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  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Pre-War History
  • 5 Participation in WW2 Convoys
  • 6 Sinking
  • 7 External resources
  • 8 Images
  • 9 Contributors

Court Line used the name Cedrington Court for just one ship.

She had a service life of 22 years which was brought to a close by her striking a mine in 1940 and sinking.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: The Shipping Controller London (as War Viper)
  • Builders: Harland and Wolff Ltd.
  • Yard: Belfast
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 531
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 142323
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 5,160
  • Net tonnage: 3,122
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 400.4 ft
  • Breadth: 52.3 ft
  • Depth: 27.4 Ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: Triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: Harland and Wolff Ltd.
  • Works: Belfast
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/k
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 11
  • Boilers: N/K
  • Cargo capacity:N/K
  • Crew: N/K
  • Employment: General purpose cargo vessel

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 14 Feb 1918: Launched as War Viper
  • 14 Mar 1918: Completed
  • 1919: Sold to Donaldson Line - Managers Donaldson Bros. and renamed Cabotia
  • 1925: Acquired by The United British Steamship Co. Ltd. - Managers Haldin and Philips Ltd. and renamed Cedrington Court
  • 1936: Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - same managers
  • 7 Jan 1940: Struck a mine and sunk
Pre-War History[edit]

No information currently available apart from that Cedrington Court was laid up for some years at Milford Haven during the Depression of the 1930s.

Participation in WW2 Convoys[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #4 which indicates that Cedrington Court participated in 4 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.RouteConvoy No.Route
FS.2Sep 1939: Methil - SouthendOA.4Sep 1939: Southend - Dispersed
OB.13Oct 1939: Liverpool - Dispersed 50N 14.20WSL/MKS.13Dec 1939: Freetown - Liverpool

Cedrington Court struck a mine 2 miles North-East of the North Goodwin lightship at position 51.23N/1.35E on 7 Jan 1940 and sank. One source states that she was en route from Buenos Aries to Hull with a cargo of wheat and that the crew were saved. Jevington Court (1) was another Court Line ship in the same convoy; she was unharmed on this occasion but had a similar fate on a later convoy.

According to External resource #5:

The entire crew of 34 of the Queen's Island-built ship Cedrington Court (5,160 tons) were saved when the vessel sank ten minutes after an explosion off the South-East Coast of England. The only lives lost were those of four monkeys, five canaries, and a cat, all pets of the crew, who had no time to save them. The Cedrington Court was owned by Court Line Ltd., and its port was Hull.

External resources[edit]
  1. Information extracted from Lloyds Registers by John Powell
  2. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets
  3. Miramar Ships Index:
  4. Arnold Hague Convoy Database:
  5. Belfast Timeline Project

Image 1: A SN photo supplied by Stuart Smith

  1. Basic research and construction of entry by Benjidog
  2. History and basic details by John Powell
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