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Old 1st January 2008, 01:20
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George Gibson & Co. - RIP

As of 28th December 2007, the last ships owned by George Gibson, Sigas Ettrick/1991 and Sigas Lanrick/1992 were sold on, although at present they won't be renamed.

Another UK shipping company enters the annals of history.

Regards to all, & Happy New Year.

Mark Coultas
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Old 1st January 2008, 03:14
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A sad start to a new year.
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Old 4th January 2008, 12:59
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Hi Mark, You must be ashore with your laptop. Catch up with you soon.
Yes a very sad day indeed. As Senior Master of GG I've been there for 29years 7 months. Really would have liked to finish my 30, but ho hay at least I'm still employed by the new owners. I'm off to the office to appropriate some memoribilia. They owe me that much.
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Old 7th January 2008, 22:48
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I've already put in my bids, David!

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Old 24th February 2008, 16:58
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Just to complete the story, at 1530 on 14th February 2008, Sigas Lanrick's Technical Management was passed to EMS (Denmark). She was the last 'Gibson' ship to go, leaving 4 ex-Kosan L-Class ships remaining on the EMS (UK) office books. These were passed to the Denmark Office last week; the Edinburgh Office (formerly George Gibson/gibson Gas Tankers) closes formally on 29/2/08. I've been invited to attend.

Sad days indeed.
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Old 8th March 2009, 23:26
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i was on the old lanrick in 1965 gibson rankine line aberdeen to lisbon calling at kirkaldy leith dunkirk oporto lexios and lisbon and a run right back to aberdeen
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Old 9th March 2009, 23:28
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Tenakwe Ian. I did about ten months on the Abbotsford 1958/59,same run as you. Good company but no promotion because nobody above me would pay off. Regards Ronnie
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Old 6th July 2009, 14:09
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While trawling through the posts I game accross this one regarding Gibsons. A good friend of the family was an Engineer with Gibsons for many years sadly he passed away. His name Was James Milne from Aberdeen.
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Old 6th July 2009, 16:16
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As of 28th December 2007, the last ships owned by George Gibson, Sigas Ettrick/1991 and Sigas Lanrick/1992 were sold on, although at present they won't be renamed.

Another UK shipping company enters the annals of history.

Regards to all, & Happy New Year.

Mark Coultas
Chief Engineer, Sigas Lanrick
Never sailed with them but recollect the foundering in the North Sea of the Traquair. The ship I was on Gannet (?) of GSNC in mid fifties rescued most of the crew before she sank and took them on to Hamburg,the Master was taken off by Belgian tug. Rough old night...
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Old 17th July 2009, 15:07
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Never sailed with them but recollect the foundering in the North Sea of the Traquair. The ship I was on Gannet (?) of GSNC in mid fifties rescued most of the crew before she sank and took them on to Hamburg,the Master was taken off by Belgian tug. Rough old night...
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joined the traquair 06/09/51, grangemouth, paid off, grangemouth 13/12/51.
master george robertson. running with coal duff and whisky to rotterdam, boy, could that ship roll
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Old 8th November 2014, 15:29
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Noted b gas Lanrick was pulled in from Margate roads to Dover for 24 hrs now B Gas Ettrick pulled in from Steen bank anchorage to the buoys of Flashing .
The ship seem to spend time at anchor in the last few months.
Is this another sale coming up???
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Old 27th June 2017, 17:46
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Can anyone tell me the new owners of George Gibson & Co. Ltd?

I worked for them and have now retired and I paid into the pension so looking to find out who I need to get InTouch with.
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Old 27th June 2017, 17:48
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I worked for them and have now retired and I paid into the pension so looking to find out who I need to get InTouch with.
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Aledin, your profile reads:
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I'm waiting for a quip from Varley....
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Old 28th June 2017, 12:49
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I was galley boy on the Abbotsford when she left dry dock in Grangemouth heading for Leith to load up stores and cargo and full crew. We ran aground on Inch Combe and I am told that the skipper was asked where we were and he said ,'the same place I put a ship 27 years ago'. There was very little food aboard and we had to wait for high tide to refloat and go back to Grangemouth by tug for a dry dock check up. On arrival I was given cash and sent up the road for fifteen fish n,chips. I stood in a queue and when my turn came I put the order in. Talk about aggro. JC son why didn't you tell us you were coming, why not come in and forewarn us? Everyone behind me were very very anti, thought I might even get thumped. But finally off down the road to the dock and the crew are hanging over the side yelling things like,' come on ya b/stard we're effin starvin". All part of lifes rich tapestry.
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[QUOTE=mary75;2523410]Aledin, your profile reads:
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I'm waiting for a quip from Varley....[/Q

Was not with them long, was on two of the gas tankers as a Chief cook/steward. One sailed from Haysham to Belfast. If I look in my old discharge book I will find out when and what two ships.
Any help would be grateful.
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Just a wee update - the Traquair (built 1982) finally went up the beach at Alang in June 2017 - I had seen her in the Gulf in the March. It looks as though Teviot (built 1989) is about to follow - she's reported to be anchored off Alang today, awaiting orders. That only leaves Ettrick (1991) and Lanrick (1992) still going, as far as I know.
(I've used the Gibson names for the ships - all had/have been renamed)
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Just a wee update - the Traquair (built 1982) finally went up the beach at Alang in June 2017 - I had seen her in the Gulf in the March. It looks as though Teviot (built 1989) is about to follow - she's reported to be anchored off Alang today, awaiting orders. That only leaves Ettrick (1991) and Lanrick (1992) still going, as far as I know.
(I've used the Gibson names for the ships - all had/have been renamed)
I should have let the Traq sink when I had the chance. Would have saved lots of people lots of heartache in her final years. Sorry to read about the Teviot though. One of my career favourite ships.
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Old 11th January 2018, 21:22
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Ettrick now P G Gas Pioneer trading east med
Lanrick noe Pablo trading of gulf mexico.
Did the last docking on both vessels lot of work done but on both first discharge using the booster pump broke down shaft failure and on another one the left Bilbo and the engine Governor boke down full of ship yard muck. lost two anchors.
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Did a few weeks on the Dryburgh before she was a gas tanker. This was 1963 when we ran from Leith to the continent on weekly sevice. Interesting time as I always had a new learning experiance each trip!!. A deep sea man way out of my depth as these guys really were good at the job.
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Old 24th April 2019, 02:01
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My dad John Rogers was a chief engineer with Gibson's during the 70's and 80's and I'm sure my mam said he was with Anchor line previously?.I remembering talking about ships called Borthwick and Pentland Brae I think it was,and I've just found a photo of him and my mam at the launch of the Traquair in 1982.unfortunatley my dad died on 9th April 2019.any stories any of you have or memories of dad would be gratefully received.thank you kindly.
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Old 24th April 2019, 02:03
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At the launch of Traquair
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Can anyone, please, tell me where I can find a list of Gibson/Rankin Line ships lost during WWII?

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Hi, I was a cadet with Gibson Gas Tankers from 1997 to 2000. I sailed on Traquair, Yarrow, Lanrick and Ettrick. Stepped on Quentin for an hour as she discharged near us. Capt John Renson, Captain Terence Clark, A senior Welsh Captain I cant mind, Lachy MacDonald, Duncan Mackenzie and Captain Reid. Good times 👍🏻
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