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BHAVSINHJI - Yard No 17 - Dredger - Bhavnagar State - Built

The second true ship to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Limited


 The second true ship built at the yard taken from a print

sent to the website by retired Naval Architect R.Rowbottom

Owners   State of Kathiawar, India
Registered    Bombay Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Twin Screw Grab Hopper Dredger Launched    
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    139' 6" Weather    
Beam    29' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Moulded     12' 9"      
Draught    10' 9"      
G.R.T.    443      
DWT    500      
Props    2      
Speed    8.5 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on BHAVSINHJI will be added as it becomes 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.

The Twin Screw Hopper Dredger BHAVSINHJI was the largest vessel built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb at the time, she was built as a pre-fabrication and erected in the dry dock which had been leased at the time as the yard had no access to water in 1922. Pretty amazing task well accomplished by the shipbuilders of Leith.

She was the first in line of many such dredgers to be built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb with this first one going to work in India.

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.

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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