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No: 13209   Contributor: Paul Strathdee   Year: 1974   Manufacturer: Kockums Mekaniska V. Malmo, Sweden   Country: United Kingdom

Was interested to see the comment on the MARLAND. This was taken in Glasgow in January 1974. She had come from Birkenhead following a serious fire in her aft accommodation when undergoing repairs. Some lives were lost. She went into the Inchgreen Drydock at Greenock eventually. You can see the fire damage.
She was built in 1959 by Kockums at Malmo as the Blandford Shipping Co's BIDEFORD and went to breakers at Kaohsiung in November 1975 so did not last long after her Clyde visit.
Picture added on 01 February 2010 at 10:08
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How absolutely amazing to see this photo! Pictures of the Marland aren't easy to come by - and I've never seen one taken after the fire. I sailed on the Marland for 7 months as a cadet, from January to July 73. I knew and still have photos of two of the five crew killed in the fire. I also have photos of seas breaking right over the top of the mast on the foredeck. That was in a Force 10 gale in the Mozambique Channel. We were fully loaded - and the Mate was cheesed off as the deck had just been painted. I wonder if they fixed the engine while the aft accommodation was being repaired? While I was on her, the Marland was limited to 12 knots, rather than her usual 16.

Added by Jeremy Thorpe on 08 March 2010.
It was a big job for the drydock in Greenock so I suppose it was lucky her coming to Glasgow before going to Greenock. Very sad indeed the loss of life.

Added by Paul Strathdee on 08 March 2010.
I joined her in Durban and we had to manually pump up the fuel to get the donkey boiler going to flash up the main boilers. I was a skinney lad of about 20 years and Macdonald Jonathan was ERLH .(Donkeyman)

Added by Robert Benjamin (Bennie) on 14 March 2013.
I'm going to try again to upload two of my own pictures of the Marland. The first is of the storm in the Mozambique Channel I mentioned in my post above in 2010. We were heading south with a full cargo of 40 000 tons of crude oil. The second pic was taken while the Marland was in drydock in Durban for repainting and engine repairs in February '73. The Marland was 700 ft x 100 ft, not a huge ship by today's standards, but that's still an impressive-looking rudder and propellor!

Added by Jeremy Thorpe on 18 March 2013.
See picture #21708 and picture #21709

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Added by Marcel Gommers on 18 March 2013.
Are there any bodies out there that sailed on the Marland at that time ? I signed off in Cape Town drydock , and after that she had the fire . That was in 1970 when I left and went on to join the S.A. Shipper .

Added by Robert Benjamin (Bennie) on 18 March 2013.
I sailed on this ship when she was T.T.Bideford as A.B. about 1959 or 60 Fawley -Mena-Fawley. The skipper was a Welshman, the mate was from Rhodesia, there were two second mates, one from the north of England and the other came from the SEYCHELLES, THE THIRD MATE CAME FROM Southampton.tHE OLD GIRL USED TO PLOW ALONG AT 17 knots, only trouble was the 12to4 am had to clean the pool out every night..

Added by W.Bland on 21 August 2014.
I sailed on her in 1970 as fireman . I got off in Cape Town , after lying on anchor for 2 wees and then went into Drydock in Cape Town. Robert Benjamin .(Bennie)Scala was chippie, Cliffie Roll was pumpman and Don Juan also pumpman. ELRH(Donkeyman) was Macdonald Jonathan.

Added by Robert Benjamin on 26 August 2014.
I was a young police officer when my sergeant sent me down to the ship after the fire had been put out. I never forget it. My first experience of such horrors.

Added by Damien Walsh on 28 January 2015.
I was on the Maryland the night of the fire I was app ships fitter I was working in the boiler RM when we got a shout to get out the ships on fire we run up the ladders which brought out in the aft accommodation you could feel the heat of the fire and see the glow very scarey.

Added by ROBERT BURKEY on 21 January 2017.
My dad was a girls head fire fight on the marland. that night he got badly burnt. does anybody have any pictures of the boat in Birkenhead after the fire?

Added by Ian Riggs on 23 August 2017.
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