MACKAY-BENNETT 1884 John Elder, Govan

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MACKAY-BENNETT 1884 John Elder, Govan

Post by Deepol » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:54 am

Remembering TITANIC it might be appropriate to post a photo of this Govan built cable ship which was chartered and undertook the horrendous task of searching for bodies from the sunken liner. She left Halifax on 17th April returning 8 days later with over 300 bodies. Some other bodies recovered were not in a fit state to be carried and were returned to the sea with an appropriate service carried out by a clergyman on board.
She was quite an innovative ship for her time apparently and had a long life. Although a hulk for many years she was not scrapped till 1965.
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Re: MACKAY-BENNETT 1884 John Elder, Govan

Post by Magoonigal » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:41 pm

They spent a lot of time 'Laid-up' between jobs and were treated like Yacht's.

Now I cannot remember which one it was but the Bow Roller's were removed from one of the scrapped Cable Vessels, grafted onto one of the Noth Sea Pipelaying vessels are are still in use today.
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