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Robert L. Holt

Probably at Dover, the "Robert L. Holt" must be one of the few deep sea British ships built post-WW2 with a counter stern. Completed by Cammell Laird in 1946 she was the last ship built for John Holt & Co., of Liverpool, to the company's traditional style.
3,818 grt, 391.2 x 52.8 x 20.8 feet she was powered by a triple-expansion steam engine with exhaust turbine to give about 12 knots. In 1962 she was broken up in Belgium.

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A postwar built ship with seamens accomodation for'ard - very unusual..
As a ships rigger I worked on her many times..
As Holt's funnel colours were red with black top she appears to be on charter..
 

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Chartered yes but to whom?
I can only think of one double-band marking with white on top; Tyne-Tees Shipping. Seems very unlikely that they'd charter a deep sea vessel.
Any other suggestions?
Could be that someone painted the Brocklebank colours upside down of course
tony lear
 

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The photo also shows the ship with black hull .Traditionally Holt's ships had grey hulls.
In 1962 the owners became Holt Maritime Enterprises Ltd Liverpool and that may explain the different colouring...
 

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Stan, For whatever reason, that has to be the answer. She went to the breakers the same year that Holt Maritime took her over. Colin
 

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Stan, a little more info from Ships in Focus (10). Holts, Maritime was established to manage the John Holt and the Robert L Holt and run these two vessels as tramps. The Robert did make one tramping voyage, but on arriving at Calais,to discharge, it was found that her windlass bedplate was cracked. The repair costs were too great and she was sold for scrap. The John was laid up at Barrow in Furness in August 1962 and sold in 1963. Dont believe she did a voyage under Holt Maritime. I suppose that goes a bit further to explain the change in hull and funnel colours. Regards Colin
 

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Colin, Many thanks for the added info..I always enjoyed working on Holt's ships [ except Florence and Elizabeth when the jumbo was to be used ].
The Officers were always sociable and the crews allowed us the use of their messrooms and crew bar...My favourite was MARY HOLT - biased I think as almost all her seamen were local to Tilbury and were good pals of mine..
In those days before shift work in the docks,it was an 8,9 or 10 days turnround..MARY HOLT visited Tilbury many many times....
 

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Stan, was 3rd./2nd.Mate with GG during 1963/64. Brocklebank were managers. Sailed on Elizabeth and Mary. Psid off Mary at Tilbury on 24th. Dec.1964 (willie Harrison as Master whom you know.) Great company but the writing was on the wall.) Know what ypu mean about the jumbo on the Elizabeth. The Mary did not have that problem. Best Regards Colin
 

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Colin, Two of my pals were ABs in MARY HOLT for four or five years,about the time you sailed in her ...Jack Sharp and Reg Sawyer just a chance you may remember them...Sadly,both have crossed the bar...
 

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Colin, Checking my work diaries for 1963 I worked on ELIZABETH HOLT from 14th May to 28th May....17th and 18th June lashing vehicles....My holiday 3 weeks of August so not known if ship was in Tilbury....16th to 19th September .I was taken off to do a run job.... then 13th to 31st December....
The day you paid off MARY 24 th December 1964 - lucky you with Christmas at home - that day we moved KATSINA PALM from the docks to Bevans Cement jetty Northfleet....
 

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Stan I joined the Elizabeth in Tilbury end December 1963. Whilst I paid off the Mary on 24th. Dec.1964, being single at the time, I agreed to stay on until the early New Year in Tilbury. Pretty well everyone except the Ch.stwd left the ship early afternoon and if I recall all made it home for xmas.We had left Rotterdam on the 23rd.and I can tell you it took a lot of dollars and booze to get her out of there in record time to make the tide. Sorry, I don,t remember Jack or Reg but my memory isn,t what it used to be. Regards Colin
 

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