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Mystery ship

1930 ish maybe, no date or location on the back of this photograph, which has seen better days.
Picture added on 05 April 2010 at 16:41
Comments:
Perhaps its the Norwegian steamer Hastings County ashore on Auskerry 13th June 1926.
Added by Allan Besant on 05 April 2010
Could this ship be the "Hastings County"that ran aground below the lighthouse at Auskerry 1926?
Added by Gary Nicolson on 05 April 2010
Is she carrying a bus as deck cargo? Looks like a freighter, 4 derricks are stowed over the hatches
Added by Erlend Stout on 06 April 2010
Could possibly the FORENTINO which was used as a blockshipin the flow ??
Added by Erlend Stout on 06 April 2010
the white funnel band shows the Donaldson Line ships
Added by Erlend Stout on 06 April 2010
Can't solve the mystery, but what's that structure on the far (starboard) side of the after mast?
Added by Ian Hourston on 06 April 2010
Could be the Norwegian steamer "Pennsylvania", which was wrecked on Swona on July 1931. However, I am not at all certain of this.
Added by Fred Johnston. on 06 April 2010
Norwegian ship Hastings County ashore on Auskerry
Added by W Peace on 06 April 2010
In Days of Orkney Steam (opposite p54) there is a photo of the Princess Beatrice - a Langlands steamer - which looks similar to me, same white band on funnel. According to book they stopped after WW1 though.
Added by Jim Eunson on 06 April 2010
I've enlarged the bow section, and the name isn't very clear, but I think it's the Hastings County. Thanks for all your help.
Added by Grant Leonard on 08 April 2010
It is the Hastings County when she ran ashore she was carrying two luxury pinnaces as rear deck cargo SEE GOOGLE HASTINGS COUNTY E.S.
Added by Erlend Stout on 09 April 2010
It says she was carrying two motor launches as part of her cargo
Added by Allan Besant on 10 April 2010
Click to View There is no comparison between this ship and the SS Hastings County in picture #23672.
the bows different,the wheelhouse is different, the masts are different the aft deck housing is different and if you enlarge the name it is only one word. Definately not the SS Hastings County.
Added by PRICE SINCLAIR on 10 April 2010
I think this is definately the " Hastings County" taken from a slightly different angle and after the deck cargo had been discharged.
Added by Fred Johnston. on 12 April 2010
Surely it's a wee bit over the top, Price, to say 'there is no comparison' between the ships in these two photos. There are numerous similarities. Allowing for derricks being raised, deck cargo discharged, engine-room ventilators (if that's what they are - I'm a landlubber) turned round and foreshortening of the bow region, my money would be on them being the same ship, ie Hastings County. A safe bet I think.
Added by Ian Hourston on 13 April 2010
Fair comment Ian, but as a Stronsay man is reputed to have said, "You may be right but I'm dammned sure I'm no wrong.
Added by PRICE SINCLAIR on 14 April 2010
I agree with Ian, I have other pictures taken from the other side of the ship and bearing in mind that these two pictures are taken from different angles, plus the fact that she was invaded by salvors and olso broke her back in bad weather plus the fact we dont know how long apart these two pics were taken. I think its fair comment to assume that they are all the same ship
Added by Allan Besant on 14 April 2010
Having scoured the two pictures again, I will concede defeat. Nothing to do with the ships but, on picture #23672 there is broken water between the shore and the aft mast, accepting the different angle of the photo, that broken water coinsides with the rocks shown on the above picture. Humblest apologies to all concerned,am no spikin tae anybody ever again boo hoo.
Added by PRICE SINCLAIR on 23 April 2010
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