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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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LAFONIA - Yard No 189 - Passenger/Cargo Vessel - Falkland Islands Co Ltd - Built 1931


The SS LAFONIA was renamed as SS FITZROY while still serving the Falkland Islands.

This tribute stamp was released to mark her sterling service in the cold waters of the deep south.

Owners    Falkland Islands Co Ltd
Registered     Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Passenger/Cargo Launched    18/08/1931
     Lloyds A1  Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    165' 0" Weather    
Beam    32' 6" Time to Water    
Depth Mld     13' 6"      
G.R.T.    768      
Engines    triple expansion steam engine      
Props    1      
Speed    10 knots      
Other known names        
Current Status        
Content on will be added as and when available. 
Ships History

Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, who would look to have that ship at sea, as long as possible to
pay for her build costs and of course to make the company good profits.

To this end one company may have had no requirement for a particular ship after a time and would then sell her on just like any other disposable commodity.

Hence a ship may have had a few owners and would go through many changes and names during what was
hoped for a long and successful working life.

We try here to give as full an account of her history as time and research permits, if you know of missing info
or you have any photographs of her, then please get in touch and we shall update her story as we go along.

Tales from the Ship

Here you will find the stories from the men and women who sailed on the ships, what was it really like to be working on a ship in a raging sea and in the pitch dark of night, the real stories some funny some sad, some good and some bad.

Dedicated to all the brave men and women who sailed the vessels from the Leith Shipyards.

Should you know of anyone who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch so that we can add the story here.

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0 #2 Peter Hunt 2015-05-11 07:56
I had a converted lifeboat from the Lafonia as a cruising yacht in the late 70s. It was called Skim but when we removed the paint you could clearly see the name Lafonia on the bow.

We would be happy to see any photo's of your conversion Peter.

0 #1 james g skinner 2014-03-23 09:37
I remember her as a mail ship supplying the Falkland Islands from Montevideo on its monthly voyage. The period was 1953/56. ¿Am I correct?

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