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MACAULAY - Yard No 468 - Diesel Cargo - Chine Lines Shipping Co - Built 1958


M.V.MACAULAY Ship No 468

The MV MACAULAY seen here underway in the English Channel

(photo credit unknown) photo is from the ship nostalgia website


Owners    Chine Lines Shipping Company
Registered    London Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    General Cargo Launched    11/12/1958
      Handed Over    April 1959
Ship Details          
Length Overall     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-Jevington, 1980-Omega Patmos    
Current Status   Broken up 1984    
Content on MACAULAY will be added as and when available. 
MACAULAY in the English Channel 1967
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.MACAULAY was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1958.



M.V.MACAULAY in the photo above at the quayside (photo credit unknown for now)


The last of the large order for the Chine Line ships, large in the fact that those ships were among the biggest ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, remember they went for quality as apposed to quantity and the fact that the yard just was not big enough at the time, it was not until it was to late that they got around to planning to increase the length of the stocks to allow them to quote for larger ships, but that's another story.

The M.V.MACAULAY was a sister of the M.V.THACKERAY same spec and size built for the purpose of moving bulk cargo, she was launched in 1958 a busy time for the yard and she was to serve with the some what mysterious Chine Line group for a number of years before being sold on and re-named as JEVINGTON in between this time she was lengthened to an overall length of 126.2 metres up from 111.6 metres, and her gross tonnage increased to 5,330 with a dead weight of 7,640 she was sold on again and re-named.

She was scrapped in 1984. 

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 M.V.MACAULAY re-named as Jevington and not to be confused with a later Leith Shipyards built Ship known originaly as GARRISON POINT and then re-named JEVINGTON as well. 
Here she is at Sunderland South Dock loading coal for Hamburg in 1980

(Photo from I. Blenkinsop 2nd mate on her)


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 #2 Andra cooper 2016-09-01 21:32
My dad served on this ship in the 70s when it was the Jevington. He served under Andra Leask who I was named after I'm trying to find more info on him but can't. Can anyone help?
+1 #1 David mullins 2012-09-12 18:12
I sailed on the Macaulay in 1962 as Bosun. At that time I was the youngest bosun on a deep sea ship in the UK. During a voyage to Boca Grande in 1962 we were caught by a S.Atlantic hurricane which damaged the ship.

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