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

Court Line used the name Sinnington Court for just one ship. She had a service history of 33 years, which included a distinguished record of service in WW2 convoys. Having lived through the war she was sold to Japanese owners and traded for a further 10 years before sinking during a typhoon.

Basic Data[edit]
  • Type: Cargo ship
  • Registered owners,managers and operators: The United British Steam Ship Co. Ltd. - managers Haldin and Phillipps Ltd.
  • Builders: Armstrong Whitworth & Co. Ltd.
  • Yard: Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Country: UK
  • Yard number: 1,039
  • Registry: N/K
  • Official number: 160574
  • Signal letters: N/K
  • Call sign: GSQR
  • Classification society: N/K
  • Gross tonnage: 6,910
  • Net tonnage: 4,335
  • Deadweight: N/K
  • Length: 420.1 ft
  • Breadth: 53.5 ft
  • Depth: 27.25 Ft
  • Draught: N/K
  • Engines: Triple expansion steam engine - 3 Cylinders with diameters 27", 45" & 76" and bore 51"
  • Engine builders: J.G.Kincaid & Co. Ltd.
  • Works: Greenock
  • Country: UK
  • Power: N/k
  • Propulsion: Single screw
  • Speed: 10
  • Boilers: N/K
  • Cargo capacity:N/K
  • Crew: N/K
  • Employment: General purpose cargo vessel

Career Highlights[edit]
  • 16 Aug 1928: Launched
  • Sep 1928: Completed
  • 1936: Owners restyled Court Line Ltd. - same managers
  • 1951: Sold to Hinode Kisen K.K. Toykon Japan and renamed Atago Maru
  • 1955: Sold to Miyachi Kisen K.K., Kobe Japan and renamed Fukuzan Maru
  • 26 Oct 1961: Sunk in a typhoon.

Pre-War History[edit]

No information currently available other than that Sinnington Court was laid up at Sunderland for a number of years during the depression of the 1930s.

Participation in WW2 Convoys[edit]

The data in the following table has been extracted from External Resource #4 which indicates that Sinnington Court participated in 88 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.9Nov 1939: Halifax - LiverpoolOA.74Jan 1940: Southend - Dispersed
OB.90Feb 1940: Liverpool - Formed OG.18HG.20FFeb 1940: Gibraltar - Liverpool
OG.18Feb 1940: Formed at sea - GibraltarBHX.43May 1940: Bermuda - Joined HX.43
HX.43May 1940: Halifax - LiverpoolOB.178Jul 1940: Liverpool - Dispersed
HX.75Sep 1940: Halifax - LiverpoolBHX.75Sep 1940: Bermuda - Joined HX.75
OB.254Dec 1940: Liverpool - DispersedOB.257Dec 1940: Liverpool - Dispersed
SC.20Jan 1941: Halifax - LiverpoolSC.35Jun 1941: Sydney CB - Clyde
FS.544Jul 1941: Methil - SouthendWN.151Jul 1941: Oban - Methil
BB.84Oct 1941: Belfast Lough - Milford HavenON.5Aug 1941: Liverpool - Dispersed 53.29N 37.35W
FN.500Aug 1941: Southend - MethilEC.54Aug 1941: Southend - Clyde
SC.45Sep 1941: Sydney CB - LiverpoolOS/KMS.11Nov 1941: Liverpool - Freetown
OS/KMS.13Nov 1941: Liverpool - FreetownTAG.6Sep 1942: Trinidad - Guantanamo
GN.6Sep 1942: Guantanamo - NYCSH.54AOct 1942: Sydney CB - Halifax
SC.104Oct 1942: NYC - LiverpoolSC.108Nov 1942: NYC - Liverpool
FS.965Nov 1942: Methil - SouthendWN.362Nov 1942: Loch Ewe - Methil
EN.177Dec 1942: Methil - Loch EweFN.882Dec 1942: Southend - Methil
FN.897Dec 1942: Southend - MethilON.158Jan 1943: Liverpool - NYC
SC.121Feb 1943: NYC - LiverpoolFS.1064Mar 1943: Methil - Southend
WN.403Mar 1943: Loch Ewe - MethilXB.54May 1943: Halifax - Boston
BX.56Jun 1943: Boston - HalifaxWN.449Jul 1943: Loch Ewe - Methil
FS.1158Jul 1943: Methil - SouthendEN.221Apr 1943: Methil - Loch Ewe
ONS.6Apr 1943: Liverpool - HalifaxFN.1002Apr 1943: Southend - Methil
SC.134Jun 1943: Halifax - LiverpoolFN.1076Jul 1943: Southend - Methil
EN.258Jul 1943: Methil - Loch EweQS.65Aug 1943: Red islet - Sydney cb
SQ.63Aug 1943: Sydney cb - Father ptSC.141Sep 1943: Halifax - Liverpool
ONS.14Jul 1943: Liverpool - HalifaxKMS.30Oct 1943: Gibraltar - Port Said
KMS.30GOct 1943: Liverpool - GibraltarMKS.33Dec 1943: Alexandria - Gibraltar
MKS.34GDec 1943: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.143SL/MKS.143MKDec 1943: Rendezvous of SL143 with MKS34 - Liverpool
WN.528Jan 1944: Loch Ewe - MethilFS.1326Jan 1944: Methil - Southend
EN.346Feb 1944: Methil - Loch EweOS/KMS.69KMFeb 1944: Liverpool - Convoy Split
FN.1264Feb 1944: Southend - MethilKMS.43Mar 1944: Gibraltar - Port Said
KMS.43GMar 1944: Ex OS69/ KMS43 - GibraltarKMS.45Mar 1944: Gibraltar - Port Said
MKS.50May 1944: Port Said - GibraltarMKS.52Jun 1944: Port Said - Gibraltar
MKS.52GJun 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.161GUS.42Jun 1944: Port Said - Hampton Roads
SL/MKS.161MKJun 1944: Rendezvous of SL161 with MKS52 - LiverpoolAH.64Aug 1944: Augusta - Bari
KMS.60Aug 1944: Gibraltar - Port SaidKMS.60GAug 1944: Ex OS86/ KMS60 - Gibraltar
OS/KMS.86KMAug 1944: Liverpool - Convoy SplitHA.71Oct 1944: Bari - Augusta
SL/MKS.174MKOct 1944: Rendezvous of SL174 with MKS65 - LiverpoolMKS.64Oct 1944: Port Said - Gibraltar
MKS.65GOct 1944: Gibraltar - Rendezvous with SL.174AH.86Dec 1944: Augusta - Taranto
KMS.71GDec 1944: DispersedOS97/ KMS71 - Dispersed at 1830OS/KMS.97KMDec 1944: Liverpool - Dispersed 45.36N 11.40W
MKS.80GJan 1945: Gibraltar - LiverpoolATM.97Mar 1945: Antwerp - Southend
MH.67/2Mar 1945: M haven - ClydeBTC.91Mar 1945: Milford Haven - Southend
TAM.105Mar 1945: Southend - AntwerpTBC.103Mar 1945: Southend - Milford Haven
ONS.46Apr 1945: Liverpool - HalifaxSC.177May 1945: Halifax - Liverpool

External resource #2 states that Sinnington Court recued most of the survivors of the Blue Funnel Line ship Pyrrus, which was acting as Vice Commodore if convoy OG18 for Gibraltar when she was torpedoed and sunk on 17 February 1940. The convoy had only two small French warships as escort.

Service post WW2[edit]

It is understood that Sinnington Court (then named Fukuzan Maru) sank 60 miles north of Saipan after the hull split during a typhoon but not futher details have been located to date.

External resource #3 states: foundered 16.50N/146.46E 26.10.61

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]
  1. By permission of A.Duncan

Contributors[edit]
  1. Basic research and construction of entry by Benjidog
  2. History and basic details by John Powell and Clive Ketley
  3. Callsign and engine bore size from Ruud
 
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