ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
WHITBY ABBEY
Construction
Steel
Type
GENERAL CARGO LINER
Date
1954
Official Number
185181
Description
Yard Number: 838

Aberdeen Press & Journal, 1st May 1954:
'The British Transport Commission have decided to set up a small development team to review the trends of traffic in their various short sea trades and, taking into account the possible advances in naval architecture and marine engineering, to assess the type of ships which will be needed in ten years' time.
This statement was made by Mr H. A. Short, chief regional manager, British Railways, North Eastern Region, at a luncheon which followed the launch yesterday of the motor vessel Whitby Abbey from the yard of Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd.
Mr Short, who was replying to a toast to the owners, Associated Humber Lines, Hull, which was given by Sir Alfred Ayres, said they had faith in the future of surface transport by land and sea, and believed it still had a sound part to play in international commerce and international passenger movement.
The launch of the Whitby Abbey was evidence of that faith.
Other speakers included Mr J. L. Harrington, chief officer (marine), British Rilways, British Transport Commission; Mr H. W. R. Ogram, general manager Associated Humber Lines, and Mr Colin S. McLay, director and general manager, Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd.
The Whitby Abbey, a single screw, open-shelter-deck vessel of 256ft. in overall length, was named by Mrs H. W. R. Ogram. The vessel will link Hull and Goole with Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Hamburg, Bremen and Dunkirk. She brings the Associated Humber Lines Fleet to fourteen. A sister ship, the Fountains Abbey, is expected to be launched in a few weeks' time, also from the yard of Hall, Russell Co. Ltd.
Particular attention has been given to the construction of the Whitby Abbey to facilities for carrying fruit and vegetables from the Continent. Thermotank mechanical ventilation has been installed.'
Owner
Associated Humber Lines, Hull
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Dimensions
length 240 7/12' x breadth 38 7/12' x depth 21 7/12'
Gross Tonnage: 1197 ton

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