Pole Star of 1961

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Pole Star of 1961

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:27 pm

The lovely old M.V. POLE STAR, a product of that fine Yard up on the North-East coast, Caledon S.B. & E of Dundee, their Yard No. 531. Together with her slightly older stablemate, M.V. PHAROS, they made a lovely sight alongside each other at the Northern Lighthouse Commissioners' quay at Oban.

Seen here in 1993 lying alongside the Outer Harbour wall at Troon being prepared for her change of Ownership (Barefoot Rogue SA) and already carrying her new name - ROGUE.
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Re: Pole Star of 1961

Post by StewartM » Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:57 am

Comment was made on Yahoo Scotships that Amazing Grace, Ex Pharos 1955 went to the breakers in December 2010 after a period of layup after her owners went bankrupt.
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M.V. Pharos of 1955

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:36 am

Such a shame - she was a favourite down at Ailsa.

My late uncle was her Bosun from new. He returned from South Georgia (whaling with Salvesen) just before she went into service and remained there until his retirement in 1987. More like a yacht than a merchant vessel in many ways.

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Photo attached (an extract from the Northern Lighthouse Journal of Christmas 1980) showing my Uncle, second from the left, having a wee laugh with H.M. Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother during the 1980 summer cruise ('Inspection Voyage') of M.V. Pharos. The article says she enjoyed speaking to everyone on board, and in perfect weather steered the Pharos in the Pentland Firth ! (Uh ... steady as she goes, Your Majesty .... !)
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Re: Pole Star of 1961

Post by davidwat » Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:07 pm

Almost as dodgy as letting an injunoor have a go-------------
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Pole Star of 1961

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:50 am

Came across this sad image of a once-proud vessel. :(

Apparently when slipping her, a rail gave way and she went over on her side causing significant damage and major difficulties in righting her again, so much so that decision was taken to scrap her. Think this happened about 7 years back. (According to Mirimar she went for breaking in 2004 - Port of Spain)
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Re: Pole Star of 1961

Post by Ron Ireland » Wed Mar 23, 2011 12:45 pm

What a shame, I knew she was stuck on the slip but hadn't heard if she'd been salvaged.
I've spewed over the back end of her many times on the way out to the Flannans.

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Re: Pole Star of 1961

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:07 pm

Och, here, Ron, too much information !

Wuz ye callin' fur Hughie, like ?
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Re: Pole Star of 1961

Post by yorkieman » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:27 pm

Is that how she got that big dip in her stern? :D
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