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PW1282 M.V Alice Bowater

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PW1282 M.V Alice Bowater

Built by Cammell Laird & Co Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd,Birkenhead for Bowater Paper Corporation Ltd of London.
Tonnage:4,044 grt  Length: 325 feet       Breadth:50 feet    
Powered by a 6 cylinder Sulzer Diesel Engine driving a single propeller.
Her rudder also incorporated a small propeller to assist the vessel when manoeuvring in ice conditions, her hull was also ice stiffened.
Designed as a newsprint carrier for service between the UK, Scandinavia and the USA she would carry wood pulp, timber and newsprint .
Allocated yard No.1282 her keel was laid on 8th October 1957 on No. 3 Slipway North Yard,being launched 28th October 1958and trials taking place 17th December 1958,achieving a mean speed of 14.661knots.
She was handed over to owners on 22nd December 1958.

The ship was named after the mother of the then Chairman of the owners and on the day of her launching as the ship became waterborne she was passed by another member of the Bowater fleet, the “Sarah Bowater” which was making her way to the Manchester Ship Canal to discharge her cargo.

The ship was one of a number of similar sisters all constructed in the late 1950’s and early sixties,and,after service with Bowaters,the Alice was sold in 1969 becoming the “Quebec”.
Later names were as follows: “George F” 1976,”Blue Sea” 1981,the name under which she was scrapped at Bizerta,Tunisia in 1984.
With acknowledgement to the Cammell Laird magazine.
This illustration is one of a series depicting Cammell Laird built ships.
Available as a card and print autumn 2012.