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Photographer:Barry Graham [View profile]Title:Birkenhead, ENGLANDAdded:Feb 27, 2007
Captured:January 01, 1973IMO:UnavailableHits:4,543
Location:Birkenhead, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Photo Category: Harbour Overview Images
A view of Vittoria Dock and the East Float, Birkenhead in the 1970s with Blue Funnel and Clan Line vessels visible. These were the last years of conventional Blue Funnel operations and it is believed that the grey-hulled vessel is a former "A" class ship that had been sold to Chinese interests.
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E. Vroom on Nov 03, 2009 10:30 (9 years ago)
Also posted on the forum:

Hello Barry,

In a dutch book called "de nederlandse blauwpijpers" ("The dutch blue funnelers") isbn 90-6013-939-9, it is mentioned that in 1973

"all six units of the A Mk5/A Mk 6 series were sold in one sale to the peoples republic of China, but were exploited by a Somali company. the ships were repainted in light grey hulls, a green waterline and ochre yellow funnels with black top. A black and white picture next to the text shows DIOMED 1956 which was sold in 1973 as KAISING or KAi SING to China."

So it seems the China story is correct.

Best regards,

Malcolm Cranfield on Sep 14, 2007 17:21 (11 years ago)
I believe that Stumps is correct to think that the grey hulled ship was one of the Alfred Holt "A" class ships sold to China, handed over in Birkenhead and so loading her first cargo for the East.
Barry Graham on Mar 16, 2007 23:15 (11 years ago)
Thanks, "stumps"

Interestingly, the book "Ships in Focus - Blue Funnel Line" has a photo of Ben Line's Bencruachan in Blue Funnel colours which happened during the existence of the BenOcean pool. They also say that some Glen Line vessels ended up in Ben Line colours. Strange things happened during the last years of conventional cargo liners!


stumps on Mar 13, 2007 16:16 (11 years ago)
Barry - Ben Line buying a "Bluey" :-o Blimey they'd have been riots in Cowgate, let alone India Buildings :-D Trying to find an old photo I took in H.K., showing an old "Bluey" and from emory she was in those colours. If I'm successful will revert.
DEREK SANDS on Mar 04, 2007 15:35 (11 years ago)
Another fantastic historic photo, thanks for posting Barry.
Barry Graham on Mar 03, 2007 20:56 (11 years ago)
Thanks for your comments, "stumps." I've posted a query about the grey-hulled ship on the forum. It will be interesting to see if anyone has the definitive answer. It almost looks like Ben Line colours, but I'm not aware of any Blue Funneller going that way.

stumps on Feb 28, 2007 13:45 (11 years ago)
Interesting photograph Barry - Remember the Floats well. The West float was used by Clan Line as evidenced by the Clan vessel. I think the "Bluey" in the photograph with the yellow funnel is not on the Elder Dempster run as it looks a bit too "yellow" and has also a thin black top and, from memory, Alfred holt sold a couple of the "A" class to Chinese Mainland who operated them out of H.K., with an off-shore management company, so she may be one of them and in the process of handing over. The grey hull is the give away, the "Monkey Boats" did'nt know that colour existed :-D Also, liked your photograph of the "Kohima" (old Paddy. Henderson ship/name) I believe there was quite a lot of resentment amongst the Henderson men when they were taken over by E.D., as the reckoned they became the poor relations of the fleet.
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