SS Strathfillan

This photo post card I purchased from an estate of a Dr. Snook, GP who lived and worked in Alaska, California, Oregon and New York. Dr. Snook liked to think of himself as an amateur photographer. He shot, developed and printed all his own work. This post card is an example of his work. One curious note to this photo is that the negative is backwards as the name of the ship is reversed. It reads Strathfillan, Glasgow. She is flying the British flag. I want to thank Bud Shortridge of BUD'S "NAVY FIGHTING SHIP HISTORY" WEB SITE in helping me identify this ship.


4,353 gross tons, length 370ft x beam 52ft, single screw. She had the usual triple expansion steam engine. Built 1906 by Wm. Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow for Charles Burrell & Sons, Glasgow. 1916 sold to Anglo-American Oil Co. (Esso). 1922 sold to Carlisle Shipping Co. (W. Stewart & Co., Glasgow). 1928 sold to Waverley Shipping Co. (T. L. Duff & Co., Glasgow) renamed TORBEATH. 1931 sold to Mollers Ltd, Shanghai renamed ELIZABETH MOLLER. 1944 Managed by Ministry of War Transport. 1947 Owned by Government of Mysore and scrapped in India.

Code letters: GQKY Official Number: 121341 Rigging: steel single screw steamer; 1 deck & Spar Deck; deep framing; water ballast. Tonnage: 4,353 tons gross, 4,063 under deck and 2,816 net Dimensions: 369.8 feet long, 52.2 foot beam and holds 17.5 feet deep; Poop 25 feet; Bridge 92 feet; Forecastle 40 feet Construction: 1906, W. Hamilton & Co. Ltd. in Port Glasgow. Propulsion: triple expansion engine with 3 cylinders of 25, 41 & 68 inches diameter respectively; stroke 48 inches; 367 nominal horsepower; engine built by D. Rowan & Co. in Glasgow Owners: Moller Line Ltd. (Moller's Ltd., managers) Port of registry: Shanghai

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