Once the ship was on the blocks, dock workers positioned stout timber bracing to keep it in place before pumping out the dock. The 7,267-ton Strathlairg had been built for the British India Steam Navigation Company as the Chakdina in 1951, and was transferred to parent group P&O 22 years later. Renamed Strathlairg in 1975, it was scrapped in Taiwan in 1977.
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