Jim Matthewson's Ships At Austin & Pickersgill,Sunderland February 1957 to June 1985

                               List Of Ships  Built at Austin & Pickersgill During Jim's Employment

      
 

 (bold names have an entry in Ships Photo album )

    Underlined Names-Click for More Information 

 346

M.V. Sussex Trader

03.05.57

 

820

M.V. Torr Head

07.10.61       

348

H.M.S. Keddleston

02.07.55

 

821

M.V. Bridgepool

07.06.62

349

H.M.S, Kellington

04.11.57

 

822

M.V. Scottish Trader

28.03.62

350

H.M.S. Yarnton

16.01.57

 

824

M.V. Welsh Hearld

26.04.63

352

M.V. Errington Court

12.12.57

 

827

M.V.Middlesex Trader

06.03.63

353

M.V. Essex Trader

12.07.58

 

828

M.V. Surrey Trader

01.06.63

354

M.V. Naess Trader

16.09.57

 

831

M.V. Victore

21.12.63

355

M.V. Needles

28.05.58

 

837

M.V.Wearfield

29.09.64

356

M.V. Baron Kinnaird

28.11.58

 

838

M.V.Inishowen Head

06.05.65

357

M.V. Baron Pentland

19.03.59

 

839

M.V. Ixia

13.11.64

359

M.V. Durham Trader

26.06.59

 

840

M.V. Exning

12.02.65

360

M.V. baron Maclay

15.12.59

 

841

M.V. Australia Star

09.12.65

361

M.V. Baron Wemyss

17.02.60

 

842

M.V. Baron Inverforth

23.12.65

362

M.V. Ganley

08.07.60

 

844

Margarita Chandris

07.07.66

363

M.V. Iron ore

03.10.59

 

845

Mari Chandris

07.07.66

364

M.V. Iron Barque

19.05.60

 

847

Happy Dragon

14.03.67

365

M.V. Ravensworth

12.12.60

 

848

Sygna

30.11.67

366

M.V.Longstone

24.10.60

 

849

Alessandra

08.06.67

367

M.V. Cheviot

10.03.61

 

850

Essex Trader

 

378

M.V. Finnamore Meadow

27.11.61

 

851

Tamworth

10.09.68

815

D.607

15.02.60

 

852

Nicola

14.02.68

816

D.608

15.02.60

 

853

Syrie

01.04.68

817

M.V. Booker Venture

14.04.61

 

854

Decedo

31.10.68

818

M.V. Vasilios R.

05.01.62

 

855

Venturer

22.12.68

 

856

Nicolaos D.L.

20.02.69

 

882

Tanganyika                                    

17.11.72

859

Carina

05.04.69

 

883

Togo

14.02.73

860

Ariadne

29.05.69

 

884

Santa Clio

30.03.73

861

Janey

15.07.69

 

885

Welsh Trident

10.05.73

862

Rupert De Larrinaga

10.09.69

 

886

Welsh Endeavour

29.06.73

863

Lawrentian

11.12.69

 

887

Patricia M.

03.09.73

864

Helene

03.04.70

 

888

Babitonga

13.10.73

865

County Clare

02.10.70

 

889

Bell Rose

31.01.74

866

Armadale

30.09.70

 

890

Athanassia

29.03.74

867

Miguel De Larrinaga

26.11.70

 

891

Anna Dracopoulos

10.05.74

868

San George

22.01.71

 

892

Hinrich Oldendorff

29.06.74

869

Nefos II

17.05.71

 

893

Eibe Oldendorff

30.08.74

870

Belle Isle

31.03.71

 

894

Catharina Oldendorff

11.10.74

871

Dunelmia

12.03.71

 

895

Arrino

26.11.74

872

Dorthe Oldendorff

22.07.71

 

896

Westland

03.02.75

873

Cosmonaut

29.09.71

 

897

Cairnsmore

18.04.75

874

Cosmokrat

15.11.71

 

898

Anna M.

08.07.75

875

Cosmopolit

16.02.72

 

899

Leon

01.10.75

876

Ramon De Larrinaga

24.04.72

 

900

Camilla M

05.01.76

877

Imme Oldendorff

04.05.72

 

901

Righteous

03.03.76

878

Cosmostar

14.06.72

 

902

Upwey Grange

21.05.76

879

Natal

21.07.72

 

903

Lynton Grange

01.09.76

880

Hille Oldendorff

29.09.72

 

904

Ajana

15.10.76

881

Sacha

08.01.73

 

905

Anax

26.11.76

 

906

Ormos

07.01.77

 

1396

Globe Trader

      18.01.80

907

Welsh Voyager

25.03.77

 

1397

Darya Lok

      12.09.80

908

London Baron

03.06.77

 

1400

Jade II

      14.11.80

909

London Earl

09.09.77

 

1401

Jade III

       12.12.80

910

London Viscount

25.11.77

 

1402

El Challenger

       27.11.81

911

 

European Express

18.12.78

 

1403

Hunjiang

       06.02.81

912

African Express

19.04.79

 

1407

Murree

       22.04.81

1377

Empros

20.07.78

 

1408

Kaghan

       15.07.81

1378

Cluden

22.09.78

 

1409

Ayubia

        10.11.81

1379

Londoge

06.07.79

 

1412

Ingenious  

       05.02.82

1380

Song - Dong

03.03.79

 

1413

Carriana Peony

       18.04.82

1381

Funing

31.08.78

 

1414

Yuanjiang

       21.05.81

1382

Kifangondo (Sea Hawk)

06.07.79

 

1415

United Enterprise    

       08.03.82

1383

Grand Faith

25.04.80

 

1416

United Effort

       22.06.82

1384

Thai - Binh

10.03.80

 

1417

United Drive

       14.07.82

1385

Bronte

02.02.79

 

1418

United Spirit

       03.09.82

1386

Derwent

30.05.79

 

1419

Cairnsmore

       20.12.82

1387

Browning

09.04.79

 

1420

 

 

1388

Luc - Nam

02.06.80

 

1421

Carrianna Primrose

       11.11.82

1389

Boswell

02.07.79

 

1422

Fayrouz I

       27.05.83

1390

To - Lich

17.07.80

 

1423

Fayrouz II

       14.06.84

`

Belloc

01.02.80

 

1424

Fayrouz III

       25.08.84

1394

Good Faith

27.09.79

 

1425

Fayrouz  IV

       28.09.84

1395

Future Hope

20.11.79

 

1426

Sunderland Venture

       14.02.84

 

 

 

 

1427

Abeille 902

       21.12.84

 

 

 

 

1428

Abbay Wonz

       19.10.84

 

 

 

 

1429

Abyot

        07.03.85

 

 

 

 

1430

Smit Barge

        04.04.85

                                         THE SD14

In the 1960’s Austin & Pickersgill’s designed the SD14 as a replacement for the liberty ships which had been built during the war. The Liberty ship programe began in 1940 and was developed by the California Shipbuilding Corporation to an original design by J.L. Thompson & Co on the Wear. In one month in 1942 this yard launched 11 ships and delivered another 15. The speed of production was achieved through using electric arc welding and prefabrication techniques. About 3000 Liberty Ships were built and by 1965 around 840 were still in service.

 A&P management realised that these war time vessels,built  quickly during difficult times, would be coming to the end  their  useful lives and that a standard design, general cargo ship of 14,000 tons, capable of 14 knots and with a crew of 26 costing less than £1m, would have a market  in the late sixties and seventies.  Production of SD14s began at A&P Southwick Yard in 1967 and under licence at Bartram’s. In total 72 SD14s were built at the Southwick Yard and 54 at Bartram’s

The first  Shelter Deck ship (Nicola) was  commissioned for Basil Mavroleon of London & Overseas Freighters  on 14th February 1968 at a cost of £895,000 

Through out the 70’s and 80’ s  SD14s were  built  on the Wear and, under licence,  in Greece, Argentina and Brazil where, in 1982, the 200th SD14 was built . In total just under 240 SD14s were built world wide. 

There seems to be a difference of opinion on the origin of the Name, SD14.  Some believe it represents Standard Design, others, Shelter Deck . However in his Book, Changing Tide- The Final Years  of Wear Shipbuilding, Ray Nichols  reports an interview with Ken Douglas in which it was revealed that the “S” and “D”  are the fisrt and last letters of “Sunderland” and 14 represents the tonnage.

 The last SD14 to be built at A&P’s Southwick yard was the Sunderland Venture  comissioned 14 th February  1984.

                                             SD 14 Owner at Keel Laying

 

 Press cutting from Sunderland Echo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                            SD14     833 Togo  14th February 1973

                                           A History of Austin & Pickersgill

Austin & Pickersgill Ltd was formed in 1954 by a merger of S.P. Austin & Sons and William Pickersgill.

S.P. Austin & Sons was founded in1826 on the north side of the river and was known locally for building colliers for owners such as Stephenson Clark, Frances Fenwick & Co, William Cory & Sons, The Tanfield Steamship Co, South Metropolitan Gas Co and The London Power Co.

In 1846 the company moved across the river to a site near Wearmouth Bridge. When Peter Austin retired his son, Samuel Peter, took over the company.

It became famous for its pontoon, built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend  in 1903, it was capable of docking ships up to 400ft in length.

During the Second World War the company built 30 ships totalling 65,000 gross tons .

The yard evetually closed in 1964.

William Pickersgill and partners Miller, Rawson and Watson began ship building in North Dock in 1838.  In 1845 William Pickersgill split with his partners and moved to Southwick.

William Pickersgill Junior joined his father in the company  and was involved in building 46 wooden ships. The “Coppername”, built in 1880, was the last wooden ship constructed on the Wear.

William was killed in the yard in 1880 during the construction of their second iron ship “Stuart”. His son William John took over in 1887 and in 1893 Pickersgill’s had the honour of launching “Margarita”, Sunderland’s last of the “tall ships”

Durng the war Pickersgill’s took over the old west yard of Sir John Priestman which had not operated for some considerable time. Between September 1939 and the end of the war  William Pickersgill built 20 mechant ships totalling 116,816  gross tons as well as corvettes, frigates and landing craft for the Royal NavyIn the late 1950s A&P undertook a major  £3m modernisation which lasted four years.The yard ceased production of rivited ships and went over to welded and prefabrication production which reduced production times to 120 days from 50 - 60 weeks. 

By  the early 1960s ship building was in a slump but A&P developed designs for standard bulk carriers, the B16 and B26, for which orders were obtained that would keep the yard busy until 1967. During this time the famous SD14 was developed. 

In 1968 A&P and Bartram’s merged and Bartrams, continued to operate as the South Docks yard of A&P . However this yard closed in 1978 and the work force  of 700 tranfered to Southwick where another major modernisation had been carried out. This was not a smooth transfer and many of the former Bartram’s employees were n’t able to settle and took redunancy as soon as they could. 

In July 1977 the Wear Ship yards were nationalised under the banner of British Shipbuilders.Austin & Pickersgill employed 2,906 and had orders for SD14s and B26s that would take them to 1979.

In February 1986 North East Shipbuilders Ltd was formed as merger of A&P, Sunderland Ship Builders at Pallion and Smith’s Dock on the Tees.(Smith’s Dock closed before it could be included). Graham Day, BS Chairman, reasoned, “... technical resoruces can be pooled...”  “.... our goal is to become the best in Europe....”

Then in May 1986 BS announced that 3,500 jobs were to be axed nation wide.

Worlwide orders had dried  and the Government were unhappy about continuing to subsidise  the industry.

Only two years later on December 7, 1988 it was anounced in the House of Commons that the yards on the Wear would close. A mere 5 days later on December 12, 1988 “Superflex November”was launched in near silence in front of a sombre crowd at the Southwick yard. The last ship from Sunderland.

Thus ended 650 years of shipbuilding on the Wear . At its height Sunderland was the largest Ship Building town in the World with a reputation for quality and renowned amongst the international shipping community.

The Southwick yard is now a Business and Retail Park!!

 

                             Additional Information on Some Listed Ships

                                        827 MV Middlesex Trader

 

Newspaper Cutting From Sunderland Echo

Take One BIG Ship and one LITTLE  River

“As a boy,Jim Matthewson often tried to get a model ship inside a small bottle, “But I couldn’t manage it-it was far too tricky,” he said last night.

Now he faces a much trickier problem-launching a 583ft. ship into a 550ft river.

“Yet this time I know I’ll succeed,” said Mr Matthewson,39 head foreman shipwright at Austin and Pickersgill ,Southwick Shipyard, Sunderland.

The ship, the bulk cargo carrier Middlesex Trader , will be launched next week. 

She lies on a berth which runs at right angles to the narrow,winding River Wear and will be the biggest ship launched there.

 Nearly 400 tons of strengthened chains will swing her round as soon as she starts to slither down the slipway.

 Experts have worked the launch out with plans and scale models. “And there will be only inches to spare,” said Mr Matthewson.

 Dredgers are now deepening the river to increase the chances of success.

It will be Mr Matthewson’s 24th Launch since he started at the yard six years ago. All have gone without a hitch so far- “And so will this one, I hope,” he said.”

 

 

                                                                                              852   Nicola

The first  Shelter Deck ship (Nicola) was  commissioned for Basil Mavroleon of London & Overseas Freighters  on 14th February 1968 at a cost of £895,000

                                                                                         862 Rupert De Larrinaga

1969 Built 9099 GT Cargo ship Agia Efimia (IMO 6924002), previously Rupert de Larrinaga, She was built at Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick, and measured loa 141m with a beam of 20.5m. She was disposed in 1991 (Kilyos).  

                                                                                              869 Nefos II

The 9,093 tons cargo vessel Trinity Sierra was built as the Greece registered Nefos II in 1971 by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick for Cia Naviera Zurubi, Piraeus. The Nefos II changed name in 1980 to Giannis M., in 1985 to Simoon, in 1987 to Trinity Sierra and in 1997 to Nimbero. She was scrapped in Alang, India in 1997

                                                                            909 London Earl 9th Septemner 1977

Tonnage: 15, 884g, 11, 033n, 27, 107 dwt.
Engines: Single Screw, 6 Cylinder 2S.C.S.A. Sulzer, 9, 900 BHP. 14.5 Knots.
Launched on the 1st June 1977, completed on the 9th September 1977.
She was sold out of the Fleet on the 22nd of March 1983 to Severna Shipping Panama SA of Panama and renamed Olympic Liberty. In 1988 she was sold to K/S Staberg of Norway renamed Staberg and was still in service in 1992. for photo go http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com

                                                                                            1377 Empros

Operated by Empros Lines & Shipping Company - Sold and renamed Tania in 2003 then QSM Dubai in2006

                                                                                            1382 Kifangondo

Launched as Sea Hawk  Operated by Linhas Maritimas de Angola- Sold and renamed Tangod 1999- then Argo star 2001 Sold for scrapping Gadani beach 09.09.2001

                                                                                            1397 Darya Lok

Sold and renamed Hanbonn Brother 1991-Eastern Bright 1999- Shunyuan 6 2003- New Legend Star 2005

                                                                                            1402 El Challenger

reanmed Voyager 1986 - Atlantica 1991 -Sinem Uzundemir 1994-Verdon 1999 Operated by Vergos Marine Sold 2005 and renamed Hyok Sin2

                                                  1426 Sunderland Venture

The last SD 14 built at A&P

The cargo ship Odelis was built as Liberia registered Sunderland Venture in 1984 by Austin & Pickersgill, Southwick (UK) for Shipley Sg Corp, Panama. She measures loa 144m, beam 20.5m and 8,996 GT.
The Sunderland Venture changed name to Rose Islands in 1986, Odelis in 1998 and to Theofilos in 2005