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Photographer:Malcolm Cranfield [View profile]Title:SIDERISAdded:Sep 30, 2020
Captured:September 30, 1970IMO:5326904Hits:915
Location:Avonmouth, Bristol, United Kingdom
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1940-1949 (Over 3000gt)
The "Liberty" type vessel SIDERIS is seen arriving at Avonmouth on the rainy morning of 30th September 1970, exactly fifty years ago, with a cargo of phosphate rock.

She was soon sold for breaking, arriving at Barcelona 7th May 1971.

Launched as GRANVILLE SUART in Los Angeles, she was delivered in 1943 to the British Government as SAMARITAN by the California Shipbuilding Corporation

After War service she was sold to Cunard Line in 1947 and renamed VANDALIA, being sold to the "London Greek" shipowner Margaronis in 1954
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Malcolm Cranfield on Oct 02, 2020 19:57 (27 days ago)
Thankyou Gentlemen for your interest in the "50 years ago" series. SIDERIS was unusually photographed on a week day morning before work. My starting work in September 1970 naturally reduced the frequency of ship photography, especially from January 1972 on moving to London. Fortunately the years 1974-76 were busier but mainly at Liverpool in 1974 and at the Kiel Canal in 1975/6, sadly rarely at Portishead or Avonmouth. However I shall continue scanning and posting the "50 years" photographs on this website as long as I am able. Best regards. Malcolm
ged frith on Oct 01, 2020 11:59 (28 days ago)
I agree grant .looking forward to his exactly 100 years ones!!!
Grant Butler on Oct 01, 2020 10:39 (28 days ago)
This is a terrific picture Malcolm, thanks for sharing. Your 'exactly 50 years ago' series is most enjoyable.
Tom Walker on Oct 01, 2020 08:57 (28 days ago)
Thanks Malcolm for these regular 'trips to the past'. I particularly like your Bristol Channel memories as at that time I used to visit Avonmouth from Devon regularly and your background information supplements my notes of those trips. I saw the SIDERIS alongside a few days later, and on that occasion we stopped off at Portishead where we were rewarded with three vessels alongside, the ALBRIGHT PIONEER, CORBRAE, and ETHEL EVERARD making 26 sightings for the day and giving much exercise to my biro in my tattered copies of Ocean Ships and Coastal Ships books. Again, many thanks.
ged frith on Oct 01, 2020 07:09 (28 days ago)
thanks Malcolm. in this photo an interesting feature is the crack arrester plate riveted to the hull'outboard at main deck level'it extends from no 3 hold through to the aft end of no 4 these plates were also fitted on the main deck
Malcolm Cranfield on Sep 30, 2020 18:39 (29 days ago)
no Ged, they usually came in from Dakar
ged frith on Sep 30, 2020 09:15 (29 days ago)
Do you know malcolm were she came from .casablanca maybe
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