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CATANIAN - Yard No 463 - Diesel Cargo - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1958

 The M.V.CATANIAN Ship No 463 getting underway

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Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line (Papayanni Lines)
Registered    Liverpool Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Cargo Ship Launched    28/08/1958
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    250' 0" Weather    
Beam    42' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     15' 0"      
G.R.T.    1,420 tons      
Props    1      
Other known names   1972-Ocean Glory    
Current Status   Broken up in 1987    
Content on M.V.CATANIAN 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 M.V.CATANIAN was another order from the Ellerman Wilson group of companies; she was to be managed by the Papayanni Line.

CATANIAN was the second of two sister ships ordered the other being the M.V.MALATIAN 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.CATANIAN was to serve with the fleet up until being sold in 1972 to the , Pacific Ocean Lines, Ltd., Male; and re-named OCEAN GLORY she was sold on a few times more but retained the same name of OCEAN GLORY until finally in 1987 she was to end up at the ship graveyard of Gadani Beach where she was broken up.


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 Bob Hughes 2012-11-30 13:06
My late father was second engineer on the Catanian in the severe winter of 1962/63. I remember visiting her twice and she was a nice smart little ship. I remember the 3rd engineer shared a cabin with his pet hamster. This led me to acquiring my first hamster. Somewhere in my mothers house there will be a menu of the Christmas meal on the ship 1962. It had a beautiful hand painted illustration of the Catanian, the clours coming from the paint locker.

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