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Can anyone post any pictures of the POOL FISHER in the gallery?
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Was on the Solway Fisher in early 1969, nice little boat. We were on the Heysham to Belfast run carrying the early type of containers, more like railway wagons with rounded tops, so were single layer only. She was also unique, to me at least, in that she had concertina like tween deck hatch covers which I had never seen before or since.
 

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Solway Fisher

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Was on the Solway Fisher in early 1969, nice little boat. We were on the Heysham to Belfast run carrying the early type of containers, more like railway wagons with rounded tops, so were single layer only. She was also unique, to me at least, in that she had concertina like tween deck hatch covers which I had never seen before or since.
I also was on the 'Solway' June/July 68 Preston/Larne great litttle ship very modern for a 'Rock Dogger'.
http://www.coasterphotos.co.uk/pages/solwayfisher.htm
 

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Thanks for the photo sad end,
GOD BLESS ALL THOSE THAT PERISHED WITH HER
 

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Razor,
interested to hear of your early type of containers carried on Solway Fisher.
I remember them well, they were transported on railway bogies direct to ship and then loaded. The rounded tops meant you could only stow them one high.
As far as I know they were a British Rail innovation known as 'liftvans'?
I believe it was an American that saw the potential of flattening the roof, making them stackable and calling them containers!


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Thats correct, just the same as todays railway boxcars. We were carrying those along with two other BR owned boats of similar size. Pity the Gentleman hadnt kept his ideas to himself, we would have had a lot more ships to talk about now!!!
 

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A gentleman named Malcolm McLean is usually credited with the pioneering efforts in containerization.
Owner of a trucking line, he realized that with modification, the truck trailer could be stacked on board a specially designed ship and unloaded at another port to continue its journey. His Sea-Land Corporation began operations in the mid nineteen fifties.
As Maersk-SeaLand, it's now a part of the A. P. Moller-Maersk Group.

http://www.mondaymemo.net/010611feature.htm

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I was with AHL{railway boats}out of Goole, in the early fifties ,running those round top containers to Copenhagen and back. as far as stacking them ,one only had to lay them on their sides,which I saw done on occasion (*))
 

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put a search on ebay for TUGS got a load of trains that are called tugs railways seem to have a lot to answer for (Hippy)
 

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Does anyone out ther remember the the Gem Line of Glasgow, I did a couple of trips onthe Torquiose she was originally Kylebank of Monroes of Liverpool I think don'know much about Monroes. Gem line used to load a lot in Llandullus for Norway & sweden and also Ghent also Delfzeil

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Find more about Robertsons of Glasgow in the "Coaster "section.
Were sold to Stevie Clarks in 1972 and became part of the Powell Dufferin Group.
AKA Gem Line
 

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Hullo Pilot Mac & Capt. Bill,
Yes that is correct they were Robertson's of Glasgow & were taken over by Stevies and then Powell Duffern . Thats about the time I was there I beleive when it was Robertson's they were a good company to work for pretty much thefamily company. although when I joined Joe Stewart the super told me they were hard running wee ships -- He was not wrong- still happy days
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Was she related in any way to the Kingsnorth and Madagascar Fishers?
 
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