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Cargo ship City of Worcester berthed in Avonmouth
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No: 5840   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1977   Manufacturer: Robb Caledon, Dundee, United Kingdom   Country: United Kingdom
Cargo ship City of Worcester berthed in Avonmouth

Photo fo the cargo vessel City of Worcester (IMO 5074214) berthed in Avonmouth, UK, in 1977.
The City of Worcester was built in 1960 by Robb Caledon in Dundee, Scotland, UK. She measured a loa of 132.3m, beam of 18.1m and 6978 GT.
She later changed name to Maria Diamanto (1979) and Cape Greco (1982) and was scrapped in Chittagong (Bangladesh) in 1983.

Photo with thanks and © P.W. Hobday.
Picture added on 06 July 2008
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Was this the sister ship to the City of St. Albans? I was a cadet on the St. Albans from January to May 1973. We had to take the top masts and top of the funnel off to go through the Manchester Ship Canal. Nice ship but not as good as the City of Colombo; my first and third ship. David

Added by David Hesketh on 22 July 2008.
Yes, she was a sister of the 'City of St.Albans'. Both ships were regular callers at Avonmouth.

Added by P.W.HOBDAY on 01 August 2008.
I sailed on both ships as junior and 4th eng
or char sahib ha ha
also the two other sister ships city of hull first ship i joined and city of london
then to ums city of winchester

Added by Colin Nicol on 12 August 2009.
And, I believe, the vessel that I sailed on from Walvis Bay to Hull in the early seventies as a 16 year supernumery (?). My role being the care of antelope deck cargo.

Added by SIMON KNOWLES on 16 November 2009.
never sailed on the Worcester, 'enjoyed' a trip on the City of Guildford as 4th Engineer and the City of Lichfield as 3rd Engineer (our honeymoon trip). Also sailed on the Cities of Canberra, Montreal, Canterbery, Ripon, ACT4 and the old City of Leeds.

Added by Martin Goddard on 23 January 2010.
I remember a visit to the Port of Cork by the City of London in the mid-fifties and wonder how I might obtain a copy of a photograph of that ship. Any ideas or advice please.

Ed Buckley

Added by Ed Buckley on 17 March 2010.
As a kid, 1960's, I remember these City Line (Ellerman's City Lines) ships coming to the winter port of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; when Montreal, Quebec was blocked off by winter sea-ice.

Their cargo would be unloaded to the Canadian Pacific Railway, whose line ran through Maine, USA to Montreal; or, to the government-owned Canadian National Railway which ran a much longer 'All-Canada' route - a legacy of wars with the USA....

Marcel, many thanks for memories of the long-gone days.

Regards, from Canada,

Added by Pat Rivers-Bowerman on 24 March 2010.
In addition to sailing as Cadet on the St. Albans I joined my first ship, the City of Colombo, in Montreal in September 1972. Ellermans had created the Canadian City Line and rather than the black, white and buff funnels we had a red funnel with a white diamond with a red maple leaf in the middle. We sailed from Montreal to Quebec then to Cape Town and the South African coast, then Calcutta, Indian coast to Bangladesh, back via the Indian coast, Mombassa then Cape Town then up to Halifax, NS and St, John, NB in January 1973 where I paid off, in the cold, and flew back to England. David

Added by David Hesketh on 24 March 2010.
There were 4 sisters of this class.
The Worcester, St Albans, Lichfield, Dundee.
Ex Ellerman come mercenary sea dog.

Added by Rob Jackson on 11 August 2010.
I also remember joining the St. Albans in Salford after she had been to Basra up the Shat Al Arab under the Command of Captain 'H the S'. Having been on that trip years later on the City of Colombo I know there was a fixed ritual of sailing from Iran into Iraq. You had to drop off the Iranian Pilot, lower the Iranian flag, raise the Iraq flag and board the Iraq pilot. If you got it wrong one side or the other were liable to shoot you. The St. Albans was fired at by the Iranians and a shell went through the 4th Engineer's cabin and stuck, unexploded, in the engine casing.

Happy days.


Added by David Hesketh on 11 August 2010.
May I clarify perhaps the various "City" ships? William Denny Bros. built "St.Albans" and "Lichfield" as sister ships of 433ft.LOA in 1960, our yard numbers being 1499 & 1500. We built also "Winchester" 567ft.LOA in 1952, our yard number 1430, but she was rather different. She was launched by our Chairman's wife, Kix Marshall. 1499 & 1500 were powered by Sulzer diesels at launch whereas 1430 was turbine engined. I hope this may be of some help.

Added by Robin Denny on 30 December 2010.
I believe the C of Worcester was the first ship into Rangoon after port capture from Japanese May 1945 - anyone confirm?

Added by Don Harris on 18 January 2012.
Don that would be City of Worcester 1

Added by ??? on 19 January 2012.
Yes - City of Worcester #1 May 1945 - Cadet George Salter - later to be Master in Ellermans/Hall etc.

Added by Don Harris on 20 January 2012.
Sail as 4th eng 1967-8 chief eng piggy ward. 3rd eng George mcclusky. Lovely ship super Sulze8 cylinder engine.sorry can't remember all 70.

Added by Ronald Cameron on 24 October 2015.
Was 4th eng city of Guildford 3rd eng George mcclusky chief piggy ward.lovely engine 8 cyl sulzer. 1967-68.

Added by Ronald Cameron on 24 October 2015.
I would like to put things right about the shelling of m.v.City of St. Albans,
1. It happened Nov. 11th 1971 around 2300hrs.on the way to Chittagong up the Shat Al Arab.
2.We were fired upon by the Indian navy, the radar signals were jammed, we were hit about 73 times but luckily the shells had fallen off and only the detonators exploded, it was the chippies cabin that the detonator penetrated, inches from his head, a lucky escape.
I can't remember all of the crew only Capt Hine & his wife, Mike Fagan c/o myself 'leckie' and ? Hughes 4/eng
We limped back to Calcutta for repairs where the Indian naval officer denied it was them, even when shown a piece of shell with IN on it , tried to say it was a Z with a dash through it.
All of this was just before the Bangladesh war broke.
There was a BBC crew waiting to film, so we were reported on BBC TV.
Prior to this the m.v.Hammaten had a missile down the funnel in Karachi with some loss of lives.

Added by Malcolm Bennington on 15 March 2018.
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