S.V. Florence C Robinson, ex Annapoorani – Valvettithurai to Gloucester of America
|About writer: Capt.A.Athavan|
The above relates the brief story of a Srilankan made sailing vessel, built in Valvettithurai, sailed to Gloucester of America. In 1936, the first owner family in Tamil Nadu sold Annaporani to a wealthy American William Albert Robinson. The Annaporani then has sailed to Colombo with its Valvettiturai under a Thandaiyal (Head of the crew, similar to a Captain of a Ship) Mr.Kanagaratnam Thampipillai.
In Colombo, the Annapoorani was re-named as Florence C Robinson and has sailed and reached after 2 years port of Gloucester in the eastern coast of America, in 01st Aug 1938.
It is very regrettable that many of the people of Valvettiturai is still unaware of the full real story of Annaporani.
If William Albert Robinson has not purchased Annaporani, we may not have come to know about the stories of ship building, foreign going trades, local ship builders, Skipers (thandaiyalkal) of Valvettiturai.
By remembering Annaporani, her builders, skippers and owner, in this 75th Jubilee, we all should work to bring the full stories of Annaporani and the old famous seafaring and shipping of Valvettiturai.