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SANGRO - Yard No 499 - Diesel Cargo - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1968


M.V.SANGRO Ship No 499
Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line (Wilson Line Vessel)
Registered    Hull Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    15/03/1968
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall    308' 0" Launch Details    
Length B.P.    280' 0" Weather    
Beam     45' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld      26' 0"      
G.R.T.    1523      
Engines    6-cyl oil engine built by Mirrlees, National Ltd, Stockport, England, producing 2,580 bhp      
Props    1      
Speed    13 knots      
Other known names   1974-City of Ankara, 1979-Rezeci, 1989-Melina II, 1995-Kalimantan Pacific    
Current Status   Broken up in 2007    
as content on SANGRO become's available it will be added here. 

The M.V.SANGRO at anchor

(Photo credit unknown)


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.SANGRO was the fifth ship in what was the largest order for ships to be built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.

The order was from The Ellerman Wilson Line and was for a total of seven (7) ships of which five were to form the new "S" Class of cargo vessel for the Wilson Line with the other two ships to be Papayanni Line ships.

This was a big order for the shipyard and it meant continued employment for the highly skilled shipbuilders of Leith for the next three years of there build.

More functional than and not as elegant as the previous Ellerman vessels built in the yard, but a very welcome order.

She was the first ship of the Ellerman Line to have the name of SANGRO and sailed as a Wilson Line ship.

From the ships built at Leith for the Ellerman Wilson Line the ships that had their names ending in the letter "O" were Wilson Line Ships and they were registered in the port of Hull, England.

The Wilson line were in the process of developing a modern fleet equipped for speedy and efficient cargo-handling, the "S" class ships had on board cranes to allow the handling of general and containerised cargo and loaded pallets as well as refrigerated containers.

They also had side-loading doors port and starboard or driving cargo straight into the t'ween decks.

She was fitted with a bow thrusters to aid berthing and docking, all in all very modern ships for the time.



The "S" Class ships as they were to be known, while still fitted out to a high standard did not quite have the same opulence as previous Ellerman ships built at Leith.

With her super structure aft as was becoming the norm for ships at this time to give more hold space and a smaller shaft coupled to the engine, this was a big saving in cost for the owners.

The M.V.SANGRO was slightly smaller than the other four "S" Class ships and she also had her King Posts positioned mid ships as opposed to just in front of the bridge superstructure as was the case on the SALERNO, SALMO, the SORRENTO and SILVIO

She was used on the trade routes from London to Stockholm in Sweden, across the unpredictable North Sea, as part of the Ellerman Wilson Line re-organisation around 1973/4 she was transferred into the Ellerman City Line and she was renamed CITY OF ANKARA.

She continued with the City Line for another 4 years before being sold on to PT Abadi Inti Lines, Jakarta, Indonesia, renamed REZEKI.

She was sold on another few times sailing under the Indonesian flag, she was detained in Bangkok Thailand in 2000, before eventually going to the breakers in Bangladesh to be broken up as scrap in 2007.


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.




(Photo courtesy of Stuart)


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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