Postby Keelman » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:39 am

Built as RAMON DE LARRINAGA in 1954 for the Larrinaga Steamship Co.
Sold to Elixis II Maritime Corp. S.A., Greece,in 1969 renamed MARIANNA
To Explorer Maritime Shipping Co. Ltd., Cyprus, in 1971 renamed MARIAN
Sustained damage while departing Lisbon 26/03/76. Port authority ordered her towed to sea but she foundered under tow off Cascais 27/03/76
Pictured departing the River Tyne in August 1969 following her hand over to new owners
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Postby magoonigal » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:14 pm

She does appear to have been a bit accident prone.............A few more details from David Eccles book on Larrinaga. (WSS)

5th May 1970. In collision with the German ARN in the Kiel Canal.
28th August 1970. In collision with the Polish LUBLIN at Gdansk.
5th September 1975. In collision with the MACHAON at Apapa.

12th February 1976. Arrived at Lisbon with engine trouble and abandoned in Port.

26th March 1976. Towed out of Lisbon with 10,000 tons of solidified cement and 200 tons of Gas Oil and scuttled in 1,800 ft of water off Cabo Raso. Positin 38.31 N., 09.38 W.

Cabo Raso is the Cape and Cascais the nearest port. I just wonder why the authorities did not remove the Gas Oil as it seems the intention was to scuttle her.

Looking at the fleet list it would appear that RAMON DE LARRINAGA was the most popular name in the fleet with Five ships of that name.
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