Built in N ewcastle by Hawthorn, Leslie & co in 1946 for Houlders Brothers. In 1969 she was transferred to the Royal Mail Line and re-named 'Douro'. In 1970 she was transferred to Prince Line, retaining the name 'Douro'. She was broken up in Spain in 1972.
There is another photo of her on a Shaw Saville site, where she is at an angle rather than sideways on. As such doesn't look quite so strange.
BobS I agree a most odd looking ship for Royal Mail or Houlder Bros to claim ownership of, quite an inovation in 1946 to have 4 holds forward of the bridge.
I saw her as Hornby Grange in London docks but have no note of date or exact location.
The Houlder's motership meat boats were built to the same general profile from the Upwey Grange of 1925 onwards. In 1946 there was such a desparate food shortage in Britain, to hasten construction Leslie's merely dusted off the old plans of the Rippingham Grange (1943) and made the Hornby Grange a little bigger. When she entered service she was the largest chilled meat carrier in the world.
This is a very interesting and historical photo if it dates to 1972, notice in the bottom left corner, two gp shipping containers sitting in the barge. This photo is an foretaste of what was to come and what was to go.
Who would think at the time that these two insignificant items would not only lead to the demise of the ship in the background but of all of her kind and turn the location into an airport.
Well spotted Tom. OCL began operations in 1969, so it was an achievement to get 2 containers into London Docks only 3 years later! Of course only London would move containers onto a barge and leave them sitting there. The lads determined to make container movements as slow as conventional break-bulk perhaps.