Category Archives: Shipping

Shipping notes No. 161 (11th – 31st August).

Bideford Quay. No cargoes since last issue. Captain Hoad, the pilot since 1999, has officially retired and Capt Davis is now the pilot for the Rivers Torridge and Taw. Appledore. LE George Bernard Shaw is due for delivery to the … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 160 (July/ August).

Bideford Quay. Nothing since last issue . (Slight amendment for last month to the crew of the Celtic Endeavour; should have read Polish and Russian). Appledore. LE George Bernard Shaw returned to the yard on 16th 21.00. At the time … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 159 (June/ July).

In port – Bideford. Celtic Endeavour – (ex – Athos 2015, Antabe ’01); flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish & Russian; from Foynes to Castellon; arrived 11/7, sailed 13/7; loaded 2,750 tons ball clay.   Appledore – LE George … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 158 (May/June).

Bideford Quay. Vessel due to load for Castellon early July. Yelland Deo Gloria 26.5. (2 Trips), 27.5 (2 trips ), 28.5 (2 Trips), 29.5 (2 Trips), 30.5 (2 trips), 31.5 (2 Trips), 1.6. (2 Trips), 2.6. (2 trips), 3.6 ( … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 157 (April/ May).

Bideford Quay. Nothing since last issue. I understand that the next vessel at Bideford will be at the beginning of July. Appledore. LE George Bernard Shaw is still fitting out – first sea trials in July .Readers who may have … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 156 (March/ April).

Bideford. No shipping since last Issue. Appledore. Le George Bernard Shaw still fitting out ; no date yet for trials.   British Channel Observations. 11/3 at 08.38 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 155 (February/ March).

In port – Bideford Quay. Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius, 1998: Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish, Russian, Latvian; from Cork to Castellon; arrived 27/2, sailed 2/3; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay. Appledore. The proposed … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 154 (January/ February).

In port – Bideford Quay. Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius, ‘98 ; Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag, Cardiff; owners, British; crew Russian, Latvian, Polish; from Leixoes to Castellon; arrived 18/1, sailed 20/1; loaded 2,100 tons ball clay. Appledore. The fourth … Continue reading

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Two Bideford-built schooners of the Nineteenth Century.

“Buzz” was contacted in June by Roger Banfield of Scilly seeking information on the schooner “Vivid”, built in Bideford in 1851 (see Shipping Notes 136, July edition). Mr. Banfield undertakes maritime history research for his own interest, and also in … Continue reading

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Memories of Bideford Shipyard.

Many thanks to Mr. Freddie Palmer, who provided these photos. We’re sure that they’ll be of interest to many people. “Buzz” is dating the photos of the trawler “Galatea” as 1975, since records show that as date of launch.  Names … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – February 1913.

Wealth Dream Shattered. When Captain Geoffrey Newbold, formerly of the Royal Marines, and Commander Frank Worsley R.N.R., formerly Captain of ‘The Quest’, Shackleton’s Polar Ship, set sail in the ‘George Cochran’ from Appledore last summer with three Appledore men, Messrs … Continue reading

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Richmond Dock status – December 2012.

Photographs taken at Richmond Drydock on 11th December. First two photos – disassembly of the ‘Bryher’ has now been completed.    The nearly-finished vessel on the right is the  ‘Annaliese’, and only the ‘Silver Harvester’ appears mostly intact.     The ‘Monkleigh’ will … Continue reading

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Behind the scenes at Richmond Dock, Appledore.

Work progresses on the recycling of old vessels  –  photos Norman Hardaker. (Compare with our September article here ).

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Richmond Dock revivified.

On Thursday 6.9.2012 Richmond Drydock, Appledore, came back into action  as a working dock with the arrival of the beam trawler ‘Anneliese’ crossing over the sill  on her final voyage to be broken up.    She had been towed from Penzance, … Continue reading

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S.S. “Hebridean” – July, August 1911.

Helped by a nautical author,  I have been researching the S.S ‘Hebridean’.   We know that in the summer months she left Scottish waters and went south, to Bristol, St Helier and France, but your Bideford Buzz has added another chapter … Continue reading

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