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The ship SS Wells City .
« on: Friday 15 February 13 14:24 GMT (UK) »
I am hoping to find a picture of the SS Wells City which sailed from Avonmouth , England to New York in March 1950 . I have tried the Bristol City line of steamships website & others , but have had no luck . Can anyone point me to a site where I will find this ship ? Many thanks , Graham .
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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #1 on: Friday 15 February 13 15:04 GMT (UK) »
Hi Graham,

I have found on 'the ships list.com' that the ship was only known as the SS Wells City or just plain Wells City for a period of 3 years. The ship was built in 1922 & the Bristol City Line purchased the ship St Ina in 1948 & renamed it Wells City & sold the ship to Pakistan in 1951 when it was again renamed, this time as the Fausta.

This was the 3rd & last ship to bear the name Wells City.

Wikipedia has the following about the ship:

Empire Mariner was a 4957 ton cargo ship, which was built by Deutsche Weft, Hamburg. Launched in 1922 as schwarzwald. Sold in 1935 to H Vogemann, Hamburg and renamed Rheingold. Sailed in 1939 from Bahia, Brazil in an attempt to return to Germany but was captured on 25 October by Delhi and escorted to Kirkwall then Glasgow. To MoWT and renamed Empire Mariner. On 26th July 1943 she put into the Clyde with engine damage. A new steam engine and boilers were fitted. Sold in 1946 to South American Saint Line Ltd and renamed St Ina. Sold in 1948 to Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd and renamed Wells City. Sold in 1951 to East and West Steamship Co, Karachi and renamed Fausta. Scrapped in October 1963 in Karachi.

Phew, she had at least six names, perhaps no wonder no pictures found as yet!

Hope this helps.

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David
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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #2 on: Friday 15 February 13 15:04 GMT (UK) »
Not quite a photo but there's a model of the ship & an article here: -

http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/ss-Wells-City-ndash-sailors-lucky-ship/story-14164562-detail/story.html#axzz2KyqVlmA0

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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #3 on: Friday 15 February 13 15:13 GMT (UK) »
Hi Graham,

Just a quick addendum to my last post, the Delhi mentioned as escorting the Rheingold was the HMS Delhi.

Maria, unfortunately that's the wrong ship, the model picture is of the SS Wells City built in 1890 & scrapped in 1933/34. I did initially see that picture myself, but realised fairly quickly that the dates didn't match as the ship Graham was looking for was still sailing in 1950.

Kind regards

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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #4 on: Friday 15 February 13 15:16 GMT (UK) »
Oops  :o
GOATER, LAN, ALL
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LONERGAN, TIP
McGREAL, MAYO
FLAHERTY, GALWAY/ ALL
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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #5 on: Friday 15 February 13 16:11 GMT (UK) »
Thanks DavidJP for your detailed reply . I will try looking under the other names she had to see what I can find . Also thanks to miriamkinga . I also found the picture you mention , but realised it must have been an earlier ship . Graham .
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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #6 on: Tuesday 09 September 14 22:49 BST (UK) »
I am hoping to find a picture of the SS Wells City which sailed from Avonmouth , England to New York in March 1950 . I have tried the Bristol City line of steamships website & others , but have had no luck . Can anyone point me to a site where I will find this ship ? Many thanks , Graham .

I run a web site that records the history of the ships of companies that made up The British & Commonwealth Shipping Company.
South American Saint Line was a part of it and I have long sought a pic of St Ina.
I have found one of her as she was as Schwarzwald, you will find it here:
http://www.bandcstaffregister.co.uk/page2250.html

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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #7 on: Monday 15 September 14 17:00 BST (UK) »
Thanks for the picture Master-Mariner. Sorry for the delay in replying, as I only spotted it today. Cheers, Graham.
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Re: The ship SS Wells City .
« Reply #8 on: Monday 15 September 14 17:34 BST (UK) »
Dim ateb yn well nag ateb anghywir. Nid oes dim yn ddall fel rhai nad ydynt yn dymuno gweld