a sad tale and Ocean's big mistake!

Photo from 'Blue Funnel Line' published by Ships in Focus

Nestor, shown here at Canvey Island whilt on trials, went straight into lay-up in Loch Striven and remained there with her sister ship Gastor till sold in 1989

.Sister ship Gastor was built for Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Unie


Built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in 1977

Cost £50m each

78,951 grt, 902 feet, 19.3 knots

Sold for £13m each

Built for the Indonesia to United States gas trade they were a huge loss to the Ocean Group and begs the question why the company took such a risk. Someone didn't get it right!

Gastor and Nestor laid upin Loch Striven in 1991

click on the photo for a better look


Photo by Tom Weir.

. Nestor laid upin Loch Striven

Nestor was renaimed LNG Port Harcourt

Gastor was renamed LNG Lagos

Loch Striven is only a few miles from my home but alas in all the years these mighty ships were laid-up I did not visit them once! If any of the crew who looked after them have anything to add to this page please email me. Thanks.

Click here to see some stories from Lawrie White who was an Engineer Cadet wintering in Loch Striven in 1980

At last some work! Click on this picture for a complete history

122,255 cbm, now owned by Bonny Gas Transport, and dedicated to the Nigerian Natural Gas Project.

New bridge system fitted to LNG Lagos at Sobrena shipyard in Brest, France by Litton Marine Systems.