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Hearts of Oak
Athel Line Ships
3 ships of this name
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
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.
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
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.
renamed BAHAMA COUNT. Motorlines Ltd, Nassau, Bahamas. (BR flag)
1962 renamed RONGA. A/S Asplund (Ronneberg & Galtung), Moss, Norway.
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.
Cia. Naviera Pearl (same managers). Under the Liberian flag by Formosan
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.
The BILLY was refloated but heavily damaged.
1971 8th November Arrived Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping.
Built 1951 Hawthorn Leslie & Co, Newcastle
474ft 6ins x 63ft 7ins
1962 Scrapped Castellon, Spain
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
Alang, India, 5th September for demolition and scrapped.
Athelduchess(3) as ANCO DUCHESS
Photograph by Joe McMillan