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Keila

KEILA

Built for owners Turner Brightman and Co., London by J. L. Thompson, North Sands and launched on 5 June 1905. She was completed as a 3602 ton triple expansion steamer with a service speed of 9 knots during July.
In 1928 she was sold to Brockabeck but only served 4 years before being renamed Keila by owner Mrs M. Suurmann, Tallinn, Estonia in 1932. This photograph shows her as Keila and she looks to be a fine ship with half open bridge which was typical of the design circa early 20th century.
In 1940 she was under the control of the British Government so I presume that she had been seized by the Allies. It is unusual that she was not given an ‘Empire’ prefix name as she remained under Government control until sold to Cia Naviera Linda SA, Panama in 1951 where she was renamed Linda.
She was broken up at Krimpen a/d Ijssel during April 1959.

Photograph belongs to Stuart Smith
Copyright John Clarkson, Preston, Lancs.

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Don't want to look through all Empire-ships. But IIRC none of the ships of the Baltic states, which were in British waters when Russia took over the three Republics in summer 1940, was renamed Empire XXX, but they kept their old names.
 

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Hi Stuart - I remember Keila..
April 1943 I was in Cape Howe maiden voyage...loaded grain and Army tanks in Halifax and
homeward in convoy HX 233 we lost the convoy in atrocious weather conditions..
Returned to St John's NFL and I saw Keila berthed there.She had been there a long time with
engine problems.. I saw some of her Scottish crew ashore - she had a Red Ensign.
A week later we sailed and rendezvoused with HX 235 and arrived London 10th May 1943.
Another ship in convoy HX 235 was the Dutch tanker Clavella and in later years I found that
SN member Bernard McIver was a Radio Officer in her at the time..Small world!
Regards,
Stan
 

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Good evening Tony,
Thankyou ...Research with the help of the magic box and internet is
a great help in verifying the incidents in my memory.
At the time we were in St John's I remember drinking with crew from
another old tramp which was there, Clearwater..About two years later
I sailed with one of those lads lads from that ship.
Also a Dutch ship Madoera was there with her bows destroyed by a torpedo.
The crew had abandoned ship in four lifeboats but next day the crew of one
of the boats reboarded her and sailed her to St John's.
The rest of the crew numbering about forty were found frozen to death in the
boats three weeks later...RIP.
Stan
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Fate is a strange bedfellow Stan. Keep up the posts as this site needs your input.
Stuart
 

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Joined Keila as cabin boy late 1946 in Leith, Captains name was Doyle, wore a bowler hat and normal suit. We went to trois Riviers up the St.Lawrence and loaded pit props
for Glasgow,Scouse firemen and Scottish sailors, they had a big fight after returning on board one night and the Mounties were called in, Daddy Doyle then logged the lot.
I left her in Glasgow then went on the Deck Boys course on T.S Dolphin in Leith Docks. Was on deck a few years then back to Leith Nautical for my PMG and joined Marconi
Ern Barrett
 

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