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Bibby Line Ships (2)

Lancashire (1963)

Lancashire (1963)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Line Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 819
Official Number 303886
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,919
Deadweight (DWT) 12635
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 132.9 Metres
Overall Length 141.7 Metres
Breadth or Beam 132.9 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 16.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
7 May 1963 Launched
August 1963 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Safine-E-Haider and ownership to Pan-Islamic Steamship Co. Ltd. 1970. Broken up by Dewan Sons at Gadani Beach 8 February 1993.

Leicestershire (1909)

Leicestershire (1909)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Steamship Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff
Shipyard Belfast
Country where built UK
Yard Number 403
Official Number 127995
Call Sign SUBZ
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 8,299
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 5,165
Length 467.2 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 54.3 Ft.
Depth 31.7 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details 2 quadruple expansion steam engines with cylinder bores of 22", 31 1/2", 46" and 65 1/2" with stroke 48"
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff
Engine Builder Works Belfast
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended and 2 single-ended boilers operating at 215 psi
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 823 NHP
Maximum Speed 15

Additional Construction Information

  • Fitted for oil fuel
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and submarine signalling equipment
  • 3 decks

Career Highlights

Date Event
3 June 1909 Launched
11 September 1909 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Change of name to British Exhibitor and ownership to British National Exhibition Ship Ltd. 1931, change of name to Zamzam and ownership to Soc. Misr. de Nav. Maritime 1933. The vessel was intercepted on 17 April 1941 by German raider Atlantis who shelled her and sank her using timed explosives. The ship was a 'neutral' and carried a large group of missionaries, members of the Briish-American Ambulance Corp. and a group of tobacconists. There is a website dedicated to the story of these events HERE.

Leicestershire (1949)

Leicestershire (1949)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Line Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 745
Official Number 183756
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 8,908
Deadweight (DWT) 9614
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 143.6 Metres
Overall Length 151.8 Metres
Breadth or Beam 18.4 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 18

Additional Construction Information

  • 8,922 GRT after rebuild as a vehicle/passenger ferry

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 June 1949 Launched
17 December 1949 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Peacetime)
Service History Information Change of name to Heraklion and ownership to Aegean Steam Navigation Typaldos Bros. Ltd. 1949 and refitted as a passenger/vehicle ferry. The vessel capsized and sank on 7 December 1966 in the Aegean during a voyage from Crete to Piraeus after sailing in a force 9 wind. A badly secured lorry crashed through the midship loading door into the sea after which the sea flowed in. Of the 264 souls on board only 46 were rescued. She was carrying passengers, livestock, vehicles and a general cargo. The owner of the company and its general manager were sent to prison and most of the other ships in the company failed inspection. A sculptured memorial was erected at Chania in the 1990s.

Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Bulk Carrier
Original Owners and Managers Aiden Shipping Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Co.
Shipyard Clydebank
Country where built UK
Yard Number 740
Official Number 335037
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 22,189
Deadweight (DWT) 38457
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 183.4 Metres
Overall Length 193.1 Metres
Breadth or Beam 27.5 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
25 September 1968 Launched
March 1969 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Completed for Aiden Shipping Co. Ltd. as Volnay, Change of name to Northamptonshire and owners to Bibby Transport Ltd. 1977, change of name to Andaman Sea and ownership to Hong Fat Shipping Inc. 1980, change of name to Argaman Sea and ownership to Sea Friend Maritime Inc. 1985, change of name to Milta and ownership to Milta Shipping Co. Ltd. 1991, change of name to Ioanna 1994. Broken up by Kamdar Associates at Alang 8 March 1996 - work started 11 April 1996.

Oxfordshire (1912)

Oxfordshire (1912)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Steamship Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff
Shipyard Belfast
Country where built UK
Yard Number 429
Official Number 131454
Call Sign GLZF
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 8,646
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 5,439
Length 474.7 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 55.3 Ft.
Depth 32.1 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Quadruple-expansion Steam Engine
Engine Details 2 quadruple expansion steam engines with cylinders of bore 22", 31 1/2", 46" and 66" with stroke 51"
Engine Builder Harland & Wolff
Engine Builder Works Belfast
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details 2 double-ended and 2 single-ended boilers operating at 215 psi
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 906 MN
Maximum Speed 13

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and submarine signalling equipment
  • Fitted for oil fuel

Career Highlights

Date Event
15 June 1912 Launched
17 September 1912 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of ownership to Bibby Line Ltd. 1931, change of name to Safina-E-Arab and ownership to Pan-Islamic Steamship Co. Ltd. 1951. Broken up by Pakistan Oil Expeller & Steel Re-rolling Mills at Karachi April 1958.

Oxfordshire (1957)

Oxfordshire (1957)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Line Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 775
Official Number 187155
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 20,586
Deadweight (DWT) 7722
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 170.7 Metres
Overall Length 185.8 Metres
Breadth or Beam 23.9 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Steam Turbine
Engine Details Two steam turbines
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 20

Career Highlights

Date Event
15 December 1955 Launched
February 1957 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Fairstar and ownership to Fairstar Shipping Corp. 1964, change of name to Ripa 1997. Broken up by Crown Steel Co. at Alang 10 April 1997.

Shropshire (1926)

Shropshire (1926)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Steamship Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuiding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 619
Official Number 149601
Call Sign GMTN
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 10,549
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 6,606
Length 483.6 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 60.3 Ft.
Depth 31.8 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S.C.SA 16-cylinder oil engines of bore 28" and stroke 39".
Engine Builder Fairfield Shipbuiding & Engineering Co.
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country Uk
Boiler Details Double-ended boiler operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 2,196 NHP
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding and submarine signalling equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
10 June 1926 Launched
October 1926 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Sunk/foundered (Act of War)
Service History Information Change of ownership to Bibby Line Ltd. 1931, change of name to HMS Salopian and ownership to Royal Navy 1939. She was converted to an armed merchant cruiser. She was torpedoed and sunk at position 59° 04'N, 38° 15'W by German submarine U-98 on 13 May 1941. There were 281 people on board of whom 278 survived.

Shropshire (1959)

Shropshire (1959)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Line Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 788
Official Number 301295
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,244
Deadweight (DWT) 10040
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 137.6 Metres
Overall Length 149.6 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.4 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 November 1958 Launched
April 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Argiro and ownership to Lefkonia Cia Naviera SA 1972, change of name to Naftilos and ownership to Naftilos Shipping Ltd. 1984. Broken up by S.H. International at Chittagong 23 February 1985.

Shropshire (1958)

Shropshire (1958)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Line Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 788
Official Number 301295
Call Sign N/K
Classification Society N/K
Gross Tonnage 7,244
Deadweight (DWT) 10040
Net Tonnage N/K
Length 137.6 Metres
Overall Length 149.6 Metres
Breadth or Beam 19.4 Metres
Depth N/K
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details N/K
Engine Builder N/K
Engine Builder Works N/K
Engine Builder Country N/K
Boiler Details N/K
Propulsion Type Single Screw
Power N/K
Maximum Speed 15.5

Career Highlights

Date Event
14 November 1958 Launched
April 1959 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of name to Argiro and ownership to Lefkonia Cia Naviera SA 1972, change of name to Naftilos and ownership to Naftilos Shipping Ltd. 1984. Broken up by S.H. International at Chittagong 23 February 1985.

Somersetshire

Somersetshire
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo Ship
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Steamship Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Harland & Wolff
Shipyard Belfast
Country where built UK
Yard Number 579
Official Number 145844
Call Sign GDZP
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 9,716
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 5,970
Length 450.3 Ft.
Overall Length 468.8 Ft.
Breadth or Beam 57.3 Ft.
Depth 33.7 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 4S.C.SA oil engines - 12 cylinders of bore 29 1/2" and stroke 45 1/4"
Engine Builder Harland & Wollf
Engine Builder Works Belfast
Engine Builder Country UK
Boiler Details Double-ended boiler
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 987 MN
Maximum Speed 12

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment
  • Converted for service as a troop ship 1927

Career Highlights

Date Event
24 February 1921 Launched
9 June 1921 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of ownership to Bibby Line Ltd. 1931. Broken at by T.W. Ward at Barrow 4 March 1954.

Staffordshire (1929)

Staffordshire (1929)
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Basic Data

Item Value
Type Cargo/Passenger Ship (Ref)
Original Owners and Managers Bibby Steamship Co. Ltd.
Country First Registered UK
Shipbuilder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co.
Shipyard Govan
Country where built UK
Yard Number 630
Official Number 161082
Call Sign GSRZ
Classification Society Lloyd's Register
Gross Tonnage 10,701
Deadweight (DWT) N/K
Net Tonnage 6,509
Length 483.6 Ft.
Overall Length N/K
Breadth or Beam 62.2 Ft.
Depth 32 Ft.
Draught N/K
Engine Type Diesel Engine
Engine Details 2S.C.SA oil engines with 16 cylinders of bore 28" and stroke 39"
Engine Builder Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering
Engine Builder Works Govan
Engine Builder Country Uk
Boiler Details Double-ended boiler operating at 120 psi
Propulsion Type Twin Screw
Power 2,196 MN
Maximum Speed 15.5

Additional Construction Information

  • 3 decks and cruiser stern
  • Fitted with radio direction finding equipment

Career Highlights

Date Event
29 October 1928 Launched
January 1929 Completed

Crew and Capacity Information

Item Value
Crew N/K
Passengers N/K
Cargo Capacity N/K

Status and Service History Information

Item Value
Status Broken Up
Service History Information Change of ownership to Bibby Line Ltd. 1931, change of name to Stafford Maru and ownership to Mitsui Bussan KK 1959. Broken up by Miyachi Salvage Co. at Sakai 25 November 1959.


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