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MV Priam

Original watercolour painting of the MV PRIAM

A classical end of the line Blue Flu vessel.

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Excellent painting of the Blue Funnel Line PRIAM in what must be Hong Kong harbour. The eight "super P's" were superb looking vessels. You've certainly captured her in her natural element.

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Not quite the 'end of the line'. Was there not an M class in the late 1970, Melampus, etc.?

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Nick

The final M class vessel's MARON and MEMNON left the Blue Funnel Line fleet in 1977.

The MELAMPUS was trapped in the Suez Canal in 1967 and was written off only to be later sold to Greek interests and renamed ANNOULA II and scrapped in 1982.

The final P class vessel's PRIAM, PIESANDER, PROMETHEUS, PROTESILAUS left the Blue Funnel Line fleet in 1979.

For more information regarding the Blue Funnel Line fleet.

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Sean,
Nick is referencing the 1977 M class. They were built in UK and Japan (MHI). General/Container ships. I served on a couple, preferring the MHI ships. I never sailed on a UK built one but "worked by" on them in Liverpool. They were GREAT sea ships, having a flume tank. The Super P's, roll in a photo (or in this case, a very nice painting)! The only drawback of the last M's were the derricks, extremely heavy on deck, and they were forever blowing hydraulick pipes for the hatch covers. I have very fon memories of the latter M's, as does my Father of the previous M's, having been made up to 3/E, actually acting 2/E with a view to inducting him as a Super in India Buildings.
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Dave

Yes you are absolutely correct, I had totally overlooked those particular vessel's as I instantly thought of the older M class.

MELAMPUS built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan
MEMNON built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan
MENELAUS built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan
MENESTHEUS built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan


MARON built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co. Ltd Greenock
MENTOR built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co. Ltd Greenock
MYRMIDON built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co. Ltd Greenock

It's very lengthy and very detailed to list the actual history of these particular vessel's but several of them were either sold in the 1980's or transferred within the Ocean Group to Elder Dempster Line.

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Sean
 

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A quick history, from memory, Sean:

They were all chartered from Airlease Holdings, Moorgate. They were managed by ED within the Ocean Group.

MELAMPUS built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan. I think on EDs Africa West Coast. Went to the Falklands during the conflict as a troop/ordinance carrier. Worked by on her. (ED Livery)
MEMNON built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan - Became Barber Memnon on the Barber Blue Sea "round the world service" - Sailed on her. (BF Livery)
MENELAUS built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan. Nothing comes to mind! Probably ED West Coast. (ED Livery?)
MENESTHEUS built in 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki Japan. Became Barber Menestheus on BBS service. Sailed on her. (BF Livery)


MARON built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co. Ltd Greenock. Last ship built for Blue Funnel/OTT. Worked by on her. Was chartered to Transportes Maritimos Mexicanos. Ended up as a hunk of crap!
MENTOR built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co. Ltd Greenock. Cannot remember. (BF livery)
MYRMIDON built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co. Ltd Greenock. Nothing comes to mind. On the ED West Coast service. Went to Falklands? ED Livery

I stand to be corrected as I am recalling purely from memory. I also worked by, but never sailed, on the Polish S Boats, all on the ED West Coast service. They appeared similar in outline but were much smaller.

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Dave
 

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I think that I may have mixed up Maron with an S boat but cannot check at the moment! TMM "Sarita"
 

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Dave

Just checked for you regarding the MARON and you are correct with the information.

MARON Built in 1980 by Scotts Shipbuilding Co Ltd Greenock.

Delivered on 09 May 1980.

Although given a traditional Blue Funnel Line name she carried the Elder Dempster livery although the boot topping was the traditional red of Blue Funnel Line.

In 22 November 1981 she was temporarily renamed STUDLAND BAY when she was chartered to OCL Overseas Container Line for approximately twelve months.

In 1987 she was sold to Al-Mubarak (Shipping & Trading Co. and then to Omega Ltd), both of Bermuda, and renamed. BALTIC ADVENTURER.

She operated for various owners as the RAINBOW AVENUE, MERCHANT PATRIOT, CMB ENTERPRISE, WOERMANN UBANGI and LANKA AMITHA, finally having reverted to MERCHANT PATRIOT.

On 30 December 1997 whilst on charter to Transportes Maritimos Mexianos her engine room flooded and she was abandoned off the Bahamas. She was towed into Freeport and then to Mexico where she was broken up.

It's quite complicated do***enting the history of these vessels but everything that you have quoted is correct.

Regarding the MELAMPUS and MYRMIDON,

Both saw service in the Falklands, I can remember that the MELAMPUS sailed from Southampton bound for the Falklands. She was at berth 107 in the port's Western Docks. It was unusual to see one of these vessels in the port.

In 1980 the MELAMPUS was operated by Barber Blue Sea with Elder Dempster Lines as manager's. In 1983 she was sold to Menelaus Shipping Corp of Liberia without a change of name and in 1985 she was transferred to Elder Dempster Lines.

In 1988 she was sold to N.V. CMB S.A. of Antwerp, in 1989 she was renamed CMB EBONY with her port of registry being transferred to Hong Kong. I believe that she went to Safmarine but not sure of her details from then on.

The MYRMIDON which was a sister to the MARON was launched on the 19 February 198O and delivered to Elder Dempster Lines on the following November. She was the last ship built for Holt Line in a British shipyard and the second to last ship built for the company.

In 1982 she was chartered to CGM Compagnie General Maritime for a round the world voyage to the Caribbean and from the 22 June 1983 until 28 October 1982 she was requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence for duties during during the Falklands.

In November 1984 she was chartered to Maritime Associated Carriers and temporarily renamed BELLO FOLAWIYO for another charter in 1986. She continued to be managed by Ocean until 1989 when she was sold to Cenargo Ltd and named in succession CMB EXPORTER, MERCHANT PROMISE and LANKA AMILA.

In 1994 an associate company of Tamahine Shipping purchased her and renamed her TAMAMONTA. She was managed by V Ships (UK) Ltd of London and registered in Nassau, Bahamas. I'm not sure of her details from then on.

Considering that my specialty is Cruise/Ferry/Passenger ships I don't think that I've done too bad with the information but I have to admit that it's rather more exhausting when it comes to the history of cargo vessels. But to be honest I've enjoyed it and I've always had an interest in the Ocean Group of company's.

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Dave,
The Menestheus you sailed on was back in Liverpool in 2007 as the Expert. I remember seeing her arrival at Langton locks

Here is a history of the ship as far as I can discover;

Clipper Itajai Ii (Until 2007 Jul)
- Expert (Until 2007 Feb)
- Delmas Sycamore (Until 2006 Dec)
- Expert (Until 2001 Sep)
- Woermann Expert (Until 2000 Jun)
- Cmb Esprit (Until 1992 Dec)
- Menestheus (Until 1986)
- Lloyd Parana (Until 1985)
- Menestheus (Until 1980)

I was aboard her in Huskisson Dock in 1980 doing maintenance work on the BA sets and fire fighting equipment, at the behest of the illustrious Denis Naylor.
I was horrified at the scale of the deck equipment and arrangement. It seemed to me to have been constructed for giants. The hatch coamings were about ten feet high, the derrick and winches mounted on mast houses similarly high up and all the doors entering the accomodation had knee knockers that were thigh high. After sailing in all of the post war BF classes of ship up to the 1960s "M" class,my impression was of a ship inimical to human beings.
 

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