MV St John

steviej
10th February 2010, 11:16
Can anybody give me information on the South American Saint Lines that was used on that company's service from the UK to South America. South American Saint Lines was absorbed by Houlder Brothers in the late 1960s and any information on the "St John" would be much appreciated.

zelo1954
10th February 2010, 11:30
For a good introduction and a fleet list these look good: http://www.johnpipe.co.uk/images/Ships_Monthly_Feb01.pdf
http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/saint.htm

For St John herself - the Miramar database entry:
IDNO : 5306095
YEAR : 1954
NAME : St John
FLAG : GBR
TYPE : Cargo ship
TONS = 6889
DWT = 9840
LENGTH_OA :144.0
LENGTH_BP :134.1
BEAM : 18.2
MACHINERY :1D-14
LINK : 1519
BUILDER : Thompson, J.L.
YARD : North Sands
YARD_NO : 678
LAUNCH : 22.9.53
COMPLETED : 2.54
DISPOSE_DATE : 1979
FATE : BU Visakhapatnam 22.1.79, work began 5.79 [Andra Pradesh Industrial Dev Corp]
HISTORY : 65 ST.MARIE - 67 DESPINA R. - 74 VALMAS

For a monograph:

The South American Saint Line : history of a Welsh shipping venture
by P. M. Heaton
Published in 1985, Starling Press (Newport)
Pagination: 125p.(70)p. of plates(1folded) :
ISBN 10: 0950771449

steviej
10th February 2010, 11:50
For a good introduction and a fleet list these look good: http://www.johnpipe.co.uk/images/Ships_Monthly_Feb01.pdf
http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/saint.htm

For St John herself - the Miramar database entry:
IDNO : 5306095
YEAR : 1954
NAME : St John
FLAG : GBR
TYPE : Cargo ship
TONS = 6889
DWT = 9840
LENGTH_OA :144.0
LENGTH_BP :134.1
BEAM : 18.2
MACHINERY :1D-14
LINK : 1519
BUILDER : Thompson, J.L.
YARD : North Sands
YARD_NO : 678
LAUNCH : 22.9.53
COMPLETED : 2.54
DISPOSE_DATE : 1979
FATE : BU Visakhapatnam 22.1.79, work began 5.79 [Andra Pradesh Industrial Dev Corp]
HISTORY : 65 ST.MARIE - 67 DESPINA R. - 74 VALMAS

For a monograph:

The South American Saint Line : history of a Welsh shipping venture
by P. M. Heaton
Published in 1985, Starling Press (Newport)
Pagination: 125p.(70)p. of plates(1folded) :
ISBN 10: 0950771449

Thanks Zelo from the comprehensive information. Photo of the St John on Flickr group Classic Merchant Shipping

http://www.flickr.com/photos/steveumpire/4340337607/in/pool-884779@N25/?editedcomment=1#comment72157623397947834

Bimboy 31
28th March 2013, 16:36
I sailed on the St.John as an EDH in 1957 and I can remember her as a happy ship and for the time was a great design. When I sailed on her we carried about 5 passengers and started off in Recife and called at all the major ports to Rosario unloading and loading general cargo. I can remember that in Argentina we loaded hides and in Fray Bentos corned beef. Just outside the dock gates in Buenos Aires was a little cafe that served teebone steak two eggs and delicious chips for the equivilant of 2/6d old money. Happy days.Can anybody give me information on the South American Saint Lines that was used on that company's service from the UK to South America. South American Saint Lines was absorbed by Houlder Brothers in the late 1960s and any information on the "St John" would be much appreciated.

ben27
29th March 2013, 01:59
hi bimboy.today.00:36.re:mv.st john.i don't know about the ship,but I liked the bit about the café outside the gate-served tbone steak two eggs and chips,(2/6) as you say happy days.enjoy your breakfast.ben27

Chris Isaac
29th March 2013, 10:10
One of the loves of my life.
Joined her in 63 as a cadet and did 7 voyages on her until she was sold in 1965.
I am currently rebuilding the UnionCastle StaffRegister web site to include all of B&C. This will include Saint Line for the time that it was managed by King Line in the 60s. What Houlders took over was simply the name. They did not inherit any Saint Line ships.