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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Service Pre-WW1
  • 5 War Service
  • 6 Service Post-war
  • 7 External resources
  • 8 Images
  • 9 Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Court Line used the name Cressington Court for four ships:

  1. Cressington Court (1) - a cargo ship launched in 1908
  2. Cressington Court (2) - a cargo ship launched in 1929
  3. Cressington Court (3) - a cargo ship launched as Empire Earl in 1942
  4. Cressington Court (4) - a bulk carrier launched as Hector Halcyon in 1961

The first Cressington Court was in service from 1908 until she was scrapped in 1935 - a service life of 27 years. She got through WW1 unscathed.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Court Line Ltd. - Management Haldinstien and Co
  • Builders: Richardson, Duck and Co.
  • Yard: Stockton-on-Tees
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 589
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 125709
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 4,396
  • Net tonnage: 2,716
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 354.4 ft
  • Breadth: 50 ft
  • Depth: 27.6 Ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: Triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: Clair and Co Ltd.
  • Works: Stockton-on-Tees
  • Country: UK
  • Power: 358 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]
  • 13/06/1908: Launched
  • Jul 1908: Completed
  • 1915: Managers restyle Haldin & Co. Ltd.
  • 20/10/1915: Requisitioned for war service
  • 13/8/18 Sold to A.M.Sutherland, and renamed 1919 as ROXBURGH
  • 1921 Was to have been sold to Western Counties Shipping Co.Ltd. (Edwards Sons & Co.) as ROXMEAD but sale cancelled due to

liquidation of Edwards,Sons & Co.

  • 1921 Sold Tyneside Line(l920)Ltd - Management Ridley Son & Tully,Newcastle
  • 1925 Sold to Carras Bros. Chios, Greece renamed FOTINI
  • 1926 Renamed FOTINI CARRAS
  • 1/1/1934 Stranded in Ocharkov Channel, Black Sea, refloated and taken to U.K.
  • Feb 1935 Sold to Italian Breakers but sale cancelled.
  • Sold to Westbourne Shipping Co.Ltd. as HILLCOTE
  • Sep 1935 Broken up in Italy.

Service Pre-WW1[edit]

No information is currently known about her service before WW1.

War Service[edit]

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

  • RN Collier service from 20/10/15 - 19/02/16 and 5/5/16 to 11/6/16
  • East African Campaign as Store Ship No.B.108 from 18/3/17 - 5/1/18 mainly Durban to Dar-es-Salaam
  • South African Maize cargoes up to 25/3/18. then ore cargoes
  • Collier again 10/5/18 to 22/6/18
  • Wheat from R.Plate up to Collier service 18/11/18 - 27/12/18
  • Wheat from Australia up to Mid.1919

Service Post-war[edit]

No details are currently known about her service after WW1 apart from changes of ownership and a stranding in the Ocharkov Chanel in the Black Sea in 1934.

External resources[edit]
  1. Miramar Ship Index: [1]
  2. Information extracted from Lloyds Registers
  3. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets ISBN: 1871128021

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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