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EARL THORFINN 1928

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EARL THORFINN 1928
Any details of her are most welcome and appreciated.
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Ruud, nice picture and an interesting story.

The Captain was 32 years old, wouldn't that be a bit young for a Captain on a British ship in 1953?

Cheers Frank
 

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Don't have much.

Built in 1928 for the Orkney Steam Navigation Co. by Hall Russell, Aberdeen and remained on the Kirkwall Northern Orkney Islands service until 1963, when she was broken up at Bo'ness.

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Ruud, brief details of her are as follows:
Earl Thorfin, O/N 1132500 built in 1928 by Hall Russell, Aberdeen, Yard No 694, for Orkney Steam Navigation Company Ltd. Launched on 22.3.28 and completed in May of that year. Passenger/cargo vessel of 345 GRT, LBP 150' 7", Beam 27' 3" Single screw powered by a turbine engine, service speed 10 knots. She was employed on the inter-island services, based in Kirkwall, for the whole of her career from 1928 to 1962 when she and her sister Earl Sigurd (1931) were replaced by the new ship Orcadia, joined later by the cargo ship Islander. Earl Thorfinn was broken up at Bo'ness in March 1963. Orkney S.N. Co. Ltd. now operate a new Earl Thorfinn, a Ro-Ro ferry with a capacity for 25 vehicles, on their inter-island routes. Hope that fills in a few gaps,
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Alastair
 

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Ahoy mateys,
Thanks for the added info, as always very much appreciated;I knew she was on trade at the Orkney Islands, and was replaced in early sixties.
A very interesting story, that took place in 1953, been very close as the article says, almost twice grounded.
 

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Bruce, so was I but my usually impeccable source says "turbine". I would have expected triple expansion power given the date of build. The data is coded and for T3 the code is "Tx" as opposed to T for turbine so could be a slip of the finger. I haven't found another source to check against as yet but I'll have another try.
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Alastair
 

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Alastair, Ruud, Bruce
Lloyds Register for 1959 ( the last one I have before she was scrapped ) shows the engine to be :-
T 3 cyl , 12 1/2 " , 21" , 34" X 27" .
Built by Hall Russell & Co. Ltd.

So I believe that she was built with a steam triple expansion engine and not a turbine, nor refitted with a turbine before scrapping.

( & splitting hairs, " Earl Sigurd" was not exactly a sister ship.
She was 221 g.t. some 32 feet shorter and 3 feet narrower in the beam . But I am only going on data in Lloyds Register here !)

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Rick
 

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Rick, many thanks for that, triple expansion is what we would all have expected and she certainly didn't have an engine change while in service. My reference to Earl Sigurd was meant to indicate that she was working alongside the Earl Thorfin out of Kirkwall on the inter-island routes rather than that they were identical. A poor choice of words on my part so apologies if I mislead anyone. She was also built by Hall Russell with the dimensions you have indicated and was also, as stated, taken out of service in 1962.
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Alastair
 

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Alastair , you are welcome .

As I said " splitting hairs"...... I would not have personally known that without referring to the registers!

regards,
Rick
 

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