Ships Nostalgia banner
Ore Regent

Ore Regent

Ore carrier; 15,655 grt; 45,379 dwt. LR/IMO no 5264405.
Operator: Universe Tankships Inc, Monrovia, a subsidiary of National Bulk Carriers Inc (D K Ludwig), New York.
Built: 1956 by National Bulk Carriers Inc, Kure, Japan (y/n 49). This former Japanese Navy yard was bought by National Bulk Carriers

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
ORE REGENT.
One of four OBO"s, all with power plants from 2 US navy dfestroyers that were surplus due to cancelled ship building at the end of WW2. This ship had the port part of the power plant, thus had a left handed prop. The ship was converted to a bulk carrier by reduicing the bottom tanks in all holds from a oil tank to the normal double bottom height. This conversion was done to enable the ship to carry bauxite from Weipa to Gladstone - both in Queensland= for a Ludwig contract. Worked the ship many times in Gladstone. Cleaning out by grab was easy due to the vertical sides of the narrow lower parts of the holds. Ship was fitted with a 'gun clean' system for washing out the holds when going off charter, one man doddle!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,675 Posts
ORE REGENT was one of THREE sisterships. The others were ORE PRINCE (Yard no. 48) and ORE MONARCH (no. 50). They were purely ore carriers, not OBOs. None had any provision for carrying oil cargoes although, as ore carriers, they did have large wing tanks - but for bouyancy and water ballast.
There was another, fourth ore carrier fitted with a US Navy, war-surplus power plant. That one was named ORE CONVEY and was a bit smaller than the ''Ore Prince'' class. She was fitted with conveyor system for self-unloading and was originally intended to be based at the mouth of the Orinoco to top up vessels which could not take a full cargo downstream.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,934 Posts
How were her holds/tanks arranged as she appears to have hatches to port and starboard with a substantial gap down the centreline?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,675 Posts
Four holds, 12 hatches! Itlooks like the hatches are open in the photo, since she was almost at Terneuzen, where she would probably have to lighten ship for entry into the Ghent Canal
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,934 Posts
Thanks bobs, I had forgotten that ore carrier habit of opening the hatches prior to berthing.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17 Posts
I do beg to differ on aspects of this ship. She may not have been completed as an OBO but that is what she was designed and built as. The centre tanks in all holds except the after part of No.4 hold- which was occupied by the pump room- were originally some 13 feet deep. The side tanks were from this bottom arrangement up to what -in dry cargo ships- would have been a 'tween deck. At this level the side tanks were divided into side expansion tanks, like a 'tween deck locker arrangement. To provide the extra volume required for bauxite - as opposed to more dense ores-the bottom tank tops were lowered some 9 feet to create the required volumetric capacity. This ship was an 'interim ship' to satisfy Ludwigs contract to carry bauxite while he had the 'contract' ship built in Whyalla. This was the 'Clutha Capricorn" - another ship design disaster.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,675 Posts
Then differ we must, Daibach.
Nowhere, apart from by your assertion, have I been able to discover any evidence of this vessel being fitted for carrying oil cargoes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,400 Posts
A good shot of an interesting ship. I was told by other that Ludwig was an hard task-master to work for , but, fair. also, the ships were very spartan accomodation and facilities wise but, very well run. Anyone able to comment.?
As to those hatches. Looks like they are side-rolling and that gap could be a catwalk .
 

Media information

Category
Cargo vessels
Added by
bobs
Date added
View count
614
Comment count
12
Rating
0.00 star(s) 0 ratings

Share this media

Top