I am looking for information on the fate of the Clan Menzies and Clan Sutherland, both were sold to China for further trading but nothing more was heard of them.
Hi Aristo,I am looking for information on the wreck of the Ayrshire at Socotra Island. Has the ship sank or she was abandoned grounded? Are there any photos of the incident?
AYRSHIRE (2) (1957 - 1965)Hi Aristo,
I was with Clan Line when the "Ayrshire" was lost off Socotra, and had a particular interest having previously been in her sistership "Argyllshire".
From the Company chitchat at the time, the Clan Line Commodore, Captain MacDonald (?) was master at the time. She had been carrying 12 passengers in addition to general cargo, and the ship had gone in closer to the island than normally, to give the passengers a view. After she struck the reef (uncharted) she was making water fast. The passengers and unneeded crew were put into the boats and towed for a while until it appeared that she might founder, when they were cut loose. However, it was found possible to ground the ship on sand. Efforts were made to refloat her but I understand that the tow broke. Some cargo - including a boiler being carried on deck - were transferred to smaller vessels and the ship left until a better time for refloating. In the meantime, however, local inhabitants virtually stripped her of any thing worth carrying away. So far as I know, the remains might still be there - but others might shed further light or indeed correct my recollections above.