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· Date: Sat, 30 March 19 · Views: 226
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Keywords: FORCADOS
Source of Image, If not your own: Unknown
Location Photo was taken: Apapa/Tarkwa?.
Date photo was taken: 1960s?.
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appbob
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Registered: August 2008
Location: Wareham, Dorset, UK
Posts: 222
Sun, 31 March 19 08:30

The Forcados, Sapele and the Warri were originally built for the Ministry of War Transport as War "B" Coaster types and named Empire Pattern, Empire Pavilion and Empire Pampas. They were bought by Elder Dempsters for around 80,000 each and renamed after "Delta" towns in 1946. The Warri ran aground, with no loss of life, in 1956 near Lagos and was a total loss. The Sapele and Forcados were both sold in 1962 to Greek and Indian interests.
They were interesting ships that acted as "feeders" - picking up cargoes from the less accessible ports and transhipping into the main line vessels and vice versa with general cargo for delivery. I don't know what they were like to work on but they looked tidy.
I don't recognise the location of the photograph but it is unlikely to be The Gold Coat - Ghana, as Takoradi was the only non surf port during their time on the coast. I also doubt Apapa as that wharf was fairly modern and had little in the way of trees. Probably a feeder port or on of the small wharves on the Lagos side.

Regards Bob Appleton
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Julian Calvin
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Sun, 31 March 19 10:10

With the width of water and cranes in the distance likely to be at or near the old Customs Wharf,
Lagos side looking across to Apapa
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