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Trying to find details on a gen cargo vessel noted clearly as Durward that was running, mainly it seems, between Lerwick and Leith during WW2 with Port records locally (Lerwick) showing Nrt 164 and a regular Captain McKenzie. Any help greatly appreciated.
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Hello John
DURWARD official number 149400
Her details from Lloyds Register 1940
https://plimsoll.southampton.gov.uk/shipdata/pdfs/40/40a1051.pdf

He Logbooks and Crew Agreements 1941-1950 are in the National Archive

https://discovery.nationalarchives....r=bt380|bt381|bt99&_dss=range&_ro=any&_st=adv

Seems she changed name to CUPIDS sometime during WW2 (1942?)

You can download he rWW2 movement card for free after registering

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8650092

And as CUPIDS

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8650438


Her movement card from 1941 until 1944 confirms your interpretation of her movements. From 1944 she is involved with the liberation of Europe.

Some conflicting details here
https://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.p...1Dir=DESC&a1Page=256&ref=53399&vessel=DURWARD


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Roger
 

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Durward
7 cylinder oil engine by British Auxiliaries Glasgow 650bhp 10.5 knots
Completed December 1940 by Grangemouth Dockyard Co for George Gibson & Company. Yard number 432 and requisitioned for coastal and short sea services carrying supplies between Leith and Scapa Flow.
April 1944 became a cased petrol ship operating out of the Solent supporting the D Day landings and subsequent military campaign in northern France and Belgium.
August 1945 released for commercial service.
April 1960 sold to HB Dawe Ltd St. John’s Newfoundland and renamed Cupids.
1974 sold to Seatrade & finance corporation st Johns name unchanged
1975 sold to Domino Run Steamship Co st Johns name unchanged
1975 sold to Course Seatrade Ltd st Johns name unchanged
5th January 1977 sank in St Pierre harbour Newfoundland.
 

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Ah, excellent Roger and Pitcrew, all I need on here and with the splendid links - thanks so much. I’m transferring old written records for WW2 onto computer, these from Lerwick Port Authorities Archives so the entry is generally just a vessels name, flag and NRT, additionally from/to, cargo and occasionally the Master’s name.
Thanks again
John
 
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