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ILLYRIC  Shaw Savill Line

ILLYRIC Shaw Savill Line

The Illyric built by Vickers Armstrong in 1960 squeezes her 11,256 gross ton bulk into the lock at Ouisterham, Normandy en route to the docks at the city of Caen

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The first ship in the Shaw Savill Line to bear this name. She made her maiden voyage out to Australia the crossed from Sydney to Port Chalmers, Nelson and Wellington to load for London and the Continent.
She has been launched in July 1959 by Lady Mermione Cobbold, wife of the Governor of the Bank of England.
 

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Must have been taken during the transformation in colour scheme note masts grey but hull still black at this stage
 

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waiwera, yes, noticed that also. Another task for the jobsworths, (sorry, accountants) to change from tradition and go grey.
Cheers, John.
 

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I was Second mate , when this photograph was taken I would have been on stations down aft, I cant remember the name of the third mate shown on the focsle. We had come back to the UK after a long voyage from NZ discharging in Med ports, on arrival in the Thames we anchored off South end for a couple of weeks due to a dock strike, we were short of water and supplies which were sent out to the ship by barge. due to the forth coming colour change we were out of the traditional paint colour, the mate and Bosun were frustrated as we had this time at Southend with good weather and no paint or redlead to maintain the ship, not even brasso to polish the brass. the dock strike dragged on so we sailed for Caen to discharge NZ lamb which was then trucked from france back to the UK. This was the first time we had been to Caen, as the photo shows we must have been one of the largest ships to fit in the lock and proceed up the canal, we certainly attracted a lot of attention. some days later the ships company paid off and were flown back to the UK.
 

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I was a cadet on her for Voyages 1 and 2. My recollection was that Chief Officer was for'd and 3/0 on Bridge . The first 3/O was keen to put flags in the wrong place, including Sydney Harbour Bridge, and he would then express surprize to the old man on seeing such flags. Auckland Ferry building and a radio mast at Napier also got the treatment. On maiden voyage had several problems, including the hatch on No3 nearly going over the side in Oz. Visited her about 1975 in Avonmouth, when she was still looking very smart.
 

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