Anyone remember the coaster 'Indorita' - she plied the Irish Sea sailing into Holyhead on a few occasions. Often wonder what happened to her and/or who acttually owned her. Think she was Goole registered.
PeterPeter Eccleson said:Anyone remember the coaster 'Indorita' - she plied the Irish Sea sailing into Holyhead on a few occasions. Often wonder what happened to her and/or who acttually owned her. Think she was Goole registered.
Normanby Hall,332 tons, wrecked off Kilroot,Ireland 1965 ,cargo flour/cattlefodder, Birkenhead/BelfastHello Geoff Bray. Been mulling over your post for some weeks and have finally dredged up some old notes from my boyhood ship spotting days. I think the name of the other Coppack Bros., vessel your were thinking of was the "Fleurita". She was not a sister though having been built earlier in 1913 and smaller at 171 gross. They have a few other old coasters, namely, "Bolham", "Hove" (I believe she may have been a steamer) and a slightly more modern "Normanby Hall". I have no idea what became of them. Always regarded them as a bit curious, probably on account of their age though why I should have taken this view I don't know being as I first went to sea on a ship built in 1896! Ho hum!
Bolinder engines was swedish engines. There might be that they was licensed to other countries but the orginal was swedish.When I was an apprentice ship fitter in Birkenhead (William Cubbin's)
I had the pleasure of working on the Indorita , doing some repairs, she had a very unique Bollinder engine, Swiss I believe. It was a two cylinder job, with a big blow lamp on each cylinder head that was fired by methylated spirits. you had to heat the cylinder head up before you tried to start the main engine. I actually sailed up the dock, and so got to experience the engine running.
That engine should have definatelyhave ended up in a museum.
She had a sister ship who's name escapes me
She was owned by Coppack Bros but carried cargo for Shotton iron works