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19th April 2008, 16:29
Any one about who sailed on this ship 1971/72 she was sold to an indian company in 1972 let me know
27th April 2008, 19:04
A relatively long and complicated (or repetitious) story to this one.. Built by Bartram & Sons Wallsend (yard number 343) as Thorpe Grange in 1954, changed to St Merriel in 1971, then back to Thorpe Grange a year later, in 1972, and then confusingly, back again to St Merriel before the end of that year. She left the company in 1973 and became Joo Hong, then in 1975: Pan Teck, and finally in 1977 Liva. She was broken up in 1979 at Kaohsiung. - To be factually correct, she broke her moorings whilst under arrest in Colombo under the name Liva during February 1978 and managed to be involved in a collision. She was then sold and given the name Selemat Sindia before being sold to Taiwanese shipbreakers for usd124.00 per light deadweight ton.
9th May 2008, 20:49
I remember her well she was my first ship as third mate back in 1963 'Charlie' Wells was the master and the mate was one of the last of the "Bucko" mates from the old days by the name of Stevens. Like all of the old "Bucko" mates he never married, carried a large collection of expensive cameras and was addicted to steam trains - nothing wrong with that - nevertheless he was a hard case and a difficult man to do a round the world trip with.
19th January 2009, 11:27
Thanks to GlobeChart we now have an excellent picture of her here (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=158540)
13th April 2009, 10:21
Thanks for that and sorry it was 1972 until 1973 i was on her did 3 trips as galley boy, one thing that always got me is why when they did the rescue training eg stick some one in a strecher and hoist him up to the top of the derick did they always picked on me?. Still would not swap the memories for anything.
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