The Murree in Austin & Pickersgill's shipyard on the day of its launch
|Owner:||Pakistan National Shipping Corporation|
|Operator:||Pakistan National Shipping Corporation|
|Port of registry:||Karachi, Pakistan|
|Builder:||Austin & Pickersgill|
|Launched:||5 December 1981|
|Completed:||22 April 1981|
|Out of service:||28 October 1989|
|Status:||Wreck visited by divers|
|Class & type:||SD18|
|Tonnage:||11,940 GRT; 18,050 DWT|
|Installed power:||10,400 bhp|
The SD14 type was a 211 strong successor class of Liberty Ship developed by the Austin & Pickersgill's shipyard of the River Wear in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear. The MV Murree was one of three SD18 (ship type) vessels - a larger and more advanced type based on the SD14 - built at Austin & Pickersgill's Southwick yard. SD stands for Shelter Deck. That yard is shut but the company line is now a member of the A&P Group.
Murree sank in a force 10 gale 22 miles south east of Start Point on 28 October 1989 after deck containers were dislodged and damaged the hull. Royal Navy search and rescue Sea King helicopters, of 771 Naval Air Squadron flying from RNAS Culdrose near Helston Cornwall, made a brave and difficult rescue of the 40 crew and passengers. Film of the rescue appeared in the BBC television series 999. The subject was covered again by the BBC in 2013 in a John Sergeant documentary about the Westland Sea King Helicopter.
The wreck has subsequently become an attraction for sport divers.
- SD14 General Cargo Ship - a Model
- The Wreck of the Murree
- Wreck Tour: 16, The Murree - Divernet
- MV Murree entry at UK Diving
- Wikimapia entry
- Tyne & Wear County Council Museum Service Information Sheet The SD14 story. SD is Shelter Deck. Published in about 1976/77 and uploaded with the permission of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums service. The original item is at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne. Reference is to page 1. Pages 2/3 are uploaded beside it.