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Glenroy, City of Port Elizabeth & Port Townsville

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Although the name of the Glen ship is not visible I can vouch for the fact that she is the Glenroy in the company of the City of Port Elizabeth and
the Port Townsville, in K.G.v. Dock, London in 1952.
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plasma
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Thu, 21 May 09 15:30

I think it is later than 1952. The floating crane lying alongside the City of Port Elizabeth is the London Samson which not built till the 1960's

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KYRENIA
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Fri, 22 May 09 07:17

Also, the SUN tugs of the type shown were all converted to oil burners with larger funnels and gravity davits fitted as is SUN X in 1959/60.
Cheers John.
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alan.gamblin
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Thu, 17 September 15 05:54

"Sitting on the dock of the bay.....watching the ships roll in and watch them roll away again..."

Alan G.
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KYRENIA
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Thu, 17 September 15 06:55

Not K.G.V. This is Royal Albert Dock. Should have noticed this in my earlier comment. Brocklebank astern of City boat on 7 shed RAD. Becton gasworks in background.
Cheers, John.
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dft7010
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Thu, 17 September 15 07:20

> Not K.G.V. This is Royal Albert Dock.

Are you sure? Glenroy is about where I'd have expected her in KGV Dock.
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RHP
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Thu, 17 September 15 11:08

I wonder what those yellowish rolls are in the foreground lighter? Great photo.
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Enri
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Thu, 17 September 15 11:10

Looking at the photo, I'd say it was the KGV, if only because the ships on the left are facing away from the locks, where in the Albert, I seem to recall they were mainly tied up port side to. There also appears to be a vessel on the cross wall where the tugs used to tie up and the tugs rest rooms were. If it was the Albert Dock the ship would be tied up across the entrance to the basin.
But my memory is not what it was.
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KYRENIA
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Thu, 17 September 15 13:14

Glen boats (sometimes Blue Flue) were normally 14 shed K.G.V. discharge, 13 K.G.V. loading. 5 shed RAD (crosswall) was used by the Jamaica banana boats loading after discharge at 35 shed, yes by the swing bridge into the Basin. P.L.A tugs tied up at 1 shed K.G.V. or sometimes if vacant 3 shed. All vessels in the Royals would normally tie up facing west, port side to south side. st`bd side to north side. Spent many years in the Royals (a stones throw where I was born and bred) as a tuggie on Sun tugs and many years, until they closed, as a ships rigger. Agree the floating crane is either the Samson or Leviathan. The floating crane to the left could be the Mammoth or Atlas? If this was K.G.V then you would see vessels and cranes adjacent on the left.
Cheers, John.
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dft7010
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Thu, 17 September 15 15:01

> If this was K.G.V then you would see vessels and cranes adjacent on the left.

Yes. This is the clincher for me. Thanks for the detailed info on Holt berths.
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Ozzie
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Thu, 17 September 15 15:11

While 'Port Townsville' was built 1952, the 'City of Port Elizabeth' was not completed until 1953.
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dft7010
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Thu, 17 September 15 15:33

I have some unrecorded memories from the mid 60s. Walking over Silvertown Bridge I'd see Houlder (Vic North) and Pacific SN / Royal Mail (opposite). Down at the swing bridge, US Lines (Vic South), Blue Star (opposite). On the right there were Federal / NZ, BI (Alb north). Walking back towards KGV I'd see Holt and the dry dock. Down the south side of KGV there were Port, Clan, Shaw Savill, and P&O. I can't recall at all anything about the south side of Albert. Harrison & Ben were in WI, ED /Palm were at Tilbury.
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roymuir

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Thu, 17 September 15 16:35

Bottom left of card reads, "London's Royal Docks".
Regards, Roy.
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