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Photographer:Patalavaca [View profile]Title:SINALOAAdded:Jan 14, 2019
Captured:IMO:5328938Hits:628
Location:Southampton, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Cruise Ships and Liners built before 1950
Description:
The ship has now been identified with the terrific assistance of OceanCraft - and confirmed as 'SINALOA'.

Launched on 23/04/1932 and completed during July 1932 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Massachusetts, USA (1446)
6,983 g.t. as a passenger & refrigerated cargo vessel:
'Veragua' to 1942,
'Merak' to 1946,
'Veragua' to 1959 and
'Sinaloa' until sold to Belgian breakers, arriving at Bruges on 14/09/1964.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Merak_(AF-21)

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Help requested to identify this Elders & Fyffes passenger cargo reefer at Southampton in 1961 or 1962.

Photo with the owner's permission who has requested anonymity.
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IMO:5328938
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Patalavaca on Jan 15, 2019 18:11 (6 months ago)
Thanks Oceancraft for your dedication and input (and porthole counting!).
I had noted that 'Sulaco' could be discounted on design differences, it seemed to me.
From the length of the ship's name at the bow, even when enhanced and still heavily blurred, I thought it was indeed Sinaloa, but it was more a guess than factual.

On the basis of your unique porthole count and hard work, I will allocate her name as 'Sinaloa'.

Much appreciated.
Rick.

OceanCraft on Jan 15, 2019 14:17 (6 months ago)
We propose the SINALOA on the basis of the aft sets of portholes as shown in other photos. For the upper portholes: SINALOA has 11, SULACO/TALAMANCA has 9 (but with a different spacing), SAMALA has 11 with the same spacing as SINALOA. If we look at the lower set of portholes: SINALOA has 3, and SAMALA/QUIRIGUA has 1. Also, SINALOA and SAMALA are close sisters and were built by Bethlehem, and SULACO was built by Newport News. Therefore, we conclude that the vessel is the SINALOA, unless anyone has any other ideas
Patalavaca on Jan 14, 2019 22:42 (6 months ago)
Information now received that it is one of the following trio, however, despite a very close examination of the ship's name, I am unable to determine which of the three it is:
a) Sinaloa IMO 5328938
b) Sulaco IMO 5343483
c) Samala IMO 5308550

All built 1931/32 in the US.

Photo with the owner's permission who requested anonymity.
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