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The 1965 Greenock built reefer CLAN ROSS is seen passing Hoek van Holland inbound for Rotterdam early on 3rd July 1970 during a voyage from Durban to Hamburg, Rotterdam and Le Havre.

Later: 1976 KINPURNIE CASTLE - 79 KINPURNIE UNIVERSAL - 82 SYROS REEFER

BU Chittagong 31.7.84
· Date: Mon, 22 July 19 · Views: 352
· Filesize: 24.2kb, 71.0kb · Dimensions: 1024 x 572 ·
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Keywords: CLAN ROSS
Location Photo was taken: Hoek van Holland
Date photo was taken: 3.7.70
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brianjd
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Registered: June 2005
Location: Lerwick
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Mon, 22 July 19 11:41

Sailed as second mate on Kinpurnie Universal, I sailed on three of the four sisters as second mate at one stage. They were quite modern ships for Cayzer, converted to UMS and full bridge control whilst still quite young, accommodation was not fantastic though, only 3 stripes and above got en-suite facilities. Did have a full telephone system, first vessel I was on to have that. Think service speed was 17.5 kts, not fast by reefer standards, though only intended for SA fruit runs. I seem to think we fairly regularly achieved 18kts. Cargo gear was mix of old and new, single pull McGregors but tween deck slabs albeit metal ones, still wooden reefer plugs in tween deck too! Sometime before they left Cayzer they were “upgraded” to carry frozen cargo within the Universal Reefer pool, think this merely consisted of upgraded steel around main deck hatch corners, no upgrade to reefer plant!
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canberra97

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Tue, 23 July 19 23:05

brianjd

Interesting comments you make regarding the former Clan
Ross especially regarding the accommodation.

Although I never sailed on any of the these Clan Line sister's I saw them many times in the Port of Southampton and I always admired their looks even more so when they were renamed and transferred to the Union Castle Line fleet.

Although I have to say I did like the Clan Line colours but the sisters looked very smart with their Union Castle lavender grey hulls and red funnels topped off in black.

But then I'm a huge fan of the Union Castle Line and their lavender grey hulls.

Sean
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brianjd
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Mon, 29 July 19 14:54

Sean, I agree they looked quite good from most angles, they just weren't as advanced as they could have been. Bridge control was fitted after they came into service and the tween decks with individual wooden plugs were very old fashioned. I sailed on three of the four but never in the full UC livery, the funnels were the red funnel wit large white U on them (Universal Reefers)
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