© Chris HowellMV Cowdray – Cargo from the Past

MV Aref

ex Ballycastle, Cowdray

© Chris Howell

Cowdray © Chris Howell

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1959 by Grangemouth Dockyard Co. Ltd, Grangemouth. UK (Yard No 525) as a General Cargo (Coastal Collier) ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 74.73 m (overall) 70.72 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 12.15 m
  • Depth: 5.03 m
  • Draught: 4.858 m
  • Tonnage: 1748 – 1588 gross/809 – 816 net/2175 – 2210 deadweight
  • Engines: Oil 2SA 8-cylinder British Polar diesels
  • Power: 868 kW/1180 bHP
  • Speed: 11 knots
  • Capacity: 3 holds, G 3.015m³/B 2941m³
  • Call Sign: GCCA, ODIF
  • IMO Number: 5081554
  • Official Number: 300932 (LR 1974-75)
  • Port of Registry: London/UK, Belfast/UK, Tripoli/Lebanon


“Stephenson Clarke Shipping Limited, established in 1730, in liquidation 26 July 2012, was Great Britain’s oldest shipping company. The company had specialized in short seabulk cargo such as aggregates, alumina, grain, coal, fertilizers and steel.”

February 24th 1959: Launched.

© PWR  © Gordon Dalzell

© PWR (Left) and © Gordon Dalzell (Right)

June 1959: Completed for Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd as COWDRAY

© Ted Ingham  © Peter J Fitzpatrick

© Ted Ingham (Left) and © Peter J Fitzpatrick (Right) (Both Granville Dock, Dover)

1976: To John Kelly Ltd and renamed BALLYCASTLE

© Robbie Cox   © PWR

© Robbie Cox (Left) and © PWR (Right)

© Robtur

© Robtur

1981: To Issa Navigation Co. and renamed AREF

June 26th 1986: Arrived at Eleusis for scrapping.

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: Robbie Cox, Gordon Dalzell, Chris Howell, Ted Ingham, Peter J Fitzpatrick, PWR and Robtur for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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