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BAJIMA - Yard No 526 - Tug - Nigerian Ports Authority Built 1980


BAJIMA Ship No 526

 The tug BAJIMA seen here fitting out in the basin at the yard in

1980 in this photo taken by Paul (Fairfield) and shown here by kind


Owners    Nigerian Ports Authority 
Registered    Lagos Keel Laid    11/06/1979
Type of Ship    Tug Launched    28/03/1980
      Handed Over    29/08/1980
Ship Details          
Length Overall    38.1 metres Launch Details    
Length B.P.    34.0 metres Weather    
Beam    9.2 metres Time to Water    
Depth Mld     4.5 metres      
Draught    3.98 metres      
G.R.T.    326 tonnes      
DWT    287 tonnes      
Engines    4SA 12 cylinder rushton Paxman

Type 12 RKCM

Props    1      
Speed    14 Knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   Unknown last heard of in 2009    
as content on BAJIMA become available it will be added here. 

The same photograph above of BAJIMA fitting out in the basin where the Royal Yacht Brittania

is now berthed outside a shopping centre where once was a shipyard.


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 next order was a very welcome order for two more tugs very similar to some previous tugs built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon (Henry Robb)

The order was from the Nigerian Port Authority and the two harbour tugs were near sister ships of the unfortunate FLYING CHILDERS built a couple of years prior for Clyde Shipping.

The two tugs had the same spec with the stunted tri-mast not going the full fire fighting height as could be seen on the two tugs built for work in the River Forth, DUCHRAY and BOQUHAN.

Nice sized harbour tugs and very versatile they could work and last for many years.

The BAJIMA was the first to be built and launched in the first months of the new decade which would become the 1980's and if you wonder what it was like in Scotland around this time then I would suggest a read at one of Irvine Welch's books will give you a decent insight into life in parts of Edinburgh during this decade.

The BAJIMA was delivered to Nigeria and as ever with ships that end up there not much is known about what become of her after 1997 as her owners are registered as unknown and she was last heard of in 2009 



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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