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Convoy Rescue Ship

An oft forgotten service was the convoy rescue ships here is St Clair

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Sorry, cant help you there ,Stores, maybe look at as many marine painting as you can, but over all I think you must love ships.
Jim
ps and practice, remember , Paintings are like women, There are no ugly ones, only some are better looking than others.
 

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An excellent painting Jim,but please remember that all ships had their
lifeboats swung out and secured to a 'pudding' - (padded boom) -
ready for a rapid launching.
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Stan
 

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I'm not sure you can do that with gravity davits, which I think she has, certainly in the reference photos I have of her the boats are stowed.
In the other photos I have of Rescue ships, some have one boat out, others all boats out, and some all inboard. I suppose it will depend when the pics are taken, if they are inshore the boats may be stowed. Any way thanks for the input.

regards Jim
 

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Thanks for replying Jim,
I was not nit picking.. I was at sea all through the war and I remember these details.
You have a point as regards gravity davits which reminded me that in a couple of tankers
we took the boats inboard when we had atrocious weather conditions.
In the silly belief that U boats would not operate in those conditions.
With the heavy seas and rolling, the boats could have been damaged..that of course could
also apply to rescue ships as they were small and like a corkscrew in bad weather.
They were heroic ships and crews!!
Regards
Stan
 

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Stan You have my utmost respect and gratitude, and I don't mind in the least you pointing out such details, it all helps.
I also post on another site, where it was pointed out that I had the smoke going one way and the flag hoist the other, the Cardinal sin!.
Regards Jim
 

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Hi,

I have a photograph of this ship in her Convoy Rescue days.
Name ST. CLAIR
Construction STEEL
Type STEAMER, PASSENGER, CARGO, LS
Date 1937
Official Number 165247
Description Yard Number: 742
Shipbuilding and Shipping Record, January 7 1937 'an outstanding feature of the construction is accommodation for 420 passengers. There are commodious first and second class dining rooms, smoke rooms and lounges. A complete Thermotank system is fitted for ventilating and heating all public rooms and cabins'.

Maiden Voyage 6th May 1937
Master: Captain Wm. Leask, DSC
Port of Registry: Aberdeen
Routes: Leith - Aberdeen, Orkney & Shetland

1940 - 1945 requisitioned by Admiralty as HMS Baldur and took part in the British occupation of Iceland and stationed at Rekjavik as a base and accommodation ship until October 1943. Then converted at Aberdeen to a convoy rescue ship.

1945-56 refitted and converted to oil burning engine.

30th March to 1st April 1967 - Final voyage, was also final voyage of a North Company passenger steamship.

Scrapped by Van Heyghen Freres, Bruges, 1967.
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