Which Freetown operated for Blue Funnel?

PBoelen
28th July 2010, 09:41
I just discovered that my dad (who sailed for Blue Funnel) also sailed on a ship called "Freetown" so I am also looking for pictures of that ship. If I understand correctly she was actually operated by Elder Dempster which was owned by Blue Funnel.

I found several pictures of the Freetown on www.oldships.co.uk but there seem to be different ships. The Freetown was sold to Greece in 78 and renamed Panseptos. I also found a picture of the Panseptos and if I compare pictures it seems that the Freetown I am looking for is probably the one with the Red/Black funnel.
Is that correct? I thought that Elder Dempster ships had a sand coloured funnel?

purserjuk
28th July 2010, 11:50
"Freetown" was the second ship of that name owned by Elder Dempster. Built 1964 she was transferred to Guinea Gulf Line in 1967 when EDE's took over that company - hence the red and black funnel. In 1972 she transferred to NSMO after ED's became part of the Ocean Group. She later became "Panseptos" and then "Cherry Ruby" where in 1981 there was a mutiny and the ship was set on fire. She was scrapped at Chittagong in 1982.
John Powell

BillH
28th July 2010, 12:34
"Freetown" was the second ship of that name owned by Elder Dempster. Built 1964 she was transferred to Guinea Gulf Line in 1967 when EDE's took over that company - hence the red and black funnel. In 1972 she transferred to NSMO after ED's became part of the Ocean Group. She later became "Panseptos" and then "Cherry Ruby" where in 1981 there was a mutiny and the ship was set on fire. She was scrapped at Chittagong in 1982.
John Powell
The following details are as presented on my book on CD "The Blue funnel Odyssey" which details all their vessels with over 30 photos.

A private message to me will have further details forwarded if required.

Bill


FREETOWN
O.N. 306475. 7,537g. 4,002n. 465' 0" x 62' 4" x 25' 5 "
5-cyl. 2 S.C.S. A. (760 x 1550mm) Sulzer 5RND76 type oil engine made by Fairfield - Rowan Ltd., Glasgow. 7,400 BHP. 16 kts.
19.9.1963: Launched by Mrs R. H. Chalcroft at Lithgows Ltd., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 1149), for British & Burmese Steam Navigation Company Ltd., Glasgow.
28.2.1964: Completed for Elder Dempster Lines Ltd, Liverpool.
1967: Transferred to the Guinea Gulf Line Ltd.
15.7.1972: Transferred to Nederlandse Stoomvaart Maatschappij “Oceaan” N.V. B.V., Amsterdam, at Hamburg.
6.5.1978: Sold to Chrysovalantou Shipping Corp., Greece, and renamed PANSEPTOS.
6.1980: Sold to Lion Shipping Company Private Ltd., (Lian Soon Agencies Private Ltd., managers), Singapore, and renamed CHERRY RUBY.
4.4.1981: Whilst on a voyage from Singapore to Colombo, sustained fire damage during a mutiny near Penang.
9.4.1981: Fire brought under control by SMIT-LLOYD 43.
17.4.1981: Arrived in tow of SMIT-LLOYD 43 and escorted by SMIT NEW YORK, at the West Jurong Anchorage, off Singapore.
12.1981: Sold via Eckhardt & Company, W.Germany to Salem Steel Industries Ltd., Chittagong, for demolition.
10.1.1982: Delivered in tow.

Hugh Ferguson
28th July 2010, 13:31
I just discovered that my dad (who sailed for Blue Funnel) also sailed on a ship called "Freetown" so I am also looking for pictures of that ship. If I understand correctly she was actually operated by Elder Dempster which was owned by Blue Funnel.

I found several pictures of the Freetown on www.oldships.co.uk but there seem to be different ships. The Freetown was sold to Greece in 78 and renamed Panseptos. I also found a picture of the Panseptos and if I compare pictures it seems that the Freetown I am looking for is probably the one with the Red/Black funnel.
Is that correct? I thought that Elder Dempster ships had a sand coloured funnel?

There were two, Freetowns. One built by Cammell Laird as the Greystoke Castle in 1927. Renamed Freetown in 1946.
The other was a Fourah Bay class, built by Lithgows in 1963. 1967 transferred to Guinea Gulf Line. 1972 transferred to Nederlansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij Dutch Blue Funnel).
1980, sold to Lion Shipping, Singapore & re-named Cherry Ruby.

PBoelen
28th July 2010, 14:46
Thank you all for the information and Hugh, thanks for the picture!
I only signed up here a day ago and already this forum has become an invaluable source of information.

If I remember correctly my dad sailed on the Freetown in the 70's so it must have been the newer one with the red and black funnel.

Hugh Ferguson
28th July 2010, 18:22
Yes, that's right, the caption states that the colours are those of the Guinea Gulf Line but as the photo is not in colour the funnel markings could also be those of Blue Funnel.