Polly M

Reef.Runner
28th January 2009, 09:48
Looking for the fate of MV Polly M owned by Metcalf Motor Coasters Ltd of London. So far found that she was build in 1937 (360GT) and was in service in 1954.

Thanks

R58484956
28th January 2009, 10:38
MT Polly M 380 tons Built 1937 by Gebr.van Diepen, Waterhuizen.
141.2 x 26.1 x 8.4. One 6 cylinder 4S CSA diesel built by Humboldt Deutzmotoren, AG Koln-Deutz. Machinery aft, Cruiser stern. One deck
Code flags MMNR. Owned by Metcalf Motor Coasters Ltd. Managed by T J Metcalf.
Registered London. British flag.

KenLin39
28th January 2009, 13:34
Broken up at Bo'ness 21.8.70. detail from Miramar Index. Ken.

Peter4447
28th January 2009, 21:02
There is an excellent photo of her in the Gallery.
Peter4447(Thumb)

Reef.Runner
29th January 2009, 02:07
Thank you all, I've now learned how to do a proper Search (I hope)

R58484956
29th January 2009, 09:28
All part of the service offered on SN.

Bob Flett
8th September 2010, 02:31
In the late sixties Metcalf's had three older coasters in their fleet. The Daniel,Polly and David M. All three were very popular with seamen. I did several trips on the Daniel as a youngster. All of them were broken up in 1970/71. I recall the Polly M being involved in an incident in the Channel, which made the national news, where she got into difficulties and came close to being lost. I also recall seeing the David M leaving Immingham on her last voyage for Metcalf's. I remember being told later the the engine from The David M was preserved in a museum in Germany as it had some special significance. Does anyone else have any memories of those three quirky little ships? There are several photos of the Daniel and Polly around but I have never come across a photo of the David, so if anyone out there can oblige.

micardi999
3rd December 2011, 13:29
Hi, I was second engineer on the Polly for about 3months during 1958, I seem to have it fixed in my memory that the Deutz diesel was seven cylinders not six! I remember reading a short article about her (I think in a book called "The Coal Scuttle Brigade") in which it stated that early in the war when all the attacks on shipping were occuring in the channel and the Southeast coast generally, she was in one of the East Coast Convoys steaming westbound up the channel when she suffered a very near-miss from a dive bomber, apparently the crew, convinced she was sinking took to the lifeboat leaving the helm amidships and the engine running. The following morning an escort vessel, presumably a corvette, picked up the crew and returned them aboard as she was still steaming merrily along all unconcerned.

BillH
3rd December 2011, 14:14
Hi, I was second engineer on the Polly for about 3months during 1958, I seem to have it fixed in my memory that the Deutz diesel was seven cylinders not six! I remember reading a short article about her (I think in a book called "The Coal Scuttle Brigade") in which it stated that early in the war when all the attacks on shipping were occuring in the channel and the Southeast coast generally, she was in one of the East Coast Convoys steaming westbound up the channel when she suffered a very near-miss from a dive bomber, apparently the crew, convinced she was sinking took to the lifeboat leaving the helm amidships and the engine running. The following morning an escort vessel, presumably a corvette, picked up the crew and returned them aboard as she was still steaming merrily along all unconcerned.

POLLY M (1937 - 1970)
O.N. 165579. 380g, 183n. 141.2 x 26.1 x 8.4 feet.
6-cyl. 4 S.C.S.A. (11” x 17-11/16”) Deutz type oil engine made by Humboldt-Deutzmotoren A.G., Koln-Deutz, Germany. 70nhp. 9 kts.
9.1937: Completed by Gebrouder van Diepen, Waterhuizen (Yard No. 827) for Thomas J. Metcalf, London.
1941: Sold to Metcalf Motor Coasters Ltd., London, (Thomas J. Metcalf, managers).
21.8.1970: Arrived at Bo’ness for demolition.

jj b
8th December 2011, 22:07
In the late sixties Metcalf's had three older coasters in their fleet. The Daniel,Polly and David M. All three were very popular with seamen. I did several trips on the Daniel as a youngster. All of them were broken up in 1970/71. I recall the Polly M being involved in an incident in the Channel, which made the national news, where she got into difficulties and came close to being lost. I also recall seeing the David M leaving Immingham on her last voyage for Metcalf's. I remember being told later the the engine from The David M was preserved in a museum in Germany as it had some special significance. Does anyone else have any memories of those three quirky little ships? There are several photos of the Daniel and Polly around but I have never come across a photo of the David, so if anyone out there can oblige.

Hello Bob, I also was on the Polly M just before she was broken up, The Master @ the time if my memory serve me right was Peter William he had his wife on board @ the time & the cook was Andy Dobson had his girlfriend on the V/L @ the time also, this was back in 70/71 about the same time as you where, The incident in the Channel I don’t remember, but the incident off Flambrough Hd. I do, We arrived in Dutch River, Goole on Christmas eve to load a cargo of fertilizer for Leith, we started cargo on arrival & where expected to complete that night, however about 14/15.00 the skies just opened up, as one might say rain stop play, We sailed the day after Boxing day, we got as far as Spum Hd for a few hours awaiting weather, I think it was the next day that we proceeded to Leith, to cut a long story short, we got as far as Flambrough Hd with a very big swell we were rolling very heavily & the cargo shifted & the V/L was very nearly on her beam ends ( not good @ all) may day sent out, aircraft above & some hours later the tug arrived & towed us back to Hull, After some days we were told to open up & started discharge but the fertilizer had gone rock hard the grab just bounced off the cargo, it took a week or so to get out about 300tons, I don’t know what happened to her as I was sent to the Eileen M…..

Bob Flett
24th December 2011, 09:25
Hi jjb
Your accounf of the incident has jogged my memory, this WAS the same incident I was referring to but just got my geography wrong. Really good to hear a first hand account of it.Thanks.
I also like the other story of her steaming down the Channel astern with no crew on board.

Gillymac
28th March 2014, 12:17
I've just joined, searching for Polly M myself.

I last spent time on board her with a boyfriend, Andy Dobson,

around 1970 or 1971, he worked as a cook. I seem to remember that the owner of the fleet named his m/vs after ladies in the family?

I don't know where Andy is these days....
Gill.

Gillymac
20th April 2014, 15:02
Did someone send me a message re; Polly M?
Please would you resend it? Thanks ;)