Mystery Ship

  • November’s Mystery Ship Answer

    November’s Mystery Ship Answer

    20th November 2014

    The November mystery ship is the 16,909grt passenger ship Empress of Asia, completed by Fairfield in Glasgow in May 1913 for Canadian Pacific Line. The four-screwed vessel was powered by steam turbines and reached a maximum speed of 21 knots…

  • January’s mystery ship

    January’s mystery ship

    20th November 2014

    John Burling supplied this month’s mystery ship, sending in two photos to test readers’ knowledge. He saw the ship moored in the river Tamar at Plymouth in the mid-1980s, and the dredger in mid-river was photographed in Portsmouth harbour in…

  • December’s mystery ship

    December’s mystery ship

    15th October 2014

    This month’s mystery ship was supplied by Jim Shaw, who commented: ‘All I know is that the photo was taken in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and is rumoured to be that of a former Dutch passenger/cargo vessel. Unfortunately, there is not much…

  • October’s Mystery Ship Answer

    October’s Mystery Ship Answer

    15th October 2014

    The October Mystery Ship is the 4,119grt ‘turret’ steamer Pearlmoor, which was designed and completed in 1905 by W. Doxford & Sons at their Pallion Yard on the Wear, to the order of Walter Runciman & Co’s Moor Line of…

  • November’s mystery ship

    November’s mystery ship

    18th September 2014

    This month’s mystery ship was supplied by Mr M. Stevenson, of Tockington, Bristol, who wrote: ‘My grandfather, a ship’s captain in the early 1900s, may have been involved with this ship, possibly around Japan. Unfortunately I don’t have much information…

  • September’s Mystery Ship Answer

    September’s Mystery Ship Answer

    18th September 2014

    Close scrutiny of the photograph reveals the vessel to be Lempa, the second of two identical fruit ships completed in late 1952 by the German shipbuilders Bremer Vulkan atVegesak for the Honduran subsidiary of the US-controlled United Fruit Company, Empresa…

  • August’s Mystery Ship Answer

    August’s Mystery Ship Answer

    20th August 2014

    The August Mystery Ship was the liner Hikawa Maru, which is preserved in her company colours of the Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line (Japan Mail Steamship Co)at Yokohama. The 11,622grt vessel was built in 1930 as a passengercargo liner for…

  • October’s mystery ship

    October’s mystery ship

    20th August 2014

    This month’s mystery ship shows some kind of small cargo vessel berthed in port. The name on the ship is unreadable, unfortunately, making identification more difficult. So can any reader supply more information about this ship, or indeed the vessel…

  • September’s mystery ship

    September’s mystery ship

    22nd July 2014

    This month’s mystery ship was again supplied by Paul Green, who seeks help in identifying another of his photos taken at Newhaven 40 years ago (see SM, July and below for the other photo). This one shows Lenpa, which looks…

  • July’s Mystery Ship Answer

    July’s Mystery Ship Answer

    22nd July 2014

    The two mystery ships pictured in Newhaven are refrigerated ships. In the forefront is the Soviet Vasiliy Fesenkov, built in 1974 in Gdansk in Poland (6,391gt, 139m length), which was part of the famous and popular B-437 series of 14…