SS Lokoja Palm

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Name: Zarian (1947-49)
Lokoja Palm (1949-66)
Despina L (1966-69)
Nova (1969-71)
Owner: United Africa Co Ltd (1947-49)
Palm Line Ltd (1949-66)
Compagnia Navigazione Kea (1966-69)
Nova Shipping Co Ltd (1969-71)
Operator: United Africa Co Ltd (1947-49)
Palm Line Ltd (1949-66)
Compagnia Navigazione Kea (1966-69)
Pergamos Shipping Co Ltd (1969-71)
Port of registry: United Kingdom United Kingdom (1947-66)
22x20px Panama (1966-69)
Cyprus Cyprus (1969-71)
Builder: Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd,, Newcastle on Tyne.
Yard number: 21
Launched: 15 August 1947
Completed: December 1947
Fate: Scrapped
General characteristics
Tonnage: 5,122 GRT
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine
Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h)

Lokoja Palm was a 5,122 GRT cargo ship built by Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd, Newcastle on Tyne. in 1947. She was laid down as Empire Birdsay and launched as Zarian. In 1949 she was sold and renamed Lokoja Palm. Towards the end of her career she was sold and renamed Despina L and then Nova, being scrapped in 1971.


Empire Birdsay was ordered by the Ministry of War Transport but the war ended before she was completed. She was built by Shipbuilding Corporation Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] She was yard number 21 and was launched as Zarian on 16 August 1947 with completion in December.[2]


Zarian was owned and operated by the United Africa Co Ltd.[1] In 1949, the company became Palm Line Ltd and she was renamed Lokoja Palm.[3] She served with them for seventeen years and was sold in 1966 to Compagnia Navigazione Kea, Panama and renamed Despina L. In 1969, she was sold to Nova Shipping Co Ltd, Cyprus and renamed Nova. She was operated under the management of Pergamos Shipping Co Ltd. Nova was scrapped in China in December 1971.[1]


The ship was propelled by a triple expansion steam engine, she was capable of 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h).[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 ""5210973"" (subscription required). Miramar Ship Index. R.B. Haworth. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 
  3. "Palm Line / United Africa Co.". The Ships List. Retrieved 8 November 2009. 

Further reading

  • "A voyage too far", Ships Monthly March 1995.

External links

Photo of Lokoja Palm