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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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GREBE - Yard No 374 - Coaster - General Steam Nav. Co Ltd - Built 1948


The General Steam Navigation Co.
Owners    General Steam Navigation Company Ltd (Later part of the huge P&O shipping group)
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo "Coaster" Launched    25/03/1948
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    235' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    224' 8" Weather    
Beam    37' 2" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     21' 6"      
Draught    13' 9"      
G.R.T.    933      
DWT    1216 tons      
Engines   7-cylinder diesel engine, built by 
British Polar Engines Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland


Props    1      
Speed    11.5 knots service speed      
Other known names   N/A    
Current Status   Broken up in Wales 1967    
Content on 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 motor vessel GREBE was another order from the General Steam & Navigation Company Ltd.

She was another modern single screw cargo vessel, built to ply the coasts of the British Isle's. Tracing a pedigree back to the original Coaster's designed and built for Coast Line's, and which had been proved in war conditions, these vessels were the backbone of British trade at the time. She had a cargo carrying capacity of around 82,865 cubic feet.

The M.V.GREBE was not sold on by the GSN Co, Ltd for some reason and was indeed scrapped in Newport, Wales in 1967.

At 19 years a relatively short working life for this nice looking small coaster. 

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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0 #1 Leon Phillips 2014-10-04 17:57
I served as 3 rd. engineer 1963

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