BLUE FUNNEL

Blue Funnel

(Source: Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws)
S.S Pyrrhus photographs curtesy of Captain John Bax.


MENESTHEUS.


ŠJ.C.

Built: 1958 by Caledon S.B. & E., Co of Dundee.
Tonnage: 8,510g, 4,873n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA., 6 Cylinder by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 8,500 B.H.P., 16.5 Knots.

A companion of Aeneas in Italy. He was son of Clytius, son of Aeolus.

Completed in the February of 1958 for Ocean S.S. she transferred to Elder Dempster in 1977 and renamed Onitsha. Sold to Thenamaris Maritime Inc., of Piraeus and renamed Elisland in 1978. In March of the following year she arrived at Kaohsiung for breaking by Lung Fa Steel & Iron Co., work commenced on the 12th of April.

MENESTHEUS


ŠI.L.

Built: 1958 by Caledon SB & E Co, Dundee.
Tonnage: 8, 510g, 4, 873n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 6 Cylinder by Harland & Wolff, Belfast, 8, 500 BHP, 16.5 Knots.
Passengers: 12 - 18.

A companion of Aeneas in Italy. He was son of Clytius, son of Aeolus.

She was completed for Ocean S.S. Co in February of 1958. Transferred to Elder Dempster becoming Onitsha prior to sale to Thenamaria Maritime Inc of Piraeus renamed Elisland and managed by Palermo Shipping of Cyprus. She arrived in Kaohsiung on the 19th of March 1979 for breaking by Lung Fa Steel & Iron Co, work commenced on the 12th of April.

AJAX


With Thanks to Captain John Bax

Built: 1958 by Vickers Armstrong, Walker Naval Yard, Newcastle.
Tonnage: 7, 969g, 4, 268n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. S.A. 6 Cylinder by Kincaid, 8, 000 BHP, 15 Knots.
Passengers: 12.


Ajax as Kailok
With Thanks to Captain John Bax

Ajax The Greater A hero of the Trojan War who killed himself when the armour of Achilles was awarded to Odysseus (Ulysses) as champion of the war.

Ajax The Lesser (Aias) A son of Oileus, King of Locris. He was one of the heroes in the Trojan War, but had severe character flaws, such as being arrogant, boastful and quarrelsome. He captured Cassandra, a daughter of King Priam, and raped her. He earned the enmity of his Greek allies because of this and left Troy to return home. His ship sunk in a storm but he survived. He boasted, long and loud about his escape, only to incur the wrath of Poseidon, who cast him back into the sea where he drowned.


ŠI.L.

An 'A' Class Mark V completed for China Mutual S.N. Co. She was renamed briefly in 1972 to Deucalion before being sold out of the Fleet in February of 1973 to Brilliance S.S. Co becoming Kailok. In August of 1982 she arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for breaking.

MEMNON


ŠI.L.

Built: 1959 by Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle.
Tonnage: 8, 504g, 4, 873n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 6 Cylinder by Harland & Wolff of Belfast, 8, 500 BHP, 16.5 Knots.
Passengers: 12 - 18.

King of Ethiopia, son of Tithonus and Eos. In the Trojan War he fought against the Greeks, and after he had killed Antilochus, he himself was killed by Achilles. Eos obtained immortality from Zeus for her son. Memnon was supposed to have lived in Egypt, and the Greeks gave his name to the great statue of Amenhotep III at Thebes. This statue was said to make a musical sound at daybreak, at which time Memnon greeted his mother, goddess of dawn.

Completed for China Mutual Memnon was renamed Stentor in 1975 and re-employed on the South East Asia - Australian Services. Transferred to Elder Dempster in 1977 becoming Owerri before being sold the following year to Thenamaris Maritime Inc of Piraeus, renamed Europe and operated by the Henlow Shipping Corp. Laid up at Stylis in 1982 until 1987, renamed Primus for the delivery voyage to the breakers at Port Alang, India, arriving on the 5th of February 1988.

MACHAON


Picture kindly supplied by Captain John Kleijn from Antwerp.

Built: 1959 by Caledon S.B. & E. Co, Dundee.
Tonnage: 8, 529g, 4, 650n.
Engine: Single Screw, 6 Cylinder 2S.S.A. by J.G. Kincaid, 8, 500 BHP, 16.5 Knots.
Passengers: 12/18.
Launched January 1959, Completed April 1959.


ŠI.L.

Machaon was one of the sons of Asclepius; the other was Podilarius. They inherited their father's skill at healing. Machaon became a master surgeon who performed heroically at Troy, saving many lives. He was killed by the Amazon Penthesilea, whose arrow was said to have killed a thousand and one men, Machaon and the thousand wounded men he would have saved.


ŠI.L.

She was completed for the Ocean S.S. Co and transferred to N.S.M. 'Oceaan' in 1975 retaining her name. In 1977 she transferred to Elder Dempster and was renamed Obuasi. A year later she was sold to Thenamaris Maritime Inc of Piraeus, renamed Elsea, immediately sold to Tartan Shipping Ltd of Monrovia and became Med Endeavour. She was broken at Kaohsiung, Taiwan in early 1979.

RHEXENOR


ŠI.L.

Built: 1960 by Caledon SB & E Co, Dundee.
Tonnage: 8, 529g, 4, 649n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 6 Cylinder by John G. Kincaid of Greenock, 8, 500 BHP, 16.5 Knots.
Launched 26th February 1960, Completed April 1960.

Rhexenor was the son of Nausithous, he was killed by Apollo.

Delivered to Ocean S.S. Co as Maron she underwent a name change to Rhexenor and placed on the South East Asia - Australia Service in 1975. As many other of the group's ships Rhexenor was transferred to Elder Dempster Lines, renamed Opobo in 1977 prior to sale the following year to Thenamaris Marine Inc of Piraeus renamed Europe "II. In 1984 sold to Trade Shipping Ltd of Malta and laid up at Piraeus, eventually scrapped at Aliaga in April of 1987.


Suspected 'M' Class at Keppel Docks, Singapore, July 1975.
With Thanks to Julian Nichols.

PHEMIUS


ŠI.L.

Built: 1967 by John Brown & Co (Clydebank) Ltd, Clydebank.
Tonnage: 12, 094g, 6, 4719n.
Engine: Single Screw, 9 Cylinder Burmeister & Wain, 22, 000 BHP, 21 Knots.

Son of Terpis, a bard from Ithaca.

Built for Glen Line and named Glenfinlas. Transferred to Blue Funnel in 1972 becoming Phemius. In 1978 as part of the financial separation from John Swires Phemius was sold as part of a package and renamed Kweichow for China navigation on the Hong Kong registry. Sold to the Saudi Venture Group in 1982 and renamed Saudi Kawther she lasted for a further two years before being sold to Chinese breakers in 1984.

MELAMPUS


With Thanks to Captain John Bax.

Built: 1960 by Vickers Armstrong, Newcastle.
Tonnage: 8, 509g, 4, 668n.
Engine : Single Screw, 6 Cylinder 2S. S.A. by Kincaid of Greenock, 8, 500 BHP, 16.5 Knots.
Launched 15th December 1959, Completed June 1960.

Seer/Healer. He raised a group of baby snakes whose parents had been killed. They taught him the language of the animals, and from listening to the animals he learned to read the future, learned the medicinal value of various herbs, and learned how to cure many diseases.

Melampus was an 'A' Class Mark 6 but in later years referred to as 'M' Class. She was completed for Ocean SS Co and was trapped along with Agapenor and fourteen other ships in the Bitter Lakes in 1967. In 1969 they were considered a war loss and the London War Risk Insurance Assurance assumed ownership and the pair became known as Agalampus. On release in 1975 the pair were towed to Trieste via Port Said and Cyprus for discharge of their respective cargoes. She was sold to Korissianev Shipping CO SA and became Annoula II in 1975. Finally sold for scrap she anchored off Gadani Beach in the November of 1982, work commenced the following year.

FLINTSHIRE


Picture kindly supplied by Captain John Kleijn from Antwerp.

Built: 1962 by N.V.C. Van Der Giessen En Zonen's Scheepswerven, Krimpen A/D Ijssel, Holland.
Tonnage: 11, 537g.

Originally built for Glen Line the 20 knots Glenlyon Class were ordered to compete with the fast Ben Line and other company ships. Several of the Class eventually transferred to Blue Funnel and in 1974 Flintshire joined N.S.M.O.

She was sold in 1978 along with her sister Glenlyon to Singapore owners who renamed her Orient Express. She was sold to Kaohsiung, Taiwan breakers in 1979.

CENTAUR





Built 1964 by John Brown & Co., Clydebank Ltd.
Tonnage 8,262g 4,409n
Engines Twin screw 2 x 11 cylinder 2S. SA turbo with poppet valves. 9, 250 BHP, B and W, Copenhagen.



Centaur was a creature half man, half horse.Fathered by Ixion.

190 1st Class passengers, 98 crew. Launched
1963 Completed for Ocean S.S. Co.
1964 Ran on the Australian - Singapore service.
1967 Transferred to China Mutual S.N. Co. Ltd
1973 Transferred to Eastern Fleets Ltd., Blue Funnel colours.
1978 Owned by Blue Funnel (S.E.A.) Singapore.
Final scheduled sailing in September 1981.
1982 She is chartered to the St. Helena Shipping Company to replace the St. Helena which was on Falkland Service.
1985 She is sold to Shang Hai Xing Shipping Company and renamed Hai Long. A further name change in 1986 sees her called Hai Da and unless someone can tell me I'm afraid I don't know her eventual fate.

When I was serving on the Sir Geraint we transferred from the buoys at Jardine Steps, Singapore to alongside and managed to rearrange some of her Portside. The collision also took away most of the 2nd Engineer's bathroom and did some other structural damage as well. She still remained one of the best looking ships in Singapore, after the Rajula that is!





1965-1988


1965

Liner Holdings (Elder Dempster) was taken over by Ocean S.S. Co. this year and the two fleets integrated. This was the beginning of the end of the traditional Blue Funneller.

1966

Ocean S.S. Co. made an offer for China Navigation Co., Swires to act as Managers Company owned equally with Holts.

PATROCLUS


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1966 by Vickers Armstrong, Newcastle (Walker-on-Tyne)
Tonnage: 12, 094g, 6, 471n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. S.A., 9 Cylinder Burmeister & Wain Copenhagen, 22, 500 BHP, 21 Knots.

The cousin, friend and aide of Achilles during the Trojan War. While Achilles refused to fight, Patroclus persuaded his friend to allow him to lead the Myrmidones into the battle while wearing his friends armour, so as to scare the enemy and inspire their troops. He fought bravely, killing Sarpedon, but he ignored the advice of his friend and tried to storm Troy's walls. He was wounded by Euphorbus and killed by Hector. His body was recovered but Achilles' armour was taken by Hector.

Achilles was devastated at his friends death and took to the battle field in a rage. He finally killed Hector in revenge and abused the corpse until Priam begged for the return of his son's body.

The first Priam Class completed due to delays in other British shipyards delivered to Glen Line as Glenalmond. She transferred to China Mutual S.N. renamed Patroclus and operated a joint service with the Swedish East Asia Co wearing the latter's funnel colours. In 1974 she transferred to N.S.M. 'Oceaan' and with the decline of conventional operations N.S.M. ceased as an entity and their flag was run down for the last time on the 4th of April 1978, she then reverted to the British Registry. She was sold to Rajab & CO of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia becoming Rajab.1. in February of 1982 and on the 18th of July 1984 en route from Bangkok to Dubai with general cargo onboard she caught fire. She was able to enter port Rashid where after four days the fire was finally extinguished but not before irreparable damage was done to her main engine, electrical equipment and fire fighting capabilities. Considered a total loss she was sold locally to the Molasses Trading & Export Company renamed Sahar for her final voyage and arrived at Gadani Beach for breaking on the 26th of November.

PRIAM



Built 1966 by Vickers Armstrong, Newcastle. (Walker on Tyne)
Tonnage 12, 094g 6, 471n
Engines Single screw 2S. SA 9 cylinder B and W, Copenhagen. 22, 500 BHP 21 knots.


Priam in the Malacca Straits.
With Thanks to Captain John Bax

Priam was the king of Troy during the Trojan War. Priam was married to Hecuba with whom he had many children, amongst whom was Hector and Paris. In the tenth year, alone, of the Trojan War he lost 13 sons. When Troy finally fell, Neoptolemus, Achilles' son, killed Priam on an altar to the gods.

Completed in 1966 for Ocean S.S. Co. The first of eight of her class in 1978. Sold to C.Y. Tung. After various transfers and sales which she always carried her name with her. She was finally scrapped at Kaohsiung end 1985, beginning 1986.

1967


With Thanks to Captain John Bax.

Melampus alongside Agapenor pictured in the Bitter Lakes when the Suez Canal was closed in 1967 during Egypt's Six Day War with Israel, the Canal wasn't reopened until June of 1975.

PEISANDER


ŠI.L.

Built: 1967 by Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Newcastle (Walker-on-Tyne).
Tonnage: 12, 094g, 6, 471n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 9 Cylinder by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, 22, 500 BHP, 22 Knots.


Oriental Explorer
W.S. Photo Library.

Son of fiery-hearted Antimachus.

She was delivered in March 1967 to Ocean S.S. Co. the second of the Priam Class to be completed. Transferred to China Mutual S.N. Co Ltd in 1972, same name. Sold to one of the C.Y. Tung companies, Panocean Shipping of Liberia and renamed Oriental Explorer in 1978. She transferred to Carland Shipping of Hong Kong in 1981 and was renamed Main Express, Panamanian flag. Sold the same year to Forland Shipping of Monrovia, same name and sold again in 1984 to Island Investment & Agency Corp of Liberia, name reverted to Oriental Explorer. Finally she arrived at Kaohsiung on the 10th of September 1986 for breaking.

PERSEUS


ŠI.L.

Built: 1967 by Vickers Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Tonnage: 12, 089g.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA., Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen, 22, 500 BHP, 22.5 Knots.

Son of Zeus and Danaë. His grandfather, Acrisius, had been warned by an oracle that his grandson would kill him and therefore put Perseus and his mother in a chest and threw it into the sea. It drifted to Seriphus, where King Polydectes befriended the two. After a time Polydectes fell in love with Danaë but was embarrassed by the presence of her full-grown son. He sent Perseus to fetch the head of the Gorgon Medusa, thinking that Perseus would die in the attempt. The gods, however, loved Perseus. Hermes gave him a curved sword and winged sandals, Athena a mirrorlike shield, and Hades a helmet that made Perseus invisible. Thus armed, Perseus slew Medusa. While fleeing the other Gorgons, Medusa's sisters, Perseus asked Atlas for help. Atlas refused, and Perseus, by means of the Medusa head, promptly turned him into a mountain of stone. On his way home Perseus rescued Andromeda from a sea monster and married her. When he arrived in Seriphus, he killed Polydectes and his followers. He then gave the Medusa head to Athena. He went with his mother and his wife to Argos. There, while competing in a discus contest, Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather. Thus the prophecy was fulfilled. Perseus was the father of Electryon, who was the grandfather of Hercules. The famous figure of Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini stands in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence.

Completed for Glen Line as Radnorshire and transferred to China Mutual S.N. Co in 1973 becoming Perseus. In 1978 she was sold to China Navigation Co a Company in which Holts has a considerable interest, renamed Kwangsi. She became Asia Dragon in 1981 on the Panamanian registry, owners unspecified. In 1982 she was sold to the Saudi Venture Corp of Jeddah and renamed Saudi Zamzam, two years later she was sold to Chinese interests for breaking.

PROMETHEUS


With Thanks to Captain John Bax.

Built: 1967 by Vickers Armstrong (Walker on Tyne).
Tonnage: 12, 094g, 6, 471n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. S.A. 9 Cylinder B & W, 22, 500 BHP, 21 Knots.


ŠI.L.

The wisest Titan, and the creator of mankind. Originally a good friend and ally to Zeus, he later fell from favour (he supposedly tricked Zeus out of his share of a sacrificed ox), and was chained in the Caucasus Mountains, where an eagle fed upon his "ever-regrowing" liver each day. He is credited with stealing fire from Hephaestus and giving it to the human race.

Prometheus was fourth in the Priam Class and ten months late in delivery costing Ocean Ł4 million in lost earnings this however was offset by penalty payments paid by Vickers. Completed for Ocean SS Co she transferred to China Mutual S.N. Co Ltd in 1972. She was sold to C.Y. Tung renamed Oriental Merchant in 1979 and sold on in 1980 to Panocean Shipping of Liberia with No 1 added to her name. In the same year she was transferred to Calm Isle Shipping Ltd of Hong Kong and the suffix No 1 was dropped. In 1984 she went to the Island Investment & Agency Corp Ltd and Wattling Nav. Inc. of Panama, same name. She arrived at Kaohsiung, Taiwan for scrapping on the 21st of March 1986.

PHRONTIS


ŠI.L.

Built: 1967 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki.
Tonnage: 12, 299g, 6, 573n.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 9 Cylinder by Builder, 18, 900 BHP.

Son of Phrixus and Chalciope, daughter of Aeetes.

Delivered in 1967 as Pembrokeshire for Glen Line. Transferred to Ocean S.S. Co. renamed Phrontis in 1972, same year to China Mutual S.N. Co. In 1978 chartered to Wilhelm Wilhelmsen for four years. Sold by China Mutual to Gulf Shipping Lines of London, renamed Gulf Osprey in 1982. A year later she was sold to the Islamic Republic of Iran SHG Lines and renamed Iran Ejtehad. She finally arrived at Gadani Beach in April of 1995 for breaking carrying the name Dolphin Viii the last of the Priam Class to be scrapped.

Elder Dempster integrated into the group. Two new companies formed. Ocean Management Service Ltd. And Ocean Fleet Ltd.. (This company looked after the ships).

The name Alfred Holt disappears. The shipping side is divided into two divisions namely Blue Funnel Line Ltd. And Elder Dempster Lines Ltd..

By now I am totally confused as I am sure you, the reader, is but I'll continue.

1971

Ocean Inchcape Ltd. is formed by Ocean Fleets and the Inchcape Group. This company operates supply and service ships to oil companies worldwide.

1972

Blue Funnel, Elder Dempster and Glen Line become The Liner Shipping Division of Ocean Transport and Trading Co. Ltd.

ACHILLES


ŠI.L.

Built: 1972 by Mitsui S. B. & E. Co, Fujingata, Japan.
Tonnage: 16, 406g, 10, 420n, 26, 725 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 6 Cylinder Mitsui-Zosan, 11, 600 BHP, 15.5 Knots.

Achilles was the son of the mortal King Peleus and Thetis, a sea nymph. At birth, his mother supposedly dipped Achilles in the River Styx which made him invulnerable except for the part of the heel by which she held him. This came in handy in his adventures and wars. His most famous adventure is told in the Iliad, which is about the Trojan War. This war lasted 10 years, through the first nine of which Achilles laid waste to the surrounding countryside. In the last year Achilles sulked and refused to fight any longer after a quarrel with Agamemnon, the Greek leader. This caused the war to start going badly for the Greeks and Achilles relented enough to agree to lend his armour and his chariot to his inseparable companion Patroclus so he could impersonate him in the battle. Hector, the Trojan hero and son of the Trojan King Priam, killed Patroclus in the fight. Achilles received new armour from the gods and re-entered the battle where he killed Hector. There is some uncertainty about whether Achilles was slain in this battle, although there is a tale about Paris, another son of King Priam, killing him with an arrow shot into his heel.

Completed for Blue Funnel Line Ltd with Ocean S.S. as managers. In 1974 recorded as being owned by Elder Dempster Lines and transferred to Blue Funnel Bulkships Ltd in 1977. Sold to Silverdale Shipping Company Ltd of Bermuda in June of 1978, same name, flag and managers. Various changes of ownership and registrations followed with her being called Arko in 1987, Patmos in 1988 and Winner in 1995, she finally arrived at Alang for breaking in April of 1998.

AGAMEMNON



Built 1972 at Mitsui S.B. & E. Co., Fujingata, Japan.
Tonnage 16, 402g 10, 420n
Engines Single screw 6 cylinder 2S. SA by Mitsui-Zosan 11, 600 BHP, 15.5 knots owned by Ocean Fleets Ltd., Managed by Elder Dempster.

Agamemnon was the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War; brother of Menelaus; son of Atreus. His children by Clytemnestra, whom he took by force, were Iphigenia, Electra, and Orestes. To obtain favorable winds for the fleet against Troy, he sacrificed Iphigenia to Artemis, incurring Clytemnestra's hatred. Upon his return from the war, he was murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus. To avenge his death, Orestes and Electra killed Aegisthus and their mother.

1977 Transferred to Blue Funnel Bulkships.
1978 Sold and becomes Protoporus (Greece).
1984 Became Alicia (Greece).
1985 Last known transfer to Black Sea Shipping U.S.S.R. and named Annaba. Current whereabouts unknown.

HELENUS


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1973 by Burmeister & Wain, Copenhagen.
Tonnage: 30, 078g, 22, 422n, 51, 072 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA. 7 Cylinder by Builder, 31, 000 SHP, 15 Knots.

Trojan who was gifted with prophetic powers; son of Priam and Hecuba. When Helen was given to Deiphobus after the death of Paris, Helenus in anger betrayed Troy by revealing to the Greeks that Hercules' poisoned arrows were needed to defeat the Trojans. After the fall of Troy he went to Greece. He later married Andromache and founded Bathrotus, where, in the Aeneid, he is visited by Aeneas, who seeks his advice.

Built as a bulk carrier for Rea Ltd and managed by Ocean Titan Ltd. In 1977 Ocean Helenus Ltd were listed as owners and the following year she underwent conversion for use as a car carrier for Japanese interests. Sold in 1983 to Eurocolour Shipping Ltd of Cyprus, renamed Seafarer and continued as a car carrier. In 1988 she reverted for use as a bulk carrier and was last heard of awaiting repairs at Cadiz in June of 1998.


Keppel Docks with Blue Funnel ship July 1975.
With Thanks to Julian Nichols

CYCLOPS


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1975 by Van Der Geissen-de-Noord B.V., Krimpen, Holland.
Tonnage: 32, 576g, 22, 605n, 56, 050 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. S.A., 7 Cylinder Burmeister & Wain, 18, 500 SHP, 16.75 Knots.
Tanker: 73, 717 Cu. M. Liquid.

There are various descriptions of the Cyclopes.

Hesiod says there were three of them, Brontes, Steropes and Arges, sons of Gaea and Uranus. They were imprisoned in Tartarus by their father, re-imprisoned by Cronus, then released by Zeus. They gave Zeus the thunderbolt, Hades the helmet of invisibility and Poseidon the trident.

Homer describes them as one eyed giants who lived in Sicily, guarding their flocks of sheep. Their leader was Polyphemus.

Later tradition says they were helpers of Hephćstus living in Mount Ćtna. They were also said to have built the walls of Mycenć, Tiryns and other cities.

Delivered in November to Ocean Titan Ltd as a product carrier and transferred to Blue Funnel Bulkships Ltd in 1977. On the 18th of December 1982 she was laid up in the River Fal becoming the largest ship at the time to do so. She was sold to Pequat Shipping Corporation of Greece becoming Procyon and arrived at Falmouth on the 26th of May to be handed over. She had two further name changes to Nova Europa and Demos, her eventual fate is unknown.

CHARON


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1975 by Sasebo Heavy Industries, Sasebo.
Tonnage: 24, 512g, 14, 865n, 41, 855 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 7 Cylinder, 2S. S.A., 14, 000 BHP, 14.75 Knots.
Tanker

The newly arrived dead were ferried across the Styx by the avaricious old ferryman Charon, whom they paid with the coin that was placed in their mouths when they were buried.

Launched for N.S.M.O. and transferred to Blue Funnel Line Ltd in 1979. Sold to Ceres Helenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd and renamed Finess L. in 1984, renamed Finess for Inter Mexico Brokers in 1985 and since 1995 owned in Norway as the Yellow Star.

MELAMPUS


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1977 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki.
Tonnage: 16, 031g, 8, 666n, 21, 242 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 7 Cylinder by Mitsubishi - Sulzer RND76M, 14, 300 BHP, 15 Knots.

Melampus was a Seer/Healer. He raised a group of baby snakes whose parents had been killed. They taught him the language of the animals, and from listening to the animals he learned to read the future, learned the medicinal value of various herbs, and learned how to cure many diseases.

Delivered to Ocean Fleets Ltd in November with Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd registered as owners. Operated by Barber Blue Sea in 1980 with Elder Dempster Lines in 1985. In a cost cutting exercise moved to Isle of Man registry in 1987 and two years later was sold to N. V. CMB S. A. of Antwerp becoming CMB Ebony. In 1998 still in service on the Cypriot registry.



MEMNON


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1977 by Mitsubishhi Heavy Industries, Nagasaki.
Tonnage: 16, 031g, 8, 666n, 21, 242 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 7 Cylinder 2S. S.A. Mitsubishi-Sulzer RND 76M, 14, 300 BHP.

King of Ethiopia, son of Tithonus and Eos. In the Trojan War he fought against the Greeks, and after he had killed Antilochus, he himself was killed by Achilles. Eos obtained immortality from Zeus for her son. Memnon was supposed to have lived in Egypt, and the Greeks gave his name to the great statue of Amenhotep III at Thebes. This statue was said to make a musical sound at daybreak, at which time Memnon greeted his mother, goddess of dawn.

She was delivered to Liner Holding but owned by Airlease International Nominees (Moorgate) Ltd. She was renamed Barber Memnon for Barber Blue Sea and managed by Elder Dempster Lines flying the Panamanian flag in 1980. 1982 she was owned by Barber Menelaus Shipping Corporation Of Liberia, same name. She ran briefly as Memnon before becoming Lloyd San Francisco for Lloyd Brasiliero on charter in 84/85 reverting again to Memnon in 1986. She was sold in 86 to Pacific International Lines (Private) Ltd of Singapore becoming Hai Xiong and was still in service in 1998.

1978

860 staff made redundant as Ocean Fleets dispose of some eighteen ships Group wide.

MYRMIDON


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1980 by Scotts S.B. & E. Co, Greenock.
Tonnage: 16, 482g, 8, 872n, 21, 300 dwt.
Engine: Single Screw, 2S. SA, 7 Cylinder by Scotts - Sulzer RND 76M, 16, 800 BHP, 18 Knots.
Launched 19th February 1980, Completed 4th November.

Son of Zeus and Eurymedusa 2 (daughter of Cletor), whom the god approached having assumed the form of an ant. Myrmidon married Pisidice 1, daughter of Aeolus 1, and had children by her: Eupolemia, Antiphus 1, Actor 1, and Hiscilla.

Last but one ever built fort he Company Myrmidon was delivered to Elder Dempster Lines. On the 22nd of June until the 28th of October 1982 she was chartered by the M.O.D. for service during the Falklands Conflict. She underwent a name change to Capetown Carrier in 1984 when chartered to Maritime Associated Carriers, the following year she reverted to Myrmidon. Ocean managed her until 1989 when she was sold to Cenargo Ltd becoming CMB Exporter then Merchant Promise and Lanka Amila. A company associated with Tamahine Shipping bought her in 1994 and in July of 1998 she was still sailing as the Tamamonta.

MARON


ŠIain Lovie

Built: 1980 by Scotts S.B. & E. Co, Greenock.
Tonnage: 16, 482g, 8, 872n, 21, 300 dwt
Engine: Single Screw, 7 Cylinder Scotts-Sulzer RND 76M, 16, 800 BHP, 18 Knots.
Crew 36.
Container: 795 Units of which 76 were refrigerated.

Son of Silenus and charioteer of Dionysus 2 and a Satyr.

The SATYRS are often depicted as hardy and hot-blooded, having sometimes the tail of horses and being altogether mischievous. Yet they are also charming, because of their dance and their laughter, and being given to love, they are able to subdue women by artful flatteries, despite the fact that there is no trace of delicacy in their bodies and their appearance is unkempt.

First of the Maron Class Blue Funnel reverted to the yard of Scotts which haad first started building the Company's ships over 120 years ago. She was delivered to Elder Dempster on the 9th of May and during her life which spanned 17 years she was known as Studland Bay for Overseas Containers then after her sale in 1986, Baltic Adventurer, Rainbow Avenue, Merchant Patriot (4 times), CMB Enterprise, Woermann Ubangi, Lanka Amitha before reverting to Merchant Patriot again. It was as the latter that she was abandoned off the Bahamas on the 30th of December 1997 because of a flooded Engine Room. She was towed to Freeport where it was decided that she was a total loss and eventually towed to Mexican breakers.

1981

Centaur III chartered out, Berlin chartered in to replace her and renamed Princess Mahsuri.

1988

An era for such a fine company finally comes to an end when the famous India Buildings are sold. A sad end for one of the maritime greats of the British Merchant Navy.

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