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Harry Brown built 1962 634tns at Bristol for Holms Sand & Gravel Co. She was often seen in the floating harbour next to Hotwells Road where she discharged her cargo after dredging the Bristol Channel. Seen here in 1990 in the Bristol Channel she is in the colours of ARC Marine (now Hansons Aggregates) of Southampton but still retaining her original name.
photo courtesy of P.W.Hobday.
 

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Must be one of the smallest ocean going dredgers ever built.

Would need a coat of paint too.

There is a model of her in the gallery section, that one looks a lot better, colourwise.
Is she still in operation?
 

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She did look a lot smarter in her original colour scheme I must admit. I have not seen her around for some time now and she does not appear on Hansons list of ships under that name. There is a possibility that she was transfered to Dunball Wharf at Bridgwater where ARC Marine had a depot with a small dredger running in on a daily basis. Next time I am down there I will call round and have a look out of interest. Allthough knowing Hansons she was sold off as being to outdated for their requirments as she had no self-discharge gear and had to be discharged by grab bucket from the quay side. The latest of Hansons fleet are now discharging at the rate of 8,500tns x 4 hours. Poor old HARRY BROWN would not stand a chance against them..........She would have made an excelent subject for preservation at the Bristol Industrial Museum though having been built and worked all her life there.
 

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Harry Brown now.

In Bernard McCalls book 'Coasters of the Severn & Avon' it says Harry Brown was sold to new owners in the Middle East in 1990 & renamed Alwardi 4. Then in 1992 renamed Sabari & since 1995 has worked for Bahrain owners as Salaiti 17. Hope that helps guys! (\))
 

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I have served in all of these ships,spent some 12 yrs in the sand sapphire as an a/b relief mate,until she was sold in 1990,the HB,sand sapphire,sand diamond were all sold to alwardi marine dredging.
 

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sandman said:
I have served in all of these ships,spent some 12 yrs in the sand sapphire as an a/b relief mate,until she was sold in 1990,the HB,sand sapphire,sand diamond were all sold to alwardi marine dredging.
hello Sandman, ever sail with the Martin or the Star?
 

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Sorry I have not,the company that owned the sand sapphire/diamond were called sand supplies western ltd,which was part of the silvey group who's offices are in Newfoundland Road Bristol,and are now into the fuel buisness.
 

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I have served in all of these ships,spent some 12 yrs in the sand sapphire as an a/b relief mate,until she was sold in 1990,the HB,sand sapphire,sand diamond were all sold to alwardi marine dredging.
HELLO I WORKED FOR ARC AT HOTWELLS IN POOLES WHARF I WAS AN APPRENTICE AND DID A LITTLE WORK ON THE BROWN ONLY DRAGGING THE GRADER OUT OF THE WAY FOR BRIAN TO UNLOAD THE CARGO WITH THE S&P CRANE I REMEMBER SOMEONE CALLED CHRIS WHO WAS THE DREDGING MANAGER WASNT HE? DO YOU HAVE ANY PICS? THANK SHANE
 

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Sorry I have not,the company that owned the sand sapphire/diamond were called sand supplies western ltd,which was part of the silvey group who's offices are in Newfoundland Road Bristol,and are now into the fuel buisness.
hi sandman i was aboard the sand opal in the early 70s with reg woodford as skipper great days eh.
 

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Photos of MV Camerton

Does anybody know where I can get a photo of the Bristol dredger the "Camerton"?

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John
I have several images taken from slides of 'Camerton' in 1969/1970.
I have uploaded to Flickr several photos of her on a misty day in December 1969 unloading by Bristol Bridge. A simple Google search for Camerton + sand + Bristol will bring up the site with the images. How long did it take to unload her using a single grab, I wonder.
I have just discovered another photo of her alongside the sand wharf at Hotwells taken on 14 Feb 1970. There is another vessel at the wharf which I cannot identify. I will shortly add that to my set of photos on Flikr of various Bristol sand vessels including Sand Gem, Sand Jade, Sand Opal & Badminton.
The photos of Camerton are not clear, do***entary images, but they may provide you will some sort of record of her.
PS. I have just joined Ships Nostalgia to send this message.
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Hi Bob,I met Reg a couple of times.My Father and uncle used to run the Renwick.
In case you are interested, I have uploaded to the Flikr website a photo of 'Sand Opal' when she was in the lock at ***berland Basin, Hotwells on 18th March 1974. Just do a Google search for Sand Opal + Bristol + lock and it ought to come up. It is part of a set of photos of sand ships leaving the floating harbour which I took on that day in perfect light.
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Photo of Sand Opal in March 1974

hi sandman i was aboard the sand opal in the early 70s with reg woodford as skipper great days eh.
In case you are interested, I have uploaded to the Flikr website a photo of 'Sand Opal' when she was in the lock at ***berland Basin, Hotwells on 18th March 1974. Just do a Google search for Sand Opal + Bristol + lock and it ought to come up. It is part of a set of photos of sand ships leaving the floating harbour which I took on that day in perfect light.
I have only just joined Ships Nostalgia, so don't know how to upload the photo to this site too.
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In Bernard McCalls book 'Coasters of the Severn & Avon' it says Harry Brown was sold to new owners in the Middle East in 1990 & renamed Alwardi 4. Then in 1992 renamed Sabari & since 1995 has worked for Bahrain owners as Salaiti 17. Hope that helps guys! (\))
I have just found a slide in my collection of 'Harry Brown' moored in Bathurst Basin with the General Hospital in the background. Photo was taken some time during the summer of 1970. I shall add it to my collection of Bristol sand vessels on Flikr and probably later add it to Ships Nostalgia too.
 

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I have several images taken from slides of 'Camerton' in 1969/1970.
I have uploaded to Flickr several photos of her on a misty day in December 1969 unloading by Bristol Bridge. A simple Google search for Camerton + sand + Bristol will bring up the site with the images. How long did it take to unload her using a single grab, I wonder.
I have just discovered another photo of her alongside the sand wharf at Hotwells taken on 14 Feb 1970. There is another vessel at the wharf which I cannot identify. I will shortly add that to my set of photos on Flikr of various Bristol sand vessels including Sand Gem, Sand Jade, Sand Opal & Badminton.
The photos of Camerton are not clear, do***entary images, but they may provide you will some sort of record of her.
PS. I have just joined Ships Nostalgia to send this message.
NeilWinchcombe
Hi martin
If it´s the picture I think it is, the vessel at the far left on the birth is Nigel.......one of silveys Reg woodford was skipper of her.
 
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