Ballymoney

Ian
9th April 2004, 19:33
The BALLYMONEY (1953/1,342 grt) ws the largest yet built for the Kelly Company. He dw tonnage being 1,700. A one-off built by James Lamont of Port Glasgow, she incorporated a new feature - a long full-width deckhouse aft which contained the crew accommodation. She was scrapped after 18 years service.

Bob_F
15th June 2004, 01:49
The Ballymoney had a sister ship also built in Lamonts of Port Glasgow. I was an apprentice with Aitchison Blair Ltd. of Clydebank who built and installed the triple expansion steam engines. During trials it was found that the ship didn't trim properly when in a ballast condition, she was down by the head. An additional aft peak was built over what shafting was on the ship. The Ballymena came out with this mod.

gsd196830
24th March 2007, 03:17
My grandfather was the engineer sent by Kellys to bring the Ballymoney back to Belfast My father remembers the delay because he was working in belfast docks and his father was late coming around black head as he was waitng for his dad and his new boat (ex kellys engineer's term) My grandfather was quite a senior engineer and my father recounts him being offered engineer on one of the new MV boats which he refused. My father still remembers other crews asking ,from the stern, if his dad was still flogging the Ballymoney up and down Belfast lough ,at one time my grandfather was over the kellys workshop.If anyone remembers William or Eric Hanna please let me know

BillH
28th October 2008, 20:06
The Ballymoney had a sister ship also built in Lamonts of Port Glasgow. I was an apprentice with Aitchison Blair Ltd. of Clydebank who built and installed the triple expansion steam engines. During trials it was found that the ship didn't trim properly when in a ballast condition, she was down by the head. An additional aft peak was built over what shafting was on the ship. The Ballymena came out with this mod.
BALLYMONEY (1953 - 1971)
O.N. 185539. 1,340g. 646n. 1,700d. 229.5 x 38.1 x 13.8 feet.
T.3-cyl. (16", 27" & 45" x 30") engine made by Aitchison, Blair Ltd., Clydebank. 950 IHP.

1950: Ordered as LIMAVADY from James Lamont & Company, Port Glasgow (Yard No. 376), for John Kelly Ltd., (J. G. Christie, manager).

31.3.1953: Launched as BALLYMONEY.

9.1953: Completed.

1955: Douglas Watson appointed as manager.

1970: Dudley Barry appointed as manager.

1971: Sold to Shipbreaking Industries Ltd., for demolition at Faslane.

8.7.1971: Arrived at Faslane.


BALLYMENA (1954 - 1971)
O.N. 185550. 1,356g. 639n. 1,700d, 229.5 x 38.1 x 13.8 feet.
T.3-cyl. (16", 27" & 45" x 33") engine made by Aitchison, Blair Ltd., Clydebank. 950 IHP.

1951: Ordered as CRUMLIN from James Lamont & Company Ltd., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 380), for John Kelly Ltd., (J. G. Christie, manager).

5.4.1954: Launched as BALLYMENA.

6.1954: Completed.

1955: Douglas Watson appointed as manager.

1970: Dudley Barry appointed as manager.

1971: Sold to Shipbreaking Industries Ltd., for demolition at Faslane.

8.7.1971: Arrived at Faslane.