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Photographer:Carey Akin [View profile]Title:RUTH LYKES & LESLIE LYKESAdded:Aug 01, 2007
Photo Category: General cargo ship photos, more than one ship
Both vessels laid up at the old Todd Shipyard in Houston, Texas. Picture taken in the fall of 1984. Both vessels have been broken. The LESLIE in 1995 and the RUTH in 1994. The LESLIE was the Lykes Gulf Pride class vessel and the RUTH was of the Gulf Clipper design.

Ruth Lykes IMO 6523810
Leslie Lykes IMO 5206960

I sailed on the LESLIE in 1979 and coincidently was the Class Surveyor in 1995 that did the final surveys and sent her to the breakers (I did get the clock from the Chief Engineer's day room as a souvenier).

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stumps on Apr 27, 2007 16:17 (13 years ago)
Thanks for the clarification Cmakin - Liked the line "old British coal fired ships" - blimey, some of our oil fired were still being built upto the early 60's with the split profile [:D]
Carey Akin on Apr 25, 2007 21:02 (13 years ago)
The Ruth (Clipper) was a much more modern ship than the Leslie(Pacer). It also had 6,000 more horsepower. I agree about the design of the Pacer class ship. The hold in the middle of the deckhouse is certainly reminiscent of the old British coal fired ships. There are still a few of both the Clippers and the Pacers, but most are in the US Ready Reserve fleet. Oh, and yes, both were turbine ships.
stumps on Apr 25, 2007 13:34 (13 years ago)
I remember when Lykes first brought those class of ships out and we all though they looked revolutionary to us in some respects but old fashioned in others like the split profile. Anyway , they always looked upto the job and did last for many years. Turbine were'nt they?
Tomas Østberg- Jacobsen on Apr 25, 2007 12:39 (13 years ago)
Nice ships, fine shot and a good story. Allways nice to read some info along with the photographs. I grew up in a town where lots of ships was laid up. Allways found it sad.
Anyway. Well done!
Tomas sandefjord Norway
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