Thor 1

One of the regular callers in our waters was the Thor 1, operated by Canadian Christensen Canadian African Lines (CCAL), they traded between South Africa between 1948 and 2000.

Thor 1 in Durban

Thor 1 in Durban

We had a visit organised to Thor 1 on 01 May 1988, and I was very impressed by the ship, she was a beauty inside, with very comfortable accommodation and crew facilities. I do recall her master was Scandinavian, and very grave and dour, but friendly enough. He was proud of his vessel but deplored how dirty her paint was becoming.

In 1986, I was in Durban for a holiday and spent a day on the tug Coenie De Villiers, and one of the jobs we did was removing her sister: Thorscape,  from the drydock. It was a really thrilling event for me, because I never expected to get to see that level of action on a tugboat.

Thorscape

Thorscape

Both vessels were built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co, Ltd. Tamano, Japan, and were of 14,794 GRT. Thor 1 was built in 1977 and Thorscape 1978. They were multipurpose cargo ships and had a reefer capacity of 2,000 tonnes of fruit, as well as 400 TEU’s. They were disposed of in the late 1990’s. CCAL was bought out by CP Ships in 2000.

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