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Lady Serena

Thomas Watson's smart blue hulled yellow funnelled coasters were regular visitors to Newburn on The Tyne in the 60's. Memories dim but I think the cargo was china clay. Here the Lady Serena is outward bound with City of York and the DFDS chartered German Anglia lying at Newcastle Quay. Serena was Tyne built by Clelands at Willington Quay in 1964 and was 200 gr tons.

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Glenlight Shipping of Glasgow,bought four of this class from Wilks Shipping London, Wilks,Wib,Wiggs.Wib, and also the larger Wopper.
Cheers Bobby.

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LADY SERENA was not a Cleland XL400 class vessel, Bobby, boards & tarps and a Kelvin of TS6 - 240bhp built at a cost of £42,500. She was the second design, building on the experience of QUEENSGATE (239) and HUMBERGATE (245) and forerunner of the class, which commenced with the launch of FUTURITY (300) on 1 May followed by FORMALITY (304) on 14 May 1968, the pair having been built in tandem on one slipway. The FTE vessels differed from other XL400s in that they were fitted with Lister Blackstone ERSM4 engines of 330bhp giving a service speed of 9 knots. Initial cost was £75,000. Graham Atkinson and I wrote a definitive history of the XL400 class in 1999.

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