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Old 31st May 2006, 05:05
dom dom is offline  
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the longest lived empire F class was the farringay owned by kenny griffin from 1946 later years under his ownership the farringay was modified to add a flush deck level with the trunking,increasing her tonnage to 461 gross,her machinery wasmuch modified too ,ending her life with triple screws driven by three kelvin engines installed at different times from 1965 to 1972
ships monthly oct 1987.
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Old 12th June 2006, 10:02
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info please

Hi all
I have only just found this forum so sorry to resurrect an old post but I am looking for info on CHANT tankers in wartime build can anybody tell me the names and addresses of builders as I am trying to get a copy of the plans or if this fails do you think a modified TID Tug hull work as a general outline shape if it was streched
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Old 22nd June 2006, 14:50
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Chant 60--61--Readhead Sons South Sheilds --Chant 62--63--64--65--52--53--54--55--56--57--58--59--45--44--43--42--Furness S.B.Co Ltd Haverton Hill---Chant 66--67--68--69--Burntsland S.B.Co---Chant 51--52--50--28--27--26--25--24--23--22--Goole S.B.And Co---Chant 12--11--10--9--8--7--6--5--4--3--2--1--Henry Scar Hessle--photos Chant 1Ships monthly Jan 1988--Chant28 Ships Monthly Oct.1987--Chant 53 Ships Monthly Oct.1987 hope this is of some help to you'
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Old 8th December 2006, 15:35
bill1947 bill1947 is offline  
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Mv Farringay

Hi Price

I served on the Mv Farringay from July to Sept in 1967
her cargo was mostly Coal - China Clay - and Stone
She was a family affair the crew consisted of
Capt Griffin - First Mate - his wife was the cook - 1 engineer - and 2 Abs


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Old 3rd December 2010, 19:11
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Hello sailed on Chant Flexity searched but can't find photo anywhere any ideas?
please. Best JOHN.T
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Old 4th December 2010, 16:23
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I served 5 months as AB on the Yvonne Olivier 1952,China Clay,Road Stone,Coal,Ammonia?,worst ship ever served on,28 turns of the wheel from hard a port to hard a starboard,was a ***** to steer,cannot think of any good points about her,I think she carried 400 ton,not very good in any sea.
I suppose they did the job they was built for but they were very basic.
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Old 4th December 2010, 16:39
Hamish Mackintosh Hamish Mackintosh is offline  
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They sure seemed to be long livers,what did they have in them for power?
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Old 4th December 2010, 17:11
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There was a chant called the Maria Rosa ,she used to take some chemical cargo from Ellesmere Port/ Runcorn to Carrickfergus. She was later replaced by the Carrick Kestrel (ex Silverkestrel) Robertsons of Glasgow also had one called the Morion. I think there was a chain arrangement from the forrad winch to heave up the anchor (if my memory is correct ).
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Old 5th December 2010, 07:34
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On my first trip on the coast with Hullgates in 1958, I saw my first CHANT, I asked an AB what was that?
He replied, 'A CHANT, it stands for Channel Tanker, 'built by the mile and cut off by the yard'.
Yours aye,
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Old 20th August 2015, 01:11
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Originally Posted by Peter4447 View Post
I seem to re-collect that a good few years ago now one of the Chants was purchased by an Owner/Master from Canada. I believe she went across the big pond and traded on the Great Lakes. Can anyone confirm this please?
If you go to and look for "Fermont", you will see what may have been the last CHANT to survive. In the early 1990's, after a long period in lay-up, she was bought by a man named Richard Peck, who renamed her "Mon Ami" and departed Montreal for the Caribbean. Entered Halifax "port of refuge" after the light bulb over the magnetic compass melted the plastic compass. The ship was again renamed "TN9458" and re-registered as a Tennessee pleasure craft. The windlass was a tractor with the tyres removed so that the rims could be used as Drum Ends. On departure from Halifax, the stated intention was to sail from SW Nova Scotia to Cape Cod, and then sail through the Cape Cod Canal and down the Intracoastal Waterway. However during the crossing, the wind strengthened, driving "TN9458" back towards Nova Scotia. It wrecked on Seal Island, and quickly broke up. The crew were rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard cutter "Alert", and landed at Yarmouth. Before the CCG accident investigation team arrived from Halifax next morning, the crew bought a car in Yarmouth and were never seen again.
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Old 23rd April 2019, 20:55
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Iím sure Metcalfs of London has one - Jim M
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Old 24th April 2019, 08:37
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I heard it said that Farringay's superstructure was white, possibly during Captain Griffin's ownership, and that it was gradually touched up or patch painted until black predominated and the remaining white was painted out. Such economy.
Getting worse and enjoying every minute.
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