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Brent I think someone has got her mixed up with an H class vessel. It's certainly not the Dorset I sailed on 1 hatch to many she only had 5 hatches and was a steamer, The yacht of Federal
 

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Not the Dorset that I sailed on either but the Dorset of 1934.
Launched July 1934 by Workman Clark Ltd, Belfast and delivered to Federal Steam in November of the same year.
In August 1942 bombed and sunk by aircraft south-east of Cape Bon bound Gourock to Malta while in convoy WS 21S. No lives were lost.

She was a motor ship, twin screw with 2 x 8cyl Sulzer diesels by Sulzer Bros, Winterhur. 11,000 bhp at 16 kts.
496,7000 c.f.R.
 

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Much appreciated Neil/Tom. I'd never seen a proper photo of Dorset of Malta fame, only the painting of her under attack.
Much bigger than I expected, and looks similar to Durham of same vintage.
cheers, Brent
 

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Well done Tom. I always say the day you stop learning is the day you die. She must have been heavy for her time.
 

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Hi Guys

I think the cut of her Bow / Stern would give a clue to her age it's not a post-war style me thinks no doubt if somebody thinks I am wrong they will correct me

Regards Ron
 

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Looks like the Durham. The two for'ard boats are light 22 footers with bolt on steel keel plates to improve their sailing capabilities and used for boat work when she was the cadet ship. Spent 18 months on her and took these boats away many times in our own time
 

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Referring to "Crossed Flags" by Laxon,Farquhar,Kirby & Perry, there are photo`s of both DORSET & DURHAM, Both 1934 built. No noticable difference in the pictures, lifeboats the same on each ship. DURHAM shows radar and samson posts painted white but this was obviously a post war photo.
Cheers John.
 

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If I'm not wrong, in the same convoy there was the Glenorchy which also had the same faith, was torpedoed and sunk off th ecoast of tunisia
 

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I agree with KYRENIA that its hard to pick details between the two ships at the distance and quality of the post. The Dorset had 2 large cowl vents abreast of the funnel so I would still go for the Dorset.
 

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