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Girasol = Sunflower in Portuguese. What is her story ?
 

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Well yes, Ken, but also a semi precious stone (opalised quartz)more in keeping with the nomenclature of her owners, Wm. Robertson Shipowners Ltd, Glasgow. I am very surprised that none of the John Kelly followers have come up with her details. Obviously a Lewis build she was completed in Sep 1933 for Kelly as the ROSAPENNA (163204) an improvement on the 1932 built PARKNASILLA and first of seven Lewis built near sisters that included, PORTAVOGIE, BARONSCOURT, INISHTRAHULL, GLENDALOUGH, GLENGARIFF and SAINTFIELD. Of 869grt 457n on 197.7 x 30.7 x 12.1 feet with a draught of 13' 111/4" she had a Lewis built triple and was coal fired. Sold in 1937 to P. Hawksfield & Son Ltd, Dover she became the KATHLEEN HAWKSFIELD passing to Brussels Steamship Co Ltd, London in 1942 and becoming the CITY OF CHARLEROY. In April 1947 she became the CHESTERBROOK when sold to Comben, Longstaff Ltd, London but she did not last long with them being sold in 1950 to Wm. Robertson Shipowners Ltd, Glasgow and renamed GIRASOL. Sold into the Med in 1958 she became the HIERAX under the ownership of Ubaldo Genuai fu Torqueto, Ancona, but her fate is unsure.
Gil.
 

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Gil; You are quite right, we should have spotted this one, but she was sold so late [1950] to Robinson. Thnaks for all the details. Cheers, Rory
 

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Thanks for that info Gil :) I thought that she looked typically British/Irish.
 

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