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Dorington Court (2)
From SN Guides
Court Line has used the name Dorington Court for five ships:
Service in WW1
No information currently available
Service between WW1 and WW2
No information is available apart from ownership changes and that Dorington Court (2) was laid up in the Tyne for a number of years during the depression in the 1930s (External resource #3).
Service as Harm Fritzen During WW2
In an interesting twist to the fate of many of the Court Line ships described in the Directory, a ship that was British was serving the Germans as Harm Fritzen.
External resource #4 Reports a hit by the British T1 class submarine Taku:
12 Feb 44, torpedoed and heavily damaged the German merchant Harm Fritzen (4818 GRT) off Stavanger, Norway. The ship was beached to prevent it sinking, later salvaged. This needs corroboration as the GRT does not match with that recorded - though it could have changed since launch time.
According to External resource #1 she was scuttled on 1 March 1948 at position 47.55N/8.58W - this is about 190 miles West of Cape Finisterre in France.
External resource #5 is a risk assessment of ships that were scuttled in the Skaggarak at the end of WW2. In the appendices are listed the "gas ships" that were sunk and their position. It includes the Harm Fritzen and gives its location as - 47°55N 08°58W which corresponds exactly with the information in External resource #1.
It is concluded that the ship was loaded with dangerous chemical ammunition and sunk to dispose of it. The fact that regular checks are still made suggest that this is going to be an ongoing problem.
Awaiting an image of this vessel