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What was the name of the 1st ship to be built in the UK in 2 halves and welded together AFLOAT.

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As she wasn't welded together afloat it is not the tanker "Rondefjell" but she must have been one of the first built in two pieces. She was ordered by Olsen & Ugelstad from John Crown whose slipways weren't long enough to build her in one unit and the two halves were launched seperately and joined together in Middle Docks dry-dock, and "Rondefjell" was known as 'The half-Crown ship'.
 

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Dave, she was welded together afloat.

Another clue. She was built for a UK (Reg) company in the 1970's.

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A laker built for the Great Lakes of USA/Canada springs to mind as well as Prince Rupert City or one of the Temple Boats
 

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If i mind right i watched her getting welded afloat(bulker i think)cant mind the name though down at Lithgows yard at greenock.
 

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bobby, you are nearly there.

She was built at Lithgows, but she was a tanker.

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The only other Tankers I recall being built their in 70,s at Linthgows were a pair for Korean owners King Star and Gold Star the latter becoming the Nicos J Vardinoyannis for some London Greek Outfit and the Jag Priya for Great Eastern Shipping. Apart from that there was British Spey- now Im stumped
 

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I know the answer but I won't spoil it for others.
Three more hints:
1. Her bow and stern sections had different names!
2. She had a sister ship!
3. There is a photograph of her in SN Gallery!
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Since it's you Neville - both sisterships' names (eventually) had the same initials!
 

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Launched as NAESS SCOTSMAN and name changed to NORDIC CLANSMAN while building. As you say the stern section went in as NAESS and the bow as NORDIC!
Pics in the Tankers Forum.
Sadly only 4 were ever built. The whole area is now razed and forms a new alignment to the main A8 road.
 

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Paul,
Bow was launched as Naess Scotsman and stern was Nordic Clansman. Sistership was Nordic Commander and both were managed by Denholm Ship Management.
Nice one Frank P. (Applause)
 

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Paul,
I didn't know four ships were built. Obviously with my Denholm connection, I knew of Nordic Clansman and Nordic Commander but, what were the other two? (?HUH)
 

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WORLD SCORE and WORLD SCHOLAR originally intended for the ill fated Maritime Fruit Co. who ordered masses of ships in the 1970s and then collapsed leaving yards with uncompleted ships.
The two tankers ordered from Lithgow/s were taken over by the Niarchos Group. I/ve put a pic I took of WORLD SCORE in the Gallery.
 

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Paul,
Thanks for refreshing my memory - that brought a glimmer of recognition in my grey matter! (Thumb)
 
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