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Alnwick Castle-- down the ways

Alnwick Castle-- down the ways

Slipping down the ways, Swan Hunter Walker yard,14.9.73.

Built for the Bamburgh Shipping Co (W.A. Souter), c 105,000 dwt bulker

Later sister to "Dunstanburgh Castle"
1976 passed to Ben Line on acquisition by them of Bamburgh Shipping. Renamed "Benwyvis" (Ben Boat men correct me

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Alnwick Castle was also chartered to Australian National Line for a few years on the Port Kembla to Port Hedland iron ore trade. I don't have dates on this sorry. She is also similar if not a sister to Ropner Shipping Co. Ltd's, Iron Somersby, chartered to BHP Transport, later Somersby (1986) on hand back. Built by Harland & Wolff in 1971. Have you any other pics of her?

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Hi-- yes, I have a picture of her just launched. I'll put it on later.See also the pics I put on here of the earlier sister "Dunstanburgh Castle"-- they had very distictive "flying buttress" bridgewings.I located a couple of photos of her from the internet as "Benwyvis" after 1976,and as "Ariana" thereafter. As they are not my photos I don't feel I should put them on the site, but if you are interested and pm me your email addy I will send them to you directly.

There are pictures of "Iron Somersby" on though possibly related in design, she has very different (though no less distictive!) bridgewings.The "Castles" were Swan Hunter ships.Regards, John

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