Agelos Raphael - Piraeus, Greece

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The 1964-built, 23,350-dwt, 15,867-grt, bulk carrier Agelos Raphael is seen in these photographs while she was transiting upbound in the Welland Canal during the afternoon hours of October 28th, 1975. At the time it was taken she was sailing southbound in the canal and she was approaching lock 2 which is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada enroute to the Upper Great Lakes to load grain. Photo by Barry Andersen.

She was built in Sevilla, Spain by Empresa Nacional "Elcano" shipyard for Naviera Letasa S.A. and she entered service for them as Mendoza. This name lasted until 1973 when she was sold to Protostatis Cia. Navigation S.A., Liberia. Her name was changed to Agelos Raphael.

On November 6th, 1976 Agelos Raphael was enroute in a position 49.18N, 65.59W when she struck and seriously damaged the 1958-built bulk carrier Rupsa. Rupsa, which was owned by the National Shipping Corporation, Pakistan, was on a voyage from Karachi, Pakistan to Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. when she encountered engine trouble and ended up in that position "blacked out". Agelos Raphael was so seriously damaged that she was offered up for sale shortly after her arrival in Quebec, Canada on December 24th, 1976, possibly under tow.

Agelos Raphael laid in Quebec until July 6th, 1977 when she finally departed under tow for Brownsville, Texas for scrapping. The Brownsville Steel & Salvage Company purchased the ship and took delivery of her on July 31st, 1977. Work on dismantling the damaged ship began in September.

Rupsa was also quickly declared a constructive total loss as well and was subsequently sold by the National Shipping Corporation of Pakistan to La Cie. de Navigacion Louisville (Louisville Navigation Company Ltd.), Liberia who ended up repairing the ship, renaming her Caron P.E. and eventually returning her to service. Rupsa was built in 1958 as Montcalm and later sailed as La Falda until 1964 when she was renamed Rupsa. In 1979 she was sold to the Maldives Shipping Company Ltd., Maldives, and renamed Maldive Image. She sailed as such until July 6th, 1982. On that day she ran aground while she was approaching Al-Mukalla, Yemen on a voyage from Bangkok, Thailand in a position 14.02N, 48.41E. She was subsequently abandoned by her owners as a constructive total loss. It is not known whether the ship was ever salvaged but it would seem certain that if she ever was refloated her last destination would have been a scrapping beach in Southern Asia.

Above information courtesy Lloyds Registers & Marine News (WSS). If you would like to contribute any additional details about the history of these ships please Contact me so the information can be presented here with the picture.

Posted: December 24, 2002       Last Revised: December 24, 2002
Photos by Barry Andersen (t1, s76/77)- Copyright © - 1975, 2002

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