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Lorca

From SN Guides

Introduction

The name Lorca was kept when she joined the Court Line fleet in 1943.

She had a service life of 25 years which included taking part in a large number of WW2 convoys but which was brought to an end when she ran aground on the St Lawrence in 1955 and was abandoned and broken up.


Basic Data

  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Cory & Strick (Steamers) Ltd. - Managers Frank C.Strick & Co. Ltd. London
  • Builders: J Redhead & Sons Ltd.
  • Yard: South Shields
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 504
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 162525
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 4,875
  • Net tonnage: 3,007
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 393.4ft
  • Breadth: 53.8 ft
  • Depth: 26.5 ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: 3 cylinder triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: J. Redhead & Sons Ltd
  • Works: South Shields
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/K
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 10.5 knots
  • Cargo capacity: N/K
  • Crew: N/K


Career Highlights

  • 22 Sep 1930: Launched
  • 12 Jan 1931: Completed
  • 1943: Acquired by the United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Phillipps
  • 1944: Sold to Maritime Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd. - Managers Michalinos & Co. Ltd. And renamed Loradore
  • 13 Aug 1955: Went aground
  • 17 Aug 1955: Abandoned and broken up (location of breakers not known)


Service Pre WW2

No information is currently known other than the changes of owners and names shown in the Career Highlights section.


Participation in WW2 Convoys

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #4 which indicates that Lorca participated in 75 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
OA.16G Oct 1939: Southend - Formed OG.2 OG.2 Oct 1939: Formed at sea - Gibraltar
HG.6 Nov 1939: Gibraltar - Uk Ports HG.13 Dec 1939: Gibraltar - Liverpool
OG.18 Feb 1940: Formed at sea - Gibraltar OB.90 Feb 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.18
OB.120 Mar 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.24 HG.22F Mar 1940: Gibraltar - Liverpool
OG.24 Apr 1940: Formed at sea - Gibraltar OB.150 May 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.30
OG.30 May 1940: Formed at sea - Gibraltar SL/MKS.36 Jun 1940: Freetown - Liverpool
HGZ Jun 1940: Gibraltar - Joined sl.36 R.31 Jun 1940: Oran - Gibraltar
HX.70 Sep 1940: Halifax - Liverpool OA.231 Oct 1940: Methil - Dispersed
FS.353 Dec 1940: Methil - Southend SC.16 Dec 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
FS.396 Jan 1941: Methil - Southend WN.71 Jan 1941: Clyde - Methil
EN.74/1 Feb 1941: Methil - Oban EN.75/1 Feb 1941: Methil - Oban
OB.291 Feb 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed SL/MKS.72 Apr 1941: Freetown - Liverpool
OB.337 Jun 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 48.17N 20.40W SL/MKS.82 Jul 1941: Freetown - Liverpool
PQ.1 Sep 1941: Hvalfjord - Archangel QP.2 Nov 1941: Archangel - Kirkwall
ON.14 Sep 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 56.25N 24.50W OS/KMS.15 Dec 1941: Liverpool - Bathurst
WN.207 Nov 1941: Oban - Methil EN.22 Dec 1941: Methil - Oban
SL/MKS.102 Mar 1942: Freetown - Liverpool BB.157 Apr 1942: Belfast Lough - Milford Haven
OS/KMS.26 Apr 1942: Liverpool - Freetown OS/KMS.27 May 1942: Liverpool - Freetown
BB.190 Jun 1942: Belfast Lough - Milford Haven SL/MKS.112 Jun 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
OSS.34 Jul 1942: Ex os 34 - Takoradi OS/KMS.34 Jul 1942: Liverpool - Freetown
TS.15 Aug 1942: Takoradi - Freetown SL/MKS.121 Sep 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
ON.138 Oct 1942: Liverpool - NYC TAG.22 Nov 1942: Trinidad - Guantanamo
ON.146 Nov 1942: Liverpool - NYC ST.46 Dec 1942: Freetown - Takoradi
FTT.6 Dec 1942: Freetown - Trinidad TAG.SP Jan 1943: Trinidad - Kingston, Jamaica
ZG.20 Jan 1943: Cristobal - Guantanamo SC.120 Feb 1943: NYC - Liverpool
OS/KMS.45 Mar 1943: Liverpool - Freetown SL/MKS.129 May 1943: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.13
SL/MKS.129MK May 1943: Rendezvous of SL129 with MKS13 - Liverpool OS/KMS.51 Jul 1943: Ex OS51/ KMS20 - Freetown
OS/KMS.51KM Jul 1943: Liverpool - Convoy Split SL/MKS.136 Sep 1943: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.24
SL/MKS.136MK Sep 1943: Rendezvous of SL136 with MKS24G - Liverpool WN.484 Sep 1943: Loch Ewe - Methil
OS/KMS.59KM Nov 1943: Liverpool - Convoy Split EN.306 Nov 1943: Methil - Loch Ewe
KMS.33 Nov 1943: Gibraltar - Port Said KMS.33G Nov 1943: Ex OS59/ KMS33 - Gibraltar
MKS.34 Dec 1943: Port Said - Gibraltar SL/MKS.147 Jan 1944: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.38
OS/KMS.62 Jan 1944: Ex OS62/ KMS37 - Freetown SL/MKS.147MK Feb 1944: Rendezvous of SL147 with MKS38 - Liverpool
OS/KMS.70KM Mar 1944: Liverpool - Convoy Split KMS.44G Mar 1944: Ex OS70/ KMS44 - Gibraltar
GUS.38 Apr 1944: Port Said - Hampton Roads MKS.46 Apr 1944: Port Said - Gibraltar
MKS.48G May 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.157 SL/MKS.157MK May 1944: Rendezvous of SL157 with MKS48 - Liverpool
OS/KMS.81KM Jun 1944: Liverpool - Convoy Split KMS.55 Jul 1944: Gibraltar - Port Said
KMS.55G Jul 1944: Ex OS81/ KMS55 - Gibraltar


Service Post WW2

She went aground on Bird Rocks, Magdalen Island, St Lawrence on route from Sydney to Montreal with a cargo of coal. She was abandoned and broken up but details of where this took place are not currently known.


External resources

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

Images

To date no photo of this ship has been identified.

Contributors

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


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