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Hornby Grange

taken approx 1981 - passage from New York to Venezuala.

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Lovely picture kev, one of two sister tankers built for Alexander Shipping Co. Ltd. in 1979, the other being Elstree Grange.
Alexander Shipping had been aquired in 1946 by Houlder Brothers, it's self part of the massive Furness Withy Group. Edward Alexander, who founded Alexander Shipping with his cousin Captain Capper in 1874, had been a partner of Edward Withy & Co prior to '74 so the wheel had come full circle. Alexander shipping had lost all 13 of it's origional vessels during WWII and had replaced them with 5 Empire and 2 Liberty standard ships, aquired between 1945 & '48. They got their first tanker, the Newbury, in 1951 and, as result of major reorganisations within Furness, became the registered owners of all Houlder's bulk carriers and oil tankers in 1975, until they were transferred to Furness Withy Shipping in 1981. Alexander Shipping was wound up in 1990 having been dormant for some years.
Right, back to the ship: Built in 1979, as was her sister, 39,626 GRT, 66,609DWT, Motor ship, single screw, 15.5 knots. Transferred to Shaw Saville in 1984 and immediately sold, renamed SANTA BARBARA. Renamed again in 1989 as AFFINITY. She was still sailing in 1992 but I don't know what happened to her thereafter. Her sister was sold in the same way in the same year.
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Alastair
 

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Thanks for this info Alastair, plugs many holes in my limited knowledge.

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Ordered in 1977 from Harland & Wolff, Elstree Grange (Hull 1710) and Hornby Grange (Hull 1709) were christened and delivered side by side in June 1979, then remained as twins, for the rest of their lives; being re-named Santa Lucia and Santa Barbara respectively when they transferred into the care of the Tung Group in 1984, where they traded somewhat unsatisfactorily until they were sold to Belgian Transpetrol in 1988. Eventually both ships arrived at Alang Beach to be broken up within two weeks of each other.
 

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A fine ship could be a pig went round the world in her in 83/84 then later laid her up in Malta next trip in july 84 sad day(Cloud)
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