Saturday, 20 March 2010


An unusual ship on a cement run from Port Talbot to the Clyde was the Cayman Islands-registered coaster SEA KESTREL, seen passing Lunderston Bay on Saturday as she made her way upriver. She was built in 1993 as HOO KESTREL for British owners Lapthorn and Co, coming from the Yorkshire Drydock shipyard at Hull. She was sold in 2003 and renamed UNION KESTREL, and a year later, following another sale, she became SEA KESTREL. She is 77.8 metres in length, and has a deadweight of 2,225 tonnes.