Very clear photograph at Preston pre WW2, shows her off well. She has just left the lock and is heading up the dock to the tips. On the wall behind her looks to be the sandpump FORSHAW (105234) 821grt/1897.
Good morning to you,
This a very good old photo,very clear. She has a gross of 282. built in 1901 at Ailsa, Troon, for C.M.Legg Carrickfergus, On 16 . 2 .1906 she went aground at the mouth of the R. Bann .Refloated,lengthened. In 1918 purchased by Kelly ,Sold in 1949 to W.N., Lindsay Leith. Was scrapped at Granton in 1955.
Good Morning Gil and Fred;
Yes the photo of Greenisland I posted is a very clear one. Must have been taken with a large format camera in its day. The photographs I own are mostly about 3x 5 Postcard size. I have another different view of the same vessel that is a bit grainey, but nevertheless a piece of history preserved for all to look at. Great to know that the photo was taken at Preston. I seem to see the two groups of sheds [warehouses] in many of the photos I own of Kellyboats, and wondered which port they were taken at. However, there is another view of Preston I am more familiar with, but until now could not connect the two.
I noticed you give the date 1918 as when the CM Legg boat became a Kelly one. I had wondered just when Legg came under Kelly control. In another post [Whinstone] you will see CM Legg as former owner of that vessel too. Thus far I have managed to identify a total of seven vessels owned by CM Legg, and one way or another I record them in the Kelly Roster.
According to Ian Wilson in his pocket book "John Kelly Ltd an History" Charles M. Legg of Carrickfergus was taken over about the same time as R. & D.A. Duncan & Co Ltd, Belfast. Kelly took over the WOODBURN and GREENISLAND in July 1918. He also records the incident described above by Fred and mentions Legg's sailing coaster ISABELLA wrecked nr Castletwon IoM in 1876. Legg also owned the steamers JUCAR and SEAPARK before the two that Kelly took over. I also remember the GREENISLAND when in Lindsay ownership. She was sold to BISCO in Jan 1955 and allocated to Malcolm Brechin, Granton and arrived at his yard 3 Feb 1955.
Thanks for the additional interesting material for both CM Legg and R&DA Duncan. What little I have for steamships owned by Legg is as follows.
LADY ARTHUR HILL-1885 McIlwaine Lewis, Belfast Yd#24
CARRICK CASTLE-1891 McKnight, Ayr Yd#32
SHANES CASTLE-1894 John Shearer, Kelvinhaugh Yd#15
JUCAR-1901 John Shearer, Kelvinhaugh Yd#29
SEAPARK-1907 John Shearer, Kelvinhaugh Yd#45
GREENISLAND-1901 Ailsa SB Co., Troon Yd#93
WOODBURN-1907 Ailsa SB Co., Ayr Yd#170
R&DA Duncan, Belfast are shown later as owners of STRAMORE-1925 and MOYALLON-1926, but I suspect this was just for some corporate convenience. I am wondering if you know of any vessels they owned or operated at the takeover or prior to same for them.