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.
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.
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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