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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]

The name Lorca was kept when she joined the Court Line fleet in 1943.

She had a service life of 25 years which included taking part in a large number of WW2 convoys but which was brought to an end when she ran aground on the St Lawrence in 1955 and was abandoned and broken up.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: Cory & Strick (Steamers) Ltd. - Managers Frank C.Strick & Co. Ltd. London
  • Builders: J Redhead & Sons Ltd.
  • Yard: South Shields
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 504
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 162525
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: N/K
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 4,875
  • Net tonnage: 3,007
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 393.4ft
  • Breadth: 53.8 ft
  • Depth: 26.5 ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: 3 cylinder triple expansion steam engine
  • Engine builders: J. Redhead & Sons Ltd
  • Works: South Shields
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/K
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 10.5 knots
  • Cargo capacity: N/K
  • Crew: N/K

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 22 Sep 1930: Launched
  • 12 Jan 1931: Completed
  • 1943: Acquired by the United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - Managers Haldin & Phillipps
  • 1944: Sold to Maritime Shipping & Trading Co. Ltd. - Managers Michalinos & Co. Ltd. And renamed Loradore
  • 13 Aug 1955: Went aground
  • 17 Aug 1955: Abandoned and broken up (location of breakers not known)

Service Pre WW2[edit]

No information is currently known other than the changes of owners and names shown in the Career Highlights section.

Participation in WW2 Convoys[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #4 which indicates that Lorca participated in 75 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
OA.16GOct 1939: Southend - Formed OG.2OG.2Oct 1939: Formed at sea - Gibraltar
HG.6Nov 1939: Gibraltar - Uk PortsHG.13Dec 1939: Gibraltar - Liverpool
OG.18Feb 1940: Formed at sea - GibraltarOB.90Feb 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.18
OB.120Mar 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.24HG.22FMar 1940: Gibraltar - Liverpool
OG.24Apr 1940: Formed at sea - GibraltarOB.150May 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.30
OG.30May 1940: Formed at sea - GibraltarSL/MKS.36Jun 1940: Freetown - Liverpool
HGZJun 1940: Gibraltar - Joined sl.36R.31Jun 1940: Oran - Gibraltar
HX.70Sep 1940: Halifax - LiverpoolOA.231Oct 1940: Methil - Dispersed
FS.353Dec 1940: Methil - SouthendSC.16Dec 1940: Halifax - Liverpool
FS.396Jan 1941: Methil - SouthendWN.71Jan 1941: Clyde - Methil
EN.74/1Feb 1941: Methil - ObanEN.75/1Feb 1941: Methil - Oban
OB.291Feb 1941: Liverpool - DispersedSL/MKS.72Apr 1941: Freetown - Liverpool
OB.337Jun 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 48.17N 20.40WSL/MKS.82Jul 1941: Freetown - Liverpool
PQ.1Sep 1941: Hvalfjord - ArchangelQP.2Nov 1941: Archangel - Kirkwall
ON.14Sep 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 56.25N 24.50WOS/KMS.15Dec 1941: Liverpool - Bathurst
WN.207Nov 1941: Oban - MethilEN.22Dec 1941: Methil - Oban
SL/MKS.102Mar 1942: Freetown - LiverpoolBB.157Apr 1942: Belfast Lough - Milford Haven
OS/KMS.26Apr 1942: Liverpool - FreetownOS/KMS.27May 1942: Liverpool - Freetown
BB.190Jun 1942: Belfast Lough - Milford HavenSL/MKS.112Jun 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
OSS.34Jul 1942: Ex os 34 - TakoradiOS/KMS.34Jul 1942: Liverpool - Freetown
TS.15Aug 1942: Takoradi - FreetownSL/MKS.121Sep 1942: Freetown - Liverpool
ON.138Oct 1942: Liverpool - NYCTAG.22Nov 1942: Trinidad - Guantanamo
ON.146Nov 1942: Liverpool - NYCST.46Dec 1942: Freetown - Takoradi
FTT.6Dec 1942: Freetown - TrinidadTAG.SPJan 1943: Trinidad - Kingston, Jamaica
ZG.20Jan 1943: Cristobal - GuantanamoSC.120Feb 1943: NYC - Liverpool
OS/KMS.45Mar 1943: Liverpool - FreetownSL/MKS.129May 1943: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.13
SL/MKS.129MKMay 1943: Rendezvous of SL129 with MKS13 - LiverpoolOS/KMS.51Jul 1943: Ex OS51/ KMS20 - Freetown
OS/KMS.51KMJul 1943: Liverpool - Convoy SplitSL/MKS.136Sep 1943: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.24
SL/MKS.136MKSep 1943: Rendezvous of SL136 with MKS24G - LiverpoolWN.484Sep 1943: Loch Ewe - Methil
OS/KMS.59KMNov 1943: Liverpool - Convoy SplitEN.306Nov 1943: Methil - Loch Ewe
KMS.33Nov 1943: Gibraltar - Port SaidKMS.33GNov 1943: Ex OS59/ KMS33 - Gibraltar
MKS.34Dec 1943: Port Said - GibraltarSL/MKS.147Jan 1944: Freetown - Rendezvous with MKS.38
OS/KMS.62Jan 1944: Ex OS62/ KMS37 - FreetownSL/MKS.147MKFeb 1944: Rendezvous of SL147 with MKS38 - Liverpool
OS/KMS.70KMMar 1944: Liverpool - Convoy SplitKMS.44GMar 1944: Ex OS70/ KMS44 - Gibraltar
GUS.38Apr 1944: Port Said - Hampton RoadsMKS.46Apr 1944: Port Said - Gibraltar
MKS.48GMay 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.157SL/MKS.157MKMay 1944: Rendezvous of SL157 with MKS48 - Liverpool
OS/KMS.81KMJun 1944: Liverpool - Convoy SplitKMS.55Jul 1944: Gibraltar - Port Said
KMS.55GJul 1944: Ex OS81/ KMS55 - Gibraltar

Service Post WW2[edit]

She went aground on Bird Rocks, Magdalen Island, St Lawrence on route from Sydney to Montreal with a cargo of coal. She was abandoned and broken up but details of where this took place are not currently known.

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

To date no photo of this ship has been identified.

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