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Londoner last of the Oregon Steamship
· Date: Fri, 18 January 08 · Views: 225
· Filesize: 33.4kb · Dimensions: 640 x 419 ·
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Sun, 3 May 09 03:57

A very nice picture, and whilst I readily accept that the name of this coaster is Londoner I am tempted to suggest that the added comment 'last of the Oregon Steamship' is possibly misguided... A discussion about the Oregon Steamships vessel of this name appears here.
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Steve Woodward
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Sun, 3 May 09 04:14

First Time I saw this ship she was lying in the bottom of one of Middle Docks smaller drydocks on the Tyne, she was filthy, but then she would be - she had spent a while under water, there were huge gashes in her hull were the lifting cables had cut into her.
I do not know if Oregon had bought her as a wreck or if she was bought after her refit but as her accomodation was rebuilt as a close copy of their cargo ship Lutetian I strongly suspect it was the former.
I never sailed on the Londoner but visited her in Rotterdam, she was a very smart little ship. All Oregon ship names normally started with an L and ended in ian and were a person from somewhere, suggestions were sought for a name for this little ship and Londoner took precedence over my suggestion of a person from THIS island, it would have begun with an L and ended in ian !!!!
Burned toast whom I know well and hope to drop in on during our next years summer cruise is quite correct the Londoner did indeed outlast the other Oregon Steamships ships, Great little company, great folk and I guess if they had kept going I would still be there 'under the sign of the flying O' - this is not a reference to the speed but to the funnel mark : a dark green funnel bearing a black diamond with a white O in it, under night -time lighting and from a distance all that could be seen was a white O seemingly hanging in mid air
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Sun, 3 May 09 04:49

Thanks Steve and I stand corrected - and my apologies for questioning Burnt Toast.
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Steve Woodward
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Sun, 3 May 09 05:33

Had a look through what data I have on this little lady.
She started out as the Mare Jada - built at Westerbroek, Netherlands, - no date but hull No 188
L 64 B 12.2 Dwt 1,890 tonnes - remaned Londoner in 1973 and carol in 81 and sank ( again) in June 1985 I
Beyond that I have found little on her - why on earth I never photographed her I dont know, I had a camera when I saw her in the drydock on the Tyne


Edit : a picture of her as the carol is HERE this gives a build date of 1968 but I have 1967
Original owners were : Gerhard Schepers, Aschendorf / Ems
Builder : NV Scheepswerft "Westerbroek" v / h JG BrBerken tn Westerbroek H. No.188
Still searching for the cause of her loss, Miramar gives : foundered 48.13N/5.21W on the 24.6.85
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