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This is a B-26 sisterships CAIRNSMORE-LYNTON GRANGE-LEON -and RIGHTEUS
A/P built i think was broken up as RANGER in 1995
 

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Interesting ships and I use the word in a diplomatic way... Not the finest example of Brtish Shipbuilding at its best. I had the dubious honour of fixing Upwey Grange on her maiden voyage. The only thing I remember clearly was that she was not an EXACT sister to the Lynton Grange, in as much as one safely navigated under a bridge in the St Lawrence, but a month or so later, the same Master took the "exact" sister ship under the same bridge on the same draft and wow.... no radar scanner after the event! An easy mistake to make.
 

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Hi sailed on Upwey April 77 to Sept 77 not the most sophisticated of ships but worked well whilst i was there
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Great ship had some fantastic times on her - In the great lakes and also down the east coast of South America We must have been on board at the same time Stuart Joined Varna 15.7.77 left in New Orleans 2.2.78 I was that mad 4th Eng
 

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Upwey Grange (A bit of History)

Built In Sunderland In 1976 For The Alexander Shipping Co.in 1982 She Was Re-named Lilly Village, Japanese Owned But Registered In Singapore. She Was Sold To A Panamanian Company And Re-named Puggi In 1987. In 1990 She Was Sold To A Cypriot Company And Re-named Natalia. The Following Year She Was Sold To Another Cypriot Company And Re-named Ranger And Finally Sold To A Panamanian Company And Re-named Orgullo,she Was Still In Service Up Until A Couple Of Years Ago.

NB. This thumbnail picture is a photogragh by David Smith when he was on the Zealandic at the time as 3/O and he took the picture when passing the Upwey Grange in the St Lawrence Seaway.
 

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Thanks for that Chris, and a very nice picture you have added. When she was contracted she was actually given the name Aylesbury (to fit in with her being laid down as part of the Alexander Shipping side of Houlders, but by the time she was christened she had moved on to be Upwey Grange and a name in keeping with the Houlders side of things.
She remained in the fleet until 1982 when she and her sister Lynton Grange were sold as an en-bloc deal in the dark days for the company; the latter becoming Northern Cherry.
 

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Great ship had some fantastic times on her - In the great lakes and also down the east coast of South America We must have been on board at the same time Stuart Joined Varna 15.7.77 left in New Orleans 2.2.78 I was that mad 4th Eng
I joined Limassol 4/77 left 9/77 in Alexandria with Capt Hutch and sue smith deck gadget
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Hey Chris,
Dates don't seem to tie up but I am fairly sure I worked with you. I was on the Upwey, late 79 I think, sailing Casablanca - Duluth - somewhere in Europe - Superior - Rotterdam. I remember a mad 4th name of Chris who, I think had a Wartburg. Was your 3rd Paul something? I think the Chief may have been Ellis Mason.

I was the engineer cadet hung up on Doris the desk cadet, think her real name was Karen Williams.

Cheers, Kevin Giles
 

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Bay of Bengal

The Upwey Grange not under command, awaiting orders, Indian Ocean. Built 1976 15,903gt
Stopped in the Bay of Bengal - we had just left Chittagong, and were told by HO to stop for the weekend and await orders. We were swimming in the sea, a thousand miles from the nearest landfall.
We had a sweepstake on where to next load port would be, entry was a case of beer, and the closest guess was to get the beer. I guessed Durban, and we actually ended up at East London. I was the only one to suggest S.Africa, and so claimed my prize (I think about 12 cases of Ale) Being the R/O, no-one would believe I did not have "inside" information, and refused to pay up! I paid off at East London, so could not have claimed my prize anyway.
On arrival East London, the authorities said that the ship was infested with vermin, and the entire ships crew had to be put up in a hotel,the authorities insisted all generators to be turned off - often wondered if everything started up again ok!

Only time I saw everyone ashore at the same time..

Corky
 

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On arrival East London, the authorities said that the ship was infested with vermin, Only time I saw everyone ashore at the same time..

Corky
It is amazing the coincidence that occur in commerce and when the cargo is not ready and the otherwise "ready in all respects ship" has to wait, the number of times this coincides that the “authorities” discovering a B A rat so that time does not count, is almost unbelievable; but it is of course entirely correct and merely a freak of timing, and to suggest otherwise would be a dreadful mistake and wholly without foundation..

ps. I am sorry you had to wait, we clearly messed up the market and got it wrong. (Thumb)
 

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Not Vermin, but insects - common to have the ship fumigated before loading grain. We had to do the same in Adelaide later the next voyage, but the crew remained on board. The following trip from Adelaide and Port Lincoln was very intersting with a salvage of a greek ship Aris.
 

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I was there! Serving as Catering "Boy" at the time, i had a good time in "East London" whilst the ship was fumigated! I also remember swimming in the "Bay of Bengal" 1000 miles from land. I swam around to the stern and climbed upon the rudder, a little daunting staring at that propeller!
I was there to witness the "Aris" Escapade to. I have several photo's of the burning "Aris" if anyone would like me to post them up?
My six months on the "Upwey "was the best trip i had, joined in "Chittagong", followed on to East London, Hong Kong ,Taiwan, (Brilliant) Australia, Trip to Pyramid's at Giza, The mighty USSR, (From which i got banned for failing to return before midnight curfew(A) I fell in a pot hole!)
And finally ended up at Sicily, we stayed in a hotel under a smoking mount "Etna".
 

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Hi Cliff.
Unable to send you an e-mail as you have disabled that facility. I think there is an "Uncle John" reunion in June if you're interested, at Newcastle Airport. Send me an message with your e-mail address so I can get in touch. Am now in contact with Jonesy and Chedder now, and even Alan Tyler.
Regards
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Hey Chris,
Dates don't seem to tie up but I am fairly sure I worked with you. I was on the Upwey, late 79 I think, sailing Casablanca - Duluth - somewhere in Europe - Superior - Rotterdam. I remember a mad 4th name of Chris who, I think had a Wartburg. Was your 3rd Paul something? I think the Chief may have been Ellis Mason.

I was the engineer cadet hung up on Doris the desk cadet, think her real name was Karen Williams.

Cheers, Kevin Giles[/QUOTE

Hi Kev
I am that Mad 4th - seem to remember you made me a sound to light box that we rigged up to the bar stereo using cargo light clusters
Anyone else remember
Regards Chris
 

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Interesting ships and I use the word in a diplomatic way... Not the finest example of Brtish Shipbuilding at its best. I had the dubious honour of fixing Upwey Grange on her maiden voyage. The only thing I remember clearly was that she was not an EXACT sister to the Lynton Grange, in as much as one safely navigated under a bridge in the St Lawrence, but a month or so later, the same Master took the "exact" sister ship under the same bridge on the same draft and wow.... no radar scanner after the event! An easy mistake to make.
Hello Tonga,
This is an old thread but here goes anyway. I stood by Upwey Grange whilst she was building at A&P - we lived in the Merchant Navy Hotel in South Shields, oh happy days - and sailed as mate on her maiden voyage to Porto Alegre for grain to Rostock. Mulligan was the master but darned if I can remember the chief. She was my last Houlders ship.
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Ian,
The charter (dated 30-07-76) was with Tradax, as they were called then, for 22,000 long tons 5pct HSS, 1-2 Safe ports Puerto Alegre-Santos range to Corunna and Seville. Freight usd13.50 pmt with 25 cents extra for a 2nd loadport – Laycan 16/25 August 1976.

Whilst I am wholly confident that the fine body of men who stood by her building did their duty and more, my (slightly caustic) comments were reserved for the fairly mundane design and no slur on the work force was intended.

Her second voyage was USNH/Seaforth and/or Avonmouth for Oregon Steamships (Steve Woodward will have a tear in his eye at the mention of the correct name, and not Conti Grain) for 22 September/5 October 1976 – where the port went on strike just prior to the ship’s arrival….

I remember Captain Mulligan as a fine man.
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