Ship No 513
GOOSANDER was the second ship on the stocks from the order from the Ministry of Defence this time for a Boom Defence Vessel of 923 grt. She was one of the Wild Duck Class vessels for the Royal Navy.
A very welcome order at a time when the British shipbuilding industry was almost on it's knees. At a time when there was the real threat of the yard having to close down.
She had a length between perpendiculars of 48.8 metres (The ministry had now gone over to the new metric system) and she had a breadth across the beam of 12.2 metres moulded, with a design draught of 5.5 metres.
This much specialised vessel built for purpose was launched from the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon on 10th of September 1973.
GOOSANDER was also to take part in the Falklands war as a salvage rescue ship; she was capable of lifting 200 tons over her bows.
She now spends her time at work in the West Coast of Africa for new private owners.
Look out for the new website which will be online soon and you can read a lot more about the fine ships built at Leith.