18/06/2015 Feature
Govan-built Polish Vessel Goes To Scrapyard
One of the famous life-saving Polish order vessels scrapped after 36 years

WIGRY (ex KOPALNIA JASTRZEBIE ) Polsteam photo



It was one of many dozens of ships ordered in the late 1970s for Polska Zegluga Morsk (Polsteam) that helped save the Upper Clyde's shipyards from oblivion. Known as "the Polish Order" this huge order for one company was spread amongst the shipyards of the Clyde (as well as throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK) and locals were well used to seeing these vessels coming out of the shipyards and going back on forth on their trials.

This particuar vessel, KOPALNIA JASTRZEBIE, was intended for construction at Smiths Dock, but the order apparently was transferred to Govan on the Clyde. She was delivered in 1979.

This 11000 grt bulk carrier eventually bore the name WIGRY

She was sold to last month to Indian breakers for an undisclosed sum and her last port of call is reported as Alang. Once again those beaches claim another Clydebuilt ship and after thirty six years of sailing the seas, that isnt bad going for a humble bulk carrier!