Ships Nostalgia banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hi all, from a post on another site, a friend was asking about this photo, taken in La Rochelle in the 1920s by a professional photographer presumably for insurance purposes. Her grandfather was on board when it was hit by a severe storm, which was probably while crossing Biscay and the ship sought shelter in La Rochelle. Her grandfather sailed on several Stag Line ships apparently - can anyone identify this one? (it may not, of course be a Stag Line vessel)
Thanks for any help.
Watercraft Naval architecture Boat Vehicle Sky
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,876 Posts
It's clearly a tanker, so almost certainly not Stag Line as they were not tanker operators.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
23 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,913 Posts
GLOXINIA Cargo Ship / Tanker
O.N. 139896. 3336grt, 1961nrt, 331.5 x 47.9 x 23.0ft
T.3-cyl (22.5, 36.5 & 62 x 42ins) by North-Eastern Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend 289nhp. 9 kts
Laid down as a WAR class cargo ship for the UK Shipping Controller by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Company, Willington Quay on Tyne (Yard No. 219)
20.3.1920: Launched as GLOXINIA for Stag Line Ltd (J Robinson & Sons), North Shields
9.1920: Completed
4.1921: Converted to carry molasses in bulk by Smith’s Dock at North Shields
7.1952: Sold to Imera Siciliana di Nav, Palermo and renamed VITTORIA O
1955: Sold to Soc Armamento Marittimo arl (“SOARMA”), Genoa and converted back to a dry cargo ship
3.4.1959: Arrived at La Spezia for demolition by CN Santa Maria
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18,780 Posts
GLOXINIA Cargo Ship / Tanker
O.N. 139896. 3336grt, 1961nrt, 331.5 x 47.9 x 23.0ft
T.3-cyl (22.5, 36.5 & 62 x 42ins) by North-Eastern Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Wallsend 289nhp. 9 kts
Laid down as a WAR class cargo ship for the UK Shipping Controller by Tyne Iron Shipbuilding Company, Willington Quay on Tyne (Yard No. 219)
20.3.1920: Launched as GLOXINIA for Stag Line Ltd (J Robinson & Sons), North Shields
9.1920: Completed
4.1921: Converted to carry molasses in bulk by Smith’s Dock at North Shields
7.1952: Sold to Imera Siciliana di Nav, Palermo and renamed VITTORIA O
1955: Sold to Soc Armamento Marittimo arl (“SOARMA”), Genoa and converted back to a dry cargo ship
3.4.1959: Arrived at La Spezia for demolition by CN Santa Maria
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,141 Posts
Name ships after flowers/trees? Are you serious? Nobody would do that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
Hi all,

I sailed on the Zinnia and Photinia. I also worked on the Ixia, Gloxinia and Cydonia in dry dock.
All Stag Line ships were cargo vessels.
The Photinia was an interesting vessel as she was built being able to convert into a cable layer. She laid the power cables across the Cook Straits amongst others.
She eventually was broken up after running aground in a storm on one of the U.S. Great Lakes ( reminiscent of the Edmund Fitzgerald ).
Best wishes Rob
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
Funniest thing I've read on the interwebs all week. Ships named after flowers and tropical diseases!

Then there were the WWII Flower-class corvettes with the fear-inducing names such as Bluebell and Buttercup.
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top