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A friend of mine (without access to a pc) started his sea going career down the engine room of the Livorno in the late 1950`s – I have discovered that she was sold to Greek owners in 1967 and renamed Antonis. He would be very much obliged if any member can come up with any further information on her. MikeJ
 

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Hi Mike

LIVORNO O.N. 181285 2957g 1464n 343.2x50.0x21.0 feet

Built by William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool ( Yard No. 1192)

Launched 28.8.46 Completed Dec 46.

5.2.55 Damaged in collision with Swedish m.v. Torsholm

13.10.55 Damaged in collision with M.T. British Trust

Aug 59 Blacklisted by Arab League foe trading with Israel

23.8.67 Sold to Margerencia Cia Nav. S.A. Greece and r/n Antonis

Aug 1971 Laid up in Genoa

Feb 1973 Arrived La Spezia for breaking up

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Livorno

Nigel C, Thank you very much for this info, I will pass it on.
She had quite a interesting career it seems !
I am very much obliged to you. MikeJ
 

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just like to mention that I sailed as AB on the Livorno from Hull Oct 1955,
I had just got married on the 6th Oct. First the collision in fog in the Thames Estuary,then I broke my ankle leaving Tripoli, strapped up in Algiers.
We were supposed to be home for Christmas, but we were put to anchor off Lisbon until Boxing Day to save docking fees in London.
Pleased to say I am still married and we celebrated our Golden Wedding last October.
 

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tercar, 50 years and never a cross word ! Good reason to celebrate - well done both yourself and the Mrs.

My friend was on her later than you, 1961 (his first trip to sea) whilst she was "blacklisted" for trading to Haifa and Tel Aviv.
She was an oil burner in his time but remembers there being evidence of her possibly being a coal burner originally, ash shoots, stoke hold wing bunkers etc.
 

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HI I sailed on the SS Livorno in April 1959 (AB) from Hull/
the Captains name was JW BOTHEROYD.I did 2 voyages on her.
down the (MED) sorry i dont rember a lot about the voyages.
ARTIE
 

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My father Arnold Snell was the Bosun on the Livorno in the early fifties. He let me steer her up the Thames when I was a child. Well that is how I remember it!
 

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I sailed on the Livorno in April 1960. I remember there was not much in Hull so I went down to London for a ship. I wasn't to keen on Wilson boats, they were all old and chatty, When I got to West India Dock they offered me the Livorno, it was one trip out and back and off. We went to Cyprus and Haifa.
 

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My grandfather was an Engineer (before he became 2nd or 1st) on the Livorno in 1905 & 1906. This was obviously an earlier ship, but does anybody have a further information or a photo of her?

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I would say without a doubt it was Tony, I was on "Livorno 02" 1957 to 1959, and I believe there were only two of them,
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I joined the Livorno right after leaving the Vindicatrix, this would be about 1966.
Joined her in Hull and went down to the Med. I was a Deck boy, still have great memories.
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In the mid to late 50s I was at primary school in Alfold, near Cranleigh in Surrey, and have memories of us being visited periodically by the captain of the SS Livorno who arrived in full fig, bearing gifts from afar. Once, this included a large lump of mineral from which, we were told, you could get toothpaste. Our fierce spinster of a head-mistress was noticeably cheerier when he visited! I am afraid I cannot remember the captain's name from this distance.
 

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Sorry, folks, but there were actually three ships named LIVORNO in the EWL Fleet.

LIVORNO (1)
19 February 1870 launched by Humphrys & Pearson, Hull (Yard No. 9) for Brownlow, Lumsden & Co, Hull
Originally named MARSDIN
1870 Owners became Brownlow, Lumsden & Co
1875 Lengthened by ship builders and re-engined
1878 Acquired by Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd
1889 Renamed LIVORNO
14 March 1901 Sold to Sambur SS Co Ltd, Liverpool with TB Stott as Managers
01 June 1907 Stranded at Valsorarna, Gulf of Bothnia whilst on passage from Pitea to Liverpool with a cargo of wood; subsequently re-floated but declared a CTL and scrapped at Wasa

LIVORNO (2)
01 December 1909 launched by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yard No. 562) for Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd
January 1910 Completed
April 1935 Sold to Hellenic Lines Ltd, Piraeus with PG Callimanopulos as Managers and renamed TURKIA
17 May 1941 Destroyed by fire and explosion near Zafarana Light, Suez. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd, after being abandoned by her Crew, when on passage from New York to Piraeus with general cargo and explosives

LIVORNO (3) as per Nigel Collett above

Two good books on EWL are:-
Wilson Line by John Harrower
The Wilson Line of Hull 1831 to 1981 by Arthur G. Credland and Michael Thompson

Cheers
Mike
 

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Sorry, folks, but there were actually three ships named LIVORNO in the EWL Fleet.

LIVORNO (1)
19 February 1870 launched by Humphrys & Pearson, Hull (Yard No. 9) for Brownlow, Lumsden & Co, Hull
Originally named MARSDIN
1870 Owners became Brownlow, Lumsden & Co
1875 Lengthened by ship builders and re-engined
1878 Acquired by Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd
1889 Renamed LIVORNO
14 March 1901 Sold to Sambur SS Co Ltd, Liverpool with TB Stott as Managers
01 June 1907 Stranded at Valsorarna, Gulf of Bothnia whilst on passage from Pitea to Liverpool with a cargo of wood; subsequently re-floated but declared a CTL and scrapped at Wasa

LIVORNO (2)
01 December 1909 launched by Earle’s Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Hull (Yard No. 562) for Thos. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd
January 1910 Completed
April 1935 Sold to Hellenic Lines Ltd, Piraeus with PG Callimanopulos as Managers and renamed TURKIA
17 May 1941 Destroyed by fire and explosion near Zafarana Light, Suez. Wilson, Sons & Co Ltd, after being abandoned by her Crew, when on passage from New York to Piraeus with general cargo and explosives

LIVORNO (3) as per Nigel Collett above

Two good books on EWL are:-
Wilson Line by John Harrower
The Wilson Line of Hull 1831 to 1981 by Arthur G. Credland and Michael Thompson

Cheers
Mike

Mike

I think Arthur G Credland was involved with Hull Maritime Mus.

Alan
 
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