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CHUN PING - Yard No 125 - Grab Hopper Dredger - Priestman Bros Ltd - Built 1928


Twin Grab Hopper Dredger Chun-Ping

CHUN - PING Ship No 125
Owners    Priestman Bros Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Steel Screw Twin Grab Hopper Dredger Launched    28/12/1928
      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    11' 0"      
G.R.T.    426      
DWT    500      
Props    1      
Speed    8.5 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status    Never heard of after 1941    
As info on CHUN - PING becomes available it will be updated here. 
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.

The Twin Grab Hopper Dredger CHUN - PING was an interesting ship built to the order of Priestman Bros for work in the British trading lands of Northern China and as such she was also ice strengthened for service amongst heavy ice she was last seen/heard of in the area around the start of the Second World War and is believed to have been lost.

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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