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Name: IRISH OAK
Type: Cargo Ship
Launched: 14/01/1949
Completed: 07/1949
Builder: John Readhead & Sons Ltd
Yard: West Yard, South Shields
Yard Number: 562
Dimensions: 5077grt, 2808nrt, 436.0 x 56.1 x 24.4ft
Engines: T3cyl (27, 45 & 76 x 48ins) & LP turbine;
(1959: Oil engine, 4cyl, 2SCSA, Doxford type)
Engines by: John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields;
(1959: Hawthorn Leslie (Engineers) Ltd, Newcastle)
Propulsion: 1 x Screw, 12.0knots
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 174596
History:
07/1949 Irish Shipping Ltd, Dublin
1967 Cia Alcyonia de Nav SA, Chios; renamed ALKYON
1976 Proverde Shipping Co SA, Piraeus; renamed VEGAS
01/1980 Broken up
Comments: 10/1959: Re-engined
13/08/1979: Grounded near Jeddah in position 21.46N 38.48E
On a voyage from Piraeus to Vietnam
28/10/1979: Refloated and sold for breaking
29/01/1980: Arrived for breaking up at Gadani Beach by Hadji Abdul Karim & Co


Above photo as IRISH OAK courtesy of Clive Ketley

Above photo as IRISH OAK courtesy of Malcolm Cranfield

Above photo as IRISH OAK copyright of John Gillespie

Above photo as VEGAS, dated 28/11/1977, is copyright of Michael Green