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Athelduchess

3 ships of this name

 

1 ATHELDUCHESS

GSN 20007781

ON 161088

Built as a molasses tanker

Built 1929 William Hamilton & Co., Port Glasgow

Yard No 406

For United Molasses Co.

Call Sign LNEV

Engines by Mirrlees Bickerton & Day Stockport

2 Oil 4SA each 12cyl 4200bhp

475ft x 63ft 4ins x 35ft Draught: 26 feet 9ins

8940 grt

1943 21st August During a force eight south-westerly, in ballast, she was sailing, at night, in convoy out of Milford Haven, round St. Ann`s Head, past Skokholm Island, bound for New York, but whilst forming convoy she was taken by the wind ashore near the Smalls Lighthouse ( Pembrokeshire ). None of the 62 crew were lost. Stranded on the Smalls, she broke in two. The bow section drifted off and slipped under the water. The stern section was towed by tugs into Dale Roads (Cardiff), and sold off, by the Underwriters, to Yngvar Hvistendhal, who had a new bow section built at Devonport Naval Dockyard, completed December 1947.

1943-1947 in Dale Roads, the stern was manned by an Officer, an Officer`s steward, and Chief Engineer, John Rosine, of Dundee. Her engines were turned regularly.

1948 Norway MILFORD. Partrederiet Milford (Yngvar Hvistendhal),Tonsberg.
1954 Belgium JEAN MARIE. Soc. Commerciale A. Vloeberghs, S.A, Antwerp.

Bought for 75,000. Stationary oil depot at Antwerp, Tonnage: 8.940 gross

1956 renamed MANO. Cia. Naviera Mara Ltda, Monrovia, Liberia.
1957 converted to bulk carrier /
dry cargo ship.

1959 re-engined by J G Kincaid. Service speed 10 knots.

1959 renamed BAHAMA COUNT. Motorlines Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas. (BR flag)
1962 renamed RONGA. A/S Asplund (Ronneberg & Galtung), Moss, Norway.

1964 renamed BILLY Cia de Nav. Victoria Neptuno S.A., (Teh-Hu SS. Co, Hong
Kong), Monrovia.
Tonnage now 9206. Bulk carrier. Length: now 492 ft.

1966 Cia. Naviera Pearl (same managers). Under the Liberian flag by Formosan owners.
1971 17th August Stranded at Lantao Island, Hong Kong during a typhoon.

Hurricane Signal Nr 10 was hoisted at 10:50 p.m. on 16 August 1971.

Typhoon Rose sunk or wrecked 28 ocean going ships

and hundreds of smaller vessels.

Ships lost during Typhoon Rose were

GREEN BAY, FLYING DRAGON, REGULUS, AMERICAN HAWK,
FATSHAN (Ferry), RED SEA, DWARKA, HUNTSLAND, EASTERN CAPE,
JADE LILY, SEA CORAL, LEE HONG (Ferry), MACAU (Ferry),
GALLANTRY, MONRUBY, WINFIELD TRADER, KAOSHSIUNG,
TIEN HONG, BILLY, SHONAN MARU, KYOHO MARU,
LAOSHAN, TAIPIENG, NURITH, COMANDANTE CAMILO CIENFUEGOS,
WORLD DALE, KOTA SENTOSA, JILIN, FERNBANK, GUIMARAS,
WATUDAMBO, TUNG THAI, WAH FAT, ARISA

During the passage of Typhoon Rose,

there were 6 hours of gales at The Observatory,

Hurricane force winds were recorded for

1 hour at the Hong Kong Airport,

2 hours at Cape Collinson and Waglan Island,

3 hours at Cheung Chau and

4 hours at Tate's Cairn.

133 people died.

A total of 5,644 people were made homeless.

Pictures of some of the ships hit by Typhoon Rose

 

The BILLY was refloated but heavily damaged.

1971 8th November Arrived Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping.

 

Athelduchess(1)

 

2 ATHELDUCHESS

ON 183802

GSN 20007782

Built 1951 Hawthorn Leslie & Co, Newcastle

Tonnage 9161

9,161 grt 

474ft 6ins x 63ft 7ins

Twin screw

1962 Scrapped Castellon, Spain

 

Athelduchess (2)

 

3 ATHELDUCHESS

10,800 grt

Built 1968 Uddevalavarvet A/B, Uddevala, Sweden.

Yard nr. 222

Sister ship to ATHELDUKE (3) and ATHELKNIGHT(3)

1970 renamed ANCO DUCHESS

Athelduchess Tankers Co., Ltd, Liverpool.

1979 sold to Locafrance Service S.A., France renamed TARN.

1984 sold to Ravenanavi S.p.A., Italy renamed TAURUS ERRE.

1988 sold to Fyvie Shipping Co, Panama renamed EVA COB.

1991 renamed EVA same owners.

1994 sold to Aquatic Maritime Ltd., St. Vincent; renamed EVE

1994 Arrived at Alang, India, 5th September for demolition and scrapped.

Athelduchess(3) as ANCO DUCHESS

 

Photograph by Joe McMillan

 

 

Raymond Forward