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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
 
     
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CLEARWELL- Yard No 63 - Hopper Barge - Constants - Built

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CLEARWELL Ship No 63
   
Owners   Constants
           
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Hopper Barge Launched    
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    95' 0" Weather    
Beam    23' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded       8' 0"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    139      
DWT          
           
Engines          
Props          
Speed          
           
Other known names        
           
Current Status        
As info on CLEARWELL becomes available it will be added here. 

This Hopper Barge was named after a small village in England

 Clearwell (anciently "Clower-Wall" etc.) is a village and former ancient manor in the Forest of Dean, West Gloucestershire,England. A recent survey indicated that the population of Clearwell is approximately 350.

There are mines locally that date back over 7,000 years to the mining of ochre and are known as Clearwell Caves. Later, the Romans mined iron at Clearwell Meend. Iron production expanded in medieval times and peaked in the 16th and 17th centuries, leaving a legacy of fine stone built buildings.

Clearwell Castle, is a 'mock' castle of Gothic architechture built in 1728, is located in Clearwell.

 

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.


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.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 

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