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TEANO - Yard No 439 - Cargo/Passenger - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1955


S.S.TEANO Ship No439


 S.S.TEANO Ship No 439 underway

(photo credit still to be acknowledged)


Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line 
Registered    Hull Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Steam Cargo/Passenger Launched    23/02/1955
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    260' 0" Weather    
Beam    43' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     24' 0"      
G.R.T.    1580 tons      
Other known names   1968-, Asione
1969-, Ocean Duchess
Current Status   Broken up at Gadani Beach 1977    
Content on the SS TEANO will be added as and when available. 
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.TEANO was the Third steamship of the three ship order for the Ellerman Wilson Line the S.S.TEANO was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1955

She was all Riveted construction with nice lines and classic counter stern.

A bit smaller than the S.S.Cicero and the S.S.Rollo she was a very nice ship all the same with her classic look and high end interiors she also had room for 12 fare paying passengers who were looked after similar to a first class hotel.

She served the Wilson Line for 13 years before being sold on and she was sold on a couple of more times until fire broke out on board and she was classed as a Total Constructive Lose in 1976.

The S.S.TEANO was another ship destined to be broken up at the ship graveyard of Gadani Beach, Pakistan.

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.



S.S.TEANO underway


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 S.S.TEANO at the Quayside

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0 #1 David Cornes 2011-10-30 08:37
I served on her as Third Mate from May to October 1960 on the trade between London and Oslo. She was unique in my seagoing experience in not being large enough to carry a radio operator and thus radio contact was maintained by Radio Telephone operated by the Mates - in my case with no certification or training. I enjoyed my time in her and was sorry to leave, although I then joined another Robb ship the AARO where I remained for 2 1/2 years on the London ~ Copenhagen trade. As a Londonder in a Hull company I was a natural for the London based ships - this suited everyone!

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