Category Archives: Shipping

Shipping notes No. 169 (April).

In port – Yelland Quay. Welsh Piper 18/4. In port – Bideford Quay. Clavigo – built 1992; flag Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Russian & Ukrainian; from Greenmore to Castellon; arrived 16/4, sailed 18/4; loaded 2,800 tons ball clay. … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 168 (March).

Bideford Quay. No shipping since last issue. Yelland Quay. No shipping since last issue. Appledore. The yard officially closed on Friday 15th March. During the morning of 16th March the BBC advised that a consortium was putting together plan of … Continue reading

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Fight to save Appledore shipyard continues.

The future of Appledore Shipyard remains under negotiation. The formal closure of the Yard on 15th March marked the end of the marine activities conducted by Babcock International. Since the announcement, just before Christmas, a Taskforce has been working on … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 167 (February).

Bideford Quay. No shipping since last issue. Appledore. Babcock are dismantling equipment, and there are various people interested in buying the yard (BBC radio Devon). Yelland. Nothing since last issue. Bristol Channel Observations. 1/2 at 15.30 cargo vessel Eems Spring, … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No 166. (January).

Bideford Quay. No shipping into Bideford except for various cargo runs by the Oldenburg. On 24th Feb she landed the remains of the yacht Millie D (see photos below), who according to the Harbourmaster & the Lundy shore authorities dragged … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 165 (December).

Bideford Quay. The Lundy vessel Oldenburg arrived back in Bideford on the pm tide of the 20th after her annual drydocking at Sharpness. (Photograph below). Appledore. No news regarding saving the yard from closure. Yelland Quay. No shipping movements. Bristol … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 164 (November).

Bideford Quay. Oldenburg sailed from Bideford 13/11 for her annual dry docking at Sharpness. No other shipping movements. Photograph of the Freshspring at Victoria Park, looking very spick and span. Appledore. The news was released 1/11 that Babcocks would cease … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 163 (October).

In port; Bideford Quay. Catania – built 2012; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Ukrainian; from Brest to Castellon; arrived 10th, sailed 11th; loaded 2,145 tons ball clay. Oldenburg ; no doubt the vessel will be departing … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 162 (September).

Bideford Quay. A vessel is expected to load between 8/12th October. Yelland Quay. Tug Sarah Gray and floating crane sailed from Yelland approx 10.00 2nd September, bound for Milford Haven. Sarah Grey returned to Yelland 19.30 30th. Appledore. LE George … Continue reading

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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. 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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