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GARRISON POINT - Yard No 520- Bulk Carrier - Hudson Steamship Co - Built 1977

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GARRISON POINT Ship No 520

 GARRISON POINT Ship No 520 seen here 1979 in the River Thames

outward bound after discharging coal at West Thurrock Power Station

(photo shown here by courtesy of Bob)

 

 
Owners    Hudson Steamship Co
           
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Bulk Carrier Launched    05/08/1976
      Handed Over    20/01/1977
Ship Details          
Length Overall    127.4 metres Launch Details    
Length B.P.    120.0 metres Weather    
Beam    19.5 metres Time to Water    
Depth Mld     11.5 metres      
Draught          
G.R.T.    7702      
DWT          
           
Engines   V12 cylinder 4 stroke Crossley Pielstick 12 PC2-5V400 producing 6,000 bhp      
Props    1      
Speed    13 Knots      
           
Other known names   1988-Elizabete, 1990-Jevington    
           
Current Status   Scrapped at Santander in April 2000    
As info on GARRISON POINT becomes available it will be updated here. 
 
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GARRISON POINT seen here as the re-named JEVINGTON
(photo credit unknown)
 
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.  

Garrison Point was in fact the largest commercial ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd. The only ship built there that exceeded her in length and weight was the RFA ENGADINE

The bulk cargo carrier GARRISON POINT was one of the largest ships built and launched at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. At just over 8,000 gross tonnes and with a length in excess of 120 metres (370 feet) there was a lot of steel work in her and I remember that she had more bloody "Beam Knees" than any ship I ever worked on and of course one of the jobs in the Loft given to apprentices or young journeymen was to lift all the beam knees from the full size lines and create paper templates for them all, and she had hundreds of them, she was launched from the yard in 1977.

She was a very welcome order from The Thornhope Shipping Co Ltd and was to be managed by The Hudson Steamship Company Ltd.

The GARRISON POINT was chartered out to the Central Electricity Generating Board and used to supply power stations with coal a real tale of bringing coals from Newcastle where she used to load on the Tyne for deliveries in the south of England.

She was re-named in 1988 to run under the Bahamas Flag, before being sold on to Stephenson Clarke in 1989 and re-named again to Jevington still under the flag of the Bahamas. Not be be confused with another ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb that was re-named Jevington as well this was Ship No 468 and was the MaCaulay.

She was to end up being scrapped in Spain in April 2000. So she had a relatively short sea career of only 23 years. 

The year that this ship was handed over to her new owners was the year that all the shipyards (commercial) in the British Isles were taken over by the Government of the times and formed all under the quango that was to turn out to be British Shipbuilders. 

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.

 

 GARRISON POINT seen here in a photograph from the shipspotting website see below to find the original photograph
 
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Garrison-Point

GARRISON POINT seen here as JEVINGTON leaving the port of Brest in France on her way to Santander

To be broken up for scrap in 2000

(photo from ship nostalgia website)

 
 She was a large ship for the Leith yard to build at the time.
 
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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.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 

 

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0 #3 Andra cooper 2016-09-01 21:48
Was the captain on this ship called Andra Leask in the 70s?
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+1 #2 Roger 2014-04-09 19:49
Served as R/O in this ship in the 1970's. All UK east coast and coal. My second trip with Hudson's and a great company.
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0 #1 Dean ramsden 2014-01-22 14:55
I sailed on the garrison point in 1980. Joined her at tilbury and we sailed to New Orleans . Where we was there for over a week. We picked up coal and sailed back to tilbury. It was the only trip I done on her.
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