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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Service Pre-War
  • 5 War Service
  • 6 Loss
  • 7 Postscript
  • 8 External resources
  • 9 Images
  • 10 Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Court Line used the name Barrington Court for three ships:

  1. Barrington Court (1) - a cargo ship launched in 1906 - the topic of this article
  2. Barrington Court (2) - a cargo ship launched in 1924
  3. Barrington Court (3) - a refrigerated cargo ship launched in 1952

The first Barrington Court was in service until she was torpedoed in WW1 in 1917.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Court Line Ltd. - Managers Haldinstien and Co
  • Builders: Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co Ltd.
  • Yard: Jarrow
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 790
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 123698
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 4,367 grt
  • Net tonnage: 2,834 grt
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 355 ft
  • Breadth: 50 ft
  • Depth: 27.5 Ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: Triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co Ltd.
  • Works: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Country: UK
  • Power: 356 nhp
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 9 knots
  • Boilers: N/K
  • Cargo capacity:N/K
  • Crew: N/K
  • Employment: General purpose cargo vessel

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 1905: Launched
  • Sep 1906: Completed
  • 1915: Managers restyled Haldin & Co. Ltd.
  • 16/02/1915: Requisitioned for war service
  • 1916: Taken over by Shipping Controller and managed by Williams and Morden of Cardiff and renamed Margam Abbey
  • 01/11/1917: Torpedoed and beached - total loss

Service Pre-War[edit]

No information is currently known about her service before WW1.

War Service[edit]

Barrington Court (1) was used to transport various cargoes during the WW1:

  • RN Collier service from 16/02/15 - 13/10/16
  • Transportation of timber to Alexandria and Port Said and wheat from Australia
  • Collier service again from 07/05/17
  • Transportation of sugar from Cuba
Loss[edit]

Barrington Court (1) (then named Margam Abbey) was torpedoed on 1 November 1917 in the Mediterranean 9 miles West of Cape Bougaroni and beached. The owners were paid £98,000 in settlement.

External Resource #2 says that the ship was ".... torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean near Collo, Algeria, by the German submarine UB50 whilst on a voyage from Cardiff to Alexandia. Two were lost. She was beached at Collo and became a total constructive loss."

The names of those lost are not known at this point.

Postscript[edit]

External Resource #3, says that U-50 was launched on 31 Dec 1915 and responsible for the loss of 27 ships with a total of 92,924 grt., She was herself lost close to the date of the sinking of Margam Abbey. The U-Boat site descibes the fate of U-50 thus: "31 Aug, 1917 - Sunk probably from a mine off Terschelling on or after 31.8. 44 dead (all hands lost)."

This is rather intriguing and there seem to be two possibilities - either another U-Boat torpedoed Margam Abbey, or U-50 was destroyed very shortly after this event.

External resources[edit]
  1. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets ISBN: 1871128021
  2. British Merchant Ships Sunk by U-boat in World War One By A. J. Tennent
  3. U-Boat.net Uboat.net
Images[edit]

Awaiting an image of this vessel.

Contributors[edit]
  1. Initial information provided by Stan Mayes
  2. Additional information provided by Clive Ketley
  3. Additional research and construction of entry by Benjidog
 
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