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Cammell Laird 1203 - General San Martin

With thanks to Alison Routledge 

A work colleague recently showed me an artefact which I immediately knew would be of great interest to visitors to the Irish Sea Shipping site - A Cammell Laird builder's plate for ship #1203.

The artefact was abuilder's plate from Cammell Laird. It was for ship #1203. Her husband had seen it in an Antique shop in Argentina. The ship concerned was the General San Martin.

The General San Martin was the first of four similar tankers built by the Birkenhead yard #1204 - General Pueyrredon, #1205 - Presidente Peron and #1206 Eva Peron. General San Martin took its name from the "Liberator of Argentina".

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Yard Number 1203 was built for the Argentine Government owned Yacimientos Petroliforos Fiscales of Argentina. Her keel was laid at Birkenhead on June 27, 1949 with her launch taking place on September 14, 1950. Trials took place on January 18, 1951. The ship being handed over to her owners on January 20, 1951. 
Length: 530 feet / 165m2 x Parsons Geared Turbines - single shaftGRT: 12759
Breadth: 71 feet / 21.7mNett: 7408
Draught 39 feet / 12mDeadweight: 11421


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