S.V. Florence C Robinson, ex Annapoorani - Valvettithurai to Gloucester of America

S.V. Florence C Robinson, ex Annapoorani - Valvettithurai to Gloucester of America



About writer: Capt.A.Athavan
NameFlorence C Robinson
Ex nameAnnapooraniyammaal
s.vSailing vessel  (Categorization under Collision regulations of  International Maritime organization)
Year of built1929 or 1930
Place of BuiltValvettithurai, Jaffna, Srilanka
BuildersSome experts from Valvettithurai, Jaffna, Srilanka
TypeBrigantine or the ‘British frigate’
DimensionLength 89 to 90 Feet, rest of the information accurately unavailable
Maximum speed18 Knots, recorded in Red sea
First ownerChetty families, Tamil Nadu, India.
2nd and last ownerWilliam Albert Robinson, USA
Local NameSalanku or Thoni
TradingCoastal and or Foreign going)
Last port of callGloucester, America
Year1936-1938
Total number of crew sailed6, All from Valvettithurai, Jaffna, Srilanka. Another foreign crew - Capt.Duncan   A.Mac Cuish have joined in Cyprus
Route followed VVT (Valvettithurai)Colombo – Arabian sea – Red sea – Suez canal – Cyprus – Crete - Mediterranean sea  -  Gibraltar – Atlantic – Hamilton – Gloucester of America
Insured byLloyd's of London


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.

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