Information received from Mike Clouston, born and brought up in Orkney.
"I have a book "Days of Orkney Steam", written by Alastair & Anne
Cormack, and published in 1971.
In there the only mention of the "Elwick Bay" is as follows:-
Acquired by Dennisons 1959
Builders Koster HZN Gideon
Engineers Deutz A.G.
Where Built Gronningen
264 Gross tons
Notes Ex Torwood etc., re-engined Lister 416 b.h.p. Last locally owned
"I have another book "Tales of the Elwick Bay" written by Bill and Sylvia
Dennison and published by them in 1989, in which they tell some humorous
stories of their time while they were coasting with the ship."
Must have missed this thread when it was first started.
Ray, you beat me to it, I was going to suggest "Tales of the Elwick Bay" as well. Am sure they serialised the book on Radio Orkney in the days when they had a half hour programme in the middle of the day.
thanks, have got these two books and also seen a short do***entary film done by the BBC many years ago, My interest is mainly in model boat building and would like enough info to do a project. I am kicking myself that I did not get details of her when she was still in existance but at that time I had no interest in her and no camera, it is only now with hindsight and the passing of years I realise what a fascinating little vessel she was,
Was one of the first British motorships ordered in the face of competition to the Dutch and German motor coasters. Both Metcalfes and Rix were two of the few British owners who took the gamble on motorships as opposed to steam.
Are the two books by the Dennisons still in print and where can I get them from. Assume they are the same branch of the Dennison family that ran the likes of the Kava Sound, Hoxa Sound, Calf Sound etc from the 1980/90s. Liked to see them in Blyth loading a back cargo of coal for Orkney