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The first of two built in Glasgow at the Fairfield yard at Govan 1962.Her sister GLENFALLOCH followed in 1963.
This was taken in Glasgow in 1977 and I think was the only time she ever came back.
They were both sold to China and there was a scheme a few years ago to bring one of them back to the UK for preservation.Both are believed scrapped.
 

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The first of two built in Glasgow at the Fairfield yard at Govan 1962.Her sister GLENFALLOCH followed in 1963.
This was taken in Glasgow in 1977 and I think was the only time she ever came back.
They were both sold to China and there was a scheme a few years ago to bring one of them back to the UK for preservation.Both are believed scrapped.
Hi Fairfield
Yes the two ships were sold to China and GLENOGLE become YANGCHENG
GLENFALLOCH the QING HE CHENG now are broken up.
I have seen YANGCHENG at Genoa in 1983 very good ship but unfortunately
i cannot photograph it. what a pity!!!!!!!!!!
GP
 

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This was the photo that introduced me to this site. Sadly it looks like the project to restore the Glenfalloch to her former glory ended in a Far East scrapyard but I've not had this confirmed. I joined the Flintshire in Bilbao when my father was Snr. 2nd Mate. Later on he did a trip on the Falloch (possibly as Mate, I'm not sure). In their original Glen Line colours these were among the most attractive passenger/cargo liners ever built. As a 'weegie' and a Glen Line affecionado thanks for posting this gem of a photo.
Rgds'
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They were some of the best ships around in their time but as with so many others they were living on borrowed time with the advent of full containerisation just around the corner. At least they looked like ships which sometimes hard to say for their replacements!!
 

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I would agree with that.The class were to have been fitted with the later design of funnel as on CENTAUR and later the PRIAM class but original retained.
 

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It was an appropriate funnel, it matched the vessels in my opinion, anything too overdone would detracted from their appearance..they looked very capable and workmanlike, no frills, just good basics. (well thats wot I think!!)
 

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Yellow funnelled Glenlyon class.

The Funnel colour is not indicative of an ED charter, but after Glen Line closed in 72/73 the Glenlyon class were crewed by Ocean Fleets officers but all East Coast UK to Far East services were operated under the BENOCEAN banner and the Glens retained their names but were required to have Ben Line yellow funnels.
 

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Best looking ships - ever! Not only that - an absolute joy to sail on. Apart from warships (and not all of them either!) we would pass anything. I miss them.
 

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On my second trip on the Glenfalloch she had the buff funnel, never looked right......the red/black funnel really set the lines of the ships off. I think the colours also made the trip less enjoyable, must have been "in the mind" because many of the crew were the same, the run was Singapore, Indonesia, Phillipines, Hong Kong and Japan, a traditional trip, but it just didn't feel right! Sorry you Ben Line boys!

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On my second trip on the Glenfalloch she had the buff funnel, never looked right......the red/black funnel really set the lines of the ships off. I think the colours also made the trip less enjoyable, must have been "in the mind" because many of the crew were the same, the run was Singapore, Indonesia, Phillipines, Hong Kong and Japan, a traditional trip, but it just didn't feel right! Sorry you Ben Line boys!

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Allan
I rember seeing the GLENOGLE in Immingham MID 1970'S. I even took a photo of her with my new Zorki 4K Russian camera.
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Seeing all of the above reminded me about my two trips (and a European coast and dry-docking) on the Glenfalloch (Voyages 40 and 41 I think) First trip the old man was Bill Bellamy; an ED man on was his last trip to sea. The Glen boats had been designated as cadet ships, bit of a joke really because the cadets had taken over the passenger accomodation upping the complement of cadets to ten middies, two officer cadets and two engineer cadets. We had four female cadets in the passenger accomodation and the six male middies had the half-deck (so much for sexual equality!) The other passenger acomodation was taken by the engineer and officer cadets. For those who never sailed with BF, ED or Glen, an officer cadet was a deck cadet who had completed phase 1 at college and was a watchkeeper. Great run, London to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Japan. Then a fast blast back to Europe. Second trip I shared one of the passenger rooms with Al Feast, another middy who I understand is now on the quay somewhere on the Mersey. We were evicted for some misdemenor and ended back in the half-deck. Very strange to see the 'Falloch with what appeared to be an ED funnel, never quite got used to it. The old man this trip was John Liptrot, who was a Glen man (odd that we had a Glen Funnel with a Captain who spent his time with a buff funnel and had a buff (ED) funnel with a Glen Line Captain!) This trip was Europe to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore then back to Genoa and the worst hang over I've ever suffered! then up to dry-dock at Avonmouth with tanks full of Palm Oil and having to watch the temperatures like a hawk!

These were beautiful ships, comfortable and fast but extremely hard work with all of those derricks! I still carry a little memento of these trips, got a jag from a wire broken off in my right hand-its still there and has moved about 1/4 of an inch in the thirty years since it joined me!
 

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Beutiful Ships. really enjoyed my time on the GLENLYON . Painting the funnel a buff colour took away the proud look and feel of the LYON class. Great pity
 

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Is there anyone out there sailed in the 'Glenogle' late 1965. I believe she arrived KGV Jan 06 1966
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Sailed Flintshire March to November 1969, what a ship, 1 st voyage was Capt Rippon, then Capt. "crash" Liptrot.......2 totally different Captains.
For non Glen Engineers we use to shot blast the Tank tops going south and paint them gloss white. Anyone going below plates 2nd Eng. included use to take off Eng. rm boots and go in stocking feet and CLEAN boilersuit.
 

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Sailed Flintshire March to November 1969, what a ship, 1 st voyage was Capt Rippon, then Capt. "crash" Liptrot.......2 totally different Captains.
For non Glen Engineers we use to shot blast the Tank tops going south and paint them gloss white. Anyone going below plates 2nd Eng. included use to take off Eng. rm boots and go in stocking feet and CLEAN boilersuit.
Sailed with Liptrot in the 'Clytoneus' 64. Not a pleasant experience and a totally different man than other Master's who came 'up the hawsepipe' in that company such as Hughie Davies and Ale House Jones. Both a pleasure to sail with a sobering experience when the officers 'got above' themselves.
Brgds
Hague
 
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