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SS TRURO - Yard No 356 - Cargo Steamer - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1946


 The S.S.TRURO was Ship No 356 from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

 S.S.TRURO with full cargo

(Photo credit unknown)


Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo Steamer Launched    11/11/1946
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    280' 0" Weather    
Beam     42' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld      25' 3"      
G.R.T.    1795      
Props    1      
Other known names   1968 re-named Gulf Noor, 1971 Gulf Prosperity    
Current Status   Scrapped in 1972    
As content becomes available it will be added here.

Underway from a Photograph produced with kind permission J.E.Tomlinson


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 S.S.TRURO was a replacement for the previous TRURO which had been torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Aberdeen in 1939, a sister ship to the TINTO and the same lines and spec, she was to work for Ellerman's untill sold to Kuwait in 1968.


Built as a 3 cylinder steamer, with low pressure turbine, by Henry Robb Ltd., Leith and launched for Ellerman's Wilson Line Ltd on 11 November 1946.
In 1954 she sustained bottom damage when she ran aground at Stockholm Archipelago while on passage from Hull to Stockholm with a general cargo. She was repaired at Stockholm.
On 6 January 1958 she was in collision with the steamer Benattow off King George V Dock, Hull. In May of that year she was sold to W. J. Towell and Co., Kuwait and renamed Gulf Noor.
She was sold to Panama in 1971 where she was named Gulf Prosperity. Her days were seen out and she arrived at Karachi on 25 September 1972 for demolition.

The above information is kindly reproduced with permission from S.Smith


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.





The above photograph is owned by Stuart Smith and Copyright J Clarkson, Preston
S.S.TRURO arriving with another full cargo.

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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