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SWAT passing Portishead 28.7.71 Malcolm Cranfield.jpg

SWAT passing Portishead 28.7.71 Malcolm Cranfield.jpg

National Shipping Corporation of Karachi's 1958 Barclay Curle, Glasgow, built SWAT is seen passing Portishead, inbound for Avonmouth exactly fifty years ago today, on 28th July 1971.

EX-WIMBLEDON-67 EX-PORT WIMBLEDON-65 EX-WIMBLEDON-60

SWAT was laid up at Karachi on 27.9.82 & beached on 6.2.83

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IMO 5282706 , Dead.
Ship Type : General Cargo Ship.
Dim : Loa / Lpp x Beam - 148.6 / 140.2 x 19.3 mtr.
Built in 1958 by Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd Clydeholm Yard Glasgow Scotland United Kingdom,renamed " WIMBLEDON " for Britain Steam Ship Co Ltd ( Watts, Watts & Co Ltd London ) London United Kingdom.

Tonnage : grt / nrt / tdw - 8.301 / 5.126 / 10.345.
Main Engine : Doxford 2T Opposed Piston 6-Cyl (670 x 2320mm) - 6.800 bhp.

1960 Renamed " PORT WIMBLEDON " Charter to Port Line Ltd.
1965 Renamed " WIMBLEDON ".
1967 Sold to National Shipping Corporation Karachi Pakistan,renamed " SWAT ".
1979 Sold/Transferred to Pakistan National Shipping Corporation Karachi Pakistan.

1982 Arrived at Karachi Pakistan for breaking.




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Why did Watts, Watts build such unconventional ships? I once heard they felt each member of the crew had the right to a good view from their cabin thus the long row of ports along the centre castle.

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