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UNO - Yard No 484 - River & Esty Tanker - Union Lighterage Co Ltd - Built 1962

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UNO Ship No 484


Owners    Union Lighterage Co Ltd
Registered    London Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    River & Estuary Tanker Launched    14/12/1962
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    162' 6" Weather    
Beam    33' 0" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     10' 6"      
G.R.T.    530 tonnes      
Other known names   1972-BLACKPOOL    
Current Status        
Content on UNO will be added as and when available. 
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 Tanker UNO was a small River & Estuary Tanker ordered by the Union Lighterage Co Ltd for the transport of fuel oil in the difficult to get to ports that are based inland around the British Isles. She was part of a three ship order from the Union Lighterage Co Ltd.

She was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1962 and up to the time of writing we don't have much information on her apart from the fact that she was re-named BLACKPOOL in 1972.


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 Bruce Partington 2016-09-20 19:19
This is the first ship that I worked on when I was a pre-apprentice in 1962.

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