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SUSANA CRISTINA

SUSANA CRISTINA

Funchal 06 Sep 1990

PMD / 1963 / 1238grt / 5401833
78,52 x 12,15 m / 1860 hp / 12,5 kn

1963 – BOWQUEEN (Gbr)
1989 – SUSANA CRISTINA (Pmd)

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Ex 'Bowqueen' British Dredging (Bowles of Cardiff),capsized in the Thames Estuary in the 60's, raised and repaired in Holland. Finished off her British Dredging life in the Bristol Channel. Sailed in her in the early 70's. Master Hughie Gunderson from Chester Le Street, Relief Master Tommy Howe from Hessle. A very happy ship.
 

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I was 3rd Engineer on the Bowqueen when she sank. But it was not in the Thames Estuary it was off Orford Ness near Harwich and it was the Harwich Lifeboat that rescued what was left of the Crew. The Ship never hit a Sandbank but turned turtle through the Skipper's mishandling when loading the Cargo.There were three people lost, a Maltese Seaman the Skipper and the Skipper's Wife. Both the Skipper's Wife and the Seaman were discovered on board when she was refloated, but there was no sign of the Skipper. At the enquiry it was found the Ticket the Skipper hard was not legit. The Chief Engineer was Cliff Dorman (No longer with us). When she was raised and taken to Rotterdam to be refitted I rejoined as Chief Engineer and stayed for about 6 months. But due to her being on the bottom for about 3 weeks, the Main Engine suffered. Bill Coleman was the Skipper at one time, but because of the Main Engine problem when going into Rochester when giving an EMERGENCY ASTERN the engine would not answer. Poor old Bill was sacked, because we hit a Coal Coaster coming off its berth.
I could tell you the whole Story and the truth about the so called Skipper, but time and space does not allow it.

William R Wheeler
 

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Hello Wiliam was there an ab on the BOW QUEEN with a surname CARD came from Newport Gwent I may have the name wrong but he worked with me on Dunn's Tugs Newpor told me a similar story..


Regards Fred Denman
 

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