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Photographer:emdee [View profile]Title:HUDSON SOUNDAdded:Feb 14, 2020
Location:Tyne, United Kingdom
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1950-1959 (Under 3000gt)
John Hudson & Company of London were in the business of coal distribution around the capital in 1842. It was not until 1915 that they became ship owners.
In 1920 a new company, the Hudson Steamship Co. Ltd., was created to continue operations in the North Sea - River Thames coal trade.
After losing most of its ships during WWII the company set in motion a rebuilding programme by ordering five colliers from the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. at Troon, Scotland.
HUDSON SOUND was the last of the group to be completed, entering service in 1950. Propelled by steam reciprocating machinery she had a 2577grt, with four holds served by five hatches fitted with steel covers.
Influenced by the ever increasing numbers of colliers being built for other owners at the time Hudsons decided to have HUDSON SOUND fitted with derricks and winches with an eye to employing the ship in general tramping as opportunities arose. She actually spent much time voyaging in Baltic and Mediterranean seas.

1967 Sold to the Darien Shipping Co. Inc., Panama, for 48,000. Renamed ROSELLA
1970 Sold to the Gulf Nav. Corp., Panama. Renamed CATHY
1971 Sold to the Old Dominion Maritime Corp., Panama. Renamed VEDALIN
1973 She was delivered to Spanish shipbreakers at Burriana

Pictured arriving in the Tyne 01/05/65. Notable features are her tall cargo handling gear, clusters of winches and the generous amount of woodwork around her bridge structure. The red band and white letter symbol adopted by her owners was applied to a funnel painted dark blue.

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pieter melissen on Feb 20, 2020 16:47 (20 hours ago)
Thanks Emdee for the explanation, so the canvas most likely is there as a sort of protection for the aerials? Would that be sustainable during a hefty breeze?
dedge on Feb 18, 2020 06:02 (3 days ago)
I imgine they are domestic fresh water tanks, quite common on ships of that era.
volker1948 on Feb 16, 2020 09:55 (5 days ago)
Very good description!! Thanks.
emdee on Feb 15, 2020 10:51 (6 days ago)
The fabric appears to be canvas stretched around a set of railings. Unseen in this view there is a set of ladders at the rear of the bridge deck leading to the roof of the bridge. Up there are various aerials/antenna. What does arouse my curiosity is the purpose of a pair of cylindrical tanks both on the bridge top, and the same on top of the deckhouse above the aft accommodation. Could they hold water I wonder?
pieter melissen on Feb 14, 2020 21:01 (6 days ago)
Beautiful shot, what is the fabric above the wheelhouse intended for?
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