The Wandsworth was indeed a Flattie.Built for South Eastern Gas Board.Sold to Italian owners in 1968 renamed Pietro Rembado.Sank after collision 2.7.68 off Cape Espichel.(Info from Gas And Electricity Colliers by D.Ridley Chesterton and R.Fenton)
MV Wandsworth, 1875 tons Built 1950 by Burntisland SB Co; Ltd. 265.4 x 39.5 x 16.6. 8 cylinder diesel by British Polar Engines, Glasgow. ESD,Radar.
cruiser stern. Code flags MNDJ. Machinery aft. Part electricaly welded. No cargo battens fitted. Owned by SEGB. Registered London, British flag.
Hi there Stephen, I see by your profile and your funnel markings you know the river wear port very well. Myself also from Sunderland I worked at the River Wear Commissioners in the 1960s as an apprentice fitter and turner. Also knew all the tugs and dredgers there, we had some tugs two of which were called the Biddick and the Pallion, with an older one called the Cinema Star (paddle wheels driven). Do you maybe have any more photos of colliers in particular the Sydenham and Effra belonging to the SEGB. Was in Sunderland two months ago to visit my daughter, but it rained every day, somethings never change!