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Old 4th September 2007, 19:57
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Stephenson Clarke Vessels

i can recall seeing a number of S/C ships in Blyth years ago and wondered what happened to them? i vividly remember the ASHINGTON, i remember this one cos i used to live there. and the STORRINGTON. can anyone help?
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Old 4th September 2007, 22:10
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Hi NORDICA.There have been a couple of ships with those names.So not sure which ones you mean.The first one was built in 1957 as the Tennyson becoming the Ashington in 1968 till 1978.Renamed Gianna A in 1980,Chrys 1983.Broken up Gadani beach 1984.The second was built in 1979 for Stevie Clarke at Clelands Wallsend.She was sold in 2004 renamed Fjord Pearl.May have recently been sold for demolition
Storrington (1)was in the fleet from 1959 till 1978.renamed Milos II 1978 then Stagan in 1983.She was wrecked 18.7.84.
The second was built in 1982 she is still with them.
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Old 5th September 2007, 02:13
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I sailed on Storrington in the early '70s. At that time she was was on a triangular run from Immingham with coal to Luebeck, then load some bulk up the Baltic, we carried chrome ore from Riga a couple of times, and some stuff from Klaipeda, to Rotterdam, then back to Immingham. Pretty good ship.

She was built at Burntisland in 1959 and was 5015 DWT, according to Miramar. I seem to remember hearing she was wrecked in the southern Red Sea while on the way to the breakers.

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Old 5th September 2007, 05:01
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Ahoy,
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File Type: jpg Storrington (Medium).jpg (70.6 KB, 355 views)
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Old 5th September 2007, 15:30
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these are the ones. the older ships that is. so S/C are still trading then? i only enquire cos on a recent trip all i saw were the green arklow ships at the alcan quay. did they lose the contract?
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Old 6th September 2007, 13:19
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Stevie Clarkes still going strong, although think now flagged in Isle of Man - they're the oldest remaining British shipping company.

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Old 6th September 2007, 15:50
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stevie clarkes still going strong although a lot different fromyears back.they went under the isle of man flag around 1990.storington,durrington,and dallington are all thats left of the fleet from those days,just found out the donnington was sold in july to italian interests.i sailed on a few of stevies and have been searching for pics of ashington and aldrington both these ships i spent time on in the eighties,can any one help?
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Old 6th September 2007, 21:28
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i will have a look i know i had pics of ASHINGTON.
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Ahoy Michael,
Here piccies of the requested vessels,I think they are scans from a Stevie Clarke's booklet,so not the best shots,but nevertheless better then nothing.
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Old 7th September 2007, 08:58
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I often wonder what happened to s.c i used to wander down the quay side at blyth to remanis seeing how quiet the harbour is now from the days i went to sea, and for along time there was always one of stievies ships there at alcans i saw all the ships mentioned until now all arklow ships, i wounder why .albert.s.i
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Old 7th September 2007, 13:59
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hi ruud,thanks for the pics,happy times on those ships. regards mick.
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Old 7th September 2007, 22:31
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Hi, I sailed on Steevies, Brimsdown Storrington Dallington Rogate and many others over the years, when on leave from another Profession., and often wondered why there was a period when ''Blyth'' had so many Eastern Block Submarines in various stages of Dismemberment ? (At least I think it was Blyth) perhaps Albert might remember ? As I often wonder to this day. Best Regards/
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They were being broken up I believe & the H&SE got involved...........As they do!!
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stevie clarkes still going strong although a lot different from years back.they went under the isle of man flag around 1990.storington,durrington,and dallington are all thats left of the fleet from those days,just found out the donnington was sold in july to italian interests.i sailed on a few of stevies and have been searching for pics of ashington and aldrington both these ships i spent time on in the eighties,can any one help?
The Northumbrian Water is still running from the Tyne.
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Old 8th September 2007, 09:28
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yes athinel, it was blyth that broke up the russian subs they were the last to be broken up at bolcows breaking up yard which is now a large terminal for loading and discharging ships. albert.s.i
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The Northumbrian Water is still running from the Tyne.

More so the Wear
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Old 9th September 2007, 11:04
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Russian Submarines at Blyth.

Hi Pat and Albert,

Many Thanks for the Info, The Place looked like a ''James Bond Movie Set,'' when I last visited, & most surprising it wasn't ''Capitalised upon,'' (If that's the right Word) So Many of them for the picking.

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I joined Stevie Clarks "MAPLEHURST" a brand new tanker at the Blyth builders in 1961 what a great wee ship and a great company Backsplice
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Old 9th September 2007, 11:23
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I had 4 years with Stevies & probably 4 of the better years I have had at sea. I joined Washington for 12 days & ended up doing 27months, 10 months being the longest trip before leave. Some good ships & men & some better runs on the smaller ships around European & Baltic ports.
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The Northumbrian Water is still running from the Tyne.


More so the Wear


I took this one earlier this summer of her leaving the Tyne. It was nice to see a ship moving from the river. It was the first time in about five visits.
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Old 10th September 2007, 08:48
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i was last up there about 2 years ago. saw nowt on the tyne but on the blyth i saw ARKLOW VALE come in and berth at alcans. reminded me of happier days.
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N.W. now based in Hudson Dock, Sunderland, on a regular fill & dump charter that takes her to Teeside too.
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Old 10th September 2007, 16:52
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is that not the place where those american ships are? i remember seeing them when i was taking a coach trip to the boro.
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I was watching the tele one night this yr. (the news or documentry) & the Ashington was on a beach in India being scrapped along with other vessels.
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I spent 12 years with S/C till 2004 and watched as 22 ships dwindled to next to nothing. They have 5 left - Dallington, Durrington, Storrington, Sea Amethyst and Kielder. Crews incl Masters etc are mostly Polish or east European and Filippino with just a smattering of Brits left. The Blyth Alcan contract was lost to Tyrrells a few years back and they no longer ship coal to the Thames. Tilbury was the last power staion served and they now take Panamax. Oldest active ship owning company in the world let alone Britain - but run by people who are clueless at management level.
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