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DARINIAN - Yard No 359 - Diesel Cargo - Ellerman Wilson Line - Built 1947




 M.V.DARINIAN was a twin screwcargo ship built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb.


Owners    Ellerman Wilson Line (Ellerman & Papayanni Lines, Ltd)
Registered    Liverpool Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    Diesel Cargo Launched    21/05/1947
      Handed Over    
Ship Details          
Length Overall     Launch Details    
Length B.P.    255' 0" Weather    
Beam     42' 0" Time to Water    
dEPTH mLD      25' 0"      
G.R.T.    1533      
Props    2      
Other known names   1970- Kostandis Fotinos, 1971- Tania Maria, 1973 Nektarios     
Current Status   Wrecked off Perim Island in 1978    
As content becomes available it will be added here.

The classic looking twin screw diesel cargo vessel DARINIAN 
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.

DARINIAN was owned by the Ellerman/Pappyanni Line one of the Ellerman Group Companies, that at one time had the largest shipping line in the world.

DARINIAN was used on the U.K. to Porto/Lisbon route trading in the supply of wines to the vast U.K. market, she was it would seems from all accounts a pretty "wet" ship, this had nothing to do with her excellent seakeeping quality but more to do with the fact that she was importing vast quantities of the local "Plonk" to London. It would seem that she was a very happy ship. Beautiful looking vessel.

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.



DARINIAN at London (Photo credit-: Bill Williams - Father of Courtney (OW)


Tales from the Ship


The Papayanni Line Flag, part of the Ellerman group of shipping lines.



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.



 (Note some of the photo credits are with kind permission of




DARINIAN underway out of the harbour and into a stormy Bay of Biscay (Seen outbound Douro bar, Oporto, in the 50s)

(photo courtesy of Rui)







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0 #3 neil spencer 2017-11-07 19:13
My uncle, Captain Tom Bates was captain of Darinan at one time. He loved this ship.
0 #2 Michael hall 2016-08-22 09:33
The darinian was my first ship I sailed onas a new deck boy or Peggy as I was called then in 1968 good ship had two trips on the medi run all spouse crowd the bosons name was Stanley duval a great crowd
+1 #1 Polygone 2012-08-27 22:40
Hello I would like to know who was the captain of this boat between 1948 to 1959
Thank you very much
Excuse me for my bad English

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