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MV Darlington – Cargo from the Past

MV Ekaterini

Ex Petro P, Abadan, Gulf Sky, Darlington

© Charlie Hill

© Charlie Hill

Steel single screw motor vessel, built in 1958 by James Lamont & Co Ltd., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 393), for Associated Humber Lines Ltd.

Technical Data

  • Length: 70.74 m (overall) 65.54 m (between perpendiculars)
    Breadth: 12.02 m
    Depth: 6.96 m
    Draught: 4.033 m
    Tonnage: 963 gross/375 net/1092t deadweight
    Engines: Ruston & Hornsby 4SA 7-cylinder oil engine type VOXM
    Power: 201 kW/1880 bHP
    Speed: 12.5 knots (max)
    Capacity: 2659 m³ bale, 2816 m³ grain
    Call Sign:  GBGU (Darlington), 5BWR (Gulf Sky – Petros P)
    IMO Number: 5086554
    Official Number: 300411
    Port of Registry: Hull/United Kingdom, Famagusta/Cyprus, Limassol/Cyprus, Piraeus/Greece
    Sister-Ship: Harrogate (II), Selby (II)


July 1st 1958: Launched to Associated |Humber Lines Ltd.

November 1958: Completed.

Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

November 19th 1958: Maiden voyage Goole – Amsterdam/Rotterdam.

© Charlie Hill

© Charlie Hill (Courtesy of PWR) (Goole)

1959: Served Amsterdam.

1960: Mainly Rotterdam.

Roy Thornton Collection  Roy Thornton Collection

Roy Thornton Collection

1965: Goole – Bremen for the joint AHL/Argo Lines trade. Found to be too large for their requirements.

September 1st 1965: Chartered to British Railways Board, Southern Region for Folkestone – Boulogne unit-load service. Replaced DORSET COAST. The charter was expected to end at the end of December 1965, but in fact continued until the end of August 1966.

© A G Jones  Roy Thornton Collection

© A G Jones (Folkestone, 16/05/1966)(Left) Roy Thornton Collection (Right)

August 1966: Returned to the Humber and completed one round trip between Goole and Antwerp.

September 3rd 1966: Sailings Hull – Bremen and Hamburg.

September 13th 1966: Again to AHL/Argo joint service.

August 20th 1967: Service Goole – Hamburg.

1967( Last few weeks): Served Heysham – Belfast.

January 1st 1968: Chartered to British Railways Board. For the Heysham – Dublin service.

May 1968: Holyhead – Heysham Station service.

1971: Sold to Sky Enterprises and renamed GULF SKY.

1977: Sold to Mehr Sg Co Ltd and renamed ABADAN.

1977: Same owner. Manager; Gulf Maritime Co. Ltd and renamed PETROS P.

1978: Sold to Evia Sg Co Ltd and renamed EKATERINI P.

© Bob Scott

© Bob Scott (Ipswich, 17/06/1978)

© Charlie Hill

© Charlie Hill (Courtesy of PWR) (Gunnesss, Trent Wharves, United Kingdom

April 20th 1980: Developed a list after her cargo shifted on from Rouen to Lattakia Taken to Brest where she was laid up and vandalised.

January 26th 1982: Scuttled by the French Navy @ 47.19n/5.26W.

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: Ted Ingham, PWR and Bob Scott for their assistance in producing this feature.

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

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