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Mv Edinburgh Clipper – Cargo from the Past

MV Banana Reefer

ex Network Swan, Atlantico, Angelmar, America Freezer, Alsatia, Edinburgh Clipper

© Gordon Wise

© Gordon Wise

Steel single screw motor vessel built in 1972 by Smith’s Dock Co Ltd, South Bank, Middlesbrough (Yard No 1318) as a General Cargo Ship

Technical Data

  • Length: 140.70 m (overall) 130.0 m (between perpendiculars)
  • Breadth: 18.04 m
  • Depth: 11.64 m
  • Draught: 8.287 – 9.043 m
  • Tonnage: 4938 – 6680 gross/2636 – 3638 net/7722 – 9193 deadweight
  • Engines: 1 x 2SA 9-cylinder Sulzer diesel.
  • Power: 11078 kW/14850 bhp
  • Speed: 23 knots
  • Capacity: 4 holds. 352294 cu.ft
  • Call Sign: GPUG (Edinburgh Clipper – Alsatia), 3ELF9 (Network Swan)
  • IMO Number: 7203364
  • Official Number: 357471
  • Port of Registry: Glasgow/United Kingdom (Edinburgh Clipper – Alsatia), Piraeus/Greece (America Freezer – Angelmar) Bahamas (Angelmar – Network Swan), Panama (Network Swan)
  • Sister-Ship: Bristol Clipper, Cardiff Clipper, Glasgow Clipper, Liverpool Clipper, London Clipper, Newcastle Clipper, Teesside Clipper


January 1972: Launched as EDINBURGH CLIPPER for Chichester Shipping Lines Ltd., North West Shipping Co. Ltd & Island Fruit Reefer Shipping Co. Ltd.

1977: To Cunard S.S. Co Ltd and renamed ALSATIA. Registered Manager; Salen UK Ship Management Ltd.

1981: Renamed AMERICA FREEZER. Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A., Piraeus

© Leo Johannes  © Leo Johannes

© Leo Johannes (both)

1985: Renamed ANGELMAR.

© Mike Griffiths

© Mike Griffiths

1990: Renamed ATLANTICO

1990: Renamed NETWORK SWAN. Registered Owner; Del Monte Fresh Fruit (International) Ltd. Registered Manager; Network Shipping Ltd.

© Frank Foerst

1992: Renamed BANANA REEFER.

1994: Broken up at 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: Mike Griffiths, Frank Foerst, Leo Johannes and Gordon Wise for their assistance in producing this feature.

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


    1. Hi, I sailed on Mv Cantaloup 2/2/1974. lapland 24/6/1974. Edinburgh Clipper 22/6/1974. Tangelo 29/1/1975. Reefer engineer.

      1. Hi Tony,it’s almost fifty years ago some great memories, seams like yesterday, had some great trips,saw some wonderful places Whitco Marine Services were quite a good company, most of the time flew you home regardless of where in the world you were.

        1. Hi, Allan. Thanks for your reply. Certainly feels like yesterday. I was one of the guys who didn’t get flown home after leaving the Mv,”Tangelo” in Bremerhaven. To fly to New Zealand. Fortunately I had sufficient leave to cash in to for a flight home. Prior to that every trip was enjoyable, learnt a lot from the experience. Cheers Tony.

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