Lairdsfox - The last of the line

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Colin Campbell
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Lairdsfox - The last of the line

Post by Colin Campbell » Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:08 pm

In 1966 Burns & Laird Lines replaced the dedicated ships that took steel over to Harland & Wolffs yard in Belfast with two coasters transferred from W.A/Savage Zillah Shipping. The ships were GREENFIELD and FOXFIELD and a great deal of thought went in to renaming them LAIRDSFIELD and LAIRDSFOX. It turned out that LAIRDSFOX would last to become the final ship with the B&L funnel colours, Seen here entering Ardrossan.
On 3/2/1964 Foxfield was on passage Swansea/Rotterdam with a cargo of anthracite and some 8 miles south of Folkestone,
in a fresh southwesterly breeze there was an explosion in her cargo. Her forecastle was blown 20feet in the air. A helicopter and two tugs answered her S.O.S. and she was eventually towed stern first into Dover.
Lairdsfox enters Ardrossan 2.jpg
Lairdsfox enters Ardrossan.
Foxfield explosion 2.jpg
Foxfeld wrecked bows
Fpoxfield explosion.jpg
Foxfield again

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Re: Lairdsfox - The last of the line

Post by yorkieman » Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:00 am

Quite an event Colin, lucky to have survived.
Here on a probably rare visit to Goole, photo by Charlie Hill
Worth mentioning the more tragic demise of LAIRDSFIELD, lost with all hands immediately after passing outward from the Tees on 06/02/1970, capsized after passing end of the breakwater seemingly due to shift of cargo, heavy plate having been loaded on top of hollow columns.
George Robinson
Freeman of Eriskay

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