Monthly Archives: March 2020


Fish Class vessel RUDDBANK, was named after a stout-bodied freshwater sport fish of the carp family. She had many guises after her life as the RUDDBANK 1979 to 1983, She was successively: ROMNEY;LAIRG;NAPIER STAR;TAMAPATCHAREE;LADY REBECCA;GLOBAL MARINER and she sank IN THE YEAR 2000 after a collision in the Orinoco river.

As the original RUDDBANK

The TINHOW of 1913 built in Rostock.

She was built as the VALENCIA for the Hamburg/America Line. Became a war reparation in 1919, when she became the HUGHLI for James Nourse. Bank Line then purchased her in 1927. Sunk by a U boat in 1943 with a total of 75 deaths including passengers. She was the second vessel to bear this name after the 1906 TINHOW. She was owned by the Hong Kong Navigation Co. with Andrew Weir as managers.

A Blue Plaque for Andrew Weir (Lord Inverforth)

An application for a ‘Blue Plaque’ for Lord Inverforth has been turned down recently leading to some of us exploring alternatives. The national scheme has the backing of English Heritage – see the Jimmy Hendrix plaque example. There are many other sources, or indeed a private plaque can be created. The City of London also have a Blue Plaque scheme for applicants from the ‘square mile’. ( See the William Bligh plaque below).

The location is another question to be resolved as the old Bury St. address gave way for the London ‘Gherkin’ site. The original Glasgow address in Hope St. is still as before.

Andrew Weir, the great shipping entrepreneur built the largest fleet of sailing vessels ever under the British flag.

A blue plaque within the City of London appears to be a possibility but the whole process takes 5 years. There is an application form which is straightforward and at first glance, it would appear that qualification is a possibility, although there are many unsuccessful applications. More later…