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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Participation in WW2 Convoys as Empire Earl
  • 5 Service History post WW2
  • 6 External resources
  • 7 Images
  • 8 Main Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Court Line used the name Cressington Court for four ships:

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

Cressington Court (3) was in service for 26 years during which time she served in WW2 convoys in her original name of Empire Earl and after several changes of owners, name and management was broken up in 1970.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Ministry of War Transport (MOWT) - Managers Dodd Thompson & Co. Ltd.
  • Builders: William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
  • Yard: Pallion, Sunderland
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 713
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 180132
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 7,359
  • Net tonnage: 5,207
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 431 ft
  • Breadth: 56.5 ft
  • Depth: 35.5 ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: 3 Cylinder 2S.C.S.A oil engine
  • Engine builders: William Doxford & Sons Ltd.
  • Works: Sunderland
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/K
  • Propulsion: N/K
  • Speed: N/K
  • Cargo capacity: N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 8 Dec 1943: Launched as Empire Earl
  • May 1944: Completed
  • 1945: Acquired by the United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - Managers Haldin and Phillipps and renamed Cressington Court
  • 1948: Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Co. Ltd London
  • 1959: Sold to West Wales Steamship Co. Ltd. Newport Mon. - Managers Gibbs & Co. and renamed East Wales
  • 1966: Sold to Dalkeith Shipping Co. Ltd. Newport Mon. - Managers Newport International Steamship Co. Ltd. Hong Kong, and renamed Universal Skipper
  • 25 Aug 1970: Delivered to be broken up by Chinese mainland shipbreakers at Whampoa

Participation in WW2 Convoys as Empire Earl[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #1. Empire Earl took part in 43 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
ETM.3Jun 1944: Southend - Seine BayETM.10Jun 1944: Southend - Seine Bay
ETM.18Jun 1944: Southend - Seine BayFTM.12Jun 1944: Seine Bay - Southend
FTM.23Jun 1944: Seine Bay - SouthendFTM.30Jul 1944: Seine Bay - Southend
FTM.37Jul 1944: Seine Bay - SouthendFTM.47Jul 1944: Seine Bay - Southend
ETM.26Jul 1944: Southend - Seine BayETM.32Jul 1944: Southend - Seine Bay
ETM.40Jul 1944: Southend - Seine BayETM.52Aug 1944: Southend - Seine Bay
ETM.64Aug 1944: Southend - Seine BayFTM.59Aug 1944: Seine Bay - Southend
FTM.76Aug 1944: Seine Bay - SouthendFN.1526Oct 1944: Southend - Methil
FS.1646Nov 1944: Methil - SouthendATM.9Dec 1944: Antwerp - Southend
ATM.24Dec 1944: Antwerp - SouthendTAM.10Dec 1944: Southend - Antwerp
TAM.26Dec 1944: Southend - AntwerpATM.36Jan 1945: Antwerp - Southend
ATM.46Jan 1945: Antwerp - SouthendTAM.43Jan 1945: Southend - Antwerp
TAM.56Jan 1945: Southend - AntwerpTAM.71Feb 1945: Southend - Antwerp
ATM.59Feb 1945: Antwerp - SouthendATM.85Mar 1945: Antwerp - Southend
ATM.100Mar 1945: Antwerp - SouthendATM.110Mar 1945: Antwerp - Southend
TAM.97Mar 1945: Southend - AntwerpTAM.111Mar 1945: Southend - Antwerp
TAM.122Mar 1945: Southend - AntwerpTAM.133Apr 1945: Southend - Antwerp
TAM.146Apr 1945: Southend - AntwerpATM.121Apr 1945: Antwerp - Southend
ATM.135Apr 1945: Antwerp - SouthendATM.143May 1945: Antwerp - Southend
ATM.154May 1945: Antwerp - SouthendATM.168May 1945: Antwerp - Southend
TAM.155May 1945: Southend - AntwerpTAM.166May 1945: Southend - Antwerp
TAM.180May 1945: Southend - Antwerp

Service History post WW2[edit]

Very little information is available other than the changes of ownership and management recorded under Career Highlights.

External resources[edit]
  1. Convoyweb (Arnold Hague Convoy Database): [1]
  2. iramar Ship Index: [ttp://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz]
  3. Information extracted from Lloyds Registers
  4. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets ISBN: 1871128021

Images[edit]
  1. From The Allen Collection: [2]

Main Contributors[edit]
  1. Basis data from John Powell and Clive Ketley
  2. Additional research and construction of entry by Benjidog
 
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