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Leith Shipyards

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 SILVIO - Yard No 358 - Cargo Steamer - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1947


The S.S.SILVIO was the fouth of the steamships to be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb for the Ellerman Wilson Line.
Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo Steamer Launched    18/07/1947
      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 Kristine Pace    
Current Status    Broken up Nov 1969 after a fire in Malta    
As content on the SS SILVIO become's available 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.



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 original of the photo above can be found here
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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.

The following is from an ex-crew member who sailed on the SS SILVIO

From Eddie on the Hull mariner's forum which you can find at

I sailed on the Silvio for two trips 11/10/63 to 02/12/1962 the only other crew member I can remember was a Jimmy Dolan AB, Jim had sailed on the Blockage Runners that operated out of Hull during WW2, these vessels made the high speed runs between Hull and Swedish Ports bringing Ball Bearing back to the UK.

It was on the Silvio that we learned of the death of President Jack Kennedy I was aft having just left our berth at the Albert Dock In Hull, my previous trip was on the Port Lincoln when just before arriving at the Panama canal on passage to Galveston the Cuba Crisis was happening, the ship was constantly being monitored by US aircraft even though we were visiting ports on the US East Coast.

My Brother was on the Cavallo in August 1961 when we met up in Montreal I was homeward bound on the Marengo from the Lakes and he was outward on the same run, he was on the quay at around 23.00 waiting to take me to join our elder brother who was on the Athel Princess, it was drinks all round the next day as we all got the day off which was spent visiting the sights and sounds of Joe Beef's Bar., Oh Happy Days.


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0 #1 Paul Hattersley 2015-06-18 13:22
I had served in the RFA service. I was on leave when the pool called to see if I could go on the Silvio for threeô :cry: :sad: weeks to Norway in 1966. It was my last trip. Wife was not happy I said I would settle ashore if I did this last trip.

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