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BORTHWICK - Yard No 521- Gas Tanker - Geo. Gibson - Built 1977



 The LPG Tanker BORTHWICK Ship No 521

(Seen here in a photograph sent in by her ex Skipper David Reid and

shown here by kind permission) She is seen of Teesport in 1988

Owners   George Gibson & Co Ltd
Registered    Leith Keel Laid    
Type of Ship    LPG carrier Launched    23/03/1977
      Handed Over    28/09/1977
Ship Details          
Length Overall    79.2 metres Launch Details    
Length B.P.    73.2 metres Weather    
Beam    12.8 metres Time to Water    
Depth Mld     6.0 metres      
G.R.T.    1,569 tonnes      
DWT    2,050 tonnes      
Props    1      
Speed    12.5 Knots      
Other known names        
Current Status   Broken up in Alang May 2010    
As info on BORTHWICK becomes available we shall update here. 
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.

The next ship on the stocks at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon (Henry Robb) was an order from the local Leith shipping Company of George Gibson Ltd, one of the many shipping companies based in Leith at the time, it's just a pity that more of the local shipping companies did not order ships from the shipyard just across the road so to speak.

This was a very welcome order just the same and it was for a ship to carry Liquid Gas, so she was of a pretty special design and construction to take into account her intended cargo.

Seem to remember that she had 3 huge gas tanks fitted into her hull and those were made by a specialised outside contractor and arrived at the shipyard to be fitted into the hull as she was being built.

She was named as all the Gibson ships were, after names and characters in the Robert Louise Stevenson novels and this one happened to be a castle which featured in the novel Walter Scott by the author, as Borthwick was a castle in the Scottish Borders not far from Edinburgh, where Mary Queen of Scots hid out in while being persuade by her cousin the English Queen of the time Elisabeth 1st of England.

So this is where she got her name from and no she was not named after the shipwright (Stevie) of the same second name as he always maintained, forever mumping his gums about the fact that we were building a ship named after him. (Sorry Steve)

 She operated and was owned by George Gibson Tankers from her launch till she was sold in 1991 and she operated in the Unigas Consortium.

She was then sold on to Peruvian owners to continue plying her trade with cargo's of Butadiene in South American waters until being sold for scrap in 2010 and being run onto the beach along with so many other ships to be broken up at Alang in 2020



Seen here July 2007 off Rosario, Rio Parana, Argentina. At anchor for one month due to severe main engine damage and waiting for spares. (in a picture first seen on the shipsnostalgia website by Dar) 

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.

So if you know any of the men or women who may have sailed on her, then please feel free to get in touch and we shall add the story here. 

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0 #3 Captain David Reid 2017-10-31 22:50
Hello and thank you for using my pictures. Must look though my records and see if I can find any more that I had taken. Borthwick was my first ship on joining GGT. Could not believe just how small she was on seeing her at ICI Tees in the July of 1978. I made 1 trip as 2/O, 2 as C/O and 2 as Master. But my first introduction to the vessel was in Robb’s yard in 1976 when for part of our naval arch in Chief Mates our class walked along the newly laid keel.
0 #2 C James 2017-04-05 16:55
I was master on her in v ships time.constant repairing her. failing vetting due to lack of correct parts. was in fores 12 Christmas in the north sea. DPA on standby when the filters on the steering blow off . slowed down and the ship behaved very well while engineers run to the the compressor room to get more oil and back to working.When lifting the port anchor the windless hdy gave up in steen bank anchorage. new hdy motor come out by barge and fitted. ship was arrested in Holland for lack of dry dock payment. was realised after three days. crew changed from sirlanken to latvian.
0 #1 Douglas Harvey 2013-01-28 15:20
You need to read my book, Four Times A Scapegoat, re mv Borthwick,as she traded fraudulently for years, and this was covered up, by many companies, which was why after changing owners, her name was never changed.

Kindest regards,

Captain Douglas Harvey.

To think now,after many years, thst I fought that ship through a Hurricane force 12 in the north sea, with no main engine, as one of the two turbo chargers had blown up, and got her in safely to Esbjerg, that someone else should take the credit for this, when we wasn't there is somewhat galling.

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