Leven Fisher

EBenarty
23rd January 2007, 22:10
Hi all,
Does anyone remember her??? And for what ??

Billy(K) [=P]

Paul Barford
24th January 2007, 01:01
Is this the one ?
www.rhiw.com/y_mor/ships_photos_03/coasters_02/coasters_02.htm

Remember seing her years ago but don't know any history etc.

EBenarty
24th January 2007, 21:21
Paul,
That is her she was on charter to Ben Line taking Nuclear Waste from U.K> to Japan in the early 70's. She used to go through the Panama Canal and her radio equipment was very poor, we used to keep in touch with her and relay messages. After Panama she would stop in Honolulo for bunkers and stores for a couple of days then on to Yokohama with very little bunkers left on arrival!!

Paul Barford
25th January 2007, 03:37
(Thumb) Cheers Ebenarty,
joined Ben Line in 1973, but don't remember hearing about her. But at that time I was a green eyed 7th. Engineer and was never privvy to 'company' information.

Clipper
22nd September 2011, 10:43
Sad to tell you, but former 'Leven Fisher' sunk near cape Fonar in Kerch Strait on July 23 1995, she had name 'Doja' at the time of the event. The accident was caused by cargo shifting in wavy sea, the ship lay on board and sunk not far from the coast, as far as I know no fatalities. The keeper of nearby lighthouse told me that 'Doja' is still there dipped in the seabed sands.

steveedmond
31st March 2013, 19:12
i sailed on leven fisher in 1973 carrying nuclear waste from barrow in furness to japan cant remember many names bosun was called mally queen chef was jacky shepperd:sweat:

oldman 80
1st April 2013, 01:00
Denholm Ship Management tried to get their hands on the management contract, (or part of it) for the nuclear waste ships around the mid 1980's. I believe they may have been successfull eventually, but I am unable to confirm that.

Andrea Elcombe
12th March 2014, 22:03
Andy

I was on the Leven fisher joined her on 5/1/73 Manchester left 25/5/73 took nuclear rods to Japan then back to Workington. one of food stores was old rail truck on the boat deck. Crew used to play crib at dinner. Great trip. Andy

Orbitaman
13th March 2014, 10:58
Denholm Ship Management tried to get their hands on the management contract, (or part of it) for the nuclear waste ships around the mid 1980's. I believe they may have been successfull eventually, but I am unable to confirm that.

Management of the BNFL/PNTL/NDA/INS fleet was carried out by Fishers from the first cargo in 1967 on the Leven Fisher through to 2012 when the contract was switched to Serco.

Ben Line were never involve in the operation as either managers or charterers

john fraser
13th March 2014, 13:21
Management of the BNFL/PNTL/NDA/INS fleet was carried out by Fishers from the first cargo in 1967 on the Leven Fisher through to 2012 when the contract was switched to Serco.

Ben Line were never involve in the operation as either managers or charterers
Ben Line were only the agents for the ship.I remember we had a notice on our notice board to keep a lookout for her in the Indian Ocean.Something about the type of radio gear aboard her

Andrea Elcombe
13th March 2014, 20:51
The Leven fisher was lunched in 1965 and not 1967 that is not to say that 1967 was not her first trip as I do not Know this date. Andy

john fraser
14th March 2014, 08:18
The Leven fisher was lunched in 1965 and not 1967 that is not to say that 1967 was not her first trip as I do not Know this date. Andy

I think it was before 1965 she was launched in Burntisland. I was on "St.Ninian" from 1960 -64 and we came out of drydock in Leith and she came in prior to handing over to her owners

Orbitaman
14th March 2014, 11:59
The Leven fisher was lunched in 1965 and not 1967 that is not to say that 1967 was not her first trip as I do not Know this date. Andy

Perhaps I should have made myself clearer - the first nuclear cargo was carried in 1967.

Andrea Elcombe
14th March 2014, 17:58
If you look in to James fisher and sons History it said the Fishers had their for ship made to carry nuclear cargo in 1965 the Leven Fisher was the only Ship that carried nuclear cargo all the time I was with Fishers 1972-1976. Inwhich time I have been on a number of their ships. She may have been launched before 1965 but still had to be fitted out and was not ready to carry cargo until 1967.

Danny O'Neill
1st April 2015, 19:18
I sailed as mate of the Leven Fisher in 1965 when she was new and on the Whitehaven/ Casablanca phosphate run.
In Jan 1966 I was in the Stream Fisher when we were sent to Workington to fit out for the carriage of Nuclear waste.
While fitting out the crew was split into two and the first half was sent to Calder Hall, the research station for Windscale /Sellerfield for instructions in the handling of the waste.
I was down to go to Calder Hall with the second bunch but before it happened I was sent to the Bay Fisher In an emergency.
I missed her first trip to Anzio to load the waste and I re-joined her on her next trip.
On that trip I was not happy with the arrangements as I or the crew
considered that we were not supplied with any protective clothing or testing equipment or washing facilities.
The Stream Fisher was a war built Coaster with one washroom and shower and one toilet on the starboard side on the main deck, which meant that at times in heavy weather you had to pull her off to allow a man to safely get in or out of them.
The instructions we had was to wash and shower after coming out of the hold every time you went below to test and release to pressure generated by the waste and blow it up the mast.
It was assumed that you were contaminated.
I transferred to the Bay Fisher after that trip as I sure did not like it.
I left Fishers in 1970 having served as Master on many of their vessels.
The Leven Fisher was the next ship fitted out to carry the waste.

Tonykshaw
2nd April 2015, 11:49
Served on the small container vessel "Orwell Fisher" running between Heysham and Belfast. Tried to get on the "Aberthaw and Kingsnorth" for varied runs but there were no vacancies.

howardang
2nd April 2015, 14:32
Leven Fisher was launched in 1962 at Burnt Island. After completing First Mates in Hull I was asked by my company - Cunard - to find a temporary job for three months or so because there was no-where to fit me in after the end of the seaman's strike. I served on her as Second Mate in mid 1966, joining in the Tyne before going down to Casablanca on the phosphate run to Whitehaven. Following a run round to Methil for a load of coal to Gravesend Power Station I left her to rejoin Cunard. Around that time they were starting to think about the run to Japan with radio active waste from the UK and I was offered an immediate promotion to First Mate if I stayed, but I wasn't tempted! The lasting memory I have of the ship is how noisy it was in the accommodation.

Howard

Andrea Elcombe
7th April 2015, 17:21
Thank you for your reply. I was not sure when Leven Fisher was launched. I was going on what others were saying. Fishers web site was say the first tip with Nuclear Waste was 1967. With what Howard is saying this date is looking to me as it is the right year. Thank you Danny for your in put . I did not know about the Stream Fisher.

Andrea

annecole
8th April 2015, 12:48
Nice post...now i am also able to understand something about Leven Fisher...

Andrea Elcombe
13th April 2015, 08:48
Annecole It good that this site has helped you to understand something about the Leven Fisher. If you would like to Know more please ask. I would be happy to help as I am sure other on this site would as well. Andrea.