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hi
I sailed from dundee in 1954 first trip as jnr eng.
ended up in China,the ship was the mv huntsmore or huntsbrook
memory gone
owner was oscar gross
any info or picture would be wonderful
regards
Len Small
 

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Huntsbrook started out been built as Derrynane but completed as Empire Macalpine for M.O.T(Mgd Wm Thomson and Co) Sold McGowen and Gross Ltd 1946.
1947 R/N Derrynane
1951 Huntsbrook Power Steamship Co (O.Gross and Sons)
1959 Suva Breeze South Breeze Nav. Hong Kong (J.Manners and Co)
1965 T/F San Fernando S.S. Co Panama Flag R/N Djatingaleh (for charter to Djarkarta Lloyd]
1966 R/N San Ernesto
1968 Mgt T/F to Jaguar Shipping Co. Hong Kong R/N Pacific Endeavour
1969 To Cia. Nueva del Oriente S.A. Panama Flag (same mgrs)
Sold Hong Kong breakers. Arrived 21/2/70 for demolition.
Huntsmre started out as Derrymore

1951 Huntsmore Power SteamshipCo (O.Gross and sons)
1968 Aegis Hope Alcon Shipping Co. Cypriot flag
Sold Chinese mainland breakers. Arrived Shanghai 11/73

Hope this is of some help to you. Cheers Dave
 

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thanks Dave for the information
looks like it was the huntsmore it was quite new when I joined her
regards
Len Small
 

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Good day Leonard,
I was third mate on the Huntsland 1966 - 1967
The Huntsmore had a crankcase explosion near to the Azores in March 1967 and my ship (Huntsland) towed her into the Azores. I never heard of her after that.

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leonard small said:
hi
I sailed from dundee in 1954 first trip as jnr eng.
ended up in China,the ship was the mv huntsmore or huntsbrook
memory gone
owner was oscar gross
any info or picture would be wonderful
regards
Len Small
Len did you ever get a photo of the Huntsmore she was the last ship I
sailed on joined her in Cardiff in Oct 1958 skinned out in Thevenard
South Australia in Mar 1959 if you have a photo I would be gratefull
for a copy to go in my album the only photo I've seen of O Gross ships is the
Huntsland
Regards Don Sangster
 

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sorry
Don have not been able to get a photo or very much info on ship or
o gross company
regards Len Small.
 

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On 3 July 1936 Donald McCowan and Captain Oscar Gross founded McCowan & Gross, apparently to take advantage of the British Government's 'Scrap & Build' scheme, where generous, cheap loans would be granted to build new tonnage equivalent to that of old ships sold for scrap. In all six tramps were built with names beginning 'Derry', eg "Derrymore". In 1946 the company took over Power Steamship Co, another small tramp company founded in 1906 and new ships were registered in its name with McCowan & Gross as managers. In 1951 Donald McCowan withdrew from the partnership and the company became O. Gross & Sons. A new naming scheme was adopted with the prefix 'Hunts' (the Gross family home was 'Huntsland') and the letters MG on the funnel were changed to OG. Never a very big company the most ships ever owned at one time was five about 1950. Four ships were operated in the 1960's but were sold from 1968 onwards. The company's last ship, "Huntsland", was driven ashore at Hong Kong on 17 August 1971 by typhoon 'Rose', refloated and sold to Hong Kong breakers. I have posted a few photo's of "Cape Clear" under 'Tramp steamers', this was formerly McCowan & Gross's "Derryclare" and somewhere I have a photo of the "Huntsmore" which I will post if I can locate it. Information from "Travels of the Tramps", Volume 5, by Norman Middlemiss.
 

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MV Huntsbrook (ex Derryname-1954, ex Empire Macalpine 1947) 5006 tons built 1943 by Burntisland SB Co, Burntisland. 417.1 x 57.0 x 24.7. 4 cyl Doxford diesel. DF, ESD, GyC, Radar. Code flags GFNF, Registered London.

Mv Huntsfield (Ex Moorcote 1951, Ex Mooroy 1949) 5027 tons, Built 1936 by Wm Doxford Sunderland, 3 cyl Diesel by shipbuilders. 423.7 x 54.2 x 26.1. Code flags GYSR.
DF, ESD. Registered London.

MV Huntsmore (Ex Derrymore 1951) 5678 tons, Built 1951 by Burntisland SB Co;Burntisland. 4 cyl diesel built by by Hawthorn Leslie, Newcastle. 444.8 x 60.0 x 26.5. DF, ESD, GyC, Radar. Registered London.

All 3 owned by Power SS Co; and managed by O Gross & Sons Ltd.
 

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I had on several cruises with Donald McCowen on his large motor yacht, which became the Southampton School of Navigation Radar training vessel, Somerset, he was still very active with O. Gross - we always knew him as Otto - until 1956. Don, as he was known to all, was an outstanding Cambridge scholar, rowing blue, his father owned and ran a Shipping Company in Ireland. He served a distinguished career in Coastal Forces throughout the war, Lt. Commander, MTB's. Commissioned a mural size painting for his yacht which depicted all of the ten Derry ships, I can not recall all of their names, painting was removed upon sale of yacht and returned to his Hampshire home. DHE retired to the Bahamas and passed on several years ago.
Not a lot, but every little helps.......regards............WLH
 

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Moorby, Moorcot, Huntsfield,Elbow River

Having just ascertained all the names of my very first ship in 1949,ie MOORCOT, Owners, Mcowan & Gross, do any of you gentlemen by any chance have a picture in your possession that I might have a copy of?

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hello Len, i was very pleased to read that you sailed on the Huntsmore. it is forty years since i was sailing on the same ship. in the month of semptember,1966, the Huntsmore was probably alongside at tarsus, a creek on the northwest side of Vancouver island, British Columbia, Canada. we were taking on a cargo of timber bound for Avonmouth Bristol, u.k. i had joined the ship at M****illes on the 4th. of April 1966, as second cook and baker. the ships cook experienced a nervous breakdown whilst alongside at Kawasaki, japan. so from there sailed as ships cook. if you want to reply, i would be interested to hear from you, yours, Robert Eustace.
 

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renamed 1968 Aegis Hope, arrived Shanghai for scrapping 11/73
 

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renamed 1968 Aegis Hope, arrived Shanghai for scrapping 11/73

PS apologies,ignore me, no attention to detail-- just saw that Dave put these details on in reply #2!
 

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:It was the good ship Huntsmore, she was a bloody sight, two black balls by day, and two red lights at night.: Quotation from the Ships Electrician, 1966.
 

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was on humtsmore 1966 deck boy april to december 1966 paid off in bristol, great time, went through suez and panama canal , french charter to calcutta, bombay budge budge, then to japan, los angeles, canada, singapore,azures, great time for 17yera old always breaking down will always remember the old huntsmore, with fond memories.
 

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Hi
I joined the Huntsmore as a pantry boy on August 14th 1962 and stayed with her for all my merchant service until June 3rd 1963.I then decided to join th RN.
There is a picture i took of the Huntsmore at around that time on my profile,under name Pete63.The only picture i have of that era.
I am now 63 and live in St Austell,Cornwall in the UK.
Onboard the Huntsmore i had the nickname "SPEEDY".
Regards Pete
 

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Len did you ever get a photo of the Huntsmore she was the last ship I
sailed on joined her in Cardiff in Oct 1958 skinned out in Thevenard
South Australia in Mar 1959 if you have a photo I would be gratefull
for a copy to go in my album the only photo I've seen of O Gross ships is the
Huntsland
Regards Don Sangster
[QUOTE Don Sangster 65206] sailed on Huntsmore 1958 /1962 remember when you left us in Thevenard I was third engineer my nickname was haggis
regards
adam philip
 

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Hello Adam I vaguely remember you I think it is the nickname I remember most
it was 50 years ago on the 28th of March.Got a job at Woomera rocket range after I left the Huntsmore have lived in NZ and Australia ever since been home a few times the last 3years ago stayed for 3 months but was glad to get back to Christchurch NZ
Regards
Don Sangster
 
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