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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Service during WW2 convoys as Empire Meteor
  • 5 Service post WW2
  • 6 External resources
  • 7 Images
  • 8 Main Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Court Line used the name Dorington Court for five ships:

  • Dorington Court (1) - a cargo ship completed in 1908
  • Dorington Court (2) - a cargo ship completed in 1915
  • Dorington Court (3) - a cargo ship completed in 1939
  • Dorington Court (4) - a cargo ship completed in 1940 and originally named Empire Meteor
  • Dorington Court (5) - a cargo ship completed in 1957

Dorington Court (4) had a service life of 21 years during which she served in a large number of WW2 convoys. After the war she changed hands on a number of occasions and was sent for scrap after running aground and being declared a total loss in 1961.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Ministry of War Transport (MOWT) - Managers Mungo Campbell & Co. Ltd.
  • Builders: Joseph .L.Thompson & Sons Ltd.
  • Yard: Dundee
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 602
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 168661
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 7,483
  • Net tonnage: 4,517
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 426 ft
  • Breadth: 59.9 ft
  • Depth: 35 ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: 3 cylinder triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: George Clark (1938) Ltd.
  • Works: Sunderland
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/K
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Cargo capacity: N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 3 Sep 1940: Launched as Empire Meteor
  • Dec 1940: Completed
  • 1946: Acquired by the United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Phillipps Ltd.) and renamed Dorington Court
  • 1947: Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Co. Ltd.
  • 1956: Sold to INSA Soc de Nav. Genoa, Italy and renamed Giada
  • 1960: Sold to Phoebus D Kyprianou, Beirut, Lebanon and renamed Sheikh
  • 2 Oct 1961: Ran ashore and became a total loss and sold for scrap

Service during WW2 convoys as Empire Meteor[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #4. Dorington Court (4) Court took part in 77 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
FN.371Dec 1940: Southend - MethilEN.50/1Jan 1941: Methil - Oban
OB.272Jan 1941: Liverpool - DispersedHX.110Feb 1941: Halifax - Liverpool
HX.111Feb 1941: Halifax - LiverpoolOB.309Apr 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 50N 23.50W
SC.32May 1941: Halifax - LiverpoolWN.138Jun 1941: Oban - Methil
FN.486Jun 1941: Southend - MethilFS.514Jun 1941: Methil - Southend
EC.61Aug 1941: Southend - ClydeON.12Sep 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 53.34N 36.14W
SC.50Oct 1941: Sydney CB - LiverpoolON.33Nov 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 43.30N 55.20W
PQ.4Nov 1941: Hvalfjord - ArchangelQP.13Jun 1942: Archangel - Reykjavik
FS.853Jul 1942: Methil - SouthendWN.307Jul 1942: Loch Ewe - Methil
EN.141Sep 1942: Methil - Loch EweFN.819Sep 1942: Southend - Methil
WN.347Oct 1942: Loch Ewe - MethilEN.159Nov 1942: Methil - Loch Ewe
JW.51ADec 1942: Loch Ewe - Kola InletRA.52Jan 1943: Kola Inlet - Loch Ewe
FS.1036Feb 1943: Methil - SouthendWN.393Feb 1943: Loch Ewe - Methil
FN.958Mar 1943: Southend - MethilFN.961Mar 1943: Southend - Methil
EN.206Mar 1943: Methil - Loch EweON.175Mar 1943: Liverpool - NYC
XB.44AApr 1943: Halifax - BostonJH.47Apr 1943: St johns nf - Halifax
WN.433May 1943: Loch Ewe - MethilBX.49May 1943: Boston - Halifax
FS.1128May 1943: Methil - SouthendSC.130May 1943: Halifax - Liverpool
FN.1052Jun 1943: Southend - MethilEN.247Jun 1943: Methil - Loch Ewe
ONS.12Jul 1943: Liverpool - HalifaxSQ.60Jul 1943: Sydney cb - Father pt
QS.66Aug 1943: Red islet - Sydney cbSC.141Sep 1943: Halifax - Liverpool
WN.481Sep 1943: Loch Ewe - MethilEN.302Nov 1943: Methil - Loch Ewe
AH.10Nov 1943: Augusta - BrindisiKMS.32Nov 1943: Gibraltar - Port Said
OS/KMS.58KMNov 1943: Liverpool - Convoy SplitKMS.32GNov 1943: Ex OS58/ KMS32 - Gibraltar
AH.12Dec 1943: Augusta - BariHA.10ADec 1943: Bari - Augusta
HA.15Dec 1943: Bari - AugustaMKS.36Dec 1943: Port Said - Gibraltar
KMS.49May 1944: Gibraltar - Port SaidKMS.49GMay 1944: Ex OS75/ KMS49 - Gibraltar
MKS.50May 1944: Port Said - GibraltarMKS.50GMay 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.159
OS/KMS.64Jan 1944: Ex OS64/ KMS38 - FreetownLTS.10Feb 1944: Lagos - Freetown
SL/MKS.150Feb 1944: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.41ST.78Feb 1944: Freetown - Takoradi
SL/MKS.150MKMar 1944: Rendezvous of SL150 with MKS41 - LiverpoolOS/KMS.75KMApr 1944: Liverpool - Convoy Split
SL/MKS.159MKMay 1944: Rendezvous of SL159 with MKS50 - LiverpoolOS/KMS.84KMJul 1944: Liverpool - Convoy Split
HA.64Aug 1944: Bari - AugustaAH.60Aug 1944: Augusta - Bari
KMS.58Aug 1944: Gibraltar - Port SaidKMS.58GAug 1944: Ex OS84/ KMS58 - Gibraltar
MKS.60Aug 1944: Port Said - GibraltarOS/KMS.88Sep 1944: Ex OS88/ KMS62 - Freetown
SL/MKS.173Oct 1944: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.64SL/MKS.173MKOct 1944: Rendezvous of SL173 with MKS64 - Liverpool
FN.1526Oct 1944: Southend - MethilFS.1657Dec 1944: Methil - Southend
OS/KMS.98KMDec 1944: Liverpool - Dispersed 46.40N 09.12WTBC.1Dec 1944: Southend - Milford Haven
JMA.2BS(Aug 1945: Bombay - Pt dickson/pt swettenham)

Service post WW2[edit]

No information is available apart from the changes in name and ownership shown in the Career Highlights section.

Dorington Court (4) ran ashore at Kita Daito Jima (25.50N/131.15E) and broke in two on 2.10.61. She was a total lost and sent for scrap.

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]

Images[edit]

Image 1: SN Photo supplied by Stuart Smith

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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