Ship Identification Query

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Ship Identification Query

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:20 pm

I came across this old (1970) 35mm slide that I took in Abu Dhabi in 1970.

Cannot now remember the vessel but have a feeling she is ex-Clyde. Anyone able to throw any further light on matter ?
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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by duncanwilson » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:30 pm

By saying "ex-Clyde" do you mean she was built on the Clyde or she saw service on the Clyde?
I can't put any name to her, but I don't recall any similar vessel sailing in service on the Clyde.

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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by yorkieman » Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:51 pm

Ahoy Troonite.
The 'name' on her bow seems to be a jumble of previous names part erased.
I am 99% sure she is this one, not Clyde-built but one time well known on the Clyde with Belfast SS then William Sloan
1938, 511grt by 'De Noord', Alblasserdam as CLYDE COAST for Coast Lines
1956 Belfast SS as ULSTER SENATOR
1959 Sloan's DEVERON
then to Greek flag owners
1963 NISSOS DELOS
1966 DORA MARIA
1968 MARIA
1969 ISMINI L
1974 MAKEDONIA
Sank 28/09/1979 under tow after being ordered out of Larnaca as unseaworthy.

Photo in the Sloan book from WSS by Langmuir & Somner.
p.s. and by Ray Perry here
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/pho ... id=1771230
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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:53 pm

Excellent work, Yorkiemannie !

Although now 43 years ago (jings!) I had a strong memory of her being connected with the Clyde in her former life, in these days I took an interest in these things. The connection, of course, is Coast LInes, Belfast S.S. Coy., and William Sloan & Company, she was with the latter as DEVERON almost all the time I was serving my time at Elderslie Dockyard. Although I could not get any nearer than the fence, I knew right away she was a familiar old girl. There were a few others of that class I used to see around Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, with new strange-sounding names, sadly neglected by way of upkeep and maintenance, but unmistakably one-time British coasters.

(See attached the image of a once proud Ailsa-build of 1966 - my late Father's command)

Thanks again, that's another itch scratched :clap:

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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by yorkieman » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:31 am

... and at Heraklion on 12/9/2008, photo by Nektarios Papadakis
NISSIROS1966120908.jpg
and at Karpathos 09/2007, photo by Koos Goudriaan
NISSIROS1966KG1.jpg
NISSIROS1966KG2.jpg
and closer to home, inward for Goole by Charlie Hill and showing Robertson's trademark white flash below the bridge.
SAPPHIRE CAH.jpg
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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:57 am

Thanks again, had not seen any of these additional ones. Such a shame to see them in that run-down condition - the Hebridean bosuns that once looked after her would have been very saddened to see these.
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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:01 am

duncanwilson wrote:By saying "ex-Clyde" do you mean she was built on the Clyde or she saw service on the Clyde?
I can't put any name to her, but I don't recall any similar vessel sailing in service on the Clyde.


I was not at all sure when I raised it, Duncan, but if you view the subsequent messages you will see the connection - thanks to the Parrotonian mannie !
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Re: Ship Identification Query

Post by yorkieman » Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:53 am

Angus Mac Kinnon wrote:Thanks again, had not seen any of these additional ones. Such a shame to see them in that run-down condition - the Hebridean bosuns that once looked after her would have been very saddened to see these.
She looks abandoned and ready for the scrapman in those photos from this summer .... more graffiti than paint!
But an old lady now at 47 years .... a credit to her builders that she has lasted so long no doubt in 'rough' ownership albeit with a sunny climate (not unlike Troon, then).
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