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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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DUNNET HEAD - Yard No 429 - Diesel Cargo Ship - Henry & McGregor Ltd - Built 1953


Owners    A.F.Henry & McGregor Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Single Screw Diesel Cargo Launched    18/06/1953
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    180' 0" Weather    
Beam    31' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     15' 0"      
Props    1      
Other known names   1965-Conrad Marie    
Current Status        
As info on the MV DUNNET HEAD becomes available it will be updated 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 small coaster DUNNET HEAD was a sister ship of MARWICK HEAD which had both been ordered by A.F.Henry & MacGregor Ltd, 

To be continued.

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.

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 #2 Alexander J stephen 2016-05-14 16:19
:lol: I sailed on the Dunnet Head as an SOS in 1959.
On a dark winters night in the North Sea we were sailing from London to Inverness with a cargo of cement we were in the midst of a sever gale when we heard that the Broghty ferry life boat had been lost.
It was a sad event and we could do nothing to assist as we were to far from the incident and we were slowed down because of the very very heavy seas.
0 #1 Robert Russell 2015-09-06 22:58
Sailed on this ship 1956-58

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