admiralty (Royal Navy, London)

 

Where did the Royal Navy families stay in Rothesay ?

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

  There was always submarines about her and sailors in

uniform in the town.

   My aunt used to tell that some sailors and their families

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

where the houses were ?

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

 

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

 

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

   Dad always used to tell of sailing down the Clyde from

Glasgow on excursion steamers and there was a musical

band aboard which played Scottish tunes to entertain

passengers.

   A favourite song was something about the Clyde.   I know

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

song and the band ?

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Lightship ALBATROSS built at Robbs Shipyard, Leith in 1927

E-Mail from a viewer   31 May 2020

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

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Cruise ships may be laid up in the Clyde

 

22 May 2020

1353

 

From Jimmy Johnston (Paisley)

 

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

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e-mail from Tommy Robertson   (Dumbarton)

21 May 2020

 

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

 

Does anyone know the name of the Alfred Holt Blue Funnel

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

  She was definitely a Blue Funnel job but had the Elder

Dempster buff funnel.

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Paddle Steamers at Pusser River, Chalna, Bangladesh

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Why was Irish Lights Tender IERNE registered in Liverpool ?

 19 March 2020 @ 1057

J R of Birkenhead e-mails :

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

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

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

A viewer e-mails 

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

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

Can anyone help ?

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Stewardesses and Nurse on Burns & Lairds IRISH COAST in 1966

 2019-12-29

By e-mail

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

Mary D.

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Old Mississippi – type passenger steamer in Sydney (Australia)

Jim Middleton (London) e-mails

29 December 2019

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

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

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

   Thanks, JM.

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CLAN FRASER and a rope across the dock at Glasgow

 4 November 2019

Jim McGoogan e-mails :

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

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

 

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

 

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

   Can anyone help ?

14 September 2019

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Where is the “Chapman Anchorage” ???

   Robbie Keen (CarlisleEngland) emails:

 I see in the entry for BENWYVIS that she

was in “Chapman Anchorage.”   Where is

Chapman Anchorage and what would she

 be doing there ???

Robbie.  31 August 2019

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Teak fronts on the front of ship's bridges

By Eric S.     8th July 2019

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

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

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

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

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

All comments are welcome.

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Can anyone identify this cap badge ?

Samms of Nantwich e-mails:    07 July 2019

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

 

anyone identify the cap badge ? 

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

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

    There was a programme on television the other evening

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

Atlantic man and never ventured to the Far East.

   I wondered what difficulties would be experienced by

ships during the Monsoon season’s heavy rainfall and

swollen rivers and storms.

    And also, I can only think of maybe 3 shipping

companies which regularly traded to the area – Calcutta,

Chalna, Chittagong, Rangoon.   What other companies

were there ?

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Where did this ship come from in Sweden ???

Haltst…….. ?????

January 2020 and Bryn Wayt e-mails

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

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

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

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

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

20 May 2019  @ 1540

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

at Tail-of-the Bank.

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

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

bringing stores for the Holy Loch vessels, and the stores

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

lighters and small coasters.

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

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

and blue bands.

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

could be MARSHFIELD or MARSHLAND ….. or something like

that, was obviously a WW2 type but always immaculate

 and a frequent caller.

   Does anyone else remember these ships calling at

the Clyde ?

 

Alan and Jean.

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Clyde Navigation Trust launches NEWARK, GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

 

 14 March 2019   @ 1239

Richard Danielson e-mails

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

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

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

THANK YOU.
Richard Danielson.
 

 

Admin Note :

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

 

20 March 2019  @ 1604

 

Jim Howie  (Partick, Glasgow)

 

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

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

  

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

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

12 Hopper Barges.

1 Dumb grab hopper barge.

1 Tug CLYDE.

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

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

11 passenger ferryboats.

1 60-ton floating crane NEWSHOT.

1 Diving Bell barge.

2 Divers’ motor boats.

1 Oil Separating Barge PLOVER

3 motor launches NEWARK, GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS.

1 Hydrographic Survey launch CRANNOG.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

Jim Howie.

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Looking for images / photos of BALLYGALLY HEAD of 1950s

 23 January 2019  1011

Joseph McGurk Jr. e-mails

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

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

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

he sailed on her

   Thank you, regards Joseph mc gurk jr

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Renfrew Harbour, Firth of Clyde, around 1980

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

 

   Does anyone have any idea what the other ships are ?


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The advert for paddle steamer EAGLE 111 in 1937

 6th  January 2019.

   James Barrowman (Brighton, England) e-mails :

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

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

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

   Thanks, Jim Barrowman.

7th January 2019 

   J.S. (Pollokshaws, Glasgow) replies :

The River Clyde runs generally east to west through

the centre of Glasgow and essentially divides the city

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

   In the past and even today people talk of coming

from or living in the South Side.

   Up to around 1970’s passenger excursion steamers

and cross-channel to Ireland steamers left Broomielaw,

Anderston Quay and Lancefield Quay on the North Side

and in the summer months left Bridge Wharf on the

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

= Down the Water = sailing down the River Clyde to

Clyde piers such as Dunoon and Rothesay and

Tighnabruaich.

   The advert mentions the steamer calling at Govan

 Wharf and Renfrew to pick up passengers.

   Today Govan Wharf is only recognisable by a derelict

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

South Bank essentially between the Govan Drydocks

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

yard) and beside the playing field between Wanlock Street

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

small Govan Passenger Ferry used to ply from near

Govan Wharf across the river to the east end of Meadowside

Quay

   It was news to me that excursion steamers stopped

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

   Perhaps someone can help.

 

Ref The advert for paddle steamer EAGLE 111 in 1937.

12 January 2019   Robert Orr replies :


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

occupied by Simons and Lobnitz shipyards in Renfrew.

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

10 December 2018   Geoff in Australia e-mails :

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

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


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

 

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

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Ellerman’s CITY OF EXETER at Plymouth in 1958    

I was quite surprised to read that CITY OF EXETER called

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

African service passenger liners?

   Jim Hesketh, Liverpool 

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12 November 2018

 

TWEED, a 1959-built 112 foot water carrier of

Furness Withy, Port of Spain, Trinidad

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

    Looking at your list of ships I was surprised to see

TWEED of Furness Withy, a 112 foot water tanker at

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

   Anyone have information on this ship ?

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Can anyone name this British coaster ?

 

05 November 2018

Billy Fullarton writes :

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

HarbourScotland.   Can anyone name this coaster. ?

 

   I think her name ends in SOUND.

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British & Irish KILKENNY in 1935

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

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

     I was with Brocklebank’s and sometimes called at

Gan Island in the Indian Ocean to discharge stores for

the RAF overside to landing craft in the lagoon.

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

which carried a small naval tug from Trincomali in

Ceylon to Gan, around late 1960s.

   Anyone know about this ?

    J.S., (Wallasey)

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

Jim J. of Liverpool e-mails :

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

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

Funnel ship there.

   Can anyone enlighten me as to why a Blue Funnel would

be in the Gulf of Mexico ?

   Also in conversation someone told of Blue Funnel having

Chinese crews on deck and catering.   I had always thought

that Blueys had British crews.   Someone please tell me

what is correct.

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Deck cadets Critchley and Doherty on RAMON DE LARRINAGA in 1965

 22 May 2018

 Alan Rutherford e-mails :

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

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   Looking for information on some British ships around 1950-1954

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

 Great website.

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

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


Regards,
Ian Rae

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Can anyone identify this USN lapel badge ?

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

   Can anyone identify the badge ?

2018-02-18 @ 1320

 

19 May 2018

Hello Douglas,

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

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

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

Bill Steel e-mails

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

17 February 2018 @ 2307

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

    Jim Harrison  (Brighton, England) e-mails :

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

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

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

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   German cargo ship MILLERNTOR in 1954

 

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

 

   After unloading she left Ardrossan returning to Narvik.

 

Does anyone have any information or details of MILLERNTOR ?

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" If sufficient inducement "

 James Bridges (Canterbury, England) e-mails –

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

“ If sufficient inducement “

 

23 January 2019 at 2113

 Geoff  (Australia)  e-mails :

 

James Bridges (Canterbury, England) e-mails –

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

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


My understanding of "sufficient inducement" meant if there was

 enough cargo to be lifted to be commercially viable. ”

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Was she “ LAIRDS OAK “ or “ LAIRDSOAK ” ?

   Robert Bothwell (Glasgow) e-mails :

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

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

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


 

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

 

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

 

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Coaster BALLYCASTLE in 1953

 

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

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   Carebeka's coaster RIAN in 1953

 

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

 

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

 

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

  


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

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

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

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

Additional note :

Can anyone supply details of ALPHERAT ?


 

Norwegian Tanker RAILA in 1953

 

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

 

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

 Fred from Formby (Merseyside, England, writes

 

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

 

Can someone tell something about these services ? ”

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CHANTALA  (Worcester Park, Surrey) writes :

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

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

   All I can remember now is “Asti aria kurro”

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

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

 

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

  


 

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

 

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

  


Anchor Line advertisement of 1871

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

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

Thank you.

Still laughing

Fred of Formby, Merseyside, England.

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

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German cargo ship RUHR in 1953

 

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

 

   Has anyone got any details of this ship ?

 

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British coaster J B KEE in 1957

 

 Fred of Formby (Merseyside, England) writes :

 

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

 

   Anyone have details of this ship ?

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 Jim Allbright (London) e-mails :

 

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

 

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

 

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SUNBEAR of Saguenay Terminals.

 

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

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

Captain Bryn Wayt writes :

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

James Jeffries replies :

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

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

   In 1972 she was scrapped in Santander, Spain.

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

 

Billy MacAulay (Moderator and Senior Member) writes :

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

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

  

 

  


 

   Why was LADY McGOWAN IN Loch Riddon ?

 

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

 

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

 

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

  


John Kelly's coaster BALLYCLARE in late 1953.

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

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Small boat sailor writes from Inverkip :

 

 

 

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

 

   Does anyone know anything of these two launches ?

 

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

 

   Sandy

  


Mystery of CVC in Prince’s Dock area of Glasgow

   In 1958 the Clyde Shipping Company’s coaster PLADDA

 was listed as berthed in CVC in Prince’s Dock

 area in Glasgow.

   Does anyone know where CVC was ?

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

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Pacific Steam Navigation’s KENUTA at Puna in 1957

 

Tom Hayworth e-mails :

 

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

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Ben Line’s Far-East coaster BENVEG in 1957

 

Leith Man e-mails

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

for BENVEG as I had never heard of her.

 

Anyone have any more information please ?

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SPRINGFIELD QUAY, GLASGOW

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

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

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

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


MYSTERY SHIP PORTHOLE

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

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

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LASHERCIA ..... A Spanish coaster in 1962

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

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Clyde Navigation Trust launches GARMOYLE and DUNGLASS

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

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Carrickfergus (Northern Ireland) in January 1963.

From Sean R  (Larne, Northern Ireland)

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


 

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

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Netherlands coaster MADO in 1963

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

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CARGOES FOR BEIRA BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT ONLY

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

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

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Holland America cargo ship DUIVENDYK

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


 

Information needed on cargo ship KORBACH in 1958

 

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

 

Does anyone have any information on KORBACH ?


 

“Conducting their business in Great Waters” series

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


WHERE IS " PULO BOKOM "

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

"Hydatina" of Croydon, England, writes :

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

Note : The event for CALCHAS has been amended accordingly.


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

 

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

          

Click on these images to enlarge them

First is maybe.... Cruzeiro Do Sul

Below it is maybe.... Templar

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

Further down maybe... La Manche

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

     

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


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

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

A Manson writes :

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


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


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


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

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


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

A Manson writes :

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


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


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


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


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

A Manson replies; 

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

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

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


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