Saint Raphael - Liberia

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The 1961-built general cargo ship Saint Raphael is seen in this photograph while she was anchored in the harbour at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada during the late 1970s. Photograph by Ray Thorstienson courtesy Marc Piche.

This ship was built in 1961 by Cantieri Nav. di Taranto S.p.A. at Genoa under the name Portovenere for Sicilnaviglio S.p.A. Genoa
Gross 11,195 tonnes, Deadweight 15,800 tonnes
Length overall 544 feet, Width 70 feet, Draught 28 feet
Main engine - Fiat diesel, 8.400 b.h.p.     Speed 15 knots

Sold 1969 to Saint Raphael Shipping Corporation of Liberia and renamed Saint Raphael
In 1981 she was sold to the York Shipping Corporation however her name was unchanged
In 1982 she was sold to Devonshire Shipping Ltd., of Liberia and renamed Devonshire
In 1984 she was sold for scrapping at Naantali, Finland

Sisterships Portofino - blt 1961, renamed Saint Marcel in 1969, Egmont in 1983 then scrapped at Alang in 1984.
Portovado - blt 1960, renamed San Martin in 1970, then Saint Etienne later in 1970. In 1979 she was renamed
Gungnir III and in 1982 she was renamed San Marco. Sold for scrapping in Pakistan in 1984

Thanks to Yves-Guy.Bertrand, France for this information along with the following sources.
The World Ship Society - Marine News, Merchant Ship World Built (Adlard Coles) and Talbot-Booth's Merchant Ships(Marinart/KoganPage)

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