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TommyRob



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Completed or completing at Redhead's Yard South Shields 23 July 1972. At 6,088 gr tons she was small by BI standards and I am not sure what trade she was to serve - any enlightenment will be gratefully received.

This was my first sighting of the new group funnel and to say I was underwhelmed would be a huge understatement.
· Date: Sun, 7 December 14 · Views: 383
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Keywords: Zira
Source of Image, If not your own: Own Neg
Location Photo was taken: South Shields
Date photo was taken: 23 July 1972
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teachertalk1234
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Registered: September 2005
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Sun, 7 December 14 08:54

Hi Tommy. The two sisters Zira and Zida were built for, or at least originally served, the Crusader run, NZ Japan. I served on Zira as 4th eng in her days as Vosges on the Carmel, Ashdod/Marselleiles run. They were fully refrigerated with side loading lifts and a plethora of electrical BT forklifts for moving palletised cargo quickly and easily down below. Good ships, I enjoyed my time on her.
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surveychile
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Sun, 7 December 14 08:55

As per: http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/HZSclass.html

Built : 1972 by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., South Shields.
Tonnage: 6, 088g, 2, 478n, 6, 893 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw 1 x6 Cylinder 2S.C.S.A. Opposed Piston Doxford, 9, 180 BHP. 18 Knots.
Refrigerated Space: 269, 000 cu ft, increased to 340, 000 cu ft in 1980.
Launched 1st February 1972, completed 9th November 1972. Yard No. 45.

Zira is a town in the Ferozepore District of the Punjab.

Zira was the last ship laid down for what was in its heyday one of the largest fleets ever to sail the Seven Seas, British India Steam Navigation Company Limited. Because of regrouping the Zira was in fact completed for the P & O General Cargo Division and her funnel was painted in the group's new P & O logo blue.

Like her sister Zaida the Zira's maiden voyage was to New Zealand where the P & O liveried funnel was changed for that of Crusader Shipping, the photograph below shows the Zira in Napier awaiting the delivery of the distinctive shield emblems for the newly painted buff funnel.

On the 1st October 1975 her name changed to Vosges yet another old Moss Hutchison title and in 1980 she followed her sister to Genoa to be lengthened. She was purchased by Panilette Ltd. of Hong Kong on the 17th April 1984 and just over two years later on June the 19th 1986 she joined her sister in the fleet of Ofer Bros, Israel becoming the Galia Carmel, like her sister she was still in service in 1994.

Additional information:

In October 1975 she was renamed "Vosges" prior to charter to Israel's Agrexco (Agrigultural Export Corp.) on the Ashdod/Marseilles run & in 1979 was lengthened in Genoa, raising her gross tonnage to 6,406. In 1986 she was sold to Ofer Brothers (Ships) Ltd., Ashdod, first being renamed "Galia Carmel" & again in 1996 as "Carmel Exotic".

She was broken up at Alang, India, in 2004.

Kind Regards

Tomislav Raymondi.
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TommyRob

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Sun, 7 December 14 12:39

Thankyou gentlemen for your very interesting information.
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Doxfordman

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Mon, 8 December 14 02:16

I was on Zira's maiden voyage from Liverpool to Aukland thence the Crusader run. I was then on Ziada as the Vendee for probably two of the best stints I ever did at sea. Great ships, a 6cylinder J type Doxford and apart from the Sharples HO purifiers were pretty faultless. Very happy days indeed.

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TommyRob

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Tue, 9 December 14 14:55

It's great to hear positive news about these old timers Dox. So glad your experiences were happy ones.
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Doxfordman

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Wed, 10 December 14 06:09

They were lovely " big" little ships. Would do it all again in a hart beat.

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