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Friday, 28 January 2011

Favourite ROBB SHIPS-2

Continuing the list of favourite Robb ships compiled while doing the research and actually working on some of the ships.


While any list is purely subjective this is my one and will show my top 30 Robb built Ships, with the next 10 from number 11 to 20 shown below.

If you click on the ships name it will take you to more on the ships at the website. (Remember this website is ongoing)

Should you have a favourite list or wish to add to this existing list then send it in to the blog or the new website at www.leithshipyards.com

HMS LOTUS Ship No 317






11. LLOYDSMAN Ocean Salvage Tug
12. HMS LOTUS Flower Class Corvette
13. MV RAPALLO Cargo Ship
14. HEDWIN Grab Hopper Dredger
15. HMCS HESPELER Castle Class Corvette
16. ST HELEN Passenger/Vehicle Ferry
17. WANGANUI Grab Hopper Dredger
18. HMS WINDRUSH River Class Frigate
19. HMRT TURMOIL Navy Salvage Tug
 



Saturday, 15 January 2011

Favourite ROBB SHIPS

The following is a list of favourite Robb ships compiled while doing the research and actually working on some of the ships.


While any list is purely subjective this is my one and will show my top 30 Robb built Ships, with the first 10 shown below.

If you click on the ships name it will take you to more on the ships at the website. (Remember this website is ongoing)

Should you have a favourite list or wish to add to this existing list then send it in to the blog or the new website at www.leithshipyards.com

Wolraad Woltemade underway
1. SA WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE Ocean salvage Tug


2. SCOT II Ice Breaker Tug  and to follow her restoration and find out more about SCOT II

3. HMS HERALD Royal Navy Survey Ship

4. TRIBENI Survey Ship and to see her being built

5. HMNZS MOA Armed Trawler/Training Ship

6. BRANSFIELD Antarctic Survey Ship

7. SOUTH STEYNE Classic Australian Ferry

8. PORT TAURANGA Classic Cargo Ship

9. BRITISH COAST Classic British Coaster

10. MV KARITANE Twin Screw Cargo Ship


Look out for the rest of the list, and further history of the fine ships built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and later of Robb Caledon

Friday, 7 January 2011

The yard goes on.

With the launch of the ST HELEN and the fact that her sister ship was nearing completion (ST CATHERINE) and would soon be doing her trials before being handed over to her owners Sealink Ferries.


The sh*t was starting to hit the fan, with no new orders and only broken promises from “British Shipbuilders” the future did not look good for Robb Caledon Shipbuilders.

Outfitting work still required to be done on ST HELEN of course and the mood between the men and management was getting close to break point.

A load of different initiatives were started although as it turned out as ever too little and too late.

The men were put under further pressure with the threat that the ferries had to be completed in time, as the owners had started taking summer bookings .

You will be able to read much more on the struggle to keep the Leith Shipyards open on the new website at www.leithshipyards.com

This blog will also continue to feature updates and news about the website.

Along with the progress of the Save the SCOT II campaign which intends to restore the only ice breaking tug on the British Historical Ships Register.

And when restored perhaps the oldest ship still working from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd.