BADAGRY PALM

BADAGRY PALM

Postby Tony Frost » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:29 am

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Re: BADAGRY PALM

Postby fitter » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:17 pm

J.L.Thompsons yard number 741, and when built in 1979 it was the last cargo ship built at Thompsons, followed only by the ITM Crane Barge. This was also the last British ship to have a Doxford engine, a 760J4C, engine number 476. (760 was the bore of the cylinders in millimetres, J was the initial of the man that was responsible for the design of the engine (Percy Jackson), 4 was the number of cylinders, C in this case was for Constant Pressure Turbo Chargers). This produced about 12,000 BHP. The 12,279 GRT ship was "Semi Container" and was built for the Palm line whose soap factory (Lever Brothers), at Port Sunlight, on the Mersey and the village that William Lever built for his employees is well worth a visit. Initially his ships would carry Palm oil from West Africa for soap production, but they also carried a significant amount of hardwood an general cargoes. They had numerous ships built in the North East, including a series of twelve on the Tyne, all fitted with Doxford engines. Negotiating the shallow and narrow West African rivers in these ships makes very interesting viewing.
In 1985 it was taken over by UAC (part of the Palm Line) and renamed Badagry. Then in 1986 it became the Cordigliera, ( V. Ships, Monte Carlo). In 1992 it was sold to Starlauro of Naples but its name remained unchanged. On 3rd November 1996 it left Durban with paper and steel rolls. It was suspected that the steel rolls were loose and punched a hole in No 1 hold. The ship sank seven miles off the River mouth. One report said five dead, 24 missing. Another report said all hands were lost. The 1985 change coincided with the United Africa Company and Unilever (Lever brothers and the Dutch margarine concern), decision to sell the Palm Line and its conference rights to Ocean Transport, Liverpool, (primarily Elder Dempster and Gulf Guinea Lines). UAC then took over all Palm Line ships. Ocean Transport sold the three companies in 1989 to The French company Delmas Vieljeux. In effect, "Here endeth the Palm Line."
I have a picture of it with another name, Douala, but this may be incorrect as no other record seems to agree.
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Re: BADAGRY PALM

Postby Patrick Hill » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:50 pm

As CORDIGLIERA at Hull 06/05/1995.

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Re: BADAGRY PALM

Postby fitter » Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:42 pm

Good photos of a rather neglected hull. If it was as neglected as it looks, it may be unsurprising if there was some structural fatigue contributing to its demise.
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Re: BADAGRY PALM

Postby TEESMAN » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:08 am

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Nov 1979 Photo Michael Green
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