THEMISTOCLES was built as a passenger ship for the Aberdeen Line. During the Second World War she remained on commercial service and in 1947, after 79 voyages to Australia, she was laid up in the River Blackwater. On 24th August 1947 she arrived at the yard of W. Arnott Young & Co. at Dalmuir where she was broken up. She was the last ship to bear the Aberdeen Line name.
"Shaw Savill & Albion, A Fleet History", 2011, says that July 1946 to June 1947 she made two round voyages to Australia and was laid up in the Blackwater at the end of June 1947.
From Oyster Company ledger:
- 26 July 1947 Compensation 2 wks (i.e. starts 12 July 1947), Shaw Savill & Albion Co.
21 August 1947 Compensation 3 wks 5 days
Voyage Record Card: Arrived River Blackwater 13 July 1947 from London. Sailed River Blackwater 21 August 1947 for Glasgow.
Mid Essex WSS - Lloyds List: arrived 13 July 1947 sailed 21 August 1947 for Dalmuir for scrapping.
Above: The Aberdeen Line Triple S.S. THEMISTOCLES. She was built 1911 for the service to South Africa and Australia. 1932 taken over by Shaw Savill & Albion. June 1947 laid up in River Blackwater, and scrapped later that year. 11,231 tons gross. Official No. 129349. Manager Geo. Thompson & Co.
From papers relating to Ernest Appleton. Date: c1914. Source: Mersea Museum / Jenny Bibby Collection