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Photographer:DEREK SANDS [View profile]Title:ONITSHAAdded:Jul 10, 2008
Photo Category: General cargo ships built 1950-1959 (Over 3000gt)
Inbound on the New Waterway July 1977
Built 1958 by Caledon, Dundee as "Menestheus" for Blue Funnel, 8510gt
and seen here in Elder Dempster colours
BU Kaohsiung 19.3.79
Vessel Identification
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:8,220 tons
Summer DWT:9,778 tons

Additional Information
Build year:1958
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Photo Comments (7)

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racsan on Aug 01, 2013 07:38 (6 years ago)
I did my first trip to sea as deck boy on this ship in the autumn of 1964,it was quite an experience,but it didn't put me off,and continue to sail up to the present. Eric Owen.
steviej on Feb 16, 2011 20:45 (9 years ago)
I am mistaken the MV Onitsha I sailed on was built in 1952. I sailed on the menelaus which was the sister ship to the Menestheus
steviej on Feb 08, 2011 09:58 (9 years ago)
Sailed on this in 1969 as a junior engineer. I remember we had large logs of cargo on board from West Africa
DEREK SANDS on Jul 31, 2008 19:23 (11 years ago)
Thanks John,
I agree they were masterpieces of design

John Jones on Jul 26, 2008 22:57 (11 years ago)
Beautiful, now that shot just sums up what a proper ship looked like to me in my childhood hanging around London's docks. Thanks for sharing Derek.
John J.
DEREK SANDS on Jul 11, 2008 16:28 (11 years ago)
Hi Gerolf,
Thought you would like them.
More to come to break up the postings of the new er ships!

Gerolf Drebes on Jul 11, 2008 15:48 (11 years ago)
HI Derek,
nice batch of British oldies !!
Both are familiar to me.
Simba I have seen and Onitsha I saw as Kalydon
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