THE M.V. FOURAH BAY
Launched on the 7th September 1961 by Mrs J Paine, the Fourah Bay
was built by Scotts’ Shipbuilding and Engineering Company
Limited in Greenock.
on Fourah Bay indicates that she was a cargo-passenger vessel of
7,704 gross tons with a length overall of 465 feet 0 inches. Her
5 cylinder, 2 cycle, single-acting diesel engine gave her a service
speed of 16 knots.
Fourah Bay was specifically designed to be the Company’s
cadet training ship, and she entered service in this role in December
1961. She carried a total of 18 apprentices, who were designated
as midshipmen by the Company, and their cabins were situated on
both the promenade and upper decks. In addition, the midshipmen
were provided with a study and a duty mess on the upper deck. Usually,
a midshipman would spend 2 or 3 voyages on Fourah Bay, totalling
approximately 9 to 12 months, and the remaining sea-time under articles
would be spent on other vessels in the Company’s fleet.
Although Fourah Bay was not equipped with a schoolroom, midshipmen
were required to study through a correspondence course, and one
of the deck officers was made responsible for their training and
Fourah Bay ceased to be the Company’s cadet training ship
in the summer of 1969.
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