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Cargo ship St Helena Island (IMO 5257634)
Ships and Harbours
No: 5975   Contributor: Marcel Gommers   Year: 1990   Manufacturer: Burrard, Vancouver, Canada   Country: United Kingdom
Cargo ship St Helena Island (IMO 5257634)

Photo of the cargo vessel St Helena Island (IMO 5257634) loading / unloading in Avonmouth, England in 1990. I am no expert but her stability / freeboard seems a bit off.
The 3,150 tons cargo ship St Helena Island was built as Canada registered Northland Prince in 1963 by Burrard, Vancouver, Canada.
The Northland Prince changed name in 1977 to St. Helena, in 1990 to St. Helena Island, in 1990 to Avalon and in 1993 to Indoceanique. She was disposed / scrapped in 1996, don't know where.

With thanks and © P.W. Hobday.
Picture added on 10 July 2008
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I was a passenger on this Royal Mail Ship (RMS) St.Helena with my wife and two small children in 1988 from Ascension Island to St. Helena then in 1989 from St. Helena to Cape Town. A beautiful ship inside but with her passenger lounge right aft and with, as you say, some perculiar stability habits, there were plenty of unwell passengers when heading into the South East Trades.

Added by David Hesketh on 22 July 2008.
This is the ship that came to Ocean Falls, British Columbia in the 1960's and 70's that brought our goods to town. We had no roads out or in so we depended on this ship. She obviously served well all over the world!

Added by John Jensen on 16 November 2011.
I lived in Ocean Falls and this ship then the Northland Ship served our community for many years, She did have one disturbing habit, she rolled like a drunken sailor in heavy seas. sad to see her go tho..

Added by Paul Harraway on 09 April 2012.
I was glad to see this picture as I was a junior engineer when the vessel was launched in Vancouver B.C in 1964

Added by Gary Smith on 13 May 2013.
I too was a junior engineer on the Northland Prince. I joined the crew in 1966. She was designed by an English naval architect living in Vavcouver who had worked with my father in a shipyard in Ontario and was a family friend. She definitely did ride high in the bow. There had been some 30 tons of ballast added to the bow but it didn't totally fix the problem. Lots of good memories though as this was my first job after graduating from the diesel engineering course at Vancouver Vocational Institue.

Added by Leigh Cossey on 17 November 2016.
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