ABERDEEN BUILT SHIPS


Name
SUGAR PRODUCER
Type
VESSEL, CARGO
Date
1957
Official Number
187641
Description
Yard Number: 858

Launched 14th May 1957 by Mrs Sudbury, wife of Col. F. A. Sudbury, managing director of Silvertown Services Shipping Co. Ltd.

Press & Journal Account of launch, published 15th May 1957:
'The Ship That Ran Away.
Crowds of onlookers saw the 660 ton, 370 foot long cargo vessel Sugar Producer break her drag hawsers when she was launched yesterday from the yard of Messers Hall Russell & Co., at Aberdeen and she sped unguided across the harbour.

The runaway vessel narrowly missed the North of Scotland and Orkney and Shetland Shipping Company’s passenger and cargo ship St. Ninian lying on her berth.
Then she crashed against the concrete quay at Point Law coaling station, her rudder biting deep into the concrete.

Helpless
Fortunately no ship was at the coaling berth. A trawler (the Dunkinty) had pulled out shortly before the Sugar Producer was due to leave the slips.
Rebounding from the Quay, the Sugar Producer’s bow struck the bridge of the St. Ninian causing slight damage.

Tugs had been standing by at the launching ready to take the new vessel in hand, but the crew were helpless to act. It was impossible to get a hawser aboard in time to prevent the ship striking the quay wall.
After the ship had been moved into her fitting-out berth the damaged rudder was inspected by shipyard workers.

Built for Silvertown Services Shipping Co. Ltd., London, the Sugar Producer was named by Mrs F. A. Sudbury, wife of the Managing Director.
She is the third vessel to constructed by Hall Russell and Company for the same owners.'

Aberdeen Press & Journal, Wednesday 4 September 1957:
'Sugar Ship Runs so Sweetly on her Trials'
The Sugar Prouducer, a cargo vessel with luxury accommodation, ran her ballast and endurance trials in Aberdeen Bay yesterday in ideal weather conditions.
Constructed for Silvertown Services Ltd.,bof London, for sugar carrying from the West Indies to this country, the vessel is a credit to her builders, Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd.

Of the popular cargo-ship type with engines and accommodation aft, the vessel is 350ft. in length with a beam of 53ft. and is capable of carrying about 6500 tons of cargo.

The most remarkable feature of the ship, however, is the accommodation. Apart from the two storeboys, every member of the crew has a spacious cabin to himself, each being fitted out in handsome lines.

A suite of rooms for the supercargo is better than that to be obtined in many a first-class hotel.

There is a ship's office, a spacious and delightfully fitted-out lounge, and dining-room, and messrooms for the officers and crew. Port holes have given way to big windows in the public rooms.
A spacious stairway in mahogany is another feature, while the large galley is a housewife's dream with its stainless steel sinksand many cooking aids. There is also a hospital.

Among thos onboard for the trials were Mr John Wright, managing director of Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd; Mr S G Christensen, the owner's superintendent, and Captain J R Cassidy, who will be in command of the vessel.

The Sugar Producer is due to sail on Saturday to Rotterdam.'

1966: Renamed INSCO PRODUCER, change of owners to Insco Lines Ltd, Monrovia, Liberia
1971: Renamed GALAXY FAITH, change of owners to Lyra Shipping Co. Ltd, Famagusta, Cyprus
1976: Renamed NICOLAS P, change of owners to Laline Shipping Co. Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus. Lloyd's Register entry states "surveys overdue. Class suspended. Repairs required".
1980: Renamed TARA (no change of owners)
1982: Scrapped
Shipbuilder
Hall, Russell & Company, Limited
Owner
Silvertown Services Shipping Co. Ltd, London
Dimensions
length 370' 11" x breadth 53' x depth x 28' 1"
Gross Tonnage: 5088 ton

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