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Taken in King George V Dock in Glasgow in 1971 with a brand new MERKARA fresh from Swan Hunter/s yard loading for her maiden voyage.
Can/t remember the other ships' names,unfortunately,a Safmarine and Blue Funnel with another arriving headed by Clyde Shipping tug FLYING DIPPER.
 

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A great class of ship when they were new! I was third mate in Merkara (1974)
and second mate in her sistership Manora. The other two of the class were
Morvada and Mulbera, they were renamed Strathmeikle, Strathmay, Strathmore and Strathmuir (I think!). When they were sold(I think the Mexicans bought one or two and the Thais bought one or two) they were in poor shape and didnt care for the North Pacific in winter too much.

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Dave MacVicker
 

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I was one of 8 first trip deck cadets that sailed on her as strathmeigle in 1979 for 6 months , cannot remember any names now but we did have an instruction officer who was there with his wife and son .
Joined in Karachi , sailed to NZ and back to the gulf region twice, payed off in Bahrain if I recall correctly .
 
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