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I've put a picture, albeit not a good one, of James Rowan and Sir Wiliam Walker on the gallery under Coasters. I'm trying to find some more of them which may be of interest.

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Sir William Walker

There seems to be a lot of interest, not just in this thread, regarding these colliers. I have to say that they were amongst my favorites and I was lucky enough to capture both Sir William Walker and James Rowan on film not long before they were sold.
 

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There seems to be a lot of interest, not just in this thread, regarding these colliers. I have to say that they were amongst my favorites and I was lucky enough to capture both Sir William Walker and James Rowan on film not long before they were sold.

Ahoy Phil,
Here another shot of the Sir William Walker1954 taken at Commissioners Straith North Shields 24-06-1956
 

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Ahoy Phil,
Here another shot of the Sir William Walker1954 taken at Commissioners Straith North Shields 24-06-1956
Sir William Walker holds a special place in my memories too. It was the first vessel I ever saw launched. I was 7 at the time and recall being on the Wearmouth Bridge not being able to understand why about 1/2 the town was also out that evening gawping down the river in the general direction of Austin's shipyard. I had absolutely no idea what was going on until I saw this big hulk on the riverbank move down the slip and enter the water. Looking up the records it was on 16th July 1954.

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during my years on the NE coast I saw hundreds of ships but these CEGB colliers were just magic to the point of a little bit of envy I always thought the should have been short sea traders .........only my own observation from the good old days ....yours aye Backsplice
 

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I had a newspaper article that told the story where they were going to put the james Rowan in the Tames as a training ship, did not come to pass and she was broken.

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Anyone got a photo of the David Pollock which I served on in 1962, I am trying to collect photos of the vessels I have served on.

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hi
i was born in the house across from the lighthoues at shoreham and took a picture of the walker coming into shoreham for the 1st time a copy of that picture is in ports and harbours section i grew up watching all those bigger colliers comming to shoreham after the new power station was built and the harbour made bigger my father was on the middle pier at the time of the modernisation of the port he had been master of the harbour tug before that.
later on i was a boatman from about 63 till 68 then i went to sea, i attended all those colliers in and out off shoreham i could name them all but this would take for ever as you may remember if you were ever in those ships comming into shoreham the boatman used to skull down to the ship to run the spring to the lock head we used to do the same up at the swinging basin and on sailing run the spring to the locks as well some off those colliers i my eyes were beautifull looking vessels very majestic
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I have fond memories of seeing these go by my bedroom window. I was brought up in a house that was just across the river from Battersea Power Station in central London from 1963-73. The colliers were of course up and down the river supplying Battersea and other power stations. Not the most romantic of ships but I was always mad about any kind of ship and watched them come and go daily.
 

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They were always smart well kept ships when I was with Stevies, 1980-1984. SIR JOHN SNELL - SIR WILLIAM WALKER - JAMES ROWAN - CLIFF QUAY. Pity I never took more pics especially of the engine rooms on these ship.
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They were always smart well kept ships when I was with Stevies, 1980-1984. SIR JOHN SNELL - SIR WILLIAM WALKER - JAMES ROWAN - CLIFF QUAY. Pity I never took more pics especially of the engine rooms on these ship.
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Didn't one of them feature in the film 'Battle of Britian'
 
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