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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Classic Ships - SOUTHERN CROSS

we continue with the series on "Classic Ships" and you can see many more of these photographs at the

We start off her with one of the many fine ships built in the Dundee Caledon shipyard a yard which was to join with the Henry Robb Shipyard for a while and the company was renamed as Robb Caledon Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd, before the Caledon Shipyard was closed down in 1982 and the Leith yard reverted back to the Henry Robb name, before it too was closed down in 1984

The SS BAROSSA was launched in 1938 built at the Caledon yard of Dundee, Scotland

The picture below is a ship that was built and launched in a shipyard that was almost directly opposite the Leith Shipyard of henry Robb, The Burntisland Shipyard also built many fine ships over the years, they had the capacity to build larger vessels than the Leith Shipyard, and during World War II they did indeed build many Escort Aircraft Carriers.

The WARRINGA was built at the Burntisland shipyards, Scotland in 1955

Last but by no means least the old Liner SOUTHER CROSS which was built by Harland & Wolff in Belfast Northern Ireland

 The SOUTHERN CROSS was launched in 1954 and completed in 1955

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Classic Ships

We have now started a new feature on the Blog to be called Classic Ships which will feature Classic Ships from around the world, as many ships were in fact built at Leith, a great many more were built all around the world, so we have decided to honour them in our own small way, no bloody "Box Ships" here, they will all be ships that had form and shape to them.

The first ones and they will be in no particular order are a ship from Italy and another built in Denmark, all ships that look like ships.


She was built in Denmark by Flensburger and launched in 1938


She was built in Italy by Ansaldo and launched in 1952


 Look out for many more in the new "Classic Ship" series