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THACKERAY - Yard No 459 - Diesel Cargo - Chine Lines Shipping Co - Built 1958


The M.V.THACKERAY Ship No 459


(Photo kindly donated by Alan, photo credit unknown)


Owners    Chine Lines Shipping Company
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    General Cargo Launched    12/02/1958
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    369' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    345' 0" Weather    
Beam    54' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     29' 0"      
G.R.T.    4650      
DWT    6670      
Props    1      
Other known names   1968-Sherwood, 1974 Nisyros Era    
Current Status   Deleted from Lloyds 1999    
Content will be on M.V.THACKERAY will be added as and when available. 

The M.V.THACKERAY seen here as the re-named SHERWOOD and looking like she could do with some paint!

(photo supplied by Alan)


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 M.V.THACKERAY was one of the larger ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, part of a 3 ship order for Chine Lines.

The THACKERAY was the largest along with her sister ship M.V.MACAULAY  of the three ship order which would keep the yard going at full employment for some time.

The M.V.THACKERAY was a typical design at a time when ships were beginning to be designed to maximise space and therefore cargo capacity in the hope for larger profits for the ship managers and owners.

With her structure aft she had a some what bland look above the water, but with her bridge and engine room aft she had a far shorter shaft length and more space for the cargo functionality was becoming the order of the day.

She was employed by Chine Lines for 9 years, and was lengthened in 1966 to give her even more cargo capacity.

Her dimensions after this work meant that she was approx 416ft in length with her gross tonnage going up to 5,279 tons and DW to 7,640 tons.

She was re-named in 1968 to Sherwood and sold on again in 1974 and re-named to Nisyros Era, and she was last seen damaged and laid up in the middle of the Suez Canal at the Great Bitter Lakes, she was deleted from Lloyds registar in 1999.

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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