JOHAN Rasmussen, the man from the Tanker Corporation of Panama, declared that his visit to the Clydebank yard of John Brown had been a revelation. He thought it perfect in every respect, and the builders had given him a perfect ship. Moreover, the new motor oil tanker, Vikland (above), the first of two tankers for the corporation, would be delivered on the date specified in the contract, which was unusual for these times.

The men from Brown’s said that though the yard had been building ships for three-quarters of a century, it was only in the last 25 years that they had begun building tankers, and the Vikland was the fifth and largest they had launched. There had been many novel features in the construction of the tanker.

The Vikiland - 18,000 tons deadweight - was named and launched by the wife of Mr Harry B. Lake, of New York, in return for which she was presented with a pair of silver perfume bottles by Sir Allan Grant, on behalf of the builders.

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Sir Allan said that the bottles dated from about 1680, during the reign of Charles II, and that their design had probably been influenced by Nell Gwynne.

As for the Vikland, it underwent a couple of changes in name when it passed to new owners, in 1955 and 1963, according to the Caledonian Maritime Research Trust website, clydeships.co.uk.

It was broken up in May 1967, in Japan.