Maybe they were removed.... I've downloaded the pic and zoomed in as far as I can ... she seems to have a raft lashed up in the stbd shrouds... also what appear to be gun tubs on the monkey island (stbd) and in way of the funnel. Maybe the upper bridge wings went when they went?
In the photo I have of her she has that strange long yard on the mainmast and also one on the foremast ( which I can't see in this photo.
Edited.. just had a look at Barclay & Curle... some BIs around that time but different ( smaller) tonnage. Next by yard number and only one of same tonnage was the ill-fated Behar
There's a picture of Behar 43 on Woody's site:
As you can see she is very like Socotra and suffers from the same monkey island criticism. Given that photo I doubt if she ever saw black livery.
Surely this vessel IS Socotra with the monkey island wings being removed later in her life.
Cisco/Zelo, you're absolutely right--it is Socotra. On the original photo the name 'Socotra' is just visible in the bow railing--took a while to notice it, but worth receiving all the helpful comments from SN members in the process.
Built: 1943 Barclay Curle, Glasgow
Owners: P and O SN
1943: Built for M.O.W.T. with P and O as managers
1946: Purchased by P and O
Yes built for the Calcutta trade... had the hawse pipes on the poop for use in the river.
Anyone know what that yard on the mainmast is for... in the other photo I have seen that has a single whip on each end... pretty much directly over the rail
That photo of Behar is probably the only one ever taken.... I think it is a trials photo.