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Dorington Court (3)

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Court Line used the name Dorington Court for five ships:

Dorington Court (3) had a short working life of just over three years. During this time she served on many WW2 convoys but was torpedoed and then finished off by gunfire from a German submarine in 1942 with the loss of the lives of four crew members. She had her revenge as her design became the basis of the Empire, then Ocean and Liberty ships.

Basic Data

  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Court Line. Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Phillipps
  • Builders: J.L.Thompson & Sons Ltd.
  • Yard: Sunderland
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 592
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 167241
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 5,281
  • Net tonnage: 3,113
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 426 ft
  • Breadth: 59.9 ft
  • Depth: 25.5 ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: 3 cylinder triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: North Eastern Marine Engineering (1938) Ltd.
  • Works: Newcastle-on-Tyne
  • Country: UK
  • Power: 420 hp
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 11 knots
  • Cargo capacity: N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights

  • 7 Mar 1939: Launched
  • May 1939: Completed
  • 1942: Torpedoed and sunk by gunfire

Participation in WW2 Convoys

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #1. Dorington Court (3) took part in 34 convoys.

A key to the routes for these convoys can be found on this page: World War 2 Convoy Names

List of Convoys

Convoy No. Route Convoy No. Route
OB.38 Nov 1939: Liverpool - Dispersed OA.30 Nov 1939: Southend - Dispersed
FN.102 Feb 1940: Southend - Methil SL/MKS.19F Feb 1940: Freetown - Liverpool
SL/MKS.19 Feb 1940: Freetown - Joined SL.19F FS.123 Mar 1940: Tyne - Southend
OA.114 Mar 1940: Southend - Dispersed HX.37 Apr 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
FN.165 May 1940: Southend - Methil FN.173 May 1940: Southend - Methil
OA.157 May 1940: Southend - Dispersed FS.180 May 1940: Tyne - Southend
SL/MKS.44 Aug 1940: Freetown - Liverpool FS.281 Sep 1940: Methil - Southend
FN.293 Sep 1940: Southend - Methil FN.308 Oct 1940: Southend - Methil
EN.18/1 Nov 1940: Methil - Oban OB.240 Nov 1940: Liverpool - Dispersed
SL/MKS.63 Jan 1941: Freetown - Liverpool OB.298 Mar 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed
SL/MKS.89 Oct 1941: Freetown - Liverpool EN.10 Nov 1941: Methil - Oban
WN.198 Oct 1941: Oban - Methil OS/KMS.14 Dec 1941: Liverpool - Freetown
OS/KMS.15 Dec 1941: Liverpool - Bathurst SL/MKS.102 Mar 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
SL/MKS.103 Mar 1942: Freetown - Liverpool WN.265 Apr 1942: Loch Ewe - Methil
EN.78 Apr 1942: Methil - Oban FN.692 Apr 1942: Southend - Methil
FS.769 Apr 1942: Methil - Southend XB.21 May 1942: Halifax - Boston
ON.92 May 1942: Liverpool - Halifax KS.508 Jun 1942: Hampton Roads - Key West


According to External resource #5, Dorington Court (3) was sunk by German submarine U-181 (Captain Wolfgang Lüth) on 24 Nov 1942 at position 27.00S, 34.45E while she was sailing a route between Calcutta - Madras (4 Nov) - Lourenco Marques - Durban - UK with 9,261 tons of general cargo.

Of her complement of 43 there were 39 survivors and 4 dead.

Notes on loss: At 20.34 hours on 24 Nov, 1942, the unescorted Dorington Court (Master Ernest Douglas Aynge Gibbs) was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-181 105 miles east-southeast of Inhaca Island. Four crew members were lost. The master, 33 crew members and five gunners landed at Inhaca Island near Lourenco Marques.

Roll of Honour

The table below lists the crew members that died. All are listed on panel 36 of the Tower Hill memorial.

List of those that lost their lives

Surname. Forenames Description Age and other information
BAIRD JOHN C Fourth Engineer Officer Age 27
DIXON SEPAH Fireman and Trimmer Age 32
GLASGOW TOM Fireman and Trimmer Age 52
SALEH MATHAND Fireman and Trimmer Age 31

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

External resources

  1. Information extracted from Lloyds Registers
  2. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets ISBN: 1871128021
  3. Miramar Ship Index: [1]
  4. Convoyweb (Arnold Hague Convoy Database): [2]
  5. Uboat.net: [3]
  6. Ubootwaffe.net website: [4]
  7. Sharkhunters website: [5]


To date no photo of this ship has been identified.

Main Contributors

  1. Basic information from John Powell and Clive Ketley
  2. Additional research and construction of page by Benjidog

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