On This Day

24 January

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1887 Star of Victoria


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The 3,239-ton steel cargo ship Star of Victoria
(WC&C Yard No. 39) was launched today by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd., for J. P. Corry & Co., London. The christening ceremony was performed by Miss Corry, daughter of John Corry, Croydon, London.

This was the second vessel vessel and the first steamship built for Corry’s by the Yard. A large number of people witnessed the launch and afterwards a similar number were entertained to luncheon in one of the lofts in the shipyard. Afterwards Frank Workman, on behalf of the builders, gave toasts to ‘The Queen.’

The newspapers reported ‘This was the jubilee year of her Majesty’s reign, and the firm of Sir James Corry & Co. had thought fit to name the vessel just launched Star of Victoria, in honour of the occasion...Mr F. Workman stated that sailing ships had seen their day, they had done their work, and the sooner they were sold and something else put in their place the better. (Hear, hear, and laughter).’

The vessel’s dimensions were: Length, 361 feet, 8 inches; Breadth of beam, 42 feet, 6 inches; Depth in hold, 28 feet, 1½ inches. The vessel was specially designed for carrying large grain cargoes, shifting boards being fitted fore and aft between a double row of hold pillars.

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1895 Star of New Zealand


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The 4,712-ton steel cargo ship Star of New Zealand (WC&C Yard No. 94) was launched today by Workman, Clark & Co. Ltd., for J. P. Corry & Co., London. The christening ceremony was performed by Lady Corry, wife of Sir William Corry. This was the fourth vessel built for Corry’s by the Yard.

Described as a ‘handsome’ vessel her dimension were: Length, 333 feet, 6 inches; Breadth (moulded), 43 feet, 7 inches; Depth (moulded) 31 feet, 2 inches. The vessel was intended for the frozen meat trade with Australia and New Zealand, several of the holds and 'tween decks were insulated for the purpose, with a new system of refrigerating.
It should be noted that Workman, Clark & Co’s own records are in error as they record Yard No. 94 as being launched in 1892.

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1924 Glenshiel

The 9,415-ton cargo ship Glenshiel (Yard No. 594) was launched today for Glen Line Ltd. The vessel was originally laid down with the name Glencree, but during the course of construction this was changed.

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1929 Ulster Monarch


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The 3,851-ton cross-channel passenger ship Ulster Monarch (Yard No. 635) was launched today for the Belfast Steamship Company.