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MALATIAN - Yard No 462 - Diesel Cargo - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1958

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 The M.V.MALATIAN at Gibraltar

 

 
Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line (Papayanni Line)
           
Registered    Liverpool Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    17/04/1958
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    250' 0" Weather    
Beam    42' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     15' 0"      
Draught          
G.R.T.    1,420 tons      
DWT          
           
Engines          
Props    1      
Speed          
           
Other known names   1971-Maldive Victory    
           
Current Status   Sunk 1981 total constructive loss (Scrapped)    
Content on the M.V.MALATIAN will be added as and when available. 
 
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The M.V.MALATIAN with a full cargo inching her way into port

(photo credit to go in)

 

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.MALATIAN was another order from the Ellerman Wilson group of companies; she was to be managed by the Papayanni Line.

MALATIAN was the first of two sister ships ordered the other being the M.V.CATANIAN they were fore runners to the future "S" type ships to be built for the Ellerman Group at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

At a busy time for the shipyards order books were full, and this type of cargo ship would eventually become the norm for vessels of this type.

Nice little ships that were built for the run from the U.K. to Portugal and the Mediterranean.

The M.V.MALATIAN was to serve with the fleet up until being sold in 1971 to the Maldives shipping Co, Ltd where she was re-named Maldive Victory, in February 1981 while inbound from Singapore to Male, she struck a reef while entering the harbour and she sunk there in shallow water.

After investigation she was declared a total constructive loss (in other words she would cost too much to repair) she was scrapped.

 


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.

 

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 Seen at Leix├Áes outer harbour in 1959. Just visible in the backgound is the Portuguese naval school vessel NRP Sagres(2), which as Rickmer Rickmers is now anchored at Hamburg port as a museum vessel.

(from a photo by Rui Amaro)

 

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.

From Andrew Grant,

I served as First Mate on the Malatian from 25/09/64 to 08/02/65 taking cargoes to and from Medi. ports. I served with Captain R. L. Pedley and Captain R. Whittle. She was managed by Ellerman and Papayanni Lines.

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(The above photograph is from Andrew Grant)

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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Comments   

 
0 #2 Maureen Hallam 2011-07-20 19:48
My dad, Ronnie Millington sailed on the Malatian - not sure of dates - but would love to know if anyone out there knew my dad.
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0 #1 Andrew Grant 2010-12-17 17:28
I served as First Mate on the Malatian from 25/09/64 to 08/02/65 taking cargoes to and from Medi. ports. I served with Captain R. L. Pedley and Captain R. Whittle. She was managed by Ellerman and Papayanni Lines.

I have a good photo of the ship if you require it.
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