Bob S
4th October 2004, 13:51
Royal Mail Line's DOURO seen in the Victoria Dock, London.
She always looked an unusual shape to me.

david smith
4th October 2004, 14:26
This Douro was built in 1946 by Hawthorn Leslie. 11,621tg

3rd June 2005, 16:52
The Douro does not appear in Lloyds register 1953, Did RML sell her before 1953

Bob S
3rd June 2005, 16:58
The photo was taken in the seventies, I didn't date the photo.

3rd June 2005, 22:33
ex-Hornby Grange

3rd June 2005, 22:44
Built in N ewcastle by Hawthorn, Leslie & co in 1946 for Houlders Brothers. In 1969 she was transferred to the Royal Mail Line and re-named 'Douro'. In 1970 she was transferred to Prince Line, retaining the name 'Douro'. She was broken up in Spain in 1972.

There is another photo of her on a Shaw Saville site, where she is at an angle rather than sideways on. As such doesn't look quite so strange.

michael james
3rd June 2005, 22:49
BobS I agree a most odd looking ship for Royal Mail or Houlder Bros to claim ownership of, quite an inovation in 1946 to have 4 holds forward of the bridge.
I saw her as Hornby Grange in London docks but have no note of date or exact location.

Bob S
4th June 2005, 13:33
Thanks for the info dave, narrows down when the photo was taken.

4th June 2005, 13:57
HORNBY GRANGE 10785 TONS Built 1946 @ Hawthorns 463 x 65.8 x 34.9.
2 x 4cyl diesels 2s csa. Registered london DF, ESD,GyC, Radar

4th July 2005, 11:21
An interesting photo, I was on the Darro and the Drina in the late 40s early 50s,thought they were OK. Cheers Bob

fred henderson
4th July 2005, 15:39
The Houlder's motership meat boats were built to the same general profile from the Upwey Grange of 1925 onwards. In 1946 there was such a desparate food shortage in Britain, to hasten construction Leslie's merely dusted off the old plans of the Rippingham Grange (1943) and made the Hornby Grange a little bigger. When she entered service she was the largest chilled meat carrier in the world.


20th July 2005, 20:23
Royal mail ship Aragon (11) she had a small superstructure in front of the main superstructure, was this the bridge and living accomodation for the skipper/mates?

Tom Haywood
20th July 2005, 22:53
This is a very interesting and historical photo if it dates to 1972, notice in the bottom left corner, two gp shipping containers sitting in the barge. This photo is an foretaste of what was to come and what was to go.
Who would think at the time that these two insignificant items would not only lead to the demise of the ship in the background but of all of her kind and turn the location into an airport.

Tom Haywood

fred henderson
28th July 2005, 16:19
Well spotted Tom. OCL began operations in 1969, so it was an achievement to get 2 containers into London Docks only 3 years later! Of course only London would move containers onto a barge and leave them sitting there. The lads determined to make container movements as slow as conventional break-bulk perhaps.