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Sheaf Field

Sheaf Field

Photographed River Elbe,1974 from Dunstanburgh Castle.

A SD15 variant built for the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co (W.A.Souter) of Newcastle. Later sister to Sheaf Crest-- variations included that this ship had a fo'c'sle head and a 60t heavy lift.

ON 337365,9372grt,14920dwt
G.O.S.A.

Clearly shows the f

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I believe these ships had their origins in the 'Doxford Liberty', which was the Doxford & Sunderland Group entry into the Liberty Replacement field. It was a bit of a non-starter as no ships were built to the basic design but Souter's liked many of the features, particularly the large hatches, big cubic capacity and shallower draught than other Liberty replacements. With modifications including heavier derricks, mast houses, ER control room and air conditioning the 'Crest' and 'Field' were the only ships that evolved from this design. (Information from 'The British Tramp'by I. G. Stewart.)
 

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3/1971 Completed by Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd., South Shields (Yard No. 37) for the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co. Ltd., (W. A. Souter & Co. Ltd. managers) Newcastle.
9,372 grt
6,743 net
14,800 dwt
464 x 71 x 28'
4 cylinder, 6,000 bhp by Doxford & Sunderland Engineering Co. Ltd. Sunderland. 14.25 knots.
12/1976 Acquired by the Ben Line of Leith, name unchanged.
3/1979 Sold to Ashton Shipping Corporation, Greece and renamed "MOUNT DIRFYS".
 

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I think this is the only ship of the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co shown on here in colour ( i put on some b&ws)-- and few others from Souters-- surely there must be others out there??

I don't think colour had been invented before I left them in 1956 but I have got loads of Sheaf ship pictures to post.Tankers, tramps, colliers including some of people, including crossing the line, which will be in the life at sea gallery.
 

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Clearly shows the funnel design of the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co-- there is a debate elsewhere and some pretty horrific misrepresentation of the logo on the National Maritime Museum site that looks like it was drawn by a 3 year old using every crayon in the box!

I think this is the only ship of the Sheaf Steam Shipping Co shown on here in colour ( i put on some b&ws)-- and few others from Souters-- surely there must be others out there??


I sent one of the well known flags web sites a copy of an actual letterhead from Shef SS Co and they used that to get an artist to correct the entry.

This is the actual scan ...

http://hometown.aol.co.uk/Captkenn29/Sheaf_SSCo.JPG

It is also shewn clearer here
http://flagspot.net/flags/gb%7ehf.html
 

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Where there two Sheaf Fields? I sailed on this one in 1973 and it clearly is a general cargo ship. Others insist Sheaf Field was an iron ore carrier. You also have another photo showing Sheaf Field as an iron ore carrier. Confused
 

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