Merkara

Fairfield
23rd August 2004, 10:26
Taken in King George V Dock in Glasgow in 1971 with a brand new MERKARA fresh from Swan Hunter/s yard loading for her maiden voyage.
Can/t remember the other ships' names,unfortunately,a Safmarine and Blue Funnel with another arriving headed by Clyde Shipping tug FLYING DIPPER.

Pilot mac
6th July 2005, 16:53
A great class of ship when they were new! I was third mate in Merkara (1974)
and second mate in her sistership Manora. The other two of the class were
Morvada and Mulbera, they were renamed Strathmeikle, Strathmay, Strathmore and Strathmuir (I think!). When they were sold(I think the Mexicans bought one or two and the Thais bought one or two) they were in poor shape and didnt care for the North Pacific in winter too much.

regards
Dave MacVicker

Fairfield
7th July 2005, 21:15
Sure she became KANNIKAR under the Thai flag and came to Glasgow again as such.

Bob S
8th July 2005, 14:59
That's interesting, never realised she became the KANNIKAR.
As the KANNIKAR, I photographed her outward bound passing Tilbury on the 22nd July 1986.

James Slater
9th August 2005, 17:28
I was 5EO 1975/76, what a party ship!!

Govanbill
9th December 2007, 15:50
I joined her the first time in dry dock in Singapore when she was renamed Strathmeigle

john24601
19th January 2009, 19:28
Can't remember the names, but here are the Chief, 4th & 5th engineers together with the Sparky and a Cadet in 1972

Fairfield
19th January 2009, 19:58
The stern shot, a better scan is in the Gallery.http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=62986

Pilot mac
19th January 2009, 23:05
Govanbill,
were you 4th eng at the time?

brgds

Dave

Govanbill
24th January 2009, 21:10
Can't remember the names, but here are the Chief, 4th & 5th engineers together with the Sparky and a Cadet in 1972

The chief is Ron Travers

Govanbill
24th January 2009, 21:13
Govanbill,
were you 4th eng at the time?

brgds

Dave

I was A/E/O and looked after the fridge containers and freezers.

Martyn Steele
13th January 2014, 16:33
I was one of 8 first trip deck cadets that sailed on her as strathmeigle in 1979 for 6 months , cannot remember any names now but we did have an instruction officer who was there with his wife and son .
Joined in Karachi , sailed to NZ and back to the gulf region twice, payed off in Bahrain if I recall correctly .