|Photographer:||Phil English [View profile]||Title:||Kingsabbey||Added:||Aug 05, 2005|
|Captured:||January 24, 1981||IMO:||6602812||Hits:||1,686|
|Location:||Tilbury, United Kingdom|
||Waste Disposal Vessels|
|IMO No. 6602812
A pretty rough photo taken at a cold and gloomy Tilbury 24/1/81. However, this is a ship with an interesting history. Built as the LPG carrier TEVIOT at Burntisland SB for Leith shipowner George Gibson in 1966, she was sold to Panama-flag owners in 1979 and renamed RUDI M. However, I'm not sure that she ever traded under this name as she was a regular feature berthed in London's Regents Canal Dock between 1979 and 1980, under arrest if memory serves. In 1980 she was sold to the Medway-based tug company J.P. Knight who converted her to a waste disposal tanker and renamed her KINGSABBEY. As the KINGSABBEY her biggest claim to fame came in 1986 when, on one of her regular runs on the Thames, she sliced through Southend Pier causing massive damage to the Pier and lifeboat house. Unsurprisingly, the person on duty in the wheelhouse was later found to be intoxicated. In 1988 she was sold again and renamed St. Stephen a name which she still carries today.