can anyone remember a gardeners coaster called emrald i was on her in the 80s any photos or imfo whould be nice (Pint)
John, the 1978 built Emerald is I believe still tradind in the Med under the Latvian flag and registered in Riga. Regards Colinjohn236 said:Not sure about Gardeners but Stephenson clarke had one built 1978 which i surmise was part of the W. Robertson 'GEM' fleet intergrated in SC in 1978. built by Clelands and lengthened in the 1980s. she suffered main engine damage at Husnes in August 1999, I have no other details
John T. Oliver
A lot of regulations could be avoided by having a ship under 1600 grt. In the late '70s the Hamburg company Heinrich von Bargen had their ship 'Anna von Bargen' re-classified from about 2000 grt ot 1599 grt. Unfortunately, this meant that she couldn't carry as much cargo - a fact that was eventually picked up by the authorities at Antwerp. The company then returned the vessel to the original tonnage but, being over 1600 grt, she wasn't allowed to sail without a Radio Officer. That's where I came on the scene, the gangway was coming up while I was still on it![email protected] said:Many of the coaster were built to conform to the gross tonnage rules and end up at 1499.99 gross.
It made them very versatile and the could carry amazing amouts of caargo for their size. The last one built for Robertsons was "Gem" and she was a large carrier.
I think it was the Dutch that started that trend as they had small ships of 499.99 tons gross that carried a lrge cargo with a crew of five and a dog.