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Dear Ivor, I have done some research on the internet regarding the "Cadans". She was a "General Cargo" vessel of 495 tons gross built in 1958 by the Bodewes Shipyard in Hoogezand, Netherlands. She was renamed in 1969 as the "Armenistis", as the "Meltimi" in 1991, the "Georgia M" in 1992, "Ag.Necktarios" in 1996 and "Blue Eye" in 1999. Her last know flag was Bolivia. I think she must be scrapped now as I can find no record of her through her IMO number of 5057084. An interesting history - rather like a used car going from owner to owner, each taking rather less care of her until she ended her days after 50 years service .

We Thank Mike Trew for sending us this item
She arrived in Swansea for the first and last time on 20. Nov 1967 from Rotterdam where she had discharged a cargo of meat due to a dispute at London Docks.  At Swansea  she loaded general cargo and about three hundred passengers embarked for New Zealand.
The last liner built for the NZSC, 17851 tons, she was launched on 27th July 1950.
You wait for ages for a Mermaid then two arrive together.

We would like to thank Paul ('PhazedOut1' on Flickr) for the above two photos of Swansea Docks
taken from Kilvey Hill in the late 1960's

Mersey Mammoth moving cranes to Graigola Wharf.

Mersey Mammoth carrying crane across the dock.

Mersey Mammoth landing crane on D Shed Wharf.

Mersey Mammouth landing crane at the Graigola Wharf.

Large tank entering the locks.

View from the top of the jib of a 10 ton quayside crane

View from top of jib with Port Tennant in the background.

View of the Kings Dock. In the foreground the last remaining coal hoists Nos. 12 & 13.
The Gardpoint at Dragon Shipping

Vessel unloading at Dragon Shipping

Ship berthed at Dragon Shipping. On the right E Shed

Tug berthed where the coal hoist used to be. The 4 photos above were sent in by Gavin John.


While moving a quayside crane the three photos above show things don't always go to plan.

View looking from the high level lines towards the locks.

View of the Mole. The canteen is on the left of the picture.

Graigola Fuel Works.

Carrying out repairs to the wooden decking of the suspended quay on the corner of A Shed Wharf June 1959.

The two photos above are of the Divers Barge & the 50 ton Floating Crane being used to change a lock gate.

Floating Crane.

The 5 photos below are pontoons being shipped aboard ss 'Tai Ping Yang' for Sydney, Australia, Aug. 1945.

Lorries for export in 1950.

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