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FLORISTAN

It was taken 1968 on a voyage between Bahrain - Beira. (Complete route London - Cape Town - Durban - Bahrain - Kuwait - Bushire - Koramshar - Bahrain - Beria - London.)
Captain Philsack was skipper.

Built in 1965 by J. Readhead & Sons Ltd., Sunderland.
Tonnage: 9,296 g, 5,118 n, 12,616 dwt.
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Great to see her ,she was renamed STRATHALVIE in 75 and had a sister the SHAHRISTAN.
Gp
 

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I was on her as a navigation cadet for one year 1968/1969 and she was the joy of Strick Line at that time.
Other details I have are:-
FLORISTAN/STRATHALVIE General Cargo liner (1972-1978)
Official No. 306330 Speed: 16.5 knots
Tonnages 9,296 gross 5,118 net 12,616 deadweight
Dimensions Length: 503' 3" Beam: 67' 8" Depth: 39' 0"
Shipowner: Frank C. Strick Line Ltd.
Machinery: Six cylinder 2 S.C. SA Doxford Oil engine manufactured by William Doxford and Sons (Engineers) Ltd, Sunderland developing 10,000 BHP
Shipbuilder: J. Readhead and Sons Ltd., South Shields. (Yard No: 615)
History:
19/01/1965: Launched.
00/06/1965: Delivered.
01/05/1972: P&O General Cargo Division appointed managers.
19/04/1973: Registered in the ownership of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.
25/02/1975: renamed STRATHALVIE.
30/11/1978: Sold to Vanguard Bay Shipping Co. Ltd. (Labora Maritime Inc., managers), Greece and renamed ALEXANDRA.
04/11/1982: Sustained major damage when fire broke out in her engine room at Luanda, following her arrival from Havana with a cargo of bagged sugar. Declared a constructive total loss and sold to Tien Chieng Steel Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Taiwan, for demolition.
20/09/1983: Arrived at Kaohsiung where work commenced 30 Sep 1983 and was completed 8 Oct 1983.
Shame that she had to end up like that.
 

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I was on the Tabaristan - an even newer version. All of the Strick boats had Doxfords - of course!
 

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I sailed on her in 1975 to the Gulf and back through the newly reopened Suez Canal.
My first ship with an air conditioned control room. Absolute luxury!
 

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Hi Steve1
Yes, I can remember AC throughout. She was the envy of the fleet back then and naturally a party ship (especially up the Gulf) always on board because of the AC.
Great times
dodie
 

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I have just found a coloured picture of the version I previously posted but the upload does not work as the file is too large. Any ideas please.
 

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Spent 6 months (with permission to be off school) on her at the age of 10 with my late father Jack Moffat 2/E voyage No 10 UK - Gulf - India/East Pakistsan/Ceylon - USA - Libya/Algeria - UK - happy days!!!!
 

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Small correction: the Master's name was Filcek (my father). The phonetic version isn't too bad though.
 

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