Courtesy of Chris HowellMV Balmoral Universal – Cargo from the Past

MV Psara Reefer

ex Balmoral Universal, Balmoral Castle, Clan Robertson

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1965 by Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd., Greenock(Yard No 508) as a Refrigerated Cargo vessel.

Technical Data

  • Length: 161.35 m (overall) 147.94 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 21.01 m
  • Depth: 13.14 m
  • Draught: 8.611 m
  • Tonnage: 10541 – 7952 – 7955 gross/5802 – 4278 net/11918 – 11730 deadweight
  • Engines: 2 C.S.A. & 7 – cylinder B & W diesels
  • Power: 7721 kW/10,350 bhp
  • Speed: 17.5 knots
  • Capacity: 506864 cu.ft/14353 cu.m
  • Call Sign: GMVE (Clan Robertson/Balmoral Castle)
  • IMO Number: 6513035
  • Official Number: 307638 (LR 1967- 68)
  • Port of Registry: Glasgow/United Kingdom
  • Sister-Ship: Clan Ramsay, Clan Ranald, Clan Ross


November 1965: Completed for Union Castle Mail Steamship Company Ltd.. Registered Manager; Cayzer, Irvine & Company Ltd.

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

1976: Renamed BALMORAL CASTLE, same manager.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell  Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Derek Sands  © Bob Scott

July 1977 © Derek Sands (left) and August 1978 © Bob Scott (right)

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (August 1979)

1979: Renamed BALMORAL UNIVERSAL for Universal Reefers, a Safemarine and Union-Castle joint venture.

Courtesy of Chris Howell

Courtesy of Chris Howell

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise (@ Dover)

1980: Registered Manager; Cayzer, Irvine Shipping Ltd.

1982: Registered Owner; National History Compania Naviera S.A. Greece. Registered Manager; Cominos Brothers Shipping Co S.S. Renamed PSARA REEFER.

June 19th 1984: Broken up by Saleh Steel Industries, Chittagong.

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: Malcolm Cranfield, Chris Howell, Derek Sands and Bob Scott for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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