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No: 19900   Contributor: David Smith   Year: 1973   Manufacturer: Other   Country: United Kingdom

A Clyde Class Vessel-see m.v.Varda also (picture #13064).This was the last vessel to be built at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (in liquidation.)
ALISA built 1973. 80 GOLD ALISA - 95 AFRICA STAR - 96 KOSI BAY

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Picture added on 14 June 2012 at 10:14
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Very nice. I think they all got GOLD-prefixes.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 15 June 2012.
You are correct Paul. Gold Varda, Gold Hilla, Gold Orli, Gold Alisa. British flagged, registered in London. Great ships and invariably happy ships - privileged to sail in all four during my 10 year stint with Haverton Shipping. When one rejoined one of them after a spell of leave, one expected to find that one had sailed previously with most of the officers or crew. (See my recent comment under the builders picture of the Varda.)

Added by Barry Cullen on 10 November 2012.
I have just seen on Google Maps that the name of one of the roads in the new Clydebank College site is called ALISA ROAD.
It would be nice to think that it is named after the last vessel completed at Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. It seems very likely but can anyone confirm?
(See also entry on m.v.VARDA on this site, for details of other Clyde Class vessels).)

Added by David Smith on 14 February 2013.
It is indeed David.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 18 February 2013.
I've got the ame photo on my wall in my office. I believe it was used as a calender photo for the company's calenders, year unkown. I also spent many years on the four vessels as one of the Radio Officers. Good memories.

Added by Brian Woods on 14 July 2014.
The photo was used by the company for a calender, unknown year, of which I have a copy in my office. I also spent about 10 years on these vessels with very happy memories.

Added by Brian Woods on 14 July 2014.
Ship was called only 'Alisa' when I joined the first time...They were all renamed later

Added by Harminder Soni on 06 August 2014.
I sailed on all four of the Haverton vessels (later Gold Star line), from 1977 to 1998, starting of as 2nd Mate and finally as master.They were the most memorable years of my seagoing career. It was a sad day when I took the GOLD ORLI (renamed AFROASIA STAR) to be scrapped at Alang in March 1998. It was a pleasure indeed to sail with most of the other contributors to this article.

Added by R. Indramohan on 07 July 2016.
I am also 'built 1973' and named after this ship. From the 'blue train' into work, my Dad passed the Alisa and hence my name.

Added by Alisa Owens (nee Brown) on 23 February 2018.
On 29 December 1973 MV Alisa left Port Glasgow on her maiden voyage to USA, very sad day indeed watching the last vessel ever to be built at John Brown's Shipyard.

Added by A Gal New Building Supt Haverton Shipping on 09 May 2018.
It's a pleasure to see these old pictures. My late father (Victor Navarsky) was involved with building them in the early 70's as well as with running them later on (in the early 80's).

My mom was actually the launching lady of one of them. I was too young at the time to remember which one it was. But I do remember it was during the summer vacation.

Added by Eliezer Navarsky on 15 May 2018.
Shalom Eliezer. Yes, I knew your late father Victor, a fine intelligent engineer of a man. I remember he had a little Renault 4 in Glasgow. very eccentric!
I was too late to attend any launching ceremonies but sailed early 73 on the VARDA's maiden voyage from Greenock, Clyde) to Port Cartier, Quebec-there was still a lot of ice remaining in the Gulf of St.Lawrence at that time of year, took alot of that shiny new paint the paint off the hull!.Then it was off to Ha'Eretz' (Israel ) with a cargo of grain....Then Yom Kippur War happened , and I transferred to an Israeli ship plying the Med and Adriatic as a feeder container ship....... Went back to these great ships later.....Happy Days.

Added by David S. on 15 May 2018.
Good to read your comments Eliezer...I worked very closely with your dad..Sad to see the 'late' part, though...

Added by Harminder Soni on 16 May 2018.
LOL... Eccentric for the UK, , , Super eccentric as it was a RIGHT hand drive Renault 4 (purchased in The Netherlands) and driven in left hand UK at that...

But, that little car took Dad, mom, my younger brother and myself allover Scottland and even down to London!... Great memories (which is what's it's all about really)!...

Added by Eliezer Navarsky on 17 May 2018.
As for Dad, he passed away in November of 2004 in Hokkaido, Japan from complications related to his having pancreatic cancer. We were somewhat consoled by the fact that these complications saved him from the worst that is associated with pancreatic cancer. He was laid to rest in Yoqneam Elite, Israel. My youngest child, born in 2006, was named Victoria in his memory.

Added by Eliezer Navarsky on 17 May 2018.
What sad but poignant memories for you and for those of us whose lives your Dad Victor touched.I remember it was a dismal evening in October 1972 when he picked me and the 2nd mate up in the '4' at Glasgow Central Station (We were intrigued by the push-pull gearknob sprouting out of the dashboard-no problem for your dad as he was an engineer of course ! )and took us to a seedy little guest house in Kelvin Bridge.No doubt the Captain and Chief Engineer were eating caviar in the Glasgow Hilton !(Lol).We stayed there (the guest house, not the Hilton !) whilst the ships were completed and fitted out for several months.
You asked in the other post (Varda ) about which ship naming ceremony your Mum was the 'launching lady'.It must have been the Orli or Alisa, because I have a programme , in which there was a double naming ceremony for the first two ships, Varda and Hilla.Date: Monday 19th February, 1973.Varda was named by Mrs.A.Libin and Hilla by Mrs.H.Por.
The toast to the Ships and Owners was by Mr.R.C.Smith (UCS , in liquidation) and replied to by Mr.M.Tzur , Chairman, Haverton Shipping Ltd, London.
We juniors weren't invited to the ceremony, but we sailed on the Varda on 12th March 1973.I think the Hilla followed two or three months later, and the Orli and Alisa later in the year(?)
My best Regards
Shabat Shalom

Added by David S. on 18 May 2018.
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