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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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SS BRAVO - Yard No 357 - Cargo Steamer - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1947


The classic looking steamship S.S.BRAVO
Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo Steamer Launched    06/02/1947
      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   1966 re-named Constantine    
Current Status        
As content becomes avalable it will be added 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 BRAVO was the third ship in the huge order secured by the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, to help re-supply the Ellerman Wilson Line post war fleet.

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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0 #3 adele pearce 2017-04-18 11:47
My dad sailed on the ss Bravo looking at his log march 1954
and the ss Silvio September 1953
0 #2 Stephen Lowe 2016-11-25 19:49
I sailed on the Bravo from Hull to Mediterranean ports as a boy of 11, she carried 12 passengers. It would have been 1964 I think. That trip shaped my life, as you might imagine. The Captain was Jim Etches, the Chief mate was Mr Scarborough and the Third mate was John Morton. I made many other friends amongst the officers and crew but can't now remember all their names. The stewardess was Lynn. Like all Henry Robb ships she was sea kindly and I soon learned to like boisterous weather and the creaking of the riveted hull. Emissions regulations hadn't yet been invented!
0 #1 John Harris 2016-09-20 08:07
This ship is the subject of a fascinating British Transport film called Berth 24. You can watch it on YouTube. It describes the workings of Hull docks and the labour intensive job involved in moving freight in the 1950s. No wonder somebody invented the shipping container. Have a look, all these thousands of jobs gone for ever. John Harris.

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