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Photographer:Robert J Smith [View profile]Title:CRYSTAL DIAMONDAdded:Jun 09, 2010
Location:Tilbury, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Bulkers built 1950-1960
Seen anchored in Gravesend Reach on the Thames. Photo not dated
Operated by Sugar Line Ltd
Flag: British
Built: 1957
8670 grt
11092 dwt

Built as CRYSTAL DIAMOND, renamed VANDA '73. Scrapped Blyth 08/78.
Vessel Identification
Technical Data
Vessel type:Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:7,845 tons
Summer DWT:11,270 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1957
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (9)

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Robert J Smith on Jul 09, 2015 16:28 (3 years ago)
Hi George,

All the references I can find state 1978 as broken up, maybe one of her fleet mates in 1986.


George Bis on Jul 08, 2015 10:41 (3 years ago)
In 1986 I was in Blyth and am sure that I could see her being broken-up. Don't know about the 1978 bit!
Phil English on Mar 01, 2011 09:18 (7 years ago)
Ah, I see what you mean Bob. The forepart is obscured giving the odd appearance.
Guest on Feb 28, 2011 19:48 (7 years ago)
Hi, Phil:
It looks like one of the Shell Mex/BP estuarial tankers.
Bob (the other one)
Phil English on Feb 28, 2011 19:44 (7 years ago)
Nice photo Bob. Strange looking craft on Denton Slipways in the background. Any idea what it is?
Robert J Smith on Feb 28, 2011 19:10 (7 years ago)
Guest on Feb 28, 2011 19:00 (7 years ago)
Hi, Bob,
She's not anchored but moored to the Gravesend Swing Buoy!
Robert J Smith on Feb 28, 2011 18:44 (7 years ago)
Thanks for the additional info Tom.

tom scott on Feb 27, 2011 11:34 (7 years ago)
Built by Hawthorn Leslie, yard no 728, with Hawthorn Doxford 600LBD4 engine (no 4142)
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