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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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SAMUAL ARMSTRONG - Yard No 441 - Diesel Grab Dredger - Ipswich Dock Commission - Built 1956


The grab dredger


Ship No 441


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Owners    Ipswich Dock Commission
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship     Launched    08/03/1956
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    128' 0" Weather    
Beam    28' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     12' 6"      
G.R.T.    364 tons      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on the Dredge SAMUAL ARMSTRONG will be added as and when available. 


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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 diesel grab dredger SAMUAL ARMSTRONG was an order from the Ipswich Dock Commission and would continue the tradition of difficult and complex one off ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

These small vessels were a must to keep the docks and the shipping lanes open and clear of the build up of silt.

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.



The Grab Dredger SAMUAL ARMSTRONG at sea

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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.

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 Mr Richard Kingdon 2013-04-23 04:23
I worked on this ship for 4 years dredging at Ipswich (1978/81) My friend took my job when I left and unfortunately got squashed between the forward hatch and the crane as it slewed round. total of 5 crew few scary moments when dumping load,she was sold on a few years after I left

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