Sunday, 31 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Sunday, 24 October 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Friday, 22 October 2010
The M.V. HERO was lengthened and had her decks raised in 1976 at a yard in Holland, her gross tonnage was increased by over 1,000 tonnes to give a new registered tonnage of 4493 grt, and she was made longer by around 20 metres (60 feet) .You will be able to read a lot more about this ship and her unfortunate end, on the new website which will be online soon.
The M.V.HERO was lost in very heavy weather (One Seaman from the crew of 27 was unfortunately lost) on a voyage between Esbjerg (Denmark) and Grimsby (England), and abandoned on 12/11/1977, she sank the next day on 13/11/1977, and questions were raised in the British houses of Parliament about the sad loss of this vessel.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Ship No 510
The CARIBBEAN PROGRESS was an order from Common Bros for a twin screw RO/RO Container Ship.
She was another large vessel for the yard, at 3822 grt, with a length between perpendiculars of 104 metres (length overall of 117 metres) she had a beam of 20.3 metres and a design draught of 12.5 metres.
She was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb on 18th of March 1973.
She was converted in 1986 and her grt changed to 4469.
She was to have several name changes throughout her working life ending up being called Valentino, before going to the breakers yard in 2002.
For more on CARIBBEAN PROGRESS at the LeithShipyards website.
Saturday, 16 October 2010
|RSS BRANSFIELD |
lowers one of her ships boats at Maggies Ditch Antarctica (photo by Greame Hart)
Ship No 508
The RSS BRANSFIELD was an amazing vessel, built as a merchant ship but with ice strengthened bows to enable her to supply the U.K. Antarctic bases.
She was ordered by NERC and she was at 4816 grt, a large ship for the yard, with a single screw she was well designed for the job of supplying the survey camps in Antarctica.
She had a length between perpendiculars of 90 metres with a beam of 18.3 metres, and a design draught of 9.5 metres.
RRS Bransfield was an ice-strengthened cargo vessel, purpose-built for operation by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). She was launched at Leith Shipyards on 4 September 1970.
Bransfield was BAS's main supply vessel from 1970/71-1998/99, and also had limited facilities for on-board research. She represented NERC in the Review of the Fleet at Spithead in 1977, held to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee. Following the ship's return to the UK in May 1999, she was sold to Rieber Shipping A/S as part of the contract for the long-term charter of her replacement, RRS Ernest Shackleton.
You will be able to read a lot more about this great ship on the new website which will be online soon, along with some of the stories of the guys who have been there.
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Ship No 506
The single screw motor tanker PORT TUDY, was the first ship built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb to be built to the new European Metric symbol which was replacing the old British Imperial measurement system of Feet and Inches. (It would be some years yet before the Royal Navy would adopt the new metric system)
PORT TUDY was ordered from the French shipping line Soflumar, and named after a Port on the North West Coast of France.
She was 3060 grt, with a length between perpendiculars of 94 metres (approx 310 feet) with a beam of 15.6 metres (approx 51 feet) with a design draught of 8 metres (approx 26 feet)
She was launched from the yard on 25th of January 1970.
PORT TUDY has had a couple of name changes and was last seen as Ocean Challenger working as a crude oil tanker under unknown Nigerian management.
We will have a lot more about PORT TUDY on the new website coming soon.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Ship No 503
She was to be the final ship to be built from the huge order from Ellerman Wilson Line.
The M.V. MEDITERRANIAN was another single screw diesel cargo vessel with a slightly less gross registered tonnage of 1459, with the same overall dimensions of her sister ship ATHENIAN at an L.B.P. of 280 feet, but she was 2 feet broader in the beam with a breadth of 47 feet and a design draught of 26 feet. This was the boom years for the shipyard owners.
She was launched into the waters of the River Forth on 20th of October 1968.
In what was to mark (unknown at the time) the last of the large ship orders for the Leith shipyards of Henry Robb. The famous Ellerman Line was being re-organised. You will be able to read a whole lot more about all the Ellerman Wilson Line ships built in Leith on the new website, online soon.
It was in this year 1968 that the Henry Robb Shipbuilding and Engineering Company took over the Caledon of Dundee shipbuilders to form an enlarged Company to be called Robb Caledon Shipbuilders Ltd. (Was this a wise move? Only time will tell) this was to give the combined company the largest shipbuilding capacity outside of the Clyde based shipyards in Scotland, employing around 3,200 skilled shipbuilders in its hay day.
Ship No 502
ARO was a Grab Dredger squeezed in between the large order from Ellerman Wilson and the Admiralty.
She was ordered from the Nigerian Ports Authority and she was one of many such vessels built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb shipbuilders.
The yard indeed specialized in the Work Horses of the maritime world.
ARO was 339 grt, with a length B.P. of 125 feet and a beam of 28 feet and 6 inches, with a design draught of 11 feet and 6 inches.
She was launched into the waters of the River Forth on 10th of October 1967.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
WILSON LINE: THE HISTORY AND FLEET OF THOS. WILSON, SONS & CO. and ELLERMAN'S WILSON LINE LTD. For a great read on all the Ellerman Wilson Ships.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Ship No 500
The ENGADINE was another first of type ordered by the Admiralty, for a true Helicopter support ship.
She was one of the largest vessels built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb shipbuilders.
As the shipyard was so busy at the time some of the building of units was sub-contracted out to the Burntisland Shipyard on the other side of the River Forth.
She was built to Merchant Navy standards as she was to operate as an auxiliary and not as a warship, manned by a crew from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) with a permanent staff of Royal Navy on board as well, she was the only ship in the RFA at the time fitted with stabilisers.
The ENGADINE was renowned for her high standard of accommodation.
She was in effect a floating helicopter school with room for up to eight helicopters at a push.
She had a deadweight of about 8,000 tons and at 6384 grt, with a length between perpendiculars of 385 feet and a beam of 58 feet with a design draught of 35 feet and 4 inches.
She was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb on 16th of September 1966.
RFA ENGADINE was to provide service with the fleet for 30 years before being scrapped in 1996.
You will soon be able to read much more about her on the new website.
|SANGRO renamed City of Ankara (Ellerman Line)|
Ship No 499
The motor vessel SANGRO was the Fifth ship in what was to prove to be the largest single order for ships that Henry Robb shipbuilders were ever to secure.
The M.V.SANGRO was a single screw diesel cargo ship of 1559 grt, with a length between perpendiculars of 280 feet and a beam of 45 feet and 6 inches, with a design draught of 26 feet.
Sister ship to SALERNO, SALMO, SORRENTO and SILVIO, she was launched into the waters of the River Forth at Leith on 15th of March 1968.
All named after places in Italy, Sangro being a river in Italy that was the scene of some fierce battles during World War II
She was the final vessel of this type built in the Leith Shipyards at this time, built for the Mediterranean trade routes.
Transferred to Ellerman Lines in 1973 and renamed City of Ankara.
She was finally broken up in 2007 after a working life of almost 40 years, which is a tremendous testament to the shipbuilders of Leith.