I do hope they haven't ruined it as you say. Do you remember the "pub" - "drinking hole" at the end. Big place it was. Had a few pints in there.
I may post a few pics later of why I liked it so much !
Official No. 186048 Speed: 16 knots
Refrigerated space 475,900 cu.ft.
Tonnages 10,936 gross 6,090 net 12,250 deadweight
Dimensions Length: 525' 10" Beam: 70' 2" Depth: 44' 6"
Shipowner: Federal Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London.
Machinery: Two twelve cylinder 2 S.C. SA Sulzer oil engines manufactured by the shipbuilder, single reduction geared to single screw shaft developing 11,500 SHP.
Shipbuilder: John Brown and Co. (Clydebank) Ltd., Clydebank (Yard No: 674)
01/10/1971: P&O General Cargo Division appointed managers.
19/04/1973: Registered in the ownership of Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co.
18/12/1975: Sold to Guan Guan Shipping (Pte) Ltd., Singapore and renamed GOLDEN GULF.
00/00/1977: Sold to Pakistan shipbreakers.
13/11/1977: Arrived at Gadani Beach.
00/11/1977: Demolition commenced.
Sister ship was 'Otaki'
Launched by Lady Freyberg D.B.E. in December 1953, The "Essex" made her maiden voyage from London out to Auckland, Napier and Wellingtom under the command of Captain L.W. Fulcher in July 1954. In April 1956 she created a record of being the largest Conference Line vessel to Negotiate the Victoria Channel into Dunedin.
I spent three voyages on her sister "Otaki"
She was a fine ship - hard working and hard playing, all around the KIWI coast. Some of the young ladies being very accommodating, I seem to remember!
Found memories of the "Mount" in the Sussex and the Tongaplonk, but that's another story!
The pub just outside the gate is "The Anchor", just drove past it half an hour ago. In it's time a couple of seamen have been murdered in it but its pretty tame these days, rather posh in fact and the Mount today is made of plastic. Hundreds of tiny and expensive apartments and in the summer the population density would equal that of Kowloon at pro rata. It would still be a great place for jolly jack though, only problem is, he 'aint here long enough these days!