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Charles Lykes

At Picton, New Zealand In the late 70s or early 80s. Very unusual to see a Lykes vessel in NZ let alone at such a small port as Picton. Note the yacht on the foredeck.

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A former Nedlloyd 'B' type which traded regularly to NZ. Terrible to pilot as the view ahead was obscured by cargo gear no matter where you stood. As a result you had to walk back and forth the whole time making it very hard to estimate rate of turn in winding channels.
 

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Thanks Dave I don't remember seeing many Lykes in Wellington. I am very vague about the date of this picture, have you any estimate of the year?
cheers Roger
 

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Roger,
What I can tell you is that she was built as the "Nedlloyd Bahrain" in 1978 and became "Charles Lykes" in 1993 but actually on charter from a German company, Alfred C. Toepler. All four of this class, "Nedlloyds'' 'Bahrein', 'Baltimore', 'Bangkok' and 'Baltimore', were sold to this German owner and three were chartered to Lykes. Since New Zealand wasn't a Lykes trading area, and this is the first I have heard of a Lykes ship here, I wonder if she was voyage chartered back to Nedlloyd to fulfil some contractual obligation. The photo must be post-1993 but I don't know when she ceased trading as "Charles Lykes". I think it was one of this class that the master invited me down for a drink - post berthing, of course - and opened sliding doors to reveal a bar larger than some cabins I had occupied and certainly much better stocked. I am away for a few days but will try and check her current name when I get back.
Best wishes,
Dave.
 

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Dave, she became in 1998 Lykes Pathfinder, 2000 - Pathfinder,
2001 - Delmas Jacaranda, 2004 - Bosco Jumbo, 2006 - BSLE Express. Still in service, current owners Flawless Shipping, Cyprus; manager Cyprus Maritime Co. Ltd., Athens.
Regards,
Alastair
 

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Hi Dave,
It is indeed the former Nedlloyd Bahrain, she was on a regular service between Indonesia, Malaysia and New Zealand in the eighties. I was lucky enough to do two contracts on this very nice vessel. (in 86/87 and in 1988)

She was sold by Nedlloyd Lines on 16-05-92 to "The First International Group of Companies" (Registered Owner: Balfes Shipping S.A, (Alfred C. Toepfer from Hamburg being owner between 16-05-92 till 17-04-2001)
On 16-05-92 she changed flag from the Netherlands to Panama.
Her hull was painted black but she kept the name Nedlloyd Bahrain for another year -to finalize Nedlloyd's "round the world service"- untill April 04th, 1993 when she changed name into Charles Lykes.
On October 08, 1998, whilst at Durban, her name was changed into Lykes Pathfinder. (Toepfer still owner)

The view ahead was terrible in a navigation point of view, but was even worse during the sea trials after completion of the ship, since the crane platforms were orginally planned to be stowed in the transverse direction. The jibs of the after double (gemini) crane were resting on a support on the deckhouse front bulkhead.
The jibs of the foremost double crane were resting on supports on both sides of the foremast.
This was rejected by the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate and owners, and therefore the jibs were stowed longitudinally.
As the Nedlloyd Bahrain was the first vessel of the series, it is the only vessel on which the jib of crane number one is resting in a support (don't know a seaspeak term for it) welded on the forecastle deck which can be seen clearly on the photo of the Charles Lykes.
On the other three vessels, the jib head of crane number one was modified in such a way that it could be stowed on a much smaller (and cheaper) support welded against the foremast.

Alastairjs: On 14-03-2006 whilst at Antwerp she changed name in BSLE Empress. (The BSLE Express was the former Nedlloyd Barcelona)
All four "Nedlloyd-Ba's" are now scrapped. (at Alang in 2009 and 2010)
Nedlloyd Baltimore went first to the breakers as BSLE Endurance, she arrived at Alang in november 2009.
Nedlloyd Barcelona was second in the row to the breakers as BSLE Express, arrival at Alang in december 2009.
BSLE Energy (ex Nedlloyd Bangkok) and the BSLE Empress (Bahrain) were sold together in one deal in february 2010 to the breakers. After completing their voyages, Nedlloyd Bahrain was the last one to arrive at Alang, deleted from the class register (BV) on 29-04-2010.

Regards, Jan
 

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