Elbe Ore

The entry into the bulk carrier trade by B&C was perhaps a reaction to the Company's malaise.   

Clan Line was facing increased competition on their Indian routes from indigenous Indian shipping, passenger numbers on Union-Castle mail ships were greatly reduced and falling, they simply could not compete with air travel.

In fact the whole B&C empire was one of companies that had either lost, or was in the process of losing their trade.   

Hector Whaling, South American Saint, Bowaters, all either defunct or simply names used for trading.    

Vessel

Built

Years in Service

Tonnage


Elbe Ore



1967


1974 transferred to King Line and renamed King Richard


39051

Official Number

Ship Builder

Engine Builder

Engine Type


309977


Burmeister & Wain

Copenhagen


Burmeister & Wain

Copenhagen


Diesel 8 Cyl

Burmeister & Wain

HP


16800 BHP

Screws


1

B&C Review - October 1969

Purchase and Entry into Service - 1967

Engine Room Automation - 1969

Renaming as King Richard - 1975

At Narvik - November 1974

Elbe Ore loading at Narvik, November 1974.

The berth wasn't quite long enough, so the centre and after hatches were loaded first, then the ship shifted astern to allow the pourer to access the forward hatches.

Ian 'Corky' Bennet was the OM, came from one of the mini-mails and found ship-handling was a bit different !

Jack Isbester was the C/O, he had to get back home for a family emergency which involved a long taxi ride to a Norwegian airforce base, then helicopter to the nearest civil airport, to Oslo then to the UK.

Narrative and Photo by Andy Skarstein

Master

From

To

G Russ

6/1967

1/1968

D Lockhart

1/1968

1969

S Hay

1969

1970

GThomson

6/1970

1971

P Rewell

4/1971


G Thomson

1/1972


P Rewell

5/1972


P Byrne

11/1972


B S Biggs

3/1973


P Byrne

7/1973


B S Biggs

11/1973


P Byrne

3/1974


B S Biggs

8/1974


I W Bennet

11/1974


Clansman - April 1975

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