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Contents
  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Basic Data
  • 3 Career Highlights
  • 4 Service Pre-WW2
  • 5 Participation in WW2 Convoys
  • 6 Service Post WW2
  • 7 External resources
  • 8 Images
  • 9 Contributors
Introduction[edit]

Court Line used the name Geddington Court for three ships:

  • Geddington Court (1) - a cargo ship completed in 1912
  • Geddington Court (2) - a cargo ship completed in 1928
  • Geddington Court (3) - a cargo ship completed in 1952

Geddington Court (2) had a long service life of 43 years during which she took part in a large number of WW2 convoys, was updated from steam to oil and spent her last years as a fish factory ship.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: The United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - managers Haldin & Phillipps Ltd.
  • Builders: Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. (1927) Ltd.
  • Yard: Howden
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 405
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 160564
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 6,903
  • Net tonnage: 4,333
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 420.1 ft
  • Breadth: 56.5 ft
  • Depth: 33.8 Ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: Triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: Wallsend Slipway & Engineering & Co. Ltd.
  • Works: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/k
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 10.5 knots
  • Boilers: N/K
  • Cargo capacity:N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 3 Aug 1928: Launched
  • Sep 1928: Completed
  • 1936: Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - same managers
  • 1951: Sold to Kyoritsu Kisen Nichino K.K. Tokyo Japan and renamed Kyoho Maru
  • 1951: Sold to Nichiro Gyogyo K.K. Tokyo, Japan
  • 1953: Sold to Nichiro Kisen K.K. Japan
  • 1957: Re-engined with 7 cylinder oil engine by Mitsubishi Nippon Heave Industries
  • 1961: Converted into a fish factory ship
  • Dec 1971: Broken up by Great China Steel & Iron Co. Ltd. Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Service Pre-WW2[edit]

Nothing is known about her service life prior to WW2 although she is not listed in External resource #1 as having been laid up during the 1930s depression as happened to the majority of Court Line ships.

Participation in WW2 Convoys[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #4 which indicates that Geddington Court (2) participated in 80 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
HX.6Oct 1939: Halifax - LiverpoolOA.53Dec 1939: Southend - Dispersed
OB.64Jan 1940: Liverpool - DispersedHX.18Jan 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
OA.99Feb 1940: Southend - DispersedOB.119Mar 1940: Liverpool - Dispersed
OA.155GMay 1940: Southend - Formed OG.31HX.40May 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
OB.162Jun 1940: Liverpool - DispersedHX.58Jul 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
OB.202Aug 1940: Liverpool - DispersedHX.76Sep 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
OB.241Nov 1940: Liverpool - DispersedSC.18Jan 1941: Halifax - Liverpool
FS.409Feb 1941: Methil - SouthendWN.81Feb 1941: Clyde - Methil
FN.446Mar 1941: Southend - MethilEN.94/1Apr 1941: Methil - Oban
EC.15May 1941: Southend - ClydeOB.321May 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed
SC.34Jun 1941: Sydney CB - ClydeWN.146Jun 1941: Oban - Methil
EC.46Jul 1941: Southend - ClydeFS.532Jul 1941: Methil - Southend
ON.7Aug 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 56.31N 42.39WSL/MKS.104Mar 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
BB.162Apr 1942: Belfast Lough - Milford HavenON.94May 1942: Liverpool - Halifax
GN.38Jan 1943: Guantanamo - NYCTAG.38Jan 1943: Trinidad - Guantanamo
SC.123Mar 1943: NYC - LiverpoolFS.1090Apr 1943: Methil - Southend
WN.415Apr 1943: Loch Ewe - MethilEN.234May 1943: Methil - Loch Ewe
ONS.9May 1943: Liverpool - HalifaxFH.61Jun 1943: St John NB - Halifax
HF.59Jun 1943: Halifax - St. John NBSC.135Jun 1943: Halifax - Liverpool
KMS.53Jun 1944: Gibraltar - Port SaidKMS.53GJun 1944: Ex OS79/ KMS53 - Gibraltar
EN.261Jul 1943: Methil - Loch EweFN.1081Jul 1943: Southend - Methil
FS.1166Jul 1943: Methil - SouthendWN.453Jul 1943: Loch Ewe - Methil
FS.1523Jul 1944: Methil - SouthendNK.562Aug 1943: NYC - Key West.
ONS.15Aug 1943: Liverpool - HalifaxXB.70Aug 1943: Halifax - Cape Cod Canal
CO.145Nov 1943: Newcastle NSW - MelbourneDKA.12Feb 1944: Kilindini - Aden
MKS.44Mar 1944: Port Said - GibraltarSL/MKS.153MKApr 1944: Rendezvous of SL153 with MKS44 - Liverpool
MKS.44GApr 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.153MKS.53Jun 1944: Port Said - Gibraltar
OS/KMS.79KMJun 1944: Liverpool - Convoy SplitMKS.54GJul 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.163
SL/MKS.163MKJul 1944: Rendezvous of SL163 with MKS54 - LiverpoolWN.610Jul 1944: Loch Ewe - Methil
ON.248SAug 1944: Liverpool - NYCEN.419Aug 1944: Methil - Loch Ewe
FN.1439Aug 1944: Southend - MethilHX.306Aug 1944: NYC - Liverpool
QS.88Aug 1944: Red islet - Sydney cbEBC.106Sep 1944: Barry - Seine Bay
ONS.34Oct 1944: Liverpool - HalifaxQS.104Nov 1944: Quebec city - Sydney cb
FS.1672Dec 1944: Methil - SouthendSC.162Dec 1944: Halifax - Liverpool
WN.662Dec 1944: Loch Ewe - MethilFN.1605Jan 1945: Southend - Methil
FN.1611Jan 1945: Southend - MethilONS.42Feb 1945: Liverpool - Halifax
EN.474Feb 1945: Methil - Belfast LoughNG.496Mar 1945: NYC - Guantanamo
XB.149Mar 1945: Halifax - Cape Cod CanalNG.496Mar 1945: Nyc - Guantanamo
GN.199Apr 1945: Guantanamo - NYCBX.159Apr 1945: Boston - Halifax
BTC.164May 1945: Milford Haven - SouthendSC.175May 1945: Halifax - Liverpool

Geddington Court (2) is reported as having been damaged by an air attack on 3 Apr 1941 in position 56.25N, 02.13 W. Further details are not currently known but there seems to have been no gap in her participation in convoys around this time so it is presumed that the damage was limited and capable of quick repair.

Service Post WW2[edit]

No information is available other than as shown in the Highlights section.

External resources[edit]
  1. Information extracted from Lloyds Registers by John Powell
  2. Norman Middlemiss: Travel of the Tramps - Twenty Tramp Fleets
  3. Miramar Ships Index: http://www.miramarshipindex.org.nz
  4. Arnold Hague Convoy Database: http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/
Images[edit]

Image 1: SN Gallery photo supplied by Stuart Smith

Contributors[edit]
  1. Basic research and construction of entry by Benjidog
  2. History and basic details by John Powell and Clive Ketley
 
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