I refer to the letter from Colin Heaton in the October 2016 issue of Sea Breezes.
The Pischevaya Industrya was built in December 1908 by Raylton Dixon yard for Lamport & Holt and was named SS Vasari. Her dimensions were 485ft x 59.3ft x 27.4ft. She was of 8,400 grt and had a single screw, with 2 x 4 Cylinder Quadruple expansion engines. NHP was 448 and speed 14 knots. She was a passenger / cargo vessel accommodating 250 first class, 130 second class, and 200 third class passengers. Her maiden voyage on 24 April 1908 was from Middlesbrough – Plymouth – New York – River Plate. She survived WWI and a torpedo miss from U-53 some 16 miles off Fanad Head, Ireland.
She had a long Charter with Cunard in 1919-1921 on the New York to Buenos Aires route. She reverted to Lamport & Holt in 1921 and was sold to Hellyer Bros of Hull and operated by them as cargo only under the name of Arctic Queen. In 1935, she was bought by the then USSR and renamed Pischevaya Industrya for use as a fish processing ship based in Vladivostok. In 1979, she made it to Hong Kong under her own steam bound for Kaohsiung for breaking up.
Raylton Dixon’s Yard and those that took care of her over the 71 years of her life are due admiration and credit. It helps that iron is almost corrosion free.
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