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HISTORIAN (III)

A 12 knot three cylinder steam merchant launched for T and J Harrison Ltd on 15 October 1924 by Charles Connell and Co. Ltd., Scotstoun and delivered at a cost of £93,940. Her maiden voyage, under the command of Captain J. J. Egerton was from Liverpool to Calcutta.
She seemed to become prone to the odd collision or two. The first was during April 1925 when inward bound to New Orleans from Savannah she was in collision with the grounded tanker W. C. Teagle. A lawsuit was subsequently filed against Historian for a claim of $100,000.On 23 April 1940 she was in collision with the French troopship General Metzinger in the Irish Sea. Her bows were severely crushed so that she had to proceed to Liverpool where her cargo was transferred to the company ship Wayfarer. She then entered dry dock at Birkenhead where she spent one month under repair.On 12 July 1941, while in convoy in the North Atlantic in heavy fog, she was in collision with the vessel Empire Steel and had to put back into Halifax for temporary repair.She was sold to G. A. Contomichalos in March 1948 and renamed Marlene. In July of that year she struck a submerged object when entering Falmouth Harbour. She was beached at the entrance to St. Mawes Creek as she was close to sinking. She was re-floated and beached again in Flushing Cove where her cargo of iron ore was discharged into lighters before divers inspected the damage to her hull. A 48 foot gash was discovered and a temporary repair, using steel plates bolted over the hole, was carried out. She was then towed to Barry dry dock for permanent repairs.In 1949 she was sold to South African Lines Ltd. and renamed Damaraland. She lasted just two years before being sold to Turkey where she was renamed Semiramis. In December of 1951 she was in collision with the collier Corfen in Greenwich Reach, River Thames. The port bows of both vessels were extensively damaged. She was then sold to Japan and then resold to Panama and renamed Semiramis I.
At the end of May 1955 she ran ashore in the Andaman Islands when on voyage from Calcutta to Singapore with 7,000 tons of coal. Several days later the engine room began to flood and she was abandoned by her crew who were later picked up and landed at Calcutta. She was declared a CTL but was then re-floated, repaired and put back into service. She finally met her Waterloo in 1960 when sold to Japanese ship breakers and broken up at Tsuneishi.

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Brent Chambers
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Sat, 27 December 08 21:58

Fascinating story Stuart--always appreciate your detailed accounts. All the best for 2009.
Regards, Brent
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kgvm
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Sun, 28 December 08 05:34

Where does the date of the collision with GÉNÉRAL METZINGER come from?
According to French sources GM has left Brest 23.04.40 at about 20.00 and was in collision 25.04.40 only.
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Stuart Smith

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Sun, 28 December 08 14:31

kgvm
Information from "Harrisons of Liverpool" by Graeme Cubbin which is recognised as the definitive history of the company.
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