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Old 23rd February 2006, 12:10
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Elder Dempster surviving ships

Hi everyone. I am wondering if there are any of the older Elder Dempster ships still sailing. Are the five ships of the Sherbro class (built in 1973-79) still around? I read that Sekondi was damaged by the Tsunami effect at Colombo.

The 1968-built Speedway is also a possible survivor.

Can someone inform us on their fate?

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Old 23rd February 2006, 14:50
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Latest info on surviving E.D. ships as follows:-

Sapele renamed Astra Sea, sailed Lisbon 10.11.05 for Leixoes

Sekondi renamed Jaami, 22.03.05 still in Colombo awaiting repairs following tsunami damage.

Speedway, renamed O'Shea Express, 13.12.05 Contstantza for Piraeus

This is what remains of a once proud shipping company.

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Old 24th February 2006, 07:35
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Thanks eldersuk. What about the rest of the Sherbro class (Songa, Sherbro, Sokoto) have they been scrapped?
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Old 24th February 2006, 14:30
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'Shonga', 'Sherbro', 'Sokoto' and 'Sapele' all sold on for further trading - mid 1980's, present whereabouts unknown. 'Sokoto' had a spell on charter to Nigerian Green Lines as 'Bello Folawiyo' in 1983, returned to Elders 1984.
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Old 27th April 2006, 21:16
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Update on remaining Ocean Group ships, dated 13.03.06

BARBER PERSEUS sold 1979 renamed TALABOT. Sd Long Beach 06.03.06 for
Manzanillo
BARBER PRIAM sold 1979 renamed CAPE HENRY U.S. Department of Transport

BARBER HECTOR sold 1984 renamed TAIKO. Arr Savannah 03.03.06

NESTOR sold 1977 renamed LNG PORT HARCOURT. Sd Montoir 25.01.06

MENESTHEUS sold 1977 renamed DELMAS SYCAMORE. Sd JawaharlalNehru
05.03.06 for Dubai
SAPELE sold 1979 renamed ASTRA SEA. Sd Leixoes 02.03.06 for Lobito

SEKONDI sold 1979 renamed JAAMI. Reported sold to Bangladesh breakers
22.03.05 following tsunami damage
SPEEDWAY sold 1970 renamed O'SHEA EXPRESS. Sd Annaba for Hamburg
passed W. Gibraltar
01.03.06
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Old 1st May 2006, 17:34
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If I recall correctly when i joined Ocean in 1975 the fleet was around 100 ships, this gradually dwindled to twenty or so when I completed my cadetship. And now the remains of this once proud fleet is 8, and the names of the five companies that made up Ocean have passed into history.

I wonder how proud the directors are of their good work!!!!!!!!!!

Just a thought isn't Ajax, the bulker built in 73 still extant?

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Old 2nd May 2006, 23:57
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Allan,
As I understand, AJAX was sold to Russia, but I've no information on her present whereabouts.
As for the Ocean Directors, don't worry about them - their consciences will no doubt be clear.

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Old 16th May 2006, 23:54
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Ajax

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AJAX sold to Russia 1984 and renamed ALDER. Subsequently scrapped, date unknown.

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Old 30th April 2007, 18:06
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Bulkers Anchises & Ajax

I was Snr Electrician on board these two Bulk Carriers, the last remaining two of the Blue Funnel Line ships, when they were sold to Black Sea interests.
Anchises was handed over on 21/12/83 at drydock in Lisbon.
Ajax was handed over on 27/03/84 at drydock in Lisbon.
We drydocked each ship in the same dock which was the biggest in europe.
If you looked down from the statue of Christ (Christo Ris) the size of this drydock was unbelievable. We looked like a toy sharing the same dock as the Super Tanker ahead of us.
I still have a AH house flag from one of these bulkers. They were nice ships too, built methodically in Japan.
Ah well, all nostalgia now!
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Old 30th April 2007, 18:27
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Sailed 61 to 66 on with this good company (elderdempsters) it is a shame to hear what has happend. Up untill today I would look out for the yellow funnel on the Detriot river just incase an Elderdempster ship would show up. I sailed on the Dalla maiden voyage, Kindat (my first "K" boat and last), Pegu, and Sullima. Good times.
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Old 22nd May 2007, 10:19
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One ex-Elder Dempster ship still in existence as far as I know is "La Palma". Built in 1912 for Compania de Vapores Correos Interinsulares Canarios, which was as Elder Dempster company until taken over by Cia Trasmediterranea. The last I know of her is being restored in Teneriffe in 1991. They built them well in those days!
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Old 9th June 2007, 08:48
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'Shonga', 'Sherbro', 'Sokoto' and 'Sapele' all sold on for further trading - mid 1980's, present whereabouts unknown.
I just found some more info on their fate:

Sokoto wrecked under tow near Kalam India in 1998 as the Meng Kai.

Sherbro scrapped 1998 as Fong Dar.

Shonga scrapped 1997 as Excelsior Luck.
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Old 30th September 2007, 22:48
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Bit late in the day, "Sokoto" was sold by Ocean Fleets to Vencaribe of Venezuela and renamed "General Urdaneta" trading the Caribbean and from Houston (North) to Buenos Aires (South) on the east coast of South America. Sold on for further trading, believe she became the "Ming Kai". Kind Regards. David Wilson (ex. Technical Super, Vencaribe).
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Old 23rd February 2008, 17:45
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All these E.D. ships before my time, anybody know what happened to the Freetown or the Benin ( !950's )

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Old 24th February 2008, 10:09
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"Freetown" (ex-"Greystoke Castle"), 1927/8944g. 19/8/1958 Sold for 42,500to Eissen und Metall K G, Leht, Hamburg for demolition.
"Benin" 1950/3130g. 1960. Sold for 80,000 to Constantine SS Line Ltd., Middlesborough. Renamed "Yorkwood". 1964. Ssold to Mediterranean & Baltic Shg Corp, Piraeus. Renamed "Noufaro". 1968. Sold to Agia Irene SS Corp, Piraeus. Renamed "Agia Irene". 23.7.1969 Foundered in Corunna Roads after developing leaks in heavy weather.
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Old 22nd July 2008, 20:41
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I spent 6 months 3rd mate on Benin in 1958 on coal run Port Harcourt to Lagos. She used to flex quite noticeably in some sea conditions and the bulwarks used to crack and have to be frequently repaired. Little wonder she finally foundered at sea.
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Old 28th October 2008, 04:25
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Does anyone remmber the T.S.S. Winnebar or Callabar bought by Elder Demster around 1956-7. I sailed as an engineer on Winnebar and would love to know what happened to her, all enquires have led nowhere, she seems to have dropped of the end of the earth,
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Old 28th October 2008, 11:25
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"Calabar" arrived Inverkeithing 6 Jan 1963 for demolition by T W Ward Ltd.
"Winneba" Was sold to Jos de Sweat, Antwerp for 50,000 on 26 Jan 1963 for demolition.
I hope that answers your query.
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Old 30th October 2008, 00:51
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"Calabar" arrived Inverkeithing 6 Jan 1963 for demolition by T W Ward Ltd.
"Winneba" Was sold to Jos de Sweat, Antwerp for 50,000 on 26 Jan 1963 for demolition.
I hope that answers your query.
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Thankyou , yes it does answer my query, it never ceases to amaze me the wealth of information on our web-site, thankyou again.

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Can anyone please tell me what became of M.V.Spencer/cuthbert. and
M.V. Dryden.
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please ignore above post from Merseyboy wrong shipping line
Should have been Lamport and holt
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Who can help me on a picture from the "mv SHONGA" build in 1947?

And what were the particulars of that DOXFORD Engine, Type Power etc?

Thanks in advance
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Old 9th January 2009, 22:40
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Pic of Shonga loaded in the gallery.
Engine was 4 Cyl LBD (?) Doxford pictured here. Don't know the h.p. probably about 3700.

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Old 10th January 2009, 10:19
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According to Lloyds Register "Shonga" h.p.was 3100 bhp
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Old 10th January 2009, 21:57
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3100 probably right. I was only guessing - hopeless trying to remember after 40+ years!

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