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JACINTH - Yard No 246 - Motor Cargo Vessel - W.Robertson & Co - Built 1937


The motor vessel JACINTH was built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb for the Robertson Line of Glasgow.
Owners    W.Robertson & Co of Glasgow
Registered    Glasgow Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo "Coaster" Launched    20/11/1937
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    175' 0" Weather    
Beam    28' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     17' 0"      
Draught    12' 0"      
G.R.T.    650      
DWT    830 tons      
Engines    One Polar diesel engine      
Props    1      
Speed    9 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on the MV JACINTH will be added as and when available. 




Ships History

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.

JACINTH was a typical design of a motor vessel for trade around the coasts of the British Isles, built just before the outbreak of World War II


Wartime service

This TWO year old, new modern "Coaster" was requisitioned for war work by the Admiralty in October 1939. Her cargo was to be one of the most dangerous that of cased petrol for the supply at first of the British Expeditionary Force in France.

JACINTH in fact took part in the very first military convoy to western France, after three or four trips over the channel to France it was thought that with a speed of around 9 knots, she was a bit slow for the dangerous runs to follow, so she switch to supply routes to the forces in Norway.

She also took part in the invasion of North Africa and was probably the first merchant ship into the Port of Oran.

JACINTH was to stay in the waters of the Mediterranean and was used in the first landings on Sicily, and was also at Naples soon after this old city surrendered to the Allies.

During all her fine wartime service she was lucky enough to survive without receiving any serious damage.

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.

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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