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.
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.Ahoy Phil,
Here another shot of the Sir William Walker1954 taken at Commissioners Straith North Shields 24-06-1956
Try this(Thumb)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.
Didn't one of them feature in the film 'Battle of Britian'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.