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Mystery small ship

Does anyone know any more about this small ship?

Photograph was taken at St Margarets Hope, on the beach east of the village in the summer of 1981. I had noted the name as Crom, but this is probably just partial. Any history of this ship would be most appreciated.
Picture added on 08 November 2014 at 21:56
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She was called the Crop. Something to do with the Banks Corporation. I'll say no more.
Added by W Watters on 08 November 2014
Crop is name of ship.Operated by RH Dennison. Carried sand etc Burray to Flotta.
Added by Bob Kelday. on 09 November 2014
Hi, This small ship is the "CROP". She was used to carry chips/sand to Flotta oil terminal in the construction days back in the 1970s. They used to store chips in the Quarry in Lambsholm and load at the Holm or Burray pier.I remember playing on it when I was a "peedie boy" at the Holm pier.
Added by R. J. Aim on 09 November 2014
Her name was Crop,she carried sand from Burray to Flotta,think she was owned by Dennison shipping.
Added by Anthony Adamson on 10 November 2014
Could it be the CROP
Added by Stewart Taylor on 10 November 2014
I think it was called the Crop.It ran with sand and aggregates to Flotta from Burray, Stevie Dennison and Verny Corsie crewed it for a while for Robin Dennison and filled it to the gunwhales every trip,Steve was very well handed and had to be just to keep the old tub going, Sadly both these men are no longer with us.
Added by Bryan Guthrie on 10 November 2014
Many thanks to all that have responded! With the right name I have been able to track down a little more about this ship. She was built in 1950 by J Bolson & Sons, Poole, Dorset and registered at Cowes, Isle of Wight. I have not seen anything on her history before she came to the Orkneys, and presume she was broken up shortly after this picture was taken. Thanks again, George!
Added by George Morris on 12 November 2014
My Crop was designed for British Road Services originally for moving 6 ton railway containers between point wharf, 10 containers at a time to Thetis Warf, Cowes. There were 3 of this design,which were MV Field, Covert and Crop. All we’re powered by 3 cynlader Calvin engines.These were petroleum start and diesel run.Only problem was the gearbox were not counter rotating , so a box was welded to the right hand side of the rudder to stabilise the steering. They were originally to be 4 man crew but with union intervention with fourth hand wage spilt between 3 Hands divided evenly. With the introduction of roll on roll off ferries all BRS boats became redundant and all then sold out of service.
Added by Derrick Potter on 23 May 2020
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