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Ocean Shore and definitely Bay Shore (see my photos of them)

Also one that sank after hitting the Britannia Rig off Great Yarmouth when I was on the Petrel Shore (was she the smallest Supply boat ever?). I can't remember which one it was, maybe mentioned already but I would like to know which one it was.

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The one that sank after hitting Britannia was Tropic Shore.

I left her about 2 weeks before!

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Now I remember, it was as Howard says the Tropic Shore, and I know just who was in command when it happened. A chap some people didnt like but I found him to be great to work with.

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More excellent input, thank guys.

I checked out Hector Gannet and little data to be found about her. It does appear that the incident happened in 1968 which places it around the time of the Cunard acquisition. In the absence of anymore detail regarding dates and Don's comment perhaps this vessel didn't actually form part of the acquired fleet.

I've also looked into the sale of OM to Zapata and whilst google turns-up a press release, annoyingly it is undated but there is one clue, it does go on to say that at the time there where 24 vessels within OM. I will try and work through what I information I aleady have and see if I can piece it together. In owendvdsn earlier response I tend to agree that it was either 1980 or 1981.
 

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Hector Gannet sank after going to the assistance of the crew of the platform Hewitt A after a drilling accident lead to a blowout in november 1968. The ship had gone alongside the platform to help with the evacuation and was blown alongside and holed in the bad weather. She turned over and sank within 5 minutes. An RAF helicopter took photographs of the tragic accident as it occurred.
The Boston Hornet took over the rescue and saved 16 people.
The men lost were.
George Goodison Mate. Thomas Grimes AB and Leonard Dawson Engineer.
All were as previously stated from North Shields.
The blowout on the platform was eventually brought under control by the (now famous) Red Adair.
It was an incredible feat of bravery that the ship undertook the rescue and a local tragedy that is still know about today.
 

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I can give you a fleet list for the ships?

1960 - Tern Shore
1965 South Shore / North Shore
1967 - East Shore / West Shore / Norfolk Shore / Kent Shore / Essex Shore / Suffolk Shore
1968 - Arctic Shore / Atlantic Shore
1969 - Nova Shore / Pacific Shore / Tropic Shore / Cook Shore
1970- Island Shore / Cape Shore / Petrel Shore / Strait Shore
1971 - Bay Shore / Polar Shore
1972 - Channel Shore / Ocean Shore
1973 - Shetland Shore / Orkney Shore / Bass Shore / Scotian Shore / Breton Shore

After this, I believe they had some more built - named the 'Weather Class' built in 1974

Fastnet Shore / Lundy Shore / Forties Shore / Cromarty Shore

That's all I have on OM but I believe they were 'Zapped' in 1980 - 81.

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I was working in the London office of Offshore Marine in the chartering department and left in 1978 to join United Towing. At the time I left the negotiations had already started with Zapata and they were completed in 1980 when Zapata took over ownership.

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Thanks for the very useful additional info Jonty.

On reviewing the vessels you name there are two that appear not to have been part of OM, Breton Shore and Scotian Shore. These appear to be registered to Canadian Offshore (both having been built in Canada).
Can you add/confirm anything further?

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I can indeed!

The 'Scotian Shore' was built by Ferguson Industries, Pictou Nova Scotia in 1973 and managed by Canadian Offshore Marine of Halifax, Canada. She was registered in Halifax, NS and flew the Canadian flag. She worked out of the UK.

The 'Bretopn Shore' was also built by Ferguson - but in 1974.

She was managed by the same company. Both survived in this ownership until 1980, when they were sold on. They wore OM hull colours and funnel maerkings and also flew their houseflag.

Breton Shore - http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=128970

Hope that helps?

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Both the Canadian built ships were built for Canadian Offshore Marine so were part of Offshore Marine - they were not chartered in.

1968 saw the founding of the marketing company for supply ships, the Offshore Supply Association (OSA) Ltd in London. Member comopanies were:

NordseeVersorgungsschiffahrt G.m.b.H., Hamburg,
Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft "Hansa", Bremen
Offshore Marine Ltd., Great Yarmouth.

Offshore Marine ships were managed by the International Offshore Services (UK) Ltd., London, until 1968. Hays Wharf being a part of London and Rochester Trading. If you look at the history of the South Shore, as built she carries the funnel markings of that company (L&R Trading) but was managed by IOS under the Offshore Marine tradename - however, she always carried OSA funnel markings (and number) when Hays sold to Cunard (who allied to OSA!)

On April 1, 1968 Offshore Marine Ltd. was sold by Hay's Wharf Ltd. to Cunard.

Both the Scotian Shore and Breton Shore were 'OSA numbered' (552 and 553) and built for the Offshore Supply Association - of which OM was a partner. From the start they wore Offshore Marine co,lours and funnel markings and flew the OM houseflag. They are also included in fleet lists for OM.

On December 31, 1972 Offshore Marine Ltd. separated from OSA. However, ships with OSA numbers in Offshore Marine retained them but not on the hulls are the OSA ships did. An example is that the Channel Shore, as built, carries the OSA roundel on her funnels with the OSA number 504. She was UK flagged and registered and had a UK callsign GQET. Later in '72 she took up OM markings.

The histories of the Breton Shore and Scotian Shore are as follows:

Breton Shore was sold in 1980 to Geophoto Services of Pictou, Canada and became the Edward O Vetter. In 1995, Secunda Marine bought her and she became the Cabot Sea. In 2005 she became the Oceanus 1for an undisclosed Panamanian owner before being bought by Mabisel Trading of Nigeria and staying with them until 2010. She is listed in Equasis as survey overdue but also known to be out of service. I do not know where she is currently.

The Scotian Shore became the Fred G Agnich of Geophoto on sale in 1980. In 1994 she was sold to Western Sea Service of Panama and became their Western Crest until 1995 when, with the same name, she was sold on to an undisclosed Panamanian source before going on to Maritime Atlantic of Kingstown in 1996, and became the Western Salvor.

In 1997 she reverted back to Scotian Shore and was sold on to Tuna Suppliers of Kingstown. IN 2006, still as Scotian Shore, she went on to Freeway Marine for a short while before being sold on to Petra Services of Piraeus. In 2010 Equasis had her as no longer in service and this was due to - possibly - certification issues. She has been detained under Paris IMO several times.

I hope that helps?

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Both the Scotian Shore and Breton Shore were 'OSA numbered' (552 and 553) and built for the Offshore Supply Association - of which OM was a partner. From the start they wore Offshore Marine co,lours and funnel markings and flew the OM houseflag. They are also included in fleet lists for OM.
Jonty
Thanks Jonty, once again superb feedback. It is probably down to my lack of knowledge regarding the industry structure and itsconventions that I'm asking what may be daft questions. My goal is to build a total view of the Cunard 'empire' through the ages. This entails identifying those ships (I'm using ships in this context but my activities have included planes that Cunard operated either directly or indirectly) that I can categorise either as Managed/Chartered/Owned. As such I'm unsure how to categorise Breton and Scotian, it does appear from what you say that unlike others in the OM fleet they were not actually owned by Cunard.
 

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Cap, interesting.

It may well be that they were owned but by OM's Canadian subsidiary? Both ships were Canadian registered. In this photo, however, you can see that the Scotian Shore wears the full livery and flies the OM houseflag!

http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=128970

I think - and this is just a guess - that as they were built after Hays sold them, there will be no history about their provenance in the book available re Hays and London and Rochester Trading. Likewise, they were in service after OSA split from associations with OM - and I believe they served most of their time over here, making me think they were run, crewed and managed by OM over here but owned by Canadian Offshore Marine - which was a subsidiary of OM UK!

That's about the best I can do on both ships. - and strangely, the company history does not appear to be out there!

There will be some ex OM men on here for sure who will know more about the Canadian link!

Good luck.

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Thanks again Jonty, the feedback makes interesting reading.

I have been progressing things off-line and appear to have moved forward (well slightly). I'll do my best to outline where I am now.

I have identified with the help of the forum,36 vessels for OM, all appear to have been in service during Cunard's parentage, but unsurprisingly not all of them for the full duration. Nine of them were taken out of service before the sale to Zapata, reducing the number to 27. However, according to the press release at the time of the sale the number of vessels transferred was 24!

Although I have most of the OM ships with in service and out of service dates (years) there are a handfull where I don't have their end of service year. These are;

West Shore
South Shore
Norfolk Shore
Pacific Shore

If anyone can confirm when these came out of service/sold on or whatever then this may just prove to be the concluding piece of the jigsaw.

Cheers
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Chris,

West Shore - built 1967 for Offshore Marine of Rochester. Out of service in 1971 when she sank!

South Shore - Built 1965 for Offshore Marine of Rochester. Sold 1972 to Sea Service Shipping of Rochester. 1973 renamed Border Blazer for Tyne Tees Fabrication (of Rochester) until 1981. Then became Rafeef 2 until '82, then Al Jubail IX until '85 and then Al-Mojil XiX until 1992 - fate unknown (to me, at least!)

Norfolk Shore - Built 67/68 for Offshore Marine Rochester. In 1981 became Norfolk Service, then Dawn Shore in 1984 (Warbler Shipping of Lowestoft) in 1988, sold to Putford 1994 renamed Putford Shore and in 2010 still about though possibly no longer in service?

Pacific Shore - 1969 for OM. 1980 to Zapata as Pacific Service. Sold 1985 and became Kinnaird of Caledonia Towage and Marine. '88 became Grampian Kestrel of George Craig, In '91 became Putford Teal of Putford Marine. In 1996 became Seven HHallelujah owned by Teal Shipping of Belize. In 2008 became Sea Giant of Moen Marine of Lagos. In 2010 reported as no longer in service.

Hope this helps?

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Hey Jonty,

Thanks for the information absolutely spot-on! I've updated my data and can now list the ships of OM at the time of the sale together with marrying them up to Cunard literature which I have been able to date as 1978.

All in all a great exercise.

Also thanks to all who have contributed to this thread...
 

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A little more to add to the extremely interesting contributions already offered.
TERN SHORE:-
Originally built as a stern trawler at Gateshead in 1959 and named UNIVERSAL STAR
O.N.301577 103' length 242/73 tons. First owners were Universal Trawlers Ltd. of Aberdeen.( Boston D.S.F.Co.Ltd.)
Her PRN was A344 when fishing out of Aberdeen.
In 1964 transferred to Lowestoft with a PRN LT479
1966 converted to tug and in 1968 sold to OM and renamed TERN SHORE.
1971 renamed PESCALDO VIR ? and sold to Italian owners.
1972 renamed MONTE FORTE.

Hope this is of interest or help.
Regards
Dave
p.s. I would be interested to see your finished work on the OM fleet.
 

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Davie I was wishing your name to pop up and here you are about my old favourite Tern Shore.
Can you remember the Captains name? I know it was Lionel ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but cant remember the rest and my first discharge book has been lost.
This could be an interesting detailed account of the fleet,wonder if it will ever make print?
How are you keeping?

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Dave,

She was renamed Tecsaldo Vir between 1971 and 1972 for Offshore Services Italiana SPA of Porto Torres, and then became Monte Forte. Her IMO number shows her still listed on Equasis as a tug and her ststus as 'active'. Not bad for an elderly lady!

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There were 2 more Weather Class, Biscay and Dogger, although they looked rather different having an extra deck in the accommodation, I believe the hulls and machinery were the same. They were followed by the last ships built for OM, the Kingdom Class. These were PSV's, the Anglia, ***bria and Mercia.

Owen
 
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