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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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PALMELIAN - Yard No 360 - Diesel Cargo - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1947



 The classic looks of the M.V.PALMELIAN


Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line (Ellerman/Papayanni Lines Ltd)
Registered    Liverpool Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    12/11/1947
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    255' 0" Weather    
Beam     42' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld      25' 0"      
G.R.T.    1533      
Props    2      
Other known names        
Current Status        
as content become 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.

The motor vessel PALMELIAN was the last of the large order secured by the yards from the Ellerman Wilson Line, she was a sister ship to DARINIAN with the previous four ships all being steam ships.
She was used often on the London to Lisbon and Oporto run, shipping wine back to the U.K.

She was a real classic looking ship with beautiful lines, and a good sea keeper too, as the photograph below shows as she enters the Douro bar in Portugal with a bit of a sea running.

 (The photo is courtesy of Rui Amaro)



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.


Like a great white yacht in the River Douro, safe and sound.

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 #1 jim melia 2014-02-24 17:27
The Palmelian was my first ship after leaving the Vindicatrix in 1966,A med trip sun all day stars all night .I was the galley boy and remember a great ship and crew ,and on a sunny morning off Gibralter i was peelig potatoes on the stern hatch with the beatles playing on mt "trani" flying fish and dolpins all about me and thinking somebody is paying me for this all of £32 per month with overtime. There is a film on you tube of the Ionian in 1938 the shipp is as close as you would get to the feeling of the Palmelian i am now 65 and if the wife let me go i would sign on for a trip today,if you notice the ship has my surname in its title,regards,j im

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