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S.S. Jamaica Planter

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The yacht-like 6,159 GRT fruit-reefer Jamaica Planter, built in 1959 by Lithgows Limited for the Jamaica Banana Producers S.S. Company, propulsion by two steam turbines.


On board equipment by G and J Weir of Glasgow. The photo was rescued from old Company archives that were being 'skipped' some 20 years ago. (Original photographer unknown)
· Date: Sun, 9 May 10 · Views: 493
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Richard Kendall
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Sun, 9 May 10 19:20

Thanks Eriskay for your classic photos of some fine looking vessels, shows raking about in skips can have its benefits! What function did G+J Weir perform, supply of pumps / reefer equipment or something similar? Rgds, RJK
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eriskay

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Mon, 10 May 10 03:11

Thanks, Richard. I am sure many if not all of your past ships carried G and J Weir equipment on board. They manufactured electrical and steam operated pumpsets, motors, valves, air-ejectors, evaporators, condensers and other heat exchangers, compressors, filters, and various other marine and land products. Angus.
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Richard Kendall
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Mon, 10 May 10 10:53

Angus, thanks reply, always glad to know Weirs supplied such items to keep the lads in technical dept happy. Sure as you say most of my former vessels in Clan Line and Bowaters which Clyde built had their equipment supplied by them. Shame for them they dumped fine ship photos in skips though!Rgds Richard.
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eriskay

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Mon, 10 May 10 11:15

Alas, Richard, in the fast-track modern business world we now live in there is little room for sentiment or heritage. When my Company changed from a privately-owned family business to one run by professional managers and bean-counters, emphasis swiftly changed to the bottom line, the shareholders, etc. Worse still was the loss of shipyard archives, drawings, photographs, etc. Some was saved by organisations such as the Ballast Trust, but a horrendous quantity was lost forever via the skip route, a tragedy.
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Joe Freeman
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Mon, 10 May 10 20:41

Main Propulsion turbines and boilers supplied by David Rowan & Co, I would presume that Weirs supplied the turbo boiler feed pumps and other steam auxiliaries for this smart little ship.
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