© David InghamMV Ardingly – Cargo from the Past

MV Lucky Trader

ex Ballyrobert, Ardingly

© Skyfotos

Ardingly © Skyfotos

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1951 by SP Austin & Son Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland (Yard No 406) as General Cargo ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 77.25 m (overall) 73.26 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 11.07 m
  • Depth: 5.06 m
  • Draught: 4.788 m
  • Tonnage: 1473 gross/707 net/1900 deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 2SA 7-cylinder Sulzer diesel
  • Power: 690 kW/925 HP
  • Speed: 10 ½ knots
  • Capacity: 1,860 long tons (2,080 short tons; 1,890 t)
  • Call Sign: MDJP, C4XR
  • IMO Number: 5022778
  • Official Number (LR 1974 – 75): 184351
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Belfast/UK, Limassol/Cyprus


October 25th 1950: Launched.

© Tony Garner   © Charlie Hill

© Tony Garner (Left) and © Charlie Hill (Right)

January 8th 1951: Completed for Stephenson Clarke Shipping, Newcastle Upon-Tyne.

© David Ingham  © Capt Jan Melchers

© David Ingham (Left, Granville Dock, Dover) and © Capt Jan Melchers (Right)

1968: Owners changed name to Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd.

1971: Sold to John Kelly, Belfast and renamed BALLYROBERT.

1977: Sold to Oreosa Navigation Company Ltd. – S. Stoggiannos & J. Soumas, Limassol and renamed LUCKY TRADER.

April 28th 1980: Laid up at Piraeus.

1982: Scrapped at Piraeus

All information is believed to be correct and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. All items included in this article are subject to © copyright. We would like to take this opportunity of thanking: Tony Garner, Charlie Hill, David Ingham, Capt Jan Melchers for their assistance in producing this feature. A special thanks goes to Ted Ingham and PWR

Article © Nigel Thornton and Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos Group)

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