The Blue Funnel Line

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"A" Boats

M/v Atreus; 7,800gt, L 643 feet.

The Calchas was the first of the Blue Funnel "A" Class Mark I to be built, at Belfast in 1947, and was launched by the wife of Lawrence Holt a director of the company. Calches moved to Glen Line in 1957 and renamed Glenfinlas. In October 1962 she came back to Blue Funnel as Calchas. On July 1973 she caught fire at Port Kelang Malaysia, where she became a total loss.

 When these ships stopped carrying passengers, a bit of "cabin chess" took part, as some officers were moved up to these better cabins. See plan at bottom of page.

 

"A" Boats Built In the Fleet Tons
Adrastus 1953 Dutch Flag. 7,859
Aeneas 1947 Scrapped in 1972. 7,641
Agapenor 1947 Trapped in the Suez Canal 1967. 7,664
Alcinous  1952 Dutch Flag. 7,799
Antilochus 1949 In the fleet 1973. 7,635
Ascanius 1950 Left the fleet 1972. 7,692
Astyanax 1948 In the fleet 1973. 7,654
Atreus 1951 In the fleet 1973. 7,800
Autolycus 1949 In the fleet 1973. 7,635
Automedon 1949 Scrapped in 1971. 7,636
Calchas 1947 Lost through fire 1973. 7,639
Clytoneus 1948 Scrapped in 1972. 7,620
Cyclops 1948 In the fleet 1973. 7,632
Elpenor 1954 In the fleet 1973. 7,757
Eumaeus 1953 Dutch Flag. 7,681
Laertes 1950 Dutch Flag. 7,664
Laomedon 1953 In the fleet 1973. 7,684
Lycaon 1954 Dutch Flag. 7,859

 

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"A" Class, Accommodation Plan

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Many Thanks to;

 Capt Neville Lester, Capt Gwilym Owen, and to Mr Gwyn Jones for all his help with these Blue Funnel pages.

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