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MV ARGOS - Yard No 216 - Motor Cargo Vessel - Forrestal Land & Timber Co Ltd - Built 1935

The Shallow Draught Cargo Ship MV ARGOS Ship No 216

 The shallow draught MV ARGOS not long after she was built

in  1935

Owners    Forrestal Land & Timber Co Ltd (as managers)
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship   Twin Screw Shallow Draught Cargo Ship Launched    26/09/1935
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    285' 0" Weather    
Beam    50' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     14' 0"      
Draught    8' 6"      
G.R.T.    1,974 tons      
DWT    1,500 tons      
Engines    Twin Screw British "Polar" diesel engines 725 B.H.P. each      
Props    2      
Speed    10 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status    Foundered and now just a hulk in Km221 of the Uruguay River  (Arg)    
Content on the "MV ARGOS" will be added as and when available. 
The MV ARGOS LAID UP (The Uruguay River) in 1982 IN THE PHOTOGRAPH BY Ricardo Zelich and shown by permission.
Ships History


MV ARGOS stranded on the coast of Quequen, Argentinean Sea, painted by Nicasio Diaz Llanos


Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to
pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.

Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was
hoped for a long and successful working life.

The Shallow Draught Cargo Ship was another of the "Special Ships" built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and designed by the yard as well.

She was designed for trade on the river plate and was able to carry 1,500 tons on a draught of only 8 feet and 6 inches. 

And she could carry 1,700 tons on a mean draught of only 10 feet and built for service on the River Plate.

This was another one of the special ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd, she was of a design that the shipyard was becoming very adept at and for work on the Tidal Rivers of South America.

The MV ARGOS was destined for work on the famous River Plate in Argentina. Her owners were Compagnia Argentina de Lanches, Buenos Aires, which was the South American branch of The Forestal Land, Timber & Railways Company of London.

She was designed for her owners particular trade on the River Plate with special attention being given in the design for limitations of draught on the River, the MV ARGOS was able to carry 1,500 tons on a draught of only 8 feet 6 inches, she worked on the rivers and the Argentinean Sea, and in 1978 she stranded on the coast of Quequen (Arg), when she slipped from the stranding, the hull was bent and was considered a total loss; sailed to Kilometer 221 of the Uruguay River, near Liebig (Arg), it seems that while tied up she was broke free from her moorings by a fierce flood and she ended up running aground further down the coast, in the mid-90s she was stripped down to what you can now see from the picture from Google earth, and today the only remains are part of the fairing and the bow. She is yet another of the Leith Built ships scattered around the coasts of the world's seas and oceans.

The following photographs were sent into the website by friends of the site in Argentina, the photograph of MV ARGOS laid up was taken circa 1982 during a flood of the Uruguay by Ricardo Zelich, the watercolour of the MV ARGOS was painted in 2010 by Nicasio Diaz Llanos and bought by Ricardo Zelich who has kindly sent the information into the website.

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.


Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Not much left of the MV ARGOS just some fairings and a part of her bow

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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