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EMPIRE CHELSEA

A 1051 ton steam coaster built by John Lewis and Sons Ltd., Aberdeen.
The company was established in 1907 but did not build any ships until 1917 when WW1 created a demand for new shipping. They mainly constructed coasters and drifters but later concentrated on cargo vessels.
During WW2 they built more than thirty vessels and after the war specialised in steam and diesel trawlers. The company was taken over by the Wood Group in 1972 and continued to build occasional vessels until the 1980s.
Empire Chelsea was launched on 18 December 1944 as a coaster for the MOWT.
They sold her in 1947 to Hull Gates Shipping Co. who renamed her Humbergate.
By 1955 she was purchased by Efford Shipping Co., London and renamed Springwear.
After 4 years she became Lynnwear for Lynn Shipping Co., London.
Come 1962 she was sold to South Star Corp., Panama where she was renamed Dumbo, as shown in this photograph. She was placed under the management of V and J. A. Ensenat, Spain.
During October 1968 she was placed under arrest at Las Palmas and later sold at auction by Court Order. However on 24 November 1968 she was driven ashore at Las Palmas and declared a constructive total loss. The offer of purchase was withdrawn by the high bidder Naviera de Odiel.
Ownership of the vessel was therefore assumed by the Port Authority at Las Palmas.
She was re-floated in May 1969 and beached and then sold by auction on 10 December 1969. Her new owner intended to convert her to a floating nightclub but those plans were eventually abandoned.
She was finally sold to Don Martin Juantey Malvarez and scrapped at Las Palmas.

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Photographer David Pemberton.
· Date: Thu, 21 February 13 · Views: 261
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granty
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Fri, 22 February 13 03:19

hi
i remember her running to Shoreham as the Springwear
regards
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CRANFIELD
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Sat, 23 February 13 02:50

DUMBO was photographed passing Portishead in March 1965 by David Pemberton - negative in my collection
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Stuart Smith

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Sat, 23 February 13 07:18

Hi Cranfield
Photographer revised as per your post. Thanks.
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