ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
JAMES ROWAN
Construction
Steel
Type
COLLIER
Date
1955
Description
Yard Number: 840

Type: Coal Carrier

Machinery: triple-expansion steam reciprocating of 1,700 ihp built by NE Marine Engineering Co Ltd, Sunderland. Speed: 11.25 knots.
(Source: shipspotting.com)

Aberdeen Press & Journal, page 5, 27 October 1954:
'Collier Launched at Aberdeen'
'A self-trimming collier for the Electricity Authority (managers Stephenson Clarke Ltd.) was launched yesterday afternoon from the yard of Messrs Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen.
The vessel is the first of three which are being built by Hall, Russell and Co. Ltd., for the Authority.
As the vessel left the ways she was named James Rowan by Mrs Stella Rowan, a relative of the late Mr James Rowan, after whom the vessel was named.
Lord Citrine, chairman of the British Electricity Authority, and Lady Citrine were among those who attended the launching ceremony.
A single screw vessel of 340ft in overall length, the James Rowan has a raked stem and cruiser-type stern. She is of about 3700 tons deadweight.
There are four separate holds. Steam operated deck machinery includes the windlass, a warping winch for operating the steel hatch covers.
All accommodation is of a high standard, the whole of the crew of twenty-six being berthed in single berth cabins.
The vessel's machinery is situated aft. It consists of a direct acting triple expansion steam engine of North Eastern Reheat design. The boilers are oil-fired.'

JAMES ROWAN made its last journey to Shoreham on 28 October 1983 before sailing next day to scrapyard after an unsuccessful attempt to keep it as a floating exhibit as the last coal burning ship to be built in Britain.

1984: To breakers at Queenborough, Kent, arrived 6 June.
Owner
Central Electricity Generating Board, London
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Associated
Stephenson Clarke Ltd, London
Dimensions
length 323 5/6' x breadth 43 1/3' x depth 20 1/3'
gross tonnage: 2947 ton

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