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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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KILLINGHOLME - Yard No 487 - Coastal Tanker - Shell Mex & B.P. Co Ltd - Built 1964




Owners    Shell Mex & BP Co, Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Coastal Tanker Launched    30/07/1964
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    202' 0" Weather    
Beam    36' 11" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     15' 62      
G.R.T.    1,182 tonnes      
Props    1      
Other known names   1975-BP Scorcher, Nigerian Star    
Current Status   Unknown    
Content  on KILLINGHOLM 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 Petroleum products tanker KILLINGHOLME was an order from the Shell Mex & B.P. Co Ltd, she was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1964.

One of a two ship order for tankers her sister being the HAMBLE Ship No 486 built at the same time.

She was re-named to BP SCORCHER in 1975 before ending up as another Nigerian ship now called Nigerian Star last heard of in 1983.

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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