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Photographer:Gordy [View profile]Title:PORT NAPIERAdded:Sep 29, 2011
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1940-1949 (Over 3000gt)
Port Napier (3)


Built 1947

11,879 tons

Port Line

1970 scrapped.

Photo Credits: The late Allan Green Collection Vic. Australia

Cheers and GB

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john lecky on Sep 30, 2011 17:22 (7 years ago)
sailed on her in 1966 as 2nd elect at the time she was the biggest fridge ship sailing, twin doxfords all laurence scott winches all d.c. later sailed in port caroline 1969 as chief elect again largest fridge ship but the differnce all ac the accomodation was marvellous john
jack2 on Sep 30, 2011 14:29 (7 years ago)
I think you must be right:) I don't have no more question to ask about this ship.

As you know i am just a little drop on this big ocean of ship knowledge.But sometimes i will ask question if you will agree.

But at last,plans(but not photographs)of this vessel (HMS PORT NAPIER)are held in the NATIONAL MUSEUM,GREENWHICH.

Phil English on Sep 30, 2011 13:22 (7 years ago)
I think Bob has already explained very well why they have the wrong vessel on there website :
"The Brookston Beer Bulletin is hardly the world's leading, authoritative information source for old ships"

Why do you continue to question?

jack2 on Sep 30, 2011 12:50 (7 years ago)

Why they put this picture on their website if it is not the good one.

Guest on Sep 30, 2011 10:57 (7 years ago)
The Brookston Beer Bulletin is hardly the world's leading, authoritative information source for old ships. The picture they publish is also of the wrong PORT NAPIER. Now take it from the people on THIS site, some of whom know a little bit about ships (and have even seen this PORT NAPIER) that the ship in the photo above is 1947-built version.
Chris Howell on Sep 30, 2011 06:03 (7 years ago)
Dear Jack2

The photo on the link is the 1947 Port Napier.

In anycase she would never have been completed in 1940 in Port Line colours even if completed as a merchant ship, but in wartime grey.

So still to find a pphoto of her.
jack2 on Sep 30, 2011 05:25 (7 years ago)
After some research I found on the website
Just scroll the page down and you will see the picture of the HMS PORT NAPIER.


jack2 on Sep 30, 2011 04:46 (7 years ago)
PORT NAPIER (2) was built in 1940 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson at Newcastle with a tonnage of 8947grt. As she was taken over during building for completion as the minelayer HMS Port Napier no further details were recorded in Lloyds Register. Although part of the First Minelaying Squadron she never saw any active service.
Chris Howell on Sep 30, 2011 03:45 (7 years ago)
Bob is correct, and to my knowledge no photograph exists of the 1940 built Port Napier.
Gordy on Sep 30, 2011 02:39 (7 years ago)
I hope that is correct now guys - Gordy
Guest on Sep 29, 2011 21:53 (7 years ago)
You've got the wrong PORT NAPIER, Jack2.
This is the 1947-built one and its LR/IMO no was
jack2 on Sep 29, 2011 21:32 (7 years ago)


purpose: war
type: mine layer
propulsion: steamer
date built: 1940
live live
weight (tons): 9600 grt
dimensions: 152 x 21 x -- m
material: steel
engine: 2 x screw, 3 cyl. triple expansion
armament: 2 x 4" guns, 4 x 20mm cannon. 550 mines.
about the loss
cause lost: fire
other reasons: explosion
date lost: 27/11/1940 [dd/mm/yyyy]
about people
British Royal Navy, Admiralty, Rn, London
jack2 on Sep 29, 2011 21:16 (7 years ago)
The port Napier was built by the Port Line in 1940. She was requisitioned by the then Ministry of War Transport in June 1940. Her gross weight is 9,600 tons and is153m in length with a beam of 21m. Loaded into her six holds were 550 sea mines and 6000 shells for her 10 anti-aircraft guns. She sank after and explosion after being cast adrift from alongside the pier at Kyle of Loch Alsh. After the explosion the ship sank lying on here starboard side where she remained with the port plating just visible at low tide. Fortunately nobody was killed. In 1944 the steel plating was salvaged.
Mr. DOT on Sep 29, 2011 20:59 (7 years ago)
who can say no to a shot of old port! mrdot.
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