"Londis" and / or "Britis"

blindkiwi
12th September 2007, 21:34
I am trying to find photos of either or both of the above two vessels. When I sailed in them in the summer of 1973 they were feeder container ships owned I believe by Sealand Containers and operated by Shaw Savill Line running on a Zim Iarael charter service between the Victoria deep water terminal at Greenwich in London and Ashdod or Haifa in Israel. At that time, the Masters were Basil Roberts and Mike Clarke for "Londis" and "Britis" respectively. I was the 1st Mate ( Chief Officer ) and I recall Bill Shepherd was the Chief Engineer in one of them.

In addition to photos I would also be grateful for any news regarding the specifications of these vessels and names of other members of the crews at that time.

Thanks in advance.

noel robson
13th September 2007, 00:21
Tons Change Starke Ref. Main Owner
7052363 7052363 1971 ATLANTIC BERMUDIAN 1593 V1971 #137
7052363 7052363 1971 LONDIS 1593 1971 V1971 #137
7052363 7052363 1971 MERZARIO SARDINIA 1593 1976 V1971 #137
7052363 7052363 1971 ASTRON 1593 1978 V1971 #137
from miramar ship index
think the owner was seacontainers,did Londis/Britis have the crane on deck.

blindkiwi
13th September 2007, 03:59
Thanks for the input. When I joined them the gantry crane that used to run on rails along the deck had been removed. Now you mention the name "Atlantic Bermudian" I recall that the other one was previously called "Atlantic Jamaican" I think. I seem to remember that they had been operating in the West Indies with Shaw Savill staff for a short period before they had crossed the Atlantic for their new charter. I only sailed one voyage in each on the Zim Israel service. It was part of a summer job while I was at college. I recall they were pretty uncomfortable ships due to high noise and vibration levels and I also recall they operated on "middle trade" agreement manning scales - master, mate, 2nd mate, 2 engineers, bosun, storekeeper, about 4 deck hands and a cook/steward. Fine for 3 or 4 days but a passage time of almost 11 days with 12 hours a day watchkeeping followed by a few hours alongside and then another 11 days or so return was no fun - particularly as neither of the masters lent much of a hand and such equipment as autopilot and radar was pretty ropey and frequently breaking down. I remember the 2nd mate and I worked "west country" watches with a standing forenoon and then 4 x 5 hour watches. I also remember thick fog in the channel for about 2 days and thinking if we had a collision they would sink fast - they only had 2 hatches and the hatch cover securing cleats were rusted and broken and amost completely ineffective in terms of watertight integrity. Quite a different world from regular Shaw Savill ships - even the old ones.

Any idea where I might be able to obtain photos ?

Thanks again.

noel robson
13th September 2007, 18:49
No idea about photos,I worked on the Swift Arrow same class of ship but with the deck crane,how about doing your watches followed by a spell on the crane when you got into port.You are right about the equipement nothing on these ships worked for very long.They where tarros class ships designed by Hart Fenton for seacontainers.We where on Merzario charter on Swift Arrow
I see they bought some of these ships--The Fools

gdynia
17th September 2007, 11:04
Shifted this to Container Vessel Catergory

Rgds Gdynia

Cees van Vliet
21st May 2013, 17:33
Hereby I send a photo of the Britis

Rgds Cees

Ian J. Huckin
21st May 2013, 18:53
At that time, the Masters were Basil Roberts and Mike Clarke for "Londis" and "Britis" respectively. I was the 1st Mate ( Chief Officer ) and I recall Bill Shepherd was the Chief Engineer in one of them.



I sailed with a C/O Basil Roberts with Boltons...shudder!

BillH
22nd May 2013, 12:30
TARROS CLASS. Twelve ordered and constructed.

Ice strengthened, RoRo cargo/containership with a stern ramp.
44 x 20' or 20 x 40' and 4 x 20' containers in the hold.
69 x 20' (including 33 refrigerated) containers on the deck.
1 x 30 ton gantry crane on deck.

The initial batch of TARROS orders were placed during 1970 with a variety of builders.
In 1970 one of the shipbuilders - Zaanlandsche Scheepsbouw Maatschappij N. V., Zaandam, was taken over by T. van Duijvendijks Scheepswerfen N. V., Lekkekerk.
Subsequently some of the Zaanlandsche contracts were sub-contracted to Lekkekerk and given "Z" numbers. However, in 1972, it was decided that the Zaanlandsche yard would close, due to financial problems, and their Yard No. 529, launched as HARP, would be completed as Lekkekerk Yard No. Z 97.


7104776
BRITIS (1973 - 1974) Tarros class.
O.N. 341497. 1,590g. 881n. 1,880d. 85.32 x 13.82 x 4.706 metres.
6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A.(410 x 470mm) Werkspoor 6TM410 type oil engine manufactured by Stork-Werkspoor B. V., Amsterdam, geared to a controllable pitch propeller. 3,200 BHP, 15 kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
8.4.1971: Launched as ATLANTIC JAMAICAN by A. Vuijk & Zonen's Scheepswerven N. V., Capelle a/d Ijssel (Yard No.856), for Sea Containers Chartering Ltd. (J. B. Sherwood, manager), London. (Intended as TARROS CEDAR).
7.1971: Completed.
1973: Renamed BRITIS, (Shaw, Savill & Albion Company Ltd., managers). (Route BRITain – ISrael)
1974: Renamed CAPTAIN PADDON.
1975: Wallem Ship Management Ltd., appointed as managers.
1977: Removed from management.
1978: Transferred to Bermuda registry.
1982: Transferred to Tarros 2 Ltd., (Sea Container Services Ltd., managers), Liberia, and renamed SIBONEY II.
1985: Sea Management Services (S.M.S.), appointed as managers.
12.4.1985: Arrived at Holyhead, in a damaged condition, towed by IRVING CEDAR 492/74, and laid up.
31.10.1986: Departed from Holyhead.
1.11.1986: Arrived at Cairnryan for demolition by Shipbreaking Queenborough Ltd.



7052363
LONDIS (1973 - 1976) Tarros class.
O.N. 341427. 1,590g. 881n. 1,910d. 85.32 x 13.82 x 4.680 metres.
6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (410 x 470mm) Werkspoor 6TM410 type oil engine manufactured by Stork-Werkspoor B. V., Amsterdam, geared to a controllable pitch propeller. 3,200 BHP, 15 kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
1990: 6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (410 x 470mm) Werkspoor 6T4 410 type oil engine manufactured by Stork-Werkspoor Diesel B. V., Amsterdam. 2,345 BHP, 16 Kts.
26.2.1971: Launched as ATLANTIC BERMUDIAN by A. Vuijk & Zonen's Scheepswerven N. V., Capelle a/d Ijssel (Yard No. 855), for Sea Containers Chartering Ltd. (J. B. Sherwood, manager), London. (Intended as TARROS BIRCH).
6.1971: Completed.
1972: Transferred to Sea Containers Ltd.
1973: Renamed LONDIS and transferred to Sea Containers Chartering Ltd. (J. B. Sherwood, manager). (route LONDon – ISrael)
1975: Shaw, Savill & Albion Company Ltd., appointed as managers.
1976: Wallem Ship Management Ltd., appointed as managers.
1976: Renamed MERZARIO SARDINIA.
1978: Renamed ASTRON, and transferred to Bermuda registry.
1979: Transferred to Singapore Registry.
1980: Transferred to Bermuda registry.
1981: Sold to Coastal Shipping Ltd., Goose Bay, Canada, (Bermuda registry).
15.9.1983: Stranded in the Domino Run, South Labrador during a voyage to St. John N.F.
23.9.1983: Refloated, subsequently repaired, and returned to service under Canadian registry.
1986: Purchased by Tarros Ventures (Newfoundland) Ltd., Canada.
1988: Sold to Canship Ltd., Canada.
1990: Re-engined.
16.11.2006: Woodward’s Oil Ltd, (Coastal Shipping Ltd, managers), St Johns NL.
17.6.2008: In casualty or repair.
1.10.2008: Sold to Labrador Marine, Goose Bay NL, (same managers).
5.2013: Still in service.

Cees van Vliet
22nd May 2013, 17:27
Thanks Bill. I have the following question. Two ships of the Tarros-class are build in Spain: Mondego (7218943) and Laula (7303786). But Fairplay don't recognized this ships. Do you have more information about the history of this ships?

BillH
22nd May 2013, 19:25
Thanks Bill. I have the following question. Two ships of the Tarros-class are build in Spain: Mondego (7218943) and Laula (7303786). But Fairplay don't recognized this ships. Do you have more information about the history of this ships?

MONDEGO was of the earlier Hustler class.

HUSTLER CLASS. Nine ordered and constructed.

Ice strengthened, gearless, fixed guide containership.
48 x 20' or 22 x 40' and 4 x 20' containers in the hold.
76 x 20' (including 33 refrigerated) containers on the deck.


7218943
MONDEGO Hustler class.
O.N. 357454. 1,598g. 909n. 2,175d. 85.32 x 13.82 x 4.706 metres.
6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (410 x 470mm) Werkspoor 6TM410 type oil engine manufactured by Fabrica de San Carlos S. A., Cadiz, geared to a controllable pitch propeller. 3,200 BHP, 15 kts.
10.6.1972: Launched by Astilleros del Atlantico S.A., Santander (Yard No. 128) for Sea Containers Chartering Ltd., (J. B. Sherwood, manager), London. (Intended as HUSTLER INDUS).
12.1972: Completed.
1974: Removed from management.
1974: Renamed CITY OF VENICE.
1980: Transferred to Sea Container Services Ltd., Bermuda.
1980: Renamed ATLANTIC RESOLUTE.
1981: Transferred to Sea Containers Chartering Ltd., Bermuda.
1982: Transferred to Hustler 4 Ltd., and renamed HUSTLER INDUS.
1982: Transferred to Sea Containers Chartering Ltd.
1984: Sea Management Services (S.M.S.), appointed as managers.
1989: Transferred to Tackler 3 Ltd.
1989: Sold to Flota Venezolana de Maritima, Rio y Lago, (MARLAGO)(Venezuelan Container Line), Venezuela, and renamed MARLAGO III.
1989: Transferred to Vanuatu registry, Colonial Marine Industries Inc., appointed as managers, and renamed MADELEINE.
1991: Sold to Dundee Investments Ltd., (same managers), and renamed HUSTLER BCL. (HUSTLER BELL ??)
1994: Renamed TERRAPIN FLYER.
1995: Renamed PANAMA FLYER under Cayman registry.
1995: Sold to Terrapin Flyer Ltd, and renamed TERRAPIN FLYER.
2001: Renamed PANAMA FLYER.
3.2001: Sold to Coral Carriers Inc, (International Maritime Services, managers), Piraeus, and renamed MIAMI-F, under Honduras flag.
6.2011: Still on Equasis with note that no longer updated by LRF.


7303786
LAULA Tarros class.
O.N. 358943. 1,592g. 874n. 1,891d. 85.32 x 13.82 x 4.706 metres.
6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (410 x 470mm) Werkspoor 6TM410 type oil engine manufactured by Fabrica de San Carlos S.A., Cadiz, geared to a controllable pitch propeller. 3,200 BHP, 15 kts. Thwartship thrust controllable pitch propeller forward.
Post 1977: 6-cyl 4 S.C.S.A. (381 x 457) KMR6 type oil engine manufactured by Mirrlees Blackstone (Stockport) Ltd., Stockport, reverse reduction geared to screw shaft. 3,200 BHP.
7.10.1972: Launched by Astilleros del Atlantico S. A., Santander (Yard No. 129), for Sea Containers Chartering Ltd., (J. B. Sherwood, manager), London. (Intended as TARROS JARRAH).
31.3.1973: Completed.
5.1973: Renamed CHESHIRE ENDEAVOUR.
1973: Common Brothers (Management) Ltd., appointed as managers.
1976: Wallem Ship Management Ltd., appointed as managers.
2.1977: Re-engined, and renamed TARROS FIR.
1979: Common Brothers (Management) Ltd., appointed as managers, and transferred to Bermuda registry.
1981: Removed from management.
1984: Sea Management Services (S.M.S.), appointed as managers.
1985: Transferred to Cayman Islands registry.
1986: Transferred to Tarros Fir Ltd., and removed from management.
1988: Renamed KIRK SUPPLIER.
1989: Sold to Leonela Shipping Company, Panama, and renamed EXPRESS FEEDER.
9.2.1990: Whilst on a voyage from Limassol to Tripoli developed leaks and sank at a position about 70 miles west of Derna.

Cees van Vliet
23rd May 2013, 12:28
Thanks again Bill. I am collecting all about ships build by the former shipyard of T. van Duijvendijk Lekkerkerk The Netherlands. When you find something of this ships, or when I can help you with some information about this ships please let me known.