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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Participation in WW2 Convoys
  • 5 Sinking
  • 6 Roll of Honour
  • 7 External resources
  • 8 Images
  • 9 Main Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Court Line used the name Dorington Court for five ships:


Dorington Court (3) had a short working life of just over three years. During this time she served on many WW2 convoys but was torpedoed and then finished off by gunfire from a German submarine in 1942 with the loss of the lives of four crew members. She had her revenge as her design became the basis of the Empire, then Ocean and Liberty ships.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Court Line. Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Phillipps
  • Builders: J.L.Thompson & Sons Ltd.
  • Yard: Sunderland
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 592
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 167241
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 5,281
  • Net tonnage: 3,113
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 426 ft
  • Breadth: 59.9 ft
  • Depth: 25.5 ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: 3 cylinder triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: North Eastern Marine Engineering (1938) Ltd.
  • Works: Newcastle-on-Tyne
  • Country: UK
  • Power: 420 hp
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 11 knots
  • Cargo capacity: N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 7 Mar 1939: Launched
  • May 1939: Completed
  • 1942: Torpedoed and sunk by gunfire

Participation in WW2 Convoys[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #1. Dorington Court (3) took part in 34 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
OB.38Nov 1939: Liverpool - DispersedOA.30Nov 1939: Southend - Dispersed
FN.102Feb 1940: Southend - MethilSL/MKS.19FFeb 1940: Freetown - Liverpool
SL/MKS.19Feb 1940: Freetown - Joined SL.19FFS.123Mar 1940: Tyne - Southend
OA.114Mar 1940: Southend - DispersedHX.37Apr 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
FN.165May 1940: Southend - MethilFN.173May 1940: Southend - Methil
OA.157May 1940: Southend - DispersedFS.180May 1940: Tyne - Southend
SL/MKS.44Aug 1940: Freetown - LiverpoolFS.281Sep 1940: Methil - Southend
FN.293Sep 1940: Southend - MethilFN.308Oct 1940: Southend - Methil
EN.18/1Nov 1940: Methil - ObanOB.240Nov 1940: Liverpool - Dispersed
SL/MKS.63Jan 1941: Freetown - LiverpoolOB.298Mar 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed
SL/MKS.89Oct 1941: Freetown - LiverpoolEN.10Nov 1941: Methil - Oban
WN.198Oct 1941: Oban - MethilOS/KMS.14Dec 1941: Liverpool - Freetown
OS/KMS.15Dec 1941: Liverpool - BathurstSL/MKS.102Mar 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
SL/MKS.103Mar 1942: Freetown - LiverpoolWN.265Apr 1942: Loch Ewe - Methil
EN.78Apr 1942: Methil - ObanFN.692Apr 1942: Southend - Methil
FS.769Apr 1942: Methil - SouthendXB.21May 1942: Halifax - Boston
ON.92May 1942: Liverpool - HalifaxKS.508Jun 1942: Hampton Roads - Key West

Sinking[edit]

According to External resource #5, Dorington Court (3) was sunk by German submarine U-181 (Captain Wolfgang Lüth) on 24 Nov 1942 at position 27.00S, 34.45E while she was sailing a route between Calcutta - Madras (4 Nov) - Lourenco Marques - Durban - UKwith 9,261 tons of general cargo.

Of her complement of 43 there were 39 survivors and 4 dead.

Notes on loss: At 20.34 hours on 24 Nov, 1942, the unescorted Dorington Court (Master Ernest Douglas Aynge Gibbs) was torpedoed and sunk by gunfire by U-181 105 miles east-southeast of Inhaca Island. Four crew members were lost. The master, 33 crew members and five gunners landed at Inhaca Island near Lourenco Marques.

Roll of Honour[edit]

The table below lists the crew members that died. All are listed on panel 36 of the Tower Hill memorial.



List of those that lost their lives

Surname.ForenamesDescriptionAge and other information
BAIRDJOHN CFourth Engineer OfficerAge 27
DIXONSEPAHFireman and TrimmerAge 32
GLASGOWTOMFireman and Trimmer Age 52
SALEHMATHANDFireman and TrimmerAge 31

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

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External resources[edit]
  1. Information extracted from Lloyds Registers
  2. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets ISBN: 1871128021
  3. Miramar Ship Index: [1]
  4. Convoyweb (Arnold Hague Convoy Database): [2]
  5. Uboat.net: [3]
  6. Ubootwaffe.net website: [4]
  7. Sharkhunters website: [5]

Images[edit]

To date no photo of this ship has been identified.

Main Contributors[edit]
  1. Basic information from John Powell and Clive Ketley
  2. Additional research and construction of page by Benjidog
 
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